“The 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.” – The Global Aussie
- Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
- Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
- Nominate 11 people
- Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions
E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Little Nook nominated me for The Liebster Award – thanks so much, E.! – so today I’m here to answer her questions.
What would be your animal sidekick?
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had a dream of one day having a chocolate labrador called Galaxy, so it’d have to be a chocolate lab. I do love guinea pigs, though!
What post are you super proud of?
I’m glad I discussed the representation of First Nations people in the horror genre – I’m pretty proud of that one!
What book outside your comfort zone have you enjoyed?
Katrina Kendrick’s His Scandalous Lessons was my first foray into a historical romance novel and I liked it! I’m looking forward to more novels in this series.
What are your thoughts on graphic novels?
I like them! I must admit I don’t reach for them very often because they’re fairly expensive and my library doesn’t have a particularly good selection of them. Something I have discovered, though, is that I often prefer contemporary graphic novels to SFF graphic novels, and I’d much rather read a longer, standalone graphic novel than a long, drawn-out series. I really enjoyed Saga, American Vampire and Rat Queens at first, but Rat Queens is the only one I’m still vaguely interested in, whereas standalones like Skim, The One Hundred Nights of Hero and Through the Woods are books I love.
Do you write? (Or do you have any other artistic hobby?)
I do! My MA’s in Creative Writing and I’ve been trying to write the novel I started on that course for years. It’s a changed a lot since then as I’ve grown and changed as a person, but I’m still learning how to find time to write between working a 9-5 job and having to be an adult. It doesn’t help that there’s so much I want to read all the time, too!
I also used to act and sing, and just last month I started singing lessons because I’ve missed it. I’ve tried to find amateur dramatic societies to join, but it’s been so long since I’ve acted in front of anyone that it’s really knocked my confidence.
Are/were you part of a bookclub?
Last October I started a monthly horror book club, Dawn of the Read, with my friends Marisa and Elena, as it’s a genre all three of us would like to read more from. I’m enjoying expanding my horror knowledge!
If you could have ONE thing from a book (e.g. a wand, a cloak of invisibility…) what would it be?
I mean a magic wand would be very cool, but I feel like I’d cause some kind of disaster so it’s probably best that I don’t have one. Rather than an object, I’m going to pick a place: I’d love to borrow Aeaea from Circe for a weekend and just chill out on an isolated Greek island, soak up the sunshine and take a break from social media.
Your fav author announced a contest. They will write a short story about one side character of the winner’s choice. You won. Who is it?
This is such a good question! I’m cheating a little because Katherine Addison isn’t one of my favourite authors because I’ve only read one of her novels – The Goblin Emperor – but as The Goblin Emperor is my favourite novel, I’d 100% ask for a short story about Csethiro showing off her sword-fighting skills.
What author would you like to interview on your blog?
I’d love to chat to Libba Bray and ask her about her research for The Diviners – that novel has such a wonderful 1920s feel!
Your favourite f/f book (if you haven’t read any, find one you would like to instead!)
That’s tough, there are so many I love and so many more I want to read! One of the best f/f novels out there, though, is Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Waters is an author you need to read if you’re interested in f/f historical fiction and Fingersmith is her masterpiece. I also love Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite, Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger, The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher and Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett.
Write an alternate blurb (or a tagline, or AO3 tags!) for one of the books you love!
Here’s my (very short) alternate blurb for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:
Six absolute train wrecks try their best. The results are varied.
- Congratulations are in order! You’re marrying the main character of the last novel you read – who are you marrying, and what do you think your married life will be like?
- Which three figures from history would you invite over for dinner?
- What’s your favourite colour?
- Pineapple on pizza – yes or no?
- Do you like listening to music while you read?
- You’ve been asked to write a retelling of one of Jane Austen’s novels. Which novel do you choose, and how are you going to retell it? (e.g. Pride and Prejudice in space; LGBT+ Persuasion; Emma from Mr. Knightley’s perspective…)
- What’s your favourite book of 2020 so far?
- Do you use your library?
- You’ve been invited to go and live with the fae. Will you be joining the Seelie or Unseelie Court?
- Which 2019 release do you still want to get to?
- I’m nosy, so tell me what you’re planning to read next!