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Liebster Award #2

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First and foremost, I would like to give a huge thank you to A Fangirl’s Opinion for nominating me for the Liebster award!

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.

As I have done a post on this only a couple of weeks ago, I will be bending the rules slightly and not nominating fellow blogs and posing questions for them to answer.

11 Facts About Me: (This is getting ridiculous. After the One Lovely Blog Award, the Liebster Award and the Versatile Blogger Award, I am running out of ideas – not that I’m complaining about being nominated, I feel truly honored by that.)

  • I am a Ravenclaw.
  • I can never decide between the young Remus Lupin or the young Sirius Black… I would probably have more in common with Remus, but I ship him and Tonks, so…
  • My beautiful new custom made bookcases came and were installed yesterday! I am so excited and they look absolutely stunning! I am certainly on my way to having a wall of books… (Let me know in the comments if you are interested in a bookshelf tour!)
  • I have organised my books into books that are not mine, nonfiction books and then authors A-Z.
  • I am still in high school.
  • Despite living in Australia, I do not read many Australian authors (which is something that I want to fix).
  • I have 14 signed books and 2 additional author signatures, but I am eager to collect more (though there does not seem to be much – if any – opportunity for that…)
  • The books that I have signed are…
    Blossom Possum by Gina Newton
    – The Dragon Keepertrilogy, prequel and encyclopedia by Carol Wilkinson
    If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
    The Ruins of Gorlan and The Outcasts by John Flanagan
    Girl Underground and Grace by Morris Gleitzman
    The two author’s signatures are from Fiona Wood and Kieth Grey.
  • The day that I was going to meet John Flanagan, I would have brought all of his books that were out at the time with me but my mum protested and said that he wouldn’t sign them all. I listened to her but then found out through conversation with him that he would have signed them all had I brought them. – I am still rather depressed about it to this day.
  • I have red streaks in my hair.
  • TenRose is my OTP! And it’s cannon!! *squeal* David Tennant said so ;).

Questions From A Fangirl’s Opinion:

#1: If you could switch roles with any fictional or real person, who would it be?

Ooh, this is really hard… It’s a tie between Tessa Grey from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because Will Herondale and a Ravenclaw from the Harry Potter universe – I would love to be Hermione’s best friend and, you know, magic.

#2: Hardbacks or Paperbacks?

While I adore the look of hardbacks and get extremely jealous when I watch BookTube and see all of these beautiful hardbacks behind them *cough* Katytastic *cough*, I have to go with paperbacks as they are a lot cheaper and I can essentially get two for the price of one hardback. However, there will be instances when I want to/will buy the hardback instead of the paperback, in spite of the cost.

#3: What is the saddest book you’ve read?

Hmm… The saddest book on my shelf would have to be Falling into Place by Amy Zhang – I remember sobbing my eyes out reading that. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusac and A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French are also really sad.

#4: What films/books/tv shows are you really looking forward to this year?

This is hard and will be rather long… There are probably more than what I list but I cannot think of them off the top of my head.
Movies
– Tomorrowland
– The Longest Ride
– Paper Towns
– Inside Out
– Ant Man (I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday and LOVED it!)

Books
Magnus Chase and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Winter by Marissa Meyer (No, I have not read Cinder but I plan to get caught up on the series before the finale comes out.)

TV Shows
– New episodes of Agents of SHIELD
– New episodes of Supernatural
– The next season of Doctor Who and the Christmas special
– The BBC Sherlock Christmas special
– The next season of The Blacklist
– New episodes of Elementary

#5: What/Who inspired you to start blogging?

Funny story, actually. About two years ago, we had to make a website for health as part of our assessment. I got a good mark and the task introduced me to WordPress. Naturally, I deleted the content as soon as I had my result but could not remove the site – which is why the URL joysofbookworms.wordpress.com is private. (For those of you who don’t know, this website is joysofbookworms99). That summer break, I got bored so for whatever reason decided to create another website and post all of my reviews that I had put on Goodreads. About six months later, I revisited the site and started posting some more reviews and started participating in some weekly book memes. And, low and behold, here I am a year and a half later.

#6: If you were offered a career of you dreams what would it be?

I aspire to be a clinical psychologist specialising in youth. However, I also really want to be a professional reviewer – getting sent physical books would be a dream come true.

