The Relationshipper Book Tag

Hello, book fam!

How do I start off another glorious reading weekend? I do a tag post. Finally. I’ve been dying to do one!

Anyways, my darlings Teagan and Jess from Fiction No Chaser tagged me! And you know how I love talking about my favourite ships. Thank you, T and J! 💜

Rules:

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!

Jess and Teagan’s Questions

What fictional character from a book would you date and why?

My smol cinnamon bun Az. HE DESERVES ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD. I’m still angry at how Maas misused him. 😠

What would your first date with this character look like? What would you do?

Flying trip!

What fictional characters would form your book significant other harem?

Cardan from Cruel Prince,

Darkling from Grishaverse (what is wrong with me),

Dante from Legendary,

Kaz from Six of Crows,

and William from Clockwork Princess

What’s your least favorite trope when it comes to book relationships?

Cheating. It kills the entire book for me.

What’s your favorite ship?

Rowelin right now. I love Feysand. However, I feel how Rowelin grows as a couple makes them one of my favourite.

What’s a ship you *hate*?

Keenan and Laia from A Torch against the Night. She deserved so much more than what she got from that disgusting man.

What’s a ship you’d like to third wheel with and why?

Lysandion (Lysandra and Aedion)! If this ship doesn’t sail, I’ll do a book burning. Okay, that’s slightly harsh. But I’ll cry hard.

If you could delete one ship from a book, who would it be and why?

Maven and Mare. I don’t know why the YA community thinks this ship was okay. So let me get this message to the people in the back: THIS SHIP WASN’T GOOD. IT WASN’T SANE. Got me? Okay.

What two characters from different fandoms would you like to see together?

I need to see Aelin and Kaz together. The insanity between the two of them may just make the book combust.

What ship that ended are you still mourning?

Nina and Mathias. Can I please have more years to mourn?! WHY DID YOU DO THAT, LEIGH?!?!

…And I’m still salty.

Jacob or Edward?

Neither. 🤷 I honestly don’t know how I liked either of them.


My Questions

Let’s start a long tag post at 10 pm. Sure. That’s a great idea, Sib. Onto the questions:

  1. Which ship do you hope lives forever?
  2. What trope can you not get enough of?
  3. If you could destroy a ship, which one is it?
  4. Which book boy/girlfriend would you steal from his/her significant other?
  5. What is your favourite ship?
  6. What is a ship that makes you want to dig your eyes out?
  7. Which bad guy/girl would you love to date?
  8. Which ship will go down with?
  9. Which ship can you not live without? Why?
  10. What is your newest book crush or your new favourite relationship?
  11. What book relationship burned you the hardest?

Tag time!

But why only five people though?! Okay, you know the deal: if you don’t want to do this tag, you’re good. If you do though, link me! I’d love to see your answers! If I haven’t tagged you (because I had the five-person limit) but want to do it, go ahead!

Kalina | Danielle | Justine | Lily | Kaleena

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey, everyone!

How’s your long weekend looking? I finally feel like myself after Fan Expo. I never knew I could walk that much, but my feet say otherwise. 😲

I’ve never done this award before. Leslie from Books Are the New Black nominated me. You need to check out her blog. You’re in for a treat.

Thank you, Leslie! 💜😘

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Seven Things about Me

  1. I’ve almost died three times. I practically lived in my local ER/hospital because I was always sick.
  2. Since I had a speech impediment when I was young, I hated public speaking. I couldn’t do that part of an assignment, and I certainly can’t do it now.
  3. I’m a marketing and publicity intern at a small Canadian press. Getting this internship took me years. I actually mean that. I couldn’t believe that I got it, and I’m so lucky that I have.
  4. I may have half-siblings, but I don’t see them as family. Over the years, I found mine through friends, and they’re more of a family than my own blood.
  5. I don’t like peacocks. I had one stalk and chase me. And ever since then, I can’t look at one without having a “flight” moment. They may be pretty, but they are dangerous.
  6. I hate when books show up damaged. My collection is basically pristine. And when I see a book damaged, I cry a little inside.
  7. I swore off getting another cat when my first pet, Tobi, died. It took me years to get over that loss. However, I found this little guy walking in my neighbour’s driveway, whistled at him, then fed him when he followed me home. And he just walked right into my family’s life. Literally, he just walked through our front door and occasionally knocked on it when the rain came. Bud, my stray-turned-pet, has captured my heart. He’s a fighter like me, and I adore this little man. ISN’T HE CUTE?! 😍


My nominations!

