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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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Scavenger Book Hunt

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1. Find the oldest book on your shelf

A Garland of Friendship. This was published in 1912 and is a collection of short poetry celebrating friendship.

2. Find a non-YA book

Who Are They. This is a dictionary of famous and influential people throughout history.

3. Find a book that has a closeup of something on it

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. My edition has a close-up of a woman applying mascara on the cover.

4. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period

Paradise Lost by John Milton. The story is written in prose, almost like a play and takes place just after God throws Lucifer and his followers out of heaven after they start a war against him. Can’t get any earlier than that!

5. Find a book with a male protagonist

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The protagonists are George and Lennie who travel America during the Great Depression in search of jobs. Lennie’s learning difficulties get him into a lot of trouble and so George has to look out for him.

6. Find a teal/turquoise colored book

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. This is a dual narrative of two women; Anais from 1209 and Alice from 2005 who discover secrets about the Holy Grail. This is also the runner up to being set in the earliest time!

7. Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it

The Angels Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. David Martin, a writer, is offered the chance to write a book in return for a fortune but he soon discovers that it is not without great danger.

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8. Find a book with a girl on the cover

Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This is one of my favourites and this edition has really charming illustrations by Helen Oxenbury.

9. Find a classic

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Everyone knows about Sherlock Holmes even if they’ve never read any of these stories or watched a t.v adaptation or movie.

10. Find a hardcover book without a jacket

Jane Austen- Seven Novels. This is a gorgeous Barnes and Noble Classics edition.

11. Find a book with gold lettering

The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield. I’ve had this for a couple of years now but haven’t read it yet, I’ve heard great things about it though.

12. Find a book with a key on it

The Best Book of Indoor Games. This belonged to my Dad and his brother when they were little, I hope they had fun with it!

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13. Find a diary (true or fictional)

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank. A beautiful writer and a remarkable young girl. Everyone should read this at least once.

14. Find a book with illustrations in it

The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) by Lemony Snicket. This has illustrations for all the chapter headings and a couple more spread throughout. I adore this series.

15. Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones.

16. Find a book with stars on it

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. This is my beloved beat up copy that I used to take with me to Primary School every day.

17.Find a book with only words on it

Generation X by Douglas Coupland. I found this in my hotel in Ibiza last year.

18. Find a book that has an animal in it

The Promised One by David Alric. I met the author in WH Smiths and got it signed. I’d never heard of it before but I really enjoyed it. Alric doesn’t refrain from using “big words” in his writing which shows that he respects his audience. It’s a great story of a girl who can communicate with animals and uses this ability to stop poachers.

19. Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book

Barbie Gets Married. I got her from McDonald’s when I was little in a Happy Meal.

This is originally a tag from Youtube that was created by TheLibraryofSarah. If you decide to do this please credit her. Also let me know so I can check out your post!