I am thrilled to announce that The Readersphere has been nominated for The Liebster Award! Thank you very much Vicky Pointing of What Vicky Did Next for choosing this blog 😀
The chain-effect of the Liebster Award is a great way of showing appreciation for young and up-and-coming blogs. Nominees for the Liebster Award have to have less than 200 followers, which made choosing my 10 blogs very difficult. So, like Vicky, I have chosen 5 of the most promising blogs in My Reader that I deem extremely worthy of exposure, followers and likes!
Wordsworth is My Homeboy because this is a great blog on literature and the lifestyle of a poet and aspiring academic at the University of Sheffield. And Wordsworth crops up a fair bit too!
Rosa Reads because literature student Rosa reads, reviews, photographs, video-blogs and features literature of all varieties in a witty and thoughtful way.
Emily Rose Duffy because, although very new, this blog is very committed and Emily consistently posts humorous and interesting pieces about her “idiot abroad” adventures in Quebec.
Academic Ninja because this blog about politics and media has a lot of potential and needs a push to keep posting!
The Force of Wilber because these excellent flash fiction stories, poetry entries and general thoughts of a writer deserve some recognition.
The Liebster Award states you must answer 10 questions set by your nominator, and set 10 questions for your own nominees. Here are my answers to Vicky’s questions:
1. If you could only save three items from your home, what would they be?
Assuming that my mum, dad and brother were safely out of the house, I would grab my degree certificate and my box of my favourite photos. As I can’t decide, I would bend the rules slightly and wear my favourite Karen Millen dress (so that doesn’t count!), and – presuming the house isn’t burning down too violently – I would flip a coin and take either my battered copy of Mrs Dalloway or Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
2. Which habit of yours annoys your partner / housemates the most?
Living in my parents’ house, the main issue was my clumsiness and occasional heavy-footedness. They had to replace a few bulbs from the light fitting directly beneath my bedroom due to my clumpy footsteps. Dainty, as ever…
3. If you could be any superhero or mythic god for a day, which one would you choose and why?
Purely because her name sounds similar to mine, my initial thought was Persephone (Stephanie, Persephone..). However, then I realised she get’s abducted by Hades, and I didn’t fancy that. So I would choose Edesia, the goddess of feasting. What could be better than eating masses of food and being worshipped for it?!
4. What’s the worst lie you’ve told to get out of something you didn’t want to do? (this includes pulling a sickie at work)
Hmm, I can’t lie. Generally, blushing and stuttering happens and then I just own up. Sorry for the boring answer!
The 1831 Alexandre Colin painting of Byron as Don Juan with Haidee.
Photo by AllPosters.
5. What book, poem or film do you wish you had written / directed?
I really wish I wrote Lord Byron’s epic poem Don Juan simply because it is so clever. The ottava rima is so difficult to write – Byron totally knew this, he is showing off throughout the whole poem. I have the utmost respect for Byron who not only makes it fit and rhyme, but also makes it so entertaining. There are so many LOL moments in Don Juan, and I wish I had the talent to write such a comic and poetic masterpiece.
6. How would your friends describe you, in five words?
Leggy? Loyal? Hard-working? Approachable? Honest? These are traits I hope I have…
7. Why do you have a blog?
I wanted to start a literary blog because I finished my English Literature degree in June and did not want to lose my reading momentum. Now I’m pursuing a career in book publishing, I want to keep up-to-date with the industry and I thought reviews were a good way to do that!
8. What one thing do you find most helpful when writing / blogging? e.g. silence / music / biscuits
When I write I have to be in silence. Any music distracts me, even wordless music. However, I have occasional intervals of dancing around my room to loud music to try and counteract the Stir Crazy Syndrome (!). And of course, chocolate-based snacking is always a help.
9. What’s been the most fun thing about blogging so far?
The most fun thing is the responses you get from people. One of the writers from the LS13 anthology told me that my review had inspired him to continue working on his novel, that he had unfortunately abandoned. This made me so happy, and I am determined to make my blog a place to celebrate books, and not axe them!
10. What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
The hardest thing for me is blogging regularly. I try to achieve quality not quantity, which therefore means I take my time writing. I’d much rather produce something insightful and well-written for my followers, than something rushed just for the sake of meeting a deadline.
And my 10 questions for my nominees are:
1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
2. What is your greatest achievement so far?
3. Which period of time do you wish you were alive in, and why?
4. Marmite: love it or hate it?
5. Which fictional character (from films, TV, plays, books) do you wish was real, and why?
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
7. What/who never fails to make you laugh?
8. Do you have a favourite place to write/blog?
9. What is the aim of your blog?
10. What do you enjoy the most about writing your blog?
Rules of the Liebster Award:
- Each nominee must link back to the person who nominated them.
- Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.