I was nominated by two different people for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’ve never been tagged before and to receive not only one but two of these made me want to squeal with joy! So, thank you to both of you for tagging me!
I was first nominated by Bookaholic Dreamer back in June and I was just too busy at that time to get around to completing it. However, I love her blog so go check her out and follow her!
The second nomination was from The Cozied Reader this week. Her blog is beautiful and I ALSO recommend you check her out!
Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
Answer the questions
Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.
Since both have offered different questions I will split them up by the two who nominated me. Sorry this is about to be an unnecessary amount of information about me here….
First Set of Questions:
What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
I am currently listening to Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I started out enjoying Scythe and I’m almost half way through and I’ve come to a stop because it seems like it isn’t holding my attention. It’s such a hyped up book that I’m going to get back to it in a few days and hopefully I’ll enjoy the second half! Next, this HP book is my second favorite despite a lot of “camping” and moving around so I’m thrilled to be finishing this book again!
Do you annotate your books?
I do for books I send to my best friend. Also, if anyone would ever be interested in annotating books back and forth I’m all about it. I saw someone on Booktube doing this, fell in love with it, and decided to try it out. The problem is that I’m not good at doing it for books I’m not sending off to someone else. I want to, in theory, but I always forget or get too caught up in a story to do it all the time. Anyone have tips?
Which country/state do you live in?
I live in the U.S. and for the past 11 years I’ve lived in Arizona (basically the scorching desert of the U.S.).
How long have you been blogging?
For about 2 years, though I had a HUGE gap (almost a year) between where I stopped blogging completely. I picked it back up at the start of this year and I’m glad I did!
Do you usually go to see a film adaptation of a book you’ve read?
Not usually unless it looks super wonderful. I tend to be disappointed a lot in film adaptions.
How many languages do you speak?
English fluently and I am proficient in reading/listening to Spanish but get intimidated when speaking it with others. I also count in French…don’t ask why, I don’t know.
Do you ever DNF books?
I try not to. I know the reasoning behind why people do this – I know there’s more books out there to read that I’d like than books I’m forcing myself to finish, but I still struggle to put books down even when I hate them (I’m talking to you, Red Queen series).
Do you have a favourite reading spot?
My bed or the couch. I can read almost anywhere but I do get distracted in certain spots and besides, those spots are super comfy!
Do you have a bookstagram?
I do not. I actually dislike most aspects of social media and only have a Facebook account because my family out of state harassed me enough to ensure I log in to my account more than 2x a year.
Do you have reading goals for 2018?
On my Goodreads I have 40 books set as my goal. Obviously I’d love to read more than that but I work two jobs, have a new puppy, and go to school full-time as well so I tried to be realistic at the beginning of the year.
What was the last TV-show or film you watched?
My husband and I are re-watching True Blood right now. We are slightly binging it and have gotten through 2 seasons in a week. Sorry, not sorry.
Second Set of Questions:
If you could only recommend one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Yikes starting off with a tough one. I would probably say one of the HP books (probably #1 to get people into the series), Second Glance or House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Why? HP seems pretty straightforward as to why, and with the other two, they are just books that I gush over even after reading them for 10+ years. I love to love them and I want everyone else to love them, too.
What’s the book that got you into reading?
I have been reading since almost 4 years old and I honestly do not remember that far back. Hooked on Phonics got me into reading and after that I always read so I cannot accurately answer this one.
What’s your favorite book-to-movie or book-to-television show adaptation?
Since I’m watching True Blood, I’m going to say the first few seasons of that were adapted well compared to the books. I also liked Big Little Lies adaption despite it being a smidge different and drawn out compared to the story.
What trope do you love/hate the most?
I don’t know if I’d consider it a big trope or anything, but when characters are “all knowing” or “all gifted” without many flaws. They want to run, scale, and jump across buildings and can without training or practice? Wow. Super. Awesome. They pick up on a new language or skill that would take a normal person much longer to learn but they do it within a few days? I see. It’s so unrealistic and I cannot stand it.
What was your last DNF book? Why didn’t you finish it?
I mentioned above I don’t usually do this often. The last book I DNF’d was The Magician but it was only because I was borrowing it from the library and my return date approached and it got sent back before I finished it and now I can’t get it back right away.
