The Liebster Award!

liebster-award1Recently, I was nominated for the for the Liebster Award by the lovely Gemma over at The Perfectionist Pen (many thanks :-)). I recommend you check out her blog and her excellent taste in books.

The award is designed to help readers discover new blogs and to share the blogging love around the interweb.

The rules are as follows:

-Link back to the person who nominated you

-Post 11 facts about yourself.

-Answer the 11 questions set by your nominator

-Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers (you can’t nominate the person who nominated you)

-Set 11 questions for your nominees to answer

-Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

Facts about Me:

1. I’m a city girl through and through and get slightly panicky if Mr. novel project chronicle even jokes about a move to the burbs. I do find the countryside beautiful but I love the feeling of being able to step out of my home and be straight in the centre of activity.  Nature is great but there is incredible beauty in the concrete jungle too.  Cities have so much history and life and when I step back it amazes me what humans are capable of creating.

Although I don’t live in New York the opening of the movie Manhattan sums up my feelings about living in a city (any city really).

“Chapter 1.  He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he – he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.”

2. I have ASMR. If you don’t know what that is take a look at this post to explain. You will probably either think it weird or completely understand.  I never really knew that it was a thing until a few years ago when I started looking at YouTube videos that gave me tingles.  I assumed everyone else felt this way, but looking back on it now my earliest memory of it was watching a TV show as a child where a man with a very relaxing voice would demonstrate how to do origami.  The sounds of sheets of paper sliding over each other and folding back on themselves would send me into a kind of relaxed trance.

3. I have a PhD in the social sciences.

4. I treat bookshops and libraries like cheap therapy.  Whenever I am upset or stressed out I will often take a walk into one of these places and just browse.  If it’s late at night I will browse through my own bookshelves instead.

5. It’s not something I blog about but I love, love, love perfume and beauty products.  I feel that its worth spending a little money on these things if they make you feel good. I’m a sucker for most things rose or lily scented and a pretty bottle will keep me happy for days. I love finding bloggers who post about natural or unusual products and who create pretty pretty blogs. 🙂

6. I love movies and TV shows almost as much as I love books. I grew up in a very movie-centric household where it was assumed you would know who Fellini was regardless of your age.  Apparently my two favourite films when I was four were Mary Poppins and Amadeus.

7. I wrote a novella when I was 12.  It was about fairies in the garden who were trying to protect a tree and was an oh so sophisticated metaphor about environmental protection.  Then puberty hit and I became a grumpy teenager where nothing I did felt right and the novella went in the bin.

8. I find it hard to come up with eleven sufficiently interesting facts about myself.

9. I once ran a marathon.  I miss being as fit as I was back then but am not willing to put in the time and effort that it took.

10. It is one of my life’s goals to master the art of the perfect home-made fresh pasta.

11. Pizza. That is all.

Answers to all the questions:

  1. If you could invite any three writers, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would you choose?

Lionel Shriver, Margaret Atwood and George Orwell.

        2. If you could be transported into any book, which one would you pick and                   why? e.g. Harry Potter to explore Hogwarts, or The Great Gatsby to                             experience one of Gatsby’s famous parties.

What an amazing question. This one took a bit of thinking but I’m going to pick Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.  The way he describes the casino seems impossibly glamorous and something I would love to experience.

           3. What is your favourite book cover?

I have to cheat a bit here and say book covers because my favourite ones are a series of classic novels published in hardback by penguin. Rather than trying to explain their beauty, it’s best just to show you a picture of them.


           4. Who, or what, inspires you the most?

What inspires me the most is actually a quote by Samuel Beckett –

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

It reminds me that failure is inevitable but also that it’s a small thing.  I pick myself up and carry on no matter what.

          5. Do you mostly read books or ebooks?

Mostly books rather than ebooks.  I don’t own an e-reader, although I did at one point and may do so again, but I find that the sensory joy I get from reading isn’t there with an e-book.  I do understand the advantages of them and have toyed with the idea of getting another one, but traditional books, in my opinion, are yet to be improved upon.

          6. When it comes to film adaptations of books, do you like to read the book                 first or watch the film?

Ideally, I like to read the book first but not for the reasons that most people cite – that the actor then gets cemented in their head as the character in the book.  I find that if I see the film first then I know the plot, the characters and what’s going to happen.  Books, while I love them, are a bigger time investment than movies and when I read a book second I often find it hard to stick with because I know the ending already.

          7. Is there a book that everyone seems to love, but you dislike?

Yes. Cloud Atlas.  This book is loved by so many people it seems churlish to say that I didn’t but, I didn’t. I tried reading it several times but it was only when I was stuck in a hotel in Sligo during a thunderstorm that I managed to finish the damn thing.  I really wanted to like it, but couldn’t shake the feeling that it was several individual short stories threaded together by a very tenuous link.

         8. What is your favourite childhood book?

The Neverending Story.  You can read my post on it here.

          9. What is your most treasured possession?

A doll I’ve had since childhood (no judgements please :-)) or else my laptop.

          10. If money was no object, which country/place would you like to visit and why?

Japan, maybe.

           11. What’s your favourite part of blogging?

This.  I love meeting other bloggers, reading and writing comments and participating in challenges, tags etc.  I’ve only been blogging for three months but this is definitely my favourite part so far.

The nominees:

I found it a bit difficult to clearly identify those blogs that have fewer than 200 followers so I went by a mix of wordpress and bloglovin as a measure.  You don’t have to answer the questions and apologies if you’ve been nominated before and/or wrote a post, but rest assured – I think you’re great. 🙂

  1. Crime Reader
  2. Born and Read
  3. Thoughts on Books
  4. Book Addiction
  5. Impractical Dreamer: Sweety Shinde
  6. My Infernal Imagination
  7. The Musings of a Writesy
  8. Flashback Backslide
  9. On Things
  10. The Quintessential Bibliophile
  11. Words of a Reader

My questions for you:

  1.  Do you have a favourite book genre?
  2.  Why did you start blogging?
  3. What is your favourite movie?
  4.  If you could eat only one type of meal for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
  5.  Did you have a favourite subject in school/college?
  6.  If you could live inside one TV show, movie or book which one would you choose?
  7.  Do you like to have snacks with you when watching movies or reading?
  8.  Can you play a musical instrument?
  9.  Describe your perfect day.
  10.  What one thing do you wish would be invented?
  11.  What is your tipple of choice?

3 Comment

  1. Laura says: Reply

    Thanks for that nomination!!

  2. Gemma says: Reply

    I loved reading your answers and finding out a bit about you from your 11 facts! I love those Penguin classics covers you mention too! 🙂

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      They’re gorgeous aren’t they? Thanks again for the nomination. This was great craic altogether. 🙂

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