Liebster Award!

Hey everyone! A little while ago I was nominated for the Liebster Award by two lovely bloggers – Hashtag Love Books and Addlepates and Book Nerds – thank you both so much for that! Unfortunately I’ve been really busy recently and literally have not had a spare second to do this until now, so I wasn’t ignoring my nomination. I’m honoured, really. So thanks again! I suppose I should get right into answering the questions…

This first set of questions is from Addlepates and Book Nerds:

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

Is it bad that I don’t even have to think twice before knowing the answer to this question? I feel terrible naming this book because I know a lot of people really like it and I got it as an ARC, so I feel really rude saying this is the worst book I’ve ever read. But I’m going to say it anyway. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. It just really wasn’t for me. You can check out my review here. And just letting you know, I was being generous with my rating…

If you could go to any country in the world, where would you go?

My favourite place in the entire world is London, so I would pick England. I’ve only been there once for about a week and I feel in love with the city and I love everything about Britain. I would love to live there someday.

What is your favourite class at school?

My favourite class at school is Literature. Although my teacher is kind of intense and I feel judged every time I walk into the classroom because he doesn’t think any of us are really good enough to be in his class, I like it. I love reading and analysing books and the class can be very amusing at times.

Other than blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Other than blogging, I love YouTube. I love watching my favourite YouTubers, and I recently started my own YouTube channel called Sarah Dreams. I talk about all sorts of things there. If I had to categorise my channel, I’d put it under both comedy and books. It would mean the world to me if you could check it out by clicking here!

Who is your favourite singer/band?

This is a really hard one for me because I love so many singers and bands and I listen to all different kinds of music. But because I have to pick just one, it would have to be Fall Out Boy. I love their music and I desperately want to go to one of their concerts one day soon.

If you could have any pet, what would you have? It can be mythical if you want!

Unicorn. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have a unicorn as a pet?

What’s been your favourite blogging moment so far?

I really love talking to all of you and comparing opinions on books we’ve read. I think the best thing about blogging is there are so many other people with similar interests and it’s really easy to get along with people.

What, in your opinion, is your best feature?

I would have to say that my best feature, in my opinion, is my smile. This would have to be because I always want to make other people happy and smiling at someone can make them just that little bit more happy. Smiling at someone who looks sad or even smiling at a stranger could make their day, and I want to be someone who makes other people happy. Making other people happy makes me feel happy too.

If you could change places with a celebrity for a day, who would you be?

I would change places with John Green. Firstly, just because he’s awesome, and secondly, so I could see the Paper Towns movie. I’m practically dying waiting for that!

If you could join a family, mythical or real, who would you join? Don’t worry, you can take your family with you!

I would love to be a part of Cath’s family from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. I think Cath and I would really get along well because we both love writing both fanfics and ordinary fiction.

Now it’s time for my next set of questions from Hashtag Love Books:

Online book shopping or in-store book shopping?

While online is cheaper, I almost always buy my books in-store. I work in a book shop part time, so it’s really hard not to finish a shift without buying a book. Also, I love to feel and smell the book before I buy it. I’m also very particular with my books and I don’t like them to be even the tiniest bit damaged before I buy them.

Who is someone you look up to, in real-life or a fictional character?

There are so many people I look up to, especially fictional characters. If I had to choose one though, it would be Tris from Divergent. I really admire how brave she is and how she is willing to fight for what she believes in. She is also a forgiving person and someone that will give second chances, which I think is the best thing someone can do.

What is your most anticipated book this year?

CARRY ON BY RAINBOW ROWELL. YOU KNOW, THE FANFIC FROM FANGIRL? IS THAT EVEN COMING OUT THIS YEAR? PLEASE TELL ME IT IS. IF YOU CAN’T TELL, I’M MORE THAN A LITTLE BIT EXCITED FOR THAT.

#Dearme What is one piece of advice you would have given to your younger self?

Don’t hold grudges against people and learn to forgive them, because that’s the only way you’ll ever move on with your life.

What is an inspirational quote you live by? 