If you could meet any character, alive or dead, who would it be?
Albus Dumbledore is a pretty big one. Pino Lella from Beneath a Scarlet Sky. Molly Burkhart from Killers of the Flower Moon.
Do you have any pets? If not, what kind of pet would want to get?
I do! PLEASE LOOK AT MY PETS. PLEASE!
The dopey white thing you see is my new Great Dane puppy. He’s almost 5 months now and 70 pounds. His name is Kuzco (from Emperor’s New Groove). The black dog is my other Great Dane mix who is almost 6. His name is Koda (Brother Bear) and he’s actually perfect and the love of my life. And the white cat is my runt-of-the-litter baby who is almost 8 and her name is Madeline.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Well, I feel like I’ve lived 400 lives at this point in my life so I’ve done a few adventurous things. Travel without directions, money, or an end game is pretty fun. Loving someone is an adventure. I mean, so many things.
What’s your favorite movie?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Wreck It Ralph
What are your hobbies (outside of reading/blogging)?
Thrift store shopping
Cooking some good vegan meals
What are three things that most people don’t know about you?
-> I am double-majoring: World History, Anthropology, and a minor in Sociology. I want to be an Archaeologist regarding WWII in European History or American Indians in the United States.
-> I am an INFJ (yes, I totally believe in this)- the empathy I am gifted and cursed with can be debilitating if I don’t handle it properly.
-> I am vegan. I don’t like telling people because many people think I will try to convert them. I chose to become vegan from a health standpoint – many foods make me very ill and eating raw, whole foods has greatly increased my mood, health, and life overall.
I tried to ensure none of these people had already completed this post so I apologize in advance if I missed you doing this already! Here are my questions and I look forward to continuing to learn about my fellow bloggers:
What is a book that has been unread on your shelves the longest?
Do you prefer paperback, hardback, or mass market paperback when reading and why?
What genre of music is your go-to most days?
What are three things people don’t know about you yet?
How do you organize your bookshelves (genre, color, title, author? Also, I’m all about seeing pictures of them!)?
What are your favorite posts to do on your blog?
Do you have any animals (pictures are the best!)?
What genre do you not usually read but would like to try and enjoy more?
Where do you typically find yourself blogging: at home, at a coffee shop, at a friend’s house?
What book do you wish you could warn everyone to avoid reading and why?
How many people in your everyday life do you talk to about books?
I don’t do tags too often but find that I’m always reading and watching people do them. I want to be awesome, too. I’m a smidge behind on this tag but like everything else I’m always behind on here…oh well!
Let’s jump into the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!
Best Book You’ve Read in 2018 So Far
While I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve read this year I think I’m going to pick my favorite being:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
This is my favorite H.P. book and I enjoy it more every time I read it. Sorry to be cliche.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018
This was an easy pick.
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
This book was full of characters I enjoy, a story I love reading, and cliff hangers galore.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
There are quite a few on this list, but the one I want to read the most is
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
It is a beautiful book and it looks like I’d enjoy it (hopefully!).
Most Anticipated New Release for the Second Half of the Year
I’ve never been shy about expressing my love for Jodi Picoult so when I heard months ago she had a book coming out this fall I was super excited.
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
I thought Glass Sword was rough, but then this guy came along and man, I was proven very wrong.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
The more time passes since I read this the more I find myself disliking it to the point I want to change my rating and review. Ugh.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
I didn’t think I would like this as much as I did, truly. I thought it would be very “meh” for me, but months later I’m still thinking about it and I’m super glad I read it!
Favorite New Author (or New to Me Author)
I’m going with Tahereh Mafi. While I haven’t read any of her “older audience” books thus far, I enjoyed her middle-grade book, Furthermore.
Newest Ficitional Crush
I’m not really into this category as I don’t think anyone in a book has truly appealed to me that much. I respect those who have fictional crushes – I am just not one of them as of now in my reading life.
Newest Favorite Character
Kady from Illuminae!
I loved her sassiness, spunk, and will to live. I genuinely adored reading her story and wished it wouldn’t end.
Book That Made You Cry
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.
Like a baby.
I cried like a baby.
Book That Made You Happy
Renegades by Marissa Meyer.
I really liked this book and found myself pleasantly happy after I finished it (perhaps because of its enormous size?)
