Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 6)

I was nominated by JamsuGerryLauraRachelAmber, and Kaitie for another round of the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much for the nominations! ❤

You can see the other takes here: one | two | three | four | five


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post/or on your blog.

11 questions from Jamsu:

1. If you could only read one series for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t think that I could read just one series for the rest of my life, but if I were absolutely forced to, I would probably choose Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Addicted series since it has a whole lot of books and it’s also one of my favorites.

2. Favorite contemporary romance book?
Probably The Hating Game! But I have a whole favorites page if you’re interested!

3. What are you currently reading?
Currently, at the time of writing this post, I’m reading Night and Day by Andie J. Christopher.

4. A character you’d like to be best friends with and why?
I think I’d like to be best friends with Belle from Tara Sivec’s Naughty Princess Club series! Belle is obsessed with books and random facts and she’s also just a ton of fun.

5. Thoughts about love triangles?
In general, I really dislike love triangles. I really, really dislike love triangles that exist solely for drama. That said, if it’s well-written and there’s something more to it than just proving how attractive and desirable the main character is, I might be okay with it.

6. Friends to lovers or enemies to lovers?
This is so mean! These are my two favorite tropes! I think if I had to pick, I’d go with friends-to-lovers.

7. Fictional world you’d like to be in?
I previously said I’d like to live in Henrietta, VA and I’m standing by that answer.

8. A food you could never give up?
Does coffee count as a food? Because, not to be dramatic or anything, but I feel like I’d die without coffee.

9. A song that reminds you of one of your ships?
When I was reading Royal Attraction by Tiffany Truitt, I remember thinking that it matched up pretty perfectly with Shameless by All Time Low.

10. Favorite book cover in your shelf?

I still haven’t read this book, but I still love the cover.

11. If you could be any supernatural being, what would you be?
Let me channel Taylor Swift for a minute and be a pegacorn. 🦄

11 questions from Gerry:

1. Which villain in a book are you most like and why?
Hmm, I don’t usually think of myself as relating to villains, so this is a good (and difficult!) question. The only villain I can think of is Victor Vale from Vicious, and I guess I kind of relate to him because he’s trying to do the right thing, even when he ends up doing kind of terrible things.

2. What is the worst adaptation of a book (either TV or movie) that you have seen?
To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of adaptations. Maybe The Golden Compass?

3. You get to pick a book mum to be your mum for the day – who do you pick? Why?
I’m kind of blanking on fictional moms right now. Maybe Molly Weasley? I feel like she’d be a good one to have on my side.

4. You’re a guest at a fictional wedding. What wedding are you attending? Bonus question: what gift (if any) do you bring?
Did you know that I’m actually not a fan of fictional weddings? I feel like it’s the laziest way to end a romance novel and it usually drives me really crazy. But I think that it would be fun to attend Josh and Hazel’s wedding. (From Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating.) What would I bring? Something involving the dog, probably. But I’m not feeling particularly creative right now, so I’m not entirely sure what.

5. Pick a song that sums your mood/ life right at the moment.
Presented without comment:

6. Two roads diverge in a yellow wood. You take one. What does it look like and where does it take you?
So there were these woods behind my old house that were so nice and secluded and relaxing and I used to spend hours in them after work just wandering around and listening to music. It was honestly the best thing. Certain people that I know who are very overdramatic used to tell me I was going to get kidnapped and/or murdered, but nothing ever happens in my town and I’m still here, so…

Anyway. Right after you walked into these woods, there was a little path that went by a pond and then a wooden bridge covered with ivy that led to the actual trails. I think that’s what my road looks like. And I think it leads me to a teleportation device that I can use to visit people who live too far away.

7. A witch has given you a potion, this potion will give you something you want but at the exchange of something of equal value. What do you want and what will you give up?
Hmm, I have an answer for this one that I feel like it’s not really appropriate to post where people I actually know can maybe read it, so I think I’ll go with something a little safer: the potion will give me a job in publishing that I would totally adore but that might be a little risky at the expense of my current job which I don’t love but is very stable.

