My Liebster Award Nominations

Chronicles of a Cold Texan's Liebster Award Information


Last October, Annette Steinmetz of Reading in the Garden, nominated me for a Liebster Award

Well, it has taken some time, but I’m finally complying!


For those who don’t know what a Liebster Award is, you can find out all the details here. The short version of the rules is as follows:

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you
  • Answers the questions the blogger asked you to answer
  • Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers for this award (typically ones with less than 200 followers)
  • Ask your nominees your questions own set of questions (again 5-11 is a good number)
  • Share the LOVE (and don’t forget to inform your nominees)!
Thank you, Annette!
Here are my answers to your questions:


1. What are some of your hobbies?

You mean, aside from reading and writing book reviews. Let’s see… I like to bake cakes and breads, and I’ve recently begun to make my own ice cream. I used to be on a bowling league. I’m addicted to television and movies (I used to write reviews about them as well, long ago). Most importantly, I am a chocolate gourmet – meaning my hobby is to find the finest chocolates (minimum 70% cocoa solids) I possibly can (but I’m not an addict, I eat very little chocolate, to tell the truth, since I like to save the calories for only the finest).

2. Name a book that made you cry.

I think the very first book that really made me cry – and I mean, deep, heart-wrenching sobs – was “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving, and because of the emotional response I had to that book, I’ve never been able to write a review of it. Since then, I’ve read many books that made me cry, but mostly to lesser extents.

3. Name a book that made you laugh out loud.

Probably the funniest book I’ve ever read was “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman. I don’t think I ever laughed harder than I did when I read that book (which, by the way, is better than the movie, but the movie is pretty close).

4. Do you prefer an E-Reader or “manual” Book?

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but I doubt I’ll ever go over to only eBooks. There’s something about holding a print book, thumbing the pages and seeing it on your shelf that is so satisfying.

5. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We didn’t really have a honeymoon. After getting married in Chicago, we left to be with my husband’s family in Israel. While we were here, we got a rented car and visited with all our friends. Not terribly romantic, I know.

6. Where was your favorite vacation?

That’s tough to answer since we’ve been to so many places. We loved visiting Australia, and would love to go back since we only saw Melbourne and Sydney, and we felt we didn’t have nearly enough time there. Our longing to revisit is stronger than most other places we’ve been, possibly because of how far away it is.

7. Name an inspirational book that you’ve read.

I’m going to take a little bit of liberty here and assume “inspirational” doesn’t mean anything spiritual or religious. That said – all books inspire something in me. If nothing else, they inspire me to read more and write more reviews. Some books make me want to write a book of my own. One of those is the book Bottomland by Michelle Hoover, because she took a real incident from her family history and turned it into a fictional story. That’s exactly what I’m thinking of doing with my book.

8. Are you a cat or dog person?

Sorry, but I am not a pet person at all.

9. What’s your favorite sport?

As I mentioned above, I used to bowl, but I’m not much of a sports person. I usually only watch sports when the Olympics are on. With the winter Olympics, I like the figure skating events the best; with the summer Olympics I like to watch the gymnastics, diving and the water ballet events.

10. Name something daring that you’ve done.

Some people would say my moving to Israel was pretty daring. Otherwise, I’m not much of a chance taker. However, I would like to try sky diving some day (unbelievably)!

11. If you had to choose, would you rather visit Paris or Venice?

I’ve been to Paris but Venice is somewhere that I’ve never been, so the obvious answer is Venice.

My nominees:

My Questions for these Nominees:

  1. If you had to pick one author as your #1 favorite, who would it be; and what book of theirs would you recommend others read first?
  2. What genre do you refuse to read, and why?
  3. Do you think you spend too much time blogging or not enough time blogging?
  4. When you’re reading a book and you suddenly realize you don’t like it, what makes you decide you can’t read further, if at all?
  5. Is there a nickname, persona or “handle” that you use online, and if so, what’s the story behind it?
  6. What is the one food could you could eat every single day and never tire of eating it?
  7. If you could build your dream home in your dream type of location, where would it be (meaning on the sea, in the middle of a bustling city, high in the mountains, or where ever)?
  8. What makes you angrier than anything else, and what do you do to express or repress your anger?
  9. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up (did you succeed, and if not, are you happy or unhappy about that)?
  10. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you dislike answering these types of questions?

I hope you enjoy these questions, and congratulations to all my nominees!

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