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Your Questions – My Answers ;-P (Part II)

Hey there, my lovelies! ❤

In one of my last blog posts I celebrated 200 followers and invited you to ask me some personal questions. As it seems you guys are pretty shy. *lol* Well, at least there weren’t any scandalous questions coming my way so I had no trouble answering them properly. 😛 (For once I didn’t have to use my silver-tongued faerie skills to blur the truth. Haha!)

Anyway! I really liked your questions and it was a lot of fun to answer them so thank you for making this interesting! XD I hope my answers will satisfy your curiosity and if not, just ask me an additional question in the comments. 😉

This said, let’s head directly to your interesting questions! =)

Rankenzeile

Hamad @ The Book Prescription

What is your reading routine?

Trying to get as many pages into my day as possible? *lol* Just kidding! Or not. XD Well, mostly I read about 4 – 5 different books and I vary between them. Like I’ll read a book when I drive to work (I’m a commuter and it takes 1 1/2 hours to get to my job), another one when I head back from work and a third one when I finally collapse on my sofa at night. And yes, everyone who knows their maths must have figured that this were only three books, so here comes the explanation: Different days, different books! 😉 Ever since I became a part of goodreads I also began to use those little post-its in order to mark all those awesome quotes. And yes, sometimes my physical copies look like a little hedgehog! *lol*

Geanie @ The Library Lady Travels

How did you come up with such a great name for your blog?

Ohh I absolutely love that one! ❤ There actually went a lot of thought into it. XD I always loved libraries and they are some sort of sanctuary for me. Whenever I felt sad or lonely, I’d escape into the nearest library and would get lost in those endless rows of books. Even now I feel at home there. So once when I was there with my bestie she said she’d go into another section while I skimmed the English bookshelves. She was like: „You know where to find me?“ And I answered: „Of course! I practically live here and kinda have a registration form.“ *lol* So I knew that there had to be „library“ in my name. 😛 As for the sassy and fox part. Well, everyone who knows me in real life knows that I’m sassy as hell. So that was kind of a no-brainer. Haha! *shrugs* Regarding the „fox“ there went quite some thought into it as well. It’s not only my spirit animal but I also share quite some character traits with it. *lol* Plus according to Chinese and Japanese mythology foxes are some sort of shape shifters that can change into any form. Which fits my nature more than just well. And if I’d try to explain this statement my answer would turn into an essay so I better leave it at that. 😛 (I’m being deliberately cryptic here. XD)

Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm

What is the number one thing you’d recommend doing (or not doing!) for a new blogger?

Just do your thing! And I mean it! When I started with my blog I had that idea of a fox themed site and I stuck by it. It was difficult to get my blog running because I had no idea what to expect or where to start. The important thing is that I WANTED it to work out though. So I started to draw my fox and my paws, made some pictures etc. As long as you have an idea and are willing to make it real everything is possible. Plus try to connect with other bloggers! It helped me so much to get tips from them! (I’ll always be thankful for the mention of Canva!!!) I think once you have something unique and manage to turn your idea into a blog, your baby is going to take off no matter what. 😉 As for the „not doing“ part: Don’t be a hermit. *lol* The blogger community is awesome and it’s fun to make new friends!

 

Alexandra Elend Wolf

What’s the biggest difference between reviewing books on GR and your blog?
I think the main difference is that I post more reviews on Goodreads. There’s a review for every book I read on there, even if it’s a very short one. On my blog I don’t post as many reviews and not as often, mostly because I write about other things on here too. For instance I do tags and write either personal posts or poetry. Goodreads is all about reviews, my blog is about my personal life and character too. 😉 So basically you could say not every review I write on goodreads makes its way on my blog. Only the good and the exceptionally long ones! *lol* Because lets face it: I actually DO write super long reviews and the word limit on goodreads makes it impossible to write down all of my feelings and thoughts. So I’d write a short version on goodreads and post the „extended version“ on here. 😉

 

Are you studying or working? If you are studying, you are a college or a university student? If you are working, what is your job?

