I’ve been nominated by Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts for the Liebster Award, yay!
What is the Liebster Award?
1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Answer 11 questions from the individual who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask 11 of your own questions. You can’t nominate the person who nominated you.
4. Inform your nominee of being nominated.
OK, so I’ve just read Joey’s answers to his 11 questions, and now I’m scared. His answers are both funny and have actual meaning, it’s 11pm here and I don’t know how awake I am, this could be dodgy…
1) What is your number one bookish dream? (meeting an author/character, becoming a character, etc.) Why?
Hmm… probably that I wish Royal Mail hadn’t lost my acceptance letter to Hogwarts when I was 11. I’ve been waiting 13 years for that thing! The “why” for that one should be self-explanatory – so I can become an Auror. Obviously.
2) Imagine living in a world where only a single copy of a book is ever published. All of these books are housed at The Library; a place where you’re allowed to read but never borrow said book. But it’s burning down. Patrons are running rampant and you only have time to grab one book. Which book do you choose? Why? What if you saw someone in the same aisle as you looking for that same novel? What then? (I’m disallowing grabbing a series.)
Seriously, Joey?? OK, if I can’t have a series then that eliminates pretty much all of the answers that have come into my head. I’m just going to go with… The Time Traveler’s Wife. I loved this book and tried to convince everyone I knew to read it too (they just waited for the movie, pft). If someone else was in the same aisle looking for the same book I’d probably look a little like this:
3) Favourite (or worst) fictional world you would want to live in? Why?
The Hunger Games, definitely. I loved this series and I’m all for super-tense dystopian worlds in fiction. As long as that’s where they stay and I can partake in the intense running/fighting/killing from the comfort of my own bed, thanks very much.
4) If you could walk in the shoes of an antagonist (protagonist maybe??) and experience all their thoughts and actions as events play out, who would it be and why?
I’m going to go with a protagonist on this one. Umm… possibly Clary from The Moral Instruments, who wouldn’t want a little paranormal-superpower-chosen one-epic love in their life?
5) Would you rather be permanently blind but still able to hear audio-books (let’s assume all novels had an equivalent audio-book) or be deaf but still retain your vision? Why?
I think I’d go with deaf but retain my vision. Assuming this is for the purposes of book-reading, I just haven’t ever found an audio-book that’s done it for me, it’s not the same. In general though, I think there’s just too much at stake when you lose your eyesight; you can’t hear a sunset, or a smile, and there’s no sound required for those glances that just mean something. You can’t get love at first listen, you know?
6) Would you rather have hyperthymesia coupled with eidetic memory (basically being able to vividly remember mostly every line and scene in a book) or always experience book-dementia (specifically, you’ll always forget what you read, meaning you can relive each book for first time again but never truly remembering them)?
I’d definitely rather be able to vividly remember books I read, that neat trick would come in pretty handy in life in general, and you wouldn’t have to reread, so there’d be more time to read all the books! Besides, I hate it when I start a book, and I can’t remember if I’ve read it before, but it seems familiar, but not that familiar that I know what’s going on, so I keep reading, while thinking I may have already read it, #bookgeekproblems.
7) Which character(s) have had an impact on how you perceive the present world? What made you change your perspective? In what way have you changed the way you think (or do things) because of them? Is this for better or for worse?
I think any book I read (and enjoy) has an impact on my perception on some level and I’m probably mostly unaware of it. I think that comes with the territory of being a person who loves to read, the characters and take-away messages stay with you.
8) Assuming you could meet your favourite author(s), provide details of your ideal date itinerary.
J. K. Rowling would win this hands down. We’d chill out with chips, dips and butterbeer and she’d fill me in on all sorts of character back-story, and future stories, and possible stories and we’d just basically spend an entire day talking HP.
9) If you could play matchmaker and take two individuals from different novels, and set them up together, who would you ship? Why?
I’d get Gale (The Hunger Games) and Christina (Divergent) together. They’re two badasses, I think they’d hit it off.
10) You’re about to make your inaugural address/speech as [insert important role here] (i.e. President, Prime Minister, Valedictorian). If you could include a quote from any source (book/television/movie/etc.), what would it be? Why?
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
I LOVE this. It was a quote used in an Apple marketing campaign that was attributed to Steve Jobs, but it wasn’t Steve Jobs who created it, it was a PR genius in Apple’s marketing company. I don’t love it because it’s associated with Apple (I jumped off that bandwagon a while ago), I just love it because after you read it you want to get up and go out there and do something.
11) You have the chance of rewriting one narrative element of your choice of a book or series. Do you take it? If so, what do you rewrite/change? Consider that the unwritten path will open others. Justify your answer.
I would either completely change the end of Gone Girl (I loved the book, and still do, but what was up with that ending?) or Allegiant. Again, what?! I don’t want to say what I’d change because it would be a massive spoiler for those who haven’t read it, but I think it’s pretty implicit what would need to change in these books for those who have.
I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award (if you’ve already done it before feel free to link it below):
1. Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner
2. The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!
3. Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf
4. Rebecca @ Love at First Book
5. Jen @ Pop Goes The Reader!
6. Christina @ A Reader of Fictions
7. Melissa and Christina @ Allodoxophobia
8. Eye of Lynx
9. Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase
10. Lucy @ The Reading Date
11. Anyone else who wants to take part (add a link to your answers in the comments)
And here are your questions!
1. What is your number one bookish dream (meeting a character/author, being a character in a book, and etc.)?
2. If you could have any power/be any supernatural creature what would you choose?
3. Imagine living in a world where only a single copy of a book is ever published. All of these books are housed at The Library; a place where you’re allowed to read but never borrow said book. But it’s burning down. Patrons are running rampant and you only have time to grab one book. Which book do you choose? Why? What if you saw someone in the same aisle as you looking for that same novel? What then? (I’m disallowing grabbing a series.)
4. What is the best book you have ever read? (Not part of a series)
5. You can read as many new books as you want, but only once each, or you can pick 10 favourites and that’s all you’re allowed to read ever again, which would you choose?
6. What is one of your favourite quotes from any book and why?
7. Which character would you most like to be friends with in real life and why?
8. Book-lovers always say movie adaptations are never as good, but which movie adaptation is your favourite?
9. If you could pick one series to have a follow-up book, by the original author, which one would it be?
10. If you could travel to any location of a book (all expenses paid), where would you want to go?
11. Just because I’m an old romantic – if you could choose any character to be your love interest, who would you choose and why?
If you choose to accept the Liebster Award, please comment with a link to your answers!