The Liebster Award

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Hello lovely folks! I had the pleasure of being nominated for the Liebster Award twice, so massive thanks to both Louise @ Dragonspire UK and Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words for the love! This is going to be another long one (22 questions!) so grab a cup of coffee and get comfy for a while.

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The Rules

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

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Julianna’s Questions:

Why did you start blogging? I’ve had a couple of blogs over the years, a personal one, a craft business one and now my book blog. I suppose the reason I’m drawn to blogging is to hopefully make some online friends and feel part of a community of people with similar interests. I’ve definitely found that with this blog! I’m also hoping to publish my novels and would love to have a little network of potential readers!

What’s your favourite thing about blogging? I love the support everyone gives each other in the book blog community! When I started I would never have imagined being tagged and nominated for awards by some of the amazing blogs I follow, I just thought I’d sit quietly in a corner of the blogosphere, like at school discos when no one asked me to dance. But you’ve all taken me into the fold and I love you for it 😀

What causes you the most pain (bookish related)? Having to DNF books I’m just not enjoying. I’m trying to struggle through The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine at the moment, forcing myself to read ten pages a day at least, but it’s just not gripping me and I feel like I’m wasting time I could spend reading something I love. I think I’m going to have to give in soon as I’ve got library books that need to be back soon and I know I could tear through them in days as it’s a series I love, whereas TSQ is taking weeks.

The Shadow Queen C. J. Redwine

What are the main reasons you’ll follow a blog? When someone follows my blog or likes/comments I always pop over and have a quick look at their most recent posts to see if I fancy following them. If it’s another book blog with reviews of books I’ve heard of or read, or are pegged as YA or fantasy, I’ll almost always follow as I love discovering new books through people’s reviews. I like blogs that are easy on the eyes, but to be honest I mostly follow via WordPress Reader so the format doesn’t actually matter. I also love following fellow writers, so posts on the craft of writing appeal to me too.

What type of book covers do you like the most? I love really simplistic covers, like Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater and The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I prefer them to not have people on, but if they do then something like Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, where you don’t see her face, or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson are right up my street.

Fallen by Lauren Kate ACOTAR Kiss of Deception

What’s your favourite genre of books and why? Fantasy. I read more YA than anything else, but I do love MG fantasy too, Harry Potter was the series that got me hooked as a teen, Percy Jackson is a great series too, I haven’t read them all but I hope to. And my current Adult fantasy obsession is the Broken Empires series by Mark Lawrence. I just love the escapism of fantasy, the creativity of the world building, the magic and monsters, and the way that fantasy tackles the really big issues of morality, courage, love and justice without shoving it down your throat.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. Rowling Lyndsey's Book Blog Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Prince of Thorns Mark Lawrence

Why did you start reading? My dad got me into reading as a kid, I don’t even remember when it started or what my first book was, but I read the entire Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels, the Ms Wiz books, and anything else I could get my hands on. Book fairs at school were my absolute favourite, and visiting the mobile library when it came to my village. Harry Potter kept me reading throughout my teens, and then I dropped off a little during uni, but as soon as I finished with coursework and dissertations I was back on the bandwagon!

What happened if someone walked up to you and tried to fight you? Good question. Is it a physical fight? Do they have a weapon? I’d probably run away, I’m no athlete, I don’t think I could take someone in a physical fight. If it was just a war of words I might be able to hold my own briefly, but I absolutely hate confrontation so I’d definitely end up telling them where to go and walking away. Quickly.

What would your “happy place” include? A huge bed, lots of blankets, my dog Bailey, unlimited pizza and ice cream, and every book on my Goodreads TBR. Oh and my husband can visit, once a week.

Bailey the GSP

What would you do if you were stranded on an island? See above. Except, probably less blankets and more sun cream.

(Did I hit eleven questions yet?) What makes you bored? (Is it writing questions?) Watching my husband ten pin bowl (he plays competitively and is actually very good, but that doesn’t make it a good sport to watch, unfortunately).

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Louise’s Questions

Fanfiction: Do you approve or disapprove of it? If you write it, should you keep it separate from your original author writing or shout about it? I love fanfics, I used to write them when I was a teen (Harry Potter mostly) but I prefer to write original stuff now and just read other people’s fanfics. I’m not sure whether fanfiction should be kept separate, some big authors started as fanfic writers, like Stephanie Meyer and E. L. James, so it can definitely help you to get discovered. I suppose it depends if your official readers would enjoy the stuff you write for fun, otherwise I guess you could just use a pen name.

