Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 15)

I was nominated by Consu & Meggan 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 Consu:

Favorite book of 2019

I think it has to be Sadie.

Prettiest cover (doesn’t matter if you didn’t read the book)

I didn’t like Wild Beauty, but I still love the cover.

Three words on a blurb that’d make you buy the book

FRIENDS. TO. LOVERS.

A book you expected more from (doesn’t mean it was bad, it just wasn’t it)

I didn’t think Make Me Bad was bad, but it definitely wasn’t up to my expectations for an R.S. Grey book.

A book you expected nothing from and left you pleasantly surprised

So many! The first one that came to mind was Small Spaces (and its sequel, Dead Voices) by Katherine Arden.

Best library/bookstore you’ve visited (yes, I’m stealing this question)

Best library: Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ. Very pretty building, great selection, they will literally obtain any book you ask for in any format you request, huge selection of used books for $1 or $2, tons of events, bestselling author on staff… best library ever.

Best bookstore: A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI. Really cool layout, owned by a famous author, a donation can get you some pretty well-known ARCs, bonus points for being in my favorite city.

A book to screen adaptation that you loved (or are waiting for)

I saw the movie before I read the book, but I’d have to go with Coraline! They did a great job adapting it.

A book you’d want to see adapted

I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians and I’d love to watch the adaptation when I’m done!

Favorite book from a genre you don’t usually read

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I loved Daisy Jones & the Six.

Reasons why you’d DNF a book

I’ll usually only DNF if it’s boring AND badly written, and not in a funny enough way that I can do a good rant review. I’ll also DNF if I don’t get along with the writing style after a couple chapters. I’m trying to get better about DNFing, but it’s still pretty rare for me.

A bookblogger you want to hype and why

Mandy & Sha at Book Princess Reviews for their amazing original tags and their consistently great reviews!

11 questions from Meggan:

If you had to choose a super power to gain and any color to alter your eyes to, which would you choose?

For a superpower, I’d choose teleportation. And if I had to change my eye color, I’d probably go with green.

If you could fly somewhere for 24 hours and money wasn’t an issue, where would you go?

I think I’d like to be relaxing in Costa Rica.

Which shows and/or movies can you watch over and over without being tired of it?

I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen Freaks and Geeks.

What is a book that you’ve read that you will always remember?

I’ve read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret so many times that I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

What is your favorite way to relax?

My current favorite method of relaxation is watching an episode of The Office with my boyfriend.

Is there a food you’ve never had but always wanted to try?

Probably, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head!

What kind of books/authors/genres do you like reading?

What is something you used to do regularly and miss?

Blog hop with a lot more frequency. I had a lot of downtime at my old job and could read and comment on a lot of posts while I sat on hold. I have a different job now with basically no downtime and most websites are blocked by the filters, so that’s not really an option anymore. I like my new job a lot more than my old one, but I do miss having all that time.

Cloud watching or stargazing?

Stargazing.

What is one mythological creature that you wish were real?

I don’t even know! Maybe a pegasus.

Is there something you refuse to eat no matter what?

Not really. I mean, I don’t like raw fish, eggplant, or coconut, but given the choice between eating them and starving, I’d pick eating them.


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: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 14)

I was nominated by Trisha, Dini, and Shyla for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

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

Henrietta, Virginia. 🙂

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!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 13)

I was nominated by Heran, Alexandra, and Sylvia for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

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

What was your first blog post?

You know, good question. It appears that it was a review of Margot by Jillian Cantor way back on November 12, 2013.

What’s the best film you’ve seen this year? Why?

I can suddenly only think of movies I haven’t liked! While I can admit that Midsommar was a cinematically beautiful movie (even given the subject matter), it just didn’t do it for me. (My boyfriend absolutely loved it.)

Where’s the best place you’ve ever been (on holiday)?

Costa Rica!

What’s your favourite post you’ve written?

It’s been a long time, but I really am partial to my post about my favorite book bloggers. ❤

Would you rather be the hero in a story or the villain? Why?

The hero, just because I hate confrontation and I’d have to have way too much of it as the villain.

Is there anything you’re excited for in 2020 (bookish or non-bookish)?

A new president. (I definitely didn’t just say that.)

