Award season continues…again!

liebsterYes, it’s another award post.  Apparently, ’tis the season.  This time, I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Fantasy Angel of the Avid Reader Blog.  I get to answer eleven questions about myself before asking eleven more of my nominees.  Fun, huh?

I’ve been nominated for this one once before, and if you care to read my answers from a couple years ago, you can find that post here.

Now then, let’s begin:

Which fictional character are you most like?

I think I’m a lot like Hermione Granger.  We’re both bookish, and I always feel like I don’t quite fit in, which Hermione definitely didn’t at the start of the series.

Also?  I really want that bottomless handbag.  Then maybe Seymour would stop teasing me about the size of my purse. 😀

Why did you get into blogging?

Initially, I wanted to share my opinions with others and have intelligent conversations with people, something I was lacking at the time thanks to a very restricted social circle.  Then it became a way to stay in touch with relatives and friends who were scattered to the four winds.  Then it became a forum for some of my poetry and short fiction and an occasional place to vent my frustration with Iowa’s psychotic weather.  And boy, has it ever been nutso this “spring” (and trust me, I’m using the term spring in its loosest possible sense).

(This answer is lifted in its entirety from my previous Liebster Award post, but it still applies.)

Are you a feminist? Why or why not?

Naturally.  But that’s getting a bit political, and I try to avoid that sort of thing here.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Jane Austen, Will Macmillan Jones, and Ann Rinaldi.  I’ve got a half dozen other favorites as well, so limiting my list to three was like trying to choose a favorite child.

Which 5 books would you take with you to a desert island?

I find this question rather amusing, as I’ve already done this as part of the Barren Island Books interview series my friend A.F.E. Smith runs on her blog.  The books I chose for that were The Princess in the Pigpen by Jane Resh Thomas, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and The Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz.  Naturally, I had some trouble narrowing it down to only five, so there are a bunch of other books mentioned and if you check out that post, you can see for yourself some other great books that I highly recommend. 🙂

What is your favourite childhood book?

As answered above, The Princess in the Pigpen by Jane Resh Thomas.  However, I also thoroughly enjoyed The Blood-and-Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak by Margaret Mahy and pretty much anything by R.L. Stine (except for possibly Welcome to Dead House, the first Goosebumps book, which I actually found a bit boring).

When was the last time you cried reading a book?

I think the last time I really cried when reading a book was probably when I read The Notebook.  That’s the last time I remember crying over a book, anyway – I might have cried at some point in my epic marathon of The Hunger Games books, but I’m honestly not sure anymore.  Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I cried while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  But really, who didn’t cry over that one?

Which type of genre is your favorite? Why?

I love fantasy books, but I also love historical fiction and chick lit (why yes, I did love Bridget Jones!).  As a matter of fact, when I started writing, it was chick lit that I dealt with.  Of course it was all very bad, but I still have hope for a couple of those stories.

What I love about fantasy is that there are no limits, except those you impose upon yourself.  You can do anything, be anything, go anywhere.  I love historicals because I love learning about other times and places.  And chick lit is just fun.  We all need some fun every now and then.

What is your favorite book turned movie?

It would definitely be a Jane Austen adaptation, but I’m hard-pressed to choose a favorite among all the ones I’ve seen.  I have two versions of Emma and two versions of Pride and Prejudice, plus Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion, and I really enjoyed Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey when they aired on PBS some years back.  I think, though, if forced to choose a favorite, I’d probably go with Persuasion because it’s just such a fantastic story about regrets, second chances, and peer pressure.

The book is pretty fantastic, too. 😉

If you were in Hogwarts, what house would you belong to?

According to Pottermore, I’d be in Hufflepuff.  I didn’t like that answer, so I took the sorting quiz again and ended up in Ravenclaw.  Either way, I’m not a Gryffindor, but I think I’d do okay in Ravenclaw, so I’m good with that.  Then again, the sorting hat knows its stuff, so maybe I belong in Hufflepuff after all?

As for the nominees, I think this’ll be an open nomination.  I’ve rather lost track of who all accepts awards, so if you want it, have at it!  Here are the questions I’d like answered:

  1. What makes you dance?
  2. What is your favorite genre?
  3. If you could have lunch with one of the captains from Star Trek or one of the characters from Star Wars, who would you choose and why?
  4. Which five books would you take with you to a desert island?
  5. Why did you start blogging?

Do please link back here if you take this award – I’d love to read all your answers!  Or if you don’t want to take the award, then answer some of the questions in the comments below.  Let’s get to know each other! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Award season continues…again!

  1. eclecticalli says:

    Rinaldi!! Princess in the PIgpen!!
    My brain is pretty fried.. so that’s about all I’m managing now. Seeing those in your answers make me happy. Also, maybe gave me my evening read… curling up with Princess in the Pigpen seems a lovely idea.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      The Princess in the Pigpen is a fantastic book. Have you read it before? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

      And what’s your favorite Ann Rinaldi book? Mine is definitely Time Enough for Drums (seriously, it’s kind of ridiculous how many times I’ve read that book), but I also really liked A Ride Into Morning and The Last Silk Dress.


      • eclecticalli says:

        The Princess in the Pigpen has followed me through a couple moves, but I haven’t re-read it recently (started again last night though, will likely finish it after work tonight). I know I enjoyed the story, and so far really enjoy what I’ve reread (but, seriously, some kid in historic garb shows up in my pigpen I’m going to be more freaked out!)
        I really like Last Silk Dress, think others the firstborn Rinaldi’s I read, but my favorite is the Quilt Trilogy. I love how she weaves together the generations in those.

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          I haven’t read the Quilt Trilogy – I wanted to, but for some reason our library only had one of the books (the second or third or something, but not the first), and why I’ve never just asked them to get the others via interlibrary loan, I’m honestly not sure anymore. I’ve read Time Enough for Drums so many times that when the library actually bought a copy of it, they called me to let me know because I’d had them get that through interlibrary loan so many times. It is hands down my favorite book, and I love reading it in the spring. Something about the way the countryside blossoms always makes me think of the part where John catches Jem staring out the window “into the inviting April day,” and then I get all swoony and run to my desk to pick up my copy. 🙂


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