The Liebster Award

liebster award

Thanks so much to Ashley at For the Love of the Page and Emma at The Book Brief for nominating me for a Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award was created to help recognize new bloggers and welcome them to the blog-o-sphere. Ashley and Emma, I appreciate the electronic nod. Now let’s get to work!

  1. First, link and thank blogger(s) who nominated you.
  2. Then, answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you (I’m doing a combo!).
  3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers.
  4. Finally, Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

First, the questions for me:

  • If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ulysses by James Joyce, no doubt! I could definitely read that one forever. I think there are people who read it throughout the year, each year…

  • Which country in the world would you most like to visit?

I’m not big on plane rides, so although I’ve visited Calgary, Canada, I’d love to go back to Canada and visit the areas of Quebec that inspired Louise Penney’s Inspector Gamache series. She makes the village life sound so cozy and delicious, albeit bathed in terror…

  • What would be your number one book to movie conversion?

This is probably a tie–I think Chuck Pahalniuk’s Fight Club was actually made better by David Fincher’s movie adaptation, which is so rare that it was sort of remarkable. I also think Alex Garland’s The Beach is amazing; Danny Boyle’s film adaptation did a great job.

A close second to those two would be The Children of Men by P.D. James, adapted into the movie Children of Men by Alfonso Cuarón. The movie has a wildly different tone than the book, but it worked.

More recently, I watched Dennis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which was inspired by José Saramago’s novel The Double. It was the smartest movie I’ve seen in a while, as it didn’t attempt to explain anything to viewers yet everything you needed to understand the story was there.

  • What’s your favorite book cover at the moment?


I really, really love book covers! Here are a couple of my faves, two older books I’m reading. Errol Morris is always so brilliant, really looking from the outside in at the way we think. And the Pynchon cover is retro and hip in an accidental way, very current as everything old is new again thanks to hipsters and irony and all that.

  • What was the last book you personally recommended to someone?

I’ve been talking to a lot of people about David Quammen’s book on zoonotic diseases (including ebola), Spillover, lately.

  • If you could take any book characters personal style, who would it be?

I really liked the kitschy, vintage librarian-gone-mad style of Anana Johnson in The Word Exchange. It wasn’t the most pleasant book to read, as the characters started speaking and writing in garbled language, but I appreciated Anana.

  • What book are you reading right now?

What am I not reading right now? There’s a lot of booking going on around my apartment. I just finished A Vision of Fire, by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin, out this Tuesday. That was pretty addictive and hard to put down. I started, after a friend’s recommendation, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. On audiobook, I just started Alissa Wall’s terrifying Stolen Innocenceand I’m finishing up the slow prose memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions by Jessica Hendry Nelson. Clearly I need to read something lighter next.

  • If you could only read paperback or hardcovers for the rest of your life which would it be?

Paperbacks fo sho’! I have a lot of arm and shoulder troubles, and hardcovers can be killer.

  • What stand alone book do you think really deserves a sequel?

This is such a geeky answer, but I’d love Errol Morris to write a follow-up to A Wilderness of Error. I think there’s a lot more to be said on the nature of truth and narrative building in relation to crime in the United States. I imagine a book not attached to a specific case might be taken more seriously.

  • Who/what/where is your main source for book recommendations?

I don’t have a single main source, I’m big into browsing the new releases at bookstores and my library, reading interviews with authors where they talk about what they’re reading, and monitoring the hype surrounding releases on the internet (Goodreads, etc).

  • What is the last book you added to your Goodreads to-read list?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

My eleven questions to the people that I’m tagging:

1. Did your parents read a lot when you were growing up? Do you think this influenced your love of books?

2. Do you listen to audiobooks? Why or why not?

3. If Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates were thrown into a pit and forced to battle to the death, who do you think would win? Why?

4. What is the last book someone recommended to you? Are you going to read it?

5. If a family member wanted to write a tell-all memoir Running with Scissors style, would you tell them to go for it? Why or why not?

6. If you could choose one adult fiction/non-fiction book to have illustrated by a favorite artist, what would the book be? (Extra credit question: who would the artist be?)