I will be stronger than my sadness. That quote is from one of my favourite books, My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Everyone has bad days and everyone had periods in their lives that are hard for them, but we have to push through them and be stronger than the negative emotions we might feel because life is worth it and sometimes we have to smile through the pain and eventually the smile won’t be fake anymore, it will be real.

What is the most thought-provoking book you have ever read?

This one would have to be Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It really made think about what the world would be like if love were considered to be a disease and if no one was allowed to fall in love. I can’t even imagine living in a world like that.

What is the funniest book you have ever read?

Although it doesn’t really sound like a typically funny book, I would pick City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. There are so many hilarious characters in that book and the whole Mortal Instruments series and I love spending time with all of them.

If you had to go in a battle with one other fictional character, who would you choose?

I would go in a battle with Peeta from The Hunger Games because even from the very beginning, I’ve preferred Katniss with Gale. It’s slightly scary admitting that here because I know a lot of people would probably kill me for saying that, but I prefer Gale to Peeta and I always have. So perhaps if I went in a battle with Peeta and I won, Hunger Games-style, Katniss would have no other choice but to be with her one true love – Gale.

“Most important life question” What are you watching on Netflix or on TV right now?

Well, seeing as Australia literally only just got Netflix *sigh, Australia is so far behind with everything* I’ve just finished watching How to Get Away With Murder season one and I loved it so much. I’m really looking forward to the next season!

Which YA book is the most nostalgic for you?

Harry Potter. Harry Potter and nostalgia are just two things that will always be linked for me.

What event or expo do you desperately want to go to?

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON! Why does Australia have to be so far from literally every other country in the world? It takes practically one whole day by plane to get to America. I really hope someone invents teleportation soon.

The questions for the people I nominate:

  1. What was the last YA contemporary you read?
  2. What book have you most recently stopped reading before you made it to the end and not bothered to pick it back up again?
  3. Which book to you connect with the most?
  4. What book or series do you want to become a movie the most?
  5. What is the book or series that you’ve read the most times?
  6. What is the book you’ve cried the most in?
  7. Do you have any books signed by the author and if so, what books are they?
  8. Have you ever met any authors?
  9. In your opinion, what is the most underrated or under-appreciated book or series?
  10. What’s your thoughts on slightly damaged/visibly read books? Do you like your books to be in pristine condition or do you think books with dog-eared corners or bended spines feel more loved?
  11. What is the book you’ve been wanting to read for the longest amount of time but haven’t gotten around to reading yet?

Now it’s time for the nominations:

Fangirl World

Read and Reviewed

Books & Tea & Sugar

Nerdy Book Club

Bookaholic Confessions

Reading, Reading, READING

Bookshelf Fantisies

Heart Full of Books

The Quirky Reader

Reading Renee

The Mad Reviewer

Thanks so much everyone!

The Liebster Blog Award!

Liebster Blog Award

I was thrilled to see that I had been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! Okay. I have to admit something. I was nominated for this award almost a week ago by https://geekandbooknerdsite.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-liebster-blog-award/. A week! I know, I must be a terrible person. I know, I should feel ashamed of myself. The thing is, I’ve been completely flat out this week and have literally had no time spare until now. I’m sorry, Geek and Book Nerdsite. I wasn’t ignoring you. I’m so happy to be nominated for this award and I would like to thank you so much!

Anyway, here goes!

The rules…

  1. Write 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions that have been asked by whoever nominated you.
  3. Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers – you cannot re-nominate the person who nominated you.
  4. Go to their blog and tell them they have been nominated!