I’m working and I’ve been working for the last 11 years or so. *lol* (Exception were the 2 1/2 years parental leave) I wish I’d still be a university student! Haha! Life was way easier back then. XD So to answer your question: I went to uni but only for about two terms. After I graduated I began to study psychology, history and international affairs, but unfortunately I realized that I just didn’t want to study any more and therefore started to look for a job. I guess I could have become a chef because I have a diploma but I decided to become an assistant instead. So that’s exactly what I’m doing right now: I work as an assistant at an NGO. 😉

Rankenzeile

This was a lot of fun! Thank you for asking me those questions! =) I hope my answers were insightful and interesting to read!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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30 Interesting Questions Tag

To answer those 30 questions took quite a while but I’m still glad that I did it! It was a lot of fun and I’m sending a big thanks to Caidyn for tagging me in this! You’re made of awesomesauce (yes, that’s actually a compliment *lol*) and I hope you know it! 😉

Rankenzeile

  1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

Oh boy, I have about a thousand of nicknames. I guess that’s because people have a field day inventing new ones for me. *lol* The most frequently used are Gin, Ginny and V. though. Or Ronan, Lynchy and Kier. Always depends on the person and day. Did I confuse you already? Haha! So much for easy questions… XD

  1. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?

Quite often tbh. I like to doodle comic animals, hearts, stars, leaves, flowers… Well basically everything that floats my mind. I’m a creative person and I like to draw so when I let my mind wander my fingers always act on their own initiative. *lol*

  1. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

Ha! You’re asking the right person. I have insomnia and it appears and disappears in phases. So there will be months (like now) in which I can sleep for ages and almost instantly fall asleep when I lie down and there will be months I sleep about 2 hours per night (if I’m good). So when I can’t sleep I read, listen to music or I just let my mind wander.

  1. Do people consider you to be talkative or quiet?

*looks at my first three answers* Mhmm… what would you say? *lol* I’m definitely talkative, which seems to be rather unusual for a bookworm. xD

  1. What makes you cry?

A lot of things. I’m an emotional person so sad books and movies always make me cry. Plus I can’t stand it if people I love and care about are in pain or cry. Their sadness always makes me cry too. >_<

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Same as Caidyn! Just one thing?? *lol* I recently sat in the train to my work place and there was a guy that sat down next to me and started to chew on his nails and his nail bed. Urgh! For some reason this drives me crazy. Also I don’t like it when people pull on their knuckles and it makes that horrible popping noise…*shudders*

  1. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

Honest answer? In the morning and when I see my face I’m like: “I don’t know you, I won’t put make-up on your face!” *lol*

  1. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

That the Easter bunny took away my dummy and sucked on it while it hopped on the fields. XD

  1. What is the guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?

I don’t think I have something like a guilty pleasure. I mean I love to read and every few weeks I’ll sit down with a sip of fine whiskey and enjoy it while I read, but yeah that’s it. Jeez! I’m too boring to have a guilty pleasure. Haha!

  1. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?

Pff that’s a tough question. There are three people that instantly come to mind and they all do different things. I’d say my mom, my aunt and my best friend. =)

  1. How often do you read the newspaper? Which sections?

About 4 days a week. So basically whenever I head to work. I mostly read global news, politics and sometimes our home country section.

  1. Which animal scares you the most?

Everything that crawls. Seriously, I don’t like earwigs or all too big spiders.

  1. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage with it?

I used to avoid conflicts when I was younger, now I’m always engaging. I learned my lesson and got to a point where I always say what I’m thinking. Not everyone might like it but it’s better to be honest than to swallow your own opinion for peace’s sake.

