Hello everyone! I hope you’re all keeping well.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Meg (A Little Shelf-Righteous) for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! It absolutely made my day.
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.
How does it work?
- Thank the blogger(s) 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.
Now for Meg’s Questions…
Before I answer these questions, I just want to say that some of these questions look tough! I’m not sure how I’m going to respond to a few, but let’s find out.
1. Paperback, hardback, audiobook or ebook?
I think I’ll go with paperbacks, but only because they’re usually a little bit cheaper, which I appreciate. I thought audiobooks weren’t for me until April of this year, but now I really like them. E-books, I can read, but I find that I don’t enjoy the book as much as I would have if I’d read it physically.
2. Who was your first book crush?
My memory is a bit fuzzy, so I’m not sure if I can remember who was the very first. Will Herondale comes to mind though, so we’ll go with him. He’s definitely one of the originals.
3. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
When I mentioned that Meg has included some tough questions, this is one of them. I literally have no clue how to answer, so I’ve enlisted my friend to answer for me. She isn’t overly confident either though, so this should be interesting.
She came up with…
- The Eve of Niamh– she thought it sounded like a cute coming of age story. I’m not sure about it, though. I don’t think I have any cute coming of age stories in my life.
- Pages Past– because I like books and I like history. This is true, and I do like the alliteration of that option.
- Words and Wander– because I also like to write and I like to travel. Again, true, and again, I like the alliteration.
4. What is one trope you wish was more popular in books?
When I read this question, the definition of what a trope even was, disappeared from my brain. Honestly. I had to google a list of tropes, so that I could find one I want to see more, because all I could think of was the really popular tropes that are present.
In the end, I think I’d love to see YA books that have the protagonist’s parents present. A lot of them don’t, and I understand why, I just think it’s a lovely dynamic when they are included.
5. Name your favourite classic.
Do I even need to say it? If you’ve read my blog before, or you follow my Twitter account (@daylightreads) then you’ll know how much I love Anne of Green Gables, so I have to go for that. Anne of Green Gables is such a whimsical, feel-good classic, which is why it is my favourite one.
6. Name a book that didn’t live up to the hype.
I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover. By the Book by Amanda Sellet has a lovely cover, and so I couldn’t wait for it to come out. I love when bookish culture is represented in books, so I thought this would be the perfect book for me. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed by it. Our protagonist, Mary’s love of books became her personality, and I really didn’t appreciate that. Also, the relationship seemed completely random. I think she spoke to the love interest about four times, if that.
7. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
Ummmm, not sure. Cassandra Clare’s villains are usually pretty good, though! …Well, not good, but you know what I mean.
8. What is your bad bookish habit?
It’s really bad, like really bad. I have an awful habit of being in the middle of reading a book, and then just flipping to the end, and reading it. I have no idea why I do it, and I wish I didn’t. It sounds silly, but I don’t even register that I’m doing it anymore! Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop me? Please save me from myself (lol).
9. What book got you into reading?
I have loved books my entire life, and I’ve been reading my entire life, so I can’t pin-point the exact book that got me into reading. I will tell you about some notable ones, though. Before I could even read for myself, an author came to my school to sign copies of his books. I can’t remember the name of the book now, but I loved it so much that I learnt it off by heart. I could literally recite it. Enid Blyton was also hugely impactful on my childhood reading. The Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree in particular started my love of reading longer novels as a child. In terms of YA, The Hunger Games was the first series I read. I didn’t really know what YA was when I read them, so it was a few years before I found another one to read. The series definitely started my love of YA, though.
10. What is your favourite book cover? If you can’t choose, stay what style!
At the minute, it has to be Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez. I’ve talked a lot about this book on my blog recently, in part, because of it’s beautiful cover (it’s also an awesome book, content wise). The author designed it herself, which I think adds something very special. If I ever publish a book, can she please illustrate my cover?
11. Name a sequel that was better than the first book.
Inferno and Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle. I think they’re both better than the first book, Vendetta, although I loved the entire trilogy.
1. Name your top three favourite characters of all time.
2. What is your favourite genre to read and why?
3. What is your least favourite genre to read and why?
4. Is there a popular book that you didn’t like? If so, why?
5. What’s more important in a book, the characters or the plot? Or, something else?
6. What is your favourite trope to read about?
7. What made you want to start a book blog?
8. Do you judge books by their covers? If so, can you give an example?
9. What was the last five star book you read?
10. Do you listen to music whilst reading?
11. Name an underrated book that more people should read, and name a popular book that was worthy of the hype.
Like Meg, I’m only going to tag a few people, but if you want to do this please feel free to say I nominated you!
Apologies if any of you have already been tagged!