Kaleena | Erin | Alexandra | Kristin | Lilly | Bibi | Jess | Vanessa | Lily | Christine | Justine

If you don’t feel like doing this post or have been nominated before, don’t feel obligated. But if you want to do it, link back to me! I’d love to see your responses.

Thank you again, Leslie.

Twenty Questions Tag

Hey, everyone!

In the last week, I’ve been putting off doing more posts, but I can’t help myself when it comes to tags. They’re a perfect filler, right? And since doing this one, I don’t feel so bad. 😂 So I found this tag on Elaine Howlin, and I knew I had to do it.

 

1. How many books is too many in a series?

I snorted at this question. One series I’ve read has thirteen primary books and many novellas and short stories. So let’s just say four or five is a good number.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

If they’re handled correctly, I love them. But I feel too many authors depend on them so readers will read the next book. I prefer chapter cliffhangers over book ones.

3. Hardback or Paperback?

Both, but I’m starting to like paperbacks now. And I used to hate them.

4. Favorite book?

I hate this question. I have too many. But the one that stands out from the rest is White Oleander by Janet Fitch.

5. Least Favorite book?

I think we all know why I don’t like it. So I don’t need to repeat myself (phew).

6. Love Triangles, yes or no?

No, no, definitely not. No chance will I ever love this trope. It needs to die horribly.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I simply couldn’t get past a few chapters. The author has a great background, but I didn’t love his writing.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

FINALLY, right?! I’ve been waiting for such a long time to get to the sequel, and I am loving every single chapter. I can’t wait to finish it.

9. The last book you recommended to someone?

I’ll always recommend this series. I just wish there were more books in it.

10. The oldest book you’ve read?

You can fight me, but this book is perfection.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

IT BROKE ME. I’m not okay. Not. Okay. My babies don’t deserve this pain. And I’m raging because I don’t have the final book.

12. Favorite Author?

Kelley Armstrong, Leigh Bardugo, V. E. Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, Ariana Franklin.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I need to buy books since my local library doesn’t usually offer them until a year after the pub. date. If I relied on it, I wouldn’t be a blogger, now would I? 😕

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I don’t particularly hate it. But I strongly dislike it if that makes sense at all.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

You heathen. Of course, I’d use bookmarks. I even bought a bookmark keeper to store all of them. 😂

16. A book you can always re-read?

The tension, the Feysand vibes, the plot twists, and the strength will always call me back to ACOMAF.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Yes. I can also read while watching a movie or TV show. So basically, I multi-task, and I don’t know how I get anything done.

18. One POV or multiple POVs? (POV = point of view)

Either or. I love seeing what other characters are thinking, what they’re feeling, and how they see the same situation in a different light.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Most of the time, I read over several days. But some books have made me binge read within a day.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I first fell in love with the cover, but the story offers so much more than that. I can’t wait to read Evermore!

 

Tag time!

Okay, don’t feel obligated to do this tag. If you’ve already done it, or don’t want to, that’s fine. Now, if I haven’t tagged you, go for it! I loved this tag, and I hope to see what you all think! Have fun!!

ChristineRebeccaAshleyLeslieMogsyJasmine | BibiLillian | Becky | Sofia

Beyond the Blurb | Support Bloggers of Minorities and with Disabilities

I always want to come up with interesting topics for my weekly/monthly discussion post. And this topic hits close to home for me. Last month, I struggled with the stress in my life, and I couldn’t blog, so I took a small hiatus. So I’ll come clean: I have mental and physical illnesses. Yes, I have multiple. Past trauma and a chronic illness have wreaked havoc with my life, and I’ve let them control me. And saying that my illnesses are disabilities is hard to admit. I don’t want to accept that they are. But they are.

So, as I write this post, I want other bloggers to know they aren’t alone. Whether they are in a minority or have a disability, this community will support them no matter what they do. And if they need help, we’re here for them. But why should you keep supporting these bloggers?

 

1. They bring a different and unique perspective to the blogging community

Sometimes, people simply don’t understand the struggles they deal with. They show you how we all aren’t completely aware of issues with PTSD, anxiety, depression, racism, sexism, racial tensions, or homophobia.

 

2. They promote diverse books

Not a surprising reason, right? I find more diverse reads from them than anyone else. And I love that. I love that they’re promoting all kinds of books and authors. More importantly, they’re showing their love for them.

