Rules of the award:
- 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 (at least) 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 and/or on your blog.
11 questions from Trisha:
A book you pretend you’ve read?
I don’t think I’ve ever pretended to read anything! I will openly admit that I haven’t read a lot of classics or really popular books.
Recommend me a new book boyfriend. What makes him swoon worthy?
That’s a hard one! I haven’t found a good book boyfriend in a long time. I’ll have to go with one of my old standbys — Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game. Some things that make him swoon-worthy:
- witty banter
- works in publishing
- will take care of you when you’re sick
- seems mean but is just shy
I’m really selling him, I know. I promise he’s better than I’m making him sound.
A criminally underrated book or series?
The Story That Cannot Be Told deserves so much more attention than it’s getting!
How do you organize your bookshelves?
Well, they’re organized in a sort of rainbow, but then books come off the shelf and go back on and I just have so many books with black and white spines that it’s really just a mess.
Do you mostly buy new or used books?
Mostly used! If I can buy it used, I will.
What was the name of your first pet?
A goldfish named Jack. He lived three days.
Do you prefer first or third person?
It depends on what I’m reading, but usually first person. The vibe has to be right for me to prefer third person.
What is the last book you read out of your comfort zone?
Do I even have a comfort zone anymore? I kind of read whatever I feel like these days. I guess maybe The Kitchen by Ollie Masters. Mafia and murder aren’t really my cup of tea, but it was for a reading challenge.
What did you rate your last read and why?
I’m writing this a little bit in advance, so I’m sure I’ll have finished more books by the time this posts, but I finished Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen today and I rated it three stars. Honestly, I felt like it was a little longer than it needed to be and the characters’ lack of discussion of their relationship combined with all of the assumptions they made about each other frustrated me. That said, it was definitely one of the better erotic novels I’ve read, it actually had a plot outside of the sex, and the ending wasn’t ridiculous.
What’s most important, plot or characters?
This is the hardest question for me, because I find it really difficult to care about the plot if I don’t care about the characters, but it’s also really hard to care about the characters when they’re all sitting around doing nothing. But if I was forced to choose, I’d probably go with characters.
Do you read one book at a time or multiple at once?
These days, sometimes I’m juggling three or four books at a time.
11 questions from Dini:
If you could get an ARC of any one of your most anticipated releases, which would it be?
I would break my self-imposed ARC ban for Chasing Lucky.
What is your least favorite book you have read this year?
There have been some real doozies this year, but Little Birds, a collection of “erotic” short stories featuring racism, pedophilia, and bestiality, might take the cake.
What is a book or series that you feel is overrated?
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. A rant review is coming.
What is a book that you always recommend to everyone?
Probably The Hating Game. Just, like, constantly.
What is a hyped book you have no interest in reading?
It’s heresy, but I have literally zero interest in reading Ninth House. I was excited about it, but then I read a few lists of content warnings, and nope. Not for me. I prefer my books a little lighter than this.
What is a movie/TV show location that you want to visit IRL?
I’d love to have Bob make me a burger.
It’s a dark and stormy winter’s night. What book would you curl up beside the fire to reread?
I don’t really do rereads, but I’d love to curl up with either a fluffy romance or a fun graphic novel.
Would you only check out books from libraries or buy all your books new for the rest of your life?
Check them out from the library. My wallet can’t handle the amount of books I read.
What’s your favorite time of the day to to read?
Honestly, all day. I listen to audiobooks from about 8 am to 5 pm during the week, and then I do at least a little physical reading when I get home.
Best bookstore you’ve visited?
A Room of One’s Own is near my old college campus in Madison, WI and I didn’t think much of it when I was a student. I think mostly I was just annoyed with a professor for refusing to let the university bookstore stock the required textbooks and instead making me find this independent bookstore off campus. Well, I went back over the summer and it was great! I’d be there all the time if I still lived in Madison.
If you could have dinner with three authors who would they be and why?
- Jenn Bennett, because she seems super nice, I love her books, and I’m jealous of her bread-baking skills.
- Sally Thorne, because she also seems super nice and I’d love to talk to her about The Hating Game and Josh and Lucy.
- R.S. Grey, because if she’s half as funny in real life as she is in her books, we’ll have a great time.
11 questions from Shyla:
Name one thing that you’re obsessing over / geeking out about these days!
Decorating my apartment! We just got the signed records up, and I have a ton of stuff — my favorite Saga issues, some set lists, some signed Playbills — framed and ready for hanging whenever I get the time. I also finally got my birthday present (a handwritten note from Jenn Bennett) framed and hung.
What’s a more appealing reading experience to you, series or standalone?
Definitely standalone! I’m terrible at finishing series and I hate cliffhangers.
Show off your latest book haul (purchase, gift, what have you)!
I actually haven’t had a book haul in a long time! The last gift I got was Jealous Revenge, but that’s an ebook so I can’t really show it off!
You’ve had a rough day, how are you going to spend your evening?
Great question. My preferred end to a rough day goes as follows:
- come home, pet my cat a lot
- take a nice hot shower
- eat a nice home-cooked dinner with my boyfriend
- watch a funny show, probably The Office
- eat some ice cream or whatever kind of baked good we’ve recently made
Morning person or night owl?
I’m just a sleepy person. But I guess probably night owl. I have a lot of trouble falling asleep, so if I can sleep past 6 am, that makes life a little easier.
Are you pickier about food or books?
Definitely books! I’ll eat almost anything.
Name one bucket list item!
I’d love to be able to sit down with one of my favorite authors and actually have a conversation with them. I’ve met a few authors I really admire and I’m usually a jumble of nerves and barely able to get any words out.
If you could invent one thing, anything at all, what would it be?
Speaking of never sleeping, I’d love to invent a machine that would put me to sleep without any of the negative side effects of actual sleeping pills.
If you were starting University/College tomorrow, what would you major in?
Hmm, if I could do it all over again… I might do an English degree to make a job in publishing a smidgen more likely.
If you could travel to one book world, which would you choose?
Who would you cast as the lead in a screen adaptation of your favourite book (whether or not it already exists)?
I am very sorry, but I am terrible at fancasting. I have no idea where to even start.
If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your go-to book recommendation? Do you like to stick to one book or read multiple at the same time? Let’s talk in the comments!