Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey, book lovers!

Is it really Thursday?! I can’t believe it. Taylor from Nerd Narration nominated me. And I can’t thank her enough for doing so.

If you haven’t checked out her blog, do it!

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 person who nominated you in the blog post & 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 on your post and/or on your blog.

Taylor’s Questions

What is one of your favourite book quotes?

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.” —Inej, Six of Crows

If you won a free plane ticket anywhere in the world where would it take you and what is the FIRST thing you’d do there?

Scotland. I want to see where my family originated from.

What is your favorite underrated/under reviewed book?

What celebrity would cause death by fangirling if you got to meet them on the street?

I think I would die happy if I saw Tom Hiddleston dressed up as Loki. I’d pet him before I let myself die though.

What is your favorite 2018 read — so far?


What is the last band you saw in concert?

HA. I’ve been to only two concerts, so I’ll say Jack’s Mannequin.

What’s the last book that made you cry?

I’m getting to the good stuff, and I’m all weepy. Someone smack me, please. 😭

What’s the current most played track on your Spotify/Apple Music/iTunes playlist? No cheating! 

You may laugh at this, but it’s the Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer track.

If you were going to get a tattoo based off a book what would you get and why?

I would take a quote from the Throne of Glass series. I never thought I’d relate to a character as much as I do with Aelin.

What’s your favorite meal? Your go-to dinner if money wasn’t an option. 

There was an old pizza joint in town. And it made the best panzerotti I’ve ever tasted. You don’t know how much money I’d spend just to have another bite of it.

Who’s your fictional crush and who would you cast IRL to play them?

*crushes (help me)

Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. Honestly, I’d be perfectly fine commandeering stuff and flying around the Earth. 😂

Tag Time

All of you deserve every single blogging award. But I don’t want you to be obligated to do this one. So there’s no rush. If you do want to do it, link me up!

Teagan & Jess | Kay | KalinaMerline | Jennifer | Alyssa | LaRonda | Sara | Ally | Rebecca | Alexandra

My Questions

  1. Which is the last book that made you giddy/laugh?
  2. Which fictional character would be your partner-in-crime?
  3. If you had limitless funds, how would you design your library?
  4. Which is your favourite season?
  5. What book reminds you of Fall?
  6. What book/series do you want everyone to read?
  7. What keeps you to continue blogging?
  8. What is your most recent post that’s your favourite?
  9. What book universe would you love to live in?
  10. Which book are you anticipating (and/or fearing) to read?
  11. If you could change the ending of a book, which book would it be and why?

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.