11 Facts About Me…

Oh no. Am I interesting enough to have 11 facts about myself? I guess both you and I are about to find out…

  1. Apart from reading and book blogging, another one of my hobbies is buying books. But I don’t just mean buying books when I want to read them. I mean buying books either for their pretty cover or buying books that I won’t end up reading for at least half a year. Why? Firstly, I get a ton of my books from a library. I read them, and then if I like them, I will buy a physical copy of the book from a bookstore so I can have it on my shelf. Then I can always go back to it and read my favourite parts. Another reason why is because some books just have amazing covers. Sometimes I don’t actually like the book itself, but I like the cover, so naturally, I want it on my shelf. Bad habit. I have almost 250 books in my room and I probably haven’t read 100 of them yet!
  2. My favourite food to snack on in frozen peas. Yep. The peas are still frozen. It’s not that there isn’t anything else to eat in the house, it’s that I actually like to eat them. I eat them when I’m reading… I eat them when I’m watching TV… Just whenever. No wonder my friends think I’m weird…
  3. I love Troye Sivan. He’s amazing. I completely love his YouTube videos and have probably seen each one at least 20 times. I may be a little obsessed. He’s so good at singing and my favourite song is currently The Fault in Our Stars by Troye Sivan. Oh, and I just bought a Troye t-shirt.
  4. Half of the fun about going to the cinema to watch a movie for me isn’t seeing the movie itself, it’s seeing the trailers. I absolutely love trailers. I love watching what movies are coming up and I especially love watching trailers for movies that I know are coming up, like TFIOS. I’m so excited!
  5. Every book that I own that has been made into a movie I own on DVD. This includes: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Safe Haven, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Host, Warm Bodies, Now is Good (Before I Die) and all the Twilight movies. And I’ve already pre-ordered Vampire Academy and Divergent from my local DVD shop.
  6. I’m Team Gale. Not Team Peeta. And everyone I know is Team Peeta. Except this one guy, who’s Team Finnick. Is that even a thing? My friends ask me, Have you even read the books? Of course I have! Okay, Peeta is sweet and funny and all, but after what happened in the last book, I just can’t get over that. I love Gale and he and Katniss are just such good friends. They’ve known each other forever and I just wished that would turn into something more than just friendship.
  7. I love horror and thriller movies. Absolutely love them. Just something about being so scared that I have to curl up into a ball with a blanket around me is so fun! I’m not joking. My favourite horror/thriller movies are The Call and The House at the End of the Street.
  8. Out of all the books I’ve read, if I were to get married to one of the male characters from a book, it would be Jace. Jace is hilarious and witty and there would never be a dull moment with him around. Plus, he’s a Shadowhunter, which is pretty awesome!
  9. I love writing. I’d absolutely love to be an author someday. I’d write Young Adult Fiction books. I love to enter short story competitions and some of my stories are on my ‘Short Stories’ page. I’d love it if you could check them out and comment!!
  10. I cry very easily. I cry when I’m sad, angry, happy, frustrated… basically all the time! Which means, I often cry when I’m reading books in public. Which happens to be a lot of the time. One time, this lady came up to me and asked me if I was okay. I told her that I was just so sad and angry and frustrated that this person had died. She said: Aww, sweetie. Were you close? I sobbed: She was my favourite character! After that, the lady just said ‘You’ll live’ and walked off. Talk about compassionate!
  11. If I was going to become any female character out of any book, I would choose to become Nora from Hush Hush. That’s because 1. Patch would be so good-looking and kind and absolutely amazing to be with. And 2. Vee would be an awesome best friend. I know that tons of bad stuff happens to Nora, but that happens in every book. At least I’d have Patch by my side!!

The questions I was asked…

1. What inspired you to start a blog?
When I was in Year 9 at school, we had to choose to do a project for the whole year. It was compulsory that we spend at least 40 hours on whatever we decided to do. I was thinking of either doing book reviewing on YouTube, learning sign language or learning to speak Welsh. Then I discovered book blogging, which is what I decided to do. Ever since starting that project, I’ve continued book reviewing on my blog and I love it!

2. What’s your favourite book series?
Hmmm. That’s a really hard question. Series. I’m going to have to say the Shatter Me series. I completely love those books and most importantly, it has a perfect ending to the series! And Ignite Me is the only book that I’ve given a perfect score of 10/10 to. If you haven’t read Shatter Me, you must!

