Liebster Awards #3 and #4

Hello! Once again I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, this time by J and E @thewildbookworms and by Nicola @NympadoraWinterfell. Thank you so much to these amazing bloggers – now go and check out their blogs! I have done this award twice before, here is the first, and here is the second (this month already!).


The rules:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself

4. Nominate 11 blogs you think are deserving of the award

5. Let the bloggers know you have nominated them

6. Give them 11 questions to answer

(I will not be nominating anyone, I’ve done a bunch of awards this past month… so, here is the dril, if you think this is something you want to do, consider yourself nominated, answer 11 of the 22 questions bellow, drop 11 facts and link back here)

J & E’s questions:

1. Favorite book? (We know, it’s hard to choose!)

I can’t do it, don’t make me do it, please…

2. Do you have any pets? What are their names? 

I don’t have any pets at this moments, though I had a few along my life. Now I content myself with my brother and my sister’s dogs :). They are two malteses, their names are Snow and Junior.

3. Best subject in school?

Math probably, Biology, …

4. Lucky number? 

7! It was my school number for many years.

5. What’s your go-to outfit? 

Jeans and t-shirt. Unless it’s weekend, then it’s sweat-pants and a t-shirt… not ashamed of that.


6. Are you short or tall?

1.60 m, I guess average. Although, with 3 brothers and sisters all at 1.84 m, maybe I would say I’m super short… my nephew and niece are already catching up to me, and they’re 12 and 13.

7. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. Though I had a cat once.

8. Preferred ice cream toppings?

Crunched hazelnuts.

9. Favorite food? 

Portuguese typical dishes (cozido à portuguesa, favas and arroz de pato – see picture to get the gist).


10. Best gift you’ve ever gotten?

I don’t know… I honestly can’t think of anything material that I can include in this category. My mom once gave me a trip to the Philippines because my sister (who was supposed to go with her, cancelled last minute). Forget about that, I just reminded that when I was 9 my older brother gave me and my sister our first dog, she was a Serra da Estrela, and her name was Estrela (Star).

11. What do you want most for your life?

Be happy (is that too cheesy?!). I guess finish my PhD and find an academic position that I truly like. Preferentially in a cold country.

Nicola’s questions:

1. What is your favorite book? and Why?

I don’t think I could choose… please don’t make me…

2. Where do you read?

On the bus, train, at the lunch table,… but I prefer the bed.

3. What book/books would you recommend to someone who likes fantasy?

Right now I’m riding the ACOTAR train, so A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.


4. What sort of music are you into?

Everything expect techno and trance.

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5. Do you watch TV shows and what are they?

I do watch a LOT of TV Shows, so many in fact that I couldn’t possible list them all.


6. What do you usually do on a normal weekday?

I get up at 6:15 a.m., shower, get ready and go to the university and then I work. After that, home, shower, diner, computer, books and bed.


7. If you were to live a book character’s life, who would you want to be?

I’m very tempted to say Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices


8. Where are you from in the world?

I’m from Portugal. More specifically, I’m from Lisbon (the capital), but I’m living in Barcelona (Spain) right now.


9. Are you a shy or loud person?

The two aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m shy, but when I get really mad or really excited, I’m loud as hell. If I’m pissed, trust me, you want to step aside ;-).

10. Why did the chicken cross the road? Hehe

To get to the other side?!

11. Do you ever read aloud?

Not usually, sometimes I do need to read a certain phrase out loud for it to really sink in.

11 Random facts about myself:

1. My middle name is Alexandra, and all my family calls me Xana.

2. There is only one person in the world who calls me Alexandra, and she’s the only one allowed to do that.


3. I hate the heat, seriously, hate it with all the power of my being.

4. I have one tattoo on my shoulder blade, which my brother paid for when I was 19.

5. I sometimes buy clothes at the men section, yep, pajamas, sweat pants, super heroes t-shirts… the works 🙂

6. Once when I was 16, I wanted blue highlights, so after the whole process, the color didn’t take, and I ended up with blonde highlights, which I hated. I vowed never to mess with my natural hair color ever again.

