Q&A | Who even am I? + My Life + Recent Obsessions

Since I feel like a lot of you only know my reading tastes and not really much about me, I thought I’d do a little Q&A about my life and everything else. The questions are all from Aradhna, Emon Economist, and Olivia. Thank you all! If you somehow didn’t know this, my name is Lia and I’m Dutch. I’m 21 years old. I’m obsessed with a lot of things like space, psychology, feminism, Hamilton, watching youtube, creating things, and, of course, books.

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Looking back at 2017 | This Time Next Year Tag

This time last year, I made a list of goals and I just remembered I did that so now we’re going to look back at these goals and see if I actually accomplished them! I did the This Time Next Year Tag and I’ll look back at that! I will also make new goals for 2018.

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Aromanticism: Answering All The Questions You Probably Wanted To Ask But Didn’t.

Because nobody sent me questions (I’m looking at you twitter folks. No hard feelings :P), I’m just going to answer all the questions I ask myself way too often and then answer them too (because why not). The reason for me doing this Q&A is because I think aromanticism is relatively unknown and though it is part of the LGBT+ spectrum, it gets little attention. When I asked whether people would be interested in reading this Q&A 28% did not even know what it was. So it is time!

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Youtube Channels I Follow & Love

Before last summer, the only reason I came to youtube was for music, however, this changed a lot. Now I follow quite a bunch of channels and have discovered amazing content, so I thought it was time to share the love and share this with you.

Booktubers

Ariel Bisset – Ariel has the most amazing content, although her taste in books is not really the same as mine, her personality makes every video worth watching. She has a lot of discussions and they always inspire me and make me think.

A Clockwork Reader – I think this is one of the only “mainstream/famous” booktubers I follow, but she just has a wonderful voice to listen to and her opinions are always so honest and she seems like a kind and awesome person.

The Book Leo – I initially followed her because she’s Dutch and I like that 😛 She’s really creative in her videos and content! However, she isn’t uploading as much anymore, which I think is sad, but watching her older videos is still a joy.

The Book Prophet – Last but not least, my friend Savannah from over at The Book Prophet only recently started a booktube channel and you should all go follow her because she’s awesome!

Writers & Vloggers

Alice Oseman – The writer of Radio Silence and Solitaire not only has a lovely character but is also really fun to listen to. She has fun vlogs but also how-to videos on writing.

Akemi Dawn Bowman – I followed her channel before I won a giveaway from her, and I’m sad to say I’ve not yet have read the ARC of the book Starfish I received (it has been on my shelves for what feels like forever), but I can’t wait to read it! Akemi is a fangirl and does bookish unboxings and she’s just super nice!

vlogbrothers – This is by far my absolute favourite of this list. Hank and John Green (yes, the writer) are two of my favourite people in this world. They are funny, sensible, intelligent, inspiring, kind and create awesome content. If you look through their videos they discuss topics from politics to cats, from life advice to silly jokes, anything goes.

Photography & Video

Mango Street – This channel I only discovered recently but they share a lot of inspiring tips and tricks to get better at photography, plus (sorry Idk their names) the people behind it are really nice people and just fun to listen to.

Peter McKinnon – Peter is a very talented photographer that shares amazing content and lots and lots of tips. He also vlogs and he seems like an awesome person.

Ollie Ritchie – If you’ve followed me on twitter (@lost_in_a_story), you might have noticed me raving about this person. Ollie is a video maker and photographer and his work is just phenomenal. It’s so inspiring (especially some of his earlier work, I’m a huge fan of MOUNTAINS, a short movie) and watching his videos just makes you want to go out and see the world.

Educational

Vox – This channel has such interesting videos and I already learned a lot from all the ones I watched. If you’re interested in basically anything, go check out their channel.

Have you found some new youtubers you want to follow from this list? Who is your favourite youtuber?

Random update (projects + my writing + exciting news)

Hellooooo, this is super random because I didn’t know what to post today. I’m still working on the newbie blogger project and I’ve been waiting for more submissions. I’ve gotten a few but I’d love to get some more to get this project really started. So, if you’re new at blogging, go check out this post.

I’m going to participate in a couple of projects, first The Typewriter Project by Mahriya from My Bookish Life, which I’m 100% sure will be super awesome. It’s a writing project and there are challenges and stuff, and you can still participate if you want (but be quick! Deadline is the 17th). Second, the Big Blogger, Little Blogger project by Mikaela from A Well Thumbed Reader, whose blog I only just discovered but already love. Basically bigger bloggers (which is me whoohoo) take little bloggers under their wing and try to help them. Sadly you can’t participate anymore because couples have already been formed. My partners are *drumroll* Nicole and Antonia from A Dance Between Pages and I’m super excited to get to know them, so hi Nicole! Hi Antonia!

