The Liebster Award!!

I got the Liebster Award from Booktifulife! And I’m honored! I love her blog and she writes such helpful reviews.

Thank you so much for nominating me. 😘

Ten Random Facts About Me:

  1. I am an avid reader. Yes, I devour books. I have a lot of free time lately and have been filling it with all the books I can get my hands on. I recently just got auto-approved by another publisher on NetGalley, so that makes two so far! I am trying to get into the blogging side so that I can share my reviews outside of simply the Goodreads community. It’s been awesome so far, and I am so psyched to follow and be followed by so many amazing bloggers.
  2. I am older than most new bloggers. I am 33, but I feel 17. Most people I meet are surprised at my age. I am, too. My birthday is 3/8/83. Same backwards as forwards. I tend to be a little young at heart. I have celebrated my 29th birthday 4 times. Jk. I had a huge gap where I didn’t read: I was partying and doing bad things. I am good now, and have been making up for lost time. (I hope me being an older YA fan doesn’t make me weird.)
  3. I am almost done with school and I will be a high school English teacher. That’s right: if you live in Western Michigan and are still in or are going into high school, I might be your teacher! I love getting students to read, and that’s why I chose the name “Teacher of YA” for my blog.
  4. I focus my blog on material that my students will read. I already love YA. So why not rate it for other teachers in hopes that they try to use more contemporary literature in the classroom? Aren’t you bored reading all the stuffy classics? Wouldn’t you rather have your teacher assign you Throne of Glass or Red Queen? I would if I was being taught. I want to get students reading for fun again, and reading has dropped significantly. I want to bring more fun to English!
  5. I love to write. One of the other reasons I decided to become a teacher is that I noticed a lot of writers teach, too. Suzanne Young, author of The Program, is an English teacher. Most either teach or have a BA in English, which is what I am getting. I want to write my own YA book, and I already wrote it as a short story for class. I hope to make it into a novel.
  6. I am working with another blogger to hopefully start a publishing company. E.C. and I want to start publishing, and then publish our own books, too. She’s got it all figured out. I am saving for the investment (as well as for tuition), so I’m saving money and using the library to read. I have to be super cheap!
  7. I’ve tried Pokémon Go. I still don’t do it as much as I would like it because of the data. I only get 2 gigs a month. So I go to the library and find a lot there because it is a Pokéstop. I am also guilty of driving while playing, but I stopped because it was too dangerous. I am a level 4. 
  8. I am obsessed with Hello Kitty. I don’t have my room decked out, but I have several cool Kitty pieces. A gumball machine. A clock that has musical spinning Kitties. A nice watch. Maybe one day, a small tattoo. But I don’t own everything with her face on it. Sometimes you just don’t need Hello Kitty toilet paper.
  9. I love cartoons. I like American Dad, The Cleveland Show (cancelled), Futurama (cancelled), and The Simpsons.
  10. I am best friends with my mom, and surprisingly, we have a lot of fun! When I moved to Michigan, I didn’t have any friends. I still haven’t been able to have too many because I am a homebody. I’d rather be curled up with a book than go out. I need to be more social, but it’s hard for me. That’s why books are so great, and blogging is so great!

I Nominate These Bloggers:

I still don’t know many bloggers, but these bloggers deserve an award!!

Liebster Award Questions:

1. What made you like books?
I used to read Archie comics as a kid. Those were my favorite little books when I was young. I was the middle child: not quite young enough to be spoiled, not quite old enough to be given freedom, so I just loved homework and reading was an escape. While people were reading RL Stine’s Goosebumps, I was reading his YA Fear Street series. I did my third grade book report on King’s Pet Sematary. I just loved books and I loved to write!  

