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:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9101112


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:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 91011


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. 🙂

Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 8)

I was nominated for an eighth(!!!) round of the Sunshine Blogger Award by AmandaCat, Siobhan, Eram, Write Where I ReadJamsuSaraEline, and Mani! Thank you all so much!! ❤

You can see all seven previous takes of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7


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.

10 questions from Cat:

1.  Do you like to watch Booktubers?
I really try to stay away from Youtube since I’ll just fall into a rabbit hole of a million videos. If my self-control crumbles and I make my way to Youtube, then yes, I love watching people talk about books. I just watch whatever it recommends to me, though, I don’t have anybody in particular that I watch.

2. Do you like to write? If yes, what do you write?
Once upon a time, I was a journalism major who cried a lot over her writing being criticized and I pretty much came to the conclusion that writing is not in the cards for me. I love writing reviews and blog posts, but that’s about as far as it goes these days. I’m definitely not a writer.

3. Favourite city to visit
I love visiting New York! I could visit New York a thousand times and still never do everything that I want to do. There’s a Tim Burton bar there that I really want to visit the next time I’m up there.

4. If you were given $30 to spend on a book today, what book would you buy?
Well, now that I’ve read my most anticipated book ever, I’m not sure how to answer this question! I might preorder The Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason. That’s pretty high on my TBR right now.

5. What is one book you wish everyone would read?
THE HATING GAME

6. What’s been your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
Recently, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. ❤

7. What’s the best book you have read this year so far?
I’m going to say that it’s probably Nevernight. I was so impressed by that book and it was really hard to put it down!

8. If you could teleport to any bookstore in the world where would you go?
Would you believe that in all the times I’ve been to New York, I’ve never gone to The Strand? I’d like to teleport there RIGHT NOW.

9. Where is your favourite place to read?
I mostly read on the couch in my living room, although I’m really not that picky. As long as I have a book and it’s relatively quiet, I can read anywhere.

10. Do you review books on your blog? 
I sure do, usually at least five times a week. 🙂


11 questions from Amanda:

1. Top 3 non-series books- go.
✨ The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
✨ Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
✨ What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

2. NetGalley, Edelweiss or other?
I’m definitely pro-Netgalley. It’s the first website I really used for ARCs and it’s the one where I have the best luck. I’m denied for 99% of what I request on Edelweiss, although I did (shockingly, somehow) get approved for 99 Percent Mine. I also really like Penguin’s First to Read since I’ve had really good luck there so far, but there’s a really limited selection of books.

3. Favorite animal & why?
I love cats so much. Every cat on the planet is my favorite.  And why do I love cats? Well. They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They have an attitude but in a good way. They’re pretty self-sufficient. A purring cat on my lap is a pretty foolproof way to calm me down. I just love cats.

4. Book that you thought you were going to love and was super let down?
On a Tuesday by Whitney G. since I’ve liked most of what I’ve read from her. Also How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner because I usually really like Swoon Reads books!

5. Book that you thought you’d dislike and ended up loving?
My re-read of The Catcher in the Rye. I didn’t love it the first time I read it, but I absolutely adored it the second time around. I also wasn’t sure whether I’d like Nevernight, but I really, really did.

6. What genres do you enjoy the most?
I tend to love most contemporary YA. I also like romantic comedies. I’m kind of picky about my sci-fi and fantasy, but if it’s well-written and fast-paced, I’ll probably like it.

7. Where do you get your reads from (ie. book shops, online, library, etc)?
Setting aside ARCs, probably about half of what I read comes from the library. The other half is split pretty evenly between books that I’ve bought online (usually Amazon) and books that I’ve bought from a bookstore (usually Barnes & Noble). Although I have been known to order from TBD from time to time and if I find a cute indie bookstore, I will definitely buy something.

8. Book blogs you love following?
My favorite question!! I think that everybody knows Daniel (Page to Page) is my favorite book blogger of all time. I have a lot of favorite bloggers, though, and you can see a big list of them in my Top Ten Tuesday post!

9. Place you’d love to travel to, either in a book or in real life?
I would love to go to Spain. I’ve wanted to travel there for as long as I can remember.

