Monday, November 17, 2014

Liebster Award

I was nominated by Ireaditandweep for the Liebster Award!
So, how this works is I answer eleven questions from the blogger who nominated me, then give
eleven random facts about myself, and finally I nominate eleven people and ask them eleven questions. (Any idea why the number is eleven?) Alright, here goes!

Questions Answered 

1. What was the first book you ever read?
The first book I read completely on my own was a board book called What Does Baby Hear, which I've just scoured the internet for twenty minutes to find a picture of it and can't seem to, which tells you how old the book is. 

2. Who was your favorite school teacher?
I've had a couple of really great teachers throughout my school life, but my favorite would have to be my fourth grade teacher. She recognized my positive qualities and put me to work using them, which in turn helped me strengthen them. She even let me run the class store all by myself, which was a big deal guys. 

3.Have you ever had a book hangover?
Yes, sometimes I'm just not ready to leave a book behind yet after I'm finished and it takes me a couple days until I'm ready to start another one. I don't like to start a new book the same day that I finish one. I like to give each book a little while to be appreciated and thought about. 

4.What did you want to be when you grew up (as a kid)?
The same thing I'm currently getting a degree to be: a teacher. 

5. If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you bought?
A Master's Degree in English education! After that, the complete collection of Penguin Deluxe Classics. 

6. Say there was a fire and you could only save one book of your shelf, what would you save? 
I would go for the irreplaceable books, I have a lot of books in my house that belonged to my mom when she was a kid, those would be the first books I grabbed. 

7. Are you a cat or dog person?
I'm allergic to both. But I'm more allergic to dogs than cats. But I'm okay with dogs that don't shed, like poodles. So either I guess.

8. What are you currently reading?
Belzhar By Meg Wolitzer. I love The Bell Jar, so I'm interested to read the YA spin on Plath. 

9. If you could pick any book to describe your life, what would it be? 
Depends on the day I suppose. Earlier this semester I would have said The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath because I was in a really big rut about school and life, but now I would pick something different. 

10. If you had a pen name, what would it be?
This is really hard, I would probably never have a pen name because I would never be able to decide on one that I was completely satisfied with. Maybe something like Melony Stocket, just because it popped in my head as I was typing this. (Is that someone's name already, and that's why it popped in my head?)   

11.  What's your favorite quote from a book? 
It's scientifically impossible to pick a favorite anything, but one of my favorites is this one from J.D. Salinger's short story, A Girl I knew
“She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”

Eleven Facts About Me
1. I drink a lot of water every day, an abnormal amount actually. And if I don't get enough I get really grumpy and a huge head ache. 

2. I love learning about literary movements and the ways that literature impacted and was impacted by history and culture. I've started a segment on the blog named Literary Look which discuses literary movements. So far I've done The Beatnik Movement and The Harlem Renaissance

3. I use my younger brother, who is a Junior in high school, as my guinea pig and try out ideas for my future classroom on him. (I'm planning on being a high school English teacher, if you didn't know that, then that fact was probably a little confusing.) 

4. I love the BBC.

5. I'm deathly afraid of mice and worms. I will cry if there is a mouse within a mile of me that I am aware of, I can promise you that. 

6. I own way too many pairs of shoes. 

7. When I was younger my favorite movies were the Spice Girls movie: Spice World and Hercules and Xena The Battle For Mount Olympus

8. I'm a huge stress crier! I can't help it, it's just how my body reacts to stress. 

9. Oscar Wilde is my favorite person in history. 

10. I have a huge love for red heads! I just can't resist.

11. Outer Space freaks me out. Every time I learn something new about it, I get more freaked out by it. 

My Questions for the Nominees 
1.What is the saddest book you have ever read?
2. Do you write in your books while you read them?
3. What literary character are you thinking about naming your future children after? (Come on, I know you've got one in mind!) 
4. What book are you really excited to start?
5. What's your favorite hot beverage? (or cold if you don't like hot)
6. What's one of your favorite book to movie (or tv show or mini series) adaptions?
7. What TV show are you loving right now?
8. What celebrity would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
9. Approximately how many unread books do you think you own?
10.  What are some of your favorite poems/ poets?
11. What is your favorite board or card game?

I Nominate...
Curiouser and Curiouser
It Starts at Midnight
Enter Through the Pages
Paper Back Princess

And You! If you want to do this, please do. Let me know if you answer these questions, I would love to read your answers.

Let me know when you've answered these questions so I can check them out! Thanks again to Keely for nominating me!


  1. Thank you for nominating me! Are you exclusively scared of mice, or does it extend to rats too? My rats are really nice, I swear :).
    I've got to ask though; how on earth did you find my blog?! I've been scratching me head and looking through my subscriptions now for half an hour trying to figure it out :P.
    I'm now following you on bloglovin :).

    1. All mice, rats, hamsters guinea pigs, even squirrels scare the daylights out of me!
      I found you through your Top Ten Tuesday Link ups! I just recently found you, so I thought I would nominate you!
      thanks for stopping by!

    2. Shame about the rats :P.
      That explains it then :). I just couldn't figure it out!

      Here's my post if you're interested

  2. Thank you for nominating me, dear! I'll get straight to work on my post. ^__^

    If it makes you feel any better space really freaks me out, too; it's fascinating, but it's also terrifying and I don't know if any amount of money could get me to go up there...

    1. Yay!
      haha Yes! Space is so weird, the less I know about it, the more comfortable I feel about living in it!
      thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thank you for nominating! I have already done this post but I loved reading your answers. :)

  4. Aw, thanks so much! I definitely plan on answering your questions, I think next week I will devote another day to answering tags! (I kind of love these things!)

    I am a stress crier too! I will just melt down. And I agree- I wouldn't have a pen name. (Can I just say, I was curious too, and Googled "Melony"? Yeah, there is a person by that name, from Texas, and she passed away two years ago.) But I always feel like I would just want to put my own name out there, because well, why not? This was such a fun post!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. Yay! can't wait to read your answers!
      Good to know I'm not alone on the crying! and really? that's so weird, well I couldn't very well steal Melony from Texas name!
      thanks for stopping by!