8. Do you have a best time to write and post your blog posts?
I think I do my best snarky review writing late at night after a really long day at work. I do my best serious post writing on weekend afternoons. And I’ve experimented a lot with the timing of my blog posts. I think my reviews usually get the most interaction when I post them early in the morning (7am EST) on weekdays. Tags seem to get more interaction in the afternoons, so I usually post them at 1pm EST. There you have it, my secret to (semi, sort of, not really) success.

9. You roll over in bed one morning and there is a fictional character sharing your pillow! Who is it?
If I woke up to an unexpected person sharing my pillow, I’m pretty sure I’d scream and I’d most likely smack them in the face and go running out of the room. BUT if I were to hold out hope, I’d probably go for Michael Phan.

10. You get to spend a week in a fictional place. Where do you go and what do you do?
I’ll stick with my answer above and head to Henrietta, VA. While I’m there, I’ll probably explore some ley lines, maybe get a psychic reading, and try to avoid Ronan’s dream creatures.

11. Go to your TBR and select book number 11. What is it?

According to Goodreads, it’s Sempre by J.M. Darhower, which has been on my TBR since 2012. I should probably get around to this at some point.

11 questions from Laura:

1. What inspired you to start your blog?
I wanted a place to share my book reviews! Nothing more exciting than that. 🙂

2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Book friends are definitely my favorite thing about blogging! ❤

3. Are you a dog or a cat person?
I’m an animal person in general, but I’m a little bit more of a cat person.

4. What is your favourite song or lyric?
I am currently obsessed with I Know How To Speak by Manchester Orchestra. ❤ ❤ I don’t know how to like things a normal amount, so I pretty much just listen to it constantly.

I don’t know if I have a favorite lyric from this song. I just love the whole thing.

5. If you could be one character from a book or film for a day, who would it be?
I’ll be Lucy from The Hating Game. Work in publishing, sit across from Joshua Templeman, be good at banter… what’s better. 🙂

6. What is your greatest fear?
Probably not doing anything worthwhile with my life. That’s kind of a downer, sorry.

7. If you could live in one era of history, which era would you choose?
You know, I’m a 90s kid through and through. I’m okay with the time I lived in.

8. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited?
Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica, which was very aptly named. (The literal translation is “beautiful beach.”)

9. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging forever. (Since 2013.)

10. What is your favourite book of all time? (I know this is a hard one, so I’ll let you pick top 3 haha)
This is probably going to change by next week, but…

11. Who are some of your favourite bloggers? (I want to spread the sunshine with this question!)
I did a whole post about my favorite bloggers recently! But some top favorite bloggers are Daniel, Becky, Maddie, Hamad, and Leslie. ❤

11 questions from Rachel:

1. What got you into reading?
I very first got into reading because my grandma used to read me stacks of books before bed every night. I’ve really been reading for as long as I can remember, although I think I got this into reading when I moved to New Jersey because I hardly knew anybody here and I had to do something with my time.

2. Most memorable book from your childhood/teen-age years?
You know, I don’t remember the name of the book, but the most memorable book from my teenage years was this romance between a girl and her neighbor. Literally all I remember about the plot is that he was a drummer and he was her neighbor and I thought it was the most romantic story ever and I probably checked it out from the library at least five times. And I think it had a blue cover. 🤷

3. What are the 5 books you cannot live without?
This is a hard one because I don’t really do re-reads anymore, but five books that I’ve loved are:

4. What book/s have been on your TBR pile the longest?
On my TBR since I first started my Goodreads account in 2012:

5. Three underrated books or series you would like to recommend to everyone.

  • We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards has a pretty low average rating on Goodreads and I’m not sure why! I thought it was a great YA mystery.
  • Armada by Ernest Cline! I think that a lot of people were disappointed because they were expecting a sequel to RPO, but Armada is still a good book!
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I’m honestly not sure why so many people hated this book. I think it was great.