 

3. They aren’t afraid to say what needs to be said

Do you know what I look for the most in bloggers? What they’re willing to say. What crap they won’t put up with. If they find something problematic, they’ll damn well tell you about it. And you’ll be sure to listen. I know I do.

 

4. Their voice is needed in a sea of noise

Most of the time, you may not hear a voice that speaks out against a hyped-up book or author. But you should. Their voice deserves to be heard, to be acknowledged. And maybe, we should start listening up.

 

5. They support other bloggers

Networking helps fellow bloggers who are in the same situation as them. If others need help, they offer support when needed. But they also build a connection with other bloggers who need that support system that may not be there in their lives.

 

So where do you find them? Networking and Google. But if you don’t know where to start, here are some of my favourite bloggers:

Merline from Merline Reads

I met her by chance through a Twitter follow post. Merline has opened my eyes with many issues that POC face today. I love reading her reviews. And it’s a pleasure to know her.

 

Cait from A Page with a View

Who doesn’t know Cait? She’s practically a blog queen of book nerds. I’ve read her stuff for years. But I didn’t know she suffered from Lyme disease. She doesn’t let that take away her love for books.

 

Yash, Nafiza, Janet, Jane, and Yuriy from the Book Wars

I’ve followed their blog for several years now. But I know Yash personally. Both she and I took Ryerson’s Publishing program together, and I happened to be in the same course as her. She’s passionate about children’s and YA books.

 

Jeann, Jenna, and Aila from Happy Indulgence

They’ve been blogging since 2012. These three women give you a happy vibe when blogging (really, no pun there). I love when they support a book that deserves recognition and when they tear down a bad one.

 

Giselle from Book Nerd

She, a Canadian blogger, is one reason why I started my own blog, and her blogging tips have helped me over the last few years. Her voice is unique, and she stays honest with her reviews.

The Unique Blogger Award (2)

Hello, darlings!

I truly need to stop working on my blog so late at night. One time, I might actually get a review done, not push it back to the next day. 😂

The amazing Bibi nominated me for this award. You guys are too good to me, you know that?! When I see these kinds of noms show up in my notifications, I want to hug you all. Clearly, you need to follow her blog, so go check it out!

THE RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer their questions
  • Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
  • Ask three questions for your nominees

Bibi’s Questions

How do you decide what book you will read next?

And you have started the first question off with a hard one. And here I thought this post would be easy. 😂 Typically, I plan which books I want to read throughout the month. So I want to read the recently released books immediately. However, I’ve been indecisive about which book to pick up lately. I’ve changed my mind three times this week just so I would stick with reading A Reaper at the Gates.

 

If you had to build your own harem, which 3-5 book loves would you choose? You can only pick one per book.

Yessss, someone finally asks me this question! And I find another harem reader (wow, that sounds horrible). I am not a hornball. I swear.

  • Thorne from Lunar Chronicles. My smol baby just breaks my heart every time I read about him!
  • Cassian from A Court of Thorns and Roses. That man is godly, and I’d probably whimper at the sight of him. And evidently, I have a thing for winged men.
  • Kaz from Six of Crows. The man owns my heart.
  • Elias from A Reaper at the Gates. MY CINNAMON ROLL IS PRECIOUS. Why wouldn’t I have him on this list?!
  • Elian from To Kill a Kingdom. I need a pirate in my life, and he is gorgeous, devious, and ruthless.

 

What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write and why?

I love writing discussion posts. They allow me to interact with more bloggers and see what their thoughts are on a particular topic. And I just love debating about books. So it works for me.

Right now, I’m working on one that talks about supporting bloggers in minorities and with disabilities, which I’m excited to finish!


My Questions

  1. When do you know that you should give up on a series you may not like but feel like you need to read ( for bragging rights)?
  2. Which beloved book couple do you hate the most? Why?
  3. Which book are you anticipating the most to read?

My Nominations!

Muahaha, now I get to pick my victims. 😈

MogsyElaine | JaneShaliniChristineCindyPaigeLaRonda | Lily | Becky

No pressure! If you’ve recently done this, don’t worry. But if you want to go ahead, link me up so I can read your responses, which are the best part of this award!

Beyond the Blurb | So You Hate Your Blog Name

Are you in the same situation as I’m in, where you hate the name you picked for your blog? I don’t blame you. I’ve reached my two-year blogging anniversary, and yet I can’t stand looking at my URL. In my defence, I picked it when I couldn’t get the word novelties by itself. And I regret that moment ever since.

