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Liebster Blog Award

liebster blog awardTHE LIEBSTER AWARD

The Liebster Award is a blogging award that is passed on by bloggers to blogs with less than 200 followers that are worth a read.  Liebster is German for “beloved”, and I am honoured to have been nominated by What Amy Read Next – thank you so much Amy!

Receivers of the Liebster Award must:

  1. List 11 Random Facts about yourself
  2. Answer the questions that were asked of you (by the blogger that nominated you)
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and Link to their Blogs
  4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
  5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award


So here we go – 11 random facts about Nichole:

1. I’m an only child.  I’ve been told that this explains a lot…

2. I once broke my wrist during the warm up before a soccer game, and I played the whole game anyway, like a boss.

3. I lived in La Rochelle, France for a month for school.

4. I have a fear of birds that increases in proportion to the size of the bird in question.

5. I cannot dive into a body of water.  I even took lessons once, and failed the final assessment.

6. In a moment of simultaneous boredom and clarity last summer, I started a lengthy bucket list for myself.  This blog was on it!

7. I am absolutely terrified of heights.

8. My mom measured me when I was a baby and figured I would grow to be 5’7″.  I’ve always felt a little cheated for topping out at 5’4″.

9. I’ve had the same group of lovely friends for 11 years.

10. School or not, I buy new pens and stationary every September.  It’s like second Christmas!

11. I was born without a birthmark.


My answers to Amy’s questions:

 1. What book are you reading at the moment?

I decided to switch gears for a bit and go old school noir, so I’ve actually just started The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.  I don’t actually read a lot of mystery novels, so it should be a good change of pace.

2. If you could meet any author and ask them only one question, what would it be?

Tough question…. I’ve always been amazed by how the creativity and imagination of one man set the foundation for the whole high-fantasy genre that we know today.  If I could meet Tolkien, I would love to ask him what inspired or moved him to create such a unique and detailed fantasy world.

3. Print or Kindle?

Definitely print!  I don’t have a Kindle, but there’s a certain magic to a book that I feel gets lost when you’re poking at a touch screen.

4. What is your favourite book quote?

This is very tough to answer as I find great turns of phrase in almost everything I read.  I’d be more comfortable saying that one of my favourite book quotes is from Sherlock Holmes’ “A Case of Identity” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind of man could invent.  We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence…. It would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.”

5. Name five fictional characters you would want with you if you were stranded on a desert island.

Well, you’d need a good compliment of characters.  For example:

– I’d want be stuck with somebody brainy, with whom I can have interesting conversations when we’re not building rafts or something.  I’ve always loved the wit and intelligence of Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice).

– You know what, I don’t think you can have too many smart people trapped on one island.  And if Sherlock Holmes were there, he might come up with some solution obvious only to him to solve our predicament.  I also find him hilarious, so he’d be great for entertainment.

– You can’t really have Sherlock without Dr. Watson, who is a great foil for the detective AND a medical professional!

– I’ve always been a fan of the courageous Jim Hawkins (Treasure Island), who falls in with pirates and lives to tell the tale.  He’s been stranded on an island before – he’d be a pro!

– Finally, it’s impossible to say how long we’d be on the desert island, so I’d want to be stuck with a romantic interest.  I’ve had a serious fictional crush on Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre) since I was in my teens, and in my head he falls madly in love with me.  If I were Jane, I would SO have just run off with him.

6. What was your favourite childhood book?

My parents collected a lot of great books for me when I was little, but I think my absolute fave might have been Old Bear by Jane Hissey.  All of her books were awesome, but I think I liked this one in particular because the ratty, over-loved “Old Bear” reminded me a lot of my favourite teddy.

7.  Why did you decide to write a blog, and what is your favourite thing about it?

The original drive for creating this blog was so that I’d stop putting book reviews in my diary, but I also wanted to push myself to become more involved online.  My favourite thing about this blog is that it challenges me to push myself and express myself in a way that I never have before.

8. Name a book that has evoked a particular emotion and why.

The first thing that comes to mind is Oryx & Crake by Canadian author, Margaret Atwood.  This novel is a cautionary tale on the total meltdown of a society increasingly driven by consumerism and the “progress” of genetic engineering, until one man basically resets humanity to erase all the evil that’s been done.  It just seems like imaginative science fiction, until you realize that many of the experiments mentioned at the beginning of the book are based on reality.  While reading this book, I felt genuine unease because the insanity of Atwood’s novel doesn’t actually seem so crazy.

9. Is there a quote or a piece of writing that reminds you of a specific moment in your life?

When I was about eight or nine, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew – I wanted to be clever like her, I wanted cool friends like her, and I wanted a boyfriend like hers who was never underfoot, except exactly when his help was needed to get out of a jam.  To this day, if I even just see one of the old covers of those books I remember running around the neighborhood with my best friend and looking for “clues” to mysteries of our own creation.

10. Does a character in a book you have read remind you of a friend or member of your family?

I think that Elizabeth Bennet reminds me a lot of my mom.  To me, my mother has always been a strong person who never let what anyone else might think or say stop her from doing something she wanted to do.

11. “A room without books is like a body without a soul”- Marcus Tullius Cicero. Agree or Disagree?

I couldn’t agree more!  I’m going to counter this with another quote: “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but ‘minds’ alive on the shelves.” (Gilbert Highet)  I have never understood people who hate to read, because I feel like books are the heart and soul of everything.


My Questions for Nominees:

1. If you could meet any author/person you admire, and ask them only one question, who and what would it be?

2. Why did you decide to start your blog, and what is your favourite thing about it?

3. Which book has been with you the most places?

4. Is there a book that you once gave up on that you would consider revisiting, and why?

5. Something that you learned recently.

6. Is there a book or piece of writing that impacted your behaviour or actions after reading it?

7. What is your favourite quote?

8. Do you find that you dread or anticipate movie adaptations of books?

9. Has a character in a book or film ever reminded you of someone you know?

10. “We read to know we are not alone.” (C.S. Lewis)  Agree or disagree?

11. If the zombie apocalypse was at hand, and you could only take five books with you before you run for it, which would you choose and why?


Blogs I nominate for The Liebster Award: 

1. Tag Back : What Amy Read Next

2. Scribbling in Color

3. Ambitious Poet

4. Is This Thing On?

5. Ask Archie

6. Bookfessions at the Park

7. Journal of Imaginary People

8. Ms. Nose in a Book

9. Butterfly Tales

10. A Letter to Life

11. SteveHallsBooks

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