  1. What is the most recent compliment you’ve received?

My closest friend told me that she loves me just the way I am. That might sound simple but she’s really the only person who knows everything about me and accepts it without batting an eye. It’s good to have a friend like that. It’s good to be accepted like that and it’s important to have someone who acknowledges your strengths and weaknesses. ❤

  1. What question are you tired of hearing?

I think there’s no question I was asked so frequently that I can’t hear it anymore. XD

  1. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

I dunno, maybe oysters, calamari or bull testicles soup? *lol* Hell, I had to taste so many different things in my training as a chef that I can’t remember it anymore. Maybe my mind decided to repress the most deterrent things. *lol*

  1. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?

Same as Caidyn! A mixture of both. I have a lot of acquaintances and friends, no matter if it’s over goodreads or in real life, but I only have a few very close friends. I guess it’s easy to make acquaintances but to find close friends? Well, that takes time and trust. 😉

  1. Do you have a catchphrase?

I don’t think so. My friends and family might know this better than I.

  1. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?

London and Toronto! I just love those two cities! They are both old and intriguing and they have such an amazing atmosphere. London is just… London! *sighs dreamily* And I love that Toronto has this awesome mixture of old and new. You go for a walk and you find an old little church among all those high skyscrapers. ❤

  1. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I already kinda did. Virginia is my artist name but my friends all think that it suits me better than my real name (don’t even ask, you wouldn’t even be able to pronounce it properly *lol*) and started to call me a broad variety of nicknames. And yes they all suit me better than my original name. 😉

  1. When was the last time you lied?

Pff I dunno. I’m a very honest person and I reached a point in my life where I only deliver blunt honesty, because I’m sick and tired of beating about the bush. It’s take it or leave it and yes, that sometimes causes people to call me an ass but amazingly I found out that I can live with it. *lol*

  1. What’s something that amazes you?

Children! They are so open-minded, perceptive, curious and direct and they always say what they think. I wish we wouldn’t lose those abilities when we grow up but apparently it happens.

  1. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease?

The inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease. I’ll leave the exploration of a planet to more competent hands. ;-P Joking aside I think that to help people is really important so that’s what I’d go for. To be able to stop suffering is always good.

  1. What is your favourite amateur activity?

I have so many hobbies but I’m really into music, writing and photography. Since my free time is almost non-existent I kind of focused on taking pictures though. XD

  1. What was your first thought when you got up this morning?

“Oh, no. You gotta be kidding me.” Because it was 5:15 a.m and I already heard my daughter running around in our flat. >_< I need coffee. Desperately. *lol*

  1. What is your favourite song (at least at the moment)?

At the moment it’s “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons. I dunno what it is but for some reason I love this song. The music and the lyrics fit together so perfectly and it has a certain atmosphere to it.

  1. List someone you know and describe them in five words.

I think I’ll go with my bookish bestie! Funny, caring, clever, optimistic, charming.

  1. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question. Who would you select and what would the question be?

That’s such a tough question. I love history and there are so many people I’d have loved to meet but mhmm I think I’ll go with Alexander the Great here because I think that he was a very fascinating personality. Considering it’s pride month right now I’d probably ask him if Hephaestion and him actually were a couple! *lol* I really would love to solve that mystery. XD

  1. Which celebrity or artist do you resemble the most?

Umm, I don’t think I resemble a celebrity or artist. When I was a teen there was someone who told me that I look like Kirsten Dunst, but in all honesty, I never saw any resemblance. Haha!

  1. What do you want me to know?

I want you to know that you’re amazing and that I’m glad I got tagged for this! 😉

Rankenzeile

*whistles* Those were really interesting questions! XD

I’m going to tag:

Miri @ The Book Dragoness |  Kacey @ Tales of a BibliophileMayumi @ The Quotex

And everyone else who actually bothered to read through those 30 questions! If you managed to get that far you really deserve to be tagged! *lol* ;-P

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Your Questions – My Answers ;-P

Hey my lovelies!

