Award Time!! The Blogger Recognition Award (x3), The Sunshine Blogger Award (x2), and the Awesome Blogger Award!

Guy’s I’m feeling the love!!! I am seriously overwhelmed by the award nominations I have been receiving recently, and I can’t thank you guys (other bloggers and readers) for supporting me and Keystroke Blog!

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This post is probably going to be a little longer than usual (considering I’m putting 3 different awards in it) but bear with me! I’ll try to make this as fun as possible. Let’s get started!!

The Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated for this by Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger , Lauren @ Comma Hangover, and by Darque Dreamer Reads. They are all such amazing bloggers and I definitely suggest checking them out if you don’t follow them already!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select a few other bloggers you want to give this award to

How my blog was started:

I’ve always loved to read and write. About two years ago I stumbled onto a book blog while looking for some recommendations, and immediately fell in love with the community and the idea of being able to share my love for books with other people.

About a week later, Keystroke Blog was up and running!

Advice for new bloggers:

Interact with the community!!!

That is the most important thing you can do. That is why we are all here: to share our love for books. The more you put yourself out there with your commenting and blog hopping and social media, the more connections you will be able to make, and the larger presence you will have in the community!

I nominate:

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Sarah @ The Clever Reader  and Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves nominated me for this one!! Both of their blogs are amazing, and I love reading their posts (you will too!! Go check them out!!).

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  • Nominate a few other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • List the rules and display the award

Sarah’s questions for me:

1. What is your favorite cover so far this year?

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel! I’m also just dying to read this book in general. It sounds SO GOOD!!! (check it out on goodreads here)

2. Do you enjoy Audiobooks or Physical/eBooks better?

I like Audiobooks and Physical books, but not eBooks. Something about reading on a screen just really bugs me. I need to either hold a physical book in my hands or listen to it.

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3. What is your 2017 reading goal?

My goodreads goal was to read one book a week, so 52 books this year. But I’m already at 71 books, and half way though another 2, so at this point I don’t really have any goals.

4. What is your favorite genre of YA?

Probably fantasy. But it’s really hard to choose because I like so many different genres!!!!

5. If you could live in a book world which one would it be?

There are so many but I feel like I wouldn’t last a day in any of them. I’d be the body that the characters stumble on.

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Although I have to admit that being able to use magic would be awesome. Sooooo… anywhere with a lot of magic and not a lot of people trying to kill me?

6. Who’s your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood!! I love him!!!

7. What is your favorite mystical creature?

GAHHHHH there are so many amazing ones though!!!!

I like Fae, but also they are kind of terrifying. Honestly I think I’m going to go with whatever Betty was in the Percy Jackson books (some kind of mythical sea-cow?). Oooh oooh or the sea-horse things that Percy rides in the water.

Okay really any of the nice creatures from Percy Jackson. Or a nice dragon.

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8. If you could meet any author who would it be?

Just one? Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Kendare Blake? Sarah J. Maas? Jared Reck? Sarah Beard? Laura Silverman? Rick Riordan?

There are just too many amazing authors out there for me to pick one!

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9. What is your anticipated read for the rest of this year?

Kind of answered this one above… but it’s totally Black Bird of the Gallows!

10. If you could have any power what would it be and why?

Uhhhhhh probably the ability to fly. That would be super awesome!

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11. What book in the Harry Potter series is your favorite?

So many hard questions!!

Probably the first one, because it is the book that started it all!!

Sydney’s questions for me:

1. What are some of your favorite movies?

Just Go With It, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and A New Hope.

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2. Do you watch adult cartoons? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Not regularly, but I love Archer!!

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3. What is a weird bookish habit you have?

I have a hard time reading when other people are in the room (with the exception of my immediate family). I don’t know why… but I do.

4. How do you keep track of your thoughts when reading a book? Like for reviews and such.

I don’t really do anything special. I just finish a book and then write the review!

5. Do you have bookish merch? What are some of your favorite shops? And do you use the stuff you buy?

I don’t buy a lot of merch, but when I do, it’s off Etsy!!

