The Liebster Award Mash-Up Post

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!

Yup, this is definitely a pretty accurate representation of my life right now ๐Ÿคฃ

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 ๐Ÿ˜ช

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 ๐Ÿ˜… 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?

โ€œThe 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.โ€

The Global Aussie

In case you’d like to check out my previous take on this award, you can do that here.

The Rules

  • 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

Abby’s Questions

Whatโ€™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 ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿฅณ

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 ๐Ÿ˜

Riddhi’s Questions

What do you think will be your next 5-star read?

Rhythm of War, hopefully ๐Ÿค— 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 ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿฅฐ

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! ๐Ÿคฉ 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!

Pilar’s Questions

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:

Sorry, I can’t pick just one!

Any series that youโ€™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 donโ€™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? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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? ๐Ÿ˜) – 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.

Saima’s Questions

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! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿฅฐ

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.

Emily’s Questions

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Library or bookstore?

Library! I absolutely love libraries ๐Ÿฅฐ 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 your 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 ๐Ÿ™ˆ – 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

  1. I am lactose intolerant.
  2. I have lived in nine different apartments/houses thus far.
  3. I have never had a broken bone.
  4. I absolutely detest bacon.
  5. I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland.
  6. 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.
  7. I am the oldest (and therefore most important ๐Ÿ˜‡) of four siblings.
  8. I am that person no one will watch horror movies with because I tend to jump at everything. And scream. A lot.
  9. I’ve never been outside of Europe and North America, and I am desperate to change that.
  10. 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.
  11. Mir fรคllt nichts mehr ein, deshalb schreibe ich das jetzt auf Deutsch, in der Hoffnung, dass es auf den GroรŸteil meiner Leserschaft sehr schlau wirkt, obwohl eigentlich gar nichts dahinter steckt.

My Nominees

I nominate the following bloggers:

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 ๐Ÿคฃ) Besides, I thought it would only be fair to give other people the chance to discover all of your wonderful blogs, too!

My Questions

  1. Which book character do you think would do the best job at impersonating you if they had to take over your life?
  2. Which author deserves to win an award for the most mouth-watering food descriptions?
  3. 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 ๐Ÿ˜)
  4. What is one of the worst book covers you’ve ever seen?
  5. If you could travel to any place in the world for free, where would you go?
  6. What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to write and why?
  7. 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!)
  8. Apart from reading, what do you like doing in your spare time?
  9. If you had to create a playlist for a friend, which three songs or pieces definitely shouldn’t be missing?
  10. Which book from your country would you recommend to foreign readers?
  11. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

40 thoughts on “The Liebster Award Mash-Up Post

  1. Definitely Moi says:

    Ooh, Naemi! Your week sounded perfect! And I’m sorry about the covid cases – WHO has named Europe the epicenter of the pandemic, so yay. Nevertheless, I hope you get to travel soon! I demand photographs.

    As for the answers, where can I start? ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m sorry, but I couldn’t stop laughing at that swimming pool incident! That is why I rarely go to pools in a nutshell. I also read old favorites when I’m in a reading slump – I feel it helps me with why I like to read. And yess, Six of Crows has an amazing cover! ๐Ÿฅณ Libraries forever! Book stores are the next best thing, though.

    And I see that eleventh fact. You’re not fooling anyone ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m proud to say I could actually decipher that German though. Well…3 words, at least. (Ich, schriebe, Deutsch ๐Ÿ™ƒ) Google translate is a godsend. Most of the times, at least.

    Thanks for nominating me for the Liebster award! (I’ve maybe lost count of the awards I’m supposed to do.) I’ll get to it soon…hopefully.

    Wow, this was a long comment ๐Ÿ˜…

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      If I manage to leave the country, I’ll gladly deliver those pictures ๐Ÿ˜„ Maybe things will have relaxed a bit by December? I’m not too hopeful, but after all, you never know ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

      I’m glad at least someone is profiting from my past pain and humiliation ๐Ÿ˜‚ Seriously, why did there have to be so many witnesses?? I would never give up going to pools, though – as long as you keep your bathing suit well away from those dividers, swimming is the best! ๐Ÿฅฐ

      And ahhh, why did google translate betray me?? ๐Ÿคฃ I’m still counting on most people not taking the effort to use it, though, so hopefully, my clever faรงade will mostly be maintained ๐Ÿ˜‡

