The Versatile Blogger Award!

 

This came as a lovely surprise a little while ago as, nofriendasloyal, nominated me for the versatile blogger award. Huge thank you is in order, as it is always brilliant to be recognised. So, thank you! According to the rules, I must now make you all aware of seven things about me, so here we go. 

1) I am left handed. What an interesting fact. 

2) I am terribly afraid off slugs! Yes, maybe a little odd, but the little slimy things honestly terrify me. (Although, saying that there are not that many bugs that don’t) Saying that, I am okay with snails!

3) I love music. I am a huge music fan; if you ever catch me wandering around university I will probably me bobbing along to a new song or new artist. However I am not a music snob! 

4) I hate jelly. Yes, jelly is not cool with me. Ever. Fact. I am also creating an anti-jelly army in the near future. No joke

5)  I really would like to learn the guitar. However, university work is almost always all-consuming my life and therefore I have never had a chance to. (sad face) 

6) I would love a tattoo. Potentially book related.

7) Finally, I am addicted to Pepsi Max. (Poor teeth.) 

So there you go. At this point I will nominate a number of blogs (I haven’t done 15! Woops) I would like to give the Versatile blogger award..annnd here they are! 

http://dogearedandfoxing.wordpress.com/

http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/

http://ekcentriccharm.com/

http://thelibrarydoor.wordpress.com/

http://thebritishteapot.wordpress.com/

Apologies for the short list but I am so, so, so, so busy that checking out blogs is super difficult! 

Congratulations for the blogs above and I look forward to seeing your posts! 

 

 

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Liebster Award!

I was recently awarded the Liebster award by the brilliant Steve at http://imagineerebooks.wordpress.com/ (definitely check it out! (: )Although I have already nominated my blogs for the Liebster award I decided to answer the questions to accept the award so here are my answers to the questions!

1: What’s your favourite colour, and why?

My favourite colour is blue: Duck egg, royal, navy, and especially turquoise and this is because blue reminds of freedom and escaping. It reminds me of deep clear seas, and glorious summers. It is also an extremely calming colour, which only adds to its beauty.

2: Who has your favourite storyteller’s voice?

It would have to be Morgan Freeman! I could listen to him for hours and I recon he could do all the voices, just right!

3: Who’s your favourite children’s book illustrator?

Quentin Blake; Not only did he illustrate the images for probably my favourite children’s book author Roald Dahl, but his images are stunning and brilliant especially ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’

4: Do you have a favourite kind of non-fiction book?

I honestly do not read a lot of non- fiction. It has unfortunately never grabbed me as much as the beauty of fiction, however I do have a favourite topic and that is The Titanic. I have a number of books detailing all kinds of exciting and beautiful details about the seemingly unsinkable ship.

5: What was your favourite book you received as a gift?

I cannot think specifically of my favourite book I ever received as a gift as every book I have received is special, however my favourite recently received book is ‘This Boy,’ by Alan Johnson sent my amazing mum, as a well done for doing so well with my new book! It even had enclosed on a note, ‘For my little blogger,’ which made it even more special!

6: Black & White or Colour photographs?

I love both colour and B&W, Colour can be so contrasting with vivid leafy greens and distinctive exotic blues, oranges and yellows, but also calming, with stunning shimmering peaches and balmy shades of gold. However, for me, perfection is the simple B&W.

7: What’s your favourite movie, and why?

What an impossible question!! I would have to say… Titanic. From a very young age it captured my imagination and really interested me in the subject, and this interest has stayed with me since!

8: Who are your favourite movie acting partnership (any genre)?

There are way to many to choose from!

9: What’s your favourite plant?

My favourite plant would have to be the stunning wisteria; it used to grow in bunches in our garden on top of a beautiful corner seat. The bulging flowers would creep and grow overcoming

10: Do you believe books should be compulsory reading just because critics have labelled them ‘classics’?

No I think that up and coming books can be the most rewarding and can teach us so much! Although classics are brilliant I think that there should be a mixture to allow for a new future for books and learning!

11: Can a book be so morally bankrupt that it should never be published?

Such a difficult question, I think it totally depends on the book… however I think that controversy is sometimes the best seller.

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Sunshine and Versatile Blogger Awards

I was recently nominated for the sunshine award and the versatile blogger award by both, creativepanoply.wordpress.com and julianfroment.wordpress.com, which is really lovely! It is always amazing to receive recognition that people enjoy my blog and the things I’m writing about and all I want to do it to continue these awards and nominate new bloggers to get it out into the blogging community about how good their blogs are! So here it is my acceptance and passing on of the combined Sunshine award and the Versatile Blogger award!

1)       http://brittyell.wordpress.com/

2)       http://fictionalien.wordpress.com/

3)       http://therantommenace.wordpress.com/

4)       http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

5)       http://djhardesty.wordpress.com/

6)       http://booksteame.com/

7)       http://thatartsygirlsbookblog.wordpress.com/

8)       http://sarsrose.wordpress.com/

9)       http://littlemissreadsalot.com/

10)    http://raininglilies.wordpress.com/

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The Rules!

Post the logo above

Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you

Answer the questions

Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite animal: Rabbits, I have two, Molly & Lola

Favourite number: Two

Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Pepsi Max

Favourite alcoholic drink: Malibu (reminds me of holidays!) 