Do you have any pets? If yes, what are they, and how do they help/hinder your writing? If no, what would be your ideal pet? Yes! My beautiful German shorthaired pointer Bailey, she’s my best friend, and I wrote two pointers into my WIP The Fair Queen as an ode to her. She does get in the way of me writing when she wants walking right when I’m in the middle of a big scene, but our walks are the times when I think about my story and come up with new scenes and plot twists, so I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Bailey sunbathing

What was the first story that inspired you to write? Why should we read/watch it? Well, I started thinking about the story for my novel The Fair Queen last summer when I was deep in a book hangover post A Court of Mist and Fury, so while my book is nothing like Maas’s I think it was probably that that pushed me to give writing a go – I wanted to create characters someone would love as much as I loved Sarah J. Maas’s. If you like YA fantasy (or adult fantasy, it’s a bit sexy and dark!) and you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses you should definitely give it a read. Book one is OK, but book two is the best book I have ever read, hands down.

A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J Maas Lyndsey's Book Blog

The thing that inspired me the most was my surroundings, I live right by Sherwood Forest and we got our dog last February so I was walking her every day in the woods by my house and a story just started to come to me.

If you could have or achieve any one thing this year, what would it be? (Writing or otherwise!) I really want to find an agent to sell my first novel this year, I’m taking part in Pitch Wars in August and really hope to get a mentor to help me perfect my pitch for the agent round in November. Fingers crossed I end up with an agent before the end of the year!

Do you have a day job in addition to writing, or is writing your day job? I do have a day job, I’m a marketing manager for a small accounting firm, and I really enjoy it.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Bonus points for pretty pictures 🙂 I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one place, but I  have a bucket list for each decade of my life, I’m almost done with my twenties (I turn 30 next year and only have one thing left to achieve!) and I’ve already picked my ten goals for my thirties. So, in the next twelve years I hope to go to Australia, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. Disneyland is one of my favourite places, I’ve been to Paris and Orlando, so I’d love to go to California. I’m going on a big family holiday in September to Singapore and Thailand which I’m really excited about, it’s a once in a lifetime kind of trip that I never expected to take, and there’s a Universal Studios there so I can’t wait to visit!

Who is your favourite heroic character? What makes them special? This is such a tough question, I tend to fall for secondary characters way more than protagonists. I’m going to go for Aelin Ashryver-Galathynius from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, even though she’s definitely more of an anti-heroine. She went through a really terrible experience, but she came out the other side so strong and is a really selfless and courageous person. Also, I love the sass.

Throne of Glass Sarah J Maas

Do you write every day, ad hoc, or have a different schedule? I write ad hoc mostly, but I’ve found that I do much better with structure, so NaNoWriMo is my best writing time. I couldn’t write every single day, I have too many other things going on, but I’m always thinking about my projects, fleshing out my outline or character profiles, so I might not write every day but I work on my stories every day.

What do you find most challenging about writing? Why? Definitely letting people read my writing, I’ve given a few trusted friends and family members my novel to beta read and I’ve had some great feedback but it’s absolutely terrifying!

Who is your favourite villain? Why are they so nefarious? Can I choose Maleficent? She’s technically a villain, even though I guess the movie makes her out to be more of an anti-heroine… I just think she’s wonderfully evil and clever. And my husband says I’m just like her… 😀

If you could have two fictional characters brought to life, who would you choose and why? Hmm, only two? Let’s go for Hermione Granger – perfect bookish best friend, I think we can agree. And Dorian Havillard, because he loves books and puppies. That’s it. That’s the only reason……….

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Phew, that was fun!! OK, now to choose from all you fabulous bloggers to nominate. If you’ve already done this one or don’t feel like it, no worries! Equally, if I haven’t tagged you but you want to give it a go, have at it.

OK, you lucky people, here are my eleven (seriously? eleven?) questions for you:

  1. If you could live in any fictional world (doesn’t have to be fantasy, just any book world) which would it be?
  2. Which fantasy creature would you love to have as a pet?
  3. If you could control one of the elements (earth, air, water, fire) which would you choose?
  4. Do you prefer tea or coffee? How do you take it?
  5. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
  6. What’s your favourite colour?
  7. Team Edward or Team Jacob?
  8. Go to your Goodreads to read list, what’s the fifth book on your list?
  9. Ketchup or mayonnaise?
  10. Do you prefer paperbacks, hardbacks, ebooks or audiobooks?
  11. Who would be your dream book boy/girlfriend?

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So that was definitely my longest blog ever! I hope you guys enjoy getting to know me a little better, congratulations for actually making it to the end! Best of luck with my questions, I can’t wait to see your answers, tag me in your blog so I can find your posts.





