The Liebster Award

Liebster AwardI was nominated for the Liebster Award by Charlotte at Wonderfully Bookish! Thank you so much for nominating me Charlotte.

This is the first award I’ve been nominated for and I was very excited to answer Charlotte’s questions and to pick some nominees myself.

Here’s how it works!

1) You must acknowledge the person who nominated you and display the award
2) Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
3) Give eleven facts about yourself
4) Nominate 11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award.

My Questions

1. Have any book characters ever appeared in any of your dreams? If so, tell us what happened!

I honestly can’t recall any book characters appearing in my dreams. It’s sad because I do remember quite a few of my dreams, but they tend to involve more real people than fictional.

2. Which book characters would you like to be your siblings?

This one is tough. I would have to say Luna Lovegood. I mean how many people can put you at ease with these words:


3. Make a book you love sound incredibly boring by describing it as vaguely as you can.

A distant relative dies and two twin sisters inherit her flat in London for a year. There they deal with the sullen downstairs neighbor, the agoraphobic upstairs neighbor, and ghosts of all sorts.

Vague enough for you?

4. If you could possess the talent or skill that a book character has, what would it be?

You mean, aside from being magical? (Still waiting on my Hogwarts letter!) I have to say that I wish I had some of the programming and hacking skills of some of the characters in these technology-based thrillers.

I am thinking particularly of books like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson that have a character that’s really adept at using technology for their own gain.

5. Which books do you wish you could forget completely, so you could experience reading them all over again?

There are none that I wish I could forget completely but I would like to forget the plot of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins for a time. Just so that I can see the movie and then judge which one is better.

6. Do you prefer hardbacks or paperbacks?

I go back and fourth with this one. If it’s a book I can’t wait to read or something I anticipate getting signed I will buy the hardcover but usually I wait for the paperback edition.

When I am traveling I prefer paperbacks but I will happily carry a hardback around from the day to day.

7. If you could cast an actor as a book character, who would you cast? (Cast an entire book if you have the time!)

I love doing this. I once decided for fun to cast The Girl with All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. This was before I learned that there was going to be a movie made from the book with Glenn Close.

So, for this one let’s cast Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. There has been news about this trilogy being made into a television show for HBO, but I haven’t completed the trilogy yet so I am going to focus on this installment.

For Jimmy/Snowman I need an actor who looks really pale and kind of scruffy but can clean up nicely. I think I would cast Fran Kranz for this role, in part because I loved him as Topher Brink in Dollhouse.

For Crake, I think that I would go for some one who stands in contrast to Kranz so I would probably go for someone like, Dylan Bruce. I think he’s a strong and opposing type.

For Oryx, I would cast someone like Dichen Lachman. I think she has an alluring look to her and I love her work in both Dollhouse and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

8. Is there an author that you like to read everything they ever write?

Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. I would love to read all of her books but I also love her Twitter account. She’s got a quit wit and a lot of insight.

If she’s that witty on social media I will happily read her grocery lists and all other forms of writing that she does in the future.

9. Is there an author who no longer writes or who is no longer alive that you wish they could write another book?

I was very sad to see Maggie Estep pass away a couple years ago. She’s written some great spoken word poems that I love. One of which I still remember to this day called “I’m An Emotional Idiot.”

I have linked to a video here, but be warned there is strong language so you may want to put on headphones.

10. Can you think of a film adaptation that perfectly matched the original book?

I don’t think there was ever an adaptation of a book that perfectly matched the book. The closest I think I’ve seen is something that matched the spirit of the book.

One in particular that I can think of is: If I Stay. Also Now Is Good, based on Before I Die by Jenny Downham, is fairly close but not exact.

11. Is there a book that you started but never finished? Why didn’t you finish it?

There are a couple of books that I haven’t finished for various reasons.

The first book I can remember consciously putting down Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now. I couldn’t take the really distant and sarcastic attitude of the main character so I stopped reading it.

I also stopped reading Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer because I felt like the middle of this very long book dragged on forever.

There have been others that I would like to go back to because I only put them down due to lack of time. One that I can remember is The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I used to wish I had rainbow hair like Jewel Staite’s character Catalina in Space Cases. Let’s relive some of the nostalgia shall we?

