Blog Awards #26: Sunshine Blogger Award – Number Six!

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Thank you, Jenna, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’m so honored to have been nominated for this award six times. I really appreciate it!

Here’s the link to Jenna’s post, where I was nominated:


The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Jenna’s Questions

  1. Have you ever read a book in another language? If yes, which one? *
  2. What is your best solution for a reading slump? *
  3. If you could only read one author forever, who would it be and why? *
  4. Which book do you think would make the best video game? *
  5. If the place you lived in could only experience ONE season forever, what season would you choose?
  6. If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?
  7. If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in something, what would it be?
  8. If you were a member of a circus, what type of performer would you be?
  9. What’s your FAVOURITE book to movie adaptation?
  10. What type of literature do you prefer the most? Why (i.e. poetry, fiction standalone, fiction series, nonfiction standalone, nonfiction series, plays/dramas, short stories, etc.)?
  11. You are the main character in a novel — who’s your sidekick/partner in crime and why?

Laura Beth’s Answers

Have you ever read a book in another language? If yes, which one? *

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  • Never a full book, although I took Spanish for six years. So my answer is no.

What is your best solution for a reading slump? *

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  • Read something light and fluffy. For me, that’s a romantic book, or even something middle-grade. That’s helped me several times. I tend to be drawn to books set at the beach, if the images are any indication.

If you could only read one author forever, who would it be and why? *

  • Only one?
  • As hard as this was to pick, I’ll go with John Grisham. He’s a prolific writer, and most everything I’ve read from him is entertaining.
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Which book do you think would make the best video game? *

  • Excellent question!
  • To me, I think Ender’s Game would be great!
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If the place you lived in could only experience ONE season forever, what season would you choose?

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  • Autumn!
  • I love the cooler weather, and the fall colors are just spectacular!

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

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  • The first sitcom that came to mind was Full House.

If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in something, what would it be?

  • This was a really hard question!
  • I think I would pick forensic science. I love true crime! And, I’ve seen every single episode of Forensic Files.

If you were a member of a circus, what type of performer would you be?

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  • A trapeze artist. I’ve had the opportunity to try it out once or two, and it’s such a rush. As long as I have a net under me, I’m game.

What’s your FAVOURITE book-to-movie adaptation?

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  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • I’ve read all three books, and seen all the movies. However, I love the first movie. I think it was the best at doing the book the most justice. Plus, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is kick-ass, and the book character-actress portrayal I never knew I wanted. The rest of the cast is well-picked, too.

What type of literature do you prefer the most? Why (i.e. poetry, fiction standalone, fiction series, nonfiction standalone, nonfiction series, plays/dramas, short stories, etc.)?

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  • Fiction standalone. I’ve discovered so many different authors this way! Plus, I always get sad when series end, so standalones are in a way easier, and more enjoyable, to read.

You are the main character in a novel — who’s your sidekick / partner in crime and why?

  • My best friend, Melissa. We’ve been partners in crime for over 20 years now!

My Nominees

  1. Fiction No Chaser
  2. Trisha at The Tea Reader
  3. Ashes Books & Bobs
  4. Lori at The Inky Saga
  5. ilona pulianauskaite – easydiet.blog
  6. Kristian at Life Lessons Around The Dinner Table
  7. Simon at Planet Simon
  8. Laura at lauravent69
  9. Destiny at Howling Libraries
  10. Xandra at Starry Sky Books
  11. Siobhan’s Novelties

My Questions for the Nominees

  1. If you could only listen to two artists or bands for the rest of your life, who would you choose, and why?
  2. What is your dream novel, or idea for one?
  3. Do you remember the first book you ever read?
  4. If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be? *
  5. If money were no object, where would you be living?
  6. If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in something, what would it be? *
  7. Who are three people, living or dead, that you most admire?
  8. Is there someone you would love to see live in concert?
  9. What was your favorite subject in school?
  10. It’s “Self-Care Sunday,” what are you doing?
  11. What historical time period would you like to visit?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #25: The Real Neat Blog Award

The Real Neat Blog Award

I was honored to be nominated for the The Real Neat Blog Award by Kristian, the lovely and talented author of Life Lessons Around The Dinner Table. Thanks, Kristian!

Here’s Kristian’s post, where I was nominated:


The guidelines for accepting the Real Neat Blog Award are pretty straightforward:

  • Answer the seven questions posed to you
  • Gift 3 bloggers
  • Pose a further seven questions

Kristian’s Questions

1. What do you think are the 5 most beautiful things on earth? Why?

  • Sunrises / sunsets – I’ve been fortunate to witness several magnificent sunrises and sunsets in various places throughout the world. They are, in my mind, one of the best examples of God’s creation and beauty.
  • Flowers of all kinds – Despite the pollen, I love flowers. All of them are unique and beautiful in their own way. I love visiting different botanical gardens to bask in their splendor.
  • The ocean – This is one of the things that soothes me greatly. Although I’m not much of a beach person any more, I love seeing the ocean, listening to the waves, and smelling the salt air.
  • Cardinals – Virginia’s state bird is the northern cardinal, and the red male is one of the most beautiful and stunning creatures on this Earth.
  • Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin – I’m a Green Bay Packers fan ’til I die. I look forward to the day I get the opportunity to visit this historic place, and watch my Packers play on their home turf.