Do you have a favourite word?

I do. It’s spiffy.

What’s one song you think everybody should listen to?

I think if you’re going through a difficult time in your life, you should listen to High Beam by Chelsea Jade.

Are you a plot person or a characters person?

Ideally, I would have both. I really don’t know how to answer this one. If the plot is boring, I don’t care about it or the characters. If the characters are boring, I don’t care what they’re doing. But we all knew that I’m super critical about things, so this probably isn’t a surprise.

What’s one thing that’s on your bucket list?

Going on a fun vacation abroad with my boyfriend! We’ve only gotten to travel within the US so far.

What is the best thing that happened to you during the past week?

I actually got to tell an author, to her face, without stumbling over my words or embarrassing myself, that I loved her book.


11 questions from Alexandra:

What is your favorite book-to-screen adaption?

Hmm, maybe Matilda.

What is your most hated book-to-screen adaption?

The Mortal Instruments.

Create a quick playlist for your favorite book.

My most recent five-star book was The Story That Cannot Be Told, and conveniently, I just shared a playlist created by the author!

A book you pretend you’ve read.

Why would I pretend that I’ve read a book when I could actually read it? I just don’t understand that.

Who’s your favorite superhero and why?

I’m not really a superhero person, but I was always partial to Mr. Fantastic when I was in high school.

Recommend me a new book boyfriend. What makes him swoon-worthy?

I’ll go with Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient. He’s just such a good person.

A criminally underrated book or series.

Anything by Jenn Bennett, really. Her books are so good and I feel like only a very small section of the book blogging world talks about her.

If you could interview one character who would it be and why?

All the credit goes to my boyfriend for this one: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind, because how fun would that be?

What is your go-to fluff book?

The Hating Game. I’ve only ever read it once, though. (But then again, I only ever read most things once.)

What are your favorite reading snacks?

I don’t eat while I read. I’m way too messy of an eater.

It’s time to assemble your bookish squad! Which characters make the cut?

I’ll go with Connor Cobalt from the Addicted series, Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and Joshua Templeman and Lucy Hutton from The Hating Game.


11 questions from Sylvia:

What animal would you want as your side kick?

Definitely a cat, preferably a sassy one like Mr. Kindly in Nevernight.

Which genre of books is underrated in your opinion?

I think quality memoirs are underrated. I say “quality” because there are a lot of really, really bad memoirs out there.

What is the most interesting food you’ve ever eaten?

Probably llama heart.

What is your favorite winter activity?

Literally never leaving the house. I hate winter.

What useless super power would you want to have?

Credit to my boyfriend again: being able to turn the page without touching it.

Favorite cartoon?

Bob’s Burgers!

Favorite ice cream topping?

I like sour things, so sour gummy worms, those sour popping balls, anything sour, really.

Who is your favorite book or movie villain?

Victor Vale from Vicious!

If you could see any singer/band (living or dead) in concert, who would it be?

I’m really sad that I never saw Brand New in concert. If they ever do another tour, I’ll be there.

Best read so far this year?

I’ve hardly had any five-star books this year! I’m going to cheat a little and give you three:

Which planet would you want to visit?

I’ve always liked Saturn, although I don’t know quite how visiting there would work!


If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s the most interesting food you’ve eaten? If you could recommend one song to me, what would it be? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 12)

I was nominated by Roo, Eline, Rachael, and Rae for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

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

What is your favourite book of the year so far?

This is the hardest question, but I think I have to go with Bloom!

What is your most anticipated book of this year?

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff!!!! I cannot wait!!!!

Have you found a TV/movie adaption of a book you have really enjoyed? If not, are there any you are looking forward to?

I really enjoyed the adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I also really liked Love, Simon!

Where is your favourite bookshop? And what is it called?

I recently went to A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI and really liked it. I hadn’t been there since college since now I live in New Jersey, but it was 10,000 times better than I remembered.

Would any of the characters in the book you are currently reading win The Hunger Games?

I just finished Through the Woods by Emily Carroll and I think that yes, many of the characters could win.

Do you have multiple copies of a book? If not, are there any editions you currently have your eye on?

