Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Liebster Award

We have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Emily from Falling Through Pages! Which is awesome and we are really really grateful! Here's a virtual tray of brownies (pot-free) just  for you! They're made of chocolate and almonds (hope you're not allergic!). Anyways, the Liebster Award is for blogs that have less than 200 followers. So, first we're going to answer Emily's questions and then everything else will happen. 

1. What made you decide to start blogging/why do you continue to blog?
Aotee and InxIt’s quite a story actually and I believe it deserves to be told in a song.

Oh, there once was a hero named Aotee the Red
Who came riding to Booktown from ole Rorikstead
And the braggart did swagger and brandish her pen
As she told of all stories and books she had read
But then she went quiet, did Aotee the Red
When she met a strange bookling Inx, who said;
"Oh, you talk and you lie and you use all our ink
Now I think it's high time you sit down and think!
You’ll join me, I tell you, Aotee the red,
We’ll create a book blog or I’ll smite you instead!"
And so then came clashing and slashing of words
As Inx charged in and made Aotee soon yield.
And the braggart named Aotee was boastful no more-
When her papers and notes rolled around on the floor!

The original poem is called Ragnar the Red, find it here.

2. What is the first book you remember reading?
Aotee: One of The Famous Five books, but I can’t remember which one exactly. Something about gypsies or smugglers, I think.

Inx: I think it was a story by a Slovenian author Samo Kuščer with the title Brbi gre po barve ("Brbi goes to retrieve the colours") about a boy from some planet who goes on a quest to retrieve the colours that have mysteriously disappeared from his planet. It's really beautiful. 

3. If you could only read ten books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
AoteeUf, that’s a terrible prospect and my choice would vary depending on my mood. Right now, I’d choose the following:

J. K. Rowling ~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
George R. R. Martin ~ A Dance with Dragons
Scott Lynch ~ The Lies of Locke Lamora
Brandon Sanderson ~ The Way of Kings
Suzanne Collins ~ Hunger Games
Cormac McCarthy ~ The Road
Roald Dahl ~ Kiss Kiss
J.D. Salinger  ~ The Catcher in the Rye
J. R. R. Tolkien ~ The Hobbit
John Green ~ The Fault in Our Stars

Inx: I couldn't. What awful person would force me to make such a horrendous decision?!

4. What is your worst reading experience?
AoteeThe first book that comes to mind is Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil. I was so disappointed with it, especially after waiting for it for nine years. It just wasn't good. But wait till I read 50 Shades, because that’ll probably take the spotlight.

Inx: When I spend money on a book whose blurb promises a thrilling ride of epic proportions to the world of awesomeness and then it's like a visit to a zoo with my mother. A nightmare cupcake with a headache on top. And I paid for the whole thing and I can't get a refund.

5. What is your favorite book-to-film (can be movie or TV) adaptation, and why?
Aotee: The Lord of the Rings, without a doubt. I do like the books as well, but I think the movies are better, because the characters are more relatable and well, Viggo Mortensen. Yeah.

Inx: I actually liked the TV adaptation of Pride & Prejudice - Lost in Austen. Cute guys in tights, easy on the eyes and hilarious! The plot was full of awesomeness too!

6. What are your feelings about used books? Do you love them or do you only buy new books? 
Aotee: Love em! If I have a chance to buy a used book instead of a new one, ill do it. I like that idea of books changing hands and owners. Gives a book more soul.

Inx: I have absolutely nothing against used books, sans the boogers, dog ears and stains of unknown origin.

7. Are you an e-book reader, or do you need the feel of the book in your hand?
Aotee: I don’t own an e-reader and I haven’t really tried one. I’m not against them, they are useful and great for carrying around (ever tried carrying a hardcover of A Dance with Dragons around with you? Well, don’t.), but for now I'm sticking with actual books.

Inx: I recently started an epic love affair with my precious new Kindle I lovingly call Kolibri, so I haven't cheated on it yet with a "real book" (well I've been flirting with Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman but so far we've only gotten to 3rd base a.k.a. page 150ish). However, I will never forget my first love - a physical book. My ultimate goal in life is to own a gigantic collection of books!

8. If you could redo the books shelving system at bookstores (i.e. romance, teen, fantasy/sci-fi, etc.) how would you organize the books?
Aotee and Inx: We would organize books according to the number of deaths in them because we can always appreciate a good death or two. 
In the words of The Doctor: You need a good death. Without death there'd only be comedies. Death gives us size. 

9. If you could spend a day with any author, who would it be and what would you want to do?
Aotee: Neil Gaiman. We would go to some place quiet and I’d close my eyes and have him read something to me. It wouldn't matter what; his voice makes everything sound divine.

Inx: J. K. Rowling. I'd just sit there all day and stare worshipingly (is this even a real word?) at her because she totally changed the way I see the world. And at the end of the day I'd give her the evil eye because she killed off Fred and Hedwig. And then I'd hug her because she's an epitome of awesomeness. 

10. What is your favourite fictional land from a book? Where would you most like to live?
Aotee: I’d love to live in Middle Earth. Because I’m a geek and like to imagine myself sneaking around trolls and goblins and picking their pockets, because my sneaking and pick pocketing skill would be maxed and I’d dual wield two daggers and have an awesome daedric bow of fire and I… I should probably stop playing Skyrim so much.