  1. Congrats *2 and thanks for the nom girl!! I love the cover to Shadow Queen, and ACOTAR. Speaking of which, I just bought ACOTAR at the bookstore a few days ago, and right when I finish up One of Us is Lying and All the Light We Cannot See I plan on starting that along with All the Bright Places! Ooh and Strange the Dreamer has a really cool cover I agree. My friend lent it to me but I honestly just COULD NOT get into it! Going into blogging I had no idea what to expect but I didn’t expect what it is at all; it’s so much more than I thought and it IS such a fun way to meet people living all over the world who have one thing in common (READING DUH). hahaha

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    1. Ooh I’ve heard of those, are they contemporaries? I need to read more YA contemporary 😊 That sucks about Strange the Dreamer. I haven’t got a copy yet but I’m hoping to love it, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my favourite series!

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      1. All the Bright Places is! Honestly I don’t read a lot of conteporaries myself; there is usually enough romance mixed into any YA novel for me lol. I’ve heard that if you can get into it, Strange the Dreamer gets really good, but I’m just impatient hehe. Ah yes Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of my best friend’s fav series, but I haven’t read it yet somehow *guilty face*…

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    1. Ugh it’s so upsetting isn’t it 😢 I’ve put The Shadow Queen down for a bit and decided to read a few other things and come back to it. We’ll see if I change my mind next time I read it!

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      1. No, it’s definitely not bad, I just struggled to get into it. I’ve thrown in the towel at 100 pages bcos technically I should be loving it and I’m not, so I’m gonna come back to it and hopefully enjoy it. I’m clearly not in the right mood, but fairy tale retellings are usually my fave!

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  2. I’ve DNF The Shadow Queen, I don’t really managed to commit myself to the plot and I’ve ends up giving up, I hope you can enjoy it and if it isn’t the case, maybe you should go for something else , maybe a re-reading 😊😊

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  3. Oooh thanks for the tag girl!! 😉😉We feel like we’ve already answered some of those questions😅, but hey they were epic questions that we don’t mind answering them again!
    Please be patient with us – we’re currently on a blogging slump (which is ridiculous really since we’re kinda new) but we do plan to do this tag…during this slump our blogging stuff has been growing so sorry! Hopefully we can get out of this slump soon (this weekend perhaps??You’ll have to wait a bit though till we get around to this).

    Awesome post and we loved reading your answers! Throw in our fave authors (SJMaas, Rick Riordan etc) and 😍😍

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    1. Oh I’m rubbish at coming up with questions!! 😂 that’s the only part of tags I hate lol. No rush to do this one, I know you’ve got a backlog of tags to catch up on ☺️

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      1. Hehehe but they are indeed good 😉 We sometime struggle with them too (we haven’t done much so yeah 😅) – but once you get into it, it’s fun!!

        Thanks so much for understanding 😊😊

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  4. Oh I love all your answers to these questions! I was never that much of a writer but I read the entire ACOTAR series very recently and that was what inspired me to write as well! Since I’m very new to writing, I considered writing some sort of ACOTAR “fanfiction” to practice before diving into an original story! 🙈

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    1. I would read that. 😄 I just love S. J. Maas, her characters and worlds are everything I want in a book (and real life lol). How amazing that she’s inspired so many new writers! 😁 We should start a club 👍

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    Also, girl, STOP READING THE SHADOW QUEEN. I ALSO DNF’d it EVEN THOUGH I WAS SO EXCITED. *stares darkly at book*

    Alsooooo you have a WIP? Must read. About it. *immediately clicks on link*

    And also SAME about the covers. NO FACES PLEASE. This is why I don’t like the Vampire Academy covers but the books are soooo gooooood.

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    1. I haven’t read Vampire Academy but I like the film, I read the first five or so Vampire Diaries but it went downhill, and I’ve never bothered with the show. I’ve stopped reading TSQ! 😄 I read Tales of Beedle the Bard yesterday and now I’m starting King of Thorns 😊

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      1. I have no idea because I haven’t read them, that’s probably why I didn’t hate it! I know it wasn’t successful and didn’t get a sequel though, so I should probably just accept that it’s a bad movie… Yeah I’ve given up on TSQ but I still can’t pinpoint what wasn’t working for me… It never grabbed me from the beginning and there were way too many new words and places we were just expected to figure out and understand. Maybe the next book, a rumpelstiltskin retelling, will be better? 🤷

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      2. Maybeeeee… I LOVED VAMPIRE ACADEMY SO MUCH so you should finish reading them.
        For me, TSQ was the rushed romance + the cliche-ness (aka the special snowflake) + other stuff that I forgot. *looks around for notes, finds nothing because I read it a gazillion years ago*


  6. I enjoyed the double set of answers and all the book recommendations! I like a good anti-heroine, so will especially check out Throne of Glass.
    I love fanfic too, it’s great fun and I still get distracted reading it 🙂
    Bailey is so cute, and Sherwood forest is a great place to walk dogs!
    Good luck with Pitch Wars in August 🙂


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