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Sunshine Blogger Award

So excited!!! I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Claire from Books, Coffee and Repeat. Go check out her blog. Like now. (Or maybe after you read my post, please?) She’s awesome, and her blog is full of fun and interesting posts! Now, onto the tag!

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Favorite Books of 2017 (so far)?

Great question! Here are my top books so far this year.

  • Big Little Lies
  • Lie To Me
  • The Stars Are Fire
  • Final Girls
  • The Other Alcott

Name a book you would recommend to a non-reader, preferably for kids.

I would definitely recommend Little for a non-reader, especially children and women. It’s an empowering story of family, independence, and what it takes to be a successful woman in a time when women were expected to stay in the home and raise a family. The March family is different from other families of the time, and I was inspired by not just one of the four March daughters, but ALL of the March daughters. I obviously have a favorite in Amy March, but they all represent individual facets of a woman’s life.

What book/s have you been putting off reading?

Ugh, there are SO many books that I want to read RIGHT NOW but just can’t get the energy to start. One of them is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It’s been on my TBR list for probably a year and I would love to start it, but I would have to borrow it from the library and the books I own have been taking precedence over my library list!

Name a book you would want to be adapted into a movie/tv show.

So many of my favorite books have been adapted into film and TV, so this is a hard one. I’m sure, at some point, they’ll ALL be adapted since filmmakers are continuing to bring these stunning stories to life. One that I would really enjoy seeing on the screen would be The River at Night by Erica Ferencik. I read this during the summer, and it was so action-packed and thrilling that I think it would be so awesome to watch in movie format!

You get to live in a book for a day. Which book would it be?

Why are all these questions so hard?! I guess I would go with The Rules of Magic or Practical Magic (or both since they’re connected!) Alice Hoffman is a fantastic author, and her stories of magic, family and love made me swoon and want to live the life of an Owens woman. They are all strong and full of life, despite the Owens curse. They always find a way to live life to the fullest, despite their difficulties.

Which book that you own will you be willing to read out loud in public?

This is a strange question, as I would probably not be ashamed of any of the books that I own. I’ll go with To Kill A Mockingbird since it’s a story that fights against racism and sexism. Its themes are still extremely relevant, especially in our society today. This book has seriously stuck with me since I first read it in 8th grade English class, and I would want people to hear Harper Lee’s words.

Favorite hero and/or villain?

I don’t know if this counts as a book hero/villain, but I’m obsessed with Batman and the Joker. Their dynamic with each other has always fascinated me, and they are the ultimate hero/villain duo to me. The Joker represents anarchy against the rich and powerful, and Batman wouldn’t be the hero he is without the juxtaposition of the Joker.

Name your all-time favorite diverse reads.

There are too many diverse reads that I’ve enjoyed, so I would like to rephrase this question just a bit to “Name the first book you read where a main character was a diverse character.” This would go to the Animorphs series. Animorphs features Cassie, an African American girl who is in an interracial relationship with Jake, a Caucasian boy. There’s also Marco, who is Hispanic. I also remember a same-sex relationship between a pair of Andalites (aliens resembling centaurs). There was a lot of diversity in these books, especially for taking place in the ’90s.

You have the power to bring a fictional character to life. Who do you pick?

ONLY ONE??? How does one choose only one character to bring to life?? This is an absurdly difficult question, but I will do my best to answer. I would probably like to hang with Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings fame. She’s a badass female character, and I feel like she and I would be awesome friends!

Are you familiar with book subscription services? If so, which one is your favorite?

I have heard of a few book subscription services, but the only one I’m a part of is Book of the Month. It’s probably the cheapest of all the ones I’ve seen, and it offers exactly what I want: books! I do enjoy bookish items, but the chances of me liking everything in those other boxes is slim to none. I like that Book of the Month gives you a choice and you can add more options from their past months if you want. It’s the perfect box for me! Plus, if I’m not a fan of the selections, I can easily skip a month if I want.

You could have any 2018 ARC you want. The catch is that you can only have one. Which would you pick?

This question is easy! I tried (and failed) to get a copy of I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon, which makes me super sad! I have always been fascinated by the story of the last Romanov family of Russia. The mystery surrounding the possible escape of the youngest Grand Duchess, Anastasia, is a story that I’ve read about since I was a little girl. This is a book that I would have absolutely LOVED to read! I have emailed the publisher for a possible copy, but otherwise, I’m just going to have to buy it! But I would be satisfied with only receiving this ARC for the whole of 2018!

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Now, I’m tagging these lovely people:

And that’s it! If you weren’t tagged, feel free to jump in and do it anyway! All are welcome!! Here are my questions:

  1. What are your favorite and least favorite book genres?
  2. What book inspired you to start a book blog?
  3. Are you participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? If yes, how close are you to completing it?
  4. If you could have a conversation with anyone, real or fantasy, alive or dead, who would it be?
  5. Do you prefer hardcover, paperback, or eBook? Why?
  6. Do you have a favorite bookish item? If yes, where did you get it?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world with no budget for a year, where would you choose?
  8. What is the book that made you the reader you are today?
  9. Without giving anything away, what was your least favorite book ending?
  10. What’s your go-to beverage or snack while reading?
  11. Do you have an auto-buy author?

That’s it! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

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8 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Yes! Another Animorphs fan! That makes me so excited. Also, Batman and Joker totally count as a choice for hero/villain. Comics and graphic novels are books too.

    To answer one of the questions you gave, yes I participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My original goal was 75 but I reached that a couple months ago, so I increased it to 100, but I reached that over a month ago as well, so now my goal is 125 and I am currently at 114 books read.

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