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 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.
Why did you become a blogger?
I was bored during quarantine and with all of my friends starting their own little quarantine projects, small businesses, and art projects, I wanted to have my own little project too. Blogging wasn’t the first thing to pop in my mind, but I knew I wanted to spend more time reading.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
Meeting new people that share the same interest. I don’t get to chat about books (and their subsequent book hangovers) much with my friends so it’s nice to have people that understand why you’re sobbing over a character or book.
What is your least favorite part about blogging?
Putting your heart into a post that gets maybe 10 views. Going in, I never thought about the whole behind-the-scenes aspect of blogging, so it never really occurred to me to look into this whole SEO thing until now. Funny enough, this doesn’t bother me as much anymore.
What book are you looking forward to reading the most off of your to read pile?
I’m looking forward to re-reading the first book of the Chronicles of the Black Company and another book that I had recently unearthed (long thought to have been lost forever), Dome City Blues. I’m currently going through a bit of a mercenary and cyberpunk phase.
Who is the latest author you’ve added to your favorites list?
Amanda Prowse because her book, The Day She Came Back, had me crying nearly every other chapter. I’ve never cried so much, while reading, before!
What was the last book you finished reading? Did you like it?
The last book I read was “The Contractor” by David Scott Meyers and while it wasn’t bad, I didn’t particularly LIKE it either. Still, I’m invested enough to keep going (I want to see how it ends.)
What advice do you have for new bloggers?
Make sure to take breaks when you need them. Don’t feel pressured to stick to a posting schedule and have fun!
What is your favorite social media to interact with fellow readers?
How do you overcome a reading slump?
Fanfictions and Ao3 always gets me back into the right mood. I don’t know where I’d be without fanfictions in my life. I also regularly “treat” myself to a book in a favorite series if I’m in a slump or just came out of a bad book.
What is your preferred way to read?
Physical at home, on my phone if I’m out on errands (those loonnngg lines!), and on my Kindle if I’m commuting.
Describe yourself with a book title.
Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child 😭
What’s the origin of your blog name?
I literally changed my blog name several times in the beginning. There’s no cool origin story other than throwing some words together. Fun fact, the first name I had given my blog was “Good Fish” (a play on Goodreads) or “Good Fish Reads,” Why? NO idea. I kind of wish I kept it 🤔
When and why did you decide to become a blogger?
I think it was around March or April of this year (2020)? It was during my work-from-home period. I saw all of my friends starting their own passion projects and, being bored out of my mind, I had nothing else to do so…I went for it! (Best decision all year!)
What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
Shockwave by John Sandford. I can’t explain why this is my default book to recommend when people ask for a book rec, but the adrenaline I felt with this book blew me away (pun intended).
Who’s in your top 3 of favourite authors?
Oof. This is a hard question! I’d have to say Lee Child, John Sandford and Michael J. Sullivan. Lee got me into my favorite genre (Mystery Thrillers), Sandford for my favorite series (Virgil Flowers), and Michael for my favorite Fantasy series (Riyria).
Which character you hate/dislike the most, and why?
I’m pretty sure I have a big a** crush on Virgil Flowers. Why? He’s a good looking cop, I like his sense of humor, and has pretty decent morals. He always tries his best to avoid violence. I also LOVE Prince Jalan from the Red Queen’s War series because he’s a loveable coward with shitty luck. Jalan comes in for a very close second place!
If you could meet one character, which one would it be, and why?
Kiran from Whitefire Crossing. He’s a bloodmage who is trying to run from his horrible master. I want to meet him just so I can give him a hug. That boy needs a hug.
Do you prefer second-handed or new books?
New books, but I truly don’t mind second hand as long as they’re in pretty decent shape. For example, my Black Company omnibus came in great condition. It’s a paperback with no creases, no dogears and the binding is great. Now…if only it didn’t smell like VOMIT…(apparently that’s from poorly kept books with acidic pages??).
My all-time favorite books are books off library carts(or sidewalk cardboard boxes) with the sign, “Take me! Free books!” Now those books become my favorite books and it feels like I’m adopting a book, ya know? While new books are fantastic (who doesn’t want new books?) in retrospect, I guess I really do tend to lean more towards second-hand books.
Which is your favourite book-to-movie/TV series adaptation?
I don’t think I’ve seen a book to movie/TV series show before (besides HP). I think I’ve mentioned in another tag post, once I’ve established my own mental images of characters, I refuse to have them re-casted. It would ruin the book for me and so…none for me 😂 (I also…don’t watch TV or have Netflix/Hulu/Etc.)
Do you have more than one copy of a book? If yes, which one?
Yes 😅 Both the Kindle and the Paperback version of the first omnibus (first 3 books) of the Chronicles of the Black Company.
Do you create playlists for your favourite books? Share them if you do!
No, unfortunately 😦
However, I can share my favorite relaxation (type? format? method?)! It’s a two tab, two video at once deal! One is a bar ambience video on loop (doors opening, people chatting, glass clinking, etc.) and the other is what I like to call “Cafe Jazz.” Together, they help create a nice little café mood setting.
- If you could wipe your mind of ONE book/series, just so you can experience it for the first time again, what books/series would it be for?
- Do you have a favorite book couple? Who are they?
- Pick your favorite book setting and then pick your favorite real life setting. What are they?
- If you could meet a character and interview them, what are your top three questions?
- If your favorite character was granted three genie wishes, what would they wish for?
- If YOU had three bookish wishes, what would YOU wish for?
- What is your favorite type of blog post?
- Do you enjoy writing your posts in the morning or night?
- Would your favorite book/series make for a good video game? How about a movie or TV show?
- You’re stuck in jail with the last character you read. What’re your chances of breaking out?
- What is your favorite genre to read?
Caroline over at Page-Turners – Book Reviews by Caroline
Madeline over at Mad’s Books
Colleen over at Colleen’s Conclusions
Vee over at Vee_Bookish
Pam over at The Picky Bookworm
Isabella over at The Shaggy Shepherd
Raji over at Worlds Unlike Our Own
Mani over at Mani’s Book Corner
Kimberly over at My Bookish Bliss
John over at Tales from Absurdia
Peyton over at Word Wilderness