The Liebster Award, Or Me Talking About Myself

So I’ve been nominated by Anna from The Tsundokist for the Liebster Award, which is a fun blogging honor/meme that I’ve seen pop up from time to time on other blogs.  You should check out Anna’s blog – I very much enjoy reading her reviews!  Thank you, Anna!

liebster2The Rules: 

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people (preferably those with under 200 followers)
  4. Give your nominees 11 different questions to answer.

The Questions:

1.Do you read one book at a time or multiple?

I read multiple books at a time – I usually have a fiction and a nonfiction going at any given time, and sometimes will throw audio books or another fiction in the mix.  I tried the one book at a time thing and it just didn’t work for me!

6147RXZYV3L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_2. Favorite Childhood Book?

I particularly loved Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum.

3.  Which author do you think is totally overrated and why?

I hate to say mean things about authors…  I will just say that I do not see the appeal of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, having read the first one.  Not my thing.

4.  What was the last book you read that made you laugh a lot?

I’ve been rereading Lois Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik series lately (a favorite from childhood) and they are laugh out loud funny.anastasiaagainloislowry

5.  What was the last book that made you cry?

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

6.  Are you a fast or slow reader?

Medium.  (Seriously, I don’t know how to judge these things.  I’m no speed reader, I know that.)

7.  Name a book you DNF’ed recently.

My most recent DNF was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.  I intend to try it again, though.  I just wasn’t in the mood.

8.  What is your go-to genre for long-haul flights?

I don’t fly very often or very well, but I MUST have two things for reading materials:  Gossip magazines, and an Anne Tyler novel.  It’s a weird superstition of mine.

sense-and-sensibility-bicentenary-edition-penguin-classics-2012-x-2009. What is the most recent classic you read and what did you think of it?

Right now I’m listening to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility on CD and it’s MARVELOUS.  I’ve read it twice before and it’s one of my favorite books anyway.  But this version, read by actress Juliet Stevenson, is really well done!

10.  What is next on your TBR?

I’ll be reading Donal Ryan’s All We Shall Know for Reading Ireland Month.

11.  Do you have a favorite bookshop?  Why is it your favorite?

I have a particular fondness for Malaprop’s in Asheville, North Carolina.  My husband and I go there whenever we’re in Asheville.  It’s just marvelously quirky.

So that’s it.  This was great fun!  I think many of you have already done this meme before, so I’ll just nominate five bloggers who I think may not have participated and who I enjoy reading:

Valancy @ Blue Castle Considerations

Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku 

Katie @ KatieGilley

Sarah @ Reviews and Read-a-thons

Marie @ Book Chatter

Questions for Them to Answer:

  1. Name a book that’s been on your TBR for more than three years.
  2. If you had time to grab one book from your shelf before fleeing your home (and your family is safe) what would you choose?
  3. What’s the most recent book you gave someone as a gift?
  4. If you could have coffee with any writer, living or dead, who would you choose?
  5. What time of day do you do most of your reading?
  6. What do you do to get out of a reading slump?
  7. Do you have a favorite bookmark?  If so, describe it.
  8. Do your IRL friends read your blog?
  9. Name one of your favorite “comfort reads.”
  10. Name a bookstore you’d like to visit.
  11. Name your favorite book-to-movie adaptation.

Thanks again, Anna.  This was great fun!  For anyone else who may or may not have done this book tag before, feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments below. I’d love to hear your picks.

 

 

 

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Greetings!  Happy December, readers.  I’m slowly getting back into the reading groove after my mediocre/distracted/busy November.  Right now I am reading Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch thriller, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, as well as a reread of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  And I just started a nonfiction book about weight and body image called Body of Truth: Change Your Life by Changing the Way You Think About Weight and Health.  So far I’m enjoying all three!519rtaeemkl-_sy344_bo1204203200_

I saw this tag on Naz’s awesome blog (Read Diverse Books) last week and thought it looked like a fun way to get back in the swing of blogging.  Two book tag posts in a row?  Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll finish a book soon and write a proper review. So here we go (I warn you, it’s a long one!)

Ebooks or physical books?  Definitely physical.  I stare at a a screen all day at work and don’t want my reading to be one one if I can help it.  I’ve read a couple of ebooks and appreciate their availability and convenience, but I am almost always a paper reading fan.

Paperback or hardback?  Don’t care.

Online or in-store book shopping?  In-store is my preference, but with a young child and a husband who works an almost opposite schedule, my time to browse is almost nil.  So I’ll take whatever book shopping I can get at this point!

Trilogies or series?  No preference.  I read whatever suits the narrative.  I do tend to read mystery series, which can go on forever.  This latest Harry Bosch is the 21st!  But as long as the quality doesn’t go down, I’m in for the long haul.

Heroes or villains?  I want to read characters who are realistic to me in their emotions, thoughts, and actions, regardless of whether or not they’re likeable.  I like flawed characters; they “ring true” to me.  That said, I need at least a shred of goodness in a main character to really love a book.

bn-oc968_gyasi__jv_20160520165430A book you want everyone to read?  I’m going to echo Naz’s answer and choose Yaa Gyasi’s brilliant first novel Homegoing.  It just blew me away.  I didn’t want to put it down and made me reconsider what I thought I knew about the after effects of slavery that resound to this day.

Recommend an underrated book:   I did a Top Ten Tuesday post about this very topic back in July.  Check it out!

The last book you finished?  Mrs. Malory Investigates by Hazel Holt, the first in the series.  (See?  I told you I read mysteries!)  It was lovely and I have the second one on my bedside book stack.

3867811-_uy200_Used book, yes or no?  I don’t know how a reader could say no to used books.  I like to support authors of color (and hopefully help influence how the industry chooses to publish authors in the future) by buying new hardcovers sometimes, but I take books any way I can get them.

Top three favorite genres?  Mystery, Literary, Speculative.

Weirdest thing you use as a bookmark?  My bookmarks are pretty standard/boring.  I get them free at the library!  🙂

Borrow or buy?  I do both, but most of my reading is borrowed, since I work at the library!

Characters or plot?  Both please!  But I do love a good novel where “nothing happens.”  🙂  I love getting inside characters’ minds and I love books about the foibles and ordinary interactions among families and relationships.

Long or short book?  Short, if I have to choose.  Although I want it on the record that I’ve read Middlemarch TWICE, so I can read long books!  Ha ha!

Long or short chapters?  No preference.

Name the first three books you think of?  Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Beloved by Toni Morrison.  I loved the first one, and I intend to reread the last two soon, because it’s been FAR too long since I’ve read them and I want them to be fresher in my mind and look at them from an adult perspective.2540302-m

Books that make you laugh or cry?  Right now I probably need some more books that make me laugh!

Our world or fictional worlds?  How about something that resembles our world but is just a little bit off?  I like those kinds of books.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?  Yes, initially.  But it’s certainly not my only criteria.

Audiobooks?  Yes, but I don’t do them very often.  I only listen to them occasionally in my car because most of my other listening to things time is taken up by a million podcasts!

Book to movie or book to TV?  Movie.  I don’t have a lot of time for TV these days – I’ve about reached my max on what I’ve got time to watch.

A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book? Mary Poppins.  The book and film are VERY different. 51jbvwtdx-l-_sx320_bo1204203200_

Series or standalone?  Standalone.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tag.  I like doing these things from time to time and I especially like reading them – it’s fun to see how our individual preferences match or differ.  I’m not going to tag anyone else, but feel free to do this if you like or if you’re stuck on what to write about next!