First, of course, thanks to Jessica over at Escape 2 Fiction for nominating me! I’ve never done one of these before, so hopefully I do this justice!
The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and links back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Now, on to the questions that were asked of me! 🙂
1. How long have you been blogging about books?
I have been blogging about books since . . . July I believe? I started my blog and bookstagram this summer!
2. How many books on average do you read in a month?
It really depends on the length of the books, naturally. Plus I’m in school right now, which always takes priority, and I don’t really count the books I read for my classes (unless they were something I’d probably read on my own eventually). I’m going to say maybe 3 as of right now.
3. How many days a week do you upload a blog post?
Because of my busy schedule I’ve had to adjust my blog schedule accordingly, so I now only post once a week on Wednesdays. I post every morning on my bookstagram, though, and every Monday I give a sneak peak/hint on my story of what that week’s post will be about!
4. How many books are on your goodreads TBR? And if you don’t use Goodreads, how come?
I don’t have any on my Goodreads TBR because I don’t use it! (I have a very intimidating pile of books that sit next to my bed each night, watching me, waiting for me to get to them though . . .) I don’t use Goodreads because, honestly, I just haven’t gotten around to it. A couple of years ago I made a Goodreads account so I could try to be involved with Emma Watson’s book club, but I never did anything with it or logged back on after that initial time so . . . That went nowhere. And also I just don’t feel the desire to use it. Everyone talks about it, and I guess I sort of not really get the whole purpose of it, but I’m not sure I really need to use it. Maybe someday I’ll change my mind, if someone can convince me to.
5. What’s the last book you read that you absolutely loved?
Umm, hello, Children of Blood and Bone had me absolutely captivated the entire way! The thing is a ginormous monster to read, but I was IN IT on the very first page. I’d hurry up and get my homework done so I could get back to reading it. I’m obsessed and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I might have to reread it before then, because why not? (I also am super looking forward to everything Tomi Adeyemi puts out into the world in the future. I love her writing.)
6. What’s the last book you read that you absolutely hated?
Ugh, this question is so tough for me because I don’t like to bring negative energy to my blog (even though my worst workshop experience ever was negative, I think I spun it positively near the end and it helped me heal from the experience to write about it). This is exactly why I avoid posting negative reviews as well, at least for the time being. I need positive energy and vibes, and also I hate telling people I don’t like their work or it didn’t vibe with me. I know that’s just how life is and not everything will work for everyone, but it really sucks when you read something and you’re disappointed, and it really sucks as a writer when you see that people were disappointed in your work.
But if I absolutely MUST answer, ugh, I’m going to have to say it wasn’t just a book but a series. A series that has been very popular for a long time now. It’s Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty series. Yikes.
I love Jenny Han! I read TATBILB and it’s my favorite trilogy ever, watched the movie and adore it, and I’m hoping to read another of her trilogies sometime. But this trilogy just did NOT do it for me. There were parts that I felt were problematic, parts I felt were unnecessary, and parts that just didn’t work. I actually took the time to write up a review on the trilogy, covering each book individually in one post, and I asked my mom if I should post it and she said no so I didn’t. And I agree, I don’t think I’ll ever post it. Maybe if I ever become posting negative reviews on my blog, but that day is not today and I don’t think it’s in the near future either. That’s all I have to say on the matter.
7. What book do you wish would be turned into a movie or TV show?
Oh my GOD. All of Sarah Dessen’s books. Every single one.
Her books deserve to be a giant TV show. For those who haven’t read her YA books, or for those who have read them and maybe hadn’t noticed, every book takes place in the same fictional town and characters from different books make cameo appearances in other books. It’s my favorite thing ever.
So here’s what I want. I want each book to have its own season. I want it to be Accurate AF because hello it’s a TV show and there’s so much room for all the details to be included. So each book gets its own season and then the characters make their cameos in the other seasons! I think it’s a brilliant idea. Netflix please team up with Sarah Dessen and make this happen because I would die.
8. What is the last book that you bought at a bookstore.
The last book I bought at a book store was actually two books: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. I already started reading Autoboyography and had to set it aside momentarily, but I LOVE IT SO MUCH SO FAR.
9. Do you prefer paperback or hardcover? Or do you just read whatever.
I’m WILLING to read whatever I can get my hands on, but I super prefer paperback. I can appreciate the beauty of a hardcover book, because my copy of Children of Blood and Bone is hardcover and the dust jacket is absolutely stunning and feels high quality.
I won’t name names, but a book I got recently is hardcover and its dust jacket feels cheap. Like, annoyingly cheap, considering how much I paid for the book and how hardcovers are more expensive than paperbacks anyway. I expected something a LOT nicer, especially considering the publisher and author, but I’m very disappointed in it. Also it doesn’t even really fit the book?? Idk.
Plus, I hate hate hate how dust jackets slide around when I’m reading, so I have to take them off. But I hate doing that because I feel like I’m going to ruin the book.
Paperbacks are much less problematic for me. Sure, I break the spines when I read, but I actually really love the look of books that have been “used and abused” (not literally please don’t hurt me OR my books), so this doesn’t bother me.
10. Do you watch booktubers? If yes, who are your favourites? If no, how come?
Okay, so I’ve been trying to get into watching booktubers lately but I’m having an issue. Not with the booktubers themselves, but with YOUTUBE (surprise, right?).
It’s actually kind of hard to discover booktubers, which I realize is a huge problem for the book community. I type in “booktubers” or something similar in the search and each time the same people pop up. Fine, I try to watch and diversify the ones I pick as much as YouTube allows me. But I’m not actually loving or feeling connected with the people YouTube is lowkey forcing on me (by not giving me more options). Which happens. Not everyone is going to enjoy watching everyone. When I watch YouTubers, I prefer to watch people I feel a connection with. But YouTube “suggests” the SAME EXACT PEOPLE underneath EVERY VIDEO I WATCH. As if there are only, like, 5 booktubers out there. And it’s so irritating, because sorry, but they’re the people I don’t feel like watching!
So I don’t know how to answer this question, unfortunately. I don’t watch them, because I’ll spend a while trying to do a booktube deep dive and get nowhere and lose motivation and go play Webkinz or something instead. But I WANT to watch. So give me suggestions. Because also, when I ask for suggestions on IG and Twitter, I get like one response which isn’t helpful either.
11. If you could be any character, who would it be? And why?
Uh, Belle, because she gets her own damn library AND lives in a castle. Come on.
But also Hermione, because she’s amazing and I’ve wanted to be her since I was little. She shares my affinity for knowledge and reading. And also I love Emma Watson. Can I just be her actually?
1. What made you start your blog?
2. What is your FAVORITE thing to blog about?
3. What is your FAVORITE type of blog to read? (Books, travel, fashion, lifestyle, etc.)
4. Do you have a favorite author? Why are they your favorite?
5. What social media do you use to promote your blog? What do you feel is the most effective/allows you to connect most with your following?
6. Who is your hero/role model? Why? (Can be fictional or real, of course!)
7. What is your favorite movie genre?
8. What is your favorite book genre?
9. What is your favorite book series?
10. What would your dream library look like?
11. What is your favorite thing about blogging? (OR, what is your favorite thing about your profession?)
My nominees are (drumroll please):
Of course I know that some of you strictly post book reviews, but I’m hoping you’ll be willing to participate in this. I’ve been nominated in the past and didn’t know what I was doing, but I participated this time and I’m so glad I did because it was so incredibly fun! Even if you just decide to do a little thread of the questions on Twitter, a Facebook status, a screenshot if your answers OR post on your IG story, I recommend it!