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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Alex @ The Paperback Piano recently tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Tags like this are a lot of fun, since they include different questions from the bloggers who tag you, and I really enjoy seeing what other people are interested in.


Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/blog

Alex’s questions:

Which author, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Just one? Well, in that case I think I’d have to say Seanan McGuire. She seems to have some great stories, and I think she’d be a great person to chat with in general. Plus she’s a Disney fan, and I think she’d appreciate the way my family throws themed parties.

What is the most popular book or series that you have no intention of reading?

Game of Thrones. Or more accurately, since it’s the whole series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Special runner-up mention goes to the Wheel of Time series. They’re both just too darn long and involved for me.

Have you ever caused irreparable damage to a book?

Yup. Well, kinda. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (hardback first edition) started to self-destruct on me after I read it the first time. So I helped it along, and pulled it into chunks which I then was able to sneak places where the full hardback novel would be too conspicuous. Later, after I’d replaced my individually-bought hardbacks with a paperback box set, I set aside the pages from HP&tDH to use in craft projects.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

Organization? You want organization? Hah!

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Well, okay, there is a teeny bit. My favorite pretty covers are on the top of the shelf, with bookends holding them up. The others are sorted by author, and I have two keeper-for-sure shelves (one hardback and one paperback), a few “maybe keep” sections, and some non-sorted physical TBR sections of shelves. My graphic novels have their own shelf, which they share with other tall books and my high school yearbooks.

How many unread books do you own?

LOTS. I suppose I should count, but I’m too scared.

What is your most anticipated release of 2019?

It already came out and I already devoured it. But it was In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #4).

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What is one backlist book you *must* read this year?

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. I must at least attempt it. I borrowed it from my grandma, so I want to be able to discuss it with her soon.

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What was your favourite childhood book?

Maybe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Really, though, I just wanted to go to Narnia.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?

I am very rarely in reading slumps. I credit that to always having more than one book in progress at a time. (People: “how can you read two books at the same time?” Me: “how can you watch two TV shows at the same time?”)

When I do get into a rare slump, though, re-reading an old favorite usually pulls me out of it.

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?

Um. I’m not really? I don’t exactly feel proud of any blog posts. Am I supposed to? Am I doing this wrong? I mean, I’ve been blogging pretty consistently for 12 years (give or take) so I don’t think I’m doing it wrong. I guess I’m really just proud that I’ve been doing this for as long as I have and I have managed to keep it interesting enough to me that I’m not bored with it. (Part of that, though, includes taking periodic sabbaticals from blogging to recharge.)

What is your favourite book cover?

The first one that came to mind is the Amy Tan set I have. The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, and The Hundred Secret Senses. I don’t think they’re actually a series, but they’re all look done in the same style and I really love the way they look.


Thank you, Alex! This was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I have a headache as I write this, and so my head is not in the right spot to come up with questions or to tag anyone. If you’re interested in this tag, though, answer Alex’s questions in the comments (or your own blog post and make sure to tag me) so that we can compare notes.

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7 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I read more than one book at a time… but still fall into reading slumps at times… and its normally due to not reading anything I’m particularly loving and one book that is truly awful. Yeah I need to work on DNFing. And I too won’t be reading Game of Thrones! I understand parts are really creative but its just not enough to brave all the politics. ❤️ I hope your head is better.

  2. Great answers! I enjoyed The Name of The Rose so I hope you like it when you get round to it 😊 And those Amy Tan covers are gorgeous!

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