The Liebster Award #3

I’ve actually been tagged TWICE for the Liebster Award recently. So I’m going to answer both sets of questions here. Thanks so much to Marta the Monogamist Reader and A Couple of B’s for tagging me in my third Liebster Award! Filling these out is always fun because there are always new and interesting questions. πŸ™‚


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your 11 nominees

Marta’s Questions:

Name a book that you thought β€œDamn, I wish I wrote that”.

Oh, this is actually an easy one. It would be the Vampire Empire series by Susan and Clay Griffith. If ever there was a book that was totally me and has everything I love in it mashed together…these books are it. I love them so much! Adventure, romance, vampires, action, post apocalyptic setting, steampunk–they really have everything and they make it all work together really well!

What is a book that everybody loves but you hate it so much you wish to burn it?

I don’t know if I’d go so far as to burn a book, even one I hate lol. Also there aren’t a lot of books I hate. OH. WAIT. Okay, I got it. Anything by John Steinbeck can die a firey death. πŸ™‚

What job would you be doing if you have followed your childhood dreams?

Well I floated a few things in elementary school (lol) but probably either a photographer or paleontologist!

Name your favourite villain – it could be from movies/books/comics…

I don’t usually get super excited about villains the way my husband and some of my friends do. That being said I’ve always liked The Kurgan from Highlander–he was just really mean for no reason.

If you could change the ending of a story (again book or movie, or whatever), how would you change it and which one?

Ooooh, this is an excellent question! I’d probably make Peter Pan leave Neverland and grow up with Wendy.

In which order must your books be placed in your bookshelves?

I kind of separate them by genre first? Like I have have all my speculative fiction together and then general fiction, classics, anthologies, romance. And then they’re alphabetical by author to the best of my ability (sometimes something won’t quite fit on a shelf right). Non fiction is all by subject matter.

You are offered to go on a mission to Mars. You can bring three fictional characters with you and three personal objects. What would you bring with you and who would be in your space squad?

Well I’ll probably bring that guy from The Martian because if stuff goes wrong then he’ll be able to get us out of it LOL. I don’t read a ton of SciFi so I’m not sure who else would be useful there. Maybe the lead character from Tanya Huff’s Confederation books as she is super competent. And then maybe someone to keep us all entertained like the Master Harper of Pern. So, an eclectic bunch! As for my three objects? Well obviously some kind of personal pc with all my entertainment and also useful information stored on it, a backup because stuff breaks, and probably a photo of my husband and cats.

You are in possession of a time machine but you can visit only one specific geographical place in the past and one in the future. Where would you go?

In the past? I’d probably peek in on Jane Austen? Maybe that would turn out boring but could be fun! For the future, I’d probably go to where I live 100 years from now and just see how it’s turned out so far.

If you can have a super power, which one would you have?

Is being a vampire a superpower? Let’s go with immortality. I have a billion books to read after all. πŸ˜‰

If your biggest fear/or anxiety was your super power, what would it be?

Of things always going wrong. That would really suck!

If you are forced to watch only one movie for the rest of your life – what movie will you pick?

Maybe Interview With the Vampire. I love that movie and I never really get sick of it.

A Couple of B’s Questions:

(I’m stealing this one from Bexthebibliophile) If you could swap places with any character, who would you pick?

I don’t know! Maybe I’d swap with someone like Pandora from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and just enjoy being immortal and then I’d be able to finish all the books on my TBR? Haha.

On average, how many books do you read and review a month?

I’m averaging reading about 14 books a month this year, although I read a lot more in the first bit of the year than now–I think I’ve read somewhere between 8 and 12 books the last three months in a row. I usually review 8-9 books a month.

What advice would you give to a new book reviewer?

Hmm, probably not to stress too much over your blog? I know that sometimes I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep up my daily posts, grow my audience, still be authentic, read new books, get through review requests, etc. I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of all of this and then it puts pressure on you to keep up and this might be why I see so many bloggers burning out after a year or so. Remember that this is supposed to be a fun hobby! Decide what your goal is with blogging and then work toward that goal and don’t worry about all the other stuff.

What is a book you own but you hate the cover of?

Oh, this is an easy one. Transformation by Carol Berg. I LOOOOOOVE the book though. But the cover is notoriously….not great.

What is one book you will always recommend?

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison~! This is one of my all time favorites and I think it has a lot to offer readers.

What are the last two books you gave a 5 star rating and why?

As of writing this (and based off of goodreads)…Dreams from the Grave by J. Kathleen Cheney and Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop. These are both books in two of my favorite series and they give me lots of great feelings reading them. I also enjoy the world building in both even though they’re very different in that sense. They have great characters that I really feel for!

Who is your favorite author?

I don’t know if I can pick a favorite author BUT, one author who I’ve loved every single thing I’ve read by them is Becky Chambers. I’ll buy anything she writes.

Kayla has issues with Y.A. literature. What book would you recommend to make her change her mind about the genre?

