Rewards of Blogging: The Liebster Award

I’m excited to announce that Sitting in the Stacks is nominated for the Liebster Award. Technically being nominated means you have won, as there isn’t a prize besides the love of blogging. I was nominated by Heart of Sultana, a fantastic blog by a friend.  She writes about her experience of thyroid cancer, eco-friendly and ethical fashion, and books!

Below is a blurb about the award that has been on most of the winners’ posts: “The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers with 300 or fewer followers, and is a great way for bloggers to connect with one another. If you have been nominated, that is the same as having received the award (you have to write a post–see rules below–in order to accept the award). The rules are as follows–post the award on your blog, and in the post:

  • List 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions by whoever nominated you
  • Ask 11 new questions to bloggers with less than 300 followers–you cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you, and I’ve read somewhere that you should nominate anywhere between 5 and 11 bloggers
  • Go to the blogs of the new nominees and notify them that they have been nominated”



Here are my facts, answers, nominations, and questions: 11 Facts

  1. I love trees! I can’t say that I am a tree expert or anything, but they are one of my favorite aspects of nature. They are majestic and inspiring.
  2. I have travelled to 12+ countries on 3 different continents.
  3. My music tastes are very eclectic, ranging from top 10 and electronic-dance to classic rock and blues. However, my go to artists/genres are Motown, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, and Iron and Wine.
  4. People fascinate me. A perfect day would include people watching in the sun and meeting one person and listening to their stories.
  5. Fall is my favorite season and October is my favorite month. Halloween is my favorite holiday.
  6. I’ve written, directed, and acted in a play. I hope to one day write another play, publish a book of poetry, and tackle that novel that is on my bucket-list.
  7. As a child I was an Anglophile. Although that term no longer applies, I still love the history. In particular, I enjoy anything dealing with the Tudor family.
  8. I am about to start training for my first 5k.
  9. I am a cruciverbalist.
  10. I strongly identify with my Midwestern identity and wear a ring in the shape of Michigan every day.
  11. I enjoy being outside when it’s raining. Dancing. Sitting. Napping. Walking. I’ve done it all.

Questions to Answer

  1. How did you decide on the name of your blog? Honestly, I don’t remember. Horrible, right? Sitting in the Stacks in its first incarnation began in 2009, which feels like a lifetime ago. I have this vague memory that my father may have helped me come up with the name, but I’m not sure. It’s a fitting title, as books and stacks go together and I’ve spent the majority of the past six years wandering the stacks for school books. The tagline, “Life Beyond the Academy,” is a newer addition. I chose this tagline, because Sitting in the Stacks is my place to write on the subjects I enjoy but outside of an academic setting. As I spend most of my time going to class, studying, and working towards my M.A., I wanted a place to go back to the roots of my passions for religion, politics, books, and writing.
  2. If you could be in any movie, what movie would it be, and what role would you have on the set (actor, director, writer, etc)? TV show is also an option. I can’t give a title of a movie, but it would either be an historical drama or action/spy film. For the historical drama, I would probably be the writer and an actor. I’ve always wanted to be able to be in one of those films so I could wear the costumes and “live” a bit of history even if it is inaccurate. I would also be the actor in the action/spy film and I’d try to do my own stunts. It would be thrill!
  3. Pick a hot beverage: tea, coffee, or hot chocolate? All of the above? I drink coffee every day. All throughout high school I drank one or two mugs of tea a day. As a survivor of this years multiple polar vortexes, I enjoy a good cup of hot cocoa. What is winter without hot chocolate?
  4. What makes you happy? This can be anything, big or small! Oh man, this is a tough one as I can list a ton of things. Family, friends, a good book, the smell of a book, trees, nature, sun, rain, writing, socializing, traveling, dancing…. If I were to pick one thing it would probably be those moments of solitude on either rainy or very sunny days when everything seems to feel perfectly aligned in your world. Those are wondrous moments that always make me smile.
  5. What is your dream job? Dream job at what age? When I was very little I wanted to be a waitress. Then there was a marine biologist phase. For a very long time I wanted to be a diplomat. I also went through periods where I wanted to be a professor, policy analyst, and dancer. Realistically, I would like to go into communications. I know that is broad, but I’m still figuring it out. In my fantasy world, I would be able to write about what I want, travel whenever, and meet new people while getting paid.
  6. If you could go on a vacation with a famous person to anywhere in the world, who would it be with and to where? These can be fictional or real places and people. This is difficult. If it could be someone who is deceased, I’d pick Elizabeth I. If I have to pick a current famous person, it would be either Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone. They seem like they would be fun. We would go to Diagon Alley (the one in my imagination, not the one in the movies or at Universal Studios).
  7. What are some of your favorite books? I am sort of a cliché when it comes to my favorite books. I love Pride and Prejudice. My other favorite books are No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and most historical novels about the Tudor family or Mary Queen of Scots. Nonfiction books are another area list, but that would be long since I read those every day for school.
  8. Pick three songs to jam to. “All Right Now” by Free, “Damn Girl” by Justin Timberlake, and “Mamma Mia” by ABBA. I did say my music tastes are eclectic. (Runner up was “Mr. Saxobeat” by Alexandra Stan)
  9. If you could have superpowers, what would they be? I had a professor in undergrad who would ask this the first day of all of his classes during introductions and we weren’t allowed to answer with the standard fare. One time my answer was that I would have the power to pull-up any event in any person’s life and watch it play out like a movie in front of me. This could only happen if I was making eye contact with them.
  10. What are your real-life superpowers? (ex: fierce loyalty, amazing cake-maker, fast-reader, etc.) Can churning out term papers be a superpower? That is kind of a superpower of most graduate students.
  11. What’s the weirdest thing you have ever eaten? Haggis, hands down.

