The Sunshine Blogger Award

Overcast and rainy, 1 extra hour, and the pets on a overwhelming snuggling mood; the perfect day to work on a get to know the blogger post ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to Dean @ Book Vagabond for tagging me on this! Check out Dean’s post to read his answers. Some of Bethany’s questions to him were pure evil, but he expertly overcame them :p

Blogging is not only about posting, but mainly about engaging and connecting. Plus, talking about yourself is just universally fun. It’s a human thing.

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 prompted 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.

โœง Lets start off with an easy one. What are you currently reading and what are your thoughts on it so far?

I’m currently reading Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt, and so far its dark atmosphere and ominous foreshadowing is pulling me in!

Northern Wrath, Thilde Kold Holdt cover
Northern Wrath, Thilde Kold Holdt cover

โœง Paperback, Hardback or E-Book?

The only right answer for me is ALLL of them.

E-books by necessity (price, accessibility, availability), paperbacks when I require mobility (or when I visit my sister and need to pack 10 books, Tetris-style), and hardbacks because I love them more than all other formats. I love the extra level of detail and care on them and the tough covers make it easier for me to hold and read. Plus I’m extremely anxious about bent books and hardcovers are a bit more resistant!

So, hardbacks whenever the choice is possible, but e-books are what I read the most.

โœง If you could visit any world from a book you have read where would you go?

Hmmm, this is a tough one. One thing I know for sure, I’m not choosing an overly chaotic SFF land with murder, danger, and the undead peeking at every corner.

With my luck and fighting skills that are close to nill, I’d have my friends decorating my memorial in a split second. I’d probably be the comic relief who dies early with a dramatic “avenge me. Also Ketchup chips are the superior flavoooour” as I’m dragged off by the multidimensional demons plaguing the land.

I’d love to visit P. Djรจlรญ Clark’s Cairo, from his Fatma el-Sha’arawi series. Murderous supernatural entities aside.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo, P. Djรจlรญ Clark cover
A Dead Djinn in Cairo, P. Djรจlรญ Clark cover

โœง Choose a weapon. Sword, axe or bow and why?

I’m more of a spear kind of girl (there’s just something about them), but out of all those I’d probably go with a bow.

Rangers just look the coolest and there are more opportunities to sneak attack. Bows are versatile: fantastic hunting weapons, appropriate defensive range, you can tie a rope to an arrow so you can scale the wall of the king’s palace and swipe his jewels (okay, maybe slightly unrealistic…). Bows are basically the precursors to the gun. You can throw arrows from chariots, horses, castle walls, trees. It’s total rogue freedom.

Plus, having a good aim is overall a great life skill. Like when you wanna hit your siblings with a pillow from across the room.

โœง What book are you looking forward to reading the most? 

Ok, making me choose only one book is torture!

I’ve got a whole page of 2021/earlier books that I want to get to with such eagerness I sometimes curse my lack of control when it comes to requesting ARCs…I’m also a mood reader all the way through, so my top most wanted fluctuate freely and often.

But four books (because it’s just a tie) that keep a consistent on that ranking are Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Son of the Storm, Joan He’s The Ones We’re Meant to Find, C. L. Clark’s The Unbroken, and Zoe Hana Mikuta’s Gearbreakers.

Son of the Storm, Suyi Davies Okungbowa cover (art by Dan dos Santos; design by Lauren Panepinto)
Son of the Storm, Suyi Davies Okungbowa cover (art by Dan dos Santos; design by Lauren Panepinto)
The Unbroken, C. L. Clark cover (art by Tommy Arnold; design by Lauren Panepinto)
The Unbroken, C. L. Clark cover (art by Tommy Arnold; design by Lauren Panepinto)
The Ones We're Meant to Find, Joan He cover (art by Aykut AydoฤŸdu)
The Ones We’re Meant to Find, Joan He cover (art by Aykut AydoฤŸdu)
Gearbreakers, Zoe Hana Mikuta cover (art by Taj Francis)
Gearbreakers, Zoe Hana Mikuta cover (art by Taj Francis)

โœง Name your favourite book blog?

Ok, I was wrong. Making me choose only one book blog is the real torture. I’m a complete mess when it comes to choosing favorites out of a great pool of options.

I haven’t been in the book community as long as many, but I feel like I jumped straight into the midst of the best of the best. I’ve come to connect and engage with so many skilled, creative, and just simply amazing people and book bloggers that I can only give you a small sample of the quality we have out there.

Since I have the memory of a fish, I’ll certainly forget about 80% of the bloggers I admire and love to read, and feel like shit about it later. That’s just life.

So here’s a shortened list of awesome favorite book blogs:

โœง Are you a cat or dog person?

