Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 16)

I was nominated by Whitney & Charlotte for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you both so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
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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?

I just talked about bloggers who give great recommendations here! Two more favorite bloggers who’ve kind of been with me from the beginning (and are always up for a tag, like me) are Jamsu and Lori!

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!

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Tag: Prediction Book Tag

Thank you to Mandy for tagging me in another great Book Princess Reviews original tag! Seriously, the original tags that she and Sha make are the most fun and if you’re not following them, you’re missing out!


Rules:

.x. pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews .x.
.x. tag the person who tagged you .x.
.x. find an answer to match each prompt .x.
.x. have fun! .x.


All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Next Read

I never really know what I’m going to read next, but I’m trying to get caught up on ARCs, and What I Like About You has been calling my name! Also, it’s about internet friends turning into real-life crushes and if that’s not my kryptonite, I don’t even know what is.

Next 5 Star Read

I have been wanting to read Heartstopper forever, and I finally got it! I’m like 99% sure this will be my first 5-star book of 2020.

Next 1 Star Read

Not to be too snarky or anything, but I literally bought The Sarington Necklace to hate-read.

Next Love Interest (or Character That Seems Really Cool to You)

I wouldn’t call her a love interest, but Evie from The Diviners series has always seemed very cool to me. I really need to get to Before the Devil Breaks You so that I can read The King of Crows!

Next Book You’ll Be Buying

I actually don’t buy too many books anymore, but I have been wanting to do a Blind Date with a Book for a while. One of our bookstores downtown always has a few of these out, and I’m sure I’ll give into temptation one of these days. 🙂

Next Book That Will Leave You With a Book Hangover (and Desperately Wanting a Reread or Next in Series)

If The Bear and the Nightingale is anything like Katherine Arden’s middle-grade books, I’ll be desperately needing the next in the series as soon as I finish.


I’m tagging:

Jamsu 🔮 Raya 🔮 Susan 🔮 Leslie 🔮 Meghan


Please feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t directly tag you! What do you think will be your next five-star read? What’s the next book you want to buy? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Bob’s Burgers Book Tag

I saw Rebecca do this tag a few months ago and I had to steal it! Bob’s Burgers is one of my favorite shows and this tag looked like so much fun!

This tag was created by Anna from Unquenchable Reads and Sabrina from Slaybrina.


Bob Belcher: A book in which everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

Save the Date is basically a comedy of errors. Anything and everything goes wrong at this wedding, and it’s great.

Linda Belcher: A book that showcases a positive outlook on life.

In The One Hundred Nights of Hero, Cherry and Hero never give up on their goal to save Cherry from her wicked husband’s games.

Tina Belcher: A book that gave you second-hand embarrassment.

I was mostly embarrassed that this book was even published.

Gene Belcher: A book you got easily distracted from reading.

It took me forever to read Wild Beauty because I kept getting distracted. The writing style was super flowery and the mystery wasn’t enough to keep me interested in the story.

Louise Belcher: A book that features crazy adventures.

The Babysitters Coven ended up being way more adventure-focused than I’d anticipated!


If you love Bob’s Burgers, I tag you! What’s a book that gave you second-hand embarrassment? What’s a book you got distracted while reading? Let’s talk in the comments?

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Tag: Bookish Would You Rather

Thank you to Katie for tagging me to do the Bookish Would You Rather tag! I have done a couple Would You Rather tags before (here and here), but not this one! This should be fun. 🙂


The Rules:

  • Answer the questions given to you by your nominator.
  • Make up your own questions and tag others.

Questions from Katie:

Would you rather only read ARCs, or only read backlist titles?

Definitely only backlist titles. Eventually ARCs will become backlist titles, but I could never get to anything that’s currently on my TBR if I committed to only reading ARCs!

Would you rather own all the books you read, or only loan books from the library?

I’d rather only borrow from the library. Books look pretty on a shelf, but my bank account cannot afford buying 200 or so books every year.

Would you rather lose your place in your book every time you put it down, or get a papercut every time you read?

I gave myself a papercut at work a couple days ago and it keeps reminding me of its presence every so often, so I’m thinking I’d rather lose my place.

Would you rather only read in the dark or read books with tiny text?

Tiny text, I guess. That seems easier than reading in the dark.

Would you rather drop your favorite book in the toilet, or throw it into a woodchipper?

Throw it into a woodchipper, I think. It seems a more dignified way to go. (Ideally, obviously, neither.)

