Liebster Award x 2

I am currently sitting in my bed, with the blanket over my bare feet, and the birds singing outside my window, listening to the gorgeous haunting soundtrack of Suffragette. (If this post becomes overly poetical, it's because I'm being swept away by the music; just warning you.) I actually probbably should be practising my lacking skill of essay writing, but it's a free day in Belgium, and I'm taking my morning with some degree of luxury. (Eeek, the soundtrack is very haunting. I'm going to put on the next track.) (That's better.)

ANYWAYYYY. Where was I? Oh yes, two very lovely ladies tagged me yesterday. First it was Miss March, and then it was Rae. THANK YOU GIRLS!!! Both these girls have lovely blogspots and a wicked little knack for brightening my day with their loverly comments. I love getting tagged + it never gets old. 

Rae's Questions:

1. What are your favourite books? (I know it's hard to choose a favourite so you can list as many "favourites" as you have. :)
Thank you. :-) Thank you for saying 'books' and for spelling 'favourite' with a U like it should be. :-P 
My list of all-time favourite books is something like this: Rilla of Ingleside, Gone with the Wind, Hidden Places, Eve's Daughters, The Sweetest Thing, Sense and Sensibility, and The Blue Castle.
Of course, the Bible is the book that I value more than anything else, but I don't like to put it in the same category as the other books I like, because - it's different, and holy, and more than just 'a book.'

2. What type of music do you like best?
Movie Soundtracks, Movie Soundtracks. :-P
I like a lot of different music genres, actually. It really depends what mood I'm in. I love listening to old famous Vintage songs; Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters always make me dreamy and happy. But I also like some Josh Turner sometimes; and I recently discovered Michael Buble and I love his voice. Pop Music has never been my favourite style, but I do love some pop songs, if I don't over-listen them. :-P
As for Christian music, I'm all for the traditional hymns. They have so much depth and soulfulness.
(Ohh, and I LOVE Christmas music. End.)

3. Do you like Jane Austen? How many of her books have you read and which is your favourite?
Um, yeah. :-P
I've read all her books except 'Lady Susan' and her less famous, other works. My favourites are Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. I like the former sliiightly more.

4. Do you have a favourite actor/actress? Who?
My favourite actress is the very talented and bubbly Julia Sawalha. I just love watching her in Period Dramas, and she's in a LOT. :-)
My favourite current actor is Dan Stevens because he stole my heart in his roles as Matthew Crawley and Edward Ferras (also, his EYES, stahhp), but I also love the old actors, aka, Gregory Peck and Jimmy Stewart. JUST. :-D

5. What's your favourite flower?
Violets and Forget-Me-Nots. (I change. Last year I was all agog about Wisteria. Now I'm loving the smaller ones. :-))

6. How many books have you read in the last week? Is there one in particular you want to share?
Oh, not much, WOE. I have little time. I read one and a half, and that's all. *hides* (Yes, that's not much, haha.) I read 'June Darling' by this girl. And I read half of 'Though Waters Roar' by Lynn Austin. Both VERY good. I so loved reading Emma's novel - it's absolutely adorable and I love Hudson, the male protagonist of the story. Emma's good at writing male protagonists. :-P

7. If you could choose between meeting your favourite actor/actress and acting in your favourite movie, which would it be?
If I had some better acting skills, it would be acting in my favourite movie because that would immediately mean I WOULD meet my favourite actors and actresses seeing as they act in my favourite movie, haha. :-P

8. Do you play any instruments? What?
I play the piano, and the guitar. Piano, tolerably, and guitar, tolerably also. Piano, I have lessons, guitar is just me strumming around with my self-taught chords. 

9. What hobbies do you enjoy?
Writing and Reading, mainly. I also love being creative, blogging, writing Goodreads reviews and watching movies. (YES. WATCHING MOVIES IS A HOBBY.)