Inx: Harrypotterland. Because it's awesome. I think we've already established that.

11. What fictional character would you most like to be like, and why?

Aotee and Inx: Neville Longbottom. Because when you type his name into Google it says: did you mean BAMF. The decision was unanimous. 

Now we were ordered to reveal 11 true secret facts about yours truly. Be warned, your lives will never be the same again after reading them.

1) No pixels were harmed in creating this blog.
2) Inx is an animagus. She can turn into a bookworm.
3) Aotee cried when Dobby died. Inx also shed a tear.
4) Inx is currently watching 27 different TV series. Because she can. 
5) Aotee doesn’t know sh*t about cars but she still watched every single episode of Top Gear.
6) Inx would like to visit Transylvania and search for vampires cause she's sure those suckers do exist!
7) Aotee would love to take the hobbits to Isengard. 
8) Aotee and Inx both think that Charlie is like, so cool!
9) Aotee has been Flogged by Molly. Twice.
10) We both love Ten the most. Ten Who, you ask?
11) The eleventh fact is actually just a fact about it being the eleventh fact. 

And now drum-roll please! Our nominees are:
1) Zemira and Devyani from YA Fanatic
2) Natali from Bookcupid
3) Lindy, Ria and Ro from A Bookish Escape
4) Jean from The Office Books
5) Sienna from Lost To Books
6) Peggy from P. S. Martinez
7) Julia, Tina and Len from As You Wish Reviews
8) Katrina, Catherine-Catalina and Faye from The Social Potato Reviews
9) Barbara from Bookshelves of Dreams
10) Sara from The Page Sage
11)Rain Hart and Dinjolina from Reading Infection

Question for our nominees:
1) Which are the three ingredients a good book must contain?
2) Describe your life with a book title.
3) If you were to write a book, what would the blurb look like?
4) What skill would help you win the hunger games (mad origami skill is not an option)?
5) Its your birthday and the doctor offers you one trip with the TARDIS. What event (in the past or future) would you like to witness and why?
6) If you could spend one day in a book, which book would you choose? Why?
7) Would you rather spend a day in the Cullen's house or in a cold torture chamber with Bellatrix Lestrange?
8) Aliens exist! And they have libraries! Huge, amazing libraries filled with books from all over the universe! Awesome! They want to expand their collection so they ask you to pick 5 books (or book series) from Earth to be placed in the great galactic library. Which books would you choose?
9) Ever fell in love with a fictional character? Who swept you off your feet the most?
10) If reading was prohibited by law, what other hobby would you choose?
11) Would you rather be a vampire for life of a warewolf during the full moon?

And last but not least: Instructions for Our Nominees
× Copy and paste the award onto your blog
× Answer our11 questions
× Come up with 11 questions, 11 nominees with less than 200 followers, and 11 facts about yourself
× Leave a comment on your nominee's blog telling them about the award
× Thank your nominator

That's all folks!



  1. Oh Viggo Mortensen!! Oh yes *wink* :D I still haven't seen the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice because I'm scared that perfection called Mr. Darcy will be ruined for me. Anyway Inx I envy you for having enough time to watch all these shows!!

    Also congrats on the awards! :) I promise to visit your blog more often ;)

    1. Go check Lost In Austen out, I think you'll like it. Which reminds me - I haven't seen it in a long time, must watch it again today! :P

      Yeah well I watch those shows on school's expense, but I can't help it, I love shows (and books) more than school! Hehe

      And thank you, we'd nominate you&Glass, but you guys already have like bazillion followers :p

  2. Thanks for the nomination! As it's my third I have added the answers to you questions on the original post on my blog here: http://losttobooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/liebster-blog-award.html

    All the best,

    1. I hope you had fun answering our questions!

      Best regards,


  3. Oh my god, Brbi gre po barve, yes! I remember reading it, great book :)

    1. Hah, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who's heard of this book!


  4. Inx you are hilarious! I love your song! You've got talent. Congrats on being nominated for Leibster! You deserve it. Also, thanks for nominating A Bookish Escape :) That's really sweet of you. We were nominated previously and here's the link to our Leibster post:


    Talk to you soon,

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. The song was actually all Aotee, but thanks, she's happy as a clam that you found it funny :D
      Ah, too bad you were already nominated, but if you want, you can add the answers to our question in that first Liebster Award post of yours, we're curious what your answers would be! :)


  5. Thank you so much for the nomination, guys! It made my day! (:

    Ten is my favorite, too. (Although I love Nine. He's so sassy.) Charlie is definitely so, like, cool and Neville Longbottom? Complete badass.

    I'll have my post up ASAP! Thanks again (:

  6. Awwww, thank you for replying :) and I really hope you have fun answering our questions, don't take them too seriously XD

    And yeah, nine was... fantastic ^^

    - Aotee

  7. Thank you for the nomination :)

  8. Thank you for nominating http://asyouwishreviews.blogspot.com/

    <3 Julia

  9. Thank you for nominating As You Wish Reviews. I feel honored and I am just so thrilled to be a part of the blogging community.

  10. Thank you so much for nominating As You Wish Reviews! I am so happy to be part of this awesome blog page with Julia and Tina :)

    <3 Len

  11. Congrats on the award! I absolutely love Ten the most, as well! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland