bookish questions | feat. the liebester award + the last ten books tag

Hello again, dear readers. I somehow missed posting last week, in my defense I was quite busy (but I am still trying to figure out how I managed to post two days in a row…I think that I thought I scheduled one of them for later in the week…). 😀

I am excited to share these two tags with all of you. It has been months since I last put a tag/award post together and I hadn’t realized that I missed it.

Anyway, let’s jump in!

{Note: due to a lack of available time I am not including Rules in this post. Check out the linked posts if you’d like to see/use them.}

The Liebester Award | {Thank you, Emily!}

1 | What’s your favorite book and how did you find it? 

I do not have one favorite book, and I honestly will never understand why this is such a common question, considering the fact that any book-lover will simply answer with a minimum of three favorites. Therefore to answer this question I will share my top three semi-recent favorites:

2 | Do you ever regret starting a book blog? 

Well, technically speaking my blog is not a book blog, or at least I never planned for it to be exclusively one. Blogging has always been a creative outlet, a place to share my thoughts about whatever I just read or watched or was thinking about. It still is, but over the past year – the time that I have actually been here at L+L – my bookish content far exceeds anything else that I share about.

All that to say, I love having the freedom to share whatever I want here and I love the fact that much of my current blogging focus has been on books, and related content.

3 | If you had to choose a different bookish platform, apart from blogging, what would you choose?Instagram, perhaps, but more likely I would simply return to only sharing my thoughts on Goodreads and TheStoryGraph, due to the fact that bookstagram seems like a ridiculous amount of work, and I am terrible at taking bookish pictures.

4 | Library or bookstore? 

Hmmm. I love both libraries and bookstores (although I have next to no experience with them), but there is simply something special about libraries.

5 | Do you IRL friends/coworkers know about your blog? 

Yes, I have a handful of friends/family members who follow my blog (although I am not sure if they all actually read it…..😁).

6 | What is your biggest goal? 

I have no idea…..I think that I would have to say that one of my biggest life goals is to be able do something that I am passionate about while also helping my community in some way.

7 | Do you use bookmarks? 

Yes, well, if ripped scraps of paper and index cards count. I have a collection of slips of paper with random notes (everything from bookish notes to science or Spanish notes) written on them that I use for my bookmarks.

8 | What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed up reading? 

Hmmm. Probably midnight, although that was a rare occasion. See I am the rare book-lover who has no interest in reading in my bed, and the majority of my reading takes place earlier in the day, so books rarely keep me up.

9 | If you had to recommend one book for the rest of your life what would it be? 

I honestly have no idea. I regularly find myself recommending the Keeper of the Lost Cities series to younger readers, another favorite would be the Books of Bayern. I think that I have to say that my answer really depends on who I am recommending said book to, I cannot think of any (outside of the Bible) that I would recommend to literally anyone.

10 | Did you read blogs before starting your own? 

Yes, I did read a couple of blogs before starting my own. I had no idea that the whole book blogging world existed, though and it took me years to move (mostly) out of the Christian-girl blog world and (partly) into the book blogging world.

11 | What’s your least favorite part of reading?

I don’t believe that I have a least favorite part of reading, I enjoy beginning the book, being the middle of the book, ending the book and the officially finishing the book (in other words: 1. adding it to my physical reading log, 2. adding it to Goodreads + TheStoryGraph and 3. writing a few thoughts down).

The Last Ten Books tag | {Thank you to Ashmita for leaving this open.}

Last Book I Bought:

Over the past (almost) two years, I have bought quite a few books, I am so grateful for the access that I have to physical books and the fact that I am able to create my own mini-library. These three books are my most recent purchases:

Last Book I Re-Read:

I am definitely a fan of re-reading books that I deeply enjoy the first time through. I am currently re-reading Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern. I am half enjoying them, half not sure why I am reading them for a third time.

Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t:

Hmmm. I honestly cannot think of any books that would apply here, I can’t say that I really have a reason to claim to read books I have not read. 🙂

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of:

This is an easy one! I just finished Joanna Davidson Politano’s newest book and I feel head over heels in love with it, which led to me underlining quite a few paragraphs and writing a couple of notes in the margins. In general, though, I am not someone who writes in the margins of books.

Last Book that I got Signed:

I have one signed book….I believe it is Roseanna M. White’s A Portrait of Loyalty. 😀

Last Book I Gave Up On:

Unsurprisingly, I once again have no interest in limiting myself to one book, so here we go:

(1) I was really disappointed by Hurricane Summer. Going into it I expected some sexual content, but I hoped that there would be more of a focus on other areas of growing up and what it looks like to become a woman. That said, I possibly may re-visit HS at some point.

(2) I didn’t have super high hopes for Counting Down With You but I had hoped for an enjoyable YA comfort read. It simply didn’t deliver, I found myself rather bored and ended up DNFing it a quarter of the way through.

(3) In all honesty, I knew that The Bloom Girls would most likely be a DNF for me, but I was hopeful anyway. I really loved the characters, I just couldn’t get past the amount of sexual content in relation to the other themes and threads the story.

Last Book I Lost:

I can’t think of any books that I have lost recently, but over the years of borrowing hundreds of library books, I have certainly lost a couple.

Last Book I Had to Replace:

I cannot think of any books – other than the aforementioned library books – that I have had to replace, but I may at some-point replace my much-read Books of Bayern series (seriously, how many times can I mention them in one post!).

Last Book I Argued Over:

I rarely argue over books, but my siblings and I quite enjoy discussing books that we have collectively read (we also endlessly discuss the movies/shows that we watch together). Most recently we were talking about the Inheritance Games and who would get to read the sequel first. (My brother won, as he will read it in an hour and a half.)

Last Book That I Couldn’t Find:

I am not entirely sure how to answer this question as it seems to be a bit of a duplicate, so I will interpretive it instead as what was the last book that I couldn’t find in the library system (and didn’t want to buy):

After reading a beautiful review of Every Bright and Broken Thing by Brian McBride, I went and looked in the library catalogue and sadly found nothing.

I Tag/Nominate:

Emily @ Frappes + Fiction (for the Last Ten Books Tag) | April Lee @ Booked Till Midnight | Gauri @ A Book + Chai | Haley @ Fangirl Fury and YOU

*Simply reuse these questions. 🙂

Any thoughts to share? How has your Autumn been so far? What was the last book that you gave up on and why?

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