Oooh, I don’t know? Maybe Melissa Caruso’s Swords & Fire trilogy? I also really loved Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox trilogy.

What is your favorite book series?

Currently The Others by Anne Bishop but that might be because I just finished it haha. I also really love the Lady Trent books by Marie Brennan. And Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It’s so hard to pick favorites!

How do you get out of a reading slump?

Usually I’ll switch up genres and read some romance or maybe even a mystery. That seems to do the trick. And if not I may take a break from reading for a few days.

Be honest, what is one book you purchased just because of the cover?

LOL, SOOOOOO many. πŸ™‚ Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan would be one, but luckily the story was also delightful. πŸ™‚

I tag:

Don’t feel you have to fill this out just because you were tagged! Just showing my appreciation. πŸ™‚

My questions:

  1. What is the last book you read that annoyed you and why?
  2. What is your favorite non-book related hobby?
  3. Something about yourself that people may be surprised to learn?
  4. How do you pick your next read?
  5. If you had to move to another country, where would you choose to live?
  6. What is your first favorite book that you were maybe a bit obsessed with?
  7. Have you ever joined in a fandom? If so which one?
  8. Besides blogging, what is another way you participate as part of a book community?
  9. What is your least favorite part of blogging?
  10. Your favorite book you’ve read so far this year?
  11. How large is your TBR pile?

And that’s it! Hope you had fun reading my answers!

39 thoughts on “The Liebster Award #3

  1. notesbyj says:

    Great post!! I love reading these πŸ‘ I’d love to visit Jane Austen as well. Not sure if I wish Peter Pan had left neverland but I was really sad when Wendy left Neverland.

  2. dinipandareads says:

    Great post, Lisa! Thanks so much for the nomination ❀️ I can’t wait to answer your questions!
    I loved reading your answers and agreed with many, and laughed out loud at some (that cover for Transformation–I just had to google it 🀣)! I would totes take a peek at Jane Austen as well! Also, your shelves must be so organised! I wish I had the patience to organise my shelves beyond ‘by height’ πŸ™ƒ It seems to me that I really need to check out Anne Bishop’s books coz so many people love them!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      The cover for Transformation is so unfortunate! It’s one of my favorite books and the cover is just….yeah. LOL
      I think I just got in the habit of organizing my books that way once I had room and now here we are years later following it haha.
      Oh yes, definitely recommend The Others by Anne Bishop–it’s become one of my favorites!
      Glad you liked reading my answers, I had a lot of fun answering the questions. πŸ™‚

  3. Tammy says:

    It would be fun to jump back to Jane Austen’s time😁 And great blogging advice. Its hard to balance everything on your blog and have an actual life outside of blogging too, lol.

  4. coupleofbees says:

    I loved reading your answers! πŸ₯°I’ve not heard of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, but it sounds super interesting. I’m adding it to my TBR. Also, I recently discovered Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fae series, and I love it. I’ll be checking out her other works soon! Thank you ❀️🐝

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    The most difficult question, I think, would be about the time machine jump to the past: with so many events to choose from I would be paralyzed by indecision! Or maybe, if I were to choose a bookish destination, I might go for a visit with Professor Tolkien… πŸ™‚

  6. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Thanks for the tag! πŸ˜€ Yesss The Goblin Emperor is the perfect read for a year like this, too; it’s such a comforting book. And a big fat yes to blogging being a hobby. We all stress out over our blogs, I think, it’s part of being a blogger, but if blogging is no longer fun at all I think it’s a sign we should be taking a break from it.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      It really is–Idk why I haven’t reread it again this year because it’s my ultimate comfort read.
      I know I can’t help but stress out over my blog but I try to mitigate that stress as much as possible because, yes, I want it to be fun! πŸ™‚

  7. Mary Drover says:

    Ooh, thank you for nominating me for this! I absolutely died over the fact that you want to be a vampire because of all the books, but also? YES, YOU’RE A GENIUS! Also, totally love the idea of peeking in on Jane Austen, I feel like that’d be very interesting.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Hahaha, well becoming a vampire to get my reading done has been a plan of mine for a long time. If only some helpful vamp would come and bite me. πŸ˜‰
      The time travel question was so hard! I couldn’t think of any other place I’d rather visit though. πŸ™‚

  8. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. says:

    I’m so honored by the nomination, thank you SO much, beautiful!!! ❀️✨ I love your answers, you reminded me how much I need to read The Others, it has always been on my radar, but for some reason or another I’ve never read it, that must change! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

  9. ivysbooks says:

    Wow! Thank you for the nomination!
    You had some great answers to your questions. Clearly, The Goblin Empire needs to go on the TBR pile. I’ve heard of it but never considered reading it. But now I do πŸ™‚

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I love The Goblin Emperor so much!
      The number one complaint I hear about it is that the names/titles are so hard to remember and too similar (there is a glossary) and the way the formal/informal language is in the book (I have definite thoughts on that, I have a review on here somewhere). If you make it past that you’re sure to have a good time. πŸ™‚

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