7. What are your thoughts on blogging negative book reviews?

8. What made you decide to start a book blog?

9. What is the next book you are planning or hoping to buy?

10. What up-and-coming/indie author are you really excited about?

11. What is the one question you’d like to ask yourself about your love of books?

The people I’m tagging for this round are:

Paperback Heart

Leila Reads

Books and Green Tea

Books and Tea and Sugar

Book Love

ReadEng. Didi’s Press

I Know What You Should Read

Grown Up Book Reports

Arkham Reviews

That Worn Book Smell

Dreaming Through Literature


The to-be-read Tag

Okay, I’ve been tagged in a few different posts by my fellow book bloggers, and I’m ultra-excited about it. First up, the to-be-read tag. The TBR Tag was created by A Perfection Called Books and Dana Square.  I was tagged by Leila of the (wonderfully named) LeilaReads.

Let’s explore that dreaded (or is it delightful?) to-be-read list…

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I add things to my shelf casually on Goodreads if they look interesting, but if I am dedicated to reading a book, I add it to my Amazon Wishlist, where I have separate categories (to-read fiction, to-read non-fiction, to-read health/healthing/brain books).

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

It’s odd, because I always add the Kindle version of the book to my list (cheaper, right?), but I often end up purchasing a printed copy if it is something I know I’m going to really enjoy. I love eBooks for the convenience of ARC’s, but I’d rather have a printed version of a book I really love, as I want to highlight and mark it up myself with actual pens and post-it’s.

A Book That’s Been on Your TBR List the Longest

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Russian Lover and Other Stories by Jana Martin

I can’t remember where I got this recommendation from. It still sounds like a great read, but I’ve passed it over for other books for many years. I’m more inclined to read novels than short stories, and there are always so many tempting choices out there, it is impossible to consume them all. Thus the ever-growing tbr…

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR List

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The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

I’m in a post-textuality class right now, and we’re reading a lot of ergodic literature (with extraneous information in addition to the text or very unusual formats). I’m really enjoying it, as it reminds me of how obsessed I was with House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielwski when I was younger. A classmate saw The Supernatural Enhancements at Barnes & Noble, and mentioned it because of its formatting.

A Book in Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Cover

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The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

This is a great question–I do a lot of cover browsing. One of my favorite books of all time, The Gardens of Kyoto by Kate Walbert, I picked many years ago solely on its cover and I really lucked out there. Recently, I saw The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill when I stopped in at the library to grab something else, and with a cover like that, who could resist?

A Book on Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

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Rats, Lice and History by Hans Zinsser

Ha! Sometimes I get really interested in a certain subject, and add books referenced in whatever I’m currently reading to my to-be-read list. I’m not sure where this came from, but I assume it was a book on viruses like Spillover by David Quammen. I should probably remove it, but you never know… I may really want to know about the epic “world scourge against which the author fought the good fight” one day!

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

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Bred to Kill by Frank Thilliez

Syndrome E was the best kind of scary, in that smart, bone-chilling way that horror films always aim for and fail to reach. Although its sequel, Bred to Kill, isn’t being released until January, I already can’t wait to try to read it at night with most of the lights out, and then get way too scared, and have to turn back all the lights back on to make the story a wee bit more tolerable. Yes, I already know Bred to Kill will be that terrifying.

Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Yes, the new David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, is rocking everyone’s world but my own right now. I just have way too much going on, but I’ll get there soon!

A Book on Your TBR That Everyone Recommends to You

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Oliver Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Many friends (and the Pulitzer Prize Board) have all recommended Elizabeth Strout’s Oliver Kitteridge to me. I should probably make it a priority, now that I think about it.

A Book on Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The hype around Station Eleven has been pretty unreal. It sounds like such a creative approach to an apocalyptic novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

How many books are on your GoodReads TBR shelf?

A very hopeful 610. Wow! I haven’t even been paying attention to that number. Time to get reading…

I now tag:

Aman @ Confessions of a Readaholic

Emma @ The Book Brief