10. If you could make any book into a movie, what book would it be and do you have any ideas for the cast?
RILLA OF INGLESIDE OF COURSE. Yes, I have a very good idea for a cast. I have changed a lot concerning my opinion on the cast throughout the years, but here's a collage of what I think now... (This is based on looks, not on accents, etc.) (Emma Watson looks like Rilla, in my opinion, but her elfish British accent doesn't match with Rilla's adorable Canadian lisp. I'm sure she could try it out, though. :-P) (This actor Stefano Masciolini looks exactly like I picture Jem, but he's Italian, sooo.)

I know, I didn't cover all the characters, but isn't Una perfect??? (And Una and Faith look just like they could be sisters, right?)

11. Who's your favourite literary hero?
Mister Knightley. (As acted by Johnny Lee Miller, not the Mark Strong guy, please. *Shudder*)

Miss March's Questions:

1. What is your personality type?
I did the test several months ago, and I got ISFP. (Introvert 33%, Sensing 38%, Feeling 38%, Perceiving 11%) I'm not that fussed about putting myself into a 'type', but it's very interesting. I don't know how accurate it is though, because some of the questions they asked in the test COMPLETELY depend on which mood I'm in. Sometimes I'd rather read a book than go to a party, but if the party is filled with people I love to bits and hey, I do like socialising sometimes, then I'd leave the book for later. So yes, I don't know how accurate this is. I'm basically a confusing personality type. I have a lot of types within me. :-P

2. What is one of your newest favourite movies? (As in one that you recently found, not necessarily a newly made film.)
CALL THE MIDWIFE FOR SURE. My sister and I are crazy fans. :-)

3. Have you ever been prejudiced against a certain movie before watching it, but then after seeing it decided it wasn't so bad?  What movie was it?
Probably. :-P 
Call the Midwife, actually. I thought it was going to be nice, but slightly boring and tedious, what with all the births and nothing but biiirths. HA. No. I was wrong.

4. If you could meet any author in person, who would it be?
Jane Austen. Because WHAT a bragging right would that be? To be able to say, 'GUYS. I MET JANE AUSTEN.' It would be all over my social media, haha.

5. How many siblings do you have, and where do you fall in the lineup?  (Sorry if that's a rather nosey question.  You may answer it or not as you so choose.)
Second of ten. I have an older brother.

6. If you could be related to any fictional character (from a movie or a book), who would it be and what relation would they be to you?
I love this question, but I also hate it because it will never really HAPPEN because they're fictional. :-( I'd like to be related to Barney from The Blue Castle. You know, like to have him as an uncle or something. WOULD BE SO COOL. (And then Valancy would be my Aunt and I'd visit them on their magical little island and pick Mayflowers and make my own little dust heap. I'd also avoid high heels.)

7.  What is your favourite household chore, and what is your worst?
I don't have any household chores. I just sit in my bed the whole day and read books and write blog posts and eat chocolates and pinapple squares. JUST KIDDING.
Favourite one? Putting my sister in bed, because all I have to do is straighten her blanket and that's it.
Least favourite? Washing up the pans after lunch, because I always forget it and then end up doing it at like, three o'clock in the afternoon. :-P

8.  Anne and Diana (from Anne of Green Gables) are a classic example of best friends.  Do you have a best friend, and if so which one of you is more like Anne and which is more like Diana?
I have a best friend, indeed, as probably most of you are aware. :-) I love her more than words can tell, because she always brightens my days and she is filled to the brim with fantastical quirkiness and imagination. (Also, #agoodwriter.) We call ourselves Anne and Diana sometimes; I'm Diana, and she's Anne (mainly because Diana's birthday is the month before Anne's and my birthday is a month before Emma's, and because her hair is lighter than mine) but I personally don't think I'm much like Diana. :-) I have more imagination than Diana has, I flatter myself. We're both more like Anne.

9. What was one of the first chapter books you ever read?  (You know, the one that made you feel so proud because you were reading a "big kids' book"!)
The Little House books have chapters, right? Well, those. Duh.

