Saturday, 13 September 2014


Problem: too much homework.
Course of action: panic a bit.
Eventual solution: go on Blogger.

..... As you can see, my logic is a little flawed, but oh well! Let's forget essays and talk about Liebster awards! I'd not had one of these in a while, but in the past month or so I've somehow managed to amass four. Thanks to AliyannaAmy, Ely and Lauren - I will be answering your questions over this post and subsequent ones.

As you may be able to tell my glancing at my sidebar, I've had this award a lot of times (to be precise, thirteen) since starting this blog, but none since about a year ago. Therefore I'm going to put aside my normal (lazy) approach, which is to answer the questions but skip on the facts/nominations, and do the whole thing properly! 

I know, I know. Try to contain your shock. 
OK, so, the rules:

1. Give 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions you are given.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Set them 11 questions.
5. Put the award button on your site.

So! 11 facts. 

1. I finished Anne of Avonlea on Monday night and it was just a perfect ending, I loved it a lot. I lay in bed for a bit and then reread the last passage, and ended up doing no homework all evening because how could I after Anne of Avonlea?? 

2. I'm currently reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. It's pretty good but nowhere near as good as Girl With a Pearl Earring (also by her).

3. Next I'm going to read Great Expectations.

4. It will be my first foray into Dickens.

5. I'm having a mental blank on facts.

6. I should be doing my homework.

7. I want to try making chequerboard cookies later today:

[recipe found on Marian's blog]
8. But I probably won't have time.

9. I have four essays for next week.

10. I've only done one of them.

11. But still, I remain merrily here on Blogger! :D

Next, 11 questions! Today I'm going to answer the first lot of questions I was asked - they are from Aliyanna @ Scribbles of a Catholic Girl - thank you! 

1. Tell me the next word or phrase that comes to your mind when you see these words...
a) ring  -- Lord
b) dalek -- EXTERMINATE 
c) magic -- Harry
d) dance -- -ing queen
e) clownfish -- Nemo
f) glitter -- edible (yes, really. I think of edible glitter. I'm food-driven OK?)

2. Would you rather...?
a) Learn archery with Legolas, Susan Pevensie, Merida, or Katniss?
Legolas all the way! Susan gets a bit annoying sometimes, likewise Katniss, and I've not seen Brave so I don't know Merida. I love Legolas <3 And also ...
Can we take a moment for those cheekbones?
b) Go on an adventure with Gandalf or the Doctor?
Gandalf. Gotta be.
c) Learn magic with Dumbledore or Merlin?
Dumbledore!!! OF COURSE.

3. If you could pick three languages that you would know in an instant without having to spend time learning it, which three languages would you pick?
Hmm. I'm learning Spanish, so I wouldn't pick it (cause I can kinda speak it all read .... kinda). But I might pick .... Arabic, because it's a useful language that would open doors if I ever wanted to work in the Middle East, and also it's beautiful to hear spoken; French, because I love how it sounds; and Hindi, because I'd really like to visit India. 

4. What is the one household chore that you utterly detest?
Hoovering -____-

5. If you got a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
GAaaah I hate this question, I never know what to say! I'd probably freak out about having so much money and end up taking my parents' advice and doing the sensible thing: saving it in my bank account. 

6. How would you respond if someone came up to and told you that they were going to take you on a deluxe cruise for two months that he or she would pay for entirely (including shopping at stores on landing places), but you had to leave right now without going home to say goodbye to your family?
I'd probably be highly suspicious of said person and would not get in a car with them. ~creepy voice~ "Yes the cruise ship is this way, come with me girl ..." 
However if I knew they were authentic .... well. It would depend where the cruise was going!

7. What comes into your mind when you see this GIF?

Me and my sister XD
8. Tell me one of your biggest dreams that is probably impossible but you'll never stop wishing for it anyway.
To be an acclaimed, loved, fangirled-over author. 

9. What is one of your most embarrassing moments? (See, I'm letting you pick one - it doesn't have to be the most!!!)
Ugh. I recently fell over in a coffee shop, dropping water and toastie everywhere. However that was not my most embarrassing moment because I didn't know anyone there apart from my friends who I was with. Hmm. I'm really not sure. 