Favorite Book to Film Adaption
I don’t have an answer to this – I haven’t read 2018 releases that have been adapted to movies that I’ve seen.
Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far This Year
Probably the Book Lover’s Tag post. I enjoy Book Haul posts, too, but I think I had a lot of fun with that one. I haven’t branched out enough on my blog yet to have fun, creative things. Hopefully that will evolve as I do more with this blog through time!
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
This edition of A Tale of Two Cities.
The sides and back are also gorgeous and I pick it up and look at it often.
What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year
Here are just a few of the MANY I want to finish by the end of the year!
Thanks for sticking this out with me. Let me know if you did this post so I can check it out!
Since I’ve been MIA regarding reading/reviews and what not I wanted to stay active and thought a book tag would be fun! After browsing a variety of tags I came across one by Books By Dano who took the idea from Booktube. Her page is beautiful – go check it out and hopefully you’ll join the tag, too!
Question 1 – Do you remember how you developed a love of reading? Surprisingly, yes. As a disclaimer, I’m pretty ancient (not really, I just enjoy being dramatic about it). Back in the day my mom was overly eager to get me into the world of books and bought Hooked on Phonics (the nice big cassette tape version). I learned to read around 3/4 years old and truly couldn’t stop after that. I even remember trying to teach my brother every night before bed when I was 8-10 because I loved it so much (and also enjoyed trying to scare him with Goosebumps stories).
Question 2 – Where do you usually read?
I truly enjoy reading on the couch the most. I see people talk about the variety of places they enjoy reading and I attempt many places to see if I’d enjoy them. But, at the end of the day it isn’t in bed, a bath, or at a coffee shop. I just enjoy sitting on my couch surrounded by my fur children to read a book!
Question 3 – Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? Several. I either read/listen to 3-5 at a time or I don’t read/listen to anything at all. I think because I become so emotionally invested in a story that I like to take a break and go in a different direction. Therefore I read a variety of genres/stories at the same time to sift through my emotional instability with books.
Question 4 – What is your favourite genre?
Historical fiction. Or, historical non-fiction. I am going after a World History degree simply because of my love for history. So, when I find a fictional or non-fiction book about history I am eager to consume it as quickly as I can.
Question 5– What genre will you not read?
At this time in my life there isn’t anything I will NOT read. However, I do not actively pick up romance, biography, or self-help books. I have very little interest in doing so, though I’ve gone through phases where I enjoy one of these genres immensely.
Question 6– Do you have a favourite book?
Maybe this is taboo to mention a “favorite” book among the millions circulating the world. But, yes, I do. It bounces back and forth between House Rules by Jodi Picoult and Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. I re-read both of them almost every year and they never bore me and I find new things to love about them every time I read them. #sorrynotsorry
Question 7 – What is the worst book you have ever read?
Truthfully I don’t know. Maybe this makes me a lame critical reader, but I don’t know if I have an “overall” least favorite book. More recently, though, I have to say I have been despising the Red Queen series. I read the first three and after a lot of reflection time on them I grow to dislike it more and more.
Question 8– What is the biggest book you have ever read?
Hmm, I tried to find this on Goodreads but I don’t know if it’s the most accurate. I’m going to go with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages for now.
Question 9 – What is the last book you brought?
Another copy of Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. I’m not one to enjoy multiples of books but my favorite books I’m happy to own a variety of covers. It’ll be in my May Book Haul once I get around to that!
Question 10 – Which do you prefer: Library books or buying books?
Buying books. Eeeps. Being surrounded by books makes me happier than a lot of things so owning them permanently brings me more joy than borrowing books.
Question 11– What are you reading now? A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston, and I want to pick up another re-read though I haven’t decided which one yet.
Question 12 – What are the disadvantages of being a book lover?
Well, first, is not having the funds to buy every book you’ve ever wanted. Second, not having enough space to put them all! I need another bookshelf or two at the moment but in my current living space I don’t have the room to add more. Also, not having enough bookish friends in my everyday life to talk to about books. Lastly, not having the time to read all the amazing stories out there!
I love reading other people’s tags and what their opinions are especially surrounding books. Feel free to do this one if it interests you and I’d love to read what you have to say.
Thanks for tuning in this round!