I don’t think that there are any books I have multiple copies of. I’m trying to be pretty good about either donating or selling any books that I don’t need to keep.

What is your favourite season?

I love spring!

What is one of your dream vacation spots?

I’d love to go to Spain or Portugal! I majored in Spanish in college and took a semester of intensive Portuguese for fun.

Describe your perfect Sunday

I love my Sundays recently! I stay home and do laundry while my boyfriend goes out and does the grocery shopping. After he gets back, we go out for lunch and hang out downtown for a bit and then go to the library. It’s such a fun and relaxing way to spend a day. 🙂

Are you an aspiring writer? Have you currently got a WIP? Or any ideas for one?

I am not! I’m happy reading stories and not creating them. 🙂

What it your most treasured possession?

Excluding my cat (who isn’t really a possession), probably a necklace my boyfriend gave me for my birthday. ❤


11 questions from Eline:

A place you would want to travel to next

I think the next place I’m going is Hershey, Pennsylvania!

Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

  • Becky Albertalli
  • Jenn Bennett
  • V.E. Schwab
  • probably others that I can’t think of right now!

What could a synopsis include that would immediately make you want to read a book?

FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS!

A stunning book cover

I love Emma Mills’ book covers! I haven’t read this one yet. 🙂

At what point do you DNF books? Is it a certain percentage through it?

Well, first of all, I rarely DNF anything. But if I do, I try to get up to page 100 before giving up. That doesn’t always happen though, because sometimes I just can’t handle the book.

Would you prefer to live in a big or small city?

Definitely a big city. I would love to move to NYC!

Favourite mythological creature?

🦄

One of your goals for 2019

Survive my job…

How many languages do you know and what would you like to learn next?

Other than English, I can understand most written and spoken Spanish (I’m not as great at speaking it myself) and I could probably get by with Portuguese. I’m not really sure which language I’d like to learn next. I always thought that Icelandic would be fun, but it’s not a language that I’d use on a daily basis.

A book quote you like

“You can be with the same person for a long time and have it be fine and meet someone else who instantly makes you see that it’s broken,” she said.

EMERGENCY CONTACT BY MARY H.K. CHOI

Recommend me some book blogs you follow!


11 questions from Rachael:

What’s your favorite lesser known book or series and why?

I hardly ever see people talking about Starry Eyes, even though it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read!

Describe the best food you’ve ever read about in a book.

I don’t tend to really remember the food I read about, but I do remember the Korean-Brazilian fusion food truck from The Way You Make Me Feel! I would love to eat some of that.

Would you rather be a character in a whimsical magical tale or an epic space opera?

I’d take whimsy and magic over battles any day.

If you could change something about your favorite book, what would you change?

I pretty much have undying love for Starry Eyes, but I suppose I could get rid of the miscommunication in it? That’s one of my biggest pet peeves. It didn’t bother me too much in that book, though, since it seemed really natural.

Why did you start blogging?

Because I moved to New Jersey and didn’t know anybody here! I needed someone to talk to about books!

What is your most controversial bookish opinion?

I did a Top Ten Tuesday post about this not too long ago, but my most controversial opinion is probably that I can’t support Cassandra Clare.

Personal library or public library?

Both! I own a ton of books, but I also make weekly trips to my public library.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Probably the fact that I’m very calm in a crisis and can pretty much get anything done that needs to be done.

What book character would you name a pet after? (and what kind of animal is the pet?)

Honestly, I don’t think that I would name a pet after any characters! I’ll save the literary names for my future children. 🙂

Where would you go if you could go anywhere within driving distance (like 5 hours max) right now?

Right now, I’m very tired and don’t really want to go anywhere… but in general? Probably New York City. I could really go for some ice cream at Ample Hills.

Who is your book boyfriend (or girlfriend)?

Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game, I guess. I already have the perfect boyfriend. Fictional characters can’t even compare.


11 questions from Rae:

What’s your favorite genre?

Right now I’m very much into graphic novels. They don’t take a ton of brainpower or effort to read and that’s perfect after a long, stressful day.

Where do you like to read?

Mostly I read on my couch or on my bed.

What do you do when you’re not reading?

I like to spend time with my boyfriend, go to New York, cook and bake, and obsessively plan out every detail of my life.