10. Biggest blogging/blogger/book reviewer pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve when writing a review is probably when I can’t figure out how to put my feelings into words. This is usually when I either really loved or was indifferent to a book. I never have a problem talking about what I hated.

11. Favorite book review you’ve written, and link please!
My current favorite review is Troll because I don’t think I’ve ever had quite so much to say about a book before.


11 questions from Jamsu:

1. One of your happiest memories?
When I met Daniel and we went to Dollywood and it was the best. ❤

2. Top 5 NA books?
It’s been a long time since I read any NA books that I really loved, but here are five that I gave either four or five stars:

3. What snack/drink is your vice?
I don’t really have a drink vice. I guess maybe coffee since I would drink it all day if I could. But I don’t drink soda and rarely drink alcohol. For snacks, my biggest vice is any kind of sour candy. I love Sour Patch Kids and sour gummy worms.

4. How do you organize your books and why?
Books I’ve read are on my living room bookshelf and they’re more or less in a rainbow. Books I haven’t read are scattered throughout my whole house without really any organization. There used to be sort of a system, but I just keep buying more books and now there really isn’t.

5. What countries have you visited?
I went to Peru in 2010, Scotland in 2015, and Costa Rica in 2016.

6. Who’s your favorite TV villain?
Good question! I hardly watch any TV, and the shows I watch don’t really have villains, so I’m not sure how to answer this.

7. Favorite middle grade book?
The only middle-grade book I’ve read in at least fifteen years is City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. It was fine, but I didn’t love it.

8. What kind of posts do you prefer to write and read?
I like reading AND writing really snarky book reviews.

9. How would you describe yourself?
I am an awkward and affectionate crazy cat lady. I am very bad at talking to people that I don’t know and even when I can think of something that I want to say, it usually comes out wrong. I’m a hugger, which probably doesn’t mix well with being awkward, but it is what it is. And I love every cat on the planet, including fictional ones.

10. What kind of coffee is your favorite?
If I’m at home, I only put half and half in my coffee. If I’m at a coffee shop, I just like a plain latte. I used to only be able to drink really sugary coffee drinks (a peanut butter cup frapp was my favorite when I was in high school) but now I just can’t drink sweet coffee.

11. Are you planning to take a part of Blogoween?
I thought about it, but no. Maybe next year. 🙂


11 questions from Siobhan:

1. Which is the last book that made you giddy/laugh?
WHAT IF IT’S US.

2. Which fictional character would be your partner-in-crime?
Maybe Michael and the rest of the gang from Heretics AnonymousI feel like we would have gotten along in high school and we could’ve come up with some good plots.

3. If you had limitless funds, how would you design your library?
I would want floor-to-ceiling bookcases covering every wall with comfy couches covered in fluffy blankets and nice pillows. I would also have a cat or two available for cuddling.

4. Which is your favourite season?
I like spring because it means that winter is done.

5. What book reminds you of Fall?
Between the cover and the book itself, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman.

6. What book/series do you want everyone to read?
THE HATING GAME

7. What keeps you to continue blogging?
The book blogging community, which has been so amazing and so welcoming. ❤

8. What is your most recent post that’s your favourite?
Of my own? Probably my review of Troll.

9. What book universe would you love to live in?
My standard answer for this is the world of the Raven Cycle. It’s just so magical!

10. Which book are you anticipating (and/or fearing) to read?
My most anticipated for the year was What If It’s Us and now that I’ve read it… I’m kind of lost on how to answer this question. I have The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy but I haven’t read it yet, so I’m really anticipating that one. (I’m also a little afraid because I’ve seen some really glowing reviews and also some negative ones.)

11. If you could change the ending of a book, which book would it be and why?
Warcross, maybe. I think I would have liked it more with a different ending.


11 questions from Eram and Write Where I Read:

1. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
I was looking up words for book lovers and came across bibliophagist, which literally means “one who devours books.”

