The Sunshine Blogger Award #6

I was nominated by the wonderful Callum for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I’ve done quite a few times now, but his questions were great so I thought I’d go ahead and do it again.  Also, apologies that I don’t always do these awards posts when I’m tagged in them, but I am always incredibly appreciative!


Callum’s questions:

Which author that you haven’t read yet are you most excited to try?

Ooh great question.  So many!  Sarah Moss, Laura Purcell, Sarah Perry, Colin Barrett, Colum McCann…

What’s the best book you read before you started blogging?

I suppose I have to go with my go-to answer for favorite book, which I read when I was 18 (I started blogging when I was 24, I think), Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

What book do you most want to see as a movie/TV show?

I think In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne would make a fantastic film.

Which genre do you want to explore more of?

Graphic novels.  I recently read Sabrina by Nick Drnaso which I ended up really enjoying, and I’d enjoyed Fun Home by Alison Bechdel in the past, so I’d love to check out more of this medium.

Is the Hogwarts House you’d want to be in the same as the one you think you’d actually be sorted into?

I think so!  I had a major crisis over this a few years ago – I’ve pretty much identified with Ravenclaw since first reading the series, but toward the end of college I was getting so burnt out with academia that I was starting to feel like my claims of loving learning and knowledge were fake.  But after graduating I’ve been realizing that I still do love to learn and analyze and discuss things, just not in that setting (at least, not at this point in my life).  Anyway, I’ve always wanted to be in Ravenclaw, I think I’d be a little heartbroken if the hat said anything else.

Do you have any pets?

I sure do!

These are Lily and Percy and they are my best friends.  (They’re indoor cats and only allowed outside when supervised.)

Are any of your ‘real life’ friends big readers?

It’s funny because at this point, my main group of ‘real life’ friends are actually people I met online a decade ago… we’re coming full circle.  Anyway, most of my friends do like to read on occasion.  The biggest non-blogger reader in my life though is my mom; she doesn’t read quite as much as I do but she still consistently reads around 60-80 books a year and we’re always sharing recommendations.

What read has been your biggest pleasant surprise so far this year?

That would probably have to be The Pisces by Melissa Broder.  Hannah posted a glowing review so I was tempted by it even though it didn’t seem like my kind of book at all, but I decided to request it from Netgalley on a whim and see what happened.  I got approved about 2 minutes later, read it, and fell in love with it.

What’s been your most disappointing read of the year so far?

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.  Everything about it seems like my kind of book (contemporary Irish writer, LGBT representation, literary historical fiction, Man Booker longlisted, depressing, blurbed by Kazuo Ishiguro… COME ON) but getting through it was like pulling teeth.  It’s one of only two books I’ve rated 1 star so far this year.

Who’s your favourite music artist?

I usually say my favorite band is Pearl Jam, but my music tastes are all over the place, and ‘artist’ implies a single person rather than a band, but that’s harder for me… David Bowie, Thom Yorke, Sia, Troye Sivan, and Ben Howard all come to mind.  Who knows.

If you could live in any country other than the one you live in now, which one would it be and why?

Honestly, anywhere on earth is better than the US.  I’ve lived in Italy and really loved that experience, but I’m not sure I’d want to live there again.  But then again, the familiarity would be nice… But, I also really love Belgium and Germany.  And the UK.  So, one of those places.  I am indecisive.

My questions:

  1. What’s the worst book you had to read for school?
  2. Within your own country, where would you most like to visit that you haven’t already been?
  3. What’s the best first line of a book you’ve ever read?
  4. Do you have any tattoos and do you want any?
  5. If you watch booktube, who’s your favorite booktuber?  If you don’t watch booktube, what’s your favorite thing to watch on youtube?
  6. Which classic do you think more people should read?
  7. What would you consider the most overhyped and the most underhyped book you’ve read in the last year?
  8. Would you like to work in the publishing industry, or do you prefer to keep books and reading strictly a hobby?
  9. If you’re a writer, which author’s style do you think is most similar to your own?  If you’re not a writer, which author’s style do you connect with the most as a reader?
  10. What’s your least favorite book cover?
  11. Who’s your favorite actor/celebrity?

I’m going to try to nominate people who Callum didn’t tag so I don’t overload you guys.  And, as always, no pressure at all to do this!

Nominating: Patrick, Hannah And Her Books, Sarah, Emily, Hadeer, Ally, Aurora, Jessie.


38 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award #6

  1. Ha, guess who also said (will say) The Pisces for the same question? I am so bad at coming up with questions, which is why I have drafted my replies and then let thing lie.

    PS: I do love that you only inserted pictures of your cats.

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  2. Yay, I loved reading your answers, and I’m always happy to see your adorable cats! Also, lol at your little US dig 😂

    I’m particularly intrigued to see people’s answers to the Hogwarts question. For years, the bookworm and former school swat in me wanted to be a Ravenclaw, but I honestly think I’d be put in Hufflepuff, and I’ve gradually made my peace with that, lol.

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    • Any excuse to show off my cats tbh!

      Hufflepuff seems like a great place to be. I’d hate to be sorted into Gryffindor, and I think Slytherin would suck solely because their common room seems dank and depressing. I mean, a dungeon?? Really?? I do think I’m a Ravenclaw at heart though, especially after I moved past the idea that being a Ravenclaw necessarily means loving school.

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  3. Thanks for tagging me, Rachel! Your cats are adorable and your answers are so fun to read. I always thought I would be Ravenclaw, but I finally logged into Pottermore last year and was sorted into Gryffindor- a surprise but not a disappointment. I’m looking forward to answering your questions soon!

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    • I love showing off my cats, lol! Do you have a twitter? I post a lot of cat pictures on there.

      Pottermore sorted me into Gryffindor too! I don’t trust that quiz at all though, it’s so vague and abstract and I do not have a Gryffindor bone in my body. I definitely think I’d be a Ravenclaw irl. And yay, looking forward to reading your answers!

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      • Found you on twitter! I don’t use it much, but when I do I like to see cat pics. 🙂

        I think at the time I took the quiz I was I in an adventurous frame of mind and my result reflected that. I was bummed it’s a one-time quiz because I did think it might have put me in Ravenclaw on a different day. But I think being told that I’m brave has made me braver? So not a total loss.

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      • Cat pics are definitely the best content on Twitter in general tbh.

        That’s cool that the quiz captured you in the moment though! I felt like my result was way off but I don’t set much store in those things. I’ve actually made different accounts with different email addresses, and weirdly I get Gryffindor most of the time?? I got Slytherin once too. But way back in the day with the original Pottermore quiz I got Ravenclaw so I’m sticking to that result!

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    • When I post pictures of them outside without mentioning that I feel like I’m endorsing the outdoor cat lifestyle and that is just SO against my personal philosophy. KEEP YOUR CATS INDOORS EVERYBODY!!!

      Anyway you are welcome back any time!!!

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  4. I’m not entirely certain what a sunshine blogger is but THANK YOU I will happily answer these questions *hair flip*

    Okay but like how did the Troye Sivan fandom begin and why have we not talked about bloom yet

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    • Tbh it’s just an excuse to ask your friends questions and highlight whichever blogs you’ve been enjoying recently, it is like the least official exercise of all time.

      OMG IDK???? I have been a fan for YEARS and I’m seeing the Bloom tour in Boston in a couple of weeks and I am HYPE!!! Are you gonna see the tour???

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      • I’m going with Ashley who’s the OG Troye fan (she’s been watching him since his youtube days lmao) and meeting up with another friend who lives in the Boston area, I’m v. excited!!!! WISH YOU COULD COME THO


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