I’ve picked a new one. And hopefully, I can still get to keep my followers once I switch over to it. But now, I’ll have to look into a WP subscription in order to keep everything I’ve created. And while that step is annoying, I’m happy to make the change. I need it. And more importantly, I want it.

So what do you do when you’re stuck in this dilemma? Here is some advice that may help you pick a new blog name or find the right one for you when you already have one:

 

1. Research and See What Other Bloggers Have Picked

Before you even decide to start a blog, look at which names have already been taken. A lot of book blogs may have the words read, night/midnight, chapters, spine, reader, paper, or page/pages. While I like them, I think moving beyond them will make yours stand out. However, the word book/books is a perfectly fine option either way. If you want to use those words, go with something unique. Change it up so your name doesn’t blend in with the others. And look into blog subscriptions so you can keep it for good.

Here are some names, while a few are common, actually work:

A Page with a View: I love how this name tells a story. Even though it uses the word page, it’s unique and fresh.

Read at Midnight: Clear and precise, this name tells the readers what this blog is about.

Nose Graze: Unique, highly original and memorable, this name will always be my favourite.

The Reader and the Chef: This one goes with a theme and stands out from the rest.

My Friends Are Fiction: Alliteration will be popular with bloggers.

 

2. DON’T DO WHAT I HAVE DONE. Really. I mean that. Don’t do it.

Don’t pick just a random name because you’ll regret it. I don’t know how many times I need to use full caps, but don’t go down the road I’ve gone. It’s costly and annoying.

 

3. Figure Out What Your Brand Is

This tip is important. Figure out what it is before you move forward. Are you a book, fashion, lifestyle, food, or life blogger? What do you want your name to stand for? Once you find that answer, you’ll have a better chance at picking a name.

 

4. Talk with Other Bloggers and Bounce Ideas Off of Them

I picked my new name by talking with a fellow blogger, Danya @ Fine Print. Sometimes, getting a second opinion will do wonders for you. Trust me. Even now, I’d love to bounce my ideas off of some more bloggers just to see if the name I’ve picked is good.

 

5. Accept That It’s Okay to Change Your Name

If you hate it, change it. And you know what? I know many bloggers who have changed their names several years in. Ashley from Nose Graze changed her name two years in. Don’t be afraid of change. It’ll bring in a new stage to your blogging.

 

6. When You Have Picked a New Name, Announce It Multiple Times, over Multiple Platforms!

And this final step is vital as well. Don’t just change it and forget to tell your followers. They’ll have a hard time finding your blog. And you don’t want that. Break it to them that you want to change your name, and you’re in the process of doing so.

If you want, you can leave your blog theme and design the same for a month or two so they can see that your blog is the same. The name has just changed. And yes, this point is where I say I’m changing my blog name.

So what are your thoughts about changing a blog name? What do you think about doing it? Are you in the same situation as I’m in? Let’s chat!

The Reader Confession Tag

Even though I would love to *cough* obsess *cough* over my Scarlet review, which I hoped to write last night, my health decided to kick me when I was down, so I need to take things easy for the next while. Now, say hello to another book tag!

So I saw this one on Hammock of Books. I love when I see Kay’s posts pop up on my Reader feed. Go check out her blog!

 

Have you ever damaged a book?

😐😐😐

Yes. Several. And I don’t want to talk about it. I feel so guilty. 😭

How long does it take you to read a book?

I typically give myself about seven days to read a book. But I read Cinder in twenty-four hours, and I read a 300-page book in almost two weeks. So I’m all over the board with this question. 😅

Books that you haven’t finished?

I believe I’ve dnf’d a handful of books, but there are plenty I wanted to though.

Hyped/popular books you don’t like?

I don’t understand the book. I love magical realism, but the storyline is all over the place. I honestly tried to love it. Just look at that cover. But I felt the book had two separate stories conflicting with each other, and I’m not sure which one won.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Smut. Actually, I wouldn’t tell my mom I read it, but she probably already knows since I read it in front of her. I have no shame in reading these books. Oh God, I’m like Nesta. 😂

How many books do you own?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I owned around 300. But compared to some of these bookstagrammers, I’m a baby Smaug.

Are you a fast or a slow reader?

It all depends on the book. I can breeze through a couple hundred pages in a few hours, and sometimes it may take me forever to get through a book.

Do you like to buddy read?

