I’m so grateful to say that I’ve been tagged again in the Sunshine Blogger Award! A massive thank you to both Angela and Katie for tagging me – they’re both such wonderful bloggers running lovely bookish blogs that I’m sure you’d enjoy! Two of my favourite people and such brilliantly supportive members of the blogging community 💖
So, what is The Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:
- Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
- Answer 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
- Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
- Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.
Here we go again!
Answering Angela’s questions:
1. What is the most difficult part about being a blogger?
Maybe when you post something that you’ve worked hard on and it doesn’t get the interaction that you’d hoped.
2. Do you prefer to read ebooks or physical books?
Hmmm, both! There are pros and cons to both so I’m happy to read both. I use ebooks to find cheaper reads and I prefer using my kindle to a physical book when I’m lying in bed but I love the smell and feel of paper books.
3. What’s the one book that you always go back to when you’re in a reading slump?
I never find that re-reading something gets me out of a reading slump, but I do find that reading something short usually helps as it doesn’t take very long to finish but gives me the same sense of accomplishment 😂
4. Which book character strongly resembles your personality?
Ooooh, good question! I know that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a book before it became a film (I’ve only watched the film so far) so maybe Lara Jean? I know that Katie also said her so we must have some things in common 😂 I’m not a huge fan of driving but can if I need to, I love a good cosy night in and love baking cupcakes! Plus I’m a little awkward when it comes to boys.
5. Do you have a favourite blog post? (Leave me a link so I can give it some love!)
Maybe my Bookshelf Tour! I’m pretty proud of the collection of books that I’ve gathered over the years and am excited to add to it in the future!
6. Is there a book you completely regret reading?
I don’t think I’ve ever regretted reading a book. There’s definitely been some that I didn’t finish (PC and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series and the last few of L. J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries) but I don’t regret starting them.
7. Have you ever thought about writing your own book?
Yes! Many times 😂 I currently have three main WIPs and a few others that I’ve started and put aside but as of right now, I’ve never finished one! I’m going to do #NaNoWriMo in November so maybe that will help (there will be a blog post about it when it’s over if you’re interested!).
8. Which genres would you never tire of reading?
Probably fantasy and romance – or a mix of both! I’m a sucker for alternative worlds and also for adorable couples that are written beautifully.
9. Who is an author you idolise?
I don’t know if I idolise any authors in particular but there are definitely some that I love. John Green, Jandy Nelson, Nicholas Sparks, Maggie Stiefvater and L. J. Smith.
10. What is the longest book that you’ve read?
Just glancing at my bookshelf I think it would be Breaking Dawn from the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (700 pages) but the one that always felt the longest to me was The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (512 but felt like a lot more).
11. What book would you recommend to a non-book lover?
Obviously it would depend on the person, but maybe something with really short chapters (like Wonder by R. J. Palacio or The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood) or something with an engaging format (like Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot).
Answering Katie’s questions:
1. How did you come up with your blog name?
Hahaha, I’m so unoriginal. It’s just my name and ‘Bookshelf’ as that’s where my books live 😂
2. What genre would you like to read more of?
I’ve only recently started reading crime/thrillers but am really enjoying them so far and would like to read more if anyone has any recommendations! My first was Woman of the Dead by Bernhard Aichner, you can read my review here if you like 😌
3. What is the best lesson you have learned from blogging?
To not get too caught up in followers. Different platforms are easier to gain a following on that others but as long as you have people engaging with your content then don’t stress about the numbers.
4. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why?
Ooooh, I always find this question so difficult! Maybe telekinesis so nothing would ever be out of reach and I could be like Matilda 😂 Also that would totally mean I could make myself float right? Like to fly? I think so!
5. What are your top tips that you give to new book bloggers?
Probably to not focus on the numbers as I just said. Or maybe to really make sure you put effort into your posts and love what you’re writing about because it really shows. Also definitely engage with other bloggers – it’s such a lovely and supportive community and if you’re engaging with them then it will be so much more rewarding!
6. What made you decide to start blogging, and why did you choose books?
I’ve thought about starting a blog for a while now but never really got around to it when I was at university. Now I’m all done and graduated and currently have quite a bit of free time so thought why not! I chose to blog about books because not only do I love them but I’m also an aspiring writer/publisher (maybe one day I’ll be both!) and book blogging felt like the best way to really show my love of all things literature 😌
7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I absolutely love to travel so maybe Fiji. It looks so beautiful in all of the pictures that I’ve seen! Or maybe Rome – I’ve been to Sorrento in Italy before which I loved and we got to go to Mount Vesuvius but as an Ancient and Medieval History graduate I love all things old and historic 😍
8. What book would you want to reread like it was the first time?
Maybe The Fault In Our Stars by John Green as the Amsterdam scene floored me the first time I read it and still always triggers my tears!
9. Do you have any bookish pet peeves?
When people tear the pages 😭 I can handle people writing in their own copies of books but it’s not something that I like to do.
10. What is the strangest thing that has happened to you since you started blogging?
We’re not even a month into my blogging journey yet so nothing is leaping out to me as strange – which I’m glad of! 😂 I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.
11. When you review a book, do you make notes before writing your review or do you just go for it?
I don’t usually make notes unless there’s something particularly outstanding that I want to comment on. Usually, I just go for it but my review style will probably change the more I do.
- Are you a pen and paper fan or do you prefer to type?
- Are you an avid traveller or do you prefer to stay near home?
- What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a busy day?
- What’s your favourite comfort food and why?
- What is your favourite genre to read and what would you like to read more of?
- If you could spend 24 hours anywhere and with anyone, where and who would it be and why?
- How do you mark a page in your book? (Bookmark, random paper, folding pages, etc.)
- Who is your favourite Disney sidekick and why?
- What is your favourite recipe to make on a cold day?
- What movie could you watch over and over again?
- Who was your first celebrity crush?
Darina from Facing the Story
Roxanne Michelle from An Average Life
Kayla from Behind These Brown Eyes
Rae from Thrifty Bibliophile
Ejaleigh from Write On Ejaleigh
Liz from Lizbie’s Nerdy World
Mani from Mani’s Book Corner
Jessica from Trendsmark
Sam from Sleepy Sam Reads
Bianca from Binx Thinx
And the two lovely bloggers behind Floral Hearts