The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Susan over at NovelLives! Susan is an all time favourite blogger of mine and a brilliant bookish friend, you should definitely go and give her blog some love because she writes my favourite reviews.

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.

Questions from Susan

Do you get burned out on genres? What do you do when you get burned out on your favourite genres?

I don’t think I do. I definitely get reading slumps and will jump genres sometimes to get out of that but I love Fantasy too much, and I feel we have such a breadth of topics and genres within that that I very rarely struggle.

What is your favourite post of the year that you didn’t write (link it)

I would probably say Susan’s review for The House in the Cerulean Sea. I’d seen this book dotted around book twitter but when I read Susan’s review I just knew I had to get a copy. You can tell how much this book resonated with her, and my favourite kinds of reviews are the ones where you can just feel the bloggers love for the book.

What are you goals for your site, so far?

I wouldn’t really say I have goals. As long as people keep visiting my blog, liking my posts, telling me they’ve picked up a book because of my review, as long as my stats keep growing I’m happy.

If you could wave a wand and fix three things about the book community, what would they be?

Hmmm! I think sometimes, and I would like to state that this by no means applies to everyone in the community, we can tend towards a mob mentality. I see people picking on others for their opinions on a book, or telling them they shouldn’t like that book/author for whatever reason. People are allowed their own opinions and should never be attacked because of them. Not every book is for every person, and though I understand sometimes authors/ books can be problematic there are ways to tell people that without screaming at them & we should be able to respect others opinions… rant over!

We are coming up on the 1/2 way point of the year. What books coming up on your radar?

Two of my favourite authors are bringing out books this year; Addie La Rue by Victoria Schwab and A Deadly Education. If you think I emailed the publishers offering my firstborn, a body part for them then you would be absolutely right.

What are your tips for beating a reading slump?

I kind of hit on this before but I sometimes genre hop, but a sure fire way for me to get out of a slump is to re-read a favourite. Uprooted and Rebel of the Sands are two that never fail to drag me in every time and these are the ones I go too when I’m really struggling.

Do you need tips for beating a reading slump?

I don’t really have them very often. My main issue is falling down fan fiction rabbit holes which I’ve done more than once this year… I find those much harder to get out of, and honestly if I could count Fan Fiction towards my reading goal I would have smashed it by February.

Is there a genre you just can’t read no matter what the book is like or the author that writes it- even if your favorite author wrote one book in that genre- you just, can’t.

I’m a wimp… like a really really big one. I signed up for the Harrow Lake Blog Tour on The Write Reads and could only read the book in daylight. So Horror is just a no-go for me.

Biggest surprise disappointment so far?

Probably The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag. I was so excited for it and everyone on book twitter seemed to love it but I just couldn’t get into it. I found it a little confusing and really could not like the characters.

Biggest surprise book that you LOVED so far?

Maybe The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. I’d read some really varied reviews and was wary going in that it just wouldn’t be for me, luckily it was amazing, and I really enjoyed reading it as a Buddy Read with Susan.

How do you keep the pressure of maintaining your site at bay?

I tend to scheduled my posts a month in advance if I can. I like to stay ahead, although there have been a few times I’ve fallen behind. I actually find writing my posts and blogging in general really relaxing, so I don’t feel much pressure.

My Questions!

  1. What is your favourite format to read? Hardback, Paperback, E-Book, Audio Book?
  2. What is the blog post you are most proud of?
  3. How long have you been blogging for and why did you decide to start it?
  4. If you could visit one fictional world, where would it be and why?
  5. Which 5 authors would you invite round for Tea (Dead or Alive)?
  6. What Mythical animal would you choose as a sidekick?
  7. What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
  8. Do you get Book Boxes? What is your favourite bookish merch item to get?
  9. Favourite book quote?
  10. If you could spend one day as a character in a book who would you choose and why?
  11. Five of your favourite bloggers?

I nominate:


Stephen Writes


One More Word

Tessa Talks Books

Nen & Jen


Witty and Sarcastic BookClub


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  1. The fact that your posts are scheduled a month in advanced is like some kind of thought that I can’t wrap my mind around.

    Thank you for all your kind words and support. I hope you know it goes both ways. It is funny. I really didn’t know if people would realize I did love Cerulean Sea. There were just parts of it that were too close to home, especially since he got the happy ending- and that is just not realistic in “my” reality. Fiction or not, that is damn close to triggering and often brought me to tears. I just wasn’t sure if people would understand. It means so much to hear you say that and pick it out.

    I have now made a buddy reads category for my site :p !

    I LOVE question #5 although I don’t think coffee and tea would last very long considering the characters I would invite….I would probably wear riot gear.

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    • Haha I like to be prepared! I think, even though you weren’t wholly positive you could still see how much it resonated with you and that’s just amazing!

      I can only imagine who you would invite & I would definitely not be drinking the tea 😂


  2. Great post. I absolutely loved Rebel of the Sands as well. I need to do a reread and finish the series. It really set itself apart from everything I was reading at the time. I wish I could shove it into more peoples hands. I get excited when I see people loving on it.

    Also totally with you on The Sisters Grimm. I got 60% through and put it down. I felt bad because I got it from NetGalley, but I didn’t care at all about the characters and it felt like nothing was happening.

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