Happy Friday, everyone!
Honestly, it feels so great to be back among the lazy! This week, I did pretty much nothing apart from sleeping, reading, music, cooking, and eating, and it was absolutely wonderful!
The only thing that is putting a damper on my spirits is that whenever I make travel plans, Germany’s covid situation apparently decides to go from bad to horrific. The numbers are currently worse than they’ve ever been before, and even if we, by some miracle, make it through another week without being sent back into lockdown, I highly doubt travelling out of the country would be the smartest decision at the moment… So, alas, I suppose I am stuck here for now 😪
Instead of moping, though, why not make the most of it and finally use this time to catch up on some very neglected tags I’ve been meaning to get to forever? Abby @ Beyond the Read, Riddhi @ Whispering Stories, Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf, Saima @ Stories with Saima, and Emily @ Frappes and Fiction all tagged me for the Liebster Award ages ago, so it’s high time I finally got around to doing it 😅 However, since the prospect of answering five sets of eleven questions was kind of daunting – and I also doubt many of you would have the stamina to read through 55 long-winded answers – I thought we would do things a bit differently today. Instead of answering every question, I picked three each that sounded particularly interesting, and decided to just answer those. I hope Abby, Riddhi, Pilar, Saima, and Emily will forgive me for ignoring the rest. Your other questions were amazing as well, and I had a really hard time narrowing it down! Thanks again for tagging me, and I’m sorry I’m always so late to the party!
But anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the tag!
The Liebster Award
What is the Liebster Award?
“The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”
In case you’d like to check out my previous take on this award, you can do that here.
- Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
- Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
- Give 11 random facts about yourself
- Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
- Give these blogs 11 questions to answer
What’s your favorite emoji?
These ones, maybe? To be honest, I don’t think I really have a favorite. I love all emojis and overuse them like nobody’s business 🤯😁😍🤗😜🥳
If you had the chance to bring a fictional character to life, who would it be and why?
Meggie or Mo from Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy – because with their abilities, I could bring any other fictional character to life or even visit fictional worlds myself! I know, I know, this is such a cop-out answer. But I genuinely can’t choose whom I’d want to meet since there are so many awesome characters out there.
Besides, I also feel like I’d get along well with Meggie and Mo regardless of whether they allowed me to meet other characters or not. They’re bookworms, so obviously, I like them!
Are you more of a night owl or an early bird?
More of a night owl, but I tend to get up pretty early as well. I guess the takeaway from this question is that I just don’t sleep enough 😁
What do you think will be your next 5-star read?
Rhythm of War, hopefully 🤗 I just finished Oathbringer, and although it’s my least favorite book in the series so far, it has done nothing to curb my enthusiasm for the Stormlight Archive. I need to know what happens next! I want more Kaladin, Adolin, and Renarin in my life! I need to know more about the Parshendi, so Venli had better be getting more page time! Also, please give me more of Roshar’s history, Brandon Sanderson, my curiosity has been anything but satisfied!
How do you treat a reading slump?
Simple answer: I just don’t read. If I don’t feel like reading, I’m not going to force myself to, because that’s a fail-safe way to ensure that I’ll end up hating whichever book I do decide to pick up.
Luckily, though, I rarely ever fall into those true “I don’t want to read at all” reading slumps. Far more often, what ends up stopping me from reading is being super busy with university work and then being completely exhausted when I do have a spare minute. Then, anything that requires brain power is out of the question, so I’ll usually end up rereading old favorites or super cheesy romance novels instead 😁
What are your top 3 favorite fictional cities/kingdoms/regions?
Oh gosh, this is hard… I have so many favorites!
Obviously, first place goes to anything Harry Potter related – just let me go to Hogwarts and visit Hogsmeade, and I’ll be perfectly content! Now that the holiday season is almost upon us, strolling through snowy streets and entering The Three Broomsticks laden with bags of Honeydukes chocolates, joke shop items, and Christmas presents to warm up to a mug of butterbeer sounds particularly magical 🥰
I’ve also always wanted to visit The Castle from Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap and TodHunter Moon series. It’s bustling with life, has magic, books, dragons, a palace, sled races, the Wizard Tower, a port, and is generally one of the coolest places ever! 🤩 How could I not want to live there?
Finally, I would love to visit the Shire. Okay, fine, maybe not while Sauron was at the height of his power, but after? Those hobbit holes sound like the coziest places ever, and the prospect of hearty gatherings and multiple breakfasts is more than enough to convince me!
