Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable recently tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Award, and since I think these are fun tags I am happy to play along!

I’ve done this tag once before, but since the questions are different every time it’s fun to do more than once.



  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Brittany’s Questions:

1. If you could choose any two books to create a mash up retelling of, which two books would it be?

Okay… so I have NO IDEA how it would work or how the plot would progress, but I can’t get it out of my head that the world needs a Peter Pan / Robin Hood mash-up.

I blame the matching hat.

2. What is a book that you have been meaning to read for forever but never seem to get around to it?

LOTS. But here’s a few examples:

  • Blood Pact by Tanya Huff (on the TBR for 11 years)
  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (also on the TBR for 11 years)
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov (on the TBR for 9 years, and already owned so I have no excuse)

3. What is your favorite trope?

Maybe friends-to-lovers? I love a good, realistic, slow-burn romance.

4. What is your least favorite trope?

Love-triangles. Hands down.

(Runner-up is hate-to-love. But it’s really not even close.)

5. If you could pick one fictional mode of transportation to have in real life, what would it be? (Floo Powder, Dragons, Apperation, etc)

I want to say dragons, because dragons. But you know what? Dragons eat a LOT. I couldn’t afford to keep one fed. So instead I’ll go with apparating (or some other means of magically teleporting instantly from one place to another).

6. What scene from a non-horror movie or book scared you as a kid?

You know that scene from Return to Oz (1985 movie) where Dorothy’s friends get turned into little ornament things and she has to determine which ones are her friends instead of just regular ornaments? Yeah. I don’t really know why, but that really freaked me out. (To the point where I saw it near its release date, haven’t seen it since, and still remember it freaking me out.)

Side note: I never read more than the first of the L. Frank Baum Oz books. I do want to read more of them, just haven’t gotten around to it.

7. What is the best book you have read so far this year?


All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells. So awesome.

8. What is the weirdest book title you have ever heard?

I recently was made aware of a short story collection titled Alien Virus Love Disaster by Abbey Mei Otis. I don’t know if that’s the weirdest book title I’ve ever heard, but it’s certainly the weirdest book title in recent memory.

9. Are you a member of a book club? If not, would you like to be?

No. And not really. Now that I’m not in school I like reading what I want to read without obligation to discuss a book afterward.

10. Where do you buy most of your books? Or do you borrow books from the library? Do you have a favorite bookstore or library?

I do borrow a lot of books from my local library. And when I’m buying e-books it’s usually via Amazon since they play the nicest with my Kindle.

However, when I’m buying paper books, I like to walk into a physical bookstore. That means I go to my local Barnes & Noble to see if they have the book I want. That usually only works for new books, though. For older books I’ll check out Half Priced Books. And then, if I can’t find it at a brick & mortar store, I’ll buy it online (either B&N or Amazon).

11. Do you like coloring books?

Theoretically yes? I like them, and I buy them sometimes, and then they sit on my bookshelf.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book genre?
  2. Do you like puzzles as plot devices? How about in non-mystery books?
  3. What is your favorite book format? (paperback, hardback, audiobook, e-book) And why?
  4. Of the books you read for school, which one did you like the best?
  5. Which fictional setting would you most like to live in?
  6. Which real-life setting would you most like to read about?
  7. Do you have any hobbies that you like reading about? (example: I knit, and I love reading cozy mysteries featuring knitters)
  8. Are you more interested in good characters, good plots, or good settings?
  9. Do you read non-fiction for fun? If so, what kind? (Bio and/or memoir, science, history, etc.)
  10. Can you listen to music while you read?
  11. Do you multi-task while reading? If so, how? (Examples could include driving or doing chores while listening to an audiobook, reading over dinner, or — my favorite — reading while knitting.) (side note, I do all of those examples, plus some)

I tag:

  1. Shaunna @ Shaunna Reads
  2. Kat @ Here There Be Dragons
  3. Sarah @ Hamlets & Hyperspace
  4. Louise @ Foxes and Fairytales
  5. you!

Sorry, I’m not going to nominate 11 blogs to do the tag as the rules say. If you want to tag yourself and get me closer to 11, that’s great though! Just be sure to ping me so I can see your answers.

15 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award #2

  1. I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!! The first mate surprised me by buying the audiobook version of the first book. I have been trying to get him to read it since I finished it the first time. I be interested to hear what the Murderbot sounds like. I refuse to buy the novellas until they are all offered in an omnibus edition. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

    1. Murderbot is awesome! I will probably say that every time I mention Murderbot. You’re right, though, what would it sound like? Now I’m curious. I bought the individual novellas because I thought they were so pretty and I wanted them sitting on my shelf. But I don’t blame you for waiting for an omnibus edition. They’re essentially four parts to one large novel, anyway. (I just read #3 and loved it, too. It was neat to see another bot being treated as a person and not a servant.)

  2. A Peter Pan / Robin Hood mash-up sounds amazing. My writing brain is already whirring with some ideas! (Even though I have at least two other Peter Pan retelling ideas that I might just combine because it’d be easier and less weird to write multiple retellings of the same story. XD)

    And maybe you can have a magical dragon for transportation that doesn’t need to be fed OR can feed itself (without like destroying nearby homes/farms/sheep herds/etc.).

    1. I have no idea how a Peter Pan / Robin Hood mashup would work, but I really want one. So I’m glad you have ideas about it!

      Okay, a magical feeds-itself dragon would be awesome. I also considered the elven steeds from the SERRAted Edge series, since they can be horses or transform into sentient vehicles, but I do think it would be easier to just teleport. 🙂

  3. I don’t know how I missed this! Usually I get a notification when I get tagged but I didn’t this time.

    Anyway- love your answers (laughed out loud at the weird title one)! It’s always fun to get to know everyone a little better. Thank you for the tag!

      1. I’ve found that I have to go back and check older posts for the blogs I follow to make sure I haven’t missed any posts in general, but it’s usually not an issue if someone is actually linking to my posts. I saw you linked to one of my reviews in your minireview post too and I didn’t get that notification either. I guess I need to stop relying on them so much.

          1. I get most of them (I think). I mostly rely on my phone app because it makes it so quick and easy to reply, so maybe it’s an app issue and I need to actually get on a computer more often.

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