Would you rather read only the first page of a book or only the last page of a book?

The first page, then I’d just be left wanting more. If I only read the last page, I’d probably just be confused.

Would you rather read a book that ends in a cliffhanger, or a book that ends with heartbreak?

Cliffhanger. I generally do not like books that break my heart.

Would you rather read a manuscript from your favorite author and have to tell them it was awful, or read 50 Shades of Gray out loud in public?

Read 50 Shades of Gray out loud. I wouldn’t want to make someone who’s made me so happy sad.

Would you rather never be allowed in a bookstore again or never be allowed in a library again?

Never be allowed in a bookstore, because, see above… my bank account cannot afford all these books I read.

Would you rather read only one genre for the rest of your life, or never repeat the same genre after reading it once?

Only one genre. I feel like I’d run out of genres pretty quickly if I could never repeat them.


Please feel free to steal this tag and link back to me if you do! I’d love to see your answers! Cliffhanger or heartbreak? ARCs or backlist? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 11)

Many thanks to Meghan and Fizza for the nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here:

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What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

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The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I used to be really into fonts. I could look at a website and tell you all the fonts they used and I probably had a good thousand or so on my computer. I still think fonts are fun, but I’m not nearly as obsessed as I was.
  2. It’s getting to the end of January and I’m still wearing Christmas socks. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
  3. I have a new special project at work and recently found out that several million dollars are on the line and am kind of freaking out. (But it’ll be fine.)

Questions from Meghan

On the spot: favourite book from your favourite genre?

YA contemporaries are my favorite, and Starry Eyes is my favorite YA contemporary. ❤

Favourite book of 2019?

I actually just answered this in a different tag! What are the chances. 🙂 My favorite of 2019 was Sadie.

Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about their books? (I like this question so I’m going use it)

Yes and no. I mean, if I like a book, I like a book. I might not like the way Mackenzi Lee acts, treats her fans, or uses her status as a bestselling author, but I can still recognize that The Gentleman’s Guide was a really fun book. That said, do I have any desire to support her further? No.

Any end of the year goals you’re striving for?

Well, I’m getting to this tag a little late, so I’m going to talk about my goals for early 2020 instead. I have two immediate goals:

  • Get through my backlog of ARCs! I moved in September and got into a huge reading slump. I listened to a lot of audiobooks, but physical books are still difficult for me. I have a ton of ARCs I need to read and I’m making it a goal to get through one a week.
  • Finish my 2019 reviews. I was so backed up on reviews that at one point, I think I had like thirty that I had to write. I’m mostly caught up, although there are a couple from 2019 that I still need to get to. This weekend is my deadline!

Have you started thinking about your 2020 goals (if you make them)?

I decided to take it easy in 2020 and not overwhelm myself with challenges. I did a post about my reading goals here. In addition to that, I’d love to do some more collabs with authors (I’m so bad at making the first move, though), attend some more bookish events (I’m going to a Sarah J. Maas event in March!), and get back into blog hopping.


Questions from Fizza

Who is your role model?

Honestly, I don’t know that I really have one. There are a lot of qualities I admire in a lot of different people, but there isn’t one person I look at and say, “Hey, I want to be just like them.”

What is one place you have always wanted to visit? Did you visit it or is it still on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, and I’ve never been there. It’ll happen someday!

What was the best thing about 2019 and what are your hopes for 2020?

2019 was a year with a lot of changes. I made the decision that I needed to do what was best for me, so I quit my job and moved across the country. A lot of people had a lot of opinions about it, but I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.

My hopes for 2020 are that it will continue to be great! Now I’d like to find a good balance between work, fun, and relaxing.

If you could live anywhere in the world for one year where would you go?

Definitely Costa Rica. I spent some time there a few years ago and it was so pretty and so relaxing.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Does Pusheen count?


Recent(ish) Posts That I’m Proud Of


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer these questions if you’d like! Do you have a role model? What are some goals you have for 2020? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Book Festival Book Tag

Thanks to Mandy & Sha for tagging me to do their original Book Festival Book Tag! Honestly, they come up with the best tags and you should definitely be following them if you aren’t already!


Rules:

.x. pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews .x.
.x. tag the person who tagged you .x.
.x. find an answer to match each prompt .x.
.x. have fun! .x.


Author Lineup

Name your top 3 authors that you would like to meet.

Jenn Bennett! Sally Thorne! R.S. Grey!