      And you’re welcome! Feel free to take as much time as you want; I never get to my tags in a timely manner either so I always feel better when other people take forever, too ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Suhani says:

    oohh I loved reading your answers! I like series more than standalones too and lol I completely agree with you that Rick Riordan reuses his plots at times๐Ÿ˜‚ Also hello fellow math lover ahhahaa. Thanks for nominating me for award too!!๐Ÿ’—

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Thanks, Suhani! ๐Ÿ’™ I’m so glad you agree on preferring series – I’ve seen so many people say they like standalones more recently, and I just don’t understand! Like, don’t you want more of all those characters? ๐Ÿค”
      And of course, math is the best! ๐Ÿฅฐ
      You’re also very welcome for the award – I can’t wait to read your answers if you decide to do it!

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  3. Strawberrys Corner says:

    This was awesome, so glad you’ve been able to have a lazy week!
    Your questions were so good, I really loved the book characters you’d want to hang out with in real life, they’re both amazing characters!
    Your questions were also really awesome so of course, I will be doing it!

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  4. Nehal Jain says:

    Can someone please explain to me what that eleventh point was, I’m too lazy to translate ๐Ÿ˜ด.
    And oh damn, Naemi that swimming incident was lit ๐Ÿคฃ. I do know how to swim but I haven’t swam in like 2 years so if I’m gonna get near water anytime soon, I’ll be sure to stay away from any thing like a divider, lol.
    And hey, I actually like SST…I mean we had sst till 5th standard and now it’s divided into geography, history and civics…and I actually like them.
    And wow, thanks for nominating me! It did come as a surprise, but you know very well the reason why ๐Ÿ˜‚. I’m glad you tagged me though, thanks a bunch ๐Ÿ˜.
    And I really hope you enjoy that stormlight archive book, I in the meantime, will go and strike Brandon Sanderson’s books off my TBR because I’ve officially lost all hope in humanity ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ญ.

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      It’s a big secret ๐Ÿ˜ So obviously, no, I’m not spilling the beans ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
      And noooo, the swimming incident was anything but lit ๐Ÿ˜ญ So staying away from those dividers is a good precaution for sure!
      And I think social studies could have been more interesting if our teachers and the curriculum makers had put in a bit more effort! Really, it was an absolute snooze-fest, I feel like I barely learned anything at all ๐Ÿ™„ I did love geography and enjoy history, though! Those are separate subjects here, social studies only covered political stuff…
      And of course, of course *bows* I need to keep tagging you in stuff so there’s someone else out there with at least as many undone tags as me ๐Ÿ˜ That way, I’ll feel better about myself, and I get to inflict pain upon those who don’t appreciate the greatness of Brandon Sanderson ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  5. Rachel says:

    Yay I love math too! (it has more to do with the fact that i’m exceptionally good at it, but let’s pretend its the other way around lol)
    oh no as much as I sympathize with you about The Great Swimming Incident (very creative, i know), it was HILARIOUS and I nearly choked on my milk as I imagined the scene in my head๐Ÿ˜‚
    omg yess PK was so funny, I had seen in the theatres back when it was released… but the overall sadness of a person separated from everything he knows also made me cry in front of everyone i’d gone with (yeah we were quite a party of people) so there’s that haha.
    Dude i see what you did there, my nearly 5 years of German courses finally paid off (yeah I’ve been learning since I was 9 so…) but don’t worry i’m not telling anyone๐Ÿค
    Thanks for the tag, I’ll hopefully get around to doing it eventually!!

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Yay! As of now, there are more people in these comments saying they love math than there are people saying they hate it for just about the first time ever, so I am feeling very validated ๐Ÿ˜Š Though my love for math is probably also related to me being good at it, so I feel like that’s a very valid reason ๐Ÿ˜‚

      And ahhh, I did not think The Great Swimming Incident was hilarious at all ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ But I’m glad it is belatedly bringing people joy ๐Ÿ˜‚ Crying over PK is definitely nowhere near as embarrassing – in fact, I might have shed a few tears as well, especially when he so stoically faced having his heart broken at the end of the movie ๐Ÿ˜ช Poor PK!!

      And nooo, why is my plan failing??? Apparently everyone apart from Nehal has more language skills than I thought and is reading my great secrets ๐Ÿคซ Glad your knowledge is finally useful though!