Favorite blog post you have ever written?
I think this will have to go to the Lost in Translation Battle posts I co-wrote with Line @ First Line Reader. We just had way too much fun laughing at the horrible titles the German and Danish – but particularly the German – translators came up with for popular books and series, and although none of our in-depth European Football Championship discussions made it into the final versions, I still think the result turned out pretty epic.
If we’re talking about posts I wrote on my own, though? I think these are probably my top five:
- Writing the Next Great Bestseller
- Dating Tips for Book Nerds
- The Stars in the Sky
- What Do You See in Your Mind While Reading?
- I Read Every Shakespeare Play – Here’s My Takeaway
Sorry, I can’t pick just one!
Any series that you’re currently watching or movies that you saw recently?
You bet there are! Most importantly, my youngest brother and I are currently making our way through Locke & Key, Season 2. It’s going slowly, since we have to watch it together and I’m not really home that often, but so far, it’s living up to the epicness of Season 1. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for dark, small town fantasy vibes with lots of character development!
A friend from Malaysia also recently introduced my parents and me to pk – a Bollywood comedy about an alien stranded on Earth – and it was hilarious! It’s been a long time since a movie made me laugh this much, and there was also still plenty of depth to it. pk really makes you think, laugh, and tear up a little, so I’d highly recommend watching it – even though you’ll have to do it with subtitles if you don’t speak Hindi.
If you don’t mind, what is one of the most embarrassing moments you have had?
Well, nothing can beat the embarrassingness of the moment itself, so sure, I’ll share. An online support group can help you work through past trauma, right? 😂
The absolutely most embarrassing moment of my life happened when I was about eleven years old. At the time, I was still living in Florida, swimming competitively, and my team was attending a pretty big meet that a huge number of spectators had come to watch. Anyway, one of the races I was competing in that day was the 100m backstroke, and everything went swimmingly – (Get it? 😁) – until about the second half of the race.
Apparently, I had pushed off somewhat crookedly after my flip turn, and since you can’t really see much when you’re swimming on your back, I did not notice that I was drifting a bit far to one side. Normally, this wouldn’t be much of a problem – other than you losing time, of course – but, since this is me we were talking about, I managed the impossible: Somehow, while crashing into one of the pool dividers separating the lanes, I entangled the back of my bathing suit. And I could not get free.
Basically, I started flailing around like a maniac, and the organizer people were not amused. Thinking I was fooling around, they used this megaphone to announce that the swimmer in lane six should please get out of the pool. Which obviously attracted a lot of attention, especially when I did not get out of the pool. I couldn’t. I was stuck to the stupid divider.
By the time someone realized I was actually in trouble, there was already a huge crowd watching the drama unfold and grinning like anything while this guy came into the pool and tried to free my bathing suit. Somehow, though, all the flailing had tangled things even more badly, and the guy didn’t have any better luck trying to free me than I had had.
So I stayed stuck in the pool, holding up the entire meet, while the spectators went on the hunt for a pair of scissors. Eventually, they cut me free, but not before everyone there – including a fair number of my friends – had gotten a good look at my predicament. I spent weeks having to listen to bad bathing suit jokes, and let’s just say I can think of better reasons for being recognized at swim meets than, “Hey, aren’t you that girl whose bathing suit got stuck in the pool divider?”
Maybe, in retrospect, the incident wasn’t that embarrassing. At least there were no smartphones back in the day, so there is no video evidence. Still, at the time, it was mortifying! I don’t think my face has ever been a brighter red than when they pulled me out of that pool. And I’ve had an aversion to backstroke ever since.
What is your favorite book cover?
I’m not sure if I have a definite favorite, but Six of Crows is definitely up there. I mean, just look at it! 😍😍😍
Do you prefer series or standalones?
Nine out of ten times – series. I just get so attached to all the characters, so obviously, it’s better to have multiple books about them! I still prefer each book in a series to have its individual story arc, though. And I don’t want the series to keep going just for the sake of it, either. If the story is wrapped up by book ten, I don’t need books eleven through twenty that recycle old plots over and over again! (Yes, I am looking at you, Erin Hunter and Rick Riordan.)
I do enjoy a good standalone too, though!
Favorite and least favorite subjects in school?