2. Dog person, cat person, neither, or both?
I’m such a cat person.

3. If you could own any animal as a pet without harming it or people around you, what would you pick and why?
Honestly, the only pet I want is a cat. ❤

4. What is your favorite book from childhood?
I loved everything by Tamora Pierce! If you want a little younger, probably Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Even younger… my favorite Golden Book was Doctor Dan the Bandage Man. 🙂

5. Do you have a place you like to go to de-stress after a long/tough day?
If it’s a Friday, I like to go to the farm by my house. Otherwise, sometimes I wander around my neighborhood or I just lock myself in my bedroom.

6. What would be the perfect book for you? I’m talking plot, genre, characters, themes, diversity, the whole shebang.
A romantic comedy about two friends who fall in love and silently pine over each other because neither of them thinks that the other could possibly fall for them. There would be so much sexual tension that I almost die. The characters have to actually talk to each other and they can’t run away from their feelings. They actually maintain their friendship because I can’t stand it when the friendship falls apart once feelings get involved. It should be slow burn but not any of that nonsense where they finally kiss two pages before the book ends.

7. Do you have any sort of comfort item (for example, a stuffed animal, a favorite blanket, a book, a particular music album, etc.)?
My cat is probably my biggest comfort item, although she isn’t really “an item” in the strict sense of the word. She does make me very happy, though. I also have a lot of albums I listen to when I want to feel better since usually any song I like will help cheer me up.

8. Hot weather or cold weather?
Give me hot weather any day.

9. What’s the goofiest way you injured yourself?
I was once so into an audiobook that I was listening to that I almost chopped my finger off with a mandoline.

10. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to teleport.

11. Are there any particular goals (personal, book, blog, etc) that you have for the rest of 2018?
I don’t have any particular book- or blog-related goals for the year, but I would like to get through as much of my TBR as I can. I have accumulated a huge amount of books this year and ideally I’ll read all of them by the end of the year.

In my personal life, there’s kind of a lot going on right now and I have a bunch of goals related to that. For once, though, I’m not going to overshare on my blog. 🙂 One personal goal I’ll share is to apply for as many publishing jobs as I can and hopefully at least get an interview.


11 questions from Sara:

1. What is the longest book you’ve ever read?
I just did a whole Top Ten Tuesday post about this! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix topped my list.

2. Where has been your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Definitely Costa Rica.

3. If you didn’t have a book blog, would you have another kind of blog?
At this point in my life, no. But when I didn’t work full time and I had a lot of free time to mess around with recipes, I had a cooking blog. But that was forever ago.

4. Do you like to read before bed, or does it keep you up all night?
I can’t fall asleep if I don’t read before bed.

5. What is your favorite T.V. show/movie adapted from a book?
Recently, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. So cute.

6. What is the scariest or creepiest book you’ve read?
The book that got to me the most was 172 Hours on the Moon.

7. What’s your favorite interest outside of reading?
Probably my cat. If my cat doesn’t count, then music. I love finding new songs to love.

8. Do you like to have a snack and/or drink when you read? If so, what’s your go-to?
I really don’t, because then I’ll mindlessly eat a lot of unnecessary snacks and I’ll probably spill the drink.

9. Do you know any languages besides your native language?
I have a degree in Spanish, but it’s been about six years since I’ve spoken it. I also took intensive Portuguese classes in college, but, again, it’s been a looong time.

10. Do you have any pets? If not, what kind of pet would you love to have?
I have the best cat on the planet! She’s so cute and she’s just the best. I love her so much. ❤

11. Do you also enjoy writing (i.e. like writing a book, poetry, etc; not blogging, of course)?
Not really. Way back when, I thought that I wanted to be a writer, but I can’t handle criticism and I don’t even know what I’d write about.


11 questions from Eline:

1. Which fictional character would you like most to be real?
MICHAEL PHAN ❤ ❤ ❤

2. Where would you go and what would you do if you had an endless budget for a vacation?
There a lot of places that I would like to visit at some point, so I would like to just hop around and spend a few days in each place. I don’t necessarily like to do things when I travel. I mean, I’ll go see a thing or two each day, but I’m not one of those people who needs to keep every second occupied to make the vacation worth it. Some places I’d like to visit are the west coast of the US, Spain, and South Korea. I’ve also been to New York so many times but there are so many things I still want to do there.

