Thursday, June 28, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

So, ladies and gents, I was tagged for the Liebster Blog Award!!! Yay! And if you’re like me, you have no idea what this is. Well, kiss your confusion goodbye. The Liebster Blog Award is an award given to new bloggers who have less than 200 followers, or, as in my case, not-so-new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The oh-so-kind blogger who graciously awarded me this honor was Katie over at Breath of Books. A bajillion thank-yous, Katie! This means a lot to me. *sniffle*
Since this is all new to me, I had to do a bit of research on what to do next. Unfortunately, the rules are still kind of fuzzy because I’ve found several different methods, so I’m going to improvise. The whole point is for the blogging community to get to know you better as a blogger, so here’s what I’ll do. I’m going to answer eleven questions that Katie laid out for the bloggers she awarded, and then I’ll pick five other awesomely amazing blogger who have under 200 followers, then I’ll let those blogger know they’ve won the Liebster Blog Award, then they’ll freak out like I did, then try to figure out what the heck that actually means, and…well, you get the point.
Here are my eleven questions from Katie, along with my answers:
1. What is your favorite thing about book blogging?
My all-time favorite thing about blogging is getting to share my thoughts about the books I read and getting to know all the bunches of wonderful people who make up the blogging community. I love being able to freak out about amazing books with other people who have the same love. It makes my life so much brighter.
2. What book are your currently reading?
I’m currently reading two books, actually: The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings Book 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien and Latte Daze (The Maya Davis series Books 2) by Erynn Mangum.
3. What are five books you want to read this summer?
Double Shot by Erynn Mangum, Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi, A Charmed Life series by Jenny B. Jones, The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren, and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
4. How long have you been blogging?
One year and one month.
5. Do you participate in any memes?  If so, which ones?
Yes, actually, I just started participating in Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday. I plan on starting Bookshelf Monday soon.
6. Who is your favorite author?
You have no idea how much I dread this question. Um…I like Jenny B. Jones a great deal at the moment, but I also like Erynn Mangum, Deeanne Gist, and Melody Carlson.
7. Do you prefer series or stand-alone books?
I like both. Series are nice because you have a continuous stream of books you can go through, and usually they get progressively better as you read, but I also like stand-alone books because there’s less suspense at the end. Some books are better as stand-alones.
8. Do you have a Goodreads account?
Yes, why yes I do! And I use it an insane amount. It’s a reader’s heaven, I tell you.
9. Have you gotten any ARCs since you've started blogging?
Well, technically, yes. I won an ARC in a giveaway I entered. But I have not actually received an ARC from an author or publisher, no. *sad face*
10. What upcoming book are you looking forward to the most?
I’m looking forward to the last Maximum Ride book, Nevermore, coming out in August (I think…or maybe October) of this year!
11. Do you like to write to as well, or do you only like to read?
I LOVE to write. Actually sitting down and finding the time to do it, though, is another story. I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this past November and absolutely loved it. I’ve yet to finish my book, though, and even when I’ve done that, it’ll need a massive amount of editing. But I love the story and the characters, and I can’t wait to see if I can get it published once I’ve polished it up a bit!
Now, here is the list of the incredible bloggers I picked to win the Liebster Blog Award. Please put your hands together for…
2) Sandy from Somewhere Only We Know
3) Sara from The Page Sage
4) Katie and Abbi from Christian Novels
5) Emily from Emily Hearts Books
Congrats, bloggers!
Now, here are a few interview questions for those bloggers I’ve tagged. Don’t worry, I won’t force you to tell us your deep dark secrets; these are just to help the blogger community get to know you guys a little better.
1) When did you start blogging and why?
2) Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book?
3) Where is your favorite spot to read?
4) Do you buy the books your read or borrow them from the library?
5) What is your favorite movie adopted from a book?
Ok, just to clarify for the bloggers tagged- here are the rules of the game. You can modify them like me, or follow them exactly. It’s your choice. Just have fun with it and enjoy getting to know other bloggers along the way!
1. Post 5 facts about yourself (I skipped this because I list a lot of facts about myself on my “About Me” page).
2. Answer the questions that the blogger gives you.
3. Tag 5 other bloggers that have under 200 followers and come up with 5 (or however many you like) questions for the bloggers you tagged.
4. Let these bloggers know that you tagged them (comment on one of their posts).
That’s all there is to it! I really enjoyed this and loved getting to know other bloggers in the process. Thanks again to Katie from Breath of Books!


  1. Thank you so much for the award!! I feel so loved! I've actually done a Liebster Award post before. And thank you so much for the follow!

  2. Yay Shelby!!!! That is so exciting!!! I am a HUGE fan of your blog, and have read many amazing books because of it. Jenny B. Jones is now one of my favorite authors as well, and I have only read the first two charmed life books! Your blog design is incredible, and I don't know how you do it. I can figure out a lot of technology things, but blog design has stumped me. You my friend, have talent.

  3. Stephanie- Thank you so much! I'm so excited to hear that you're keeping up with my blog- it means alot. Jenny B. Jones is AMAZING. You'll have to tell me how you liked the Charmed Life series- I haven't read it yet. As for the blog design, I can't take much credit for it. It's just a template from Leelou Blogs. They offer free templates and backgrounds, and all you have to do is add the HTML code to your blog. Don't worry- it stumped me at first too, you just kind of have to play around with it to get familiar with it. There are some great sites out there with awesome instructions and designs. I'm not very tech savvy, so I'm thankful people offer designs and things for those who aren't html-y. =) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thank you for thinking of me and my sister! I just received this award from another blogger and posted about it already but I will answer your questions here!
    1) When did you start blogging and why?
    I joined my sister in writing her blog late 2011. She had started a TV blog and didn't have as much time to spend with her book one, so since I was wanting to start blogging some she let me pretty much take over Christian Novels.

    2) Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book?
    My all-time fav author is Susan May Warren. I've read all of her books except for 2 novellas and have loved all of them!

    3) Where is your favorite spot to read?
    My bed!

    4) Do you buy the books your read or borrow them from the library?
    I usually buy them or get them to review but I occasionally borrow some. Though it's usually off my siblings rather than from a library.

    5) What is your favorite movie adopted from a book?
    Probably The Hunger Games or the Narnia ones!

    Thanks again!

  5. Thanks, Abbi! I've never heard of Susan May Warren- I'll have to check her out. I loved The Hunger Games movie, too! I wish it could have been longer, because it felt rushed, but it would have been too long if they had done that. At least they included most of the details from the book. Anyway, thanks again! It was great getting to know you.

  6. I have received this award a total of four times now and I decided to make another post about it! Thanks again!


I love love love to receive feedback from my readers! Please feel free to comment on any post with your thoughts.

P.S.- Gobs and Gobs of Books is an award-free blog, and as honored as I am to receive awards from awesome people like you, please know that if you nominate this blog I will not pass on the award. Thanks anyway!