The Liebster Award

Thank you to the lovely Julia Slaughter for thinking of me for this award. Please check out her blog, follow her, maybe even leave her a comment.

Sorry about the delay Julia. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would to write this.

What I know about the Liebster Award is, it’s a tag passed on from blogger to blogger, for readers to be introduced to blogs, they may or may not be aware of.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gave you.
  3. Tag 11 bloggers with less than 1,000 readers.
  4. Think of 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them through social media or their blog.

 

Questions from Julia:

1- What’s your “go to” comfort food?

Pasta. It’s easy to make and it’s filling. I have to have salad with it. Salad makes everything taste better in my opinion.

2- If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do when you got the money?

Buy a house in Spain. I’ve been hoping to move there for a couple of years now. Not sure when exactly I’ll be able to do that. Or I’d travel to east Asia and find a good place to live, temporarily.

Or, open my own business. I have been jotting down ideas for a restaurant I’d like to open for the past 8 years. I think I’ve figured out the location, but I don’t want to rush anything. If had enough money saved to open it myself, I would take a hiatus from writing.

3- What’s your favorite holiday and why?

National holiday? or holiday (going abroad)?

I don’t celebrate any national holidays (except maybe Bonfire Night, but I’m too old for that). I enjoy the atmosphere in November and December. Everyone seems happier. They look forward to Christmas and New Years. The Christmas lights are everywhere. When I was a kid, my dad used to take me and my siblings out to see the lights.

Holiday (going abroad). What I love about living in England, is the access to Europe and being able to visit so many countries. I have fond memories of visiting Denmark and Germany, and the drive to and from there.

One of the best holidays I remember having is spending my summer in Canada with my cousins. I remember having a lot of fun. We had many water fights, did a lot of touristy things and it was just the best.

4- Do you have any traditions that other people might think are unusual or interesting? If so, what are they?

The only thing I can think of, that other people have told me it’s weird is that I don’t like to eat cake on my birthday. It’s not interesting but maybe unusual. The thing is, it just doesn’t taste good. I’ll eat it anytime of the year but on my birthday, I’m never in the mood.

Instead I’d ask my mum to make Lasagna. So now I have Lasagna once a year, only on my birthday.

5- Do you know anything about your family history? Do you wish you knew more?

I know quite a bit about my family history, I would like to know more.

I know that Alexander the Great fought with an Indian Emperor (not too sure of the details), in the area where my father was born many, many years later.

My great, great, great (I don’t remember how many great) grand father was a scholar and adviser to the Mughal Emperor Akbar in India. And for his honesty, he was rewarded a large amount of land in Pakistan and he’s named after it. He also built a school, in which my cousin sister studied and graduated from.

I do wish I knew more, because everyone in my family looks different. No one looks like they’re from one ethnic group. E.g. my father looks Chinese and Arab and my mother looks Indonesian, Persian or Russian.

I think what I’d love to know is my genealogy and who were these people. I’d also like to visit those places that my ancestors are from and learn more about their lives. But I don’t think there’s much information out there for me to find.

6- Are you the kind of person that makes friends everywhere they go?

I love to meet new people. I don’t find it difficult to talk to people, but as I get older I don’t enjoy small talk.

Small talk gets in the way of making a proper connection with people, but it can sometimes be useful for getting to know more about a person. For me friendship comes through having real conversations with people.

I like deep conversations and being able to learn how to improve myself and help others in any way I can through conversation, that’s generally how I make friends, by learning about the person for who they are, how they think. I truly value all of my friends for their unique personalities.

As for making friends everywhere I go? I don’t know. Maybe. I’m not very shy in front of new people and most of the time I will talk first.

7- Is there a book you read in your childhood (or when you were younger) that you still like to revisit? If so what book and what brings you back to it? (If you’re not a reader, maybe a movie or TV show instead)

I wasn’t a reader as a kid. My mum used to read to me but I never wanted to read for myself. I like to watch Christmas movies, Robin Williams movies, or Matilda. But I only like to watch these with my sister. It’s not fun to watch on my own.

