The Liebster Award, Part 1

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award–twice in fact! Thank you so much to Sophie @ Me and Ink and Caitlin Althea! It made me so happy to see that I was nominated. Again, thank you so very much! 💜💜💜 (And Sophie I’m SO sorry I haven’t gotten around to doing this till now)

Because I have 22 questions I’ll split this into 2 posts (again I am sorry for being a Professional Procrastinator at doing tags and making things Awkward and what is with all the random capitals)



  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer


Sophie’s Questions:


What are some of your favourite quotes from books that you’ve read?

History, huh? Bet we could make some.

This is a pretty iconic quote, so guess where it comes from!


Yep, Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I feel like ever since I read it, though I haven’t written a review for it, I’ve been raving about it in my recommendations, tags, and wishlist. The reason I love this quote is because it’s hilarious and cheeky but at the same time so purposeful and deep?

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

This is one of the most gorgeous first lines I’ve ever seen (from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern). It hooks me, it sets the mystery and the scene and ahhhh. One of the best opening scenes I ever read in my life.


What is/was your most and least favourite subject at school?

Hmm…I like STEM a lot (even chem and physics *gasp*) so I would say my favorites are in math and sciences though not engineering particularly. I took bio and chem last semester and had a lot of fun, though bio was INTENSE and doing things like lighting matches for chem labs freaked me out (I know, I know, not your ideal YA heroine).

Least favorite subject…okay history and biology. I have a love/hate relationship with them?? See, both subjects are very fascinating and I enjoy reading about them in nonfiction sources but if I have to study and memorize them from textbooks, I balk. I mean, I will do it, but it’s not very fun. Oh, and I forgot. Latin. (I quit because it wasn’t that necessary.)

Apparently I don’t have much issues with schoolwork except for memorization. So I’m a Nerdy Kid if you close to your eyes to my dislike of having to memorize things oops.

international man of mystery nerd GIF


What is your favourite way to spend the weekend?

Ooh, writing blog posts like I’m doing now (or wrestling with my stories). Reading books curled up in bed. Tea and sweets. Spending time with family. Also, scratching my head over weird riddles. I’m bizarre that way. Don’t judge me 😉

Or being joyful that it’s a weekend!

the peanuts movie dancing GIF


Dragons or elves?

Lalalala I would say book dragons but at the same time I’m writing a story featuring elf characters…what should I do? *cries*

So I pose to you instead: should I be loyal to the rare beings who I named my blog after or my protagonists right now?


You get to ask ONE fictional character a question, who is it and what would the question be?

I would ask Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer to teach me her cool hacking tricks (I need to learn more programming first though! I need to study C and also review Python) That’d be useful and I like Cress so much I want any reason to hang out with her!

hacking ryan gosling GIF

What is your favorite film?

I’m not that big on movies like Caitlin but I have one! Castle in the Sky by Ghibli (honestly anything by that company is worth a watch! The animations are beautiful and the themes important!) I’m really fond of Sheeta and Pazu and I always imagined them growing up and getting married, though they might have stayed just good friends! Also, the enemies-to-friends dynamics between them and the pirates…*sighs with contentment*

images castle GIF


What is your favorite troupe in a book?

After reading books with great hate-to-love romances like The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Red, White, and Royal Blue, and The Fever King by Victoria Lee, I think I can say that enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorites. I’m fully converted. I have others, but I think I’ll list this one now.

Oh, and I also like political intrigues and royalty though that sounds more like a story element rather than troupe.


What is your #1 blogging tip?

To have fun! I just want to say: do what you want to do! Write book reviews! Do tags! Do discussions! etc etc. You’re a blogger if you blog and there is nothing that you can’t not do (or nothing that will take away your value as a blogger ❤ ). You’re the best and your voice is the best so be proud of yourself for hitting the publish button every time you post!

harry potter dancing GIF

Also, don’t feel pressured to post. Your life offline and your interests are always more important than how often you post. Admittedly, posting more often will boost your stats but caring too much about stats is a bad idea because then your internal status will depend on outside influences!



You get to work with any author (dead or alive) on any project, who would the author be and what would the project be?

AHHHH what a tough question Sophie ahhhh. Okay maybe I might choose Joan He who wrote the wonderful Descendant of the Crane and then perhaps she and I could collaborate on another Asian political fantasy…though that would be in my fluffy, glittery daydreams…

How about you? I want to know!


Which elemental power would you want?

Air! Or water! I’d be happy with anything except for fire, I think. Fire is too tricky, too dangerous, too likely to sneak behind your back and wreak havoc. Honestly, though water would be cool (imagine pulling water out of your wet hair so you wouldn’t have to use the hand dryer).

water dark GIF

(This is a gif I found on Giphy that suits how I imagine myself as a dark sorceress drying my hair after a shampoo)


How do you/would you organize your books on your shelves?

I just cram books in where I can…I know I need to de-clutter and re-shelve everything nicely. I see some gorgeous shelfies on bookstagram that are arranged by color but to me I’d get so confused about where is where. I’d rather just sort them by series, or maybe alphabetically so I can easily grab the book I’m looking for! So much respect for the master bookshelf organizers.

(pretty please, any tips?)


