I was nominated for this award by Heather from Cook’s Reviews. The Liebster Award is to recognize fellow bloggers and to help others discover new blogs. I’ve seen this award in other blogs but I never thought it might someday be my turn, haha. I’m feel very honored.
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Display the award somewhere on your blog.
- List 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger that nominated you.
- Come up with 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
- Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think deserve the award and who have less than 1,000 followers. (You may nominate blogs that have already received the award, but you cannot renominate the blog that nominated you.)
- Go to their blog and inform them that they’ve been nominated.
11 Facts about me
- I used to hate coffee. My family drinks mostly tea, and I drank coffee only out of courtesy. I guess the turning point was the summer before university when I worked in a cafe and my co-worker used to make me amazing coffee drinks when we weren’t busy.
- I have a younger brother. He reads mostly fantasy and science fiction, and was the one who introduced me to Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy.
- I’m not a good cook. I enjoy baking but when it comes to cooking, I become lazy and mostly just make the same dishes again and again.
- I’m ovo-lacto vegetarian which means I don’t eat animal products, dairy and eggs notwithstanding.
- I’m quite shy in front of strangers and prefer to listen instead of talk.
- I’ve always been good at languages. I started studying English when I was 10, German when I was 12 and Swedish when I was 14.
- I’ve been on an InterRail twice and I absolutely love it. The first was in 2007 and the second in 2012. I love to travel by train and see the changing scenery, the infinite possibilities in choosing the route, and the freedom.
- I hate to disappoint people.
- Besides reading books, I love to read newspapers. I enjoy the small details of layout and style. Every time I travel abroad, I buy at least one newspaper and read it cover to cover.
- When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer. However, I’ve never been to a ballet class.
- My favourite composers are Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Joe Hisaishi, Yann Tiersen and Alexandre Desplat.
11 Questions from Heather
- 1. What made you start blogging?
- I discovered Goodreads in April 2013 and it inspired me to keep track of what I was reading. Soon enough, I was reading more and more each month and feeling the need to write down and share my thoughts on the books. I started my blog in Tumblr but soon felt that it wasn’t the right platform for me. Switching to WordPress, I’ve discovered several amazing blogs and bloggers, and couldn’t be any happier.
- 2. Which book (books) has been the most influential in your life?
- This is a hard question. There have been so many books that have changed me, and in different stages of my life. To name a few: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, Iiris rukka by Anni Swan (Finnish juvenile fiction from 1916), the Mirkka series by Tuija Lehtinen (also Finnish juvenile fiction, 1987-1996).
- 3. If you could only choose one, who would your favorite book character be? Why?
- Hmm.. this is almost as bad as the previous one. I guess my favourite character would be Elizabeth Bennet. Despite her prejudice, she is witty and clever and has inspired several heroines. I admire her braveness.
- 4. What is your favorite book series?/What is your favorite standalone?
- I think my favourite book series must be either the Harry Potter series (quite obvious, isn’t it?) or the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series (Funniest. Ever). I’ve been reading a lot of standalones lately, but my all-time favourite is North and South by Elisabeth Gaskell.
- 5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 books would you need to survive?
- North and South by Elisabeth Gaskell (favourite), Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (TBR), David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (TBR), Oxford, Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (weapon), The Bible.
- 6. Do you prefer buying your books in stores or online?
- Store. I like to feel the book and read parts of it in store. And the fact that you can dive in immediately after paying for it.
- 7. How do you choose to organize your bookshelf (by genre/author/size/color/etc.)?
- By colour and genre. I have dictionaries and academic journals on one shelf, classics on the other, big hardbacks on the third, etc. With in a shelf, the books are organized by colour.
- 8. If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be and why?
- I guess this also includes authors that have already passed away? In that case, my choice would be J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d love to hear him explain how he built the Middle Earth and the Elvish language. The dinner would ultimately take place in The Eagle and Child in Oxford 🙂
- 9. What is your favorite genre?
- 10. What is your least favorite cliche?
- Insta-love. It just… ugh. I can deal with it if the story is well-written, but otherwise it’s a definite no-no.
- 11. Do you enjoy background noise while you read or do you need silence?
- It depends. I like to read in coffee shops, but I find it hard to read when the television is on (especially if the language in the broadcast and the book are not the same).
11 Questions to nominees
- What are you reading right now?
- How do you choose the books that you read? Based on recommendation/review/cover/etc?
- How would you describe yourself as a reader?
- What is the book that you recommend to people most often?
- Do you have any genres that you hate/dislike?
- If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 books would you need to survive?
- What was the last translated book that you read?
- Do you have a specific place where you read?
- What would you be doing if you weren’t reading?
- Which book (books) has influenced you the most?
- Do you sometimes fake that you’ve read a book that you actually haven’t?