10. If a crocodile came up to you and told you to lie down and let him eat you, would you trust him?
These questions are getting weirder as they go, Aliyanna ...

11. What would you do if your phone woke you up in the middle of the night and there was a creepy voice on the other end asking you for ransom money in return for the release of your best friend?
Probably start freaking out, run and find my parents .... call the police? I don't know! Depends how convincing the creepy voice was! 

Now then .... nominees! 

Lauren @ Always Me
Sunny @ A Splash of Ink
Chelsea @ A Wee Bit of Madness
Carly Meyer @ Books and Etc.
Ely @ What can I say?

^ And, because that is really not eleven nominees, the old crowd
Amy @ The Blog Hermit
Marian @ Ivory Clouds
July @ I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good
Seana @ The Totally Insane Writer
Hawwa @ It Was Lovely Reading You
Treskie @ Occasional Randomness

It is a tribute to those six bloggers that I did not even need to check their urls before linking them up; I know all their blogs that well. You six, I know I've nominated you all for a hundred awards before, so please absolutely no obligation to do this one! I love you all v. much and leave this Liebster award to your interpretation. 

Finally: the questions.

1. Which book world would you live in, if you could never return?
2. Which book world would you travel to for a week before returning?
3. What book have you been meaning to read forever but just not got round to?
4. What book did everyone else love, but you hated?
5. What book were you very sceptical about reading but actually loved?
6. Fictional crush?
7. Most perfect book ending?
8. What do you do when you're bored?
9. When did you last cry, and why? (If you want to tell us!)
10. What's your happy song(s)?
11. And finally, what's your sad song(s)?

Thanks again Aliyanna! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I leave you with this picture which had me in paroxysms of laughter (which I guess tells you what kind of person I am). 

That is all.

Emily x


  1. Yes, I am weird. It is my specialty. ;) Love the last picture... and YOU ARE THE DANCIIIIIING QUEEN. *breaks into song and twirls like Sherlock*

    1. Haha and mine ;)
      ah I love that picture :') I'm still laughing!

  2. Yes! Legolas would be the best archer instructor ever!

    I would agree about the person giving you a free cruise and everything. Suspicion would be high on my list there. I'd probably question them with a lot of sarcasm and skepticism while slowly backing away before walking away as fast as I could.

    1. Yes he would! <3

      Yup. I would also back away slowly (and if they asked me for any bank details I'd be out of there!).

  3. YAY! A TAG! *Dances around throwing confetti* I'll try to get that done today. :) Cheers!

  4. MY COOKIES! *squeel* I was scrolling through boglovin when I saw the picture and I was like " those look really familiar....".
    You should really be doing your essays. Tut tut. *says the one who has four programming assignments to be done for tomorrow*. :D

    Thanks for the nomination. I think I actually might do it. I really feel like writing an awards post. *she says that now*. If I give up halfway through I'll come back and answer the questions here. They're very book related, aren't they? Not that I'm complaining ^_^

    You know my URL - I feel so loved!! x

    1. Nomnom, I didn't made them in the end but ONE DAY SOON!
      Haha well I did them eventually ... more or less!

      You're v. welcome. If you do you're such of an enthusiastic comment from me! And yes the questions are v. book related. They're the most interesting ones to be answered in my opinion! (most of the time.)

      Course I do! ^_^ x

  5. Thanks for the nomination! I'll get right to those questions! :)

    1. Wow! I finished them quicker than I expected!

  6. Thanks for the nomination! Can't wait to start answering those questions! I so understand with the whole homework bit. Actually that's me right now as I type this comment. :) I have a few tests that I need to study for and a few essays to prepare.

    Carly @ Books and Etc

    1. You're welcome! :) Good luck with your tests/essays!

  7. Aww, thanks so much for nominating me! Blogger is a lovely place to procrastinate (I've been doing it all afternoon now, haha)

    Also, excellent questions and interesting answers. I particularly liked the bit about the languages. I think I'd like to learn Latin, so I could impress everybody by translating inscriptions on buildings and the such.

    1. You're welcome! Blogger is wonderful for procrastination, it is true :')

      Thanks! I am studying Latin, though I don't think I'm ever going to achieve fluency, haha! They don't really teach it like that. I'm not sure how Ronan from The Raven Boys manages it!!


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