6. Favorite beverage. For reading or for just life?

Pina Colada when I’m on the beach or by the pool (to sip while reading a book, of course).

Coffee in the morning because I would probably die at this point without it (also while reading a book).

Water always because water is life.

7. What distracts you the most from reading?

When other people are around. I always feel like I’m being watched….

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Or when I have my phone near me.

8.  Best book you read in the past three months?

Ahhh that’s a hard one because I’ve read so many amazing books!!

But I did just read the Throne of Glass Series and they were all five star reads for me, so probably those (I can’t choose one of them though!).

9. What are some of your favorite foods/meals?

My all-time favorite food is Pizza Potatoes. Basically it’s baked or mashed potatoes with red sauce and cheese on it.

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10. What are some fictional characters you wish you were friends with?

Another super hard question!!!

I actually made a list of characters that I would want to be best friends with, so you can see that here if you want! My answers are probably still the same.

11. What are 5 things you are grateful for?

  1. My brothers
  2. My best friend
  3. Books and authors
  4. The book blogging community
  5. Everyone who reads my blog!

I nominate:

I actually nominated a bunch of people for this quite recently, so I’m not going to nominate any more… but you can check out those nominations here!

The Awesome Blogger Award

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I was nominated for this last award by Aria @ Snow White Hates Apples! Her blog is yet another that I love, and like the others, you should totally check it out!

The reason for this award:

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate some awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

The questions for me:

1. Favorite quote from a book?

The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers – Sarah J. Maas

I actually just got a tote bag from Society6 with this quote on it! Check out the artwork here!

 2. Best plot twist(s) of all time?

Off the top of my head? Ahhhhh….

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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3. Favorite classic that few know about?

Ummm I don’t really read as many classics as I should, so I don’t really know any that “few” know about….

4. If you can only read poetry or plays for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Probably plays? Idk, that’s a hard one.

5. A character the majority loves but you don’t?

I don’t know about “the majority”, but I really, really hate Jay from The Great Gatsby. I think he is just a terrible person. I did love the book though!

6. Literary trope(s) that you like best?

For some reason I really like the mistaken identities trope. If you don’t know what I mean… these books have it:

  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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7. How do you pick your next read?

Honestly I’m a mood reader, so whatever calls to me!

8. A book character that’s the most like you?

That’s a tough one… I feel like I’m a lot like Hermione (from Harry Potter….).

9. Do you read multiple books at the same time or do you stick to one until you’re done?

I read anywhere between 2-5 books at a time. I usually read a few hard copies and work through an audiobook at the same time.

10. A book you’d like a movie/TV adaptation for?

Anna Dressed in Blood!!!! It was going to happen and then it didn’t?! Broke my heart. But maybe it’s for the best….

I nominate:

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What’s your favorite food?
  2. Do you eat while you read?
  3. Coffee or tea?
  4. Where is your favorite place to read?
  5. Do you have any pets? (If yes can you share some pictures?)
  6. Do you like hot or cold weather?
  7. What is your favorite genre of books?
  8. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say “magic”?
  9. Dragons or Unicorns?
  10. What book do you force on anyone who listens to your opinions?

You’ve made it to the end! Yay! I had a lot of fun answering those questions, and hopefully you had some fun reading them too!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who follows and reads my blog. It really means the world to me!

Thanks for reading!!

 

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The Liebster Award 2.0

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WHAT?!?!! ME??? Another Award???!!!

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I’m so honored. Really. My heart is full of warmness.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to the amazing Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger for nominating me and just being an amazing human being in general. If you don’t know who she is, you need to go check out her blog! You don’t know what you are missing out on.

I actually got nominated for this over a year ago, and did a post then (which you can check out here), but I’m seriously cringing so hard at it, so maybe don’t go read it? Idk… either way, welcome to my Liebster 2.0 award! I’m so excited to answer Jordan’s questions! And, hopefully when I look back at this post in a year, I won’t cringe so hard.

