Traveling with Fictional Characters and My Favorite Things: The Liebster Award

I was nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Ally of allywritesthings. I love doing Q&A-type posts (maybe one day I’ll do one with questions directly from you guys!), so thanks for nominating me, Ally!


How do you choose when to buy a paperback vs. a hardcover?

My choice comes down to a few factors for me, but I will say that I probably go for the paperback before hardcover, since paperbacks are typically less expensive than hardcovers. My paperback vs. hardcover factors include:

  1. If it’s a series, can I buy all books in the same format right now?
  2. Cover lust?? A lot of paperback books tend to take on a new cover design. There’s been some that I loved, like the paperback versions of the Grisha Verse trilogy, and some that I haven’t, like the paperback version of Warcross (where’s my Emika Chen-inspired rainbow??). But also, I need that Life After Legend story.

Weirdest book you’ve ever read?

The Girls by Emma Cline and I was not into it.

If you could travel anywhere with any character, where would you go and with who?

Reid from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. He’s one of my latest fictional boyfriends, and I think it would be fun to visit fandom-like places with him, like King’s Cross and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London.

Name the one book on your shelf that you’d most like to get signed by the author and why.

I’ve been fortunate to have quite a few of the books on my shelves signed, but I would love to have my copy of Attachments signed by Rainbow Rowell, because I’d be one book closer to have all of my Rainbow Rowell books signed (currently have 5 signed by her).


Do you like musicals and if so, what’s your favorite?

I really enjoy musicals! My favorite is of course, Hamilton. I appreciate Hamilton in so many different ways. It was of the things that got me through the second half of senior year of high school- I couldn’t wait to listen to the album on the bus everyday, and one of my classmates and I really connected because of our love for the show. Hamilton also really got me into Broadway, and I’ve seen 5 shows, including Hamilton, since I first listened in 2016. If it weren’t for Hamilton, I’d say my favorite Broadway show is Waitress, which I’ve been listening to almost everyday since seeing the show in November.

Sorry for the rambliness, but I’m getting really into this question (don’t even get me started on The Greatest Showman). I sense a favorite musicals or musical-inspired posts coming soon!

How many books is too many books for a series?

I feel like this is subjective to every series, but maybe 10+??? I’m thinking back to Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars (yes, I’ve read every PLL book and yes, I loved them and yes, they are better than the TV show) and I couldn’t even tell you what happens in each of the sixteen of them.

Favorite flower (in the spirit of spring?)

Roses maybe? I love those boxed ones that always pop up on my Instagram feed. Apparently they last for a really long time??

If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what color would it be?

I love bright colors, but if I had to wear one color for the rest of my life, I’d go with blue. It’s perfect for any season, and hypothetically, wouldn’t I be able to have a variety of blues for clothes??

If you could have any pet from a book, what pet would it be?

Give me any dog, but I do have a special place in my heart for Dol from V.E. Schwab’s Vicious. Does Sydney also come with him??

Best book of 2018 so far?

I’ve read A LOT of books so far this year and A LOT of them have been so good, but I only have a few favorites. My favorite so far has been Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, but my mind also keeps returning to The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang and The Upside of Unrequited. And my Throne of Glass rereads keep popping up in my dreams lately (Chaol is always welcome). So maybe I have read a lot of favorites so far..


Current favorite song?

“Wild Heart” by Bleachers. Many thanks goes to Love, Simon for introducing me to Bleachers. I’ve been listening to their songs and the Love, Simon soundtrack everyday lately.


What are some of your favorite things lately—songs, musicals, books? Any from the above? Share in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Traveling with Fictional Characters and My Favorite Things: The Liebster Award

  1. 1. I felt the SAME WAY about The Girls! I feel like the story had so much potential that it just didn’t live up to. I didn’t expect it to go in such a strange direction…
    2. I LOVE Bleachers too! It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite song because they’re all so great ❤

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  2. Agreed! There was so much talk over it (and plenty of mixed reviews), and to me it was just okay!? And yes to Bleachers love!!


    • Yeah I was not into it from the beginning either, but I stuck it out because of the hype and I really didn’t have much to say after?!


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