6. Genre you try to stay away from as much as possible.
Dark romance. 🙅‍♀️

7. What are your favorite bookish things (aside from books of course)?
Hmm, I don’t know that I really have favorite bookish things that aren’t books! I get a lot of book stuff with my Uppercase subscription and I don’t think I’ve ever used any of it. I also got a lot of bookish stuff at BookCon and it’s all just sitting in my closet, so…

8. What’s your policy on book lending?
I am totally fine with lending any of my books except for my signed copy of Starry Eyes, which is never leaving my shelf ever. One problem with lending out my books, though, is that a ton of my books are ebooks. ☹️ Maybe I can just lend someone my whole Kindle? It would honestly help with my TBR…

9. If you get stranded on an isolated island, who are the 5 book characters you’d want to be stuck with?
I just got asked this question in a different tag! That one was four characters, though. They were:

  • Mia Corvere from Nevernight, because she would protect me from anything scary on the island.
  • Connor Cobalt from Kiss the Sky (and many other books), because he could probably just make a phone call and get us off the island.
  • Sam from Emergency Contact, because I feel like he would be able to distract me from the disaster around me until help arrived.
  • Lennon Mackenzie from Starry Eyes, because he would probably actually know how to survive on the island.

For number five, I’ll go with…

10. Non-fiction book/s you would like to recommend.
I’d recommend Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen, and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

11. What’s your opinion on giving a book a low rating/negative review?
I mean… I clearly have no problem with writing snarky reviews. But I only do it if I feel like the book deserves it! I also try really hard not to say anything bad about the author in a negative review.

11 questions from Amber:

1. What is the post you’re most proud of on your blog?
My favorite post in recent memory is the one where I talked about my favorite bloggers. ❤

2. What is the book you wish you could shove in everyone’s faces?
Either Starry Eyes or The Hating Game. I recommend both pretty incessantly.

3. What is your favourite diverse read?
Maybe The Brightsiders?

4. What is your favourite controversial read?
Controversial as in mixed opinions? Two books I really enjoyed with mixed opinions are My Lady’s Choosing and Beauty Queens.

5. Do you own any bookish merchandise?
Between BookCon and my Uppercase subscription, I own a ton of bookish merchandise. It all just sits in my closet because I honestly don’t know what to do with it. I have a million tote bags, bookmarks, pins, magnets, pieces of jewelry, socks, so on and so forth. I even have a Magnus Bane plush even though I don’t even like TMI.

6. Describe your dream library!
It has floor-to-ceiling shelves (color coordinated) with a sliding ladder and lots of windows. It also has a big, comfy couch with lots of pillows and fluffy blankets and there is always a cat waiting to be petted. ❤

7. What is a book you’re never going to touch (aka read)?
I never say never, but I don’t see myself reading classics like War and Peace. I’m just not interested and there are so many other books I could be reading.

8. What is something you wish you could tell your younger bookworm self?
Probably that there’s nothing wrong with reading what you feel like reading. I wasted sooo much time in high school trying to read these “impressive” books when I could have been reading something I actually enjoyed.

9. What is a book you wish you could read again for the first time?
The Hating Game!

10. Is there a book you think would suit a movie style better (scandalous I know)?
Yes! I think People Like Us would have been better on screen than it was on paper.

11. What’s your favourite thing about having a book blog?
Making friends! 💖

10 questions from Kaitie:

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I used to have dance parties in my backyard with all the neighborhood kids. We’d choreograph routines to the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears and it was so much fun.

2. What was your favorite and least favorite subjects in high school, and why?
My favorite was always English. The best was a lit class I took as an elective during my senior year. It was so much fun and taking it with all of my friends made it even better. My least favorite was physics because I hate physics. I’m bad at it and it doesn’t make sense to me and the teacher was not helpful at all.

3. Who is your biggest OTP, and your biggest NOTP?
My biggest OTP is honestly me/books. My biggest NOTP is me/confrontation. I’m sorry that this is a kind of sassy answer but I don’t really have anything better to say.

