Psst, a Liebster Award Post!


Very nice to have been awarded a Liebster Award!
“The Liebster Award is bestowed to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. There are no judges and each person nominated is a winner! It is an award that fellow bloggers nominate to each other to offer recognition and support. According to Google translate, Liebster means ‘dearest’ in German. This means that the Liebster blog award is acknowledging the dearest bloggers out there who may not have millions and trillions of followers, but still deserve recognition for all of their hard work.”

Here are the Liebster Award Rules:

  1. List 11 random or interesting facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  4. Ask 11 new questions to the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated that they have been awarded the Liebster Award.
  6. Thank the blogger who nominated you

So. without more ado…

#1. Some random and interesting facts:

1. The building the bookshop is in was originally a sweet factory – we sell UBS sweets made by the company that used to occupy the building.
2. We still use the hoist left from the time when the building was a garage – the hoist was for lifting engines out of cars, we shift boxes of books between floors.
3. With part-time staff included, there are approximately 23 of us working at two locations.
4. Each of us puts on a morning tea ‘shout’ to celebrate our birthday – April is indeed the cruellest, most cake-less month…
5. People really do ask us to identify the book which they saw a week/3 months/six years ago. They often know the colour and perhaps a word in the title. They are often wrong about both but we usually can help.
6. Our staff room was used by NZ literary figures Charles Brasch and Ruth Dallas when it was the Landfall offices. Janet Frame used to do her own work on the table we eat our lunch at. Charles Brasch’s signature is still on the board covering the fuses.
7. Sometimes, (whisper it) we’d rather watch TV…
8. We have often discussed getting a resident cat but are worried about the very busy street right outside, so we have a plant on the staff room window.
9. We only review books we have actually read and we tell the truth about what we think of them.
10. We love the view of the enormous trees on the museum reserve across from the bookshop.
11. A favourite quote: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” -Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

#2. Answers to questions from our nominator:

  1. How did you get started blogging? We wanted to put the word out about books we enjoyed that we thought our customers would love.
  2. Do you have a favorite genre? Nope, we are an eclectic bunch and read across all genres…
  3. What was the last thing you read, watched, and listened too? Constant Reader just read David Sedaris’s book of essays Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls , was just listening to Radio NZ National’s book review and just watched the Morgan Spurlock doco “Comic-con. Episode IV, A Fan’s Hope
  4. What are your hobbies? Reading. Bet you didn’t guess.
  5. Of the books you have read this year, which is your favorite? Just loved Life After Life by Kate Atkinson…
  6. Where would you go for a dream vacation? Dunedin in the spring is pretty great…
  7. Are you a cat person or a dog person? Miaow.
  8. Do you always match your socks? only when I match my shoes…
  9. Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla? Both, why choose?
  10. Ebooks or hard copies? Books are incomparable but an ereader is an excellent thing on a long journey…
  11. Do you play an instrument? If so, which one? I’m sorry, this is a secret.

#3. Some other bookish/NZish blogs we’d like to suggest (some may have over 200 followers but still…):

Vanda Symon’s Overkill
Joan Druett’s World of the Written Word.
O Audacious Book by Mary McCallum
Helen Lowe…On Anything Really
Fifi Colston’s Fifi Verses the World
Kiwicraig’s Crime Watch
Wandering in the Stacks
Craig Cliff’s The Fluid Thrill
Rachel King’s The Sound of Butterflies
The NZ Book Council’s Open Book

#4. Eleven questions for the nominees above to answer – some original, some from previous nominees:

  1. What do you like best/least about blogging?
  2. Which book do you remember as important in seducing you into reading & bookish things, and how old were you?
  3. What was the last thing you read, watched, and listened too?
  4. What is something you would never do again?
  5. Is there a book that everyone seems to love but it just didn’t work for you?
  6. Do you grow any of your own vegetables?
  7. Are you a yellow person or a purple person?
  8. What book(s) would you recommend be on a “Before You Die…” list?
  9. Do you prefer spring or winter?
  10. Ebooks or hard copies?
  11. What is one thing your author blurb/bio would say (that it doesn’t already, for those who have them)?

and #6:
Thank you to Doing Dewey for nominating The UBS Review of Books, whom we also recommend you pop over and see!

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