The Sunshine Blogger Award

This was a wonderful surprise to come home to the other day! These tags are a ton of fun to fill out and I love reading everyone else’s answers. It’s a really great way for the community to feel even closer and more involved with each other. One of the many ways that the book blogging community is such a unique and wonderful thing to be apart of — everyone extends consistent support to each other. I really love it! Anyways, I was tagged by the wonderful Clo at Book Dragons! Thanks for thinking of me, and everyone should definitely check out their blog!

The Rules: 

  • Thank the person 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.

Clo’s Questions for me:

Be sure to check out Clo’s post here! She’s asked some great questions.

1. Pick three books, now pick three characters from each book. If they were to have a song that was written for them, which song would it be?

This is tricky. There was a definite era in my life that I was reading books while listening to albums I loved in high school. So let’s see what I can remember.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire by Geroge R. R. Martin: Arya Start — Night of the Hunter by Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Ender’s Shadow Series by Orson Scott Card: Bean — Somewhere I Belong by Linken Park
  • Aaand I can’t think of another one! I’m going to think more on this and maybe write a blog post about it in the future.

2. Do you like predictable contemporary books? Why/Why not?
Not reeeally. If a book gets too predictable or it’s too similar to something I read before (and didn’t love) then I’ll put it down pretty quickly. I’m ok with predictable movies, but if a book is going to engage me past a few chapters then it better have a fairly unique premise. Probably because books take much longer to consume than a movie, so it starts to feel like I’m wasting my time when I could be reading something ‘new’.

3. Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?
I don’t like to dwell on this too much because I let these classifications control me a bit too much at one point, so I’ll say I’m comfortably snuggled in the middle of this spectrum, probably leaning more towards Introverted. I don’t necessarily love large groups of people but I love spending time with one or two people that mean a lot to me and that I feel I can be myself around. Having said that, I cherish my downtime. I love when its just me, a book, and some tea. After a long day at work, I can’t wait to be in my PJs with my boyfriend being the only person I have to (and want to!) interact with for the rest of the day.

4. Five things you want to do/accomplish before you die and get to read forever in the afterlife.
Before I die I want to have done the following:
– Visit an elephant sanctuary (and maybe even volunteer at one)
– Publish a novel (I’ve been working on my first since 2017 Nanowrimo. I hope to eventually try
and get it published!)
– Publish a short story in an anthology
– Own a house
– Travelled extensively. I’ve spent time in 5 different countries and I want to quadruple that (at the very least).

And the book I want to read forever in the afterlife is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

5. If you could have a conversation with any author and they’d listen to you and take your advice etc on board, who would it be and what would you tell them?

I’d ask Stephen King to write more epics. Not that I don’t love his shorter books but there’s something about a 1000+ page Stephen King book that =’s a great weekend. But I still need to read The Stand so he doesn’t have to listen to me right away!

6. Candles, yay or nay?
A definite ‘yay’. My boyfriend and I love picking new candles out. We could stand in the candle section of a store for hours. I have a ton of them, including numerous packs of incense sticks. There’s a neat shop in London’s Seven Dials that have a huge selection of spell sticks so they’re my go to. I’m all about powerful and calming smells in my living space, especially when I’m reading.

7. Biggest pet peeve within reading?
Unessasary and forced romance. I don’t typically read a lot of books with a huge focus on romantic relationships for this reason.

8. Averaging it out how many books do you own?
Many. I have no idea how many. A bunch are at my parent’s house back in Canada and I have two huge bookshelves full of books I sell second hand on Amazon. So I’m guessing somewhere in the 300+ region?

9. What do you wish you knew about book blogging at the start?
Don’t request too many ARCs through Netgalley because you’ll never actually get around to reading them all.

10. Have you got any goals for your blog this year?
I’d like to post once a week minimum. Obviously, this isn’t always possible, but I think it’s realistic enough to try my best to stick with it. I’m also going to try and review every book I read even if I hate it.

11. Do you read every day?
I do! I can’t help myself. Even if it’s only a few pages, I always read before I go to sleep at night and throughout the evening.

My Questions

  1. Who is your favourite animal (or non-human) character from a book?
  2. Have you ever preferred the movie to the book?
  3. What book does everyone love but you refuse to read? Why?
  4. What hobbies do you enjoy other than reading and blogging?
  5. What book has the best food?
  6. Ever read a book that kept you up at night (for better or for worse)?
  7. What book do you always recommend to people?
  8. What book has been on your ‘to read’ list for way too long?
  9. Do you watch tv or listen to music while you’re blogging?
  10. Do you have any blogging pet peeves?
  11. Any advice for new bloggers?

My nominees

I’m not going to do a long list of nominees but I do want to give a shoutout to a few blogs that deserve some love!

Be sure to give all of these wonderful book blogs a follow!

9 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Chloe says:

    Aha the introverted and extroverted thing isn’t so much whether you like alone time or socialising. It’s actually about how you gain energy. For instance I’m an introvert but I do enjoy spending time with my friends – it’s just that usually after I’ve been socialising I’m drained and tired. That’s because as an introvert we gather energy during our alone time and give out energy when out and about. An extrovert on the other hand needs to be around people a lot more than introverts because that’s how they gather their energy.

    I wish I could read everyday, I’m really inconsistent at reading but I’m working on it 🙂

    Anyway I loved your answers to my questions, great post and I’m going to answer three of your questions here because they caught my interest 🙂

    1 – Grimalkin or Grim he’s a cat from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and I swear that cat made me laugh so much, also shout out to the series which is a great series about fae that you should check out if you like that sort of thing

    3 – Harry Potter. It’s just not something I ever was interested in reading. I was into vampires and the paranormal stuff as a kid. And now I just don’t really want to read it, it never really appealed to me. So I’m in the minority of not having read that series. BUT I do know my house – it’s Slytherin 😉

    9 – I listen to music whilst I’m writing blog posts and writing my stories. I can’t not listen to music because I get distracted. I don’t do well working in total silence – I need something to keep part of my brain distracted. I also listen to music usually whilst reading.

    • Ashley says:

      Oh yes, I didn’t explain myself very clearly. I’m saying that almost depending on the day I can flip from one to the other. But the majority of the time my re-charge time is when I’m by myself. But it’s hard for me to define myself personally with one or the other. Just one of those things! 🙂

      And I love all your answers. Fair enough with Harry Potter. I know the fanbase can be a little aggressive haha. I feel that way about some popular series as well! I’m exactly the same way with music. If I don’t have anything at all my mind tends to wander away, music keeps it grounded for some reason. Not sure why!

      Thank you again for the nomination. And I’m sorry I took so long to respond to your comment!!

  2. Birgit says:

    Love your answers and I am smack dab in the middle of Introvert/extrovert from tests I have taken at many conferences. I like your bucket list and I would love to visit an elephant sanctuary also. My dear friend visited one when he went to Thailand and he donated money there as well as a dog sanctuary since dogs and cats are not in good shape over there. My favourite animal is actually the dog in Call of the Wild…love this book. I have a whole library so I have a hell of a lot of books. I can’t understand how people could not surround themselves with books. I love watching movies, creating cards, scrapbooks and, when I can, walking.

    • Ashley says:

      I’ll have to read Call of the Wild! I just looked it up and it sounds really interesting :). And I agree. Being surrounded by books is like creating a special little happy world all to yourself.

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