4. Which fictional creature, character, or world would you wish into existence, if you could?
One Michael Phan, please.

5. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written?
My list of favorite book bloggers! ❤

6. What are the top three destinations on your travel list?
Spain | I’ve wanted to go to Spain forever and I promise it’s going to happen someday.
South Korea | One of my best friends lives there and I haven’t seen her since college! It would be so much fun to go visit her.
Tennessee | Something keeps happening every time this trip is almost planned, but I will get there eventually even if it’s the last thing I do. If nothing else, I’m jumping in my manager’s car in October when she and her mom drive there.

7. Who was your biggest childhood crush?
What are we considering childhood here? And are we talking celebrity crushes or people I actually knew? I could talk about my crushes forever, I’ve had so many over the years.

My first big celebrity crush was Zac Hanson when I was in elementary school. I also had an embarrassingly big crush on David Desrosiers from Simple Plan when I was like 14. But in the No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls era. Not after he grew his hair out and started wearing lots of eyeliner.

My biggest childhood crush on a person I actually knew was my neighbor’s cousin. His name was Kyle and he used to visit over the summers and one time he serenaded me with a Backstreet Boys song. (It was Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely and I think we were 9.) I also had a crush on a guy named Jake that lasted throughout the entirety of high school. He was the coolest and one time his band played a show at our high school and covered If You C Jordan by Something Corporate. I thought it was the best thing ever even though they had to censor a huge chunk of the song.

8. If you could travel back to any time period, where would you want to go?
I would go back to the 90s and have some more dance parties in my backyard.

9. Which book/books have impacted your life the most up to this point?
That’s a good question. I’ve read hundreds of books in my life. The one that’s coming to mind right now is Emergency Contact. I don’t know if it’s the book that’s impacted me the most in the entire history of my life, but it definitely made me think about a lot of things in my life, and I’m still thinking about it months later.

10. What is your biggest unpopular opinion?
One that really shocks people here in New Jersey is that I don’t like the beach. I had a very lengthy discussion with my manager on Friday about why I don’t like going to the beach, because that’s just a thing that people do here and apparently it’s weird that I don’t like it. But (1) I don’t like crowds, (2) I don’t like being hot, and (3) I get sunburned wearing SPF 85 in the shade.

11 questions from me:

  1. What are your dealbreakers in a book?
  2. How often can you listen to a song before you never want to hear it again?
  3. What’s your least favorite trope?
  4. Do you have any pets? If so, please share some pictures!
  5. What’s a weird fact that you happen to know?
  6. Do you let people borrow your books or guard them with your life?
  7. Do you like to buddy read?
  8. What’s your favorite kind of blog post to write?
  9. What’s your favorite book (or series) from your childhood?
  10. What’s your theme song?
  11. Have you ever been to an author event or book convention?

My nominations:

I think I’ve already nominated about 50 different people for this one, so I’m going to leave this open for anybody who wants to answer these questions! If you decide to do the tag, please link to this post so that I’ll get a notification to check out your answers! And if you love tags, please comment to let me know! I would love to tag you in things! ❤

Page Count: August 2018

Wow, did I ever have a bad run of books in August. I pretty much just hated most of what I read? I don’t even understand what happened, but it put me in such a reading slump. I ended up reading three or four books at the same time so I’d at least be able to make some progress. Audiobooks also saved me a little bit, because at least I can listen to those while doing other things.

Anyway, I’m happy to report that I only have a couple short ARCs left and I should be able to devote the majority of September to reading the many piles of books I’ve bought for myself.

204 of 452 pages 273 pages 144 pages 80 pages
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99 pages 320 pages 362 pages 315 pages
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116 pages 273 pages (🎧) 291 pages 432 pages
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304 pages 435 pages 304 pages (🎧) 352 pages
★★★☆☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★☆☆ ★★★★☆
216 pages (🎧) 150 pages 576 pages ~188 pages
★★☆☆☆ ★★★☆☆ ★★★☆☆ ★★★☆☆

Total books:  19.5
Total pages
: 5,434
Average rating: 2.75

How did August go for you? Did you read as much as you’d hoped?