Liebster Award, and 11 Facts About Me

Thanks to Fanda and Listra who nominate me for Liebster Award. Actually, I have made this kind of post but with Bahasa Indonesia, and with other bloggers. Seeing that the rules are a little different, and the questions are interesting, I think it will be fun to make this again

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Display the award somewhere on your blog.
  • List 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions chosen by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Come up with 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think deserve the award and who have less than 1,000 followers. You may nominate blogs that have already received the award, but you cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.
  • Go to their blog and inform them that they’ve been nominated.

Eleven facts about me:

  1. I have two brothers and one sister.
  2. My only sister significantly influence my reading taste because she often lend me her books when I was a child. Although now I become more avid reader than my sister, because I join reader and book-blogger community.
  3. My father is my source of all religious books, I always ask his recommendations until now.
  4. I read my first english book when I was about 13-14 (I’m not english speaker), in the form of abridged classics. I found them interesting and I became addicted to classics, especially 19th century British literature (because of the settings, the dresses, horses, etc).
  5. I’m not confident with my English, but I encourage myself to read and write (and sometimes talk) in English more often.
  6. I really love math at school, but I took medical study so that my love to math ended up at counting drug dose (I wish I could learn math again).
  7. I don’t mind to go far with my own vehicle to friend’s house, bookstore, or any place that is necessary, I just can’t stand the traffic.
  8. I like to think and daydream.
  9. I’m a moody person, in everything. In another term, I’m not a scheduled person.
  10. I like coffee, but I restrict myself from drinking it, because when I drink it, I’d need the maximum effect (to keep me awake, or for my migraine’s therapy).
  11. I’m slow at reading because I would enjoy every single word in the books, imagine the circumstances, and sometimes compare it to author’s background.


Fanda’s questions:

1. Who is your most favorite book character? Why?
One of them is Anne Shirley, L. M. Montgomery’s character. From the first time I read Anne of Green Gables, I could relate myself to Anne. She’s imaginative and little Anne was so cute. And as she grew up, she learned quite well.

2. Do you have a full collection of books from one certain author? If yes, which author? If no, are you planning to do that?
I’m planning to collect all Neil Gaiman’s books (children and adults)–which now I only have about 11 titles, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, J. K. Rowling and a couple of others. It would depend on how big my ‘library’ will be, haha. I have one volume of complete Shakespeare collections.

3. When you are starting a new book, can you tell from the beginning how much you would like it, or you can only judge after finishing it?
No, I should finish it until the last word. Although, mostly, my initial feelings are true.

4. What book do you want to reread the most right now?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Actually I haven’t had read them all consecutively.

5. What was the last book you rated 5/5 stars?
The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll. Well, I love children’s literature 🙂

6. The longest book you’ve ever read is…. How many pages is it?
So far, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. My edition contains of 1124 pages.

7. What country do you like most for book setting?
I like England. But as long as I like the story or the characters, setting doesn’t mean too much.

8. When buying book that has more than one edition, how do you decide which edition to pick?
The language, I prefer its original language (as long as it is English or Indonesian), the cover (once, I even bought another edition just because of the cover). If it’s used book, I’d pick the clean one, as close to new.

9. How do you slip time to read books during your daily activities?
I always have book(s) with me, even on my smartphone. Although I rarely could read in public, I’m easily distracted by noise.

10. Do you read while traveling (when you are not driving, of course)?
Sometimes, more often I observe the landscape or the road while thinking. Traveling ease my mind.

11. Do social media hinder you from reading?
Sometimes, yeah, frequently.

Listra’s questions:

1. What is your favourite quote from your favourite author?
“It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”–Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince)

2. What genre do you mostly read? 
Classic, fantasy.

3. What is the best book ever written in mankind’s history?
The best book, wow, I don’t think I could answer this kind of question. It should be an eye-opener, history-changer, hmm, too hard, I don’t dare to answer.

4. What is the oldest book that you’ve read?
Some stories from Aesop. It’s from BC, right?

5. What turns you on, or off, when reading?
Turn on: interesting story, good plot, lovable characters, deadline (LOL)
Turn off: boring, tired, time to work/duty

6. Have you challenged yourself to read something really hard and completed the challenge?
Yes, the first time I read Shakespeare, from first folio, without any help. Reading unabridged classic in English was a challenge too, for me. I haven’t been good enough, but the courage to begin and the achievement of finishing mean I completed the challenge.

7. People can read and read for themselves. Why do you blog about it?
The main reason is to record my own thoughts. Later on, I realise that we can have different interpretations and opinions about books, the more we share the more we know that. The other reason is, of course, to spread the words about our favourite books. I like it when people commented on my book reviews, saying that they became curious about the book.

8. What kind of author do you hate the most?
Not doing his/her research, making irrational stories, which were wasting my time.

9. What kind of reader do you hate the most?
I don’t know, I rarely hate readers. I don’t mind different taste.

10. What is the literary dream of your life?
Having a discussion with my favourite author, together or separately, especially Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ah, so many authors I’d love to meet.

11. When you read something, do you research about the particulars? For example when you read Historical Fiction, do you check history, or when you read science-fiction do you check the science stuff?
If the topic is interesting, or controversial, or I’m curious about the topic, I may do research. But I don’t do it regularly.

My questions:

  1. What is the first book that made you find your favourite author?
  2. What was the last book you read in one sitting?
  3. What was the last book you left unfinished? Why?
  4. What genre do you avoid to read, and/or haven’t given a chance?
  5. How do you manage to avoid distractions while reading?
  6. If one of your most favourite book will be made into movie, which scene would you like to see the most?
  7. Do you research about your favourite author’s personal life?
  8. What’s your last book-hangover?
  9. What’s the last book that disappoint you? Why?
  10. How do you feel/think when you find your friend(s) dislike your favourite book?
  11. How often do you reread your favourite book?

And my nominations for Liebster Award:

Andrea @ Kayla on Books
Cindy @ Let’s Read Between the Pages
Desty @ Desty Baca Buku
Dila @ Kilas Buku
Ratih @ The Bookly Purple
Lina @ Let Me Tell You a Story
ZP @ Me: Book Admirer

That’s it, and for my nominations, don’t forget to leave your link of your post in the comment below.


8 responses to “Liebster Award, and 11 Facts About Me

  1. Yeah…I am easily distracted by noise too. That’s why I like reading in the office (because mostly I’m alone), while at home, my mom likes to turn on the radio (or CD player) 😦

    Thanks for posting the award!

  2. Hoohoo, we have same interest, Kak, children books! XD
    Thanks for nominating me. I’ll prepare the post at the soonest 🙂

  3. do I have answer this??? *nyengir*

  4. Hey, thanks for posting (sorry, took me a while to actually read it). Interesting story. My reading habit is also a sort of some sort of family matter. My grandmother taught me how to read and encouraged me to read aloud and tell her what I read about when I was little, and my father built my interest in reading the “heavier” literature, really delve into people’s thought and idealism, and also to appreciate words.

    Literary dream? I need to go with you if we could ever meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He must see the character he hated the most became one of the most prominent characters in British Literature.

    • Yes, I think family is an important aspect to build good habits. We’re lucky then to have such kind of family.
      Don’t worry, you’ll be invited to those meetings with Doyle (and others if you wish) 😉

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