2. What’s your idea of the perfect day?

  • Enjoying a delicious breakfast, with at least one cup of coffee in the morning, if not two. No chores! Having time to enjoy my six American Girl dolls, changing their clothes and doing their hair. Writing in my journal. Taking a walk in my neighborhood, either with Al or our dogs, ideally all three. Enjoying either lunch or dinner out with Al as a date. Then, ending the day with a nice dinner, a good beverage, and watching a movie or two, snuggled on the couch next to Al and our dogs on our laps.

3. How do you recharge?

  • “Unplugging” from my electronics. I love reading, writing by hand, enjoying my American Girl dolls, and pastel painting.

4. If money didn’t matter, what would your dream job be?

  • A novelist.

5. What’s something you haven’t done, but have always wanted to?

  • Traveled somewhere on an Amtrak train.

6. Which fictional character do you most identify with?

  • Hermione Granger!

7. What’s your favorite joke?

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“Get out of here!” shouts the bartender. “We don’t serve your type!”


Gifting The Award

  1. Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts
  2. Sara at The Bibliophagist
  3. Destiny at Howling Libraries

Laura Beth’s Questions

  1. What is your dream novel, or idea for a novel?
  2. Which fictional world would you want to live in?
  3. What is your preference: The beach, or the mountains?
  4. What is your favorite vacation memory?
  5. Where is one place in your state or area you’ve never visited?
  6. What was your favorite toy when you were younger?
  7. Which fictional character would you want to date?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #24: The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by Jenna, who is the wonderful author of Bookmark Your Thoughts. Thanks, Jenna!

Here’s the link to Jenna’s post, where I was nominated:


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Facts About Laura Beth

  1. I love turtles!
  2. I’ve seen every single Marvel movie in theaters.
  3. I have six American Girl dolls.
  4. I will never stop reading!
  5. I’m left-handed!
  6. I’m a die-hard fan of the Green Bay Packers.
  7. I was born in New York City.

The Nominees:

  1. Tiana at The Book Raven
  2. Destiny at Howling Libraries
  3. Sara at The Bibliophagist
  4. Olivia Peters
  5. Daniel at Page to Page
  6. Planet Simon
  7. Marie at Drizzle & Hurricane Books

No obligation to participate, as always. Thanks for being awesome bloggers!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #23: The Liebster Award – Number Four!

The Liebster Award

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Thanks, Simon, for nominating me! Check out his blog, Planet Simon. I love his science and NASA posts!

Here’s the link to where I was nominated:


Simon’s Questions

  1. What inspires your blog?
  2. Have you been writing since you were a child? If not when did you start writing?
  3. What is your favorite blog and why?
  4. What are you most passionate about?
  5. Do you draw inspiration from everyday ordinary occurrences?

My Answers

  1. I love writing. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 10-years-old. Also, I had to create a blog for one of my communications classes in college. That blog inspired me to continue my journalism endeavors, and share my own thoughts, passions, and goals along the way.
  2. I kind of answered this in #1, but yes. I filled notebooks and tons of loose-leaf paper with journal entries, stories, and more. I wish I hadn’t thrown many of them away when I was an embarrassed teenager. However, I still have the dark blue three-ring binder with a variety of typed and hand-written short stories from age 10 through high school.
  3. I can’t pick just one. Nope, can’t do it!
  4. Excellent question. I think I’m most passionate about helping others. I love engaging with people, and problem-solving. A lot of my paths in life have gone this way, and the journey continues.
  5. Absolutely. I particularly take note of nature and natural elements around me.

My Questions to the Nominees

  1. When did you start blogging?
  2. Do you remember what inspired your very first blog post?
  3. If you could sell anything, what would it be, and why?
  4. What’s your favorite season?
  5. Do you have a favorite movie soundtrack?

Tag – You’re It!

  1. Life Lessons Around The Dinner Table
  2. Howling Libraries
  3. Fiction No Chaser
  4. Bookmark Your Thoughts
  5. Perfectly Tolerable

No obligation to participate!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #22: Sunshine Blogger Award – Number Five!

Thank you, Simon, for nominating me!

Here’s the link to where I was nominated:


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your  post.

Simon’s Questions:

1. Which country do you come from?

  • The good old U.S.A.!