#7: Whats the best advice you have ever been given/gave?

I think the best ideal/attribute/quality (I’m not sure of the right word here) that I live by and think is really important is to just be yourself. Embrace you likes, your dislikes and your passions, no matter what anyone says. Don’t let people make you ashamed of who you are – be it in looks, skills, passions, friends or otherwise. Never let anyone pressure you into changing. In the same way, do this to others – try to be understanding and not judge others.

There is one quote that I remember loving and feeling really impacted by: “Somewhere in the midst of it all, it hit you. You realised that these days are more than ice cream trips, homework and pimples. This is called life. And this one is yours.”

#8: What was your favourite childhood book/film/tv show?

Ben 10 and Ben 10 Alien Force. No doubt about it.

#9: Favourite Disney Film?

Beauty and the Beast. I have always loved Belle – even before I became a massive reader, I always admired her passion for books. The bookstore and the library have stayed with me ever since I first saw them.

#10: Who is your favourite villain and why?

Dolores Umbridge. No matter how many books I read, I doubt I will ever find a villain as despicable as she. Let’s face it – we all want her dead more than Voldemort.

#11: If someone wrote a book about you, what would it be called?

Hmm… I have several ideas, all relatively cliché: Joys of a Bookworm; Live. Laugh. Read.; Obsessed? No. Just look at all my bo– Oh; Too Many Books, Too Little Time.

Thank you again to A Fangirl’s Opinion for nominating me for this award! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Analee from BookSnacks and Casey from inspiredbythepage for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award! They are both awesome people and you should definitely check out their blogs if you haven’t already.
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Rules

 Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
– Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
– Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
– Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this.
– Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
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7 Facts About Me

(I’ll try to be original, but looking back I have noticed some of the same facts from the One Lovely Blog Award in the Liebster Award…)

1. I have recently started my first job.
2. I would love to work in a bookstore part-time or casually.
3. I am getting some custom made bookshelves which will line my wall. I am beyond excited! They will be coming in a couple of weeks and when I get them I will most certainly do a bookshelf tour for you all.
4. I have red streaks in my hair.
5. I have no problem reading multiple books at once.
6. I love marathoning things – books, movies, TV shows… Anything but the real thing (i.e. running).
7. I’m not really into music – I would much rather be reading (in silence! I can’t read when listening to music. Just, no.)
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The Nominees (I’ll try not to nominate those who have already done this tag or have been nominated)

In no particular order…

Shannon A Thompson
Becca and Books
The Time Traveling Writer’s Blog
Prim Book Reads
Intothebookcase
The Enchanted Book
The Writing Hufflepuff
A World of Books
Lynette Noni
Reading Rachel
inspiredbyabook
mylittlebookblog
littleonionwrites
Bookmark’d in Bankok
The Fandom News

Thank you again to both Casey and Analee! If I have nominated you and you have made a response post, please let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to check it out.

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.
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    #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.

One Lovely Blog Award

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Thank you so much to Pearl Angeli from Bibliopearl for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. I feel so honoured! Be sure to check her out – not only are her book reviews amazing, but she is such a lovely person to talk to!

After receiving this award, I was tasked to do some things, which include posting these rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 5-15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Now here are the seven facts about myself:

  1. I have only recently become a fan of Doctor Who.
  2. During the holidays, I plan to watch seasons 5-8 of Doctor Who, 1-8 of Supernatural, 1-2 of Torchwood, 1-6 of Vampire Diaries and season 3 of BBC Sherlock.
  3. I want to be a psychologist when I’m out of school.
  4. I’m a Christian.
  5. During university (probably my under-graduate) I plan on spending a year in England.
  6. I’ve been obsessed with going to England for who-knows-how-long and I really want an English accent.
  7. Although I am a complete and utter bookworm, I hated reading until the end of year four.

Now I’m nominating these lovely blogs (In no particular order):

  1. Wordsweetheart
  2. Lynette Noni
  3. Bibliopearl (can you nominate someone once they’ve already been nominated? I don’t know but oh well ^_^)
  4. Shannon A Thompson
  5. Bookmark’d in Bankok
  6. Littleonionwrites
  7. Alysha Kaye

Once again, thank you to Pearl for nominating me! It really made my day 🙂