I was so thrilled to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Yaykisspurr over at Perspective of a Writer and Avi at Panic at the Bookstore! This makes me happy for a number of reasons, including the fact that ‘Sunshine’ is an old college nickname. Go check out Perspective of a Writer and Panic at the Bookstore for two amazing blogs on reading, writing and all things bookish! Thank you both so much for nominating me, it means a lot 🙂
- Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated 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 and/or on your blog.
1) If you had to chose a dystopian world to be sent to, which would it be and why?
I’d love to avoid dysopian worlds at all costs because I know I absolutely would not thrive in one. But probably the world of All the Birds in the Sky. It’s familiar enough to not be completely terrifying and I wouldn’t need to participate in the Hunger Games.
2) What are your favorite blog posts to write and why?
Monthly round ups are my absolute favorites! I love looking back on what I’ve read and bought and how real life has influenced my reading choices. Seeing the number of books I buy in a month has definitely frightened me into paying more attention and trying to cut back.
3) Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
My rule is that, unless someone has advised otherwise, I’ll usually give a book 100 pages. If it doesn’t click with me by then, I probably won’t like it and it’s not worth my continuing. There are so many books out there in the world and not enough time to read them all. Why read a book you don’t like just for the sake of finishing it?
4) What types of characters do you love most? (i.e. like genre but for characters, examples: strong female, hot love interest, nerds, pirates, if you can group them and love them, name them!)
Give me more ladies like Amani from Rebel of the Sands or Nina/Inej from Six of Crows! Women who have real agency and are interesting outside of their romantic interests! I love that in Traitor to the Throne, there is no Jin. There is no ragtag band of companions. It’s just Amani using her brain to fight her situation instead of her weapons. She stands on her own as an amazing character. Nina and Inej have a real friendship, which just seems so rare in fantasy. They’re incredibly strong women who are complimented by their friendship and their romances, not defined by them.
5) If you could teleport to any city in the world which would it be? If you had to make your way home on you own would it still be the same city?
I’m pretty much exactly where I want to be! After many years of misery in New York, I’m finally living in a place I love. Oxford is a very pretty place to be, especially in my little corner of it. I’d love to be zapped to Edinburgh, my favorite city, for a visit, and I’d be able to get home pretty easily.
6) If you wrote a book, what would it be about? (i.e. the premise, type of characters, world?)
I’m not much of a writer, but probably something fantasy-related. I’d love to fill in some of the gaps I see in fantasy fiction.
7) If a band were to be featured in a fictional story, which would you want it to be and why?
This is terrible, but I’m not much of a music person!
8) What book describes you best? (Is it a particular character, the cover or the story?)
It feels like a total cop-out answer, but Hermione. Super bookish, frizzy hair, just a little bit bossy, and thrives in an academic environment.
9) Favorite book universe and why? (Is it the friends you would have, the world you would live in or the abilities/circumstances you would be in?)
The world in Six of Crows is absolutely amazing, but you couldn’t pay me to live there. Westros is another great one that I’d hate to live in. Actually, I’d hate to live in most of my favorite worlds. The only one I’d like to live in would be Middle Earth (in peacetime, please).
10) What is your favorite book pet? Real pet? Ultimate pet?
After reading Northern Lights, I desperately want a daemon. Although Sophia is kind of my daemon. She sits on my shoulder, follows me around, tries to make conversation.
11) If you’d humor me and look at this post I wrote about Korean dramas… which banner looks like it has a story you would be interested in reading/watching?
One of my friends is really into Korean dramas and has been badgering me to watch for years. I’ll consult her and see what suits :p
1) What was the book that got you into reading and how did you find out about it?
I don’t think there was a single book that got me into reading, but I’m a reader today because of my parents. They’re both avid readers and encouraged me to read from a very young age – I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t reading or didn’t love it.
2) What goals did you have when you first started blogging and have you achieved it?
I really just wanted to gain a couple of followers, meet a few new people, and chat about books. I have far surpassed that goal!
3) What inspired you to start a blog and did you learn anything while blogging?
As mentioned above, my friend Melissa’s comment about trusting my book recommendations really sparked the motivation to create this blog. I’ve certainly branched out since I started. I’ve learned all about young adult books, which I never really touched before this, and discovered a whole bunch of new favorites.
4) Apart from reading, what other things do you enjoy?
I’m an avid World of Warcraft player, although I’ve learned to moderate it. I started playing back in 2010 and have pretty consistently played since then. Now it’s pretty much a weekend-only activity, but I still love it. It’s so ridiculous and fun.
I’m also a crazy knitter/crocheter. I don’t do it as much because I haven’t figured out how to read and knit at the same time, but I make most of my own hats, gloves, and scarves.
5) If you could be transported to one bookish world, which would it be?
Send me to the world of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, please! I’ve always been fascinated by space and space travel, but will probably not see it in my lifetime. This is why I love science fiction books so much, and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’s world is just amazing. There are so many species pretty much living in harmony.
6) What is one thing you struggle with as a reader and one thing that you love?
I can struggle to get out on my comfort zone. While I’ll try almost anything, I really stick to one genre and read it until I get overwhelmed. It’s kind of like listening to a song over and over until you’re sick of it. I love that reading can transport you to a different place. I started reading fantasy in particular as an escape when I was in a bit of a personal rut and it helped me out a lot. It’s the perfect way to forget about things for a little while.
7) Do you believe that books have the power to change your life? Have you read any such book?
Harry Potter changed my life as a kid. It suddenly became okay to be a bit weird and always have my nose in a book when I was at an age where I was supposed to hate reading. It bonded me with some of my best friends and created a mutual interest with lots of new people and friends.
8) Are you a sucker for happy books or one that leaves your heart broken?
Break my soul! Happy books are great, but there’s nothing I love more than a bittersweet ending. There have been a few books that have made me sob my eyes out and they’re among my favorites.
9) If you had the chance to live in either your reality or favorite fictional world, which one would you choose?
Again, probably the world of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. What an amazing world to live in!
10) Do you believe in buying books or getting them from a library?
Because I have the money and space to spare, I much prefer buying books. I am, however, a huge supporter of libraries and pretty much exclusively read books from the New York Public Library for a long time.
11) I don’t believe that all readers have to be introverted. It’s Friday night and there’s a really fun party going on in the neighborhood, would you go with your friends and attend it or stay home and read?
Go out with pals, be good and social, then come home at a reasonable time so I can spend Saturday reading in bed!
Here are my questions!
1) Have you ever been part of a book club? Did you like it/is it something you’d want to do? Why?
2) Has a book ever made you angry enough to stop reading?
3) What has been your most rewarding experience as a blogger so far?
4) Have you ever met your favorite author?
5) Do you prefer heroes or villains?
6) When did you become a dedicated reader? Was there a book that got you started?
7) What tropes do you want to see more of and which would you like to see less of?
8) How much does a book’s cover influence your decision to read or buy?
9) What are some of your favorite book blogs and why?
10) What is the most challenging book you’ve read?
11) If you had to pick one book or series for everyone to read, what would it be?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is for blogs that are positive, creative, and inspirational. I’ve picked some of my favorite blogs that haven’t done this yet (I think) to nominate.
Don’t feel pressured to do this if it’s not your thing! If you end up doing it or already have, send me a link!