The Liebster Award

While CityGirlScapes has been around for a little while as kind of a hobby and distraction, it’s only been recently that we’ve fine tuned our voice and started taking things a bit more seriously. We’ve been working hard to stretch our words to a point where someone might stumble across our blog, might like a review and be inspired to pick up that book or share their thoughts with us.

As a result, we’re starting to cross paths with some other great bloggers, meet some likeminded reviewers and writers, interact with our favourite authors and really get an insight into what this whole blogging thing is about. It’s a slow and steady climb, but we’re pushing ourselves and loving every step.

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This week, we found out we’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by the wonderful Jennifer Austin. This was quite a surprise, but we’re both very humbled and honoured to be thought of and nominated and want to send out our sincere thank you to Jennifer. For those of you unfamiliar with the Liebster Award, as we were before Jennifer introduced us to it, you can read the official rules here and read Jennifer’s original post about her nomination here.

Part of the requirements for the award are to answer 11 questions that Jennifer asked, followed by 11 random facts. So here we go:

1. For the writers: What do you write? For everyone else: What type of books do you enjoy reading? (You can answer both if you want)

Veronica: I write food reviews mostly now and the occasional book review. I enjoy historical fiction. I love being transported back in time.

Ashley: Everything. I pretty much enjoy reading anything, as long as I’m in the mood for that particular genre and it’s something that is a little bit unique or different. I read a lot, so I’m always on the hunt for something that I haven’t seen done before or an author approaching something with a new perspective.

2. If you could choose one book character to be, who and why?

V: Katniss Everdeen. She’s a strong female character that more young females should emulate rather than the likes of a Kardashian.

A: That’s hard; there are so many great characters. I think I would like to be someone fearless and independent like Jo from Little Women. But realistically, I’m probably a bit more like Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights, which is fine by me.

3. Marvel or DC?

V: DC. I’m a Batman fan.

A: Another hard one! I’m a Batman gal… but I also really love X-Men. Since Veronica already said DC, I’ll stand with the X-Men at Marvel, just to cause conflict.

4. If you could be transported back (or forward) in time, but you had to stay there forever, where would that be, why, and what one thing would you take with you?

V: I’d like to stay in the here and now. I have too many great friends and family to leave them all behind.

A: I feel like I’m not using this incredible gift to its full extent when I say I just want to go back to the early 90s and be of-age during the grunge period. I was too young to properly enjoy those early grunge years, but I feel like that’s where I belong. I would bring my converse, obviously.

5. Summer, winter, spring or fall?

V: Spring. It’s the hope of new life, season and pretty flowers before the humid heat of Summer rolls in.

A: Fall, hands down. I can’t stand the humidity, but I hate the cold.

6. What’s your favorite flower or plant?

V: Orchids. Every single one of them.

A: I’m not really a flower person, I’m not very good at keeping them alive, so anything that doesn’t require a lot of care and water.

7. Rightie or leftie?

V&A: Rightie

8. How do you get around on a daily basis? Car, bike or your own two legs?

V: My own two long legs

A: I take the subway to and from work and to get around the city, but I try to walk as often as I can.

9. If there was one thing you would want people to do in your hometown (where you live now) what would that be?

V: Take a stroll through High Park. It may not be as large as NYC’s Central Park but it is still gorgeous.

A: Toronto has so many iconic, big tourist spots, but it also has a lot of beautiful parks and a thriving waterfront. I’d skip the lines at the CN Tower and suggest a visit to Toronto Island or the Waterfront or one of the parks. Or Kensington Market, that’s a bit cliché but it’s still worth checking out.

10. What book have you read that you think should be mandatory reading for high school kids?

V: Oedipus.

A: I read The Catcher in the Rye when I was in high school and it had such a huge impact on me. We also read 1984 and Brave New World. I think all of these books broaden the readers mind and open them to some things they might not have thought of otherwise, especially those growing up in a small town.

11. What book are you reading right now?

V: The House We Grew Up In by

A: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Veronica’s 11 Random facts:

  • I have an irrational fear of puppets
  • I’m fairly proficient in the kitchen
  • I know good food when I eat it
  • I’m frugal
  • Yet I love to shop
  • I’m a happy hooker (I crochet)
  • I love love love musicals
  • I see RENT on stage every time it’s in town
  • I love sitting down with a book every chance I get
  • My drink of choice is wine
  • I could live happily in the countryside rather than the city

 

Ashley’s 11 Random Facts:

  • I am utterly in love with Kurt Cobain
  • I pretty much always carry a book with me
  • When I was younger, I used to play piano competitively and won awards
  • I hate it when my food touches on my plate
  • I am the least spontaneous person, I need to plan everything and I’m thrown off when plans change
  • I have zero tattoos, but six piercings
  • The very first job I had was selling worms of the end of my dock to fishermen
  • I have never broken a bone or needed stitches
  • When I first lived on my own, I lived off of popcorn and wine
  • Yes, my red hair is natural
  • I once talked my way back stage at a Foo Fighters concert for fifteen minutes before getting kicked out

 

Our Nominees:

Ashley Nicole – For the Love of the Page

The Friendly Bookworm

Jackie – A Platform of Sorts

Teri  – Books & Stuff

Maisa – Nothing Found

Our Questions:
1. What is your reading platform of choice: an e-reader or an actual, physical book?

2. Inspired by Bird Box by Josh Malerman, if you had to live blindfolded, what would you most miss seeing?

3. Where in the world would you travel if nothing was stopping you?

4. What TV show do you never miss an episode of?

5. If you could sit down for dinner with one celebrity, who would it be and what would you say to break the ice?

6. What inspired you to start blogging?

7. Do you have a landline telephone or do you only have a cell phone?

8. What was the last thing that made you laugh really, really hard?

9. Who do you look up to?

10. What is your dream job?

11. Where do you want to see yourself in 5-10 years?

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