The Sunshine Blogger Award (XV and XVI)

Hey everyone!

I’m back with another edition of The Sunshine Blogger Award. This time I was nominated by my dear friend Whitney @Whit Reads Lit. I was tagged back in January and am only getting to this now….. OOPS I AM SORRY WHITNEY!!! But thank you so much for the tag Whitney. It was very nice of you to think of me when choosing your nominations and I much appreciate it.

I was also tagged by Jess @Beyond the Front Cover for this same award back in February…. I KNOW!!!! SO BEHIND ON TAGS EMER!!! But thank you so much Jess, it really is so nice when people think of me for these tags and awards because they mean a lot plus it’s a whole lot of fun writing these posts.

Today I am going to answer both Whitney and Jess’ questions in one big ol’ Sunshine Blogger post and tag a bunch of people for this award when I’m finished.

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 from Whitney

1: Do you like to read seasonally? (i.e. a winter book in winter, and so on)

Not really. I am a mood reader so I never know where that mood will take me. But I guess I like to read Christmas books at Christmas….I know, shocking right!!!!!

2: Do you use bookstagram? What is your username?

I do have a bookstagram but I am not very active on it. It’s @alittlehaze so the same as my twitter etc. I typically use instagram to chat to a few friends and stalk publishers, authors and my favourite musicians. I follow a scary number of John Mayer fan accounts…

3: Print, e-book, or audio?

NEVER audio. Audio sends me to sleep or I get irked by the narrator… just a big fat nope to audio. I am torn between print and eBook. I love the convenience of an eBook but ahhh I love those print babies and supporting indie bookshops!

4: What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

Killing off the chronically ill character so that the able bodied leads can learn something stupidly cliched about their death… oh we must admit our true love Karen because Beth told us to value each day as if it was our last just before she conveniently died off page so we the author would not have to deal with the ugly minutiae of death.

5: Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter?


6: Do you know your Hogwarts House? Your patronus?

I have never read Harry Potter but I did do the house sorting thingy and I’m a huffalump! Yeah I can’t remember the exact name it’s called and effort of googling lol! I have no clue what a patronus is.

7: Where is your favourite place to shop?

A bookshop obvs!!!! Once this pandemic is over I hope that my favourite independent book stores will still be in business so I can have a little spending spree.

8: What do you do for fun, besides reading?

I like to listen to a lot of music and watch a whole lot of tennis on TV….you know when it’s not cancelled because of COVID-19.

9: What would be your ultimate vacation?

I need to see all the historical sites in Greece.

10: If you were suddenly given $500,000, what would you do with it?

Be very boring and pay bills, insurance etc., give some money to my family to help out with their bills and stuff. Go on a bit of a book buying splurge and then save, save, save… I know… how terribly unexciting.

11: What blog do you think more people should be following?

OMG I have too many that I could list. Basically y’all need to follow all the blogs I am following! There are so many wonderful book bloggers out there and I am privileged to call a whole bunch of the people behind them my friends.

Questions from Jess

1 – What is your greatest achievement to date?

I think graduating from university is my greatest achievement because my path to that qualification was far from easy as due to my longterm chronic illness I stopped attending regular school age 14 and didn’t eventually graduate from uni until I was over 30. Along the way I was told by many people that I shouldn’t dare to dream of a third level education and proving the naysayers wrong felt really good.

2 – Name one thing that is guaranteed to annoy you?


I cannot stand cluttered environments. I like simple, clean, functional spaces.

3 – What made you decide to start your blog, and does that reason still stand for why you continue?

I wanted to talk more about books! I have been an active member of Goodreads for a number of years but I felt that I was confined to the review format for book discussion and with my blog there are so many more angles that I can now use to discuss my favourite hobby. Plus I wanted to get more ARCs from NetGalley! And those reasons are still true today some ten months or so later.

4 – If you could visit one place in the world then where would you go, and why?