2. During the months of November and December I saturate myself with peppermint mochas and all things remotely peppermint flavored. Bring on the peppermint bark!

3. I am a trekkie and when I first got my iPhone 5 I couldn’t stop talking to Siri. One of my favorite things to ask her was “Beam me, up! Scotty!” I still take issue with her answer: “Sorry Captain, your tricorder is in airplane mode.”

4. I adopted a pug/dachIMG_1980shund that came with the name Sissy. I tell people I named her after Sissy Spacek, but if said person is a Potterhead, I say I named her after Narcissa Malfoy. (Draco’s mom.)

5. Speaking of Harry Potter, I got sorted into my Ilvermony House this week: I’m a Thunderbird and I am cool with it.

6. Not only am I a Thunderbird, but I am also a Slytherin. Plus, one of my favorite movies is Thelma & Louise. What car does Louise drive? A green Thunderbird convertible. I officially adopt this car as my spirit animal.

7. I am obsessed with strawberries. I love the fruit and as a kid I loved strawberry flavored everything: lip balms, cakes, Pop Tarts, and even the fluoride tray that my hygienist used to clean my teeth as a kid. Seriously, I am Kaylee Frye.

8. As a kid, I was raised on a steady diet of old TV shows. I remember watching Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, Green Acres, and Gilligan’s Island with my dad.

9. I recently had the experience of making my own kahlua, but I am terrified that if I break the airtight seal on the container in which it has been aging it willtumblr_mgs7i3oif41r8gsqgo1_250 spoil. Hard to find a reason to justify that, but I also know if I break the seal I am probably going to end up drinking alone.

10. I was so heartbroken when Dollhouse was cancelled that I bought three of the outfits worn by Adelle Dewitt (Olivia Williams). The first of which I won on my 20th birthday, best gift I ever bought myself.

11. I have been told I look like Hilary Swank at least three times by three sources totally independent of each other. I keep telling myself if all other career options fail I should contact her and see if she needs a body double for an upcoming movie.

Questions for My Nominees

1. Is there a book that has inspired you to travel to a certain place (or put it on your bucket list)?

2. What is one quote that has always stuck in your mind from the moment you read it?

3. Is there any character that you love to hate?

4. What are you thoughts on poetry? Love it? Hate it? Lets discuss!

5. Are you a writer? What is the first thing you remember writing?

6. Do you have a particular soundtrack you like to read by or do you read in total silence? Can you give us a short list of songs you find perfect for reading?

7. What are your hobbies outside of reading? Do you do anything fun on weekends?

8. Does you community have a local independent bookseller? What is unique about them that you love and why do you keep going back?

9. Do you belong to any book clubs? Have any feelings about book clubs in general?

10. Is there an upcoming release that hasn’t been buzzed about enough that you would like to give a shout out to?

11. Open your current book to Page 128 and post the first full sentence here.

Tag You’re It!

Alright, now the last part of this is that I have to nominate some people! If you choose to accept your award, take my questions and follow the post instructions like this.


My nominees are:

Esther @ Chapter Adventures
Kimmie @ Kimmieegg
Em @ Keystroke Blog
Avada Kedevra @ Bookish Muggle
Michelle @ Book Adventures
Amanda @ Hanging with Amanda
Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews
Shameeka’s @ BooksOverBlumen

Have fun, I can’t wait to see your answers!

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

15 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. I don’t follow movie news, but thanks to you I now know about the ‘The Girl on the Train’ movie coming up – trailer looks awesome! MINOR FREAK OUT! Cannot wait!


  2. Thanks for the nomination 😉 My dog is name Sissy too :O It was accidental though, we named something too hard to pronounce that transformed itself into Sissy and that was it, she was named like that 😛


    1. That’s a coincidence! Sissy was transported from Tenessee to Connecticut. Her name was Lil Sis and we were her third home but she’s the most adorable thing since sliced bread. I wouldn’t have her any other way!

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  3. OH MY GOSH!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAGGING ME!!! I’ll definitely be posting for this tag (granted it may be a couple of weeks, because I have posts scheduled for this month, but no worries! It’ll happen soon enough 😉 I love the answer you gave for “give a vague summary for a book you love…” hilarious :p


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