I wanted to upgrade my url from my blog because I’ve been wanting to do that from the beginning but it’s so expensive… and it would be such a hassle to change it so, yeah that’s not happening any day soon.

My writing has been getting a bit less priority and is last on my to-do lists, which are pretty big. I haven’t even had the time or motivation to write a single word this week. I’ve been planning in my head and thinking about the characters of this book AND the next, and I can’t really wait to start really working on that, but like I said, time is an issue.

What I’ve been up to lately is a lot of reading, I’ve been trying to get through my ARC to-be-read list, which is pretty big. I’ve been writing reviews and scheduling those. So when I’ve gotten that over with, I can continue with all those books that have been not-so-patiently waiting on my shelves.

Last week I’ve been at uni for projects pretty much every day until late, which is exhausting, but surprisingly fun. I’m hoping that this week will be less busy and I can start writing again.

But now, for the exciting news, today I got a notification from wordpress, I HAVE REACHED 500 FOLLOWERS. LIKE WHATTT??? I would love to give back some love to the community, so if you’ve got an idea for something I can do…? Suggestions are welcome. And who knows maybe there will be a giveaway in the future?

THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH AND I LOVE YOU ❤

The Who Am I Tag

Back in December I was tagged for the Who Am I Tag by Emma Lauren from Corn Book Reviews, thank you Emma! This is a really interesting tag, and very different from the types of tags I usually do.

The Questions

  1. What is the meaning of my name?

Lia means nothing except that it’s an abbreviation from names ending in “lia”, but my real name actually has a beautiful meaning (which I cannot tell you because I don’t want you knowing my name).

  1. What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

I like this! It really fits my personality. However, I might be a little less dreamy as this description says, and I also am not really gifted at languages. I have done such a test a while ago and then I got ISTJ, which is a lot different. While filling out this test I realised how much more confident I have become in the last couple of years!

  1. What is my Zodiac Sign?

This is always a problem for me because I’m in between Leo and Virgo, it really depends on the horoscope. I believe that because the zodiac signs shifted that I’m officially a Leo though.

  1. What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

My initial thought: Hufflepuff (and a little Ravenclaw)

According to the test:

Hufflepuff – 17
Ravenclaw – 13
Gryffindor – 9
Slytherin – 7

Hah I was right!

  1. What is my learning style? (LINK)
  • Visual 4
  • Aural 7
  • Read/Write 4
  • Kinesthetic 7

You have a multimodal learning preference. (AK)

Not sure what that means, but I assume it’s good.

  1. Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link) 

I am left brain dominant because I am right handed and that is the real answer to this question but I’ll do the test just to see what it gives:

Left: 44%
Right: 56%
I use my brain equally.

  1.  What is my Blood Type?

I have absolutely no clue?

  1.  What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)

Writer. You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories

Hmm.. I’m on the right track then!

  1. Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

My first thought was Erudite or maybe Amity but I never expected this! I’m apparently very fit for Candor, does that have anything to do with that I choose Blue in the quiz?

  1. What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

I’m a second and middle child, which would mean that I am a social butterfly, peacekeeper, and fairness-obsessed, which I would not really say so. This probably has to do with the fact that I have an older brother (with aspergers), I act more like the first-born: a natural leader, ambitious, and responsible.

I am not tagging anyone, but I’m leaving this open for anyone who wants to! It’s really fun to do these little tests and think about what they say about you.

Do you think Candor fits me? I’ve never thought of myself as someone who would fit in Candor… Does your name has a fun meaning?

Hello, Goodbye!

This is just a short announcement, I’ll be away for the upcoming week. I’m going skiing and snowboarding and hopefully not hurting myself along the way. I am not such a hero on a snowboard, so let’s not repeat what I did last year and fall on my arm, which led me not being able to write without hurting myself for weeks. Oops.

Anyway, I’ll be back next Sunday! I have some posts scheduled for the coming week so I won’t be absent. I will probably don’t have wifi (or really bad wifi), so won’t be able to reply to messages, comments, emails, and everything else. I will not be able to keep up to date with all your blog posts so sorry in advance.

I will not be able to keep up to date with all your blog posts so sorry in advance. If you tag me in any posts please link back to one of my posts so I’ll get a notification, or send me a message/comment, then I will take a look at it when I’m back.

My monthly wrap-up will come after I return!

Have a wonderful week everybody!