3. What do you honestly like most about blogging?
The thing that I honestly like most about blogging is making friends.

4. Which book was disappointing recently and why?
Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar, I’d seen so many great reviews and I ended up just thinking it was terrible.

5. If you were magically given the choice of one thing you would succeed at, no matter what, what would you choose?
A career in publishing!!

6. When do you stop and DNF a book? Do you give it a set number of pages or just based on feeling?
I very rarely DNF a book, but if I do, it’s for one of two reasons. The first is that it just kills any love I have of reading. (Example: The Last Time I Lied) The second is that it stresses me out and I don’t feel like it’s worth it. (Example: Why We Sleep) I try to give it a fair shot and make it to at least page 100, but it doesn’t always happen.

7. What’s a genre or type of book you want to read more of?
Mysteries!

8. What’s your top three favourite books of the last year?
💜 What If It’s Us
💜 Nevernight
💜 The Name of the Wind

9. Do you write?
Only blog posts and letters. 🙂 I used to want to write, but I don’t handle criticism well and I never knew what to write about.

10. What’s one book you love to recommend to people?
THE HATING GAME

11. What’s a book cover you would frame and hang on your wall?


11 questions from Mani:

1. Do you lend out your books?
I’m totally fine with lending out (most of) my books, but I don’t have a lot of friends that are big readers.

2. Do you write in your books?
I don’t actually write in my books, but I do write comments or flag quotes with sticky notes.

3. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?
Probably The Hating Game. Or maybe Starry Eyes.

4. Can you read on the bus/in the car?
No 😭

5. What makes you love a book?
Great characters and great writing. Including some of my favorite tropes doesn’t hurt either.

6. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
Not often! I tend to really dislike overly hyped books.

7. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I… clearly don’t have a problem with it, since I am often posting really snarky reviews about really bad books. 

8. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Oh, I don’t know. I mean, I have read many books in Spanish and a few in Portuguese. I really don’t know which language I would like to read in aside from those…

9. What’s the longest you’ve gone without reading?
Without reading anything? Not long, maybe a couple days. Without reading for fun? Probably a few weeks during college when I was busy with other things.

10. Favourite film adaptation of a book?
Recently, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

11. Which book character strongly resembles your personality?
I usually go with Jane Cobalt from the Like Us series since she’s also a crazy cat lady who likes to read. 🙂


11 questions from me:

  1. What’s a book that you thought you’d love that you disliked?
  2. What’s a book that you thought you’d dislike that you loved?
  3. What’s a book cover you would frame and hang on your wall?
  4. If you could recommend one book to me, which book would it be?
  5. Which fictional character do you most wish was real?
  6. If you could teleport anywhere right now, where would you go?
  7. Where do you usually get your books from?
  8. What’s one goal you have for the rest of 2018?
  9. Which snack or drink is your biggest vice?
  10. What’s the best adaptation you’ve watched this year?
  11. What’s your favorite animal?

I am officially nominating ANYBODY WHO HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN NOMINATED. And if you have been nominated and you feel like answering some questions, feel free! Just link back to me so I can see your answers. ❤

Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 7)

I was nominated by The Bookish Wormy and Lori for another round of the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much for the nominations! ❤ I’m pretty much an open book and I love answering questions, so it always makes me so happy to see that I’ve been tagged in one of these.

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


Rules:

  • 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 The Bookish Wormy:

1. What is your favorite scent?
Probably the scent of a good coffee shop. I like the smell of coffee brewing and I also like the smell of things baking. Also, I love coffee shops in general.

2. What is the saddest book you ever read?
The book that made me cry the most was Me Before You.

3. Night owl or an early bird?
I’m a very bad sleeper, so kind of both? But ideally, I go to bed around 10 or 11 and wake up around 6 or 7. I used to sleep in a lot when I was younger, but now I feel like I’m wasting my day if I’m in bed much past 7.

