The Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Happy Tuesday my wonderful literary butterflies!

Today’s award is much needed here where I live. Once winter hits, we don’t really see much of the sun until March or April. So a HUGE thank-you to the rad Rendz @ Reading with Rendz for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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She asked a lot of awesome questions, so I can’t wait to get to them!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person 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 then 11 new questions. (I probably won’t do that many)
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Rendz’s Questions:

What system of organization do you use for your shelves?

Here we go:

I have one bookshelf next to my bed. From top to bottom it goes: nonfiction, C.S. Lewis/Tolkien, current favorites, TBR ASAP, classics/poetry.

Then I have another bookshelf on the other side of my room. On that one, it’s organized by genre, then age group. So one shelf or three might be fantasy, but one side of the fantasy shelf will be adult Fantasy, while the other side is YA Fantasy. This one is set up so that if I feel like reading Children’s Historical Fiction, I can just kind of reach in a general area and come up with a book I know I’ll be up for reading.

THEN there’s another bookshelf out in the hallway, and that shelf is the shared shelf for me and my dad. If either of us reads a book we think the other would enjoy (we’re both huge fantasy nerds), we leave it on the shared shelf so the other person can find it and read it when they have time, without us constantly asking “Have you read it yet?!”

And finally, there’s a stack of books on my floor that are brand new (or close to it) that I don’t really want anymore, but they’re fairly new releases (think books like The Red Queen series). So I’m thinking I might do some giveaways during my birthday month.

… That was probably way longer than it needed to be.

Most Anticipated 2018 Release?

My top 3:

Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations:

Rendz will probably appreciate this one, BA-BAM:

What was on your holiday wishlist?

I don’t really have holiday wishlists. For the most part, my family tends to do just fine without a list, and everyone else knows that Book gift cards are always appreciated.

What song do you know all the lyrics to? (Background vocals and all!)

Oh my gosh, SO MANY! My dad has his degree in music with a specialization in vocals, so that;s kind of what we do when we’re all in the car; we’ll just put n some music, each take a different part, and jam out. I guess one of the holiday ones we like to sing in the car is “White Winter Hymnal.”

What is the greatest adventure you’ve been on so far?

It may not seem like a big deal to some people. But my greatest solo adventure so far was when I went to Ireland by myself (I’m from the US, so…). I was studying abroad in London, and a few days before we left, I had some extra funds and decided I’d hop over to Dublin. I was only there for twenty-four hours, but it was the first I had ever booked and taken a trip by myself. I also got to see Riverdance as part of the 20th Anniversary Tour, which was pretty exciting. But being able to just be in Dublin and walk around was one of my favorite parts of the whole summer!

What is one REAL place and one FICTIONAL place you would love to travel to?

REAL: I’d LOVE to go back to Ireland eventually, but since I’ve been there (albeit very briefly), I’ll go with Scotland. There’s this place that let’s you take falconry lesson for a week and then take your falcon on a hunt at the end, and that just sounds really cool to me!

FICTIONAL: Narnia, obvs. That was my childhood fantasy world. Plus it has just enough adventure without ever being overly dangerous, so it’s at the top of my fictional world list.

What character(s) do you identify with?

I feel like there are better ones out there, but I can’t think of them at the moment, so I chose Katsa from Graceling and Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale. The biggest reason is because I get what it feels like to have to teach yourself that the thing you resent most about yourself, or the thing other people can’t stand, can be turned into your greatest strength.

Have you ever met an author in person?

YES! I met Renee Ahdieh at a YA book convention about 2 hours from where I live. She signed my copy of The Wrath and the Dawn, AND she complimented my LOTR scarf, so it’s safe to say we’re best friends. (Honestly, though, she was delightful, and she was so great in her panel discussion with SJM.)

What has been your greatest/one of your greatest blogger achievements?

This may sound super cheesy, but I couldn’t care less. The fact that I’m still blogging is probably my greatest blogger achievement. I feel like every blogger hits this big slump a few months in, and that slump kind of makes or breaks bloggers. Like either you quit blogging after hitting that slump, or you buckle down and commit to it. For me, that slump came in June. I discovered that I HATED the career I had been working toward, and (much more painfully) my aunt died of cancer. Everything got super busy and was falling apart. It kind of felt like the universe was pressuring me to stop blogging. But I stuck it out, and I’m SO glad I did!

Recommend one of your latest favourite books!

I’m gonna give you guys two, because they were my favorite reads of 2017, and I’m still in the New Year spirit!


I Tag You

As always, there’s no pressure to do it, just know that I think you are a ray of sunshine and I appreciate you and your blog!

Ioana @ Dragon Waffles | Alyssa @ Bread Reads Books | Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm


My Questions:

  1. If you could meet any author in real life, who would it be?
  2. Is there a book that has changed your outlook on life?
  3. Do you like writing blog posts or reading blog posts more?
  4. What’s some advice you would give to other bloggers (new or otherwise)?
  5. What book have you been meaning to get to, but just haven’t yet?
  6. What is your favorite book cover?
  7. What was your childhood dream job?
  8. Tell us something not book- or blog-related that your readers don’t know!
  9. If you were in a story, would you be the villain or the hero?
  10. What would you pick as your favorite meal, if you had to choose?
  11. If you could reverse any character death, who would you bring back to life?

Thanks for reading!

Do you have any author stories? What’s been your favourite book-to-movie adaptation? Which one of your recent favourites would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award #4

  1. ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
    IT’S CURRENTLY NIGHT-TIME WHERE I AM BUT YOUR SUNSHINE AWARD ANSWERS HAVE BROUGHT THE BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST LIGHT IN THIS MOMENT!
    I SAW TWO NARNIA REFERENCES THAT MADE ME YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOUR SHELF ORGANIZATION SYSTEM HAS ME ASTOUNDED BECAUSE I AM A MESS.
    YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED ARE ALSO MY MOST ANTICIPATED ! (Seriously, I need Reaper…now)
    I RECOMMEND SIX OF CROWS TO EVERYONE I KNOW. (I have yet to read the Bear and the Nightingale)
    I WOULD LOVE TO MEET RENEE ADHIEH TOO…I’M HOPING A TOUR BRINGS HER BY SOME TIME, SOME DAY!
    Your answers were perfect and I’m so glad you stuck with blogging despite those trials! ❤

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    • NARNIA FOR LIIIIFE!!! I’m so glad someone shares my Narnia love!! ❤❤❤

      Sometimes my shelf organization has me astounded because everything else I own is soooooo disorganized!

      Six of Crows and Renee Ahdieh 😍 Both are just so perfect!

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