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Liebster Award

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Thank you so much to The Enchanted Book for nominating me for the Liebster Award! She is really cool and, as I have discovered recently, we share a very similar taste in books. You should definitely check her out!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
  • Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than or equal to 3000 followers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 new questions.

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11 Random Facts About Me

  • I want to live in England with my best friend lilnerdling and get a British accent.
  • I am short-sighted.
  • I love my sister, who is older than me by approximately two and a half years.
  • I want to be a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in youth/young adults.
  • Aside from living in England and becoming a psychologist, my dream is to be a professional reviewer – that is, be sent physical copies of books in exchange for honest reviews (like you see on BookTube). I am a member of NetGallery and have been sent electronic copies of books by Shannon A Thompson, which is absolutely awesome, but to quite the same.
  • I live in Australia.
  • I am obsessed with BookTube.
  • PolandbananasBOOKS was the first BookTuber that I ever watched, and the only one for approximately six months.
  • I am a Christian.
  • I am a Superwholockian.
  • I love the Marvel Universe, but admittedly have never read the comics.
    ______________________________________________________________________Questions From The Enchanted Book

    #1: Who was your first fictional boyfriend/girlfriend?
    I honestly have no idea. However, I think that the first character I fell in love with was Ramil from Dragonfly by Julia Golding – which I have read at least seven times and is one of my favourite books ever.

    #2: How do you decide what book to read next?
    I have a stack of books to read next on my bedside table. This represents my shortlisted TBR pile. From there, I go with whichever book I’m most interested in. However, I also have a virtual stack of books on by NetGallery shelf, which also factor in.

    #3: What bookish thing (aside from books) is a big part of your life? (ex. Goodreads, Booktube)
    As afore mentioned, I am not-so-slightly obsessed with BookTube. I do have Goodreads, but I only use it to post another copy of my reviews and to look up the occasional synopsis/author’s name.

    #4: Have you ever marathoned a book trilogy/series? If so, which one?
    Yes, I have marathoner several book series’/trilogies. Off the top of my head, the Infernal Devices trilogy and most of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare; the first two books in both the Timely Death trilogy by Shannon A Thompson and the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski; most of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan; the Immortals and the Song of the Lioness quartets by Tamora Pierce; the Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles and most of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan; as well as countless others. I believe that marathoning series is certainly the way to go, but if you can’t or don’t that’s fine too.

    #5: What is/are your favourite TV show(s)?
    Doctor Who, BBC Sherlock, Supernatural, Elementary, Agents of Shield, The Blacklist and Once Upon a Time. There may be a few others, but I cannot recall them off the top of my head.

    #6: Which is your favourite food/beverage to eat/drink while reading? (this is if you do so!)
    I cannot bring myself to eat or drink while reading (save water). However, if we’re talking about my favourite snack in general (but, more specifically, while watching movies and/or TV shows) I would have to say original chips (preferably crinkle cut) with either smarties/m&ms/mini m&ms (yes, mixed together!).

    #7: What are your other obsessions, aside from books?
    BookTube, movies (usually seen at the cinema) and Superwholock.

    #8: If you could choose a bookish career, which would it be?
    As afore mentioned, I would love to be a professional reviewer, but aside from that I would like to be an editor.

    #9: If you could choose a bookish CAREER, which would it be?
    *groan* Really? You have to pick this one? I have absolutely no idea – none whatsoever. I shall instead point you in the direction of Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare. I love all of their works and so any quotes from their books would be amazing.

    #10: What are your top three bookish pet peeves?
    Dog eared pages, books left tented (as in, left open face down on the current page(s) – it’s kind of hard to explain) and the general mistreating of books.

