The Liebster Award #3


I’ve been nominated by My Book Sense for the Liebster Award. I am

Rules of the Liebster Award:

  1. Post 11 facts about yourself
  2. Answer 11 questions from your nominator
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs with under 200 followers and ask them 11 questions (let them know you nominated them.)

Let’s get started!

11 Facts About Me

1. The first sci-fi show I remember watching was Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. It starred Kevin Sorbo as a Commonwealth commander who had spent several hundred years stuck on the edge of a black hole. So when he came out of the black hole he made it his mission to reunite the universe with a rag tag team. There are storylines from this show I remember to this day!

2. I once hit a bright yellow hummer shortly after getting my learner’s permit. The result of a poorly managed driving school. I had the nickname Crash for about two years after that. Fortunately, that nickname died pretty quickly.

3. I learned to knit at the age of five. My cousin Diane taught me, but she doesn’t recall this moment. I joke that body snatchers were involved.

4. When I was twenty-one I taught myself how to make mojitos with fresh ingredients. Not from a mix but with real mint and limes. To this day mojitos are the go-to summer drinks at family picnics.

5. The first midnight book release party I ever went to was for Breaking Dawn. I started reading the Twilight Saga with a friend and although I bailed after Eclipse, we were excited to go to the release party. I found it hilarious that I knew more trivia than some of the girls that claimed to have read the book ten times.

6. For the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie premieres I dressed up as Bellatrix. The costume has since fallen apart but I will always remember the guy in the Hagrid costume who shouted: “Awesome Bellatrix costume” from across a hallway.

7. Until 2014, I had a supreme dislike papaya. I attribute this dislike because I ate a slightly rotten one as a kid. I don’t remember much about the experience other than thinking the papaya tasted like feet. Fortunately, that misconception has been amended.

8. The worst question you could probably ask me, is to pick an action or a romance book. Quite frankly, if you ask me that question I will come back at you and ask: “Why can’t it be both?”

9. When I came home after graduating from college, the first thing I did was look at food and recipe blogs. After not having a kitchen for four years and eating food that was okay at best, I learned how to make “Chicken Breasts with Apples and Shallots.”

10. My first convention was New York City Comic Con in 2009. The first celebrities I met were Katee Sackhoff and Michelle Forbes from Battlestar Galactica. I wrote my college essay on Forbes’ portrayal of Admiral Cain in the series.


11 Questions from BookSense

1. What’s your favorite TV show?

My favorite TV can very based on the season, but two standouts I am really loving right now are The 100 and Orphan Black. I love both shows because I think the writing is exquisite and the actors do a great job portraying the characters.

I wasn’t sure I would like The 100 when Netflix recommended Season 1, but I quickly devoured  the season and couldn’t wait for more. Over the years the show has gotten better and better and now I ship Marcus/Abby shipper. I am dying to get Season 3 on DVD so that I can binge it again.

Orphan Black is a show that I binged on right before Season 3 began and I have enjoyed their story all the way through. When I was reviewing Season 4 for Tell-Tale TV this year, I kept saying that this show is one of the shows that never disappoints. No matter how complicated or how far the series branches out, it’s always well paced.

I am really excited to see where it goes in Season 5 but I am also so sad that it is going to be last.

2. Have you ever played a sport?

I had a short elementary school career as a soccer player. I wasn’t really good. The only goal I scored was on the last game I ever played, because fate is cruel to me like that!

3. What’s your favorite season and why?

I like the fall and the spring. It’s hard for me to pick one because I live in a climate where we experience all of them. My favorite season is anything that requires a sweater, because I knit. I didn’t get a chance to wear any of my sweaters this year because we went from temperate to scorching weather this year.

4. If you could go any place in the world, where would you go? Why?

I have said that I would love to go to London, but if I had the chance to go anywhere I would want to go to Australia. I have always been curious about the outback and the coral wreaths. It seems like a beautiful country that I would love to see and explore.

Recently my list has also expanded to include New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland. I also really want to visit Toronto, Canada.

5. Paperback or Hardcover books?

Depends. I will read both but I prefer paperback because its easier to travel with them, but I have been buying a fair amount of hardcover books lately.

