The Liebster Award

Title card: The Liebster Award

This is my first blog award, and I owe a very special thank you to Lia @ An Ode to Fiction who nominated me. It’s extra special because I am in love with Lia’s blog and actually go back to it for inspiration as I’m trying to figure out my blog redesign 😍


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

1. What makes you smile when you read a book?

So many things. Good banter, dumb dorks in love, siblings looking out for each other, subtle romantic moments, found family, clever humor, sweet parent-child scenes, the point when slow-burn finally burns…

2. What is your all time favorite book or series?

Ahh this is so hard because I’m super indecisive and horrible at choosing favorite things. I’m just going to say the Lunar Chronicles because it combines my love for fairy tales, retellings, found family and Sailor Moon. Also, the world Marissa Meyers created is so cool. Like, can I move to New Beijing please??

3. If you could be your favorite character for a day, who would it be? And why?

Strumhond is my favorite fictional character, but I think it’d be too stressful to be him–even for a day–but how fun would it be to hang out with him? He’s got a flying ship, great clothes, and all the quips. If I had to be someone for a day, I’d choose Lizzy Bennet. I’d get to live out my Regency dreams without having to go without wifi, indoor plumbing or pants for the rest of my life. Plus, the chance to spend a day bantering with Darcy? SO DOWN.

4. If you are given a chance to say something to your comfort character, what would you say?

I don’t know if I have a comfort character! I probably do, but it’s been a month since I’ve been tagged in this and I haven’t been able to think of one, so I’m just gonna go with Ella and Char from Ella Enchanted which is definitely my go-to comfort read. I would probably do some sort of fangirling and tell Ella how cool and adventurous she is and give Char a hug because he’s such a big softie 🥺

5. What book are you looking forward to in 2022?

There are so many, but I’ll just list a few!

  • The Vermillion Riddle, Dana Li I read a super early draft and cannot wait to hold this book in my hands and read the final product! It’s like a mashup of LOTR and Jane Austen, which sound like a weird combination, but it totally works. With a story is both “epic and intimate,” Dana sets out to prove you can have the best of both worlds.
  • Violet Made of Thorns, Gina Chen I’ve been waiting for since I read Gina’s short story and just keep getting more excited about it as more VMoT news comes out. I recently saw her description of it as, “my fairytale love story for cynics” and that’s basically my brand in a nutshell?!
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea, Axie Oh Where do I start? The cover, the Ghibli vibes, THE COVER?! I’m loving this new trend of Asian-inspired historical fantasy/mythologic retellings in YA and hope it’s here to stay. I know next to nothing about Korean folktales, but this looks like a fun place to start.
  • Six Crimson Cranes 2, Elizabeth Lim My countdown for 2022 began when I finished Six Crimson Cranes. I can’t wait to be reunited with my faves. I love all the characters, but I’m super excited to be spending more time with Seryu and his promise? kingdom? grandpa? Whatever it is, I just hope it’s not a love triangle 😬
  • The Red Palace, June Hur I love June Hur and this book and need readers to fangirl over it with because it’s SO GOOD 😩 The Red Palace is an immersive, atmospheric, gorgeous book that reads like a historic K-drama. Please preorder/request it at your library/support June Hur because I want to read more of her books.
  • The Emma Project, Sonali Dev I’ve literally been waiting for this book since 2019. My love for Jane Austen retellings and Asian rep have found a home with the Rajes who have quickly become one of my favorite fictional families. Emma is one of my favorite Austen novels, and I can’t wait to see what Dev does with the story!
  • One True Loves, Elise Bryant Happily Ever Afters was one of the first books I read this year, and I immediately fell in love with Elise Bryant. Her debut was everything I love about contemporary romance and reminded me why I love YA so much. I still haven’t read the synopsis, so I have no idea what it’s about; I just saw that Bryant is releasing another book and added it to my TBR.

