I’ve already done the Liebster Award once, but that was several months ago. This time, I was nominated by the wonderful Lily @ The Lily Notepad! I genuinely adore her blog, so for her to mention me made me feel really fluttery on the inside. Thank you, Lily!
I’ll probably publish a Part 3 for Liebster, seeing as my good friend Jonas from Other Things recently nominated me as well and I can’t resist answering his questions!
The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers. It helps to discover new blogs and to build a sense of community in the blogging world!
These are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award.
4. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
5. Give them 11 questions of your own.
Questions from Lily
1. How many books have you read so far this year? Any new favorites?
According to my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge, I’ve read 55 books out of the 69 books I’m hoping to reach by the end of this year. However, I’m pretty sure two of those 55 books were unfinished reads, so I guess the answer is really 53 books.
As for my new favorites, the first to come to mind is Gambit by C.L. Denault. I’m sure I’ve mentioned her debut novel an unhealthy number of times both on my blog and on Twitter. I just can’t help it! I’ve read Gambit twice and until now, the story still crosses my mind every now and then. I loved it, obviously. Other new favorites would be Sarah Noffke’s The Reverians trilogy – I particularly adored the latter two installments, Rebels and Warriors, You Were Here by Cori McCarthy, Through the Veil by Colleen Halverson, Painting Sky by Rita Branches, and Undecided by Julianna Keyes. Okay, I think I’m done.
2. When did you start blogging? Is there any significance behind your title or theme?
I started blogging six months and a day ago — so basically since December 17, 2015.
Before I actually created my own blog, it took me quite some time to think of a name. Honestly, I initially thought of just using my name and creating shealeairal.wordpress.com. But that didn’t feel quite right. And I couldn’t really brand my name as anything, you know? Eventually, I started browsing through several book blogs, hoping to find some inspiration. I’ve noticed that most blogs had really cute names, and I instantaneously realized that nope, okay, that is not for me. I didn’t want cute. I wanted something edgy and empowering. Something that would speak volumes. This line of thinking eventually led me to the name that bookshelf bitch.
It’s funny, really. In society, “bitch” is typically phrased and used as a derogatory term for women as the word’s textbook definition is “a dog of the female gender.” Even today, “bitch” remains as our go-to insult whenever we dislike a person. I’m guilty of this, to be honest. However, I’d like to believe that there’s an alternative meaning. Recently, the word “bitch” has evolved from a mere noun to a colloquial verb. When someone “bitches” about a certain thing, then that usually means that the person is talking about something in a no-holds-barred kind of way. And that appealed to me, you know? The idea of not holding myself back, I mean. It appealed to me because that’s what I hope to do here.
3. Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction books?
I prefer fiction books.
4. What are your goals/resolutions for 2016?
This blog is actually my resolution for 2016. This year, I hope to finally reach my triple point. In a phase diagram, the triple point of a particular substance indicates the necessary temperature and pressure at which the solid, liquid and gas states of that substance all exist in thermodynamic equilibrium. I’m far too lazy to elaborate on this haphazardly crafted metaphor, so here’s a link to my original post.
5. If you had to describe the way you dressed in three words, what would they be?
Approved by mother. I don’t come from an extremely conservative family or anything, but my mother likes to constantly comment on what I wear. I don’t always listen to her though.
6. If you just received a million dollars, what would you spend it on first?
I wish I could say books, but that would be an obvious lie. I’d save the money to cover the expenses for my education and my little sisters’ education.
7. If you could travel anywhere, what would your ideal vacation/trip look like?
Backpacking all over Europe! I’d visit as many landmarks as I can, try out cute cafes and restaurants and take plenty of photos of their food. I’d go to parks and soak up as much culture as I can. And right before going back to the Philippines, I just have to make a stop in Japan! I mean, what’s an ideal vacation without gorgeous kimonos and Harry Potter-themed amusement parks and different flavors of Kitkat, right?
8. Where do you prefer to write your blog posts?
I actually dislike writing in my dorm room. I prefer writing in the library or in a café or in my bedroom back in Pampanga (my home province).
9. If you could try any profession for the day, what would you try?
Okay, this honestly took me some time to answer. I just can’t pick one, so I’ve narrowed it down to three professions. I’d like to try to be a kindergarten teacher because I love kids and I think it would be wonderful (and incredibly fun) to work with kids. I’d maybe want to try industrial engineering. I’ve been interested in that field of engineering since my freshman year in college, and to be honest, I’ve thought of transferring into that degree program instead. Multiple times. And finally, I’d want to be a model. I know I’m not cut out for it and whatever. Also, I’m painfully shy and taking photos of myself usually causes me frustration, but for a day, it seems like a pretty fun experience. I’d like to see how the industry works and what it’s actually like. I used to be a huge fan of America’s Next Top Model so I’d like to sate all my curiosities.
10. What’s your favorite poem/quote? What significance does it have to your life?
Poetry has always interested me but I’ve never really dabbled in it as much as I’d like to. With that said, the poems I’ve read are few in number. So far, my favorites are Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Dylan Thomas’s Do not go gentle into that good night. They’re perfect reads whenever I’m second guessing my life decisions and whenever I feel like giving up on myself.
11. How do you prefer to channel your creativity? (Reading, writing, music, etc…)
Writing. Definitely writing.
1. Since it’s halfway through the year, what are the best and worst reads you’ve encountered so far this 2016?
2. What fear have you overcome this year? If you haven’t yet, what fear would you like to overcome?
3. If you were a Pokemon gym leader, what type of Pokemon (i.e. fire, water, electric) would you be battling with?
4. What genre (book/movie/whatever) have you never tried? Would you consider giving it a shot one day?
5. What are your go-to activities whenever you feel like procrastinating?
6. Has a song ever inspired you to write or to create something? What’s the title of the song? How did it inspire you?
7. Who are your favorite and least favorite fictional heroines?
8. What fictional OTP are you most strongly against and why? (Read: NOTP)
9. What is the one thing you dislike so much you’ll never run out of reasons to rant about it?
10. What is the most inspiring thing you’d ever been told by someone?
11. Which blogger(s) have you admired from a distance (so to speak) and want to be friends with?
For this award, I’ve decided to nominate bloggers I don’t frequently talk to but want to get to know more!
Betty @ Bookish Regards, Charley @ A Writer Named Charley, Shannon @ Clockwork Bibliophile, Ara @ The Bookish Agenda, Cody @ Childishly Passionate, Nessa @ Bookish Nessa, Melissa @ BookNerdMomo, Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books, Liam @ Hey Ashers, Yarravy @ Hiraeth For The Pages.
And you! If you’re up for it.