I’ve been nominated by Katie from Tick Tock for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Her blog is absolutely wonderful and worth checking out! I have a tradition of awkwardly not nominating others for awards and such (feels too much like chain mail), so I’m just going to stick to the questions. Katie’s Questions: 1- What is your favorite book? Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. The first time I read it unabridged, I didn’t know what to do with myself for a week. I felt like I had lost a very dear friend. Hugo has crafted a novel that captures the essence of the human existence. It cuts into places in my heart and mind I didn’t know existed, never failing to deeply move me. Though the musical is excellent, it doesn’t do the source material justice. I highly recommend it to any lover of literature (though you may want to go for an abridged version your first time through.) 2-Why did you start blogging? Back in my maniac Potterhead days, I made a friend name Cathy on a forum for a podcast we both listened to. She was a fellow writer (her poetry was incredible) and had a blog. I was fifteen at the time and it seemed like a fun/cool thing to do. I liked the idea of having a corner of the internet of my own. Cathy and I lost touch, but nearly eight years later, I’m still blogging. 3-What is your favorite part of blogging? On my “About This Blog” page, I state, “I write to know myself. I write to figure out where I’m going. And I write to have fun.” These three elements are what I love most about blogging. Words help me solidify my identity. They help me sort through the craziness of being a college graduate with no idea what the future holds. Finally, blogging is fun. The first blog I ever had was titled “Between the Pages”–I liked to imagine that I was writing my life story, one post at a time. This idea still appeals to me. I also love that blogging is a public sphere. It’s a place where I can share these aspects of my life and growth with others and, in turn, participate in their lives as well. 4-If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Honestly, I’m still figuring this out. I’d love to live on a lake. I’d love to live in the mountains. I’d love to live in a foreign city somewhere in Europe. Hopefully, I can cover all three before I die! 5-What is your favorite thing to do when you just need some time for yourself? Reading. Books allow me to retreat within myself while, at the same time, reaching outside of my life. They allow me to socialize while alone, travel without actually moving, and experience thoughts and emotions I’d never get a taste of on my own. They are the ultimate form of escapism, pushing me to empathize with people and worldviews that I normally would never encounter. When I read, I soar. When I put the book down, I’m left feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Thanks again, Katie, for the nomination!