The Sunshine Blogger Award IV

Thanks so much to my fabulous book blogging friend Sarah from @Weaving Fiction for nominating me for this award. This is my fourth time getting to do this tag!


If you all aren’t following Sarah then you really need to be! She’s such a genuine person and a really fab blogger who writes incredibly insightful reviews along with other various bookish posts.

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 Sarah

(1) What is your favourite, very specific genre to read? i.e 19th-century romance or Japanese inspired fantasy

I think one of my favourite niche genres has to be gothic style fiction with echoes of Grimm Brothers’ Fairytales. I don’t like horror books… but there’s something about slightly creepy books set in old large houses beside deep, dark woods that really appeal to me. An example is In The Night Wood by Dale Bailey.

(2) Explain your star rating system!

  • 5 stars: A fantastic book. Absolutely adored it. Probably can’t coherently explain why. Deserves a reread at a later date.
  • 4 stars: A really, really good book! One I loved a lot. Quite possible I would reread.
  • 3 stars: A good solid book. I liked it a lot but probably would never reread
  • 2 stars: An okay book. Not terrible but not exactly gripping or written that well. Typically a predictable plot laden with clichés.
  • 1 star: Just no… I probably want to burn it. But most likely I have flung it across the room in anger upon finishing it

(3) How many books do you like to read at once?

Typically I am monogamous when it comes to my reads. I like to give just the one book my full attention. I have been known to sometimes read a science non-fiction alongside a fictional book though. Usually when the science non-fiction is fairly chunky.

(4) What is your perfect reading environment?

Late evening, a squishy sofa, plenty of cushions, my feet up on a bean cube, a cosy blanket on my lap, soft instrumental music playing in the background with my dog curled up beside me.

(5) Short books, or long books & why?

I am a fairly slow reader so am not that big a fan of massive tomes. I mean I still read them but I certainly prefer books that average around 400 or so pages. I do quite like the skill that is involved in crafting a short novella because I think such a finite amount of space requires very careful editing to help develop the perfectly paced plot and detailed characters.

(6) Tell us about a book that haunts you, and why

I recently read The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman and that book is still living in my soul. It’s haunting because it shows the absolute evilness that human beings are capable of as it is a book about the occurrences of the Second World War. I think books about any war haunt me. Another example is Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because I am haunted by the actions of my favourite character, Ugwu, in that book. His loss of innocence shattered my heart in ways I cannot coherently explain. And I am also haunted by the book All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Because in that book it showed the fear of soldiers on the front, of men that were little more than boys, it showed the true horrors of war and its everlasting nightmarish legacies on these men.

(7) What inspired you to start blogging & how long have you been blogging?

I started blogging this past Summer at the end of June. I have been reviewing on Goodreads for quite a while now but I always felt the need to be able to discuss books in a more general manner so I decided to create my own blog. Plus it helps with ARC requests from NetGalley… not gonna lie, I am definitely also here for some ARCs.

(8) What is your go-to book recommendation that you can’t shut up about?

It’s funny because it isn’t my favourite book! However it’s up there with my favs, but the book I always recommend to people is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I rec it because I think it’s hilarious but also rather incisive with the wit contained within its pages.

(9) What fairytale/folktale would you love a retelling of?

Can I somewhat tweak this question to being more myth-based? Because I love my Greek mythology especially and would really like to read a good retelling of Orpheus in the Underworld. The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice is my absolute fav. And if I can’t have that then I would love a story about the origins of the constellation Orion.

(10) Aside from blogging, tell us three hobbies you love

I sometimes like to both sew and knit even though I am not that proficient at either. Listening to music is another great love of mine, and it is made even more enjoyable when I get to sing along. In my younger years I used to sing quite a bit. And I really get great joy out of tending to my orchids. When they are in bloom it is a beautiful sight to behold.

(11) Name a book that made you cry

I think it is easier to name books that have not made me cry!! I have a special shelf on my Goodreads profile that is titled ‘Cry Me A River’ which lists all the books I have reviewed since I joined Goodreads that have made me cry.

And those are all my answers!!! I’m not going to tag anyone in particular this time around because it’s not that long ago since I tagged a bunch of people for this award.

25 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award IV

  1. LOLOL Cry Me A River — I’m now going to have that song stuck in my head all freaking day — but I love the name of that shelf and I defo have to check it out!! I love a book that can make me cry like no other lol it’s honestly so cathartic 😂
    Also, YES your perfect reading environment would 10,000% be my own perfect reading enviro. I WANTS IT NOW!
    I used to sing a lot in my younger days too! I was a soprano but I always loved singing alto so much more haha what about you? 😍 Love learning more about you, Emer!

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    1. I was a descant soprano and soloist back in the day. I used to love choir so much but sadly I don’t have the energy and physical strength required for it anymore. So now I’m just a hum along to the radio type of person…especially in the car. I’m a great car singer lol!!!! :))))
      And omg I love a book that makes me cry. So cathartic I think. But I’m hilarious because I’m the type of person who will not only cry at emotional fiction I will also cry at science non-fiction because I find it so beautiful!! Lol what am I like Dini :)))))))))


  2. YOU LIKE GOTHIC FICTION TOOOO!?!? DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDSSS!?!?! 😍😍❤️🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Because I am in looove! The setting, the way the surroundings are described, that cold and creepy vibe – LOTS OF LOOOVE FOR ALL OF THAT! And my favourite book from this genre has to be Mysteries of Udolpho! I wasn’t always in love with it but there was a reference to this book in Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (who, it seems, was actually making fun of gothic fiction through this novel 🤣🤣)

    And I have been meaning to read All Quiet on the Western Front for some time. Maybe I will now..

    And ‘Cry me a river’ is a damn good shelf name! 😍😍❤️

    I LOOVED YOUR ANSWERS!! Many congratulations for the award!! 😍❤️

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    1. OMG I LOVE IT RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gothic fiction is sooooo good. I like that it has a tiny bit of creep factor but there’s always a brilliant story. I have ALWAYS wanted to read the mysteries of udolpho since Austen referenced it. It just sounds like great fun. I love Northanger Abbey btw, it’s such an hilarious read I think. Definitely Austen having a lol at gothic fiction. Brilliant book.

      Oh All Quiet on the Western Front is an amazing book… It’s difficult at times because how could anyone fail to be deeply affected by the themes of war but it is so worth the read.

      Thanks so much Rain, you’re the best <3333

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      1. IT IS!! IT REALLY ISSS! Everything is magnified….the emotions heightened…the excitement…EVERYTHING! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️ AND YESSS! NORTHANGER ABBEY IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! And even the movie is quite good! Have you seen it yet?

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  3. oooooh how long have you been sewing/knitting?? I bet you’re so good at it I would love to learn how to but i’d probably be hopeless and I am totally the same when it comes to reading only one at a time. MY ATTENTION SPAN CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH.

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    1. I learned to knit and sew when I was 7 and 8 respectively, and it’s something that I have dabbled in on and off over the years since… so a loooooong time Amanda. That was one of the great things about my school, it taught us a wide range of things and I’m very happy I learned at such a young age :)))))) I haven’t been able to knit in a while though because of stiff and painful joints but I can still sew on my machine which I do like to do. :)))))))))))


  4. “Typically I am monogamous when it comes to my reads.” GIRL. This description. In that case, call me a polyamorous reader. *shrug*
    Very much agree about Orpheus and Eurydice – listening to Hadestown has given me a craving for more retellings of that myth. But, like…good ones.

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