The Liebstar Award

Thanks to Claire from Wordy Witterings for her nomination! I was tagged in early June and am…finally catching up.

Claire’s Questions

1. Which character in a book would you most like to be?

blkjadkfjafjladf I dunno? Yup, already starting off with a bang! As a kid, I always wanted to be Matilda—reading a lot, blasting shit with my mind, and absolutely brilliant and special even though my parents suck ass and don’t realize it. And now, I think I’d want to be a starship captain from something like Becky Chambers’ universe, because that seems moderately low-stakes and cool.

2. Which home/town from a book would you most like to live in?

Stariel from the Stariel quartet. It just sound so magical and I love the worldbuilding and gaslamp aesthetic.

3. Which is your favourite book cover?

I just like covers of tall, power butches striding off to defeat evil.

Of course, I also love, love, love the pretty stylized covers without people on them as well, but I feel that the Power Butch cover is having a *moment* and I want to celebrate that.

I also love covers that have spaceships on them, because spaceships. They never get old, and it’s cool how the concept of spaceship changes throughout the years, from 50s silver tube to 2010s spiky complex.

4. Which was your favourite book as a child?

Toss up between Matilda by Roald Dahl (yes, I know he sucks) or Buffalo Gal by Bill Wallace (Beauty by the same is also fantastic but a heartbreaker). And I read a bajillion horse books because I was horse crazy, but I’ve easily read Buffalo Gal over 50 times.

5. How many books do you tend to have on the go at any one time?

At least two, always. One book (either ebook or physical book) and one audiobook. Right now I have three, an audiobook, an ebook and a research book on guerrilla warfare. Sometimes I’ll throw in a graphic novel but those are pretty quick.

6. What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Getting stung by a bee while I was cruising around on the back deck of our first house in my baby cruiser/walker thing.

7. Who was your favourite friend as a child?

I’ve always been an introvert and making friends was really, really hard for me. Plus, I was bullied in third grade and that made it even more difficult to really open up to any kids my age since it was a very small school. But I did have two best friends in seventh grade…and then we moved and it took a long time for me to be friends with anyone after that.

8. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you as a teenager?

Nope, not going there.

9. Which author would you most like to meet?

Either Lois McMaster Bujold or Tamora Pierce, but probably not since I’d dissolve into a puddle or start babbling incoherently. Never meet your idols, folks. You’ll either be disappointed or embarrass yourself.

I am not a smooth or socially adept person, so I know I will *not* be able to maintain my cool (once I saw Michael Madsen at the Tallahassee airport [yeah, no clue why he was there of all places] and freaked out so badly in the waiting area that he got up and moved to the other end of the airport—I’m not even a fan I just have zero chill).

10. Which word/motif/theme do you think is currently overused in your favourite genre?

Anything Sarah J Maas does. That metaphor/image of Aelin’s spark in book Heir of Fire had me rolling my eyes every time I saw it (her writing lacks any sort of subtly and I personally do not like it). Samesies for she let out a breath she didn’t even know she was holding, or characters looking into a mirror and describing themselves.

Also, in YA fantasy especially, the teenagers who are the only ones who can save the world from destruction. Where are the adults? Why are the adults? What are the adults?

11. What is the one trait that you would ban in people worldwide?


But bigotry is what makes us human, isn’t it? A built in survival instinct to protect us from the Evil Other, as outdated and awful though that may be to those deemed other. Yes, that’s a bleak take on the world, but there it is.

Maybe I’d ban close-mindedness instead. Doesn’t take away the inherent prejudices that rest inside all of us, but a prevalent sense of open-mindedness invites learning and empathy and understanding, all necessary to the path towards accepting differences and trying to find equitable solutions for all.

My nominees:


Amy Leigh @amyleighreads

Sahi @My World of Books

Kate @Feathered Turtle Press


Yolanda @Past Midnight

Karen @Twisted in Pages

Siena @Booksophobia

Aviaja @Readerandom

The Book Prescription

Reading Between the Dunes

I look forward to reading your answers! If tags aren’t your thing, then don’t worry about completing this!

The rules are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  5. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

My 11 questions are:

  1. What is your favorite genre?
  2. What genre would you not touch with a ten-foot pole?
  3. How many books do you tend to be reading at any one time?
  4. How many books are on your TBR?
  5. Do you consider yourself a fast or slow reader?
  6. What got you into blogging?
  7. Who are your favorite bookish people?
  8. What are your thoughts on prologues/epilogues?
  9. What are your best tips to get out of a reading slump?
  10. What’s your most anticipated 2021 release?
  11. And lastly, what’s that long-time lurker on your TBR that you definitely, absolutely need to read asap?

Thanks for reading!

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