A couple of weeks ago my friend Aloi from guiltless reading nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. So I thought it was about time to accept the award and answer her questions, then pass on the award to some other book bloggers.
Aloi describes the award as follows:
The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers … and is a sneaky way to get to know the person behind the blog.
According to Aloi:
Here are the rules for the award:
- Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
- Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
- Choose 11 people and link them in your post. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
- Remember, no tag backs.
Check out 11 facts about me and my answers to Aloi’s questions after that.
First of all, 11 facts about me:
- I was born in Scotland, but now also have Canadian citizenship.
- This year my wife and I will celebrate 22 years of marriage.
- I am a vegetarian and after more than three years of this I can honestly say that I have no desire to eat meat ever again.
- I have problems with heights.
- I am a huge football (soccer) fan.
- I would love to be a writer, but I don’t see myself making any money from this any time soon.
- I own almost everything that U2 have released.
- I enjoy making music and intend to learn to play piano in the near future.
- My religious views have changed radically over the past 10 years.
- I don’t own any green coloured clothes.
- I am numerically obsessed – especially the numbers 4 and 8.
Now my answers to Aloi’s questions:
- Aside from books, what else are you interested in? My other interests include, but are not confined to, music and movies.
- Why did you decide to start blogging about books and reading? How are you finding it so far? I started blogging, mainly about life, in 2005 at Once Upon A Time In The North. I move to WordPress in 2007 and started up Two week from everywhere. This started out as a general blog, but in the last years or so I discovered the world of book blogging, which probably accounts for over 90% of my posts now. I enjoy discovering new books and new people.
- Bestest, most favourite book you’ve ever read? Why? J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is my all-time favourite. I never tire of reading it and have no idea how many times I have.
- E-book, paperback, hardbound? Why? I really have no preference. I own a Kobo, which is great for long trips, but I still also like the feel of a ‘real’ book in my hands.
- What childhood book do you credit for getting you started as a “real” reader? I think that it is The Hobbit. We read it at school when I was about 9 and I also remember it being read on Jackanory (BBC kids show) about the same time, by Bernard Cribbins (I think).
- Most memorable literary character? Has to be Bilbo Baggins!
- What genre are you most happy/comfortable reading? I don’t have a strong preference. It’s all about the story for me.
- Do you ever get a “hangover” from over-reading? What does it feel like? It has happened and I didn’t enjoy it! I couldn’t concentrate on what I was reading and could remember nothing much of what I had read.
- What do you like to eat or drink while reading? Coffee and chocolate.
- What book intimidates/scares you most … but you would still like to read? At the moment In The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is intimidating me, but I really do want to get it read!
- Choose one question from the many questions already asked of me … and answer! My choice of question is: What’s the meaning behind your blog name? It’s part of a line from George Clooney’s character in one of my top five movies, O Brother, Where Art Thou. My about page explains the significance more.
Now for the 11 people I want to nominate for the Liebster Blog Award:
- Carly @ A Little Bit Of Everything
- Valentina @ Peek A Book
- Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest
- Chris @ In A Bookshelf
- Michael @ Nashville Book Worm
- Amy @ book musings
- Lauren @ Book Addict
- kwizgiver @ what if this is as good as it gets
I think I’ll have to stop at eight, but if you are not on this list and want to be, then feel free to join in. If I have nominated you and you don’t do awards, then I offer my apologies. There are so many good book blogs out there that I follow, that it is hard to narrow it down.
Here are the eleven questions I would like you to answer:
- What is your favourite book of all time?
- Can you read with noise going on or must you have complete silence?
- Do you have a problem letting go of a book, even if it was one you didn’t particularly like?
- What are your main interests outside of reading?
- Star Wars or Star Trek?
- Who is your favourite author?
- Coffee or tea?
- Do you ever listen to audio books? If not, why not?
- Where is your favourite place to read?
- Do you own an e-reader? If not, why not?
- Do you always finish a book, regardless of whether you like it or not?
I look forward to reading your answers and thanks again to Aloi for nominating me.