Rules of the award (because rules are important and stuff):

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

And now, for my answers!!! To Jordan’s questions!!! YAY!

1. What book got you hooked on reading?

I don’t really remember… I’ve just always been a reader.

2. When did you begin your blog?

February 2016

3. Why did you start blogging?

Because I loved the idea of being a part of a community of book lovers! (And it’s been amazing so far!!)mmmm

4. What’s your Hogwarts house?

Gryffindor!

5. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate?

I mean, I drink coffee every morning, but I think it really depends on my mood.

6. Favorite book read in 2017?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Also, keep your eye out for my review (of the series) because I’m going to be doing a huge giveaway!!

7. What’s one book you bought because of the cover?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (and gosh was that a great book!!)

8. Who are some of your auto-buy authors?

Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas, Jenn Bennett, and Elizabeth Norris

9. What’s one movie/TV show adaptation you liked better than the books?

Honestly I liked the Mortal Instruments movie more than the book (but I think the TV show is the worst of all). Also the Vampire Diary TV show is better than the books…

10. What’s your most anticipated release for the rest of the year or 2018?

I’m excited for SO MANY. I can’t pick a favorite.

11. What are you currently reading?

At this very moment? Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.

I nominate:

  1. Cole @ Teenage Book Reader
  2. Stacy and Daisy @ Two Gals and a Book
  3. Jessica @ Reading with Jessica
  4. It’s Fine
  5. Darque Dreamer Reads
  6. Fernanda @ The Wanderlust Reader
  7. Jessica @ The Mortal Jessica
  8. Lindsay @ Singer of Stories
  9. Rendz @ Reading with Rendz
  10. Amber @ The Literary Phoenix
  11. Taylor @ Taylor is Reading

My questions for you:

  1. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say orange?
  2. Righty or lefty?
  3. Can you type without looking at the keyboard?
  4. What is your favorite thing about the blogging community?
  5. What book do you think is overrated?
  6. What book do you think is underrated?
  7. How many books do you usually read a month?
  8. Pineapple on pizza: yes or no?
  9. Favorite color?
  10. Favorite food?
  11. How hungry are you right now?

Thanks for reading!! 

Sunshine Blogger Award!!

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I WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

As I was saying….

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Coffee Loving Bookoholic !!! So now I get to answer the 11 questions she has asked, and then I get to write 11 questions and nominate 11 more blogs to answer them!! (Okay but seriously what is with the number 11? I’m confused)

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I will now lay out the official “rules” of this award for you because I am a good Samaritan (or am I?)

  • thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • list the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog
I guess that wasn’t so hard…

OOOkay! So here are the questions for me to answer, complete with (you guessed it) MY ANSWERS!!

1. If you could do one job for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Is professional sleeper an acceptable answer?

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2. What’s the most important thing for you in a book review?

Writing one or reading one?
Writing one: uhh I don’t know… I just kind of wing it?
Reading one: I guess just being able to easily see what the person rated the book *shrugs*. I really like reading all different types of reviews.

3. Which author would you love to meet and why?

Kendare Blake because she has been my favorite author for as long as I can remember. (Which you can probably tell by how much Anna Dressed in Blood shows up in my posts!)

4. Is there one book memory from your childhood that you will never forget?

Not really…. although I wish I had some kind of cool story to tell you guys.

5. If you could time travel, which event would you like to be part of?

ALL OF THEM.
OH WAIT STOP NO THERE ARE SO MANY BAD ONES WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF??????

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*Distant gunfire*
*Gasping*
*Indecipherable screaming*

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*whispers* “please, never make me do that again”

On a totally unrelated note, I think it would be totally cool to visit Laura Ingalls right around the time she was a teacher.

6. What would your perfect day look like?

Reading. All. Day. In. My. Grownup. Onsie.

7. Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night?

This is actually a tough question because I’m a morning person and a night owl. Like I wake up super early (like 6 AM) and go to bed super late (like 12-2 AM) so I pretty much never sleep. And I’m kind of productive during both times?

