Tags: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 3) + Lunar Chronicles

I was nominated by Hamad for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you for the nomination and definitely go check out his blog, The Book Prescription!

(Check out Take 1 and Take 2 if you’d like!)

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

My Questions

1. Who was your first Book crush?
Good question! I feel like I fall a little bit in love with every character I ever read about. The first book character that I remember really swooning over was George in The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce.

2. When did you start reading?
My family still to this day teases me about how much I liked books even before I could read. I would ask my grandma to read me piles and piles of books every night when I was little. I started reading on my own in kindergarten and I guess I never really stopped.

3. What is the last book that made you cry?
I teared up a little at Head Over Heels by Serena Bell and I think I may have full-on cried at one point during Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren.

4. How many hours do you read per day?
Usually at least two hours, might be more if I can’t sleep, which happens a lot. I also listen to audiobooks while I’m cleaning and while I’m traveling.

5. If you were a book/ movie character, would you be a main or secondary one?
I’d probably be a secondary character because I really don’t think that I’m interesting enough to carry a whole plot by myself.

6. What book you wish you have never read?
Any book I’ve ever one-starred, but especially City of Fallen AngelsThe Dumont Diaries, and Ignited.

7. What is your favorite food?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, HOT STONE BIBIMBAP. I could eat it every day and I would never get sick of it.

8. What is your hidden talent?
I don’t know if I’d really consider it a hidden talent, but I’m really good with names and faces and I also remember almost everything people tell me about themselves. So, for example, I’ll see someone in the grocery store that I haven’t talked to in like five years, and I’ll just think, “Oh, hey, it’s Caitlin. I wonder if she ever figured out that toast for her brother’s wedding.” But I usually don’t say anything other than hi because I don’t want to be that creepy person.

9. What are some of your favorite words?
Persnickety, spiffy, nifty, snarky.

10. What do you do when you are not reading?
I work. I try to have some semblance of a social life, but I usually don’t succeed. I also like to sew and I really like going to concerts!

11. What was your favorite school subject?
In high school, I always liked English and actually took double English classes my junior and senior years. In college, my favorite class I ever took was probably Portuguese! I tutored Spanish and one of my coworkers convinced me to take this intensive Portuguese class with her and we had so much fun! Basically all we ever did in that class was do capoeira, watch movies, and have these big discussions about current events, but somehow we all left knowing enough Portuguese to survive in the world.


(not 11 because honestly tagging people stresses me out, I always feel like I’m annoying you so please let me know if you like tags!!)

Leslie | Shivani | LaRonda | Jamsu | anyone else who wants to do it!

11 questions from me:

  1. How do you decide which book to read next?
  2. Do your friends/family know that you have a blog?
  3. What’s one genre that you have trouble getting into?
  4. What’s the last book you added to your TBR?
  5. Which fictional character (book or otherwise) would you want to meet in real life?
  6. In general, do you like to watch film adaptations of books?
  7. What’s the last book you finished?
  8. What’s the last book you re-read?
  9. Do you prefer series or standalones?
  10. What’s your favorite book by your favorite author?
  11. What’s your favorite kind of blog post to read?

I was tagged by Lori to do the Lunar Chronicles book tag! This was really hard, but I had fun with it!


  • Link back to the creator: Lori
  • Tag 5 other bloggers to do this tag
  • Copy the rules

1. Cinder | The Cyborg: a book that’s often misunderstood or underappreciated

I feel like Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is often misjudged based on its cover and its title, but it’s so good! It’s about a plane full of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a deserted island. The girls have to learn how to survive on their own and work together and it’s all about loving yourself and each other and it’s just really good.

2. Adri | The Evil Stepmother: A book with a horrible/cringeworthy parent

I mean… every YA book ever?? But recently, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Worst. Dad. Ever.

3. Iko | The Spunky Sidekick: A book with your favorite happy-go-lucky character

I think Lola in Lola and the Boy Next Door pretty much embodies that whole “happy-go-lucky” thing.

4. Scarlet | The Rescuer: a book with a character on a mission

Zera is on a mission to steal a prince’s heart (literally) in Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf.

5. Wolf | The Fighter: a book with a brutal fight (with words or fists or weapons)

Well… I don’t read a lot of books with fighting because I like cute, fluffy romances. BUT I guess I could go with The Foxhole Court for this one since all the characters ever do is punch each other??? I’m even going with the original terrible cover here since I don’t have the energy to devote another second of my life to this terrible book.

6. Levana | The Villain: a book with the absolute worst villain

Dark magic became an actual living being and started terrorizing the world in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series.

7. Thorne | The Rascal: a book with the biggest schmoozer

Is there even a bigger schmoozer than Thorne? I suppose maybe Barrett from Rumor Has It.

8. Cress | The Hacker: a book about technology or sci-fi

The Word Exchange is about people who become too obsessed with and dependent on their phones to understand basic conversations and actually come down with a “word flu” because of it. It was okay, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

9. Erland | The Doctor: a book with an illness or revolving around medical issues
There are a million, but for this tag, I’ll go with Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I suppose I also read a fair amount of medical journals at my job, but I’m not sure I can use those in a book tag…


 10. Winter | The Unsound Mind: a book with the craziest character you’ve ever read
This would probably have to be any Chuck Palahniuk character ever? I’m starting at my bookcase trying to think about who fits this prompt, and this is the best I can come up with.


 11. Jacin | The Soldier: a book with a military theme

I don’t read a lot of military books, so I think I’d have to go with Ignited by Kaylea Cross (which I hated) which is about an ex-military guy who falls in love with this girl he’s protecting and it’s just a super racist book with a terribly flawed premise.

I’m tagging anybody who likes The Lunar Chronicles to do this one!
Please link back to me so I can see your answers!

Debut Author Challenge Check-In

The Debut Author Challenge is a yearly reading challenge hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Participants are encouraged to read twelve or more middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts. To count toward the challenge, the books must be published in the year they’re read. Jana provides a helpful list of debuts if you’re interested in participating!

My last Debut Author Challenge update was kind of disappointing. It was back in March and I’d only read three books toward my goal of twelve, which I suppose means I was on track, but it still felt wrong. Now, I’m happy to report that I’ve read a whole bunch of debuts and I have a whole bunch more waiting to be read.

Read so far: 

  • I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
  • Frat Girl by Kiley Roache
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
  • Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
  • Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Not yet read, but next up:

Taunting me from my nightstand–

  • The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner
  • Running With Lions by Julian Winters
  • Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Taunting me from my library–

  • People Like Us by Dana Mele (which has been on hold forever)

Still hoping to read:

  • You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Have you read any debuts this year? What’s been your favorite so far?
Am I missing any great debuts or should I strike some of these from my list?