I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Lauren at Comma Hangover. Go check out her blog – there’s a cute dog to be found in that post I just linked to!
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.
- Thank the person(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 on your post and/or on your blog.
1. What constitutes a 5-star read for you? And what was the last book you read that met that criteria?
This is such a great question. So, for me, I don’t hold all genres to the same criteria. I’m not going to give a thriller I absolutely loved 3 stars just because it’s not the next Great American Novel. And I know some people have really specific criteria while rating books, almost like filling out a rubric (whenever I see someone give like ‘3.82 stars’ I’m like, what does that even mean?!), but for me it’s more subjective. But generally something like…
Literary fiction: Challenges me, makes me think, adds something new to the genre I haven’t seen before, characters who are realistic and flawed, lyrical prose.
Mysteries/thrillers: Keep me on my toes, are consistently fun and engaging, characters behave in believable ways.
SFF: Usually more character driven than plot driven, parallels with relevant real world issues, engaging prose.
I mean, I read across all genres, so I could keep going with this for a while. Anyway, the last one that met this criteria was All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan, so, literary fiction. It certainly ticks every box of the criteria I just listed up there.
2. If you had to describe yourself in the personality of three fictional characters (books, tv, movies all accepted) who would they be and why?
Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire (INFJish, idealistic but also practical, quiet, a bit of a rebellious streak but more subtle about it), April Ludgate from Parks and Rec (sarcastic, morbid, cares about things but doesn’t want people to know she cares about things), Marius Pontmercy from Les Miserables (awkward, very deeply uncool, Trying My Best).
3. When you are traveling, what is one thing that you would be lost without?
Hmm, good question! I actually didn’t have a smart phone the year I lived abroad, and I traveled quite a bit both in and out of Italy, so even though my gut reaction here is to say my iPhone, I think I’d survive… I mean, paper maps exist. So. There’s that. Let’s go with my glasses. What’s the point of traveling if I can’t see??
4. If you could be a magical witch or wizard, or a prodigy at one particular skill, which would you want to be and why?
Oh, good question… I’d probably go with magic because then couldn’t I just make myself be good at things? Like, I wish I were a really good singer, but there’s probably a magic spell for that, right?!
5. What are your top three books to read by the end of 2017?
Oh god…….. The Absolutist by John Boyne, An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
6. If a fictional character could cook you one meal, who would it be and what would they cook?
Li-yan from The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See can cook me a traditional Chinese meal and then make me a cup of pu’er tea. I’ve wanted to try it ever since reading this book.
7. What is your favorite article of clothing?
Good question…. probably this navy blue sweater that I got at a Ralph Lauren outlet store a few years ago. I wear it nearly to death every winter.
8. What is the best first line you’ve ever read in any work of literature?
“Rage — Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles. . . .”
– The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles. I know you all are shocked.
9. How do you feel about reading classics? Are there any you feel like you want to read in the future?
They’re the worst… just kidding. I love classics a lot. Of course I want to read more in the future!!! Hadeer recently mentioned doing a buddy read of Wuthering Heights next month, so that’ll probably be my next classic after I finish War and Peace.
10. Do you use bookmarks? Show us your favorites from your collection.
Yes I do, but I don’t have a particularly interesting collection, I just have about a hundred of the free Book Depository ones, as I get those at work all the time.
11. Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?
Salty!!! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.
Since this is my fifth time doing this award, I’m not tagging anyone…. but if anyone wants to answer Lauren’s questions, which are great, consider yourself nominated!