Who is your favorite author?

Jenn Bennett!

When is your favorite time to read?

Right before bed. It’s a really easy way for me to calm down and get relaxed enough to sleep.

How do you choose what books to read next?

I try to read ARCs first, but after that, it’s really whatever I feel like. Sometimes I’ll choose a book based on a reading challenge prompt, but I’m finding that I read more when I don’t set a strict plan for myself.

What do you look for in a book?

I don’t think that I really ask for a lot in books. I want it to be well-written with believable characters who do things that make sense for the situation. I always love a good friends-to-lovers storyline and I’m a sucker for anything with a lot of pining, but I don’t think I’m really that picky.

How do you feel about book to movie adaptations?

I don’t usually watch them, but that’s mostly because I don’t usually watch most things. I have so much time to read because I don’t really watch TV or go to many movies.

Do you prefer a stand-alone or a series?

I really prefer standalones. I have no opposition to series, really, but I don’t always have the time or energy to dedicate to reading a really long series.

Have you ever joined a book club?

I have not!

What are your tips to other bloggers?

My biggest tip is to make sure you’re posting the kind of content that makes you happy! Don’t force yourself to write a ton of reviews if you don’t want to and don’t feel obligated to come up with discussion topic after discussion topic if that’s not something you’re comfortable with. Your blog is yours and it’s there to make you happy. If it’s stressing you out, then something has to change. ❤


If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your dream vacation spot? Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 11)

I was recently nominated by Trisha and Alex for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 910


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:

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

I think I’d live in New Girl. Can you even imagine how much fun it would be? I’d love to have Jess as my BFF. Hanging out with Nick, Schmidt, Coach, and Winston wouldn’t be too bad, either. (And Ferguson!!)

If money were no object, where would you be living?

I’d be living in a spectacularly awesome apartment in Brooklyn!

If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in anything, what would it be?

Can I say something like… not letting things get to me? I’m usually pretty good at that, but I’ve had trouble letting little things go recently. I was mad for longer than I’d like to admit last Friday because a man was super rude to me at work.

Which one is the first book you ever bought?

I’m not really sure! Probably something by Tamora Pierce, I’d guess. I was always at the bookstore with my mom when I was little.

Let’s be honest, which is that series of books that you know you will not finish?

Most of them! I’m very bad about finishing series. It’s more rare for me to finish a series than it is for me to stop it.

If the place you lived in could only experience ONE season forever, what season would you choose?

Summer. My favorite season is actually spring, but with everything blooming comes a lot of pollen, and it just leads to me sneezing over and over and over and over and over again for weeks. With summer, I get nice weather without all that nonsense.

How many unread books do you own?

Overall, I’m not sure, but I counted 75 in my bedroom a couple days ago.

Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

Jenn Bennett, Krista & Becca Ritchie, and R.S. Grey. There are a ton of authors that I want to read everything from, but not a ton of authors that I’ll actually purchase each time.

What’s your favourite bookish map?

Another question that I’m not sure on! I don’t mind fantasy, but it’s not really my favorite genre. I can’t think of any bookish maps that I was really into off the top of my head.

Which fictional character do you think best represents you?

Maybe Belle from In Bed With the Beast. It’s basically a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so Belle is a nerdy bookworm who’s lived a pretty sheltered life, and I relate a lot.


11 questions from Alex:

Which author, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Jenn Bennett!

What is the most popular book or series that you have no intention of reading?

Probably A Song of Ice and Fire? I just have no desire whatsoever to read that series.

Have you ever caused irreparable damage to a book?

Yes, I have dropped books in the bath. 😥 I mean, I guess they dried out, but they look weird.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

My shelves aren’t really organized in any real way. They were sort of a rainbow, but then I decided that I didn’t want to separate series, and it turned out that at least half my books have black spines, so it’s just kind of a jumble right now.

How many unread books do you own?

I just counted a couple days ago and I believe it’s 75!

What is your most anticipated release of 2019?

Darkdawn!

What is one backlist book you *must* read this year?

Oh, I did a whole post about this in January. I’m not doing too great on reading my backlist books, but I am trying. I’m going to say Vengeful because I was so excited to pre-order it and now it’s just been sitting on my shelf forever.

