What a way to wake up in the morning! First the alarm and then the “ting” from Twitter that Shannon at River City Reading nominated The Daily Dosage for The Liebster Award. First and foremost, Thank You Shannon! You are my go-to for all Literary, Contemporary and Historical Fiction. I always find books I have never heard of and promptly add them to my never ending TBR pile. Check out her blog, she is fantastic!
So, what is this blog award? The Liebster Award is handed down from one blogger to the next and created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers in the blogosphere. The rules have morphed over the years when I went looking to find out what am I supposed to do, I came up with many variations. So I will stick to the basics: “Answer 11 questions about yourself” and “Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you”. Then nominate 2 other bloggers (or 15, I have seen on some sites). So here it goes:
11 Facts About Me:
1. I have lived in Illinois for all 40 years of my life in several different suburban cities and although you would think I am a Midwesterner through and through, I belong on the coast somewhere.
2. Huge Chicago Blackhawks fan since I was 11. My kids leave the room while I am watching because I get a bit “passionate” about the game.
3. I have the biggest sweet tooth. No, it’s ridiculous. I don’t always indulge but I can rarely pass up homemade baked goods. The packaged stuff, meh.
4. Before this blog started in April 2013, I had another blog titled, “Why I Like Animals More Than People…at times” which lasted for six months in 2011. We are an animal family and have fostered many from our local shelter. I found dealing with animals was just sometimes easier than people and quite satisfying.
5. Yes, I LOVE books. All things books. But a few other things bring as much joy to my life: music, nature, travel, gardening, cooking/baking, yoga.
6. I suffer from severe Wanderlust.
7. I have a potty mouth and refrain with great success around my children. I have a great Italian swear word vocabulary bank as well as break out the British terms like “Bloody Hell” quite frequently.
8. Speaking of British and Italian. I am first and a half generation American. My father is from America but paternal grandparents were direct from Italy and spoke broken English (how I learned to understand some Italian and the curse words). My mother is from Scotland and came here when she was 22, hence, all the British terms that I break into (even shows up in my writing). And the kids think it’s cool that my mother’s side of the family sound like Shrek.
9. Scotland and Italy are two places I will go to over and over again if given the chance. They are another “home” for me. All my family in Scotland that I miss dearly-thank goodness for internet, and Italy? Those are my roots and the food/coffee/language/culture/scenery/food? Sorprendente!
10. I used to play classical piano pretty well and love seeing my girls have the desire to play. Their musicality is quite impressive!
11. I love, love love my dog sooo much….but….I am obsessed with my “son”/cat to the point of absurd. My mother always says that if she comes back in another life it will be as one of my pets. They are my furry children.
Now onto Shannon’s questions:
1. Do you have a specific way that you organize your bookshelves? If so, what made you choose that system? I do. I sort them by genre because I am moody by nature. That’s why my blog features all sorts of genres. I read based on my mood. Sometimes the innocence and adventure of Children’s Books is what I am looking for or the coming-of-age YA. Sometimes I need to get lost in the language of Literary Fiction or another era of Historical Fiction. Sometimes I just need a feel good Romance or a good cry from a breathtaking Memoir.
2. How has your reading changed since you started blogging, if it has at all? It has to some extent. I receive ARCs and want to finish them before they are released as a “thank you” to the publisher who allowed me the opportunity, so at times feel “pressure” to get them done. But I also balance that by requesting less and reading all of those books that have been on my shelf for some time. It’s a balancing act. I also don’t read as many series as I used to. I feel like I can’t commit right now.
3. Do you ever wish you had chosen a different career/education path? If so, what? YES! The first job I ever wanted to have was to be a Librarian. We grew up in a very small town and went to the library ALL THE TIME. I can still smell the building. I loved watching the Librarian check out books and was jealous she had this entire space of books she could peruse whenever she wanted. Somehow, I got sidetracked as an 18-year old and listened to one too many guidance counselors. It’s never too late, right?
4. If you had to guess, what percentage of your reading do you think is done in print, e-book and audiobook?I’ve been trying to do more audio. Maybe this summer. E-book is about 60% and print 40%. That’s mostly due to the ARCs I get digitally. I would love for publishers to send me the paper copies, but I’m not a big enough blog, yet.
5. How did you choose the name for your blog? I knew I was going to feature book reviews primarily but what about the days in between? I wanted it to be a place where people could go to get little “doses” of good things that bring a smile to their face. A book review, new album feature, local concert, recipes, humor, bookish quotes and photography. Then I remembered that The Library in Thebes, Egypt (not that I was ever there) has an inscription “Medicine for the Soul”. I believe literature is medicine for the soul. It just all clicked.
6. What was the best book you read last year? No! I knew this was coming. I have to pick two since I feature different genres. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. She is one of my favorites. That book introduced me to her writing and I cherish it and all of her work. The other one that had a profound impact was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I know, I know. It’s gotten tons of praise and recognition but the story hit me like a ton of bricks on a personal level. I just remember hiding in the bathroom, sobbing and gasping for air, freaking out my husband who knew what I had gone through with my friend. I will need a Xanax at that movie and go without the YA crowd. And now Me Before You has been motioned for a movie! Oy…cue the waterworks.
7. What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it? Were you at home or in a theater? I went and saw Divergent with my daughter at the theater. She read the book and then “made” me read the book and I really enjoyed it, especially the Chicago elements. The movie was great too. They left out a lot of the violence, which I was nervous about…the previews were worse! But I haven’t read the other two. (See question 2 about series books)
8. Do you read hardcover books with or without the dust jacket? Why? I read them with the dust jacket unless they get in the way. Not sure why but maybe I like to periodically look at the author while reading and swoon over how they are so talented. I try to get a feel for the language of the book connected to the person poised on the back. But I loan them out to friends without the dust jacket. 🙂
9. What is a book you haven’t read but everyone keeps saying you should? The Book Thief. I have a copy but it just sits there patiently waiting for me.
10. What upcoming 2014 book are you most excited about reading? Jojo Moyes’ The One Plus One. I am a huge fangirl for Jojo!
11. What book do you wish everyone would read? Gonna second Shannon’s answer with Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It has become my “nightstand book” as Ann from Books On The Table calls it. It’s my bible these days for emotional and mental support and encouragement. I immediately feel better and view the world and my woes differently when I review highlighted sections. I’ve even used Strayed’s quotes to friends and family who find themselves calling me for advice. My favorite response of hers when someone says to me “Why ME?” is “Why NOT you?”