My Nominees Soul Like a Spider — Soul Like a Spider is written by Deanna, a freelance writer from Michigan. She has a writing style that envelops you into her story and makes you wishing the post was longer. Deanna writes about a slew of topics. Her tagline says it all, “Fighting to Write My Own Future.” My Four One Five — My Four One Five is a blogging project my an old co-worker of mine. She writes about travel, fashion, home design, and food. It’s a great blog for 20-year-old women! She makes some insightful observations about life, as in her recent post about greeting cards. On Being Both — On Being Both is a blog by Susan Katz Miller. She recently published a book Being Both that chronicles the experience of interfaith families. I found her blog while writing my senior capstone for my B.A. As someone who is passionate about interfaith work and interfaith couples, I enjoy her commentary. The Matilda Project — I learned about The Matilda Project when Emily began following my blog! The Matilda Project spotlights independent bookstores in London and the world. This is a great site to check out for book lovers! Beyond Borders — Beyond Borders is a joint project between a classmate of mine and her fellow medieval art scholars. While the blog’s main purpose is to be a location of scholarly discussion, it does not evoke textbook hum-drumery. These authors know what they are talking about, are passionate, and want you to be too! If you have an interest in art, history, and (wait for it) art history, check out Beyond Borders. Kate’s A Cliche — Kate’s A Cliche is a vivacious blog about life. I had the privilege of taking a class with Kate, the author, in college before she graduated. I cannot recall a day when she came into Philosophy of Religion without a smile. Her outlook on life is contagious, and while she writes that nothing about herself is unique, I would argue she has a very distinct perspective on living. Also, she just started a Kickstarter campaign for a donut photo book. Questions for Nominees

  1. How did you decide on the name of your blog?
  2. What motivated you to start blogging? How has your blogging goal changed over time?
  3. If you could have a dinner party with any 10 people (alive, dead, or fictional), who would they be and why?
  4. Books are the                        of society. Fill in the blank.
  5. What time period in history would you go to for a week and where geographically?
  6. EBook or paperback/hardcover?
  7. If there were no obstacles, where is the one place in the world you would visit?
  8. What is one social cause you are passionate about?
  9. What is your favorite blog to read for fun? Why?
  10. What inspires you?
  11. Do you have a specific place you write? A writing outfit? A writing beverage?


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