2. Who was the family member you remember most from your childhood and why?

  • Great question! My Grandma Grace, who was my mom’s mom. She was so loving, sweet, soft-spoken, and one of the strongest Christian women I’ve known. She taught me so many things, like frozen Oreos taste better, lamb is delicious, how to cook in general (and enjoy it), playing Scrabble, reading, visiting the library, and doing crossword puzzles. And there’s more. She died peacefully at the age of 96 in 2013, and I think of her every day!

3. What is your dream destination?

  • Hawaii!

4. What is your favorite movie?

  • Forrest Gump (1994)

5. What is your hobby?

  • Besides blogging, I love to write, read, enjoy my six American Girl dolls, paint with pastels, and spending as much time as possible with my husband, family, and friends.

6. What is your greatest strength?

  • Determination with a hint of stubbornness.

7. What is the meaning of love to you?

  • Being kind to others, with a mix of sympathy and empathy.

8. Who is your best friend?

  • Melissa. We’ve been best friends since fifth grade.

9. Do you believe in God?

  • Absolutely.

10. Can you live without your smartphone for one day?

  • Probably.

11. If you could change anything in the world – what would it be?

  • Everyone would have consistent food, clean water, and shelter. As the motto of a local charity goes, “Safe, warm, and dry.”

My Questions

  1. Do you have siblings?
  2. What’s your favorite TV show from the 1980s?
  3. What’s your favorite flower or plant?
  4. Do you have a favorite color?
  5. If you have Netflix, what’s three things on your list?
  6. What are your thoughts regarding the Internet, and it’s effect on the world?
  7. How do you consume your news?
  8. What are you talented at / in?
  9. Do you have a favorite genre of literature / books?
  10. Have you ever played the lottery?
  11. Do you have a favorite type of junk food?

Tag – You’re It!

  1. Astro Guidelines
  2. More Travels with the Reads II
  3. booksandbakes1
  4. Uninspired Writers
  5. daily(w)rite
  6. What Remains
  7. Libre Paley
  8. Willow Croft
  9. bereavedsingledad
  10. joannethegeek
  11. Petal Hugs

As always, please don’t feel obligated to do this post! Participating is completely optional!


Thanks again, Simon!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #21: The Supporter Award

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Thanks, Daniel, for nominating me!

Here’s the link to Daniel’s post:


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link back to their post.
  • Answer the 4 “First” questions.
  • Come up with 4 new “First” questions or just use the same ones from your nomination.
  • Nominate your first follower who is still active and interacting with you.
  • Nominate up to 4 other bloggers
  • Make sure to link back to the original post by The book prescription so I can see all your answers!
  • Feel free to add the badge to your blog

The 4 “First” Questions:

1- First memory of a story.

  • I remember listening to someone in my family read Dr. Seuss to me.

2- First book you bought with your own money.

  • I’m pretty sure it was a few of the Baby-Sitters Little Sister books.

3- First book that made you cry.

  • I think it was a cheesy romance book. That’s all I can remember.

4- First book that you didn’t finish.

  • Wow. I honestly don’t know the title. I think it happened in college?

My First Follower:

  • I had to start in 2016, but one of my biggest supporters has been B.W.!

Nominations!

  1. Jenna – Bookmark Your Thoughts
  2. Teagan and Jess – Fiction No Chaser

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Blog Awards #20: The Unique Blogger Award – Number Two!

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Thanks, Bibi, for nominating me! If you haven’t checked out Bibi’s blog, you should. She writes awesome book reviews, and has done several really cool tags!

Here’s the link to the post where I was nominated:


The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer their questions
  • Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
  • Ask three questions for your nominees

The Three Questions from Bibi:

  1. How do you decide what book you will read next?
  2. If you had to build your own harem, which 3-5 book loves would you choose? You can only pick one per book.
  3. What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write and why?

Answer #1 – Usually, I have a stack of books on my nightstand, and I pick my next book from that stack.

Answer #2 – Ooooh! Fun. I think my list would be: (1) Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby, (2) Harry Potter, (3) Gale from The Hunger Games, (4) Noah from The Notebook, and (5) Miles from Looking for Alaska.

Answer #3 – I love writing my Commentary pieces, especially the ones where I analyze a news article or do some investigative journalism. I enjoy the research, the writing, and teaching others through the blog. It keeps my college days alive, too, bringing back memories of working on the student newspaper, The Rotunda.


Three Questions from Me:

  1. If you pick a dream job that involved books, what would it be, and why?
  2. Do you have a favorite library or bookstore?
  3. If you could read uninterrupted for a straight 24 hours, anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Tag – You’re It!

  1. Destiny – Howling Libraries
  2. Jenna – Bookmark Your Thoughts
  3. Teagan & Jess – Fiction No Chaser

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