Saturday, June 6, 2015

Liebster Award




Thank you Selina O'Loan  and Maggie Seagraves so much for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

Rules:

* Link back to the person who nominated you

*Give 11 random facts about yourself

* Answer the 11 questions from your nominator

* Nominate 11 new and obscure bloggers

* Come up with 11 questions for them to answer

* Inform your nominees 

Random Facts About Me:


1.) I hate cleaning but I'm a total neat freak. My floors on most days are swept at least 3 times.
2.) My favorite food is chicken fajitas with pineapples. I crave it almost everyday.
3.) People think I'm quiet because I'm shy but it's really because I'm scared that if I talk too much I'll start to stutter. 
4.) I still have my favorite stuffed animal from when I was a little kid, Little Foot (a.k.a. Foot Foot) from ''The Land Before Time'' movies.
5.) I dress up for Halloween as book characters and go Trick or Treating with my boys.
6.) My best friend, other than my husband, lives on the other side of the country from me but I talk to her at least 3 times a week if not everyday in some weeks. 
7.) Moths and butterflies scare the crap out of me, I find them extremely gross.
8.) I hate shopping for anything other than books. I can shop all day if I'm looking for good books.
9.) My favorite color is not really a color at all, it's a pattern: camouflage.
10.) I have a weird and irrational fear of never having enough toilet paper. I freak out if I have less than 50 rolls in the house, which is weird and irrational because I've never had a time when I've been left without any.
11.) I am a Sunday School teacher and the youth leader at my church. 

Questions  From My Nominator's
Selina's Questions

1.) What is the first book you remember reading?

For the life of me I can't remember it's exact title but when I was like 5 years old I had a set of alphabet books where each book focuses on a letter. I remember setting and reading the letter F book like a million times. I'm not sure what ever happened to those books either.

2.) Which do you prefer; EBook, Hardcover or Softcover?

I prefer a hardcover book but have an assortment of EBooks, hardcovers and paperbacks. I love the feel and smell of a ''real'' book in my hands but sometimes it's just more convenient to have an EBook. I prefer hardcovers over paperbacks because it so easy to bend or damage the cover of a paperback and with hardcovers you just have to remove the dust jacket and put it up somewhere safe.  

3.) Do you read more than one book at a time? If so, how many?

No, I've tried to read more than one at a time but I really didn't like it.  I prefer to focus just on one book.

4.) Do you prefer a Standalone or a Series?

Series definitely. Almost every single book I've read has been part of a series. I love getting to see all the different things that happen in the characters life through out each installment. I feel like I get a deeper look and sometimes I love the characters so much that I don't want to let them go just yet and with a series I don't have to.

5.) Who is your favorite author(s)?

My all time favorites are Jennifer L. Armentrout and Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Armentrout writes amazing stories quicker than anyone else I've ever seen. I'm also a little biased when it comes JLA because she's a West Virginia gal just like me. Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games was the first book that I had a full blown fangirl moment out of. I loved the story and Collins' writing style with the trilogy.

6.) Do you have a favorite Standalone or Series?

Jennifer L Armentrout's Lux series and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy.

7.) Coffee or tea?

It all just depends. I have to have my coffee first thing in the morning or I can't function. Later in the day I can't drink coffee, don't know why I just can't. So if it's later in the day and I want something hot to drink then I'll drink tea. I like hot and iced tea if it's sweetened but I can't stand my coffee iced. It has to be hot with cream and sweetener. And I prefer hazelnut flavored coffee to plain coffee. 

8.) Is there a Standalone or Series your really wanted to like but could not?

Yes, as much as I tried to I just could not get into the Twilight series. I'm not saying that it was horrible it just wasn't for me. I kept seeing and hearing about how everyone loved the books and the movies but as hard as I tried it just wouldn't happen. I was only able to make it through the books once. I felt that all the pieces were there for a wonderful series but that the author missed the mark. I like the movies a little better though.

9.) What is your dream career?

I would really love to work in a library. Being surrounded by all those books all day long would be pure heaven. 

10.) What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was We Are Watching by M. Stephen Stewart and I am currently reading The 13th: Destiny Awaits by Ela Lond.

11.) Night out or a night in cuddle up with a good book?

I'm going to go with a night in cuddle up with a good book. I've always been like that though. It's not that I was a goody goody but going out all the time never really appealed to me. Every now and then it's good to go out to the movies or whatever but mostly I would rather sit and read at night. 

These questions are from Maggie.

12.) What is your Zodiac sign? Do you feel that your sign’s characteristics fit your personality? Why or why not?

My Zodiac sign is Cancer. I Googled my sign's personality traits do fit into my own personality. Here is the link to the page I looked at: http://zodiac-signs-astrology.com/zodiac-signs/cancer.htm I do have the tendency to wear my heart on my sleeve and sometimes I am extremely moody and oversensitive, just ask my husband and kids. I am fiercely loyal with my friends and family. 

13.) What book were you required to read in school that you loved or despised the most?

You may find this quite odd and looking back I do myself, but the only book that I was required to read when in high school was "Lord of the Flies" by: William Golding. Back 10 years ago I thought the way my English Language classes were normal but now I realize that wasn't the case. Things may be different now at my old high school but I don't know. I really enjoyed reading "Lord of the Flies".

