Hello, hello, hello! Nikkie here, on behalf of MWB, to do a quick post about the Liebster Award, for which we were very sweetly nominated by Teddy the Dog Talks!
This is a community-building kind of thing among bloggers to share the love and get views for some of our favorite internet peeps.
Here are the general rules to follow once someone nominates you:
- Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, provide the link to their blog.
- Include award graphic.
- Answer the questions provided.
- Create a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Nominate 5-11 upcoming or recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.
SO! We were nominated about a month ago, but we’re just now getting to this post because 1) we easily lose track of time and 2) our puppy finally arrived and we’ve been lowkey obsessed with her. Oh, and also I went to the hospital last week. So things happened!
Even now, I can’t actually post the WHOLE thing. I’ve got so many irons in the fire that I can only address the first few bullets: create a post about the nomination and answer the questions that TTDT gave us. I’ll do a follow-up post (I promise!) highlighting the blogs I think you should put your eyes on, and giving them their questions.
So here we go!
Question 1: What is the purpose of your blog?
So, I started this blog a long time ago (2011, I think) without having a clear idea of what I wanted to do other than talk about books and have my husband occasionally join me in this endeavor. Then, about two years ago, I realized I wasn’t happy with the way things were going, and we needed to change (and also SH needed to get more involved). So, we “rebranded” as Married with Bookshelves and dedicated this space to sharing our thoughts on what we were reading/watching/otherwise experience in our natural voices. I think it’s going okay!
Question 2: What are some of your favorite books?
Obviously, IT by Stephen King is SH’s favorite book; you saw all his Halloween 2k17 posts! For myself, I Am the Messenger is my No. 1 favorite book. As MWB, we love George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, as well as Harry Potter and Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series.
Question 3: What are some items on your bucket list?
That’s easy enough—publish a book! SH would also like to add “Go to Norway” and “Go to Comic-Con,” to which I say: HAVE FUN WITH THAT, BRO.
Question 4: Who are your role models?
For SH, and once again obviously, Stephen King; also GRRM and YouTubers PeanutButterGamer and SpaceHamster (known together as PB&Jeff). For myself, Rainbow Rowell or V.E. Schwab.
Question 5: Tell us about your pets.
Well! As you may or may not know, SH has a cat that he’s had since the fifth grade! Yes, this cat is old af. We also hate each other (the cat and I).
Then, as I mentioned earlier, we just got a puppy. Marlowe is about 10 weeks old; she’s a chiweenie; and she’s adorable. It’s been an adjustment having her with us, for sure. Everyone keeps comparing it to having a baby because she wakes us up multiple times throughout the night, she has weird energy bursts followed by straight-up passing out in a sleep coma, and she wants ALL. THE. ATTENTION. But even though she’s occasionally exhausting, she’s the best.
Question 6: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
For SH, he would be very salty if I didn’t immediately say “flying” as his choice. As for me, I’m not sure . . . Invisibility, maybe? Oh, or invincibility, like Squirrel Girl! If I have to have the “communes with animals” part as well, then I pick owls! WAIT! Red pandas!
Question 7: If you could change the world in one way, what would it be?
We would minimize the amount of white nonsense. Guarantee, a lot of problems would be solved.
Question 8: Describe your ideal vacation spot.
Easy: Portland, Maine. Brunching at Bayside American Cafe, walking around to check out all the indie shops, maybe a trip to a lighthouse, and then late-night snacks/drinks at Nosh!
Question 9: What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes?
For SH: “The stiffest tree is most easily cracked while bamboo or the willow survives by bending with the wind,” which he attributes to Bruce Lee. “Sometimes you win and sometimes you’re bad,” which comes from PB&Jeff.
For me: “There are other worlds than these,” penned by Stephen King in The Gunslinger. “If not now, when?” specifically referring to the Incubus song of the same name.
Question 10: If you could go back to school, what would be some things you wish you had learned but didn’t?
I think we’d both say more practical and important skills that relate to adulting, such as how to properly fill out tax forms, draft a budget, buy a car, etc.
In terms of taking courses we didn’t get a chance to, I know SH would’ve loved to have gotten more in depth with his Chinese studies, and I wish I’d taken a class for writing essays/memoirs.
There you have it! Once again, thank you, Teddy the Dog Talks, for the nomination and the great questions! I’ll be back (probably in March) with the second half of this post!
May your TBR piles tower but never topple,
Nikkie and Super Hubs