In my last blog post I celebrated a hundred followers and invited you to ask me questions you always wanted to know but never dared to ask. Okay, okay, that last part I just assumed. *lol* Considering how many interesting questions I received this actually doesn’t seem to be too far-fetched, though. XD

Either way it was fun to answer all your questions and I hope you’ll have at least as much fun reading my answers as I had writing them. 😀 I’m sorry if some of them got really long, but oh well, you know me, I’m not exactly known for my short reviews. 😛

So without further ado, here are my answers to your very creative questions!

Ashley @Bubbly Booknerd:

What instruments do you play?

I play a kick-ass e-bass, a mean guitar and a horrible keyboard. *lol* No, honestly, I can play a pretty good and decent e-bass but I think I suck at playing the rest. I was in two bands when I was younger and with one we even managed to go to the studio and made a CD with four songs. It was a lot of fun and we even played some of the bigger halls in Austria… well until our band broke up, but that’s another story for another day. ;-P

Which music do you enjoy the most?

I basically listen to everything. Really, my musical bandwidth goes from rock to emo, to pop and indie and all the way to metal and screamo just to go right back to hit songs and classical music. As long as the overall composition of the song is good, I’ll listen to it. I love lyrics and when they match the music and underline its effect I’m a happy camper indeed. 😀

Are you a vocalist?

Haha! Funny I get that asked a lot but my answer is always no. I used to sing in the background in a few of my bands songs but I’ve a very deep and slightly husky voice and my singing voice sounds completely different. At least that’s what I’ve been told. It’s kind of funny, because I can’t carry a tune in a bucket but apparently have a “sexy voice”? *lol* Well, at least that’s what online people tell me when they hear me for the very first time. It’s really strange…

Does each book you read have a song that you associate with it?

Some do. Not all of them but there are a lot of books that give me certain song vibes I can’t seem to be able to get rid of when I read them. For instance I had a horrible earworm of “One To Make Her Happy” from Marque while I read “Siege and Storm” and whenever I think about “ACOMAF” I think of “Dark In My Imagination” from “of Verona”. XD

Hamad @ The book prescription

How do you write such huge reviews and weren’t you afraid that people won’t read them because of the length?

I love to write? *lol* Mhmm how to answer this question? As easy as it sounds it’s actually pretty difficult to answer. I guess I’ll just go with the flow and try to explain it as best as I can. To write my reviews always takes me quite a while because it’s some sort of process. I already mark quotes I like while I read the book and before I start to write my reviews I always sort through those quotes first. Well, and then I basically write my review around those quotes and the characters of the book. I think some of my reviews easily took me 3 – 10 hours to write. I usually write them over days though, because with a little kid I don’t have all too much free time to focus on writing. There’s a lot of effort going in those long reviews but it’s always worth it! 😀 As to being afraid that people might not read them because of their length: Umm… no?! *lol* I never really thought about it. When I started to write my long reviews I mostly did it for myself. I just wanted to get all those feels off my chest and to write them down sounded like a good idea, so I just did it. XD Truth be told, I’m still surprised that people actually read my super long reviews and even enjoy them! ❤

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Who are your top favorite characters EVER, and why?

Ohhh that’s a really tough one! *lol* I promise I’ll try my best to answer it properly. xD There are so many characters I love but I think I’ll go with my favourite seven because otherwise this answer would get way too long. 😛

– Ronan Lynch from “The Raven Cycle”: I think I love him so much because he reminds me of myself a lot. *lol* I mean he can swear like a sailor but despite his rather harsh exterior he actually has a soft heart! He’s brutally honest and once he loves someone he’ll do everything possible in order to protect that person. Plus he is fascinated by Adam and his hands and we definitely share that one too. Haha!!!

– Adam Parrish from “The Raven Cycle”: I adore Adam to bits and pieces! <333 He’s one of the guys who always had to fight for everything and his life definitely wasn’t easy, yet he still managed to get by somehow. He’s a precious bean and it took him a long time to open up to people and to accept the help of his friends, but that’s just because he’s been hurt so much and he had to learn to love and to accept himself first. Plus he has a great character arc and I always love those!

