Answering bookish and non-bookish questions| The Liebster Award!

This is actually my first time doing The Liebster Award (the trend of 2019 being the year of “first(s)” continues). I love reading Tags, I think they are a great tool to get to know each other better, but for some reason I never do them. It’s about time to join in on the fun!

Thank you, Jenna @Bookmark Your Thoughts for the nomination! I’ve been following closely Jenna’s blog, and just having a blast reading her posts. (especially the book reviews! I think I’m in love with the way she structures her posts!)


The Rules:

1 – Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2 – Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3 – Nominate 11 blogs.
4- Notify those blogs of the nomination.
5 – Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I actually prefer the idea of reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5.


1 – IS THERE A TOPIC YOU LOVE BUT DON’T LOVE TO WRITE ABOUT?

I don’t really like making TBR posts, that’s why I switched to monthly goals, as I find TBRs to be very restricting. But I love watching and reading other’s TBR posts. It helps me find new books and just see what everyone is up to!

2 – WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD BE THE MOST BORING TO MEET IN REAL LIFE? WHY?

It was so easy to think of many annoying characters. But boring… I’ll choose Bernadette from Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Besides being annoying, I found her really boring as well, she only cared about herself and thought herself superior to others. We definitely wouldn’t be friends in real life!

Even the quote I chose to feature in my review fits this questions!

3 – WHAT IS THE BEST AND THE WORST PURCHASES YOU’VE EVER MADE?

The questions are getting harder and harder! 😃

Honestly, I don’t like spending money, unless it’s for books, then there is no way to stop me.

There is one object that I own that was worth it’s value based on frequency with which I use it – and that’s my Kindle Paperwhite. With NetGalley ARCs, I use it almost everyday, and can’t imagine my life without it.

4 – IF YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR NAME, WHAT WOULD YOU NEW NAME BE? AND WHY WOULD YOU CHOSE THAT NAME?

This is an interesting one! Especially because I’ve considered this a couple of times before. But not because I don’t like my name, I love it!

The problem is that in all documents my name actually starts with an O, Olexandra, because of some weird name transcriptions from one language to another. So if it wouldn’t be a huge headache to change the name, I would change it back to Alexandra, just how it’s supposed to be! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

5 – WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2018?

Uff, finally an easy one! 2018 will forever be marked as the year I read «Eleanor is Completely Fine» by Gail Honeyman. I can’t stop talking about this book!

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink ever weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…

Gail Honeyman created such an amazing character. Now I’m constantly on a hunt for more similar books.


The questions:

1 – How many books do you own and how do you organise them?
2 – Do you have a blogging schedule?
3 – Share the favourite post written by you!
4- If you had to choose only one book format (physical, e-book, audiobook) to read for the rest of your life. which one would you choose? Why?
5 – Did your book tastes change? Tell us about your reading journey!

the nominees:


Taylor | Lindsey | Marta | Rosanna | Umairah


Alex @WhimsyPages | Connect with me on GoodReads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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18 thoughts on “Answering bookish and non-bookish questions| The Liebster Award!

  1. Though you’ve TOTALLY deserved this earlier, firsts are always fun — I’m glad you have finally been nominated! So well deserved 🙂 And thank you for the compliments!! You’re so sweet. It took me YEARS to finally have a good review structure that works for me, so I’m glad others love it too!

    I also tend to not like TBR posts — I did them and then never stuck to them ha-ha! The O.W.L.s is a little different because it feels more like a fun challenge, but TBR in general are not my cup of tea — but fun to read about!

    That’s so unfortunate (but kinda funny) about your name! My grandma had the same thing happen but with her last name — my great grandma had 7 kids, but half of them are McKinnon and half are MacKinnon …

    Great answers! I loved reading these (clearly … since I left you a LONG message … sorry ha-ha)! 😀

    P.S. … I’m going to sound really dumb … but how did you add that little Review/Add to goodreads button?!?! That’s so cool!

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    1. Ahah, thank you, hun 🙂 (for the big comment as well!)
      The name thing I already got used to, besides people that actually know me call me Alex anyway 😀

      For the button, it’s usually specific to the theme you use. But I’m sure you must have it to. If you go to your new wordpress block editor, Add Block – Layout Elements – Button. And then you can customize your button, i.e. name it whatever you want, change colours, shapes, add the appropriate links, etc. (hope this helps, let me know if you manage to find it!)

      For Goodreads, there are also widgets that GoodReads provides to add the book directly to your to-be-read shelf from other websites, but I didn’t like the look of it. Besides, for some reason I had trouble formatting it around the text the way I like. So I just opted for the standard button.

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  2. I remember really liking Where’d you go, Bernadette when I read it but that was like maybe 2 years ago. Sadly though I barely remember what happened. Thinking about it now I kinda remember parts of it. I am curious about the movie. I never read Eleanor is Completely Fine but I’m going to have to check it out.

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        1. It really is. I add some to my goodreads TBR but I don’t want to add all of them because then that would end up being too many. It is hard keeping it up with new releases. I don’t know how some people do it.

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        2. I thought I was the only one doing this. I usually try to keep my GoodReads TBR shelf very VERY organized and only add books that are top priority to purchase as soon as possible, and once I buy those books, I remove them from the shelf. 🙂
          I keep dreaming that I one day I will get superpowers and be able to stay awake and energized for many many days. Just imagine all the books we could read while everyone sleeps 😀

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        3. I just finished doing Down The TBR Hole where you decide what books you want to keep and get rid of. I ended up getting rid of a bunch but I still have way too many on my shelf. So lately I’ve been very picky about what I add. That’s good that you keep yours organized with top priority and books you’ve purchased. I need to get better at that. I just feel sometimes I’ll forget about some the books I want to read so I might as well have them on the shelf.
          Omg yes I wish we had superpowers to keep up awake and energized for many days. That’s like when you cheat in the Sims lol. Maybe one day we’ll find a way so we can read all day and all night.

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  3. That’s so interesting about your name! I think that’s really unique to spell it with an O. It was funny because I think it was yesterday, I was saying if I had the chance to name myself my name would start with an O.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your goal posts every month! I think it’s a great way to get things done! 😀

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  4. Thank you so much for tagging me! Surprisingly (or maybe not, I feel like everyone has done this already at some point), I’ve given some thought about what would I choose if I could change my name. I’d likely choose something unique and probably not Portuguese. I love coming across people who have names I haven’t heard! But it’d be very weird to have anyone else call me anything but Marta haha

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    1. Imagine if your parents would have named you after some exotic fruit 😀 There are some great Portuguese names, but I actually love my name (I used to haaate it, when I was little) but.. it’s just as you said, can’t imagine myself being called by any other name. 😀

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