The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much to my lovely book blogging friend Dini @Dinipandareads for nominating me for this award. If you all aren’t following her you need to be! She’s the best and has been one of the most welcoming and supportive bloggers to me since I joined this lovely book blogging community.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

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 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.

Questions set by Dini

One. What is your favourite book genre?

I think it is probably contemporary. Any book that is set during the period it was written. I think it is because these books are a glimpse into the zeitgeist of that time and I always find that I can empathise with contemporary characters living in a realistic world more than I can with characters with a fantastical element… However you can throw that whole thinking out the window when I tell you that my next favourite genre is probably mythological retellings and reimaginings!!

Two. What book do you wish would be made into a TV series/movie?

You see I’m funny about book to screen adaptations. I get VERY precious about my favourite books and characters and would be quite happy to never see them get adapted for either TV or cinema!! To me something of the book always gets lost in the adaptation. Take for instance The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I adore the book. Like 100% adore, major fan, that book is etched in my soul… but I HATED the film!!! I thought it was much too saccharine and lost some of the authenticity of Hazel’s story and her true feelings about being ill. So really I’d rather not see my fav books on the screen! But if I had to pick then I would like to see A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess adapted because it would make a cute rom-com and I adore watching rom-coms!

Three. You need to escape your house (for some reason) and can only bring 3 books in your bag. What books would you take?

My copy of Denis the Dragon Finds a New Job, my Giant Book of Disney Favourites and my childhood copy of Little Women. All three are sentimental favourites from when I was a little girl and are priceless to me.

Four. Why did you start a book blog?

I have toyed with the idea of having a blog for some years now as a means of expressing myself in some small way but I was always too nervous to start a blog purely about my life experiences. So instead I started writing reviews of the books I had read on Goodreads and from there this desire to express my thoughts through my reviews grew into me deciding to take the leap and start a blog.

Five. What was your last 5-star read and why?

Jessie Burton’s The Confession. It is simply brilliant. It’s such an honest portrayal of the struggle it is for us to take control over the narrative of our own lives and to not be beholden to anyone else.

Six. What’s a destination you want to visit because of a book you read?

Greece. I have been reading Greek mythology since I was tiny and have harboured a lifelong dream to see Athens and all of its historical sites. Some day hopefully.

Seven. If you could read any book again for the first time, which book would it be and why?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I just want to experience that love story all over again without truly knowing the ending.

Eight. Do you read books in another language? If yes, what language?

Not really. I have read a little bit in Irish though but it is not something I particularly enjoy.

Nine. Which fictional character do you think is most like you?

I have no idea. It is such a difficult thing to see yourself in a book I think. There are many characters that share facets of my personality but I don’t think I have ever read a book and gone wow that is completely me.

Ten. Which fictional world would you most like to visit or live in and why?

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books which is a library from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world and I just really want it to be a real place and not from a book because to me it sounds like the most magical place ever. Libraries and dusty bookstores are my favourite places in existence so if the Cemetery of Forgotten Books turned out to be real…. Just wow.

Eleven. What popular book and/or author do you hate?

Get your pitchforks ready because I have a list!

  • Harry Potter. Haven’t ever read any of the books so this is very petty on my part but I just do not get the hype and I have zero inclination to ever read the books or watch the films.
  • Six of Crows. Read about a page of it and went nope!
  • The Raven Boys. Got to about chapter 3 and could go no further.
  • The Book Thief. HATED the smug narrator with a blinding passion
  • The Night Circus. One of the most boring books I have ever read
  • A Court of Mist and Fury. Someone needed to edit this HARD!
  • Illuminae Files. I liked book one but books two and three were basically the same as book one plotwise/twistwise and I was not impressed.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic. Thought it was incredibly prosaic and uninspired

Yup… Have A LOT of unpopular opinions don’t I!!! LOL!!!

I am going to nominate the following eleven blogs for this award:

  1. Sam @ABookHaven
  2. Lucy @ANovelPurpose
  3. Genie in a Novel
  4. Ashley @GraceWithMyCoffee
  5. Jasmine @LifeofaSimpleReader
  6. Mary @MaryKReads
  7. Yolanda @PastMidnight
  8. Ruby @RubysBooksBlog
  9. TheGeekishBrunette
  10. Lauren @TwentySevenLetters
  11. Nastassja @OneThousandAndOneBook

My eleven questions for those tagged

  1. What is the first book you ever remember buying?
  2. Have you ever read any book that changed the way you see yourself or how you see the world? If so what book and why?
  3. What is your most unpopular bookish opinion?
  4. What is your favourite thing about book blogging or blogging in general?
  5. What is your favourite ever quote from a book and why that quote?
  6. If you could only ever read books by one author for the rest of your life, what author would that be?
  7. What is your favourite genre to read?
  8. What is your least favourite genre to read?
  9. What is your opinion on open-ended books?
  10. Have you ever bought a book based on its cover alone? If so what was the book and what about the cover drew you in?
  11. Do you prefer books that make you laugh or books that make you cry? Explain why so.