14.) Do you have a favorite or lucky number or charm? If so, what is it and why does it bring you luck? What ultimately caused you to choose your unique charm?

No lucky numbers or charms here.

15.) Are there any songs that correspond with and remind you of defining moments or experiences in your life? If yes, what songs bring back memories?

The first song that comes to mind is "Love Story" by Taylor Swift. Thirteen years ago when I was a sophomore in high school I started dating my husband and my parents didn't like him and they kept wanting me to break up with him. After so long they just kind of put up with the fact that we were together and it was like that for 3 years, and the day after my 18th birthday we got married. All is good, now they love him.

16.) Do you keep a journal? Why or why not?

No journal anymore, I used to keep one when I was a lot younger. I just don't have the time or want to keep one now.

17.) Do you have animals? If yes, let us know all about them! If not, why don’t you have pets?

Yes my house is a zoo lol! I have one dog, a 16 year old Lhasa Apso, that we inherited when my mother-in-law passed away; all kinds of fish, two hermit crabs that belong to my boys, 5 cats, a gatder snake, and tadpoles. 


We have neon tetras, GloFish, a Dragon Fish, snails, and bottom feeders. 



Tadpoles


Garter Snake that we found in our fire pit.

Tiger is the tiger striped one in the bottom right hand corner, Sasha is the striped and white one in the upper corner and Hobo is the gray and white long haired one in the left hand bottom corner. These kittens were found under my son's bedroom window. Tiger looks striped but along her sides she is spotted like a leopard, my husband claims her. Hobo is the laziest of all of them, the only boy and my kids claim him and also Sasha who is totally wild and crazy.

Colt and Wesson, the two kittens that I've had to hand raise because their mother died shortly after they were born.  Wesson is the one on top, she has a small white patch on her right hind foot and a small one on her chest. Colt is the runt out of all the kittens and my little sidekick where she has had the most issues in getting her to eat. She looks just like her momma. These are my babies, after their mom died there was no way I could not help but to get severely attached. Their mom, Gunpowder, was a stray cat that I fell in love with and when she became pregnant we brought her into the house so the coyotes wouldn't get her. We had intentions of keeping her and giving the kittens to some friends, but after she died I told my husband there was no way I could part with these two because of me becoming their surrogate and the amount of time that we were bonding. 

I don't have any pictures of my dog Lucky or the hermit crabs.

18.) If you could emulate any author, whose writing style would you choose to possess?

I'm not sure that I would want to emulate an authors style per-say, I would want to keep things all my own. But, I do like the way that Jennifer Armentrout is able to write out a whole book in a week or less. And while writing I would love for things to come to me that easily and that quickly. 

19.) What is your honest opinion of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series?

Okay so I know that I'm going to get a whole lot of head shaking with this answer but I've never read any of the books from the Harry Potter series. I know, I know, have I been living under a rock all these years. With all the hype and everything you'd think I would have read them by now but sadly I've just never gotten around to doing it.

20.) What is the very first book or story you remember reading? How old were you and why does the tale resonate with you?

For the life of me I can't remember it's exact title but when I was like 5 years old I had a set of alphabet books where each book focuses on a letter. I remember setting and reading the letter F book like a million times. I'm not sure what ever happened to those books either.


21.) List your five favorite blogs!

Okay, that's a loaded question. I have 101 blogs on my blog roll and I'm not sure that I could pick any favorites because all of them are unique.  

I'm going to use the same questions I answered as the questions for my nominees. You can choose which 10 or 11 you would like to answer.

1.) What is the first book you remember reading?
2.) Which do you prefer; EBook, Hardcover or Softcover?
3.) Do you read more than one book at a time? If so, how many?
4.) Do you prefer a Standalone or a Series?
5.) Who is your favorite author(s)?
6.) Do you have a favorite Standalone or Series?
7.) Coffee or tea?
8.) Is there a Standalone or Series your really wanted to like but could not?
9.) What is your dream career?
10.) What was the last book you read?
11.) Night out or a night in cuddle up with a good book?
12.) What is your Zodiac sign? Do you feel that your sign’s characteristics fit your personality? Why or why not?
13.) What book were you required to read in school that you loved or despised the most?
14.) Do you have a favorite or lucky number or charm? If so, what is it and why does it bring you luck? What ultimately caused you to choose your unique charm?
15.) Are there any songs that correspond with and remind you of defining moments or experiences in your life? If yes, what songs bring back memories?
16.) Do you keep a journal? Why or why not?
17.) Do you have animals? If yes, let us know all about them! If not, why don’t you have pets?
18.) If you could emulate any author, whose writing style would you choose to possess?
19.) What is your honest opinion of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series?
20.) What is the very first book or story you remember reading? How old were you and why does the tale resonate with you?
21.) List your five favorite blogs!

My Nominees are:
Just click on the name and blog title and it will take you to their blog page.

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on the nomination, and thanks for nominating me as well! I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books either - sometimes I feel like I'm the only person on the planet who hasn't, but I'm glad to see I'm not alone, haha. Also, your animal pals are all so awesome!

    I was already nominated last week, so I've edited my post to include the questions from your nomination. You can check it out here if you want: http://thedarlingbookworm.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you. I'll go check yours out now.

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