At this point I’m just realizing I’m a terribly indecisive person always caught in the middle of impossible choices ๐Ÿ˜‚

I grew up with both types all living in hilarious harmony (when my cat, Loki, was born, my “alpha female” dog took care of him as her own. It was pretty funny and sweet), so it’s hard for me to choose.

Dogs and cats are supremely different but I think choosing one over another deprives one of knowing either fully and enjoying the best of both comforts. F.e., often people think that because cats are more independent, they’re less prone to displays of deep affection, like dogs. Totally unfounded notion.

That being said, the biggest upside of cats is you don’t have to walk them, so they’re perfect for rainy and cold days.

โœง Which book cover would you re-design if you were given the chance, and what would it look like?

Ah, well-played. I think this question is bound to offend the cover artist, which I’m reluctant to do :p Not that…they’d ever read this…But it’s the principle of the thing.

โœง What book do you recommend the most and why?

Oh, look, a chance to gush incessantly about a favorite read. Don’t mind if I do. One book I can’t get out of my mind (not that I’d ever want to) is The Boy Who Walked Too Far by Dom Watson.

This story recently got a smashing makeover, which I came to know through Fantasy Book Critic.

One fateful day on Twitter, I saw Dom looking for reviewers for this masterpiece and the rest was…a symphony written by gods. Which is basically what the book is.

My favorite stories tend towards a blend of genres; much like The Boy, which is an almost occult mesh of Sci-fi, Noir, and Fantasy, a real golden nugget of Grimdark.

Expansive worldbuilding (my goddamn favorite), a murder mystery, pet dwarf elephants, and a multidimensional adventure filled with blood, unpredictability, surrealism, and the horrific. This book is basically transcendent brilliance and I loved it to bits.

Naturally, I recommend it at every turn, so thanks for enabling me ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Boy Who Walked Too Far, Dom Watson cover
The Boy Who Walked Too Far, Dom Watson cover

You can check out my review, if all the blabbering got you curious.

โœง You can only choose one for the rest of your reading life. Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

These questions are fucking killing me ๐Ÿ˜‚

Without a doubt it’d be a sad life without either of those, but if I was to stay true to heart I would have to choose Sci-Fi. It would be a lesser life without Fantasy but I couldn’t live without Sci-Fi. While Fantasy is usually (not always nor even in its majority) a return to the past or a reimagining of it somehow, Sci-Fi focuses on the possibilities of future worlds, and I love that.

Plus, it’s space. I love space.

โœง If you were a character from The Lord of The Rings who would you be?

I’m a full-on Pippin. I too love to eat and would attempt to jump into a fire for Faramir.

My questions:

  1. What two fictional characters/group of characters would you love to see interact and why?
  2. Have you ever named a pet after a fictional character?
  3. What book has taught you something about yourself and what was it?
  4. Favorite genre cocktail (e.g. science fantasy, crime fantasy, sci-fi thriller etc)?
  5. What’s one curious skill you have?
  6. What Halloween costume would you pair with a book?
  7. Name 4 favorite books from 2020
  8. Name 4 2021 books you’re most excited about reading
  9. If you had to gift someone a book without knowing anything about their preferences, which book would you choose?
  10. What are some of your favorite book creators (could be bloggers, youtubers, grammers, tokkers, book cover artists, fanartists)?
  11. What made you decide to become a book blogger/creator and how do you feel it has changed you?

Check out my Sunshine Blogger tweet to see who I tagged!

12 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

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    1. Thank you for reading! I’m not sure ketchup-flavored chips are a thing worldwide (most common here are Ruffles but I heard Lay’s does them too)? But they should be because they’re my favorite in the entire world.

      Love how this is not only a book blog but also a repository of culinary wisdom :p Versatility!

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  3. Very grateful to feature in that list, wow! Also, I find it difficult to choose between cats and dogs. I always thought it was dogs, until we got two cats who loved me more than any cat we’d ever owned. Not only was this just as nice as being loved by a dog, but (like you so rightly said) there was no need for all that pesky exercise!

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  4. Thanks so much for the mention and the tag! I loved your responses! Also, thanks for reminding about your review for The Boy Who Walked Too Far – Iโ€™ve just signed up for the December book tour. It sounds incredible.
    Iโ€™ve very rudely ignored a couple of these but perhaps itโ€™s time I take a shot at some tricky questions!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Jake! Glad to hear I’ve managed to rope you in, and apologies for any damage to your schedule.

      No pressure to answer these, I know I’ve neglected a few myself. But if you have the time they’re quite fun!

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    1. Thank you, Paul, and thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ I just don’t want to ride the train and find myself face to face w a bloodthirsty wandering spirit but I’d love to meet a djinn eheh.
      Looking forward to reading them!

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