The Liebster Award


Much love to Kali at KaliReads for nominating me for this Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award was created to help recognize new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. Thanks for inviting me to the cool kids’ table, Kali.  Here’s how it works:

  1. First, link and thank blogger(s) who nominated you.
  2. Then, answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you.
  3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers (I’m going by Blog Lovin’ for my choices).
  4. Finally, Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

Here are Kali’s burning questions and my titillating answers (yes, I know I’m exaggerating, it’s a joke):

1. Did your parents read a lot when you were growing up? Do you think this influenced your love of books?

My mom was a huge bookworm.  On the same level with me, which is fairly rare.  It absolutely influenced (actually created) my love of books.  Our love of books was something we always shared, and I still think of her often when I read a book I know she’d like.

2. Do you listen to audiobooks? Why or why not?

I love me some audiobooks.  I listen to them when I’m driving even short distances (they’re especially good for long drives, though).  I also listen while I exercise (if a leisurely stroll counts as exercise).  And I’m a huge fan of Amazon WhisperSync.

3. If Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates were thrown into a pit and forced to battle to the death, who do you think would win? Why?

Stephen King because he is one twisted dude.

4. What is the last book someone recommended to you? Are you going to read it?

The last book someone recommended to me is The Great Peacemakers by Ken Beller and Heather Chase.  My friend Jimmy gave me a signed copy.  I always read the books Jimmy gives me, so I’ll be reading this one.

5. If a family member wanted to write a tell-all memoir Running with Scissorsstyle, would you tell them to go for it? Why or why not?

Well, I’ve never read Running With Scissors, but as far as what I think of as a tell-all memoir, I’d tell them to go for it.  If they want to share their life (even the nasty bits), I see no problem with it.  Although I would tell them to check with people who may feature in the story (if they can get in touch with them) and change names and details if they don’t get the okay from those people.

6. If you could choose one adult fiction/non-fiction book to have illustrated by a favorite artist, what would the book be? (Extra credit question: who would the artist be?)

Oh geez.  I’ve never thought much about that.  I’d say maybe Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, because the woods around Mercy Falls and the wolves themselves sound beautiful.  I don’t know of any artists, so I guess I don’t get any extra credit.

7. What are your thoughts on blogging negative book reviews?

I have no hesitation on blogging negative book reviews.  I try my best to keep my negativity focused on the book and not on the writer.  I know writers take some negative reviews personally, but I don’t mean them that way.  I take pride in being (sometimes brutally) honest, and I want to share both good and bad books.  Just because I don’t like a book doesn’t mean someone else won’t.  That’s why I try to be really clear as to my reasons for disliking a book so if someone doesn’t mind those things, they may still check out the book.

8. What made you decide to start a book blog?

I started this blog as What Is Leila Reading in 2011 after I lost my job.  I was looking for something to do with all my free time, and since I’m such a voracious reader, I figured a book blog was a good option.

9. What is the next book you are planning or hoping to buy?

I have a few books on order, and I’m super excited about all of them: Rooms by Lauren Oliver, Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin, How We Fall by Kate Brauning, and Symbiont by Mira Grant.

10. What up-and-coming/indie author are you really excited about?

Kate Brauning.  She’s not afraid to take risks.

11. What is the one question you’d like to ask yourself about your love of books?

Um.  Sometimes I wonder what I’d do with myself if I didn’t love books.  I spend so much time with books, writing about books, talking about books, and buying books I have no clue what I’d do with all that time were it not filled with books.  But I don’t think about it much.  It’s actually kinda unthinkable.

Now I nominate (forgive me if you actually have more than 200 followers by email or something, most of the blogs I follow have way more than that):

Emma from thebookbrief

Meghan at Books and a Cup of Tea

Sunny from A Splash of Ink

Karolina from Bookshelf Reflections

Rebecca from The Library Canary

Sandra from What Lovely Books

Kate from If These Books Could Talk

Helen from My Novel Opinion

Amelie from Amelie’s Bookshelf

Melissa from The Book Nut

Sajda at Across the Words

It was really tough for me to find 11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers!  I found most of these on Gin’s Book Notes Boost It Tuesday for this week.

And here are my burning questions:

1.  How do you define success when it comes to your blog?  Followers?  Comments?  Money (hey, it could happen)?
2.  Do you have a day job?  If so, what is it?
3.  If you could blog full-time (make enough income from it) would you?  Why or why not?
4.  Do you always buy books from certain authors?  Who?
5.  Do you feel the need to finish a series?  Why or why not?
6.  Do you write reviews for everything you read?  Why or why not?
7.  What is your absolute favorite book blog?  No, yours doesn’t count.  Why is it so fabulous?
8.  Hardcover, mass market paperback, trade paperback, or e-book?  Discuss.
9.  How many books do you own (let’s exclude ebooks for brevity)?  A rough estimate is fine.  Don’t go counting them all.
10.  How do you feel about cover reveals?  Do you participate?  Visit blogs participating?  Why or why not?
11.  What is your absolute favorite book of all time?  Pick one.  Yes, I know it’s hard.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Congrats on the award! I didn’t listen to audiobooks at all until I started having a long commute to work. Now I can’t get enough of them! I bet Maggie could illustrate her own work. Have you seen any of her drawings? They’re fantastic!

    1. Leila

      So not surprised Maggie is multi talented. I’ll have to Google her and see some of the drawings.

  2. Sunny Smith

    Thanks for nominating me!

    It took a little while, but I did a response post to this:)

    1. Leila

      Sweet! Can’t wait to read your answers.

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