Very Inspiring Blogger Award


What a surprise. I’ve been nominated twice for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you so much Litlove and Heavenali. I’m grateful and flattered.

The idea behind the award is to pass it on to 15 other blogs and share 7 things nobody knows so far.

I have a problem on both fronts. I will not come up with 15 book blogs because that would mean I’d have to re-nominate many who have already been nominated at least once.

7 things nobody knows so far – well there may very well be a reason why nobody does. ūüôā

So, let’s stick to what’s important. Here are 12 book¬†blogs I’d like to nominate for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

His Futile Preoccupations – Guy’s probably the blogger who made me buy the most books. I love his choices and the way he writes about them. Crispy fresh writing style and choices that are far from conventional. Plus he’s a writer magnet. I haven’t seen any other blog on which so many writers comment.

Book Around the Corner – Emma is someone who will always write about books with passion and have new insights. Her reviews are never predictable, her choices always interesting.

Pechorin’s Journal – Whether he reads modernist fiction or sic-fi, he’ll always write beautifully and poetically about it.

Babbling Books – I don’t know anyone else who reads huge tomes on history and historical figures and writes about it so well that you don’t even need to read the books for yourself. And you¬†will always find an interesting discussion of philosophical, historical or political topics on his blog as well.

Vishy’s Blog – It’s wonderful when someone loves reading so much and manages to share¬†his enthusiasm. He’s also one of the most diverse readers around. Non-fiction. literary, modernist, crime, YA, fantasy, there’s nothing he wouldn’t read.

Still Life With Books – Violet’s a blogger I admire¬†for her writing style and careful analysis. I always find books I’d like to read on her blog, especially memoir and non-fiction.

Tony’s Book World – If I had to pick a blog and only read what they review, he’d be one of those I’d choose. I just love¬†his choices. The reviews are pithy¬†and to the point.

The Reading Life – There are not many around with so much passion and enthusiasm for short stories and different cultures.

Postcards from Asia – My lovely co-host of some great events. She has a very unique way of writing reviews, very literary.

Buchpost – Quirky blogger who writes in German and English, shares photos and best of book blogging links, which contain great discoveries.

Kaffeehaussitzer – German blog I’ve discovered only recently. He writes thoughtful, in-depth reviews and takes wonderful photos. He’s a man with a mission. If you visit, you’ll find a lot of food for thought and good reasons why we should support Indie bookshops.

Le blog de Mimi – French blogger with an impeccable taste. She reads and reads and reads. One of the most dangerous blogs out there because she makes you discover so much.


Each of these blogs is a treat. They are all very different but intelligent and inspiring.

Please don’t feel forced to pass on the Award. Do it if you feel like it, if not – that’s OK as well.


Thank you for the Liebster Award

First a big thank you to Janet Allen¬†(Popcorn Dinner) for my nomination. We only just “met” and I already¬†receive an award. That’s so nice.

Yes, I know, I don’t always accept awards, or let’s say,¬†I do accept them but then I don’t play by the rules, meaning I don’t post about them let alone pass them on.¬†But this time I do as I still feel “post-freshly pressed festive”. However¬†I amended it a bit and only give it to 7 other bloggers. Addotionally I thought that for a change I will give the award not to pure book bloggers but to people who love reading and also blog about other things.

For those who will receive my award and would like to play by the rules here you go

1. Each person must post eleven things about themselves (I skipped this)
2. Answer the eleven questions the person giving the award has set for you
3. Create eleven questions for the people you will be giving the award to
4. Choose eleven people to award and send them a link to your post
5. Go to their page and tell them
6. No tag backs

Now on to Janet’s questions

1. What is your favourite movie of all time? (yep, only one)

I’m almost as interested in movies as in books, despite that fact it’s surprisingly easy for me to name my favourite movie. It’s Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. When I saw it for the first time I was about 14 and since then I have re-watched it at least 5 times. Every time I watched it I liked it more. Be careful however, if you’d like to watch it and haven’t seen it before, the Director’s Cut is shorter and lacks a few important scenes.

2. Where is your favourite city?

This is difficult. Hmmm. It shouldn’t be, right? You would all assume I would say: in France. But I’m not sure it really is my very favourite city. No, I think my favourite city is in England. And it is not London. (The way Janet asked this question it’s almost a bit like a quiz. Can you guess my favourite city?)

3. How old were you when you realized there was no Santa Clause and did it matter to you?

I think I was 9 and the discovery was a huge shock but not because I found out that there is no Santa Claus but because I found out my mother was a bad cheater. The story is quite funny¬† but at the time I did NOT think that at all. Every year me and my mother’s best friend’s son and the whole family gathered in the living room on the 6th of December. Invariably the doorbell would ring and Santa Claus would come in and look really scary. He would then take out a huge book and read every bad thing the both of us had done during the year. It was awful. He knew it all. Every single thing we had done. After that lecture we had to recite a poem (I still have a terrific memory) and would afterwards be forgiven and receive some presents and a warning. He told us that if we didn’t behave better next year, he would come and get us, put us in his bag and take us to God knows where Santa Claus lives. The year when I turned 9 my mother accidentally lost a piece of paper which I found and on it – to my utter shock – I saw a list of all of my and my friend’s misgivings which were meant to be passed on to Santa Claus. Santa Claus, it turned out, ¬†was a neighbour especially hired for the occasion. I was mortified. That was the end of Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny died on the very same day. And my belief in motherly reliability.

4. If you won an Oscar, what would it be for?

I think I could receive it for several things. The script, the score, acting, most probably the script though.

5. What three famous people (living or dead) would you invite to a dinner party?

C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade and Neil Gaiman. Yeah, I know, it’s not obvious but, believe me, there actually is a connection.

6. If you had 10 minutes alone with your country’s political leader what would you say?

I think that could be a one minute thing. I’d say: “Didn’t you find anything more useful to do with your time?”

7. What’s the hottest (temperature-wise) you’ve ever been?

The desert in Morocco. When I got out of the car I had the ingenious idea of picking up a stone because I wanted to take something back home. It actually ¬†burned my fingers. Heat like that is hard to imagine if you’ve never experienced it.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Be invisible.

9. Have you ever had a surprise birthday party?

No. My friends know me very well. That’s not something I would enjoy.

10. What was the first movie you ever saw in the theater?

It was a Sunday afternoon Disney Special but I cannot remember which one it was. I think it was Bambi.

11. What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?

Lying in bed, under the roof, listening to the rain and read.

So finally here are my 7 nomenees

Pearls and Prose

Jaquelin Cangro

50 Year Project

Underneath the Shell Novia’s second home (Polychrome Interest)

Andrew Blackman

The Peacocks Feather Danielle’s second home¬†¬†(A Work in Progress)

Bayou Quilts Jenclair’s second home¬† (A Garden Carried in Your Pocket’s)


Now comes the last part, my 11 questions. Just answer those you like.

1. Which is your favourite painting or photograph? (Add it or link to it)

2. If you could stay in another city for a year, which one would it be?

3. Which language would you like to speak and why?

4. Which is your favourite book cover?

5. What craft would you like to be great at?

6. Which is your favourite dish. Recipe included!

7. If you could design a garden what would it look like?

8. Which is your favourite song or piece of music? It can be one you just like at the moment or one you always loved.

9. If you could wake up in a movie (or book)  Рwhich one and why?

10. What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

11. What book are you reading at the moment?


That’s it from festive me, as of tomorrow, there will be business as ususal, ¬†book reviews and book related topics, the odd movie review and…