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The Sunshine Blogger Award X 2

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I’m here again with another blog award tag in the form of the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve seen this going around the blogging community for a while now (I’ve even done it before on the blog some point last year) and it’s always really nice to see everyone supporting each other in their multiple endeavours. I was recently nominated by Heidi at This Is My Book Blog, and Kate at Reading Through Infinity. I say recently but when it comes to me and my blogging scheduling, it would have been a couple of months ago.

Better late than never I suppose.

I’m going to do both sets of questions so this post will be incredibly long. Grab a mug of tea, coffee, or whatever beverage you so desire, some comfort snacks, find a comfy chair, and sit back and enjoy the ride!

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 them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Heidi’s Questions:

1. What’s your most recent 5 star read?

Good job I had my reading journal to hand when writing up this post! According to that, my most recent 5 star read was A Trail Through Time (book 4 in the Chronicles of St Mary’s Series) by Jodi Taylor, although its sequel No Time Like The Past came very close to being 5 stars too. If you haven’t twigged by now, I adore this series of time-travelling historians and Jodi Taylor is constantly winding in twists I do not see coming!

2. Tell me about a book you loved, which was outside of your comfort zone (for example a genre you don’t usually pick up). 

Oh gosh, I’m getting stumped already. Umm, I suppose the only book I can think of is Stephen McGann’s, Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies. It’s like a autobiography on the subjects of genealogy, medicine and its deep-rooted connections to humanity. I don’t often read autobiographies as I find it’s simply fuel for the celebrity authors’ egos, but I decided differently here because I do like Stephen McGann and his scholarly interests besides acting. What struck me the most was how he managed to write about medicine and genealogy without losing any heart in the process. I found it really moving and it has influenced me to possibly start looking into a little bit of my own genealogy.

3. What’s a series which showed a promising start, but let you down in the end? It can be one you finished, or one you gave up on. 

I’m only recognising this now having re-read it back in December, but I would say The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I did finish the trilogy and I feel let down by the main characters and their choices. To me, the relationship feels incredibly wrong and the ending felt like a regression, especially for Alina. I’ve definitely come to the conclusion that I don’t like it as much as I used to.

4. Tell me about an underrated book. 

Okay, so one book I can think of is The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. It was advertised quite a bit in the UK a few years ago due to its nomination for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction but then it seemed to drop off the radar, and I’ve not heard anyone talk about it since. I think that’s a huge shame because it is a surprisingly good Adult fiction book about a slow-burning romance and the history behind a very valuable painting. It is also interesting to dive into the art world and see some of the history behind certain paintings because it isn’t a setting or perspective we really read from. I suppose one book it does remind me of is The Muse by Jessie Burton, another book that doesn’t seem to have the same hype as it did on its first release.

5. What authors/books did you love as a child?

These are just a short selection and a combination of both books and authors. If I said them all, we’d be here all day!

6. Have you always had a love of reading? If not, when did it begin?

As you can probably tell from all those books above, I’ve always loved reading! Like languages, it was instilled in me from an early age, and again by my grandmother. She taught me to read before I went into nursery and after that, I never went a week without finishing a couple of books.

7. What’s a tv series and/or film you recently loved?

I’ve not really watched any new films or tv series, but I loved series 7 of BBC’s Call the Midwife even if the last two episodes left me in tears and reminded me of harrowing childhood memories.

8. Do you ever read a book and have an actor firmly in mind to play one of the characters? If so, can you give an example. 

No, not really. I know this is not in the same vein as the question but whenever I do re-read Pride and Prejudice, I hear all the dialogue in the my head spoken by the cast of BBC’s 1995 adaptation, i.e. Alison Steadman with Mrs Bennet, Colin Firth with Darcy, Emilia Fox with Georgiana Darcy etc. I think because I’ve read and watched that adaptation so many times, my brain merges the two together.

9. Describe the plot of your last read in one sentence. 

Damn. Erm…

Travelling through time has never before looked so fiery, ghost-like and life-changing.

10. If there a person from history you’d like to read a fictional novel about?

Oh my word, so many choices! Nonetheless, Florence Nightingale, any of Henry VIII’s 6 wives instantly come to mind.

11. Are there any books you loved when you first read them, but think would not like if you read them for the first time today. 

I don’t know if I’d be a little hesitant towards the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I’d never read any dystopian novels before reading this for the first time a few years ago and so for me this trilogy set a benchmark for future dystopians and YA trilogies in general. I definitely know I’d be going into it aware of its flaws and any negative reviews.

Kate’s Questions:

1. If you could spend a day hanging out with one author who would it be?

Damn, Kate, why did you have to start off with such a hard question? Although I would probably choose someone like VE Schwab or Samantha Shannon.

2. If you use libraries, what’s your favourite thing about them?

I love how relaxed they make me feel. No matter how I’ve been feeling up until the moment I walk in, I instantly become calm and more amiable. Also, I love that they can be such a great community hub. My village library has become such a place since we managed to save it from closure and it is fabulous.

3. You can bring any meal or item of food from a book to life. What do you choose?

Oh gosh, I’ve no idea. Probably one of the Hogwarts’ feasts.

4. What was the last bookish event you went to?

At the time this post goes live, that would have been the Northern YA Lit Book Festival in Preston, the first I’ve actually ever gone to.

5. What’s one thing you’d like to change about the book community?

Whilst I know it has its moments and online drama, I don’t think I’d want to change anything.

6. If you could have one book adapted into a Netflix series and it was GUARANTEED to be great, which would it be?

A Darker Shade of Magic.

7. What’s the most misleading blurb you’ve ever read?

I don’t think I’ve come across one yet. I do sometimes say I was misled with The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen but I think that was more my own expectation of the book than the actual blurb.

8. Paperback or ebook?

Both. I do personally prefer to read paperbacks but ebooks are a blessing when I want to read books with smaller fonts.

9. What’s your favourite series of book covers?

I don’t think I can choose a favourite but I love these:

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10. Is there a genre you want to read more of this year?

I want to try to read more modern classics.

11. What’s one of the unexpected pleasures of being a blogger?

Oh, what a great question. I suppose everything that comes with the blogging territory is an unexpected pleasure for me. I love it more than I initially thought I would and it has opened up a community that I can truly feel at home in.

Wow, they were some pretty great and tough questions!

Now to choose my own. Urgh.

I’m going to cheat a little and say, chose 11 of the 22 questions I’ve answered here. My yet again sleep-deprived brain cannot think today.

I also don’t know who to tag who hasn’t already been nominated.

I’m not picking 11 but I’ll go with:

Emma at Emma Reads Too Much
Layla at Readable Life
Mikaela at Journey Into Books
Ash and Lo at Windowsill Books

As this post is long enough, I will leave it there.

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!

11 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award X 2”

  1. ahhh thank you for the nomination!! so true on the Grishaverse trilogy – i thought Shadow & Bone was pretty fun but i couldn’t even get through the second book. also yay roald dahl!!!

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  2. Ah! These are all such great questions! They really make you think haha!

    Thanks for the tag! We can’t wait to answer these ourselves 🙂

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  3. Yay, I’m so glad you did this tag, and sorry for giving you any tricky questions! Your answers to #1 and #6 were pretty much exactly the same as mine! I feel the same way about libraries; they’re so calm and welcoming that it’s easy to spend hours there without realising. I wish my local library had a slightly bigger fantasy section, but honestly I’m just happy it’s still open and in use. Great answers Emma, I really enjoyed reading them!


    1. Don’t worry. The tricky questions were fun and really made me think, which is a good thing most of the time. I wish my library had a bigger fantasy section too but like you, I’m just glad we’ve managed to keep it open.

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