Facebook or Twitter: hmm…facebook?

My passions: READING! But also playing the cello and writing

Giving or receiving gifts: Giving

Favourite city: London

Favourite TV shows: Supernatural!

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The Rules!

Post the logo above

Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you

Share seven things about yourself

Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

Seven facts about me!

  1. I have a bunch of freckles on my right arm
  2. I am a little afraid of horses after some bad experiences horse riding as a child
  3. I play the cello
  4. I am from Silverstone, the home of British Formula One and the Grand Prix
  5. I bruise extremely easily! I currently have a huge bruise on my knee that I have no idea where it came from!!
  6. I don’t like blueberries, jelly or custard
  7. I have never been able to cross my eyes, but I can roll my tongue

So, now its up to my nominees to answer the questions and pass the awards on! (:

Liebster Award

Thank you yabookreviewer.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It’s an award passed on by bloggers to new blogs worth reading (blogs with less than 200 followers). It’s very exciting to be nominated, and in turn to nominate 11 others!

Recipients of the Liebster Award must:

  1. List 11 Random Facts about you
  2. Answer the questions that were asked of you (By the blogger that nominated you)
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and Link to their Blogs
  4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
  5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award

11 facts about me Lizzy Baldwin

1.        I am left handed

2.        I play the cello,

3.        My right eyebrow is white in colour due to a missing link in my DNA

4.        I hate blueberries and jelly and custard

5.        I study Philosophy at University and my favourite philosophers are Descartes and Hume

6.        I want to work in the publishing industry when I leave university

7.        My favourite colour is blue; any shade, turquoise, duck egg, royal, you name it I love it

8.        I went to Borneo for a month as part of a charity project

9.        I can scuba dive

10.     I live in Silverstone but have no interest in Formula one

11.     I am addicted to Pepsi Max.

My Answers to ‘Young Adult Book Reviewer’s 11 Questions

 

1. Why did you start a book blog?

I have always loved reading and books; as a small child I used to sit in libraries for hours only leaving when my parents dragged me out kicking and screaming. This love of books has continued throughout my life and after writing book reviews for my University Magazine, I wanted to share and listen to more people’s thoughts on books and to continue and expand on my love of reading.

2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love discovering new and brilliant books. There are so many new books that I would never have discovered if I hadn’t have set up this blog! I also love the community it creates and the discussions that occur through blogging.

3. What is the one book you’d take to a deserted island?

This is the question that I always get asked when I say I review books! I would have to say… The Book Thief, I don’t have a favourite book (I could never choose) but this one comes pretty close. It always makes me smile, cry and laugh.

4. What is your greatest vice?

Being a busy body; I am always on the go! My housemate at university calls me Super Woman because I never stop! But that’s how I’ve always been, a ‘BusyLizzy’

5. If this character was a real person, what fictional character would be your best friend?

Amber from the chocolate run; she loves chocolate, films and her dry sarcastic humour would make me heave with laughter all day. Perfect

6. If you could be one of the characters in a story which character would you pick and in which book? (Double question for fun!)

One of my favourite books is one called ‘On Mystic Lake’ by Kristen Hannah. It’s a beautiful, soulful and devastating book that I am reviewing soon for my own blog. I would love to be the character Annie with her sweet but determined nature and star in my very own fairytale story.

7. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?

Make it about you; show your character, your feelings, thoughts, hopes, loves and dreams. A blog should be a collage of you.

8. Do you prefer reading or watching TV?

Definitely reading; it transports you to a world that television never could!

9. Print or eBook?

Hmm…currently I would have to say print because I don’t read ebooks, however I am investing in a Kindle over the summer… so maybe my answer will change. But overall definitely print, I like to have my own personal copy of the book so that I can never forget the incredible books I have read throughout my life

10. What is your favorite blog? (Book blog or otherwise)

I recently stumbled upon www.coffeelightandsweet.com and I love it as a blog. The photographs are stunning and it’s a real heart-warmer. Little articles about photography, and food its brilliant so go check it out!

11. If you were given the chance, what one book would you read before you die?

Definitely another tough question; I think it would have to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Its one of my favourite of the Harry Potter books and I grew up with Harry Potter reading them as and when they came out, always waiting for the next one and fighting with my Dad over who would get the chance to read it first! Reading this would definitely bring back happy childhood memories.

My Questions for Nominees:

1)     What was your favourite book to read as a child?

2)     What is your favourite desert island read?

3)     List 5 ‘must have’ books on your bookshelf

4)     What is your favourite genre of books?

5)     If this character were a real person, what fictional character would be your best friend?

6)     Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

7)     Name a book you acquired in an unusual way

8)     Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

9)     Which book has been with you to the most places?

10) Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

11) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (A person, a place, a time?)

Nominees: Just a quick note! I am so new to word press that I had no idea how to check how many followers you all have so I nominated you anyway because I love all of your blogs! 

1)      http://raininglilies.wordpress.com/

2)      http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

3)      http://frequentlyaskquestions.wordpress.com

4)     http://ramlamahmudxblog.wordpress.com/

7)      http://theftandsorcery.wordpress.com/

8)      http://creativepanoply.wordpress.com/

9)      http://bookpapercut.wordpress.com/

10)   http://thebookbelle.wordpress.com/

11)  http://catchafallingstarbook.wordpress.com/

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