What was your favourite childhood book?

I had many favorites, but the one that’s best stood the test of time is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?

A minor reading slump can be fixed by picking up some audiobooks or graphic novels. I was in a pretty major reading slump from the end of February until the beginning of April, though, and nothing really pulled me out of it until I just one day got over it.

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?

I don’t do discussion posts really often, but I usually end up feeling pretty proud of myself when I do. Here are some discussion posts I’ve really enjoyed writing:

What is your favourite book cover?

I always have the same answer for this question, which I guess makes sense since it’s my favorite…


I’ve tagged a ton of people recently, so I’m going to take a little break for now. If you want to answer these questions, though, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Which backlist book are you most excited to read this year? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 10)

It’s been a while since I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, so I was pretty happy when a notification popped up that AK @ Everything Is Bad For You nominated me! Thank you so much for the nomination!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9


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 AK:

1) What’s your favorite or most-used medium for entertainment?

Unsurprisingly, given that this is a book blog, my most-used form of entertainment is books! I really rarely delve into other mediums, even television and movies.

2) What character in a work of fiction would you inhabit and why?  (Assuming you’re experiencing the entire storyline of the game/novel/film/whatever as this character.)

I would love to be Lucy Hutton from The Hating Game. Lucy has my dream job (she works in publishing!) and she gets to sit across from and talk to/banter with Joshua Templeman all day. ❤

3) What work would you wipe all memories of from your brain if you could so that you could experience it all over again?

I don’t think I would! I have this fear that if I read one of my favorites again for the first time, I wouldn’t like it as much. That’s one of the reasons I don’t do rereads. I just want to keep that warm and fuzzy feeling intact.

4) What’s the most annoying trend occurring in your favorite medium today?

Let’s see… probably works that could be one long book being broken up into several smaller books.

5) What’s the most promising trend occurring in your favorite medium today?

I think it’s great that books are starting to include more diversity in very natural ways.

6) How much or how little romance do you like in your games/films/novels/etc.?

I love a ton of romance. Give me a sickening amount of it. I love love.

7) If you had to be the ruler of one country in any work of fiction, which one would you pick?

Ooh, that’s a hard one. Usually books that discuss their governments have, you know, pretty bad governments. I also have absolutely zero desire to go into politics. I think I’ll have to pass on this question. I’d be a terrible ruler.

8) Do you think virtual reality will improve anytime in the near future to the extent that it’s actually worth using?  Or are we already at that point?

Oh dear, I don’t really know anything about virtual reality!

9) I’ve heard people say that the novel is a dying form of art and that changes in attention span length and the constant multitasking our generation is involved in will make them obsolete.  If you have an opinion on that matter, do you agree or disagree?

I have a very strong opinion on this matter, and it’s that the novel is absolutely not dying. To the average non-reader, it might seem like people don’t read anymore, but look at the sheer amount of book bloggers that exist! And the amount of people with Goodreads accounts! I think it can definitely be hard to focus on reading, but that doesn’t mean that the novel is dying. It just means that we’re living in a different world than we were fifty (or even twenty) years ago.

10) Are you optimistic about the future of the human race?

I really try to be, but I don’t know. Sometimes things happen that just leave me sad.

11) Cake or pie?  (There’s only one right answer.)

Ugh, I love both so much. I was tempted to say pie because I really love a good apple or cherry or blueberry or lemon curd pie, but then I remembered a couple cakes I’ve had recently. I think I have to go with cake. Hopefully that’s the right answer.


Since this is my tenth time doing this award, I’m not going to nominate anyone, but please feel free to consider yourself nominated and answer AK’s questions! Do you prefer cake or pie? Which fictional world do you want to live in? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 9)

Can you tell that I’m trying to work my way through my backlog of tags? I love doing them, but between the holidays and work and traveling, I got pretty far behind. Today I’m doing another round of the Sunshine Blogger Award. I was nominated by Raya and Nikki (thank you!!) and if you’re not already following them, you should definitely go check out their blogs! 🙂


If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here:
one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight


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.


11 questions from Raya

[1] What’s a book you read that you would’ve been proud to have written?