– William Herondale from “The Infernal Devices”:  I love, love, love and love William Herondale, because he’s such a broken boy, because he’s honourable, because he loves books and can quote them, because he’s brave, because he loves his parabatai, because he’d sacrifice his own well-being for the people he loves and cares about, because he literally burned himself to safe Jem’s life!!! Oh man, there are so many reasons why I love Will Herondale! I can’t even! >_< I need this reread badly!

– Nikolai Lantsov from “The Grisha Trilogy”: Haha! Who wouldn’t love Nikolai!? I mean that man is epic! I love everything he says because no matter what escapes his lips it’s awesome. *lol* The world needs more charming charismatic princes like him! Really! XD

– Alex Fierro from “Magnus Chase”:  I adore Alex Fierro! Finally a gender fluid character and a really relatable one as well! Uncle Rick made me very happy when he decided to write Alex into his series and I’ll be forever grateful for fierce and direct Alex! <333

– Kvothe from “The Name of the Wind”: The SASS!!! Another character I love because I can relate to him. That man is so sassy and defiant I can’t even. *lol* Deep down he’s a soft hearted snowflake though so “The Name of the Wind” gave me all the feels when I read it for the very first time.

– Aaron Warner from “Shatter Me”: Aaron Warner and Will Herondale are both my book husbands and I’ll love them forever! I wish there would be more men that are as perfect as Warner but unfortunately they only seem to exist in books. *lol* He’s swoon worthy, intelligent, honest, cunning and one of those broken boys I love so much. XD

And why are all those characters male?! Seriously, authors need to write more awesome women into their books! I mean I can relate to all those 7 characters and they are all male! *lol* (Well except of Alex, who is gender fluid.)

Leona @ InkGirlWords

What are some of your favorite poets?

I’m a huge fan of William Shakespeare and William Blake. (Funny coincidence they both have the same first name. XD) But I absolutely love and adore Friedrich Schiller’s poetry. “The Pledge” and “The Diver” are two of my favourite poems and I must have read them about a thousand times by now. ❤

Miri @ The Book Dragoness

What’s one of the most interesting/strange/crazy things you’ve ever done?

I kind of tramped through Mexico with my bestie. We met in Cancun and then made our way through the country until we ended up in Acapulco. It was fun and we went by bus so we saw a lot of the country and ordinary life. Also we got into a little village where white girls like us were some sort of a rarity and some of the villagers actually asked us if we’d take pictures with them. That definitely was crazy. *lol* It was fun though. XD

Destiny @ Words with Destiny

Have you ever danced/sung in the rain before?

What a cool question! And the answer would be “yes” I did both! *lol* At my sisters 18th birthday party it rained all afternoon but it was summer and it was warm rain so we basically danced Cha Cha Cha and Jive in the rain. Plus I loved to dance and sing when I’m in a good mood so it still happens every once in a while. 😉

Rankenzeile

*hugs’n’kisses*

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100 followers celebration post

Hey there my lovelies! ❤

I just got my 100th follower and I’m EXCITED AS HELL!!! AHHHHHH!!! I can’t even! That has been my goal until the end of 2019 and we still have January so I’m kind of flipping out here. *lol* In a very good way of course! 😉 If it continues like that my book raffle when I hit 150 followers will be soon. XD

Anyway since I hit the 100 followers mark (that sounds so nice, doesn’t it? *lol*) I decided to give you some sort of a treat. I didn’t do a book tag for quite a while now and I just resolved that this would be a nice opportunity to give you a chance to ask me some questions. With book tags you always have predetermined questions you have to answer, but this time around it will be your questions I’ll answer. 😉 There’s only so much you can write down in your “About Me” section and I’m pretty sure you might have very interesting and creative questions for me. =)

So whatever you want to ask me: I’m here and will answer your questions honestly and truthfully in my next blog post.

