Liebster Award

I was surprised and honoured when I found out that Fariba from Exploring Classics had nominated me for the Liebster Award.  From what I can tell, this award is to keep bloggers connected and to help us find new bloggers as well.  What fun!

The rules associated with it are:
The Rules:
1.  Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
2.  Display the award somewhere on your blog.
3.  List 11 facts about yourself.
4.  Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger who nominated you.
5.  Come up with 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
6.  Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you think deserve the award and who have
     less than 1,000 followers.  (You many nominate blogs that have already
     received the award, but you cannot renominate the blog that nominated
7.  Go to their blog and inform them that they’ve been nominated.

11 Facts About Me:

  1.  I live near the city but would rather live in the woods.
  2.  I love most things European.
  3.  I can speak very basic French, Spanish and German and have a
       smattering of Latin and ancient Greek.
  4.  I have a childish child-like, mischievous streak that is hard to shake.
  5.  I don’t think that I’m your typical Canadian.
  6.  Things I like to do, but don’t have talent for:  art, photography, singing
  7.  Goals for 2014:  to improve my French and to improve my photography
  8.  I have trouble saying “no” when it comes to books (shocking to
       everyone, I know! 😉  )
  9.  I have trouble thinking up facts about myself.
10.  I like snakes and bats, but not spiders (shudder!).
11.  I like to help people.  
A Woman Reading
Claude Monet (1872)
source Wikipaintings

11 Questions from Exploring Classics:

  1.  What are your favourite and least favourite literary genres?
I, of course, love reading the classics.  I also like reading history, good biographies, poetry, drama and children’s literature.
  2.  What are you currently reading?
The list?   War and Peace (just finishing)
                  The Horse and His Boy
                  The Odyssey
                  Le Morte d’Arthur
                  The Idiot
  3.  What month-long book classic challenges would you be interested in
       doing this year?
Now that is a loaded question considering whom you are asking.  I have a number of challenges already for the year and I am trying not to add anymore.  But anyone who is following my blog knows that I have a problem with using the word “no”.  So anything that came up, I would consider.  Right now I’m doing a Candide and The Odyssey read-along challenge and coming up is a Madame Bovary read-along, a Barsetshire Chronicles read-along, a read through The Well-Educated Mind biographies with some reading buddies, a Decameron read and discussion and a Gilgamesh read and discussion.  So my plate is overflowing with treats for the year!
  4.  What do you do when you’re not reading?
I like to hike, cook, take courses, bike ride, hang out with friends, and think.
  5.  If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you
1.  The Bible
2.  Paradise Lost
3.  The Iliad
4.  Les Miserables
5.  Pride and Prejudice/Jane Eyre/The Lord of the Rings ……???
  6.  What sort of music do you listen to?
Some of my favourite artists are Edwin McCain, Daughtry, Jude Cole, Laura Pausini (in Italian), and Alex Ubago (Spanish)
  7.  City or country, beach or mountains?
Country, and either beach or mountains.
  8.  Name five people (dead or alive) with whom you would like to have a
       round-table discussion.
Oooo, this is hard.  Let’s see …….. C.S. Lewis, absolutely ……… Oscar Wilde, Aristides, Socrates, Cicero, Saint Augustine, Winston Churchill, Omar Khayyam, Dorothy Sayers ……. see, I couldn’t stop at five.  
  9.  What is your favourite book that has been published in the last 10 – 20
Yikes, another hard one!  Okay, I would have to say, John Adams by David McCullough.  Oh, also The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto.
10.  If you could learn another language, what language would you choose to
Well, at this point I would choose to perfect my French, but if I had to choose another language entirely, I would choose Italian.  Russian would be my second choice.
11.  You are on a vacation to a different country.  What do you make sure to
        fit into your itinerary?
If I’m outside North America, art and food discovery would top my list.  Within North America, I would be more likely to choose nature.
Woman Reading
Childe Hassam (1885)
source Wikipaitings

11 Questions for Nominees:

  1.  What book(s) are you currently reading and what do you think of it
       (them) so far?
  2.  If you could only read books from one country, which country would you
  3.  Can you name a book that you’ve read and expected to enjoy, but
       ended up hating it?  
  4.  Can you name a book that you thought you’d hate and ended up liking?
  5.  Where is your favourite reading place?  
  6.  Do you have any “bad” habits when reading, such as dog-earring,
       writing in books, talking to the book, etc.?  (although I’m not sure
        if any of those are “bad” habits! 🙂  )
  7.  If you had to live as a character from a book, who would you choose
       and why?
  8.  Would you/have you challenged yourself to read in a genre or era
        that you wouldn’t usually choose?  Which one?
  9.  Can you think of a popular writer (or two) with whom you were

10.  If you could live somewhere other than where you live now, where
       would that be?

11.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Portrait of an Old Woman Reading
Gerritt Dou
source Wikipaintings

15 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Congratulations on receiving this award. Your site has introduced me to so many different good books and challenges that I'll have to explore more fully.

  2. Thanks, Mikela. I went a little challenge-overboard this year; keeping up has certainly been demanding but I've enjoyed it and all the bloggers I've met along the way!

  3. Kudo's ! Thanks for lifting the veil so we can see who is reading and sharing great classic book reviews. I am happy to have discovered your blog!

  4. This is delightful – congrats!

    I loved learning more about you and your reading habits. I hadn't realised that you were Canadian – Canada is high on my list of countries to visit next (esp some of your National Parks and Prince Edward Island – predictably but true:-}

    How are you going with your Arthurian challenge?

  5. Thanks, Brona!

    Yes, Canada has some very beautiful places and there's lots of variety. Even though we live quite close to a city, we still have farms nearby, easy access to both the ocean and the mountains, and a four hour drive will take us to desert-like conditions. We have quite a few Australians visiting, especially in our ski resort ……………. I think they are the biggest population of travelers who like to come for the skiing season.

    Oh, don't ask about my Arthurian challenge ***** groan ***** I kind of am stuck reading Le Morte d'Arthur. I'd planned to take a couple of months to read it, but it hasn't really engaged my interest so I've slowed down considerably. I have Parzival and the Arthurian Romances waiting. Perhaps I should start one of those, but I really wanted to finish Le Morte first.

Thanks for visiting. I'd love to hear from you and have you join in the discussion!