Liebster Blog Award

I have mentioned before that I really only started writing this for my own amusement.  Girl her Head in a Book existed as a Microsoft Word Document for quite a while before it migrated to Blogspot (with a brief beginning over at WordPress before I took against the format).  Anyway, one thing I have gradually been realising is that I should try to ‘join in the conversation’ more, rather than simply writing what I think and publishing it on the internet.  The part of blogging which has been the most rewarding has always been whenever somebody has responded to something that I have written.  So, I was absolutely delighted to get my ‘nomination’ for the Liebster Blog Award by with Vicky W.  This is an award designed for smaller blogs to get some recognition, so thank you Vicki!

The rules are as follows:

List 11 facts about oneself
Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you
Ask 11 new questions to other blogs without renominating the blog that nominated you.
Go to their blog and tell them that they have been nominated!

11 facts about me

1)I was born in Australia but left there when I was one and a half and have never been back.  Sorting out an expedition to the Southern hemisphere is a priority.
2)Most of my family are Northern Irish and occasionally my accent will completely change depending on what I’m talking about.  I can’t change it if someone tells me to, it completely depends on the topic.
3)I was addicted to Chocolate Hobnobs and can no longer buy them because I don’t have self-control to get through a packet slowly.
4)I love Radio 4 comedy.  It’s seriously not just for pensioners.
5)I wasn’t allowed to read Enid Blyton when I was a child because my Mum thought that it would be a waste of my time.  I read Malory Towers while I was at university.
6)I live in a house share where I am the only girl.  I am the least inclined to bicker.
7)I did a degree in English and French and fell back in love with reading after graduating, I really miss talking about my opinions of books during tutorials.
8)I grew up in the North of England and now I live in the South.  There are times when I feel like a real fish out of water.
9)I will read most things as long as they are not written by Philippa Gregory.
10)I have a phobia of bananas and the smell makes me nauseous.
11)I am a massive history geek, my main areas of interest are the Plantagenets, the Tudors, Victoria, the Titanic disaster and WW2 … so most of history.

11 Questions from Vicki

1)What got you into blogging in the first place?

I started writing down my thoughts on books more or less so that I wouldn’t bore my friends or family about them … although to be fair, I still do that on occasion.  Then I started writing reviews in a Word document, then I decided to bite the bullet and take it to the Internet!  So here we are.

2)What is your favourite book and why?

According to GoodReads, I have a Top 75.  I find that really difficult.  When I was a little girl, my favourite book was Ballet Shoes but since then, I’ve been more confused on that subject.  I tend to think that it’s a bit of a tie between Atonement, Possession and All My Friends are Superheroes … but please consult my Books to Treasure tab above.  Atonement was the first ‘grown-up’ book that I ever picked for myself and read, Possession is a book all about the joy of studying English Literature and All My Friends is a beautiful modern fairy tale about love.

3)What was the last film you saw at the cinema and what did you think of it?

The last film I saw at the cinema was The Hobbit 2 with my godmother which I really enjoyed.  I was against the whole ‘3 films from 1 book’ idea when I first heard about it but actually I think it’s been done beautifully and has a really good feel for the original.  Plus I just think that Martin Freeman is terrific in everything he ever does.

4)Do you have a favourite song?

Again, I find it difficult to choose and again, nominations can be seen above.  My probable favourite song is Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser – it’s just such a feel-good tune and has a lot of happy memories.

5)If you could live in any fictional world (eg Narnia) where would you choose?

Ooh er … tough one.  Having read Game of Thrones, I do find myself able to spout massive chunks of their politics and history but I wouldn’t be so mad as to want to live there.  I’ve always liked the idea of Lyra’s world in His Dark Materials, except after they’d solved all the problems with the crazy Magisterium.  I was fascinated by the idea of an externalisation of your soul and the possibilities that would give.

6)Who would your dream fictional husband/wife be?

I liked Walter from The Woman in White, he was so loyal to his wife even though she such a drippy idiot.  Otherwise, I liked Captain Wentworth from Persuasion, a solid decent sort of chap compared to some of Austen’s more up-tight male leads.  Plus, Tom from All My Friends are Superheroes, his superpower is being a good husband.

7)Do you have a favourite cartoon character?

Yes, it’s a bit of a tie though.  If we’re talking sketch, then it’s Molesworth.  If we’re talking cartoon strip, then it’s Asterix all the way, but only when it’s in French.  If it’s in English, then it’s Calvin and Hobbes.

8)Do you prefer eBooks or physical ones?  Which do you read most often?

There are advantages to both, eBooks are of course much more portable and cheaper.  I have been experimenting with carrying a smaller handbag and a Kindle is useful for that.  However, for books that I have actually enjoyed, I will always end up wanting the hard copy.

9)What’s your favourite TV show?

The Big Bang Theory is one of those ‘can watch whenever’ kind of comedies, although I’ve been rewatching old Frasier episodes recently and they’re amazing! I seriously adored Pushing Daisies when it was on, I really wish it could have lasted longer.  More recently, I really enjoyed The Good Wife, it’s intelligent television that’s still really funny.

10)Why did you choose your blog name?  Is there a story behind it?

When I started to think about blogging, thinking of a name was a real problem because I work in the public sector and didn’t want to use my own one.  Literally, one morning, this name came into my head and here we are.  Sorted.

11)In the film of your life, who would play you?  And what would you call it?

It would need to be someone who talks a lot, worries a lot and fidgets a lot.  I’m just going to say Meryl Streep because let’s be honest, she can do anyone.  She’ll figure it out.  What would I call the film of my life?  Right now, I’ll call it after my blog and take it from there.

My 11 Questions
1) How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
2) Which fictional character would you most like to be?
3) If you could have three wishes what would they be?
4) What is the first thing you remember reading?
5) What book would you most want to share with the next generation?
6) What is your favourite place to read?
7) What book would you most like to see made into a film?
8) Which authors do you like best?
9) Where is the place you would most like to visit in the world?
10) If you could have one super power what would it be?
11) Which do you prefer, eBooks or hard copy?

Nominated Blogs

Fausti’s Book Quest
Desperate Reader
I Prefer Reading
Liz at Giving It All Up

I will look out and nominate more as I spot them … but thank you Vicky W for including me!

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3 thoughts on “Liebster Blog Award

  1. I get the accent thing, I'm from North Yorkshire and anytime I'm talking to my family my southern friends can barely understand me haha! I'm a massive history geek too, historical fiction is definitely my favourite genre. And Meryl Streep is a great choice, she literally can play anyone!

  2. Hey Vicki 🙂 Yeah, mine tends to migrate somewhere between Belfast and the North West … I lived in Yorkshire until I was ten though so every so often that pops in too. History geekism is an undervalued trait … living near London has been great for that – so much fun history!

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