Monday, October 14, 2013

I've Been Nominated!

Happy Monday, everyone! I am checking in with you on the first day of a two-week-long fall break, which I have already spent doing productive blog-related things. Naturally, I am ecstatic to devote some extra time to Forever Literary and Lit Up Review in the upcoming weeks, and my happiness increased when I saw (rather belatedly) that the lovely Emz of Icy Cold Reads nominated me for the Liebster Award.

The rules for this award are simple:
  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions he or she posted.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers and inform them of their nomination.
  4. Create a set of questions for those nominees to answer.

You can click here to learn more, but without further ado, here are my answers to Emz's inquiries:

What inspired you to start a blog?
Because everyone I know in person either does not read or has a different taste in books than I do, pre-blogging me always felt a sense or emptiness when she finished a book and needed to discuss it. This lack of bookish companionship inspired me to set out on a blogging quest in search of some friends with whom I could discuss young adult literature. And I have been lucky enough to find some fantastic ones.

How do you balance blogging and school?
I make time for what is important and I do not procrastinate. I will often write a sentence or two of a book review at 6:30 AM before dashing off to school and I read pages here and there when I have a free moment. Most importantly, I get my schoolwork done as efficiently as possible so I can spend the occasional night quietly reading rather than rushing to write an entire essay.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most?
Paper Towns by John Green. I need to get caught up on the brilliant author's work, but I'm saving this one for a while.

Do you have any book recommendations for me or other people?
Quick fire YA recommendation time.

Want satire that will make you think as hard as it will make you laugh? Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Want a book that will make you stop and stare at the page, goosebumps covering your skin, trying to take in all the emotion? Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Want an atmospheric and imaginative setting and mood? Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Want a relatable contemporary that will inspire you to do something memorable with your one wild and precious life? Golden by Jessi Kirby

Want political and social controversy splashed into a coming of age tale? The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

If you could be any character from a book, who would you be and why?

This is a hard question because book characters generally have a lot of problems; that is what makes them interesting to read about. My life is boring in comparison and therefore less stressful, sorrowful, and dangerous, so I would be hesitant to enter their worlds. However, part of me would love to be a character from Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series. I am incredibly envious of the bonds they have with each other, and while I am happy with my normal, non-life threatening existence, there must be something fulfilling about helping the world through spying. Oh, and I have to pick just one character? Let's be honest; I would be Liz.

Now that you have heard from me, it is time to pass the award on to some other bloggers.

  1. Jenny @ Jennyinneverland
  2. Allison @ The Lovely Grace
  3. Marie @ The Moody Reader
  4. Sandra @ Tea Between Books
  5. Lucy @ Keeping it Real With Lucy
  6. Klaudia @ The Observant Girl
  7. Stephanie and Jessica @ Hopeless Romantics
  8. Emily @ Blue Eyed Bibliophile
  9. Annie @ The Runaway Reader
  10. Sophie @ A Day Dreamer's World

I am sorry if any of you do not accept awards, as I did not look into your policies as much as I should have. Based on the amount of time this post took, I may have to stop participating as well, sadly. If you do want to continue the chain, here are my questions to you:

  1. What was your most recent read that taught you a lesson or made you think deeply about something?
  2. What was you number one goal going into blogging? Have you reached it yet?
  3. What do you look for in other blogs? Is there anything in particular that makes you want or not want to read a blog?
  4. How has blogging affected your reading habits?

Thank you for the nomination, Emz! I hope my blog selections can help all of you connect with some new sites and the bloggers behind them.


  1. You sound like such a better student than me! I procrastinate like crazy that sometimes I actually get surprised at how I manage! I'm going to start being like you and getting my schoolwork out of the way so I can spend more time on blogging and other things instead of leaving it to the last minute. I love all your recommendations - they're so wonderful! I definitely want Golden and The Miseducation!

    Also, thanks for nominating me! It means so much! :)

    1. Haha, I wholeheartedly support this anti-procrastination plan. Getting things done really does make life easier. I hope you love Golden and The Miseducation as much as I did!

      You're welcome! Don't worry if you don't have time to pass the award on, though.

  2. Some great book recommendations Emily! I have heard of some of these, but your one line selling points have worked on me. :) I need to check these out. Congrats on getting the award!

    1. I'm glad to hear that and I hope you love the books as much as I did. And thanks!

  3. Congrats, Emily! Beauty Queens is one of the best books EVER. And I hope you love Paper Towns!

  4. Congrats on the nomination, Emily! Woohoo! I'm also so in love with all the recommendations you put out there for books *searches library system eagerly* and YES on being a Gallagher Girl.

    1. Thanks! I'm happy dancing at the positive response my recommendations have received. The Gallagher Academy has the best facilities ever; I'd love to do a science experiment there.


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