      You’re also welcome for the tag – I’m looking forward to reading your answers, even if that happens in the far future! ๐Ÿ˜„

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  6. Betty says:

    Amazing post Naemi! Your answers were r e l a t a b l e ! A library is so much better than a bookstore! And “the six of crows”‘s book cover is really good ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Thanks, Betty! I’m glad you could relate, and yes, libraries are the best!! Ours even has this cafรฉ inside… ๐Ÿ˜ And yes, the Six of Crows cover is so stunning that I don’t even know why that book needed additional collector’s editions. It’s already so pretty! ๐Ÿคฉ

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Thanks, Emily! ๐Ÿ’™ And gosh, yes, I’m never forgetting that swimming incident for the rest of my life ๐Ÿ™ˆ I highly doubt the odds of such awfully bad luck occurring twice are all that high, though, so we should be safe ๐Ÿ˜‚ Although I still stand by the opinion that backstroke is the worst stroke. The fact that I even like butterfly more probably says it all ๐Ÿคฃ
      And thanks again for nominating me!


  7. Line says:

    My first comment has nothing to do with books and I’m sorry, but I just cannot ignore your random fact number 4: you detest bacon??????!!! I’m sorry, it’s just that that is a criminal offense in my country (well, almost ๐Ÿ˜„) so I’m a bit shocked that I know someone who doesn’t like it.

    BUT our Lost in Translation posts are also my favorite ones, maybe especially so because of our delightful football chats ๐Ÿ˜ So glad we could bond over our hatred for England.

    And had that swimming incident happened to me, I’d probably be permanently traumatized! I’m already kind of afraid of water so that story sounds like something out of my nightmares ๐Ÿ˜… But yes, good thing it happened before smartphones existed.

    Surprised to hear you didn’t like social studies, but I guess teachers have a great impact on such things. We also have a subject called religion here (which I also hated) but it is actually only called that on high school level. Anything below that and it’s called Christianity, and yes, that is even worse.

    Also sorry about your travel plans! I was so ready to scour the media for a headline about two Germans lost in Sweden.

    Finally, it’s a clever trick to write in another language when you have nothing more important to say but want to make it look like you have ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m gonna remember that one.

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Ugh, yes, bacon is so disgusting! It’s all greasy and charred and weird smelling! And unfortunately, the whole rest of my family likes it, so I have to endure its disgusting scent on quite a few Sunday mornings ๐Ÿคฎ

      I’m really glad you love our Lost in Translation posts, too, though ๐Ÿ˜Š And that England lost that final game ๐Ÿ˜ The satisfaction was real!

      Oh, and trust me, I am still traumatized by the swimming incident! Thankfully, however, I love being in the water too much to transfer any hard feelings I have to swimming in general. That would be a catastrophe because swimming is literally the only sport I am remotely good at ๐Ÿ˜‚ I would never get any exercise in without it!

      And our religion classes might not have been called Christianity, but apart from about two weeks every school year where they decided we needed crash courses on Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism that was basically all we studied. Or, to be more precise, we talked about the same three Bible passages over and over again year after year. The only reason religion still ranks higher than social studies is because those classes were always marvelous opportunities to catch up with your friends. As long as one person engaged the teacher in some deeply Christian discussion, the rest of the class could get away with pretty much anything ๐Ÿคฃ Two of my friends even managed to get to an A2 level in Japanese simply by studying it in religion classes during our last two years of school ๐Ÿ˜„

      Also, I am not giving up on Sweden yet! Maybe people here will get things under control soon so that I can make international headlines after all ๐Ÿฅบ

      And shhh! ๐Ÿคซ Don’t reveal all of my trade secrets! ๐Ÿคฃ

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      • Line says:

        I’m still in shock over someone not liking bacon ๐Ÿ˜‚

        And well, I’m glad you got back in the pool again and still love it!

        I also believe we had a few weeks of other religions in Christianity class ๐Ÿ˜… I don’t remember much other than I almost flunked at the exam because I wasn’t Christian enough (I didn’t believe in God-created miracles). But I regonice those types of classes you speak of. Ours were the German classes because our teacher loved talking about her personal life so you just needed one or two students to ask her personal questions once in a while ๐Ÿ˜‚ I didn’t get to A2 level in any other language though during those, so I’m quite impressed by that feat.