I don’t re read books, but one that I read I think 5 or 6 years ago was ‘The Story of Layla and Majnun’ I love the writing style and I read a few pages a month ago and I didn’t want to put it down. Unfortunately I have a large TBR pile and I always feel like I shouldn’t be re reading books when I have spent so much money on books I still haven’t read.

8- What fictional character (can be from any media) would you most like to have lunch with?

Fresh Prince is the first that came to mind, I think it’s because of the last question, got me feeling nostalgic. I think we’d have a laugh.

Arin from The Winner’s Curse because he’s kinda intense and I understand his pain more than Kestrel. We can have some good conversations that would force me to expand my world view. Maybe Gansey from The Raven Cycle can join us, I’d like to listen to him talk about things he’s learned.

I haven’t been able to relate to any female characters. Not a single one I’ve read about. I hope I can write a complex female character I can fully relate to.

I know this question isn’t about relatability, I’m just thinking about the type of people I’d like to have a conversation with and I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable if neither of us say a word. But when some one does speak, its something to think about.

Someone who’s not a fictional character, I’d like to have lunch with is Amy Poehler. She’s so supportive 0f women and really funny.

9- Is there something you like to splurge/treat yourself with? What is it?

I like to treat myself with things from Amazon. From art supplies to books. Anything really.

10- What’s your guilty pleasure?

I don’t think I have one anymore. I used to watch reality shows about rich privileged kids and I’d get really invested in their lives and then I realised I was preventing myself from making money or doing something useful with my time.

I’m not knocking anyone for watching them. I just don’t like how they make me feel.

11- Where do you stand on the “Fast Zombies” issue? (In other words, if there are zombies do you believe it’s possible for them to move crazy fast or more slow and shuffling?)

No, zombies will forever be slow. Their insides are rotting. How can they walk fast? Maybe if they have bionic legs. That would be pretty cool. Half zombie, half robot. But I can imagine the bionic legs tearing apart from the rotting zombie body.

Yup Zombies are slow.

 

People I’ve nominated:

I don’t spend a lot of time blogging. If ever I am, I’ll spend hours on here. The following people I’m nominating, I’d love to learn more about them. For anyone reading this, please check out these lovely peoples blogs. They all put a lot of time and effort into it and it shows.

1- Tasha, Head in the clouds, heart in the books

17, from Malaysia. A supportive and lovely person I’d like to know a little bit more better.

2- Joan, Fiddler Blue

Fellow K-pop lover. An inquisitive person with a great taste in lit and tv shows.

3- Regina, The Bibliothèque 

I love her blog. I’m so jealous.

4- Daniel, DanielWaltztwt

A published writer with a sunny personality.

5- Jessica, Mud and Stars

A hardworking book blogger, working in the publishing industry. And like me, Jessica is a 25 yr old Brit.

6- Erika, Erika in Bookventureland

Book lover with a great blog. I’ve noticed on GoodReads, we like and dislike similar books. I don’t meet many people I can share that with.

 

The Questions!

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What/who inspires you?
  3. What do you love most about where you live?
  4. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
  5. Movie or tv show seen recently? Did you like it?
  6. Recommend some music OR write your favourite type of music.
  7. If you could meet any ‘famous’ person, who would you want to meet and what would you talk about?
  8. Favourite place you’ve visited?
  9. What 3 words describe you best?
  10. Tell me something surprising about yourself. No pressure 😀
  11. Where is your happy place?

 

Thank you again to Julia, I am so happy to have been nominated by you.

 

Have a great day!

Alina

The Liebster Award

I was so excited to be nominated for this. Thanks to Andie! at TheBookHeap who nominated me. I’m a few weeks late on this. Sorry Andie, my workload was hectic. Now that my coursework has been handed in, I’m glad to be back.
The Liebster Award is an award given by a Blogger to other Bloggers as a way to promote their blog and to show an appreciation for them. The rules are below:

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11 Facts about myself:
1. I am a clean freak. I actually enjoy cleaning and I’m extremely organised.

2. I wanted to be an Artist when I was young. I still love art but I haven’t sketched or painted in years.

3. I love to travel. I’ve visited many places-thanks to my Dad. Some I’ve been to more than once.

4. I am Bi-lingual; I can speak Punjabi as well as English. I am currently learning how to speak in Spanish. I hope to learn many more languages during my lifetime.