(Well as honest and truthful as a cunning and silver tongued faerie like me can be. ;-P)

Whoopsie. Were you even able to read that small print? *lol*

Never mind! Ask me about my favourite colour, book, character, ice cream or whatever else you can think of! I promise I won’t bite. (Okay, maybe just a little. XD) This is your chance to fill in some blank spots or to get rid of some of your question marks.

Choose wisely and fire away! ;-P

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The Book Addiction Tag

I kind of snatched this tag from Sahi @ My World of Books. *lol* She didn’t tag anyone so I decided that I feel tagged. ;-P Thank you for posting this tag, it was a really nice one and I’m sure every book addict enjoys to answer it.

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

Not even a day? *lol* Seriously, I read every single day and if it’s just a few pages on my way to work. For me to read is a way to relax and to escape the world for a little bit so the only time I’m not reading is when I’m too ill to even lift a book. >_<

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

That hugely depends on where I’m going. If I’m on my way to work I have all the books on my kindle (which would be about 50 or so right now?!) and if I’m going to the library I’ve about 5 – 8 physical copies with me including the ones on my kindle of course! *lol* I never leave the house without my kindle. XD

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I don’t have all too much room in my flat so the only books I keep are the ones I loved and want to reread again. The others usually end up at charity flea markets or go to the local library as a donation. I might never read those books again but that doesn’t mean that other people can’t enjoy them as well! =)

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

That largely depends on my company. *lol* If I’m with my kid or hubby it are just a few minutes if I’m alone it can be an hour or more. ;-P

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Mhmm I’d say about 1 – 3 hours? I can only read when my little one is in bed and sleeping so my reading time is always rather limited. Yes, children can keep you busy. *lol*

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

I don’t really have a daily to-do list because every day is different if you have to care for a little life so yeah, if I had one it might at least be under the top 8. XD I guess once I’m a pensioner it will be in my top 3. 😉

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Jeez! That’s a tough one but I’d say about 250? I’m a huge fan of fantasy and YA series so there are a lot of series with 3 to 7 books. *lol*

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

It always depends on my company. I have a really close friend who always accompanies me when I go to the library. We talk about books a lot and she’s interested in my blog and supports me so much that I can’t help but gush about all my reading experiences. ❤ So with her I ALWAYS end up talking about books. *lol* (If you read this, THANK YOU so much for discussing books with me! You are amazing!!! <333) If said company is my family I barely make any mention of books though. My relatives don’t read all too much and if they do they only remain in one genre (romances or thrillers) so I’ve kind of given up to talk with them about books. About 90% of them don’t even know about my goodreads page, let alone my blog.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Mhmm I remember reading a book with more than 1000 pages but I can’t recall the name. When I’m asked about the biggest book I usually mention Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series but I’m sure I read books that had more pages than those, I just can’t remember which ones it were. XD

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching bookshops, online digging, etc)?

Oh yes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”! We were on Interrail through Europe and at the time the book was released we were staying in Venice. *lol* I swear my bestie and I tried to find this book in every bookshop in Venice but damn all the copies were sold out. In the end we were so desperate that we called our parents and asked them to get us a copy at home! XD Plus a mean coincidence: When we were on our way back home there was a guy in our cabin who actually read THAT BOOK!!!! My bestie and I could only gape at the cover!!! It felt like starving in front of a full plate. *lol*

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

This rarely happens; I mean that I struggle with a book. I never dnf. The last book that had me considering to start with the habit of dnf-ing was “Carter Reed” by Tijan though. XD

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  • Reread some of my favourites
  • Make time for reading even if my life will be stressy as hell.
  • Continue to work on my blog and goodreads page!!! My little one starts with kindergarten and I’m going back to work so our lives will change once again. I just hope I’ll find time to read and to write reviews. >_<

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Haha! Nope! I tried to convert my hubby for years but he’s resistant. *lol* Maybe I should make that a life goal: Convert at least one person into a reader. ;-P

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escapism. Regeneration. Happiness. Knowledge. Hope.

Just like Sahi I’m not tagging anyone but if you want to feel tagged (just like I did) consider yourself tagged now! ;-P