10. What is one of the yummiest, most delicious desserts you can think of at the present moment?
Waffles with whipped cream and strawberries. (WE ATE THAT YESTERDAY AND I AM DEAD.) (I had about six waffles.) (Be Quiet.)
Right now though, I feel more like a sprinkle-filled icecream. :-)
(My seven-year-old sister said to me several days ago, "Naomi, you really like eating." :-P She sure is a terrible lot of a deal right.)

11.  If you could be a character in one of your favourite movies, which movie would it be and which character would you choose?
BE a character. Gawsh. Mayyybe, um, Catherine Moorland. :-)

That was that! (said the Cat in the Hat. And he left, with the tip of his hat.) Thanks again to Miss March and Rae for the tag, and have a good day, all of you! Compliment people out of the blue and trust in the Lord. If you're in the dumps, don't worry, there's always hope in the horizon - and you are never, ever alone.
(That was random, but random is GOOD. Yesterday me and some of my siblings put a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cd in the car on the way home from an Ascension Day service, and sang along really loudly all the way home. It was random, but it was fun.)


  1. Oh, you're so sweet! So kind!
    (By the way, I never told you what a thrill it gave me when I saw that you actually follow my blog! Thank you so much! It's so flattering that such an amazing blogger as yourself would follow MY blog. So thrilling. :)

    Of course I had to allow for multiple answers! It's too hard to choose. And what other way is there to spell favourite? I automatically spell the British way and I have to turn my "s"s to "z"s and my "ou"s to "o"s when I'm typing normally, and it's a relief to be able to use British spelling on my blog. See, I've read so much L. M. Montgomery and Jane Austen that it seems natural though I'm American. :)

    I haven't read much this week either. :( Too much school, which I'm sure you can relate to. All I've read is part of Wives and Daughters.

    That's a good point that you'd meet them by acting with them. Ha. :)

    Oh. My. Goodness. Your Rilla of Ingleside Cast is absolutely perfect! I've seen a couple other "dream casts" but I didn't like all of them. But yours--you've captured them perfectly. Like, that's how they look in my mind when I read it. Oh. Wow. Naomi, BBC needs to make this movie with THIS cast. It's amazing. Thank you.

    Johnny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley is definitely the best Mr. Knightley. No question. :)

    And your answers to Miss March's were very fun to read as well!
    Lovely post!

    1. You're welcome, dear! It's an absolute pleasure to follow your blog, and nonsense I'm not an amazing blogger. (But thank you! :-D)

      I'm glad you spell things the 'correct' way despite the fact that you're American. :-)

      THANKS!!! I'm quite proud of my ROI cast. I'M SURE NO-ONE WILL LISTEN TO IT. BBC needs to have their head cracked.

      No question at ALL.

  2. Ha! I'm with you on personality types. I get something different every time I take a quiz. So many of the answers depend on my mood at the time and I've changed some over the last couple years. I'm just a weird mixture. :(
    I like your line up for Rilla of Ingleside! I wasn't sure when you said Emma Watson but I saw the picture you chose and I can kind of see it. Merlin can play any character in it and I would be cool with it. ;)

    1. Thank you - I'm a weird mixture too. :-)
      Emma Watson has the pixie-ish, Rilla-ish face (and the kissable chin dent), but I'm NOT SURE about the way she moves and talks. :-P

  3. I have no idea how you makes tag posts look FUN! I always shrink from them! :P

    *HIGH FIVE* Second eldest of 9 here. I've got an older sister though ;)

    I chuckled when you said Little House were your first chapter books. Gosh, I remember that too! I felt like such a grown up :P I still to this day treasure those books though. I actually just got my little sister stuck on them too. :D She loves Laura

    1. Thank you! All you need is pretty pictures, and colourising/bolding/larger-ing your questions. No secrets. :-P

      I will ALWAYS love little House. FOREVER.

