So I got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and I’m SO GRATEFUL. Sometimes it’s weird not receiving face to face feedback when it comes to blog posts, just a few likes and comments. So when I get nominated for things like this, honestly, my heart does little flips. Thankyou so much to Shannon @ Clockwork Bibliophile for the nomination, if you were allowed to be in my eleven nominations, you know I’d make you do this all over again ;).
Anyway, here are the rules:
- Thank the people/person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions from your nominators.
- Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.
What was the very first book you read? (if you can remember)
Oh my God. Umm, I was very quick learner when it came to reading at school, and I would leave to have extra reading lessons to basically nourish that. I read a lot of the Biff, Chip, and Kipper books for school. But I also had a personalised Christmas story which was about me and Santa delivering toys on Christmas Eve. It took me ages to understand HOW this book was written about me.
Why is your favourite genre of books your favourite?
I’ve never really talked about what my favourite genre of books is; it changes constantly. At the moment I’m loving YA contemporary and I think that’s the case because it can be so diverse. You can play and manipulate with what it means to be contemporary, and the ones I read especially do not play into stereotypes of what the genre is compared to e.g. Sci-fi and fantasy.
If you were to write a book, where would it be set? (place, time period etc)
Well, I do write books, and I set them everywhere. I rarely divert from present day or the future. I’ve never written about the past before. And, because I know it so well, they’re often set in Britain (and America obviously because we’re so exposed to it). I am hoping to start going to other countries with my writing, I have written one story set in Paris, but I want to go further, maybe East Asia or Australasia?
Have you ever felt connected to a character because they have experienced something you have?
Okay, personal story time: When I feel deeply connected to a character, I tend to cry. I recently read Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, where Isla falls in love with Josh. They’re teenagers and they spiral into this whirlwind romance, where Isla suddenly feels insecure and not good enough. She pushes Josh away to purposefully hurt him and doesn’t understand why she does it. I’ve only ever been in one relationship, but it was long and it was mostly during my teenage years. While I’m very over it and it’s not a big part of my life anymore, the time arguing was due to the things I did and said to purposefully hurt my boyfriend; I was jealous, selfish, and neurotic. It was all down to insecurity, I know this now. But back then, a hormonal, weepy, loved up teenager, I didn’t understand what was wrong with me. Reading how Isla felt, how selfish and lost she was feeling, was like reading my own feelings back to me. It was truly heartbreaking.
What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
Ok, I actually really love the Twilight films. I loved the books, then kept going and realised they were awful, but I watched the films anyway. They’re hilarious, but the songs are fantastic, the cinematography is too (shout out to the location scouts). The Native American characters are all played by Native American actors too. There is no white-washing in these blockbusters, and it’s an example of how easy (and important) it is not to whitewash. Basically, the films are harmless. I watch them when I’m ill, I watch them with friends where we can talk over them and laugh.
What is your favourite book-to-tv show adaptation?
I’ve never actually thought about this one, but at the moment I am loving Shadowhunters. The acting is bad and campy, and I’m not a fan of the books, but I just love all the characters and how comfy it makes me feel.
I also ADORE Hannibal the TV show, and the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab i.e. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOK SERIES has been green lit for a pilot. It will probably be my new favourite thing too.
What was the last book you read and did you enjoy it?
I just finished The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I wanted something summery and light because of the incredible weather we’re having here in the U.K, but the story is too long for what it is, and winds down long paths that it doesn’t need to. I gave it a 3.5 on Goodreads and there’ll be a review up on here soon!
What’s your least favourite book that you’ve ever read?
Ignoring DNFs, I absolutely loathed The Host by Stephanie Meyer, even more so than the Twilight books. It romanticized abuse, idealized emotional manipulation, was just plain misogynistic. It was just a love triangle with aliens. It was a love spat…WITH ALIENS.
Who is your favourite blogger and why?
What…? WHAT. Oh Shannon, you are cruel. I definitely don’t have a favourite blogger. But I especially love bloggers who post more than just wrap ups, book tags (how ironic), and weekly memes. Ones who have discussion posts, and dare to ask questions about fiction that others wouldn’t. I also love reviews, obviously.
What’s the prettiest cover on your shelf?
There’s lots, but definitely these:
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. But also special shout outs to Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.
What is a random fact about you that people might not know?
I’m super impatient. I hate slow walkers, slow moving traffic, when people take forever to do something (even when they aren’t taking forever I just think they are), when internet is slow, when people don’t get back to me straight away. I didn’t really acknowledge how bad it is until recently!
Aaaaaand here are my questions:
- What’s a book that you loved the cover of, but the story wasn’t as great?
- Recommend an LGBT+ read.
- You can visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Can you link a book with a song? What are they and why do they link?
- Who is a Youtuber you’re loving at the moment? (Doesn’t have to be a booktuber)
- Is the a genre you haven’t read anything from? Why?
- What’s a cliche/stereotype/trope you HATE in fiction?
- What’s a blog post of yours that you’re most proud of?
- If you couldn’t blog about books, what would you blog about?
- What’s a book that you probably won’t read because of the hype around it?
- What’s an unpopular book that you actually kinda liked? (Even just a little bit)
And here is who I tag:
Mackenzie @ Unrequited Reads
Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club
Beth @ Hello Beautiful Book Blog
Vivian @ Inked In Pages
Annalise @ Annalise Books
Yasmin & Paige @ The Wild Readers
Joanne @ In Case Of Bookishness
Melissa @ Booknerdmomo
Gracie @ GracieFM
Louise @ Genie Reads
Sarah @ Sarah Likes Books
If any of you have already done this, please do not feel any pressure to do it again, especially if you’ve done it super recently. If I haven’t listed you and you want to do it, by all means, go for it!