Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Clarissa at The Quirky Lady Bookworm Reviews, who also seems to like dark fairytales (they’re the best). I’ve never been nominated for anything before, and this looks like fun, so thank you Clarissa!


– 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.

1. Do you belong to any subscription box clubs, like Book of the Month

Alas, no. I did look at FairyLoot and the Owlcrate boxes, but it’s quite expensive, and comes with bookish “stuff” that I don’t really need. It’s a shame though, I’d quite like the anticipation of wondering what book would be delivered next month!

2. What’s your favourite thing about reading?

I mean, I could talk about the smell of books, or the strange contortionist acts performed to get comfy while reading. Or I could talk about awesome worlds and awesome charaters…But really, I think my favourite thing about books is that anything is possible. Absolutely anything. You can fly, battle dragons, travel to the centre of the earth or off into space, and it’s not questioned. A good book is the best gateway ever.

3. What is your least favorite genre?

Horror. I don’t think I’ve ever properly read one. All the “tension” building and the ridiculous stuff going on. Nah, not a fan. Not a fan of horror tv or films either. The closest I came to a “horror” tv programme was Penny Dreadful, and even then, ninety-nine percent of the draw/reason for sticking around was…well…Eva Green (she is worth it).

4. Do you think there are any book to movie adaptations that end up with the movie being better?

Yes, there are some. I mean, I’m partial to Austen TV (but not the films – that Keira Knightley adaptation of P&P! Or the Gweneth Paltrow for Emma. Nope, give me a TV adaptation anyday).

5. Who is your favorite author?

Currently V.E.Schwab, author of the Darker Shade Of Magic Series. I love them. And I follow her on twitter and it’s hilarious.

6. What is your least favorite trope in a book?

Eugh. Love Triangles. Especially YA love triangles. Like, I didn’t like Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) because the female main character couldn’t decide which brother. I knew what I was signing up for in The Selection so it was ok. Then there is Gale vs Peeta in the Hunger Games. Honestly, why? WHY IS THIS NECESSARY TO INCLUDE? It isn’t, it’s annoying.

7. Do you do any creative writing of your own? 

I do. I love writing, I find it helps make things clearer. Also, anything is possible, and that’s the cool thing about reading and writing! I rarely share it though. I think I’ve posted one of my poems up on this blog, but more often than not stories languish on my hard drive.

8. If you could meet any dead author, who would you choose and why?

Um… That is hard, and I’ll have to pass on answering.

9. If you could live in any book, which would you choose?

A Darker Shade of Magic, or perhaps more specifically (because there are four worlds in that book) Red London. I mean HOW COOL?! Failing that, Harry Potter. I want to be a witch. Actually, can I do both?

10. What made you become a book blogger?

This blog didn’t start as a book blog, it started as an anything goes blog while I was at uni and then after uni it became a book blog because I have one heck of a backlog to get through. So, I suppose I became a book blogger because I absolutely LOVE talking about books, and I quite enjoyed the idea of basically a book diary. So this is my book diary!

11. Any advice for new book bloggers? 

I’ll be honest, I still feel fairly new myself. Up until a year ago, I didn’t really engage with the book blog community. So, perhaps that. But honestly, like anything in life, write for yourself. I mean, yes, we have an internet worth of potential audience, but if you don’t enjoy writing then how are you going to keep it up? And it’s ok to take breaks. For example, my posting schedule was supposed to have Swing Time being reviewed today. As I haven’t finished it, I’m going to put it back to next week so I can do the book justice rather than rushing for the sake of this blog. If you’re writing a book blog, chances are you enjoy reading. So keep enjoying your reading!


  1. What do you think is the hardest thing about book blogging?
  2. If you could invite three authors to tea, who would you invite?
  3. What is your favourite series (finished or unfinished) and why?
  4. Name a red book you enjoyed
  5. Do you DNF books or battle through to the bitter end?
  6. Hardbacks, Paperbacks, ebook or audio?
  7. Is there a 2018 book you’re REALLY looking forward to?
  8. Which historical figure would you travel in time to meet?
  9. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  10. Any advice for new starts – or those thinking of setting up a blog?
  11. Do you have a blogging schedule?

I nominate…

(I confess I don’t follow 11 book blogs yet. Well, I do, but at least five already have the sunshine award and I’m not going to go through and find new blogs for the sake of hitting 11 nominations. Sorry)

  1. Samantha @ Red head with a book
  2. Yazia @ Ravenclaw Book Club
  3. Beth @ Reading Every Night
  4. Paige @ Just One More Pa(i)ge
  5. Monica @ Torn Pages and Roses
  6. Amanda @ Peaks and Pages

Have fun!


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