  4. Another long "tag" post! Awesome!!!! I love these :-)

    Emma Watson as Rilla Blythe. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I love that!! She'd be JUST RIGHT. Not just her hair and eyes, but her whole face and expression and everything.

    (Oh, btw, are you excited for her "Beauty and the Beast"? With DAN STEVENS as the Prince? Cuz I am.)

    I have to say, though, I don' reeeeeeeeeeallly see Dan Stevens as Ken Ford. I don't know exactly how Ken should look, but I feel like he should have a thinner face? Or SOMETHING.

    Oh, by the way, I finished all my classes yesterday and I am DONE WITH MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE. Forever. YAY. :-)

    1. CONGRATS ON GRADUATING MY DEAR!!!!! I'm so happy for you!! Now relax and watch movies for a week. :-)

      And of cooourse I'm excited about DAN STEVENS AS THE BEAST AKA THE PRINCE.
      (What? Dan Stevens as Ken would be the Bees Knees.) (I do see what you mean, though.) (He did loose some weight after DA, though. :-P)

    2. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Yep, that's pretty much what I'll be doing--chilling out for a good long while :-) Although I also really want to write--fiction, I mean. I didn't get to all semester and now I am BURSTING with good ideas.

  5. GONE WITH THE WIND! <3 SENSE and sensibility is my favorite by Austen too. :) Hm. With Dan Stevens as Kenneth Ford, I suddenly like Rilla of Ingleside a lot more -- ha ha! I really must read The Blue Castle. I don't know who Barney is. I've never tasted waffles with strawberries and cream. I ADORE STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM. So the waffles will be tasted. By me.

    (Hope you're coming out of exams soon!) :-)

    1. Ha about Dan Stevens! :-) YES THOUGH, you have to read The Blue Castle - Barney is in it. :-P
      WAFFLES ARE LOVELY. Especially when made by my 14-year-old brother. :-)

      My exams are scattered throughout May. My last is on the 31st. :-)

  6. First can I just say? The pictures in this post are absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS! All the pink...and THAT CAKE, and THAT ICE CREAM! (Yeah, I "really like eating", too. ;))

    Favorite actor/actress: No surprise there! Haha! :D And oh! I love it when people do casts for a book. It's so fun to see how someone else imagines the characters to look. :) (Una looks SO sweet!)

    Haha! I understand EXACTLY what you mean about the whole personality type thing. It really can depend on your mood at the moment. I'm sure there were several questions I could have answered both ways. :) It's an interesting study, but yeah, I wouldn't want to define myself by it.

    Ohhh! I NEED to read the Blue Castle. I have no idea who Barney is! :/

    Haha. Of course. I should have known you wouldn't have time for humdrum stuff like household chores. How silly of me. ;) (Seriously, though, you're favorite chore is so sweet! And, wow, that would be frustrating to forget about the dishes and have to wash them at 3:00 in the afternoon! No fun at all.)

    Oooh! That cake, that cake, that cake. You're making me SO hungry!!

    Well, it seems there are more Annes in this world than Dianas! ;)

    *chuckle* Your reference to the Cat in the Hat. :) And your little bit of advice at the end. I like that!! And, aww. I love it that you and your siblings were singing in the car together. My siblings and I used to do that on rare occasions, too, and yes! It was loads of fun!! :D

    Thanks for a splendid post, Naomi!

    ~Miss March

    1. Right? I'm so hungry now. :-P

      The Blue Castle is reallllly good - you must read it.
      Ha, yesterday I did the dishes at about FOUR. :-P I thought of this post, haha.
      Singing in the car = SO FUN. :-D We should do it more!

      ~ Naomi

  7. My dear! I was just about to tag you! *goes to edit post!*

  8. Yay. I love your tag posts. :D (I love tag posts in general. Hehe. Randomness is my delight.)

    This was all so delicious! Goodness! What can I say!

