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Liebster Awards! So exciting!


Today I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow blogger William from Two Weeks from Everywhere. I’m a little shocked but honoured to be nominated! So, here we go with the responses to the questions asked!

As I read Two Weeks from Everywhere’s submission for his nomination I learned a bit about what the Liebster Award is all about!

It is:

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers …  and is a sneaky way to get to know the person behind the blog.

How did I get nominated??

Well, here are the rules for the award:

  1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
  4. Remember, no tag backs.


S0,  here’s my response to 11 facts about myself

  1. I live in Ontario, Canada with my mom
  2. My birthday is September 27 and I usually spend the entire Summer prior to it planning something extravagant
  3. I graduated from Humber College in 2010 and currently attend York University
  4. I’m absolutely terrified of raccoons! I scream like a little girl when I see them
  5. My dream profession is becoming a teacher but due to the over-saturation of the field I was forced to take a different career path
  6. I have 3 cats
  7. I work at Chapters Indigo and I can literally say it feeds into my reading addiction
  8. I prefer overcast days to sunny days
  9. I have an obsession with painting my nails, I absolutely love nail art!
  10. I’m an awesome baker, I bake all kinds of cupcakes and other sweet treats
  11. My favourite colour is green!

Anddd, my answers to Two Weeks from Everywhere questions!

Here are the eleven questions I would like you to answer:

  1. What is your favourite book of all time? This is totally the hardest question ever to answer! So, top 3! The Time Traveler’s Wife, Atonement and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
  2. Can you read with noise going on or must you have complete silence? I used to be picky and had to read in silence, I almost always read in my bedroom. I take public transit and now I read while I wait for the bus.
  3. Do you have a problem letting go of a book, even if it was one you didn’t particularly like? I had big issues after I read the Hunger Games trilogy. I didn’t like the ending to Mockingjay but I’m sure I’m not the only one. Also, for YA Book Club we read The Eleventh Plague and that book did not sit well with me! Ugh..
  4. What are your main interests outside of reading? I love baking, blogging, knitting and doing genealogy research
  5. Star Wars or Star Trek? Definitely Star Wars!!
  6. Who is your favourite author? James Dashner! He writes the Maze Runner trilogy. Can’t wait for The Kill Order, out in August!
  7. Coffee or tea? I’m definitely a tea lover!
  8. Do you ever listen to audio books? If not, why not? I haven’t listened to audio books before. I find I’m the type of learner that needs to read it myself rather than listen.
  9. Where is your favourite place to read? This is probably weird, but I love to read on the bus.
  10. Do you own an e-reader? If not, why not? I own a Kobo and a Playbook w/ a Kobo app on it. I still read LOTS of books and occasionally read off the Kobo.
  11. Do you always finish a book, regardless of whether you like it or not? I’ll put the book down and go back to it eventually. I usually do finish it, regardless how hard it is.

My nominations (For some nom’s I wasn’t sure what their follower count was at):

I Thought This Would Be Easier

Jeyna Grace


You’ve Been Hooked

600 Days of Sugarcubes




Dizzi is Blogging

Anissa Louise

Hardcovers and Heroines

My Questions For My Nominees!:

  1. What’s your favourite book?
  2. What’s your least favourite book?
  3. Have you met any authors?
  4. Do you own an e-reader? If not, will you make the switch to e-reading?
  5. What’s your favourite colour?
  6. What is your favourite childhood book?
  7. Do you have a favourite genre you like to read?
  8. Sunrise or Sunset?
  9. Favourite pass time, other than reading?
  10. What’s your favourite day of the week?
  11. Finally, two men walk into a bar.. ?


Life After The Hunger Games

If you’re like the other lost avid readers of the Hunger Games series you’re probably asking yourself, ‘What now??’. Everyone I know over indulged in the popular series within days and now have no idea what to try out next. I shocked a lot of people when they would ask me if I have read the Hunger Games series. It was only recently (about a month ago) that I actually picked up the first book from the series. This is crazy to some people since they know I:
a) Work at a book store
b) Host the YA book club at my book store

I have a good explanation why I waited so long before reading the highly anticpated series. At my store, everyone was nattering on about Hunger Games this and that. This was about 2 Summers ago when Mockingjay came out. I decided to go a different route and read new YA fiction instead. I have read many YA fiction similar to The Hunger Games series. I’m going to go through a few novels that will help you avoid re-reading The Hunger Games and possibly fall in love with something new.

1. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
We are introduced to Thomas who wakes up in a lift only able to remember his first name and with his memory blank. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

I absolutely love this series. If you’re familiar with these novels you might be saying, ‘whaa.. this isn’t a series’. Last fall, after the release of The Death Cure it was announced that James Dashner would be writing a prequel to the first book of the series titled, The Kill Order. There also been major rumours that it is next in line to be turned into a major motion picture.

2. Divergent – Veronica Roth
The novel opens with 16 year old Beatrice Prior who lives in a futuristic Chicago with her family. A futuristic Chicago that divides its society by 5 different factions. Each faction holds its own values and beliefs that must be upheld by those who reside in the faction’s district. At the age of 16 all males and females are put through a series of aptitude tests to determine which faction will best suit them as they enter adulthood. ‘Faction before blood’ is placed around Chicago to remind everyone that once you pick your faction, regardless if you leave your family behind you must obey your factions values and beliefs. Unfortunately, for Beatrice she feels she doesn’t completely fit into any 1 faction and she realizes she isn’t alone.

I’m currently reading the ARC (advance readers copy) of the 2nd book from this series called Insurgent. Divergent came out last May and is the debut novel from Veronica Roth. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when she toured with Lauren Oliver. It was rumoured last year at her Q&A at my book store that there are talks about signing this to a movie deal. Veronica Roth is pretty cool and said that she would only sign if the producers would stay true to the novel. Unfortunately, for the millionaires in Hollywood she hasn’t liked any of the scripts presented to her.. yet! I won’t be surprised if something comes up after Insurgent’s release in May.

3. Delirium – Lauren Oliver
What if love were a disease? In Delirium we are introduced to Lena, where in her world love is considered to be an incurable disease. All young men and women are required to have a medical procedure to ensure that they don’t succumb to ‘Amor Deliria Nervosa’. Lena is ready for her procedure until the unimaginable happens – she falls in love.

Delirium is a fast-paced and enjoyable read. I couldn’t put it down for a second and it completely surpassed my expectations. This novel will keep you guessing, ‘What next?’. On Valentine’s Day, Lauren Oliver released a short story called Hana that links Delirium with Pandemonium (book #2 in the series). Just a warning, if you didn’t get it already from the synopsis.. This book is probably best suited to the female audience. The other two novels I suggested above are awesome for males and females alike.

Anyways,  I hope you enjoy the suggestions! If you have any comments about the blog feel free to leave a comment below. If you’ve read any of the 3 books in the blog tell me what you think of them!

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Twitter: @carlyofsuburbia

Happy reading!