2. Who is your top fictional boyfriend?
Probably Perry from Under the Never Sky. I loved that he bonded to people, and once he did, they were inseparable and he could feel their emotions. I was super jealous of Aria in that book. And, this is going to sound lame, but Edward Cullen from Twilight. You have to admit, it’s pretty sexy when a vampire wants you so bad but doesn’t want to hurt you. Totally sexy. Ok, mock me. Mock away!
3. Favorite thing to do except reading?
Ummm….reading? Jk. I watch The Simpsons and play an app called Simpsons: Tapped Out. You get to build Springfield! It’s so fun that I got my mom AND my aunt to play. And they don’t even watch the show! I also like blogging…it’s my new favorite hobby (besides actually reading!)
4. Would you rather be a popular kid but doesn’t read books or have no friends but loves books?
Have no friends but love books. I could probably be more social, but I choose not to be. Family is the most important, and it took me a long time to realize that. I had lots of friends (after high school…I wasn’t popular AT ALL in high school), but they used me and lied to me and stole from me! Now I have one friend really, from school, and we talk as much as we can. My mom is my best friend. ::blushes::

5. What’s the worst thing you’ve done to your book?

Gotten it wet by accident. I dropped it in a puddle. I tried to get it dry without ruining it, but it was too late. Now the pages are all hard to turn. Sad face.
6. Do you believe in unicorns?
Yes. With all my heart. I believe in Pegasus. I used to draw unicorns with wings, and I was told that the horses with wings were called Pegasus, so I want a Pegacorn.

7. What’s the most annoying thing you heard as a bookworm?“All you do is sit around and read all day! You’re so lazy!!” Umm, just because I don’t want to sit around and watch TV with you, doesn’t mean I’m lazy because I’m reading. Seriously. This happens to me all the time. My mom watches TV and if I watch with her, then I don’t have to do chores or anything. But if I’m reading, I’m lazy. 
“Uh, actually, it’s lazier to watch TV than read, mom!” <– That’s me, like in my head.

8. Where is your favorite bookstore/online bookstore?

Amazon! They have free books, books on sale, books for $.99! They have deals that are where I get most of my ebooks. I still have a $50 Amazon card that I haven’t even used because it’s like, oh, I’ll save it for when I really need it, but all those $.99 books add up! 

I also like my local Goodwill because people donate books there that are really popular still. And of course, my library’s used bookstore, Cheapstacks! Their books are $.25-$.50/apiece! I have found several gems there.

9. Best book you’ve read in 2016
Let me think…I’ve read 111 books so it’ll take me a minute…

(My Goodreads goal for the year was 100, but I’ve passed it…yay! I wish I could figure out how to display that on my blog…)

Ok, The Glass Arrow, Girl of Myth and Legend, Hotel Ruby, Winter, Wicked Lovely…those are the top contenders. But I’ll have to say, out of those…

Wicked Lovely!! That series by Melissa Marr was amazing. Made me cry. Kept me guessing. I wish she would write a sequel to Carnival of Souls, but I guess it wasn’t popular enough. If you haven’t read Wicked Lovely, you HAVE to read it. I didn’t like books about “fae” until I read hers. 

10. If u could travel through time, when will you go back to and why?

Probably the Victorian era, and that’s because I love the designs and the beauty. I collect postcards from 1905/1920, and that time period was rich and decadent. I would love to see it firsthand. And meet Edith Wharton, if I could.

My 10 Questions For The Nominees:

  1. What started you blogging?
  2. What is your favorite series of all time?
  3. Which books, if stuck in a desert island, could you read over and over again?
  4. What’s your favorite cover of all time?
  5. (Borrowing this one) Who’s your book boyfriend?
  6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  7. What would you do first with a million dollars?
  8. Which book disappointed you the most?
  9. What would you do if you couldn’t read for a month?
  10. What do you want to do when you “grow up?” (If you ever do….)

And that’s it! Thanks for nominating me! (Now I have to watch TV with my mom…so I’ll be jazzing this post up later with pics. I ran out of time for now…)

P.S. I love Rainbow Brite!!


17 thoughts on “The Liebster Award!!

  1. Your birthdate is cool. I’m older than you one year, so, no, you’re not the oldest who loves YA books hehe. I can relate to most of your facts. My mom is my buddy too, even long distance. I also just live in this new city one year so don’t have close friends, but I enjoy reading during my lunch break. You would be a cool teacher to assign the fun books to read because I was not at all interested to read when I had to read those old books with English that I don’t speak everyday with. Congrats for the auto-approval on NetGalley. I had one but it got taken away somehow.