4. Who is your favorite villain?
Victor Vale! He’s also the only villain that ever comes to mind.

5. Would you rather live where it’s extremely cold or unbearably hot?
I grew up in Wisconsin where school would sometimes be canceled because it was too cold to leave the house, so I’m like… 1000% over cold and snow and winter. I would rather live somewhere hot.

6. What is something you firmly believe in?
I firmly believe in treating everybody with respect regardless of who they are and what they can do for you. I’m going to be nice to you because it’s the right thing to do, not because I think you’re going to do something for me in return.

7. Tell me something that brings a smile to your face and something that makes you sad!
Something that brings a smile to my face: cats being cute
Something that makes me sad: the fact that I basically have no friends where I live and all my friends live in my phone (that’s a downer, sorry)

8. Cats or dogs?
I love every animal, but I’m definitely more of a cat person.

9. If you were an alien from which planet would you come from?
Thebula? Bonus points if you get the reference.

10. What is one of your favorite tropes in books?
Friends to lovers with lots of pining from afar, it gets me every time.

11. Just for the sake of it who came first the chicken or the egg?
I’m going to say the chicken, but who the heck really knows.


11 questions from Lori:

1. Which fictional character do you think best represents you?
Jane Cobalt from the Like Us series.

2. What book do you most regret ever having bought?
Oh jeez, probably anything I’ve ever one-starred.

3. If you watch BookTube, who are some of your favorite creators?
I actually don’t really watch BookTube! I try to avoid YouTube because I get sucked in really easily and I’ll just end up wasting like four hours.

4. Who gave you your love of reading?
So I think most people in my family are big readers, but it was my grandma who most influenced me. She watched me a lot when I was little and she would just read me stacks and stacks of books every night. She was so amazing, I could ask her to read me 20 books and she’d do it. ❤

5. Do you prefer in-person or online book clubs?
I’ve never done an in-person book club! I’ve never really done an online book club, either, but I have done some buddy reads, which were pretty great. 🙂

6. How do you organize your upcoming blog posts?
I am actually (someday, maybe soon) going to do a whole post about this! I have a few different ways that I organize myself, but the biggest way is with a planner, sticky notes, and checkboxes.

7. What do you think of fans who write angry letters/direct messages to an author?
I mean… there are a lot of books that I’ve disliked in my life, but I’ve literally never been tempted to tell that to the author. I just don’t see the point of it.

8. How would you try to convert a non-reader into a reader?
I don’t know if I’d really try to convert a non-reader into a reader. I might recommend a book that I’ve really enjoyed that I think fits with their interests, but I hate it when people try to convince me to do things I don’t want to do, like it’s one of the very few things in life that makes me really, really angry, so I don’t want to do that to someone else.

If you could frame one book cover and hang it up in your house, which cover would it be?
WHAT IF IT’S US.

Which fictional character do you love that you think would be horrible in real life?
Victor Vale! I love him but I would not want anything to do with him in real life.

What’s one of your favorite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love?

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite book bloggers! It’s already my top-viewed post of all time, but it’s also one of my favorites that I’ve ever written and it makes me so happy that it’s still getting views and likes and comments.
  • Also! A bit of shameless promotion! My giveaway with Daniel (my #1 favorite book blogger) ends soon, so that’s definitely a post I want you to check out if you haven’t seen it yet!

11 questions from me:

  1. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
  2. What’s one of your favorite tropes?
  3. According to Goodreads, which book has been on your TBR the longest?
  4. Do you have any pets? If so, feel free to share some pictures!
  5. What’s your current favorite song?
  6. Are there any authors, tropes, or genres that you avoid?
  7. What’s your favorite book-to-screen adaptation?
  8. Which book do you wish would be adapted? (Assuming the adaptation would be done well.)
  9. If you could teleport anywhere, where would you go and what would you do?
  10. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written?
  11. What’s something that always cheers you up?

My nominations:

Raya ✨ Demetra ✨ Krisha ✨ Jackie

Last time I did this, I didn’t nominate anyone. This time, I’m nominating a few people who’ve recently told me that they like tags! (Feel free to ignore me, though, if you don’t feel like doing this tag or if you’ve done it before.) But even if I didn’t specifically nominate you, please feel free to do the tag and link back 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! ❤