11 Random Facts about Me:

  1. I’m a writer if you didn’t know already! Last semester I didn’t write much, being a Busy Student, but now I’m easing back in to it by revamping and dumping an old first draft of mine…how ironic! 😉
  2. Miri is my blogging pseudonym which I borrowed from Shannon Hale’s Princess AcademyMiri is the name of the heroine which I really really liked–liked so much in fact that I decided a year ago to use it! Perhaps one day I’ll reveal my real name but for now, feel free to just guess…
  3. This might be more controversial but…I used to spoil myself when reading books. I would peek ahead. Naughty, naughty me (but cut me some slack!! I was so stressed about my characters that I just HAD to) I do that reeeaaallly rarely now but I’m sorry guys. I do it once in a blue moon.
  4. My younger sister and I are both bookish (though she isn’t bookish as me). In fact, we created our own imaginary world that we love to talk about and it was inspired by a number of sources including Harry Potter!
  5. And speaking of Harry Potter, I’m a Hufflepuff! (Side note: When one of my classmate followed my bookstagram, he found it funny that I mentioned I was Hufflepuff in my bio) I have some Gryffindor characteristics though like being hot-headed so I consider myself closer to a Gryffinpuff!
  6. I probably spent too much time studying or reading (aka being sedentary) so now what happens is that I’m terrible at physical things. In chemistry, I didn’t have too much trouble with the calculations in lab but actually performing the experiment was a different story. And I bet the whole lot of you are better than me at sports…
  7. I like to ramble. A lot. I think I don’t need any explanation for that 😉
  8. I loooove food. Food is so important to me! Food descriptions in books makes me happy…sweets make me happy…meals make me happy…I get hangry often…you get it.
  9. Warning: this is not PG. So, I learned about the f-bomb when I was 13 which, in hindsight, was rather late. I saw a protester on TV holding a sign used that word. And then I read it and asked my mom what the word meant, dropping the f-word for the first and only time most likely lol 😉 (My parents don’t curse much so you can guess her reaction haha)
  10. I’m a very indecisive person. I hate making decisions. I know I have to eventually, but…ugh. Decisions. I think I’m getting better at it though!
  11. I’m homeschooled! Right now I’m in high school and taking concurrent classes at my local community college. The reasons: I ran out of things I could study myself (also doing chem labs at home is Not Practical) and I wanted to boost my applications. One of the best decisions I made in my life! College is awesome! ❤

I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1! Next time I’ll be answering Caitlin’s questions, posing my 11 questions, and tagging 11 bloggers!

If you answer one of the questions above, I’d love to see your responses in the comments!



16 thoughts on “The Liebster Award, Part 1”

  1. I loved all your answers and the quotes you picked! I loved both books so I had no problem noticing them. *lol* And I didn’t know you’re homeschooled. I always went to public schools so I have absolutely no experience with it. XD I’m glad you enjoy the college experience though! Plus you’re right, doing chem labs at home is not good! *lol*

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  2. Ah I loved your answers so much, the quotes you picked out are perfect ❤ and yes yes yes to your blogging advice, having fun is the number one tip we always should keep in mind. sometimes I get to obsessed about other things, overwhelmed by it all and just forget to enjoy myself!

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  3. Congratulations on the award ❤️ and wonderful answers, I loved reading this. I love your reason for water elemental powers – I’d totally use it to dry my hair too, I hate how long mine takes to dry 😂 I’m also 100% with you on enemies to lovers but I can’t believe you spoil books for yourself intentionally. I couldn’t do that. I get annoyed enough at myself when I check to see how long a book is or how much is left in a chapter and see something spoilerish.

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  4. I’m sorry I’m late at reading this but I’m so happy you did this. And honestly it’s fine, it takes me ages to do tags as well!! I really appreciate you answering this questions though!!
    I loved reading your answers and your facts so much!! I love you saying why history huh? meant so much to you because your reason was PERFECT!! You captured why it is great!!
    Yes maths was my favourite subject too *high five* and I’m totally with you about liking history but not enjoying studying it.
    oohh.. dragon or elves would be a hard decision for you!! I think you pick both!! 😂
    Cress would be a great character to talk too and I would love to hack too!!
    Your blogging tip is perfect, I 100% agree!! I need to frame it now!!
    Haha deciding what author to work with would be hard… sorry!! Joan He is a great decision because DotC was so different!! The politics in it was great!! I think I might be tempted to pick Patrick Ness as he always has such unique concept so it would be a fun challenge!!
    YES water is my favourite element and I love the gif!!
    Your facts were great– I used to spoil myself for shows all the time so I can relate and I can certainly ramble!! 😂
    Wonderful post and again thank you for doing this!! ❤

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      1. Of course, you’re so welcome!! ❤

        Yay, it is!!
        He is a talented writer and has some really unique ideas!!
        Well I started off reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here which I didn't actually love but then I read Release which I adored– it is a story about a boy and the whole book takes place over one day. It is very raw and honest and real. I loved it.
        Then I read And The Ocean Was Our Sky which is very unique. Not my favourite but it had some great quotes.
        Then I finally read A Monster Calls which was so emotional, I have to say it was written beautifully. It also had a fairytale/folk lore feel about it which I loved.
        I still need to read the Chaos Walking series and More Than This but I'm very excited to.
        Sorry I started rambling but basically from my experience I would start with Release or A Monster Calls!! 🙂


  5. Yay, I can’t wait for you to answer mine! but no pressure, haha :”) i loved reading this post!
    omg, miri, you are a STEM legend! i hope you continue to thrive in your classes!
    Yes, i love your blogging advice so much! the number one thing is always to have fun! i’ve learned not to worry too much about numbers or my posts. what matters is that i’m having fun and not putting too much pressure on myself!
    omg, i would be so down to read a collab between you and Joan He! unfortunately, i didn’t like dotc very much, but joan he has potential as an author, and i’d love to see another political fantasy from her! i’m sure you would make the book all the more better!

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    1. thank you! ❤ (I have a post scheduled for this in 2 weeks which means I have multiple posts sandwiched between *laments scheduling woes*) I don't think I'm a STEM legend I'm more of a bizarre nerd to be honest haha but thank you ❤

      YES fun is the most important thing – that's why we poured our hearts into blogging! ❤ awww that's unfortunate that you didn't enjoy it much…but yes!! I want more political fantasy from Joan He too!

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