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 🙂
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.
✧ 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!
✧ 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.
✧ 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. Djèlí Clark’s Cairo, from his Fatma el-Sha’arawi series. Murderous supernatural entities aside.
✧ 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.
✧ 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.
✧ 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:
- Bookends and Bagends
- Whispers and Wonder
- RockstarLit BookAsylum
- Out of This World SFF Reviews
- Bookblurb / Alex in Murderland / Martian Chronicle (Alex has a SFF blog, a Crime Fiction blog, and a SFF Fiction blog —respectively— where she and her co-authors write short speculative fiction, which is pretty damn cool)
- Armed with a Book
- Book Vagabond (I know this will seem like mandatory flattery, but nah)
- Grimdark Dad
- Jake is Reading
- The Tattooed Book Geek
- The Tsundoku Chronicles
- Read at Midnight
- Ink and Plasma
- Weatherwax Report
- The Book in Hand
- The Bookwyrm’s Den
- Velvet Opus
- Fanna for Books
- Infinite Speculation
- Stephen Writes
- The Thirteenth Shelf
- Off the TBR
- The Quiet Pond
- The Swordsmith
- Algarete Latinx
- Utopia State of Mind
- Wilder Girl Reads
- Sometimes Leelynn Reads
- Reader Voracious
- Novels & Waffles
- Em’s Bookish Musings
- Novels and Nebulas
✧ 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 😂
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.
✧ 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.
✧ 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 😉
You can check out my review, if all the blabbering got you curious.
✧ You can only choose one for the rest of your reading life. Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
These questions are fucking killing me 😂
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.
✧ 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.
- What two fictional characters/group of characters would you love to see interact and why?
- Have you ever named a pet after a fictional character?
- What book has taught you something about yourself and what was it?
- Favorite genre cocktail (e.g. science fantasy, crime fantasy, sci-fi thriller etc)?
- What’s one curious skill you have?
- What Halloween costume would you pair with a book?
- Name 4 favorite books from 2020
- Name 4 2021 books you’re most excited about reading
- If you had to gift someone a book without knowing anything about their preferences, which book would you choose?
- What are some of your favorite book creators (could be bloggers, youtubers, grammers, tokkers, book cover artists, fanartists)?
- 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!