The Sunshine Blogger Award – and a bit of ranting…

The sunshine blogger award

Some might think I’ve been walking on sunshine since Melanie over at MNBernard Books nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award back in July. Alas, this is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I was absolutely over the moon when Melanie nominated me for the award, but I had barely sat down to write the headline when the problems started…

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging in what feels like forever (but was actually more like a month – give or take 12 days). Now, I would love to say that it’s because I was abducted by E.T.’s family and dumped in the middle of a magical forest, where I had to fight my way through an army of giant spiders to make it back home, but the truth is a lot less fantastical.

I’ve had technical issues. BIG technical issues, and since I know absolutely NOTHING about IT stuff, I didn’t get things sorted until yesterday. So, sorry for the silence!

But now I’m back! So less ranting and more Sunshine Blogger Awarding 😀

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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.

Creative, positive AND inspiring – I feel a bit like a super special little snowflake! But I just want to take this opportunity to thank my family for all the love and support (e.g., the free Wi-Fi and unlimited snacks at my parents’ house). I couldn’t have done this without you! Seriously, my Dad is my biggest fan – he reads all my blog posts! I’m not sure he fits the target group for my little book blog, though 😂


Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog

Thanks, Melanie! Anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of visiting her little slice of the Internet should definitely consider doing so! She is the Deadpool of book blogging – or did you choose another anti-hero, Melanie?

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

And with the few rules out of the way, let’s get on with the tough questions!

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Melanie’s questions:

1. What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
I’ve got so many that it’s difficult to just pick one – yeah, life would be so much simpler if I was less neurotic more laidback. No such luck, though.

However, if I have to pick one, it’s probably when I see people dog-ear pages in their books. I say THEIR books because everyone who borrows one of my books has to sign a contract that gives me their soul if they return the book in anything less than perfect condition. It has worked out pretty well – once I found out how to store all the souls.

2. What’s one non-bookish fact your readers don’t know about you?
I have 46 souls in an old Pepsi bottle I like to travel. I’ve travelled to over 30 countries (Interrail in Europe, backpacking in Asia, road trip in the U.S. of A and family holidays here and there).

3. What’s your favourite hobby besides reading?
I was going to say writing, but that’s actually more like a painful necessity (writing stuff down on paper keeps me somewhat sane). I’m going to go with baking instead. Now, I’m not saying that I’m very good at it, but I have managed to not accidentally poison people with my cinnamon rolls once or twice.

4. Have you ever watched a movie/tv adaptation that was better than the book?
Yes! Well… Maybe… Hmm… I’m sure I have? Eh, I’ll get back to you on that one.

5. What one book do you absolutely love that’s out of your normal reading genres?
Pride & Prejudice by the amazing Jane Austen. I usually read books packed with magic, but P&P has absolutely nothing. No dragons, no grisly murders, no epic battles against all-consuming evil – how I ended up reading this book in the first place is beyond me, but it’s become one of my absolute favourites!

Ms Austen is one sassy lady!

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6. If you got to pick which apocalypse you had to face, which type of apocalypse would you choose? (zombie, nuclear, etc.)
I’ve read ‘The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead’ by Max Brooks, so I’m pretty confident that I could survive a zombie apocalypse.

Nuclear wasteland? No, thank you. I haven’t got the faintest idea of how to survive something like that. Like, do you just dig a hole and never come out? What do you even eat? Cockroaches? I would be dead within five minutes…

7. If you had a familiar, what animal would your familiar be?
A jellyfish. I shall call him ‘Squishy’, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my Squishy!

8. How big is your TBR?
Too big – and growing at an alarming rate (just added three books to it this morning).

I actually don’t know the precise number of books on my list because I don’t use Goodreads to track my tbr – having an actual number would make me far too depressed. Instead, I just have a list of titles and authors that I’m attempting to read before I grow old and die. At the moment, I’ll probably finish it sometime in the year 3021 if I don’t add to it… Yeah, I’m more likely to meet Gandalf at my local 7-Eleven than stop adding to my tbr.

9. If you were in a story, would you be the villain or the hero?
Can I go with the sassy sidekick? They’re often more interesting if you ask me, and they don’t have the responsibility of saving the world from imminent doom every five minutes – which leaves them more time to tackle their out of control tbr pile…

10. What was your favourite childhood TV show?
Scooby-Doo! That show had everything: monsters, mystery and a talking dog. What more could you possibly want?!

11. What one aesthetic would you say is representative of who you are? (floral, dark, bright, lace, boho, etc.)
Natural – mostly because I’m useless at applying makeup, and my hair is a strong, independent entity with its own hopes and dreams.

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I’ve chosen to nominate the latest bookworm followers of my little blog, so I can get to know everyone a bit better. In the spirit of spreading a bit of sunshine in the blogosphere, I hereby nominate the following awesome bloggers:

My Questions for You!

  1. In which fictional place/world/universe would you live if you had the choice?
  2. Which fictional character has the coolest name?
  3. If you could change the ending of a book, which book would you rewrite?
  4. Which standalone book needs a sequel?
  5. If you could meet any author, whom would it be?
  6. Which book should be made into a movie?
  7. If you could choose one fictional character as your best friend, whom would it be?
  8. Male or female protagonist – which do you prefer?
  9. Which book is the funniest you’ve ever read?
  10. Do you judge a book by its cover?
  11. What’s the number 1 reason why you blog?


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