A Lovely Surprise: The Leibster Award

Yesterday I saw I had a comment on one of my previous blog posts from the lovely Trix Wilkins (https://marchandlaurencelittlewomen.wordpress.com/) saying that she had nominated my blog for the Liebster Award, so thank you so much Trix – that was definitely a lovely way to end the week!

I hadn’t previously heard of the Liebster Award, but now I have, I think it’s such a lovely idea. Having read a little about it and done some searches on Google (where I always turn to if I have no idea about something!), it’s an award where bloggers can nominate other bloggers and pass it on, encouraging each other in our writing. This is particularly lovely at the moment because I’ve been struggling to get blogging so hopefully will get me started again!

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you for the award
  • Answer the 11 questions they ask you
  • Nominate 11 people for the award, and let them know by commenting on their blog
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions

So here goes me answering Trix’s questions!

11 Questions, 11 (hopefully creative) answers 

If you could rename a city in the world, which one, what would you name it and why?

I really don’t know! This might be a silly answer but perhaps I’d rename New York and double it up, like in the song. I can’t think of New York without Frank Sinatra singing out “New York, New York” in my head.

What is your favorite novel?

My favourite book of all time is without a doubt Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. I would love it if this was something more original but to me it is perfection, and I read it at least once a year (and make too many references to it to count in between those readings). I don’t think I’ll ever love a heroine as much as Elizabeth Bennet, or a hero as much as Mr Darcy.

If you could rewrite the ending of a book, which one and how would it end?

This is a bit of a cheat answer – if I could, I would change the end of Gone With the Wind, but I’ve only seen the film. I normally try to make sure I read the book before watching a TV/film adaptation but this I watched one Sunday afternoon and although I loved it, I was so disappointed with the ending that it’s put me off reading the book. I do understand why the ending is like that (trying not to reveal any spoilers) but it wasn’t what I thought (or hoped!!) was going to happen.

Is there a country you have always wanted to visit, and if so, where?

I’d love to visit all of Italy. I’ve been to Rome, and there are so many places on my travel bucket list in Italy, and so many pictures I’ve seen of gorgeous places there. I also love Italian Renaissance art and want to see as much of it as I possibly can!

What is one of your favorite quotes from a book?

When Mr Darcy explains to Elizabeth that he doesn’t know when he fell in love with her, just that he did and that was it: “I cannot fix upon the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” (Chapter 60)

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Ability to read quicker. I keep buying books and still have so many I haven’t read.

What’s your preferred writing space?

For my blog, I like to write lying in bed either really late at night or if I’ve woken up really early in the morning. There’s something quite nice about feeling productive when you know everyone else is asleep!

What do you like to do for fun when you need a break from writing (or from your blog)?

I love to bake and I love to run – perhaps I took up the running to combat the effects of all the cakes I’ve been baking?! I have a massive sweet tooth but I also love running so that’s what I tend to do. My favourite things to bake are brownies and lemon curd shortbread bars – and I made a pink champagne cake recently for my best friend’s birthday. That was really fun!

If you could travel to only one point in time in the past (without any space-time continuum complications for observing history ;)), where would you go?

This is a difficult question! Perhaps go back to the medieval period and see if Robin Hood really did exist as a single figure with his band of merry men. (Big fan of all the Robin Hood tv and film and book adaptations!)

What started you down the road of writing and/or blogging – and what helps to keep you going?

I love history, art, literature and travelling, and I like writing and taking photos. I thought this would be a really good place to do this, and over time as I got more specialised at university and left other topics behind, it meant that I could explore places and periods which I am interested in but can’t do in my work anymore.

What four people would you invite to a dinner party – contemporary, historical, or fictional?

Definitely Charles II – he is my favourite monarch in history and I think would make everything very entertaining! Perhaps slightly incongruous to some of his moral attitudes, but I would invite Jane Austen. Possibly my favourite historical figure of all time and I would love to talk to her about her novels (and would be great to see if Colin Firth is now she imagined Mr Darcy!). Bryan Adams, because I am unashamedly a massive fan of his music. George Harrison, because I’d love to see him play “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” at the dinner table and talk about what it was like to be in one of the most famous bands in history. Maybe the most random collection of people ever but there you go!

The blog nominees!

I am cheating a little here – having been out of touch with my blog for a while, I’ve not been keeping up to date and looking at lots of different blogs. I have four I always keep up to date with and I’d like to nominate these for others to enjoy too. (Hopefully this award will make me look into more different blogs and get reading again!)

Helen’s “Hellyberrine” blog, found here: https://hellyberrine.wordpress.com/home/blog/

From Helen’s blog: “Hellyberrine, or Helen, lives near Newcastle (the northern one). She is a History graduate who loves to take photographs (though not necessarily good ones), to read and to write, hence this blog, which she sincerely hopes that you enjoy.

Violet’s “I’m No Shrinking Violet” blog, found here: https://iamnoshrinkingviolet.co.uk/

From Violet’s blog: “Hello, welcome to my blog ‘No Shrinking Violet’ please enjoy the musings and mumblings of a 20 something curvy girl. I like to write about what makes me happy, which is Fashion, Travel and things I do to my Home. I hope you enjoy reading it to.”

Laya’s “Laya Backpacks the World” blog, found here: https://layabackpackstheworld.wordpress.com/

From Laya’s blog: “I graduated from Cornell, and before I start working full time, I wanted to go an a backpacking adventure! I will be visiting India, Italy, Spain, Portugal and France over the course of three months. I have managed to fit everything into a 65 L REI Backpack, and I am ready to travel solo!”

Alex’s “Florence for Thought” blog, found here: https://florenceforthought.wordpress.com/

From Alex’s blog: “So this blog will be mostly just about the ponderings of myself, odd things i may find interesting, reviews, cake recipes (love cake) a few little bits from my volunteer projects i’ve got going on – i hope you enjoy”

Thank you for providing me with reading enjoyment!

Here are my questions for you:

  1. Where is your favourite place you’ve ever visited and why?
  2. First song you remember hearing that stuck with you!
  3. What’s your favourite film?
  4. What would your dream job be?
  5. If you could ask anyone a question in history, who would it be and what would you ask?
  6. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
  7. The book you wish you wrote!
  8. Favourite TV show to binge watch!
  9. What’s your favourite hobby when you’re not blogging?
  10. What advice would you give to anyone starting a blog?
  11. What inspired you to get writing?

Thank you and enjoy these lovely blogs! Thank you again to Trix for the nomination, I really appreciate it!


  1. It’s so interesting reading your answers; since I’m a medical student I have minimal knowledge on literature but I definitely think Pride & Prejudice is such an amazing book too! 🙂

    • Sometimes I think it’s really nice to read something completely different to what you’re studying! I’m good on my Austen but have so much other literature to read – and not enough time haha! Glad you really like Pride & Prejudice too 😍

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