What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
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 Whitney:
Do you like to read seasonally? (i.e. a winter book in winter, and so on)
Not really. I do try to read some spooky books around Halloween, but that’s about the extent of it. The rest of the time, I just pick up whatever looks interesting.
Do you use bookstagram? What is your username?
I don’t! I don’t think I’m nearly artsy enough to put out consistently good pictures. (Also, most of what I read is on audio these days.) I do follow a few bookstagrams, though!
Print, e-book, or audio?
A combination, really. I do mostly audio these days because I have a job where I’m allowed (and even encouraged!) to listen to something while I work. It’s an extra 40+ hours of reading time per week! But when I’m home, I feel like I’m pretty evenly split between print and ebook. I just finished an ebook and now I’m reading a print book.
What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
Probably books that could have been standalones turning into series. It’s such a money grab. We don’t need to have a twenty-seven book series about every single person you’ve ever mentioned in the entire universe of your book. (I will make allowances if the plots remain fresh and interesting, but that’s so rare once you get past the first few books.)
Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter?
Spring! Mostly because I hate winter and love the first sign of it being gone.
Do you know your Hogwarts House? Your patronus?
I did the whole Pottermore sorting thing way back in the day and it put me in Hufflepuff. I feel like my patronus was maybe an otter or something, but I don’t remember for sure.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
My all-time favorite store is Paper Source and I’m very sad that I haven’t found any in Tennessee.
What do you do for fun, besides reading?
I like to cook. I watch The Office and sometimes movies with my boyfriend. Sometimes I go on Reddit and give a bunch of book recommendations. (I hope that counts as different than reading.)
What would be your ultimate vacation?
I visited Costa Rica a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It was so relaxed, the food was good, and it wasn’t even too expensive. I’d love to go back and have zero responsibilities while I’m there.
If you were suddenly given $500,000, what would you do with it?
Pay off my student loans. Probably take that Costa Rica vacation. Buy some nice bookcases. Try to put the majority in savings.
What blog do you think more people should be following?
P.S. I just scrolled through my list of blogs I’m following and found that almost half of them hadn’t posted in months! No wonder my WP feed has been a little dead! Please recommend me some of your favorite blogs. 🙂
11 questions from Charlotte:
What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?
None! It’s so rare that I think a book needs to be expanded with a prequel. I can’t even think of any off the top of my head!
What were/are your favourite and least favourite subjects at school?
I have been out of school for a while, but my favorite subjects were always English (shocking), band, and art. Least favorite was physics. I was also not a big fan of gym class because I am just about the least athletic and least coordinated person you’ll ever meet.
What’s your favourite film that was released in 2019?
I didn’t watch a ton of movies in 2019, so that’s a good question. I don’t remember loving anything that was released last year.
What fairytale character would you be willing to trade places with?
Maybe Cinderella? She just turns her whole life around.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I moved a good thousand miles away from all of my book-loving friends and family and needed someone to talk to about books. I decided I’d talk to the internet since nobody I saw on a daily basis was as into books as I was.
What’s one piece of advice that you think all new bloggers should know?
Don’t worry about your stats. This is something that I still struggle with. You can write an amazing blog post that you’re super proud of, that takes you hours, that you think will be really well-received, and be met with silence. You can also bang out a post in five minutes that’ll still be getting comments months later. I have no idea how it works.
And going along with that, views really fluctuate a lot and it has nothing to do with anything you’re doing wrong. Last year at this time, I had almost double the daily views that I have now. I’m not doing anything different. That’s just how it goes sometimes.
If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
Andrew McMahon, from Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, and now solo. He’s been my favorite musician for more than half my life and I think his story is also really inspirational.
Here’s a playlist I made of my favorite Andrew McMahon songs way back when I used to do a whole playlist every week instead of just one song.
What’s your favourite lesser known, or talked about, book?
I never really see people talking about Love Scene, Take Two. I really loved that book and I wish it got more attention!
Which fictional character do you most admire?
Like… ever? That’s a hard question! Maybe Starr from The Hate U Give for standing up for what she believes in.
What generally beloved character gets under your skin?
The first one to come to mind was Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I don’t hate her or anything, but I definitely don’t love her as much as a lot of other people do.
What are your goals for 2020?
Blog-wise, I’m hoping to continue to post once a day and keep stepping out of my comfort zone to work with authors and publishers. (There’s another author interview coming in a few weeks!) I’m also trying to think of a good idea for a collaboration series with other bloggers.
Life-wise, I’m trying to make some friends here in Tennessee, which is hard because my natural introvert instinct is to be quiet and not bother anyone. But I think I’m getting there. I’m also trying to be a bit more active since I realized all I really do is sit at my desk all day and then come home and sit down to read or write blog posts. So I’m trying to do three fitness classes per week and get at least 5,000 steps per day.
If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your favorite way to relax? Which book cover is your favorite? Let’s talk in the comments!