Yassss. My first and last buddy read was with Dana @ Dana and the Books. Both she and I attended college together and took the Ryerson Publishing program as well. And even though she has moved to the UK, we keep tabs on each other. She’s one reason why I first started blogging.

But yes, I love doing it even though I don’t do it often. And this answer gives you permission to bug me into buddy reading with you.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Obviously, I prefer reading in my head. I cannot imagine any other way. I’d probably annoy everyone more if I do.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

I’ve always been honest with my readers. I come from poverty and a bad past. So reading, and in extension writing, has saved me. Both have blocked out situations and pain. So if I had only one book to read/own, it is White Oleander. It is my haven, my safe place, my bible. If you’re a survivor, and you’ve read this book, you’ll understand what I mean. If you don’t, I still recommend it to you.

 

Tag time!

Just because I tag you doesn’t mean you’re obligated to do this tag. I just thought you might have fun doing. Now if you do, link me back. I want to read your answers.

For anyone who I haven’t tagged, you can do it as well! I’m not stopping you. 😉

  1. Marta @ The Cursed Books
  2. Leslie @ Books Are the New Black
  3. Merline @ Merline Reads
  4. LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks
  5. Elaine @ Howlin’ Books
  6. Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
  7. Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
  8. Kayla @ Books and Blends
  9. Sara @ The Bibliophagist
  10. Cassie @ Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Dislike but Am Glad I Read

 

Yeah, yeah, I’ve rewritten this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I didn’t like the one I posted earlier, so I’ve decided to stick with this week’s topic. And now it has put me in a funk.

I hope you enjoy my little rants as much as I have. 😉 Here are my picks for books that disappointed me, but I glad I read regardless of the rating:

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

I dislike a Maas book? Come again?! I don’t particularly hate it, but I found it lacking. A Court of Frost and Starlight is one of my top most anticipated reads of 2018. So I had huge expectations. Yes, we get a clean transition from the first series to the second, but I wish Maas cleared up the issue with Mor and Az, but she’ll drag that on for all its worth. Az deserves the truth, and the fandom needs clarification on Mor’s sexuality.

What I do love about ACOFAS is Nesta’s growth. Some readers hate it, but I loved it. Her devolution is more startling than Feyre’s.

 

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I rated this book too high when I first reviewed it. But the more I think about it, I think the rating should be closer to three stars. I don’t mind when characters push others away. But the way Mare pushed Slade, who she thought was dead, rubbed me the wrong way. The only thing that saved the book is the ending even if it broke my heart.

 

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I was so ecstatic about winning the Hazel Wood from Indigo Teen. The cover is gorgeous, and the blurb sold me. But unfortunately, the story falls short of what I was anticipating. I like the overall storyline, but I feel the execution killed it.

Secondary characters are the saving grace of this story. I loved them. I’m still not sure if I’ll buy the sequel. Sometimes the hype doesn’t live up to the book.

 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I love how Cassie introduces a deadlier and dangerous foe with the Cohorts and Centurions, but I felt too conflicted with everything else. Her books are too dense, and probably a quarter of that book could have been taken out. Even though I love Julian and Emma, their relationship scares me, and it breaks my heart they were put into that situation.

 

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BOOK. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! The story killed my love for this book. I bought it on a whim, and while I adored the diversity, especially Alex, I wish it was set apart from high school. I know, I know. It’s a YA book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the last half of the book when the trio went to Los Lagos. I loved immersing myself in the Bruja culture, and I hope to see more of it. But the love triangle felt forced, and the female love interest seems like she worships Alex.

The Unique Blogger Award

If I could scream without causing another coughing attack, I would. But I can’t. Over the weekend, Merline from Merline Reads nominated me. Thank you, deary. ❤ I needed that pick-me-up since I got sick on my birthday and have been a walking plague ever since.

I was wondering how I’d start off the week, and my mind was coming up blank. So you’ve saved my butt, Merline. You should go check out her blog!

Now, onto the award.

 

The Rules
  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Merline’s Questions

1. How do you balance personal life, blogging, reading, and other commitments?

Plan, plan, and plan. You can’t wing everything in life, even if half of the people I know would say otherwise. My planner has saved me more than once. You may need to make a blogging day (or days) so you can schedule which posts to write.

With reading, I calculate how many pages I need to read per day. One tip I’d give is to write reviews as soon as you’ve finished the book, or you’ll run into problems with no remembering certain details. Perhaps I should take my own advice. 😅

 

2. Describe the book of your dreams.

Oh, I’d love for a book that could actually transport me into the story. Wait. No, scratch that book. That’s the plot for the Chamber of Secrets. Nope. Not interested, Riddle.

