I'm a Liebster

Oh, the Liebster Award! This award has been going around since I started blogging about three years ago. Glad to see it's still going strong. I've gotten nominated by Fairley and Brianna but I'll do Fairley's questions since she nominated me first!

So what is a Lieberster? The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The meaning: Liebster is German, and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Who the heck knows if that is really correct but it's sweet. Blogging is about building a community and The Liebster Award is a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

Here's how it works:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. No tag backs!

1. I am an avid writer. I am currently doing Camp Nanowrimo in hopes of finishing one of my first novels.  I've been writing all my life but I caught the fiction bug last fall. It has only been a year so I still have a long way to go but it amazes me how far my writing has come in such a short amount of time! I have never had such joy as I get when I am sharing my stories with others. It is such a high. You can read my writing HERE!

2. I am a freelance graphic designer and a marketing professional. I love creating beautiful logos and eBook covers and I am always available for hire! Check out my design blog if you feel so inclined.

3. I'm married to a really awesome guy and it is almost our one year anniversary and I can't believe it! He is a total jock and I am a total theater geek but I've converted him to a musical lover as well. He knows all the words to Les Mis and I couldn't be more proud!


4. I'm a coffee addict. I can't function without my morning cup of joe.

5. My favorite TV shows include everything ever created by the BBC. But altogether I don't watch too much TV anymore.

6. On the other hand I LOVE movies. I don't watch them often and I am SUPER picky with which movies I'll watch. I could go on and on and on about movies I like and my favorite classic films but that is an entire blog post in itself.

7. My favorite books have always been the classics but I have recently gotten into YA books this year. I have read 15 books since January and I'm pretty proud of myself since I haven't really read for leisure since high school. The awful marketing books I had to read in college really turned me off reading for a while but now I'm getting back into it.

8. I'm a Christian! Jesus loves me and he loves you too! That probably should be number one but I don't have cool pictures. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Son of God who died for my sins on the cross. I am what my uncle calls a denominational mutt, in that I have pretty much tried them all. I love seeing how different denominations worship and I find good in so many, as long as the preach the good and true Word of God. If you want to know more about my faith you can send me an email! It's over there on the sidebar!

9. My favorite snack food is popcorn! I could live off that stuff.

10. I've been to France and Ireland! I actually saw the Queen of England when I was in Ireland. And that is my only celebrity encounter EVER.

11. This is the worst/coolest thing that almost happened to me. So the summer before my senior year of college I got an iPhone, my first smartphone (important detail). That summer I had a six week internship and when that ended, I was left in Cleveland with nothing to do for the last month of summer. So I went to an open casting call for extras for The Avengers movie, which was filmed in Cleveland, and stood in the boiling sun in business attire for five hours and made friends with other hopefuls in line. Once we got into the hotel they had us fill out a form with our availability and any acting experience/special talents, asked us to email them a picture of ourselves in formal wear if we had it, gave us a number, took our photo, and sent us on our way. My mom said she even saw me and this girl I met walking out of the hotel on the local news coverage! When I got home, I sent in a picture of me in my formal gown and waited.
They told us they would call if they wanted to use us. I never got a call. I figured it was a long shot since like 5,000 people showed up for like 1,000 spots. Went off to college blissfully unaware of what might have been. January rolled around my senior year and my husband (then boyfriend) tells me that he tried to leave a voicemail for me but my phone said my voicemail wasn't set up and that I might want to set it up since I was applying for jobs at the time. So I set up my voicemail, which I didn't have to do before when I just used standard cellphones, and got a slew of messages I had missed since AUGUST when I got the phone. I hope you have guessed where this is going. One of my first few messages was from the extras casting director asking me to be in The Avengers movie. I'd missed the message by like six months. I could have been screaming gala guest 1,278 and I missed that opportunity. I was depressed for an entire week after that because, if you know me, I am a huge fan of Marvel! And that is worst/coolest thing that almost happened to me.


1. What's the number one thing you love about reading?

I love being able to escape to faraway places! It is like time travel but with a cup of tea and a comfy couch.

2. Who is your favorite fictional character?

That is really such a hard question. I love so many characters for so many reasons. I'll put it this way: I wish I had Hermione Granger's passion, Tris Prior's bravery, and Celaena Sardothian's bad-assness.

3. Who is your least favorite fictional character?

I really didn't like Cassia Reyes from the Matched series. She felt very flat and underwhelming to me. Her love interests were far more interesting to read about, so I really enjoyed the third book which featured their viewpoints.

4. Have you read a book/book series that you felt was underrated? 

The Divergent series, without a doubt. I think people are always unnecessarily harsh on anything that is marketed as the next big thing. People love to look for ways to tear down anything good and I think this was an easy target. It's a GREAT story and anything that successful and popular is bound to have a target on its back. It's not a perfect series, but it meant a lot to me when I read it and Tris that really stuck with me when I finished it. I couldn't stop thinking about the books weeks after I put them down.

5. Have you read a book/book series that you felt was overrated?

Haven't we all. I truly don't pay much heed to what other people say about books. I read what I like and I like most of what I read. Not every book is for every person. The only books I really didn't like that others raved about were The Alchemist and Girls in White Dresses. Neither of them did it for me but others really seemed to like them.

6. What's your favorite book genre?

It's a tie between Classic Literature (mostly the Brits) and YA. Pretty much anything that gives me the feels.

7. Who is your favorite author?

There is no clear winner here. My current favorites are Jane Austen and Sarah J. Maas. I have been reading a lot from both of them lately.

8.  What is your favorite book?

Does ANYONE have just one favorite book? I'll go ahead and say Ella Enchanted. It was my favorite as a child and it still inspires my love of fairytales as an adult. (The movie is a TRAVESTY. DON'T WATCH IT.)

9. How long does it take you to finish a book (depending on it's length, of course)

About a week.

10. Have you ever cried over a book? (If so, which one/ones?)

I cry at everything. I'd give more details but... spoilers!

11. What book would you recommend that everyone should read?

The Great Gatsby, it is a fundamental piece of literature that everyone, especially writers, should read. It is the most gorgeous book I have ever read. It is tragic and beautiful and Fitzgerald's writing is something that doesn't come through onto a movie screen. Baz Luhrman did a decent job but you just can't... John Green gets it.


(sorry if you have already received this)

1. Who was your first book crush?
2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
3. If you could live in any fictional universe which would you chose?
4. Which author would you let take control of your life?
5. Which book has had the most impact on your life?
6. What was the last place you traveled to?
7. Which fictional character would you want to be stranded on an island with?
8. Which book is your favorite guilty pleasure?
9. What book made you fall in love with reading?
10. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
11. What is the best book you have read this year?