Based in Littleton, Colorado, Angst & Alliteration is a blog by Jessica Ladosca. Her posts explore the bookish life through book reviews, quotes, original writing, and photos.

My First Liebster Award for Blogging

Angst & Alliteration received an award! How exciting!

Despite my having never heard of it, I'm honored that my friend and fellow book blogger, Antoinette Scully of Black and Bookish, nominated me for a 2016 Liebster Award.

Thanks for the nomination, Antoinette!

What is Black and Bookish? (Aside from my nominator.)

Antoinette is doing a "year of black books" in which she's only reading books by black authors. Black and Bookish started as a way for her to document her reading journey. It's grown into a community of writers, readers, and others who are interested in the work Antoinette's doing to compile the wealth of black literary culture.

She also proposed a joint online book club endeavor with me, which we're calling Bookish Angst. Each month or so we pick a book to read, and we discuss it during the last week of the month with fellow readers. 

What is the Liebster Award, exactly?

The Liebster is an online-only award designed to support and build community amongst bloggers. If you're nominated and choose to accept the award, there are a set of fun rules to follow in your "acceptance speech" post. The word Liebster is German for "dearest" so nominating a blog is a nice way to share the warm fuzzies. More on the rules later.

My favorite blog (aside from my own, obvs.)

My current favorite blog is The Literary Gothamite--a book review blog by Lauren Cartelli. She reads all kinds of books in virtually every genre and then writes about them. She also posts Top 10 listicles on sporadic Tuesdays. We’re both fans of Jane Austen’s novels, so I can trust that at least some of the books reviewed on the site will be to my liking.

Lauren and I went to high school together in Florida; then she moved to New York City to work in the theater industry--when she’s not busy reading and reviewing books. I’ve enjoyed following along as she shares thoughts on her website and social media. Yay internet.

I love going to The Literary Gothamite to get ideas of what to read next whenever I’m in a book drought. Lauren’s reviews are fun to read. She’s honest and straightforward and goes in-depth about her reactions to the books she’s read.

11 random facts!

(in response to the questions posed by my nominator)

1. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

This question is, surprisingly, the most difficult for me to answer. I feel like it should be super easy to answer, like my favorite childhood memory should be right there, beneath the surface of my thoughts. Instead, I'm sifting through old memories wondering what would qualify them as being the "favorite"--or whether teenage years "count" as childhood.

2. What’s the weirdest pet you’ve ever had?

We had a calico cat when I was a little girl. Its name might have been Cookie. For some reason, the cat hated my dad. Whenever we weren't home, the cat would find something that belonged to my father--like his leather jacket or his pillow--and pee on it. Eventually, the cat got fleas, my parents got fed up, and we relinquished it to a shelter.

3. How many books do you read on average per year?

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 40. (It's a big neighborhood.) The past couple years, I've kept track of my reading on See what I've read so far for the 2016 Reading Challenge.

4. How did you come about your blogging niche?

I like to read, and I like to write, so writing about reading made sense. Reviewing books helps me be a more active reader. And I like to know what other people think about the books I've read. My blog is a starting point for conversations about books and the bookish life.

5. What is something you know you’re “supposed” to like, but you’re not really into?

Vegetables. I know, I know. Veggies are healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable foods. As a sometimes vegetarian or vegan, I'm well-versed in all the pro-vegetable propaganda. And I eat vegetables, like a good girl, because I'm supposed to. But if I could have chocolate, chai, and cupcakes all the time, I would.

6. Where is the last place you traveled to and why?

Orlando, Florida, for our magical summer vacation road trip. The journey to and the place were fabulous. The return journey ended dramatically with a car crash, but at least none of the souvenirs broke.

7. How do you like to wear your hair?

My hair and I don't always get along. I like it to be straight, or slightly wavy, framing my face as the hair of a model in a shampoo ad. My hair likes to be poufy and tangled, so I show it who's boss by forcing it into an unkempt ponytail, pigtails, or a messy bun. Or I just let it be wild and free and hope no one else is looking.

8. Do you cook or bake?

Yes. I cook and bake. The best part of cooking or baking results in muffins, banana bread, and occasional cupcakes or pecan pie.

9. Do you enjoy swimming in the ocean or a pool?

I don't "enjoy" swimming at all. I took swimming lessons, briefly, as a child. My instructor told me I was "hopeless," and wouldn't let me jump off the diving board (my favorite part) unless I put my face underwater without holding my nose. The experience has clearly scarred me for life.

10. What your favorite phone app?

SmartThings. The app essentially turns my phone into a Deluminator. I can use it to turn lights on and off all around my house. And it even lets me adjust the thermostat if I'm feeling too warm or too cold. It's almost like magic.

11. Do you have a guilty pleasure TV show?

I love VeggieTales , particularly the Silly Songs with Larry segment and the LarryBoy episodes. Phineas and Ferb is also pretty great. I don't know if these qualify as guilty pleasures. I like watching them, and I don't feel guilty about it.

My nominees for the 2016 Liebster Award

The official rules for the 2016 Liebster Award

My questions for my Liebster nominees

  1. What book has had the biggest impact on your life?
  2. What is the best part about being a grown-up?
  3. What's the worst thing about adulting?
  4. Where do you want to go more than anywhere in the whole world?
  5. At what are you most talented?
  6. If you were an animal, what would you be?
  7. Do you sleep in deep darkness or with a nightlight on?
  8. Is there such a thing as too much chocolate?
  9. Do you dream in color, in black and white, or not at all?
  10. Who is your favorite United States President?
  11. What's the meaning of life?

And that's a wrap! Nominees, if you accept, please drop a link to your Acceptance Post in the comments. I'd love to read what you have to say.

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