6. If you found $50 on the street, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

In all likelihood I would find the nearest bookstore and spend hours picking out a book. Of course, then I would probably talk myself down and stop myself from buying books because of the towering stacks I currently have.

7. Is there any animal or bug that you’re extremely afraid of?

Not anymore, but I was afraid of bees for the longest time.

A bumblebee landing on my leg when I was seven, and because I was seven and dumb I smacked it and the bee bit me. So I spent the rest of the afternoon with ice on my leg. Later that summer, my dad announced he wanted to raise honeybees.

I took me a while to understand that not all bees are malicious, and now I don’t fear most of them, unless they’re hornets or a wasp.

8. If you could have lunch with one book author, who would you choose?

Lunch with an author? I would have to say Margot Livesey. I think that Margot’s writing is really genuine and touches on a certain aspect of humanity. I would love the chance to talk with her and pick her brain.

I have only read one of her books so far but the rest of her repertoire is slowly climbing up my list.

9. Do you like black and white movies?

It isn’t really my go-to genre but I have seen a few. What I’ve seen I liked, and I would love to see more. If you have more recommendations I would love them.

10. Would you rather order books online or buy in store?

This is a catch-22 for me because books are books. The way I shop online is different from when I shop in a store. When I shop online I usually buy books so that I can get minimum order for free shipping, but I buy more in the store.

I find that if I can handle and spend time with a book then I am much more likely to buy it. I just spent a whole afternoon with my friend at McNally Jackson in New York City and I walked out with four books.

11. Who is the first person you go to tell about the recent book you read?

Honestly, I think it’s you guys. Typically I rate the book on Goodreads and then I come here to compose my review. Sometimes I will text a friend if I think the book is something they will really enjoy.

My Nominees

Paige @ Paige Hadley Writer
Charley @ A Writer Named Charley
Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles
Shoto @ Confessions of a Bibliophile
Isabella @ The Book Pandas
Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish
Natashya @ Sweater Weather
Joyce @ Completely Booked
Sara @ A Gingerly Review
Brianna @ Paperback Bri
Britt @ Geronimo Reads

Questions for Nominees

1. Do you read dystopian or post-apocolypic fiction? If so, what is your favorite universe and why? If not, why not?

2. What is one setting or trope that you never get tired of reading? What about it draws you to those types of stories?

3. You’ve been given the opportunity to see a future work of one author before it is even seen by their editor for your feedback. Who’s first draft would you like to read and why?

4. Do you read essays? If so, what is your favorite essay that you think that everyone should read?

5. You have to evacuate earth tomorrow and as a reader you get to save three works of literature.  What three books would you save and why? (Don’t worry there are others doing the same.)

6. Share the last line of the book you are currently reading?

7. Let’s admit it, we all judge books by their covers? What about a cover design draws you in?

8. How do you plan for your blog posts? Do you schedule them in advance or do you just blog when you feel inspired?

9. Have you ever decided to bail on a book and what caused you to make the decision?

10. How many books do you typically buy at once? Do you have any criteria for which books you will buy and which books you will borrow?

11. If you could travel anywhere just to read, what would the ideal setting be?

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.

14 thoughts on “The Liebster Award #3

  1. I really liked Andromeda when I watched it, it had a lot of clever and unusual ideas. My favourite was Tyr, the Nietzschean culture was so interesting. I lost the thread during season 5 but one of the channels is reshowing it so I’ll jump back in once they get there.


    1. Yea I lost it somewhere around Season 5 too. The Nietzschean culture was really interesting. Just now I am wondering if any of it was inspired by Nietzsche. It would make sense given the name but I didn’t put it together at the time. I think I was 12.


  2. I once had a bee sting me right under the brow bone… That was one of the worst experiences ever! A couple months later, I ended up stepping on a bee, and getting stung right before a track meet. Talk about inconvenient stings.


  3. I should be writing my master thesis so this is just the perfect time to start a new TV series! 😄 I was waiting for the right time to start watching Orphan Black, and now I also will be checking out the 100.


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