Liebster Award!

Thanks Jess (at Jessticulates) for nominating me for a liebster award! Not least, because I'm self-isolating and it gives me something to do. (I'm on day three of fourteen, and have already resorted to learning Lilo and Stitch songs in Hawaiian...)

Here are the rules:

- Say thanks to the person who has nominated you
- Answer the eleven question they've asked you
- Nominate eleven people
- Ask them eleven questions

Here are my answers to Jess's questions:

1. You're marrying the main character of the last novel you read - who are you marrying and what do you think your married life will be like?

The last novel I finished was a re-read of Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson, which I picked up in work and was sucked into against my will. It reminded me how re-reading a well written book at a different stage in your life can occasionally blow your mind. When I read Love Lessons as a teenager, I thought 'Rax' the art teacher, was just a nice guy making bad decisions. As an adult I would categorise him as an actual paedophile. She's (quite a young) fourteen and you're married with two kids! Sort your life out! Normally I'd say Jacqueline Wilson can do no wrong, but she slipped up with this one. Anyway, to answer the question, my life as Mrs. Raxberry would be short lived, as I would be straight down the police station to grass him up.

2. Which three figures from history would you invite over to dinner?

I'm almost 100% certain that Richard III didn't kill those kids, but I'd like to get his side of the story first hand to reassure myself. Then probably Jane Austen and young Elvis? 

3. What's your favourite colour?

Aqua-y blue. 

4. Pineapple on pizza - yes or no?

It doesn't offend me. 

5. Do you like listening to music while you read?

Nope. How are you supposed to concentrate?

6. You've been asked to write a re-telling of one of Jane Austen's novels. Which novel do you choose and how are you going to re-tell it? 

Maybe a modern day Mansfield Park, where she's a foster kid? Or Pride and Prejudice from Wickham's point of view might be fun. 

7. What's your favourite book of 2020 so far?

It surprised me, but Return of the King. I got really into the series this time around. My favourite new-to-me read, so far, is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. Honestly, I can't say it was a great book overall, but I really loved her characterisation of Robin. Daisy Jones was good too.

8. Do you use the library?

I'm a library assistant, so yes! Perks of the job = no fines. I read more widely now because I'm always coming across random stuff when I'm shelving, but I never buy books anymore because it seems like a waste of money. I just stick myself on the res list instead. 

9. You've been invited to go and live with the Fae. Will you be joining the Seelie or Unseelie court?

I had to google this, but the Seelie. They're the nice ones right? I've never actually read anything about the Fae, but as a kid I was obsessed with a made-for-TV cartoon called Faeries that was on one Christmas. Nellie and George and Princess Brigid? Anyone remember that? 

10. Which 2019 release do you still want to get to?

I wanted to read The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, but it's not about Offred, is it? So I'm not sure if I can be bothered. I'd like to try On the Come Up too, because I liked The Hate U Give. 

11. What are you planning to read next?

I still need to finish Uprooted, and I'm listening to the audiobook of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which is a lot of fun. And then I want to try Shadow Dancer by Tom Bradby - which is a thriller set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and written by an itv newsreader - so I'm curious! 

Here are my questions:

1. Which book have you re-read the most and why?
2. Which Hogwarts house would you put yourself in?
3. What is your favourite fictional friendship?
4. If you could bring back one TV show/series what would it be?
5. Which historical figure would you like to read a book about?
6. Who was the last fictional character you fell in love with? 
7. What's your go-to karaoke song?
8. Which Disney princess/character was your childhood favourite?
9. Listening to any good podcasts lately?
10. Have you read any Charles Dickens and do you have any recommendations? (I feel like it's time I read one.) 
11. Any fun websites you like to waste time on? 

I nominate:  LiviaLauraLydiaAJSamantha - and anyone else who feels like answering :)


  1. Thanks for tagging me!

    So I'm like 90% or more convinced he did kill or have killed the princes in the tower as are I think most historians. It is too convenient for him plus historians have pointed out, later, they could have been used as pawn to prevent another marriage threat, and they weren't. I'm curious, what makes you say he didn't.

    I also don't understand why his remains could be tested and the bodies found in the tower could not be. That drives me nuts. I'm more curious about the two breaks in his y-dna, which almost definitely invalidate everyone involved in the wars of the rose and possible more kings before that. That would be an interesting possible set of new family trees/line of successions to construct.

    1. I'm proper geeky about this, haha. Well the only evidence they have is circumstantial, and history is written by the victors! I think a lot of historians lean more towards the Richard is innocent camp nowadays. There are loads of things - there aren't really any reports of rumours that the boys had been killed from during Richard's lifetime, that came after with the Tudors, he already had power after they were illegitimised without bumping them off, their mother was still sending the girls to court, after his son died he made Clarence's son his heir, so he didn't seem to have any problem with his brothers' kids and he was always very loyal to Edward throughout his lifetime. And he just seems like a good person overall, while Henry Tudor seemed like a bit of a scumbag, and there were lots of other York heirs that got killed under the Tudors that Richard had left alone. I'm biased though mostly because I read 'The Daughter of Time' by Josephine Tey and I love the Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman too! I think (could be wrong) the Queen doesn't want the bodies tested because she thinks it's disrespectful of something? It's a weird one, but we'll probably never know!

    2. Speaking of tags, I've tagged you if you want to do this Shakespeare one?

    3. Ooh, will have a go, thanks!

  2. Thanks for the tag! I also need to read The Testaments. I haven’t yet because I love The Handmaid’s Tale, and I’m nervous that I’ll hate the sequel.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I'm always a bit like that when you get sequels years later - I think it's been quite well received though!

  3. Young Elvis? That surprised me. I am actually an Elvis fan. I was obsessed with him as a kid. I even have a Franklin Mint commemorative porcelain doll of him

    1. aw, my sister went through a phase when she was about seven - I caught the bug a bit haha. And he is lovely :)


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