The Official Schedule

How do you determine what books you’re going to read next? 

I’m usually reading three books at any given time:

  • I’m always doing some kind of buddy read with my boyfriend these days. We usually just decide on whatever jumps out at us from either our shelves or my Kindle.
  • I try to always have an ARC going in the background. I’m usually not actively reading it, but I’ll pick it up and read a chapter or two when I have free time. I read whichever ARC has the most imminent release date. If there aren’t any coming out particularly soon, I’ll go with the one that’s most overdue.
  • When it comes to audiobooks that I listen to at work, it’s anybody’s guess. I place a lot of holds, so I get surprised with them showing up all the time. When I get down to one or two checked out, I’ll usually scroll through Overdrive and see if anything from my TBR is currently available on audio. If not, I just pick something that sounds fun.

ARC Drops

What ARC would you wait hours in line for? 

Definitely Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett! I’m also really anticipating House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas and What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter.

The Swag!

What bookish merch/pre-order incentives/etc. is your favorite?

I like things I can use, like pens and notebooks and bookmarks. Once I got fuzzy socks and that was nice too.

The Panels

What topic would you love to see some of your favorite authors talk about?

As someone who loves to read but cannot write, I would love to hear my favorite authors talk about their process. Where do their ideas come from? How do they create such real characters? How do they write dialogue that sounds like an actual conversation? I just think it’s so incredible that anybody can pull an entire universe out of their mind and write it down in a way that other people can feel like they’re experiencing it firsthand.

Yallfest, Yallwest, BookCon/BookExpo, YALC, Etc.

What book festival/con would you go to if you had the choice?

I think BookExpo would be fun. I feel like it’s the less crazy, more civilized, less money grabby older sibling of BookCon.


I’m tagging:

MegganSahiSusanRebecca


Please feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you directly! I’d love to see your answers! Which authors would you like to meet? Which book festival would you most like to attend? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Thanks to Rebecca for recommending my recommendations and tagging me to do The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag!


Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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My favorite genre is YA contemporary, and since it’s been a while since I’ve shouted about it, I’m going with Starry Eyes. This book features a great friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance, a camping trip that made even me (a non-camper) want to spend some time in the wilderness, and a great discussion of safe, consensual sex.

2. Recommend a short book

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The Backstagers is a super cute graphic novel about the magical world that happens backstage at a school production. It’s filled with friendship and magical creatures and is so much fun.

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation

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I have to go with Coraline. The adaptation is basically the same as the book. The book was also a lot spookier than I’d expected! If you’re going to read it, I’d highly recommend the audio, since it’s narrated by Gaiman himself and features some creepy music.

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone

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I don’t tend to love thrillers, but You had me on the edge of my seat! I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a lot happening and a lot of it was really crazy, but it never felt like too much, like I’d need to set the book aside or take a breather.

5. Recommend a book series

There are so many series I could have gone with, but the first one that came to mind was Dumplin‘ and Puddin‘, so I’ll go with them. I got into Julie Murphy’s books at the end of 2019, and I ended up loving both of these so much.

6. Recommend a standalone

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If you’re looking for a book that deals with religion, sexism, misogyny, finding yourself, you can’t really go wrong with The Poet X. I was blown away by this book, and since it’s written in verse, it’s a pretty quick read, too.

7. Recommend a book you don’t talk about enough 

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There are a lot of books that I don’t think I talk about enough, but for this prompt, I wanted to go with one I loved that I don’t really see other people talking about, either. Beauty Queens is one of those books. Between the cover and the synopsis, it sounds kind of like a trainwreck. But I promise it’s not. It’s so, so good. It’s unapologetic satire of our obsession with reality television, with looking perfect, with being the best at everything. It has a really positive, really feminist message, and as a bonus, the “beauty queens” don’t just fit one stereotypical image of what a pageant girl should be.

8. Recommend your “staple” book 

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Is it even a book tag if I don’t somehow work The Hating Game in there? I mean, really.

9. Recommend the book/s that got you into reading

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I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but the first books I remember reading on my own and really loving were the Beverly Cleary books. I had a stack of them at my grandma’s house and would often read them after I finished my homework.

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books


Tag! You’re It!

I’m tagging the three people above along with Lori, Alex, and Jamsu!


Feel free to steal this tag even if I didn’t directly tag you! I’d love to see your answers! What’s a book that got you into reading? What’s an adaptation that you’ve enjoyed? Let’s talk in the comments!

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