Definitely The Hating Game! I love it so much, recommend it incessantly, and can only hope to someday be as talented at anything as Sally Thorne is at writing an enemies-to-lovers romance.

[2] What’s one movie or TV show you think you’d have liked to have read as a book?

Fun fact about me: I hardly ever watch anything. (This is how I have so much time to read.) It’s really rare for me to watch a movie by myself, but I’m happy to watch one with somebody if they ask. I used to watch a few TV shows, but over the last few months, I’ve really lost interest in most of those too. I guess one TV show that I think would make a good book is Misfits. I used to love that show when I was in college.

[3[ Is there a book that you personally liked a lot but wouldn’t recommend to others?

I tend to hesitate when recommending non-fiction. There are a number of non-fiction books that I’ve really enjoyed, but when it comes to recommendations, I usually go with fiction. It’s not that I wouldn’t recommend these books, just that I usually don’t.

[4] If you could read books by only one writer for the rest of your life, who would it be?

Jenn Bennett, because she’s never disappointed me.

[5] Which book character would you like to travel the world with?

Imagine traveling the world with Simon Spier. I feel like he’d be the best travel partner.

[6] What’s a book family you wouldn’t mind being a member of?

Marko, Alana, and Hazel are definitely an unconventional family, but they have so many adventures and clearly love each other so much.

[7] Who’s your favorite book couple?

I have a real soft spot for Josh and Lucy from The Hating Game. Yes, I can find a way to work The Hating Game into just about any conversation.

[8] What’s the most recent book that you bought / wanted-to-buy solely based on its cover?

Since it didn’t work out so well the last time I bought a book based solely on its cover, I don’t really do that anymore. But the cover plus the really mixed reviews I’ve seen of The Wicker King definitely didn’t hurt my chances of reading it. (Then I had a coupon for B&N, so I bought it.)

[9] What’s the funniest book that you have read?

It’s a tie between My Lady’s Choosing and The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers. (Coincidentally by the same author duo.)

[10] What’s a generally hated character that you like?

I couldn’t even think of any generally hated characters, so I Googled it. The first result was Holden Caulfield and it really just hurts my heart that people hate him. He goes through so much in his life and he’s also so relatable.

[11] What’s the one place where you could never read a book?

I can read just about anywhere, but not in a moving car. Planes are fine, trains are a little iffy but sometimes okay, but cars? Nope. Instant migraine. It makes me so sad, but I guess that audiobooks make up for it.


11 questions from Nikki

[1] Who is your favorite superhero and why?

I don’t really keep up with superheroes very much, but if I had to choose one, I might go with Thor. I don’t really have a good reason. I just saw that first Thor movie several times with my best friend and he was the first superhero I thought of.

[2] What is your most anticipated release for 2019?

Currently, Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett!

[3] Who would you choose as your one and only book boyfriend?

I’ve said before that I prefer real people over fictional characters, but if I had to go with a book boyfriend, I’d probably choose Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient. He’s just so perfect.

[4] If you could live in any book “world”, which would it be?

I think it would be awesome to live in Henrietta, VA and hang out with Blue Sargent and all the Raven boys.

[5] What was your favorite novel of 2018?

Nevernight!

[6] Pumpkin Spice or Chai?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. Probably pumpkin spice, although a chai latte used to be my go-to drink when I was in college.

[7] If you could choose one setting from any novel to live in, which would it be?

I think I’m going to stick with my answer to the fourth question: Henrietta, VA.

[8] If you could only read one novel for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Oh dear. I don’t really re-read books… like ever… but I suppose I should go with a favorite. I’m going to say Emergency Contact. It just put me in such a great mood. Hopefully it would keep having that same effect on me regardless of how many times I read it.

[9] Would you rather have a bent page in a book or a bent book jacket?

Give me one bent page any day.

[10] Fiction or non-fiction?

I will almost always choose fiction over non-fiction, although I am making an effort to read more non-fiction than I used to.

[11] Mystery or sci-fi?

It really depends on the book! I guess, in general, though, I’d go with sci-fi.


I’m not tagging anyone, but please feel free to answer either set of questions (or both!) if you’d like! If you do, please link back to this post so I can check out your answers. 🙂