31 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I’ll join you in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books ….
    As for Harry Potter, I had no interest in reading the books but then the first one was a set text for a course on children’s literature so I had to read it. I can see the appeal much more now. It’s a mash up of the school stories from long decades ago, with fantasy like C S Lewis. I won’t go looking for any more but it was good fun….

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    1. I’m just not a fan of wizards and magic, really I’m a bit hit and miss with fantasy as a genre. It’s funny you mention CS Lewis because the Narnia books were among the books I loathed the most as a child…yet still read them all… I’ve always been a most peculiar type of reader! But a Harry Potter/Narnia comparison is yet another nail in the coffin of me never reading Rowling!


  2. Oh my gosh I think question 11 gutted me lol. But I think every reader has a handful of unpopular book ratings that would freak other readers out so I get it lol!

    I hope you get to go to Greece one day! It’s a beautiful country and totally lives up to the hype and pictures!

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    1. I think it just shows that I’m a bit hit and miss with fantasy as a genre lol! It’s rare I will really love a traditional fantasy type book.
      I hope I get to go to Greece too. It just seems so extraordinary with all its amazing history and beautiful countryside


  3. Yay, so glad that you did this. I loved reading your answers! It’s a big YES for the Cemetery of Forgotten Books! How amazing would be it if it were real?! I honestly might be a little creeped out by its crypt-ish feel but I think it’d still be so magical 😍Also, wow, I was not expecting to see Illuminae and the Shades of Magic series on your hate list HAHA I really loved that you shared that list with us though πŸ˜‚


  4. Thank you so much for the tag! I’m so excited to do it!
    I’m a huge HP fan, but I’m right there with you on illuminae I DNF it pretty quickly.
    I’ve been getting into contemporary a lot more lately, but I’m still a sucker for urban fantasy lol.
    I loved this post, and thank you again for tagging me ❀️❀️

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    1. You’re welcome! I hope you have fun doing the tag πŸ™‚ I just think that me and any sub genre of fantasy are always gonna blow hot and cold lol! I wish I had DNFd Illuminae…but instead I read the whole series! I make no sense sometimes I know πŸ™‚


  5. Oh, wow. Anyone who has guts to say that they hate or did not read Harry Potter, The Book Thief and The Night Circus is instantly a brilliantly honest and brave person in my book. I love that. I cannot judge HP “rationally” because I was introduced to it at an impressionable age and therefore I “like” it, but I agree with you on The Night Circus and The Book Thief.

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    1. Haha thanks Diana! I know it pains a lot of people when I list off the books that I am not a lover of but then I think that life would be too boring if we all loved the same books. And that’s why I love the book community because we have all these wide ranging opinions and no one person is ever truly right or truly wrong πŸ™‚ I’m glad to meet a fellow non-fan of the book thief and the night circus though! :)))))))))

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      1. I admire your honesty and I wish more people like you were on social media and wordpress. I notice that, if some book is very popular, there are people out there who just follow the herd and say they “like” them rather than saying what they really think and feel.

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  6. Thank you for the nomination love! 😘 And I can’t believe you don’t love Harry Potter (because I never got into either! πŸ˜‚). My son keeps asking me about Harry Potter so I re-read the first book again last month and I still have no excitement about it. I thought, why doesn’t this interest me? But I gave him a summary of the book (he’s 6 but scared of the movies). Six of Crows, I read a few chapters as well and stopped. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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    1. I know… The Harry Potter thing gets most people! I have some of the most unpopular book opinions ever but I think it is what makes us all interesting. I love reading reviews from people who have completely opposing reactions to mine and also love reading reviews from people who react just like me. It just makes this great book community more fun πŸ™‚ I hope your son is enjoying your reading to him, what a lovely thing to be able to share with your child ❀

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  7. OMG, I just saw the post! I couldn’t think of a better person to be nominated for a sunshine blogger award! Congrats, Emer! You totally deserve the title πŸ™‚ And thanks a lot for nominating me. I am not as active on my blog as I would love to, but it’s still an honour to be nominated by a lovely friend ❀

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