    Out of all your favourite books, I've only read one: The Sweetest Thing. Oh, and I noticed To Kill a Mockingbird wasn't on the list. Explain. *taps foot impatiently* ;)


    *snort* One and a half books for one week is not much? Eeesh... YOU'RE READING JUNE DARLING? ISN'T THAT WRITTEN BY SOME REALLY FAMOUS AMAZING AUTHORESS OR SOMETHING? AND DON'T YOU KNOW HER? (And don't I know her too?!!)
    Hey, won't that be amazing, when one day, people will say that.
    'Have you ever heard of the authoress Emma Jane Anderson?'
    'Oh yes! She just published her latest book - have you read it? It's REALLY good!'
    I'll be the one telling my friends all about her. ;)

    Btw, I'm reading something at the moment that I think is exactly your cup of tea. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you've already read it. It's a book about the Von Trapp family - the REAL family - written by Maria herself! It's so amazing! Realizing it's all true - so many wonderfully interesting facts. I LOVE it. :D Have you read it? The title is... um... "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers... The story that inspired THE SOUND OF MUSIC" by Maria Augusta Trapp

    Ooohh... I've not read Rilla of Ingleside yet, but going by your cast, that movie looks like it'd be GOLD. (I think your word-usage is rubbing off on me, Naomi...) Pretty sure I know every person you casted.

    Ah, yep... personality types are intriuging but also complicated. ;) I get ya. I'm a cross between a ENFJ/ESFJ I think.

    THAT ICE CREAM PICTURE!!! I want it!! NOW. (I sound like a spoiled two year old...)

    Haha, you're beginning to sound like Jess (y'know, Petie and Jess) on her Instagram posts. :P

    I could sing the whole Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soundtrack from beginning to end, I think. ;) We sing really loudly in the car quite often. Lately, my two little siblings and I randomly burst into Newsies songs - my little sister is amazing at harmony, so that makes it sound great. :D

    ~Miss Meg

    1. Oh yes, I should have added To Kill A Mockingbird to the list!! I'm sure there were a few I forgot. :-P

      YES!! I read June Darling last week. It was absolutely lovely. :-)

      Oh yes, I've read Maria von Trapp's autobiographies. She's written about three different ones. I've read them all, and the first one several times. I like it. :-)

      When do I sound like Jess? (That's a compliment, btw. :-D)
      My younger sister and brother are amazing at harmonizing too. :-)

    2. Aha! You HAVE read it. Thought so. ;)

      Oh, this part you sounded like Jess: (at least, I thought so)

      "have a good day, all of you! Compliment people out of the blue and trust in the Lord. If you're in the dumps, don't worry, there's always hope in the horizon - and you are never, ever alone."

      You know how she randomly ends her posts with a 'brush your teeth' or 'don't talk to strangers' or something. ;P

      ~Miss Meg

  9. Hi Naomi! This was such a scrumptious post! I really love Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra as well. They never fail to cheer one up and their songs can be so catchy. Actually, I just started listening to Tommy Dorsey. Have you heard his Opus I? It's my favorite.<3

    I have to go now, but it's good to be back again!:)

    ~Rilla Blythe

    1. (Hey, Rilla, I actually tagged you for this award at my blog: http://raesdropofgoldensun.blogspot.com/2016/05/ive-been-tagged.html I wasn't sure how to tell you, but I realised telling you in the comments might work! You don't have to do it, of course, but you can do it in the comments if you'd like!)

  10. Oh my goodness! Thanks Rae! I can't wait to do it.:)

    ~Rilla Blythe

  11. Basically, I just love this post. :D

    (THAT RILLA OF INGLESIDE COLLAGE AHHHH YESSS) (I don't picture Walter like that, but judging from his picture he could do a splendid job of it. :))

    (And uggh, yes, hahaha, Mark Strong's Mr. Knightley. What were the movie makers thinking...)


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