8. Pc or mac?

I have a PC, but I like the apple software more… so probably mac.

9. If you could turn your favorite book into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the parts?

Gosh I’m really bad at casting….
So I would do Anna Dressed in Blood (obviously) and here would be my cast (sticking to the 4 main characters here):

Cas: Nick Robinson
Carmel:
Liana Liberato
Thomas:
Asa Butterfield
Anna:
India Eisley

wow that was hard….

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10. What talent would you like to have?

The ability to never seem like a clutz

11. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

I honestly would have no idea what to do with three wishes… like all of the things I would wish for would be weird… oh wait, how about this:

1. A at-home library that never runs out of shelf space
2. Free books for life (hardback and paperback… not that e-book stuff)
3. The ability to freeze time so I can read forever and not miss out on the world….

AND NOW: for my nominations….

  1. Lucy @ Down the Rabbit Hole
  2. Lily @ Cheeky Booky
  3. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews
  4. Ashley and Sabrina @ 5171 Miles
  5. The Orangutan Librarian
  6. Lauren @ Comma Hangover
  7. Diana @ Bookish Diana
  8. Rosie @ Reads and Roses
  9. Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek
  10. Analee @ Book Snacks
  11. Nia @ Shades of Paper

(I’m not sure if any of you have been tagged by someone else, but now you get to answer my questions too!!!!)

My Questions for you:

  1. First five things that pop into your head. GO:
  2. If you could turn into an animal, what would it be and why?
  3. What is your spirit animal? (Is it the same as the animal you would turn into?)
  4. What is one book you think everyone should read?
  5. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  6. What is your most controversial book-related opinion?
  7. What character (from books/TV/movies/etc.) is literally you?
  8. Glass half full or half empty?
  9. Telekinesis, teleportation, or telepathy?
  10. What food speaks to your soul?
  11. Whatever you do, don’t think about pink elephants. Okay, what are you thinking about?

To those I nominated: I can’t wait to read your answers!

To everyone else: Thanks for reading!! See you next time!

 

 

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

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I was nominated for the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers award by Sarah over on smitchjack. The idea behind it is to answer 10 questions from the person who nominated you, and ask 10 new questions to 10 people you choose to nominate.

Here are the answers to the questions I was asked:

1. What is your favorite breakfast?

Hmm. I love chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.

2. What is the shortest piece you have written?

A flash fiction piece. I actually posted it on the blog (you can see it here).

3. What made you decide to start blogging?

I’m not really sure. I have always wanted to start a blog (I’ve started a few before, but never stuck with them), and after watching (sorry, binging) Awkward, I decided to go for it again.

4. What is your desk like? (If you don’t have one than tell me about your writing space)

I do have a desk, but I don’t write at it. Instead, I put my journals and notebooks inside, and my computer on top. When I write I hold my computer on my lap and find somewhere comfortable to sit.

5. Who or what inspires you to write?

I don’t think my inspiration comes from just one source. I get ideas for writing from many different things, but usually they come to me during car rides, when I’m thinking about past events in my life and my mind wonders into the “what-ifs”.

6. If it weren’t for social media, how many other writers would you know?

Only one or two. I meet most of my writer friends on social media (thank you twitter).

7. What do you read?

Oh man, I read pretty much everything. There are some genres I don’t go near, but for the most part if the description on the back/dust cover looks good, I’ll read it.

8. If you didn’t write, what would you do instead with the time?

Honestly it would probably bee spent on Netflix. I watch wayyyyy to many movies and TV shows.

9. What do you tell your family about your writing when you are working on something?

Everything about it. My older brother and I love talking about my plot lines, and he helps me come up with ideas. He also reads everything right after I write it, and gives me feedback. My one-younger brother also reads everything right after I write it, and is always asking me when the next “update” is going to come. My youngest brother asks me about it, but isn’t much of a reader. My dad isn’t much of a reader either, so we never really talk about my writing.

10. What is your favorite word and why?

My favorite word is definitely “dilemma”. It’s been my favorite word since the sixth grade, mostly because it has my name in it.