I don’t have one, which surprises me since I thought I would. Fiction will always have flaws in it. Even my most favourite books have them. Or maybe I’m still looking for the most sarcastic character who will prove me wrong.

 

3. What you would do with a million dollars?

First, I’d support my Mom. She has given up so much since she became disabled, and she has always deserved more. And no, Mother’s Day doesn’t sway my thoughts.

If I had anything left over, I’d invest it, or I’d build my own library and stock it with tons of books.

 

My Nominees

  1. Kay @ Hammock of Books
  2. Nina @ The Cozy Pages
  3. Taylor @ Nerd Narration
  4. Jess and Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser
  5. Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl
  6. Ashley @ Book Tales
  7. Kathy @ Books and Munches (please tell you’ve found me a Scots! 😉)
  8. Marty @ The Cursed Books
  9. Jenn @ Bound to Writing
  10. Elaine @ Howlin Books

My Questions

  1. Which villain have you fallen in love with?
  2. What is the last blog post you struggled with the most? Why?
  3. What series would you love to be apart of?

 

Thank you for nominating me, Merline! I had such a fantastic time with this post. Anyone who is interested in doing this award, link back to this post so I can see your answers! I can’t wait to read them.

Sunshine Book Blogger Award (2)

Ahhhh! I’m so excited to do this post. The wonderful Merline @ Merline Reads nominated me for it. Thank you, deary! Now go check out her posts. Yes, right now. Then you can come back here.

 

THE RULES

  • 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 5-11 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.

Merline’s Questions

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Back when I was in college, I developed an illness, which has sidelined me many times. This autoimmune disease almost costs me my diploma. Travelling to college, doing the work, waking up at an ungodly hour when I barely got two hours of sleep, and just functioning were the hardest days of my life. But I didn’t let it me beat me, and I graduated, on time, with all my friends.

If stranded on an island, what three books would you have with you?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (it brings me life)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

What’s your favorite place to read?

Even though I’m not a genius like Sheldon is, I have some of his tendencies. I have a Sheldon chair, aka my chair, where I always read. Okay, I practically do everything in that chair, even sleep. But back at my old house, we had a huge cardboard box filled with blankets where I’d sit and read in it. Tobi, my old cat, hated that I stole her hiding spot. 😂

What’s your favorite drink and snack to have while reading?

Even though I’m not a huge chocolate fan, I love hot chocolate with chocolate-covered raisins

If you had to recommend one book (any genre) to someone, what book would you suggest?

(I can’t decide, and I’ve been waiting to use this gif for months)

What author would you love to meet?

Don’t tempt me. Alrighty, I have a list. Here it goes:

Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, Victoria Aveyard, Kelley Armstrong (again), and Tate James

…the list goes on

Who is your celebrity role model?

I don’t really have one, except Leigh Bardugo, who rocks life with a cane.

What’s your favorite food to eat?

Why would you ask me this question?! I love food too much to make a coherent answer.

If your life, as it is up to this point, was made into a film what song would be playing during the end credits?

Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine (I’m dramatic even though I don’t admit it)

What’s your favorite Disney movie?

Nightmare before Christmas!!!

What advice would you give new bloggers?

Don’t be shy, involve yourself in the blogging community, comment on your followers’ posts, participate in challenges, get yourself out there, find new ways to bring people to your blog, and don’t be afraid to address the controversial issues you find important.


My Nominees

  1. Clarissa @ The Quirky Lady Bookworm
  2. Kay @ Hammock of Books
  3. Kaila @ The Traveling Inkwell
  4. Cindy @ readctbooks
  5. Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile
  6. Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl
  7. LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks
  8. Rhea @ Bookchanted
  9. Lena @ The Printed Girl
  10. Leslie @ Books Are the New Black

 

And anyone who is interested to do this award can do it. You don’t need me to nominate you!


My Questions

  1. What trope do you love/hate the most?
  2. Now, which trope do you want to do away with?
  3. Which series do you love to hate?
  4. What do you wish to change/make better about the blogging life/community?
  5. What is your next anticipated read?
  6. Which is your top three OTP (one true pairing)?
  7. Who is your favourite villainous character?
  8. Who would you love to see dead? And when I say that, I mean fictional characters.
  9. What is your last DNF book?
  10. Which book would you love to be transported in?
  11. Who is your latest book boyfriend or girlfriend?