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      1. Yes. I’m excited to. You read 111 books! OMG *jealous here.. And I totally forgot about library book sales. I used to go there at my university. I didn’t realize the public library host it too. 😊 I’m happy to learn something new everyday. Will add that Wicked Lovely to my TBR.

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  2. You’re a few years older than me, but even at 26 I feel a bit “old” in regards to the YA book community however I definitely don’t think anyone is too old for YA or weird for liking it!! It’s really awesome finding people in the same age group as you though 😊 You also sound like such a rad teacher. Your students are super lucky!!

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that is older and likes YA!
      Thank you! I hope to be a cool teacher: I feel I can get along with students at the high school level because I still feel like a teenager lol.
      Thank you. 😊


  3. OMG, you have to read it. I was surprised foe much I loved it.
    Yeah, I was shocked to see that number of books on my goal be reached already. I checked it on occasion, but when it said I was 50 books ahead of where I should be, I thought, wow! I was going to up my goal, but I want to see by how many I can surpass it this year. Trust me, I was as surprised as you!
    My public library has a used bookstore in the building: it has crappy hours, but it’s run by volunteers and sometimes if you bring them a book, they will just let you swap out for something else you like. I also have several thrift stores around, and they are better than bookstores because they don’t know what they have. 🙂


  4. Thanks so much for this tag! I love your questions for us and I can’t wait to answer them!
    Also I really enjoyed reading your facts. It’s brilliant youve been auto-approved by two publishers so far on NetGalley and that you’re thinking of starting your own publishing company, that’s amazing! I hope it goes well for you and your friend!
    Also wow, I can’t believe you’ve already read 111 books this year, and we’ve still got like five months left so I can’t wait to see what you manage to read by the end of this year! I really loved Girl of Myth and Legend as well as Wicked Lovely, they were both amazing books weren’t they? 🙂

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  5. They were…I’ve got the second one, Order of Dust, from Giselle. And I really want to read it! I miss the Marr books. It makes me sad to think that there are no more in the series, though I still want to read Desert Tales.
    I couldn’t believe the number of books I read either! But I really enjoy reading and it’s like an addiction now.
    I can’t wait to see your answers to the tag. I love this award because it is by bloggers and for bloggers! It made me think of you because we talk a lot and we have so many books we like in common!


  6. ive just got netgalley now im 18 and i cant wait to start using it and and i love that your best friends with your mum as im really close to my mum too. im just starting my blog back up now im on summer break so if you have any tips for me on how to keep up with blogging and be motivavted i would love to hear them. im not very socialble outside of social media as i am shy and vever know what to say which is one of the reasons why i love the book community as i can talk about books nonstop.

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    1. Oh, you’re a darling! All I did to start was just post a review, then look at my friends on Goodreads to see if they had any WordPress blogs, which they did, and I started commenting. That’s how I have the friends I have now: interaction.
      Typically, when someone follows your blog and you interact, it’s customary for you to follow back. When you added me, I looked at your blog and your comment, and I added you! It’s that easy.
      There’s a lot of tags you can answer…there’s a lot of things you can post about. I mainly post my reviews and a couple other things that strike my fancy.
      If you love books, then you’re perfect for blogging!!
      (I was new to NetGalley, too. The trick when you’re new is to not request right away but pull from the Read Now selections and write reviews for those. They will show then that you’ve had all these approvals, and people are more likely to approve you when you request a book. I learned the hard way. 😕) But I’d like you to have a better chance than I did. I’ve fixed it now and get good books, but in the beginning I kept getting denied and didn’t know why: it was because I was new!
      Don’t be shy here! We are all the same! We ❤️ books! I’m a YA fan, mainly fantasy and sci-fi. And dystopian.
      Welcome!! 🎉🎈🎉

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      1. i alway follow people back and yeah i was going to do memes but sometimes i find them hard to answer so yeah probably just going to do tags and reviews within the week and then on a monday do a weekly tbr and on a sunday do a weekly wrap up maybe. I will take your advice on the netgalley i just need to get back on track with my reading. I found your page frm your goodreads account after we were messaging on there about the group we moderate and i think im going to go down the rest of my friends for accounts. Thanks for the advice. we have the same taste in books yay!!!

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