7. I have 2 older half-brothers and 1 older half-sister, I’m an only child from my dad’s side.

8. I hate discotheques and partying all night out… my sister hates this.

9. A music that’s ALWAYS on my mp3 player: Joni Mitchel – Both Sides Now. I would go as far as saying that it’s my favorite music.

10. I played Volleyball for my school team when I was 12-13 years, I still miss it.

11. I just bought my plane ticket to go to South Korea and Japan in October (super excited!)


Thank you again to J and E @thewildbookworms and by Nicola @NympadoraWinterfell. This will be my last Liebster Award, I think I have to draw the line at 4… 😉

My second Liebster Award

Hello! I’ve been nominated for my second Liebster Award by VINNIEH, thank you SO MUCH! You should all go check out the blog… really people! This is my second Liebster Award, hurray :D, you can check my first one (a million years ago) here.


So, here are the RULES:

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
  • Give your nominees 11 questions to answer

So, here we go… the questions that Vinnieh made me:

  1. Who is your favorite sister in Charmed?

Uuhhhh, this is a real hard one. I have a least favorite, which is Prue (I never really liked her). Then, even though I love all the other three a lot, I think I always had a soft spot for Phoebe 🙂 .

  1. Are you a fan of romantic comedies?

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Yes, of course. It’s not my to-go kind of movies, but I do like to watch them occasionally, sure.

  1. If you could revisit a time in history, when would it be?


Hmmmm, ok, so can it be some point in pre-history? That’s my study focus (I work with Neolithic populations), so I would say I would like to visit some point in the Neolithic Revolution in Europe. Or, I would really like to go to ancient Greece, like really really!

  1. Which movie star at the minute do you find most attractive?

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I can only think of Chris Evans! It’s not that he’s the most gorgeous man out there, but he’s always so funny and seems to have such a great personality and be an amazing person, that he’s the most attractive to me.

  1. Do you believe in karma?


In a way… what goes around, comes around!

  1. Do you have a favorite movie from the year you were born?


I had to pull a list of the movies that came out that year, but 1984 was a huge year for some of our “classics”, so I’m gonna pick a few: The TerminatorRomancing the StoneGhostbustersIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Police Academy.

  1. Black or white or colour photography?

Black and white, they’re so magical.

  1. If you had a magical power, what would it be?


I like Paige’s orbing… I would say telekinesis, but the orbing is better, because then I would be able to move not only objects, but myself through space. It would be awesome!

  1. What is your view on male strippers? (Had to put that in there for Satrap).

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Nothing against them, really. I’m not a fan of strippers, of any kind, and unfortunately the male stripping shows I watched, I thought they were a little over the top, so, I would stay away… but hey, some people really like them, and it’s a job like any other. Unless… (see gifs)

  1. What subject were you best at in school?

Oh boy, I was an awesome student! But probably Math, Biology and English. My worst: PE and Portuguese language… 😦

  1. What is an ideal day for you?


Cold outside, snuggling on the couch or bed, watching movies, shows or reading a good book, with a huge cup of tea and then probably some red wine and then Baileys…

  1. What is your favorite TV show of the minute?


That’s such a tough one! So I’m going for the show that is ON right now and that I can’t wait for and that is UnReal. Even though my first instinct was to answer Daredevil or Outlander or iZombie 😉 …

Here we are… now, about the nominations bit, I have to be honest, in the last week or so I’ve done so much of these awards that I don’t know who to nominate anymore, also, most people has already got at least one of these…

… that said, if you’re interested in doing this award, drop a comment below and I’ll add you to the nomination ballot and drop your 11 questions, all right?! 😀

That’s a wrap!!!

Liebster Award: Oh Yeah!

I was nominated for a Liebster Award! I want thank frikiorgullosa13 for nominating me for this, thank you so much! Thank you!