6. What are your reading habits?

I don’t know if these are really habits, but…I usually read one book at a time because I get super distracted trying to juggle multiple stories at once. I also tend to read books in one sitting whenever I can because I’m horribly impatient and just need to know what happens next! I usually don’t listen to music while reading, but if I do, it’ll be instrumental or Asian music. The only exception is when I read retellings and have the soundtrack of the original movie/musical playing in the background. I almost always bring a book when I leave the house because I never regret it when I do, but I usually regret it when I don’t. I don’t DNF books because I’m stubborn and have a hard time letting things go.

7. If you are stuck on an island and you could only bring 5 books, what would they be?

I always have such a hard time with questions this these because I want to bring all the books. I guess I’ll have to with books I like to reread a lot, so Ella Enchanted, Six of Crows, Cinder, Pride and Prejudice, and The Truth About Forever.

8. What do you like most about blogging?

Interacting with other readers! I don’t have a lot of friends who read in general, and I have even fewer friends who have the same taste in books as I do. The best thing about blogging is that I get to see what other bloggers thought about certain books. Blogging has been a great outlet for the many thoughts I have in my brain and a chance for this STEM nerd to exercise her right brain more. It’s so cool that I can just throw my words into the void of the internet and have people respond. Thanks guys 😭

9. Which fictional world you wish is real?

Either the world from The Descendant of the Crane or the Celestial Kingdom from Daughter of the Moon Goddess. The Kingdom of Yan from DOTC has the coolest vibes (minus the whole sooth-killing thing) and the Celestial Kingdom is so magical and fun 😍 Both worlds have great food, so I know I could survive in either if they were real.

10. Which magic system from a fantasy book you wish you could do?

There are so many to choose from, but I think I’m going to go with the Grishaverse. I’d definitely want to be a Etherealki but I can’t decide which one.

Fun Facts:

  1. English is technically my second language, but it’s definitely my primary and most fluent language!
  2. I grew up listening to the Les Mis and Phantom soundtracks because they’re my parents’ favorite musicals.
  3. When I eat multicolored candy (ex. M&Ms or Gummy Choco,) I separate by them color and eat my way through the rainbow.
  4. I can probably quote 80% of Mulan because I spent one summer as a kid watching it every single day.
  5. I’ve been mistaken for Korean, Japanese, Filipino and mixed, but I’m just your average American-born Chinese. (Cantonese-speaking, though!)
  6. When I was little, I wanted to be a librarian.
  7. I don’t like coffee, but I’m always down for milk tea, HK-style or with boba. (I have a category set aside just for boba in my budget 😅)
  8. My brain is constantly looking for ways to throw random bits of song lyrics into the conversation.
  9. I recently decided to write a novel 😱
  10. I cannot do scary movies. I may or may not have been that one young adult who yelled loudly during Tangled while all the other children in the theater were silent.
  11. My Bookstagram hashtags are in alphabetical order.

My questions:

  1. How did you come up with your blog name?
  2. When and/or how did you discover your love for reading?
  3. What is one of your favorite blog posts? Feel free to share more than one!
  4. Who is your favorite underrated and/or secondary character and why?
  5. What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about starting a book blog or new to the book blogging community?
  6. What are some of your nonbook-related hobbies/interests?
  7. Where is your favorite reading spot and/or what would your ideal reading set-up be like?
  8. What’s your favorite opening line from a book?
  9. What fictional character do you relate to the most and why?
  10. What have you been most surprised by since starting your blog?
  11. What are some of your favorite features or content from other book blogs?

And the Oscar goes to…

Nominating these lovely bloggers:

Alex @ The Scribe Owl
Andrea @ Andrea’s Book Corner
Caitlyn, Cossette, and Mary @ TeaTimeLit
Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book
Dana @ Pen and Fire
Gauri @ A Book and a Chai
Michelle @ Magical Reads
Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany

Even if I didn’t tag you, I’d love to hear you answers to some of these questions. Feel free to drop a comment and let me know what some of your answers would be!


    • Thanks 🥰 I thought we wouldn’t see Strumhond after Seign and Storm, so every time he reappears, I get so excited!


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