Right now in the middle of this pandemic? I would love to go home and see my parents.

5 – If you could only read books from one genre then which one would you pick?

Contemporary. I like reading about realistic characters living in modern times.

6 – What was the last thing that happened to make you smile?

My dog running up to me looking for cuddles.

7 – If you could live a day as a character from a book then who would that character be, and why?

Elizabeth Bennet. Because Darcy!

8 – Which season is your favourite?


9 – What is the best piece of advice that you have been given?

Listen to your mother!

10 – Which subject at school was your favourite, and which did you hate?

LOVED all of the sciences and maths.

HATED languages especially Irish…yuck!

11 – If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life then what would you pick?

And those are my answers! Thanks again to both Whitney and Jess for nominating me.

What do you guys think of them? Do you agree/disagree with any of them?

Next up I am going to tag some blogs to receive this award:

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

My eleven questions for those tagged

  1. Which do you prefer: bookstagram or bookish twitter? Share your links.
  2. What has been your favourite read of 2020 so far?
  3. What has been your least favourite read of 2020 so far?
  4. What is your favourite blog post you have ever written? Share your link.
  5. Bookish teas or bookish candles?
  6. Series or standalones?
  7. Describe your perfect reading nook.
  8. What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
  9. What is your least favourite book to screen adaptation?
  10. You can only read books published by five authors for the rest of your life. Who are the five authors?
  11. Noodles or rice?

31 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award (XV and XVI)

  1. Omg I want to go to Greece for the same reason as you. I so want to see all of the temples and other historic sites, I think it would be incredible. I do also want to see some of the islands though (thanks to Mamma Mia) they look stunning 😍

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  2. I can’t stand clutter either 🙂 It was so nice to get to know you better with these questions and to see a photo of your pupper. What’s his name and do you have this little assistant posing with books on IG? I’ll have to follow there then! Thanks for tagging me too. Difficult questions that I have to give some thought but I’ll see what I can come up with!

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  3. Great answers and congrats on your nomination (again)! #4 peeves me too – those sort of ‘convenient’ deaths kind of resemble the whole Bury Your Gays trope, don’t they? Not great to see. (Love the Sam gif btw!)

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  4. HUFFALUMP! 😂😂😂EMER! I literally screamed that out loud when I read it! Then, all I could think of was Winnie the Pooh, Huffalumps and Woozles 😂What you mean is your a Hufflepuff… but hey you weren’t far off 😂

    Good for you for graduating uni! It doesn’t matter what age you finish, girl you finished! Proud of you! 💞

    Your doggo is super cuteee! 😍


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    1. OH THAT IS WHAT A HUFFALUMP IS!!! See I knew I wasn’t making up a word lol!!! Hufflepuff…yeah I’ll never remember that ooops!!! XDDDD
      And thank you so much! It really felt so good to get my degree under my belt. I had been told by so many people that it wouldn’t happen, to aim lower etc… but it was so good to achieve it in the end :))))
      AND YES!!! POTATO FANS OF THE WORLD UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XDDDDDDDDDDDDD xoxoxoxo <3333

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  5. No worries about it taking a long time! It can take me forever to get to tags and awards as well! I loved reading your answers.
    And you calling it huffalump made me lol – as a fellow HUFFLEPUFF, I’m glad you are in my house 😉

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  6. Reading christmas books during the summer does seem a bit weird 😀 I’m definitely a very “seasonal” reader. However, here in Portugal we only have 2 seasons.. and I’d like som snow!

    Uh, I can’t wait to go to a bookshop!!! I’m going to buy all the books! 😀

    Aww, cutie! ❤ I hope your dog is doing better! 🙂

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    1. My dog is definitely doing much better Alex, thank you. Was a tough week but she seems back to herself now :))))
      I like that in ireland we don’t get much snow, we get a lot of frost but thankfully now snow. The country just is not able to handle it and a few centimetres is enough to shut everywhere down lol!!! :))))) xoxox

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