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        • abookowlscorner says:

          Haha, I feel you there ๐Ÿ˜‚ Fortunately, I was very good at writing essays that sounded extremely pious and at citing stuff the Catholic church had said, so my religion teachers never figured out how atheistic I really was…
          And our 11th grade French teacher was exactly the same as your German teacher. I know more about how he met his husband, his favorite movie stars, and his ant terrarium than I do about the texts that were in our French book that year. But hey, at least we talked about that stuff in French, so it was technically a learning experience ๐Ÿ˜‚

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          • Line says:

            Oh we had German classes where not a word of German was spoken by anyone. Our teacher just spoke about her family in Danish for 45 minutes. Your French classes sound lovely though. I doubt the texts were all that important anyway ๐Ÿ˜„

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  8. Riddhi B. says:

    Ah, I am glad you had fun this week Naemi!!!
    Sorry about the no travel thing, but I am sure you’ll get to travel again!

    That swimming incident was epic, lol. I love to swim, although I haven’t in a couple of years, but well I ll definitely keep your incident in mind haha

    Rereading faves is my go to thing when I am in a slump, honestly.
    Also, I would choose bookstores over libraries any day! I mean bookstores are definitely more updated!

    Thanks for doing the tag Naemi! And I totally forgive you for not doing the 11 questions (Or do I?)

    P.S.- I think you know, but I love maths too

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Thanks, Riddhi! ๐Ÿ’™

      And lol, I’m not sure if “epic” is really the word I would use to describe that incident, but it was definitely memorable ๐Ÿ˜… So yeah, steer clear of those pool dividers when you get to swim again!

      And yes, rereading old favorites is the best! I do have to disagree on bookstores being more updated than libraries, though – our library actually gets new releases in quite quickly! The only problem is that they have barely any books in English, so if I don’t want to read them in translation, I’ll have to order them online – local bookstores aren’t really any better. But overall, I’m glad both libraries and bookstores exist ๐Ÿ˜Š

      P.S. Yes, I know and I’m very glad you love math, too! Now we just have to convince Nehal how awesome it is!

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  9. saima @ storieswithsaima says:

    congrats on finishing your thesis!! I hope you’re taking this time to rest, because you really deserve it! I enjoyed reading your answers to all the questions here, and thank you kindly for answering mine โค I do love that cover of Six of Crows as well, and I feel the same about libraries!

    hope the covid situation there improves soon so you can travel, wishing you the best โค โค

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Thank you, Saima! ๐Ÿ’™ And lol, I’ve definitely been astoundingly lazy this past week, so I’ve probably more than fulfilled my rest requirements ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m definitely ready for covid numbers to go down so that I can start doing stuff again!

      I’m also glad you enjoyed my answers ๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks again for tagging me; I had so much fun with this!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for nominating me, Naemi! It’s a first for me and I will definitively do a post. Although I can’t nominate 11 others, because yours is the more or less the only blog I comment on. I should comment more…
    I have a problem with directions, too. I think that it’s because I’m left-handed and I kind of think „right“ is „left“ because of it (not very logical). It’s even worse when I’m the one giving directions. Just recently I was pointing right and yelling „Left, left“ at my poor partner while on vacation. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Isn’t it dreadful with Covid? It’s so weird that things have been things have been so relaxed while the numbers are rising so steeply. I guess it’s because nobody feels responsible what with one government on the way out and the other not yet in… I hope you enjoy your free time anyway!

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Don’t worry – rules are there so you can break them ๐Ÿ˜ I hardly ever tag as many people as specified either, but this time, I thought I would do it “properly” to make up for being gone for a while ๐Ÿ˜‚ Even if you don’t nominate anyone else, I’d love to read your answers!

      And I’m relieved to hear I’m not the only one who has trouble with directions ๐Ÿ˜‰ Though I can’t blame it on being left-handed, since I am about as right-handed as it gets. I’m surprised I even manage to play the violin with my left one – I am literally incapable of using that hand for anything else ๐Ÿ˜…

      I’m also with you on hoping that somebody in politics will grow a spine and take charge soon. It’s very strange how they didn’t even reopen universities until this October and now, suddenly, when the covid numbers are about twenty times as high, nobody is doing anything ๐Ÿ™„ But yes, I do intend to enjoy my freedom regardless! After all, it is almost Plรคtzchen-baking-time, and I fully intend to make the most of that ๐Ÿค—


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