Liebster Award


So the Liebster Award (German for “dearest”, “sweet”, “kindest”, ect.) is a tag where eleven people are nominated to answer eleven questions; at the end of the eleven questions, eleven more people are nominated! Huge thank-you to Janna @ Writing Visually for nominating me — you are awesome! Go check out her blog!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. Give those bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated.

Here are the elven questions Janna asked.

  1. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

GOSH, THIS IS HARD. And cruel. So, my first reaction to this question when I first saw it was Harry Potter—but which one? I love them all equally. Do I choose the biggest? That would make sense, right? And, as Janna point out on Twitter . . . So I think I would listen to the Harry Potter audio books (if you haven’t heard them—you should). But for book I would have to say A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martian, because a) it’s massive, and b) this book is so well-written I don’t think I’d ever tire of it.

  1. If your life was a book what would it be called?

The Life and Anxieties of Kara the Writer.

YEP. I could totally see that.

  1. Who was your first fictional crush?

Haha, I love this question. I think it was Ash from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.

  1. Traditional publishing vs self publishing – which would you choose if you had the choice? And why?

Traditional, definitely. I do not ever see myself attempting to self-publish a book. I believe that traditional published books are better edited; I want my book to go out into a world properly edited and copy-edited. I’m not saying that some self-published novels can’t be properly edited—but a novel is less likely to be polished when it’s been self-published.

  1. Ebooks vs real books? Which wins?

REAL BOOKS. REAL BOOKS ALL THE WAY. I don’t read many e-books, apart from review copies that I receive from Netgalley . . . and it’ll probably stay that way. I like books I can hold and touch and stoke its pretty cover in a completely non-creepy way, okay?

  1. Do you read picture books or graphic novels? Why/why not?

I don’t read a whole lot of picture / graphic books. I just think I haven’t even them a chance—and besides, where would I start!? However, I recently read (and loved) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which included illustrations.

  1. What are your thoughts on NA (new adult) fiction?

Not a huge fan of it. But neither have a read a lot of it—so who am I to judge?

  1. What is a book you’ve read purely because of the cover?

Uh, this is pretty much EVERY book I read. I know that’s a really shallow thing to say (“don’t judge a book by its cover?” Pfft), but I can’t really pinpoint just one book. The closest answer I can get to this question would have to be Snow Like Ashes. How could anyone look at that cover and NOT want to read it?

  1. What must a book have in it for you to fall in love with it?

Complex, interesting characters; beautiful writing (I am a big fan of lyrical writing a la Daughter of Smoke and Bone); intriguing storyline; and twists. Lots of twists.


  1. Are there any movies / TV series out there that you think are better than the books from which they originated?

Ooh, interesting question. Only one is coming to me at the moment—The Vampire Diaries. The books were never really my thing, but I enjoy the TV show. (Even though I’m horrendously behind with it . . .)

  1. Where is your favourite place to read / write?

Read: On my bed, or at my desk, or at the beach or the park. Outdoors is very nice to read. I usually write at my desk—but it’s also great to have a change of scenery, and write at the library, too.

Thank you Janna for these wonderful questions!

I nominate . . .

(Sorry if you’ve already been nominated before . . . but clearly, that means you’re awesome.)

Skye @ Spontaneous Outpourings | Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination | Emily @ Loony Literate | Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Rochelle @ Inside My Worlds | Jess @ My Reading Dress | Kelly @ Diva Booknerd | Brett @ Brett Michael Orr | Ebony @ Darling Damsels |

I challenge you to answer . . .

  1. If you could be a character in any book—which book / character would that be?
  2. Which do you prefer: buying or borrowing books?
  3. Favourite reading (and / or writing) snack? (Yes, drinks count.)
  4. Paperback or hardback? Why?
  5. What do you think of negative book reviews?
  6. If you could ask your favourite author any question—what question would that be?
  7. Book adaptations: Do you watch them?
  8. Which fictional character are you most like?
  9. What’s your current favourite movie / TV show?
  10. Most anticipated novel of 2015?
  11. (If you’re a writer) What’s the most challenging thing about your current work-in-progress?

14 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. A Game of Thrones is a good choice! :) I have no idea what I’d choose, but it would definitely be something long… possibly AGoT!

    I too love beautiful writing. :D Have you read Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle? SERIOUSLY. AWESOME. And filled with gorgeous writing. :)

  2. Those are some fabulous questions. Real books all the way for me, too. I stare at a screen enough throughout the day, so I’d rather not stare at a screen when I’m reading. I read books based on the covers, too, sometimes. Or at least it might pique my interest. I don’t even think that’s a shallow thing. Publishers use covers as a marketing tool so they are meant to help with your first impression of the book. Lyrical writing is something that I love in books as well. For a ton of books I don’t care what the story is about as long as it has beautiful writing. For example, I wouldn’t usually read creepy stories like those in The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, but his writing is too beautiful to miss.

  3. Interesting answers for interesting questions. I’m with you on the ebooks. I hate them with a passion. Doesn’t help that half my family keep asking me why I don’t get a Kindle or whatever it’s called.
    And dude, your question 7 for me. Do you want the one word answer, or the really long explanation? :p That question is built for me, yes?

  4. Thanks for the tag Kara, it’s been a while since I’ve seen this award doing the rounds. I was tagged quite a few times when I first started blogging, and the conditions were that you needed to pick bloggers that had less than 100 followers. That would count me out now.

    I’m the same, the cover is what draws me into a book in the first place. If there’s not that initial attraction to the cover, it doesn’t usually get a look in with me. I’m totally vain like that too. I actually haven’t seen the Vampire Diaries, but tried to read the books and they are absolutely horrid. Oh, never again.

    Thanks for sharing Kara, look forward to answering your questions soon <3

  5. Yessss reading on the bed is the best ever. It’s definitely my favourite reading spot too. Great answers, Kara! <33

  6. Cool answers! Reading on the bed is the default way to read a book isn’t it? Gosh, comfort and words. Thank you very much! :D

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