3. Who is your favourite author?
Ooh. Another hard question. It’s between Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, John Green and Richelle Mead. I think it would probably be Richelle Mead. She is the person who has made me laugh out load and cry the most whilst reading her books. I completely love both the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series. I can’t wait for the release of Silver Shadows!

4. If you could have a meal, with three people dead or alive, who would it be?
Steven Moffat. For those of you who don’t know, Steven Moffat is the genius who currently writes most of the stories for Doctor Who and Sherlock. I love British TV! The second person would be Veronica Roth. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read Allegiant or haven’t already been spoiled, but I would like to ask Veronica what was going through her mind when she decided to do the evil thing she does in Allegiant?! I was depressed for a week afterwards!! The third person I would like to have a meal with would be Troye Sivan. He’s just so funny and seems like a genuinely kind and nice person. After arguing with Veronica Roth about how she ended Allegiant, I will need someone to cheer me up, and Troye would be that person.

5. Whose your favourite book boy?
Jace. Jace, Jace, Jace! I can’t express how much I love Jace! I completely love his personality and everything else about him!

6. What was the first book that inspired you to continue reading?
Hush Hush. I read this book I think four years ago? Anyway, I have this friend who is completely obsessed with reading. Like I am now. Anyway, she introduced me to Hush Hush and told me to read it. Once I’d read it, I simply had to read the next books in the series! After that, Martine introduced me to many other great series. Hush Hush was the book that really got me into reading and I’ve been obsessed ever since!

7. Favourite book to movie adaptation?
Catching Fire. The Hunger Games movie was good, but I think we can all agree that Catching Fire was so much better. I don’t even need to explain it. All I will say is, if you haven’t seen Catching Fire, where have you been? Go and watch it right now!

8. What’s the one piece of advice that a book has given you?
Be thankful for the little infinity you’re given. I learnt that from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. From that book, I learnt that I should make the most of everything we’ve got because none of us know how long we have to live, so we have to be happy now.

9. Favourite classical author?
I actually don’t know. I hardly read classics. My favourite genre is Young Adult, so I tend to stick to that. I know, I should read different genres, blah blah blah. I read some Adult books, some New Adult. Does that count? I haven’t read many classics at all. I read To Kill A Mockingbird in Year 10 and I own A Tale Of Two Cities (mainly because I wrote in what Will wrote to Tessa from The Infernal Devices in the front of my copy!). Hold on. Does The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyal count as a classic? Well my favourite classical author is Sir Arthur Conan Doyal.

10. If you had to live the life of an author for a week, who would you choose?
I would choose to live as John Green. Actually, it might be a bit weird to be a man… I would choose to live as Rainbow Rowell. It must be so nice to be her. She writes such lovely books, so she must live a lovely life. I don’t actually know that much about her, but it’d be cool to be her for a week.

11. Vampires…: Do you fight them? Join them? Or fall in love with them?
Fall in love with them. 100%. Have all of you read the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series? Not to mention that a certain someone in The Mortal Instruments is a vampire! I love them completely. ADRIAN!!! ❤

The blogs I nominate… Sorry to those blogs who have more than 300 followers!

  1. http://willasramblings.wordpress.com/
  2. http://belleofthelibrary.wordpress.com/
  3. http://seriesousbookreviews.wordpress.com/
  4. http://paperbackheart.com/
  5. http://suchanovelidea.com/
  6. http://readingbookswithcoffee.com/
  7. http://yadultreview.com/
  8. http://islandgeekgirl.wordpress.com/
  9. http://youngadultbookreviews.com/

My questions for those who I nominated:

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island with one book character, who would it be?
  2. What is your favourite book genre?
  3. Who is your book boy?
  4. If you were trapped in a dystopian future, which one would it be?
  5. Do you watch book reviews on YouTube? If so, what channel?
  6. Would you rather be a tribute for the Hunger Games, go through Dauntless initiation or live the life of a Shadowhunter?
  7. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  8. What is the book that has taken you the most time to read?
  9. What is the book that has taken you the least time to read?
  10. Who is your favourite author?
  11. Have you ever met any famous authors? If so, who?

Good luck!