My favorite subject was math, obviously. It is the best subject and nothing can convince me otherwise 🥰
My least favorite subject was social studies, simply because it was boring as hell. Granted, that was probably more due to my teachers than the subject itself – I actually find politics pretty interesting. But still. There’s only so many times you can talk about how the different organs of the EU work and how we are all going to be exceptionally poor pensioners because our retirement system wasn’t really laid out for the current demographic situation without your eyes glazing over. Economics and religion – yes, that’s a thing in Bavaria – were very close contenders, though.
Do you ever regret starting a book blog?
Sometimes. Usually whenever I think about how much time blogging takes that could otherwise be channeled into reading, when I’m spending yet another Thursday night typing a last minute post for Friday morning, or when I think about the fact that people in my real life whom I don’t really want knowing a lot of my personal thoughts might stumble across this blog by accident (or creepy stalkerish googling).
But I’ve never seriously regretted my decision. I just love this community too much and would miss hearing all of your thoughts on my weird ideas if I ever gave up blogging! It’s so nice to have a place where I can express myself and hear other people’s opinions on all the books I’ve loved or hated, so overall, I’m very glad I started this blog! 😊
Library or bookstore?
Library! I absolutely love libraries 🥰 I mean, you get free books you can take home with you, you can sit there and read for as long as you want without employees glaring at you when you don’t end up buying the book in question, you can work there, and they have a ton of pretty cool events where you can meet authors, spread literacy, or
look at other book nerds but be too shy to talk to them talk to other book nerds.
The only problem is that my library doesn’t really have a big selection of foreign language books, but then again, I suppose you can’t have everything…
Do you IRL friends/coworkers know about your blog?
Some of them do, and some don’t. I don’t go out of my way to tell people – okay, fine, I never mention it to people 🙈 – but the link to my blog is on my Instagram account, so it’s not technically like I’m hiding it, right?
11 Random Facts About Me
- I am lactose intolerant.
- I have lived in nine different apartments/houses thus far.
- I have never had a broken bone.
- I absolutely detest bacon.
- I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland.
- I have a really hard time telling right and left apart, so if I’m driving and you’re giving me directions, you’d better tell me where I have to turn waaaaaaay in advance so that I have enough time to figure out which direction you mean.
- I am the oldest (and therefore most important 😇) of four siblings.
- I am that person no one will watch horror movies with because I tend to jump at everything. And scream. A lot.
- I’ve never been outside of Europe and North America, and I am desperate to change that.
- Before I became obsessed with owls, my favorite animal was a snail, and my mom ended up having to sew lots of stuffed snails for me because, apparently, no toy stores sold them.
- Mir fällt nichts mehr ein, deshalb schreibe ich das jetzt auf Deutsch, in der Hoffnung, dass es auf den Großteil meiner Leserschaft sehr schlau wirkt, obwohl eigentlich gar nichts dahinter steckt.
I nominate the following bloggers:
- Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads
- Jan @ The Doodlecrafter
- Lay @ bookshelfsoliloquies
- Lesserleaf @ Lesser Leaves
- Maria @ The Character Study
- Marta @ Monogamist Reader
- Meena @ Strawberry’s Corner
- Moi @ Bookish Blunders
- Nehal @ Quirky Pages
- Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise
- Suhani @ Random Reader’s Rambles
You obviously don’t have to do this unless you want to, but if you do, I’d love to see your answers! (Even if you get to it over a year later, like I did 🤣) Besides, I thought it would only be fair to give other people the chance to discover all of your wonderful blogs, too!
- Which book character do you think would do the best job at impersonating you if they had to take over your life?
- Which author deserves to win an award for the most mouth-watering food descriptions?
- What is one of the most embarrassing things that has ever happened to you? (You obviously don’t have to answer, but I thought it would only be fair to ask since I had to spill the beans, too 😁)
- What is one of the worst book covers you’ve ever seen?
- If you could travel to any place in the world for free, where would you go?
- What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to write and why?
- Would you rather never know what was on the last page of every book you read or always be spoiled for the entire last chapter before reading a book? (And just so you know, “the last page” means the last page of the story. There are no cop-out “I don’t care about acknowledgments anyway” answers here!)
- Apart from reading, what do you like doing in your spare time?
- If you had to create a playlist for a friend, which three songs or pieces definitely shouldn’t be missing?
- Which book from your country would you recommend to foreign readers?
- Since the holiday season is approaching – got any festive book or movie recommendations?
Anyway, that was it for today! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers – feel free to tell me down below which one you thought was the most surprising! Also, if any of you want to make me feel better about my embarrassing memories and share a similarly mortifying experience of yours, I’m all ears 😉