    #11: What is you worst reading habit?
    Oh, this is a hard one… I’m going to go with a rather common reading habit: despite having so many unread books on my shelf (some dating back to about four years or so) I keep buying more.
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    The Nominees

    In no particular order…

    1. inspiredbythepage
    2. Tattooed Pages
    3. Becca and Books
    4. Bookmark’d in Bankok
    5. Bibliopearl
    6. A Fangirl’s Opinion
    7. Prim Book Reads
    8. mylittlebookblog
    9. Words We Heart
    10. Alysha Kaye
    11. Seikaiha’s Blah-Blah-Blah
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    My Questions

    1. What was the first book/series/trilogy that you remember loving?
    2. What are some of your all-time favourite books and/or authors?
    3. What is an under hyped book that you loved and who would you recommend it to?
    4. Do you like BookTube? If so, who are some of your favourites?
    5. What is your go-to book for YA recommendations?
    6. How many books are on your bookshelves? (For this, you can simply post pictures of your bookshelves).
    7. Who are your top five role models from books? Why?
    8. What non-bookish item/food/memory/thing do you associate with books?
    9. Where do you live? Where would you like to live?
    10. What book made you a reader and why?
    11. If you could choose, which bookish world would you want to live in? Why?

    And that’s all for the Liebster Award! Thank you again to The Enchanted Book for nominating me! To all you nominees: be sure to link your response in the comments below.

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Reader Problems Tag

I first saw this tag on Katytastic‘s BookTube channel but was actually tagged by Casey from inspiredbythepage – you should definitely check out both of these awesome people!

#1: You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I honestly just go with what I’m in the mood for on my shelf. I have a stack on my bedside table where I put all the books that I want to read in the immediate future. I do try and prioritize library books and those borrowed from friends but it really just depends on what I feel like reading.

#2: You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

This really depends on the book. I am in the middle of “reading” quite a few books  at the moment… I do try and persevere but if it comes to the point that I’m not reading because I’m avoiding that book, I’m going to put it down (“temporarily”).

#3: The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I will try and catch up but depending on the amount of books I have and how busy I am, I may tweak my reading challenge slightly (shh). If I do decide to try and catch up, it will most certainly by binge reading – there really is no other way.

#4: The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Here’s the thing: I do have money in my bank account, but I have literally only started working a couple of days ago. So, I usually just have to live with it. However, I may start fixing up a few things here and there and giving the duplicates to my cousin and/or friends. We’ll see.

#5: Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I vent. Be it on my blog, to one of my friends or even to my family – despite them typically having absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. To me, venting is extremely helpful.

#6: You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

See, when I cry in books (or movies) I don’t full on sob – I just tear up really badly. In public, I usually try to hide my face with my hair and hope that I’ve got some tissues on me. If people come up to me in concern, I’ll tell them the truth – its not like I’ll ever see them again.

#7: A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?

Ideally, I re-read the previous book(s) – but that usually doesn’t happen. I always read the synopsis of previous installments and perhaps the last chapter or so if the last novel. However, I am incredibly lazy so just wing it most of the time and hope that I remember all that I need.

#8: You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I politely decline. Depending on who it is that is asking and what book is in question, I may let them borrow it. If not, I will apologise but say that I have several books out on lend already, most of which I lent out quite a long time ago and have not gotten them back. (True story)

#9: You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Fortunately, I do not believe that I have really experienced a reading slump yet (that I can recall). However, there is always at least one book that I’m really excited to read so I will pick that one up. If not, I will probably try re-reading some of my favorites.

#10: There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

As afore mentioned, it is only now that I have actually started my first job – so not that many. However, that does not mean that I will not eventually pick them up. If I  so desperate, I will find a way to buy them or beg someone else to buy it for me.

#11: After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Yeah, about that… I have unread books on my shelf from over three (maybe four) years ago. This is mostly because they were impulse buys and were either really cheap or I bought them to complete a series that I later lost interest in. At least one of these books were given to me as a Christmas present and I just never really had the motivation to pick it up.

For the most part, I do try and get to books quickly but quite a lot of them sit on my shelf for a few months before I eventually end up picking them up. I know that it’s really bad, but I can’t seem to help it.

Thank you again to Casey for tagging me – I had a lot of fun! I now tag tattooed pages to complete this challenge. If anyone else would like to do this tag feel free and please leave a link to your post in the comments and I will be sure to check them out. Also, if you simply want to leave your answers to some (or all) of the questions in the comments please do.