The Liebster Award

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Liebster rules :

Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you
Give eleven random facts about yourself
Nominate eleven bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
Give them eleven questions to answer

I was nominated by Through the Wardrobe, one of my favourite blogs.

1. Where did the name of your blog come from?

When I was in high school my friends and I used to hang out in the library a lot. We all used to love the school librarian and got on with her really well. One day my friend started to pretend to be her assistant and went around saying “Shh! It’s a library” to people even when they weren’t talking and it kind of became an inside joke. It makes me smile when I think of it and it’s the perfect name for a book blog.

2. Where do you like to read the most?

I read almost exclusively in my bed. There’s nothing better than being curled up with your duvet, a big blanket, lots of cushions, and a good cup of tea. It’s super relaxing and you can just melt into the world of your book.

3. Who do you most admire?

I’m not sure who I admire the most but I admire J.K Rowling for never giving up, Emma Watson for standing up for gender equality, and Malala Yousafzai for being an advocate for girl’s education despite it almost costing her life.

4. What’s your favourite play? (and yes, musicals do count!)

I love Othello by William Shakespeare and An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley. I’ve not seen them live but I’d recommend this Othello production with Sir Ian McKellen as Iago (he’s brilliant) and this 1954 movie version of An Inspector Calls.

My favourite musical is Wicked. My parents gave me tickets for my last birthday and my sister and I (who I took with me) still reminisce about it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

5. What do you want to be doing in 5 years’ time?

I would be incredibly happy if my job involved either working with books or being an archivist in a museum. Other than that I’d like to have travelled to a few countries like France, Italy, and Japan.

6. What is next on your reading list?

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan. As soon as I heard about it I knew that I had to read it.

7. Do you prefer city or country living?

I live in a suburb of London where if I travel half an hour one way I’ll be in the middle of beautiful countryside and if I travel half an hour the other way I’ll be in central London. It’s the best of both worlds. I tend to get too overwhelmed if I’m in a city for too long but I’d miss it if I moved deep into the countryside.

8. Which bookshelf do you head to first in a bookshop?

Definitely the classics section. It’s my goal to replace all of my ugly editions with beautiful ones. I just tend to really enjoy novels that were written between the 18th-20th century. I love the the language the authors use in their writing and the social commentary.
After I’ve had a look through those shelves I’ll head over to the children’s books. Again they tend to be classics but I really love a good children’s book.

9. What book have you absolutely hated?

On Goodreads there are three books that I only gave one star to; The Finishing School by Muriel Spark, This House is Haunted by John Boyne, and Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson. I meant to write reviews about the last two but I was so angry and frustrated at them that I couldn’t get anything down on paper. I will allow though that Take a Look at Me Now does have some good recommendations for things to do in San Francisco but then again I could get that information from the internet.

10. Which book has surprised you the most (either thought you would love it and hated, vice versa, shock twist, etc.)?

I was quite disappointed that I didn’t like A great and terrible beauty. A murder mystery about a victorian girl who can perform magic in a boarding school is right up my alley but unfortunately it just didn’t do it for me. It felt very young and not unique in the slightest.

11. If you could swap with one celebrity for the day who would it be and why?

Nobody immediately comes to mind. Julie Andrews would be a good pick though as I bet I could get into a lot of West End shows for free.

Eleven Facts about me:

1. I adore wolves. When I was a baby my Dad won a plush wolf from one of those grabby machines and he was my absolute favourite. Ever since then I’ve just thought that they were magnificent animals.
2. I genuinely listen to glee songs. Sorry, not sorry.
3. My cooking skills are slim to none but I really enjoy baking and watching cookery shows.
4. Weasley is my King.
5. I love making lists and plans but I hardly ever follow them.
6. I’m trying to only use cruelty free beauty products and am trying to be more environmentally friendly.
7. I can’t stand olives, celery, or brussel sprouts.
8. I’m still not over the ending to His Dark Materials or what happened to Fred in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
9. Lavender is my favourite smell. I used to bring in sprigs from the garden and put them in a little bag to go under my pillow but then one day I got a bit carried away with pruning the lavender bush and I killed it 😦
10. I work in a hardware store and am allergic to pretty much everything that I touch in there.
11. I didn’t like The Great Gatsby.

Nominees:

Luna’s Little Library

Marwhal Reads

Books J’adore

Words of a Reader

Hey Library Girl

The Local Muse

The Book Rat

Hardcovers and Heroines

The Midnight Garden

Dashing Good Books

Sparklegirl

If you’re not tagged but still reading this feel free to do it and say hi in the comments, I’d like more blogs to follow.

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