What is the Liebster Award

The Liebster Blog Award is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers. Liebster means “beloved” in German and a blog nominated for this award is “worth watching”.




Here are rules you should follow if you are nominated for a Liebster Award:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
  5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer



Here are the questions frikiorgullosa13 asked and my answers:

1. Who is your favorite Manga/Anime Character?

I grew up watching Sailor Moon. I watched it every day for years, in 2 languages and 2 different channels. A couple of yeas ago I tracked all the episodes and movies and watched it all over again… Yep! I like Sailor Moon!!! My favorite Anime/Manga characters are from SM: Haruka Tenoh, a.k.a. Sailor Uranus and Michiru Kaioh, a.k.a. Sailor Neptune. They are both just too awesome for words and I always found their relationship groundbreaking!


 2. Which is your favorite rock band?

I don’t have favorite groups, I listen to everything and anything as long as I like it. That said, there are two rock bands that are always present: I have 3 older brothers (2 boys & 1 girl), so when I was little, Bon Jovi was BIG in the house, so it’s definitely always there for me! K’s Choice marked my exams seasons in the University, so they were always there as well…


3. Which is your favorite animated Disney/Dreamworks movie?

This one is easy: Tangled!!!! Frying pan, anyone?!


4. What is your most precious treasure?

Definitely my nephews! Other than that, I would have to say my computer and 3 external hard drives. There is one (material) thing I can’t live without, and that is my TV shows and movies…

5. Have you ever thought of giving up on blogging? Yes/No? Why?

Since I started one year ago, no, not really! I’m amazed I’ve been able to keep it going so far, so no, I never thought of giving it up.

6. Which is your favorite Sci-fi TV show?

Doctor Who, no doubt about that.


7. What are you MOSTLY afraid of?

Failure… if you never try, you never fail, right? =/

8. Would you like to be on a Apocalipsis Zombie? Who would you like to be on your team (10 people)? What would be your massive weapon? And where would you like to be when it happens?

I wouldn’t like to be in one, but if I had to be, my team (of fictional characters) would be: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, the Doctor (10th), Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Castiel, River Song, Hermione Granger, Captain Mal Reynolds, Zoë Washburn. My weapon would be The Moment (I wanted Rose Tyler as well, but the Moment will do). I would like to be the hell away from it when it happens… that said: not NY or London, because we all know that’s where everything catastrophic happens.


9. Which is your favorite TV actor/actress?

Nathan Fillion and Kat Dennings.


10. What would you like to be : Timelord/ Wizard/ Detective/ Ninja/ Soul Reaper/ Demon/ Hobbit?

Detective or Wizard, all would depend on the companion.

11. Which is your favorite Book genre? And which book do you like the most?

Fantasy, real life is already a big enough drama. My favourite read is perhaps Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.




Now, here are my nominations for the Liebster Award:

  1. Sleeping Geeks
  2. Life and Other Disasters
  3. It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams And Forget To Live
  4. Horcruxes, Heroes, and Harry Potter
  5. CG Media
  6. The Casual Geek
  7. MY Doctor Who
  8. Jamie Michele
  9. Smart Stunning Searching
  10. @Number 71
  11. The Pocket Guide to Lucy Locket



So here are my questions, and I found this the hardest part…

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
  2. Favorite Superhero? Why?
  3. Favorite drama, comedy and SCi-Fi tv show?
  4. What’s your TV guilty pleasure and why?
  5. Which one is your Doctor? And Companion?
  6. Which of the Deathly Hallows (Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and Cloak of Invisibility) would you rather possess? Why?
  7. Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller, which one is the best Sherlock Holmes? And who is the best Watson, Jude Law, Martin Freeman or Lucy Liu?
  8. Favorite comfort food?
  9. What the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
  10. What made you start blogging?
  11. What’s your favorite post that you have written? (Share the Link please)


That’s a wrap

That’s it! I can’t even tell you how thankful I am to frikiorgullosa13 for nominating me =). Thanks again! I hope I continue to work on the blog and that it continues to grow ;-).