5. Ever since I found out that my ancestors were from Greece and Russia, I’ve been curious to learn more about the culture and I hope to visit both countries some day.

6. I started reading for pleasure when I was 17. I wished I had read at an earlier age. I used to read in school but I could never concentrate. I started with YA and contemporary and now my mind doesn’t wander, it used to be so frustrating not being able to concentrate.

7. My favourite book is The Great Gatsby, I also love the movie.

8. Once upon a time I wanted to be a film-maker. I think I prefer writing. Now I want to be an author and I would love to write a screenplay and witness my story come to life. I can’t wait to finish my exams so that I can start writing again. I haven’t written anything in so long.

9. I cut off all of my hair back in December. Best decision ever. I love my short hair.

10. I dropped out of college. It was the best decision I made, though at the time it was scary. I didn’t want to waste time and I thought dropping out would mean I was being left behind. But, the time off was much needed as I discovered I love writing. I never thought I would want to be an Author.

11. I have been studying 3 A-levels for the past year and I got a place at a really good University (number 1 choice). Now, I am seriously contemplating not going-for many reasons.

The following are Andie’s questions:

1.If you had the chance to rewrite the ending of a book, which book would you choose, and why?

I don’t usually do this, I never thought about doing this until I heard some Booktubers talk about changing the ending to Allegiant and it made sense, so I have a slightly different ending in my mind for the book Allegiant. But the more I think about it- I’ve ruined someone’s hard work and changed it because I thought I could have come up with something better (I can’t). So now I regret doing this and I think the ending did perfectly suit the story and I love Veronica Roth.

2.How have you found your book blogging experience so far?

I’ve been enjoying it. I love working on my blog, but exams and coursework deadlines have gotten in the way.

3.What is your favourite Season?

This might be weird, but I think like all seasons. I appreciate the Winter when its Winter and I appreciate the Summer when it’s Summer.

4. Favourite book genre?

I’m new to reading. I don’t have a favourite. I enjoy reading Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Contemporary and Non-Fiction. I usually read anything I’m in the mood to read.

5. Most influential book you’ve read?

Although this book is not a favourite of mine it has greatly influenced me. The book is; Divergent. It got me into reading more Dystopias and Sci-Fi books. It inspired me to write. I participated in the 2013 NaNoWriMo for the first time in my life. I love the book for so much more than the story.

6. Most under-appreciated book in your opinion?

Slammed-only recently have I noticed people talking about this book. I love it and the story behind this book. Colleen Hoover wrote it as a Christmas present for her mother-who then told her to sell it-she eventually published it herself. She went from living in a trailer to a nice big home.
I’m not sure why, but I really enjoyed reading it-mostly likely it was the romance that I liked.

7. Did you read much by yourself as a child?

No-I tried, could never follow the story. I was an Artist back then.

8. Audiobooks: Yay, or Nay?

I tried it and I didn’t particularly like them.

9. Do you prefer books with “Classic” looking covers (aka just the title in simple font) or do you prefer the more modern versions with images and pictures on the cover?

I don’t have a preference- If I love the artwork of a particular ‘Classic’ I’d buy that.

10. Do you have a GoodReads account?

Yes! Heres the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14199930-alina

11. Do you want to be an author yourself? Or are you happy just to be a reader?

Yes, I hope to become an Author. I’m new to reading and as much as I enjoy it-I love writing and making up stories of my own.

Bloggers I nominate:

Lucy at ThatCollegiateGirl
Annie at SwimTeamMom
Toni at TonisBookBlog
ReadingOutLoudBlog

Your questions:
1. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
2. What would you ask them?
3. Do you prefer to read the book first or watch the movie first?
4. What book would you love to see be made into a movie?
5. Name a hobby, other than reading.
6. How many places have you visited?
7. Your favourite book? (You can name more than one)
8. If you could live anywhere in the world-where would you live?
9. Your dream job?
10. Most influential book you’ve read?
11. Do you think the decision to not graduate from University is the worst mistake a person can make?

This is your award. Congratulations!

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