Now to nominate 10 bloggers:

  1. Kelly from Bright Book
  2. K J Chapman from kj86chapman
  3. Bunnita from Worth Reading It
  4. Universe Notebook
  5. Simon from Universe of Possibility
  6. Jade from Scatter Booker
  7. Sammie from Dreaming Writer
  8. Caitlyn from Ink Witch
  9. Sarah and Sophie from Contemporary Corner
  10. Rawls E.

Here are my questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite weekend activity?
  2. If you could meet anyone (alive or dead), who would it be and why?
  3. Are you a cat person or dog person?
  4. What is something you can’t live without?
  5. What do you waste the most time doing?
  6. What is something you used to hate but now love?
  7. Do you have any pets? If so, tell me a bit about them.
  8. In your opinion, what is the grossest thing in the world?
  9. What is one weird habit you have?
  10. What is something you think the world should know?

 

The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award is an award created within the blogging community to offer support and recognition to new up and coming bloggers. And I am very honored to be nominated by Down The Line. Thank you very much for the award!

So Let’s Get Down to the Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to his/her blog.
  • Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  • Answer the ten questions the person who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate 10 new bloggers with less than 200 followers that you want to share with the world.
  • Then create ten new questions for the bloggers you are nominating
  • Notify the bloggers that you have nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are the answers to the questions that Down The Line asked:

  • Describe yourself in one word.

Creative

  • If you will have one superpower, what will it be, and why?

That’s actually a really tough one. I am a huge super hero fan, and there are just so many powers I want! I think right now I have to go with Mystiques power from X-men.

  • If you could teleport to one place right now, where will it be and why?

To my best friend’s house. I only get to see her two or three weeks a year, so I miss her constantly.

  • What do you do in your free time?

Write, and binge-watch way too many TV shows.

  • What is the first thing you will do when you wake up in the morning?

Drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee!

  • How many countries have you been to outside your own country? What are those countries?

Well, assuming the United States is “my country” (I grew up there but moved out of the country four years ago), four. I am living in Dominica now (not the Dominican Republic), and have visited Canada, Guadeloupe, and Antigua. I’ve also been to Puerto Rico, but I consider that part of the USA, so I didn’t include it in my count.

  • What is your favorite color?

I always say my favorite color is pink, but I am really drawn to blues at the moment. And greens. And green/blues.

  • When was the last time you cried?

Last week. My dad fell out of a coconut tree, broke 2 ribs, and punctured his lung. It was one of the scariest moments of my life. Especially because the hospital here looks like the hospital in any movie about Indian slums ever.

  • What is one thing you have regretted doing/not doing in the past?

I don’t really have many regrets, but if I had to choose something, it would probably be the time I drunk texted this guy from my friends phone, asking if he liked me. I’m almost 100% positive he knew it was me, and I am mortified whenever I think about it (especially because I was dating his best friend at the time).

  • If given the chance to switch lives with one famous person, who will that be?

That’s not really a fair question. We don’t really know what their lives are like, we only know what they show us. But, if I had to choose, I would have to say either Chrissy Tiegen, Jennifer Lawrence, or Jenna Dewan Tatum.

Here are my nominees:

  1. Boho Street Queeen
  2. Bonny’s Soulfood
  3. DadvWorld
  4. Golden Wolves
  5. High Heels & a Backpack
  6. Holloway’s Hideaway
  7. Nicole’s Story, Views, and Reviews
  8. Over 50 and Ranting
  9. Travelling Book Junkie
  10. Travel Pockets

My questions for the nominees:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  2. How long have you been blogging?
  3. What are the top three things you want to do in 2016?
  4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  5. If you could meet any person (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
  6. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  7. What is something you used to hate but now love?
  8. If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?
  9. What is something you can’t live without?
  10. What is something you want the world to know?

Congratulations to everyone nominated! Be sure to check out each others blogs, and leave a link to your Liebster post in the comments below! I can’t wait to read your answers!