Part two of The Sunshine Blogger Award comes with answers to all the questions I was asked by my remaining three nominators. I was tagged by Michaela at Journey into Books, Lilly at Lair of Books, and Sydney at Fire and Rain Books. Thanks so much for the tag everyone, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
- Thank the person(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 on your post and/or on your blog.
- What is your favourite movie?
I don’t really have one favourite movie, it seems to change based on what I’m in the mood to watch. My top five, ones that I always seem to go back to and watch over and over again, are; The Mummy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Now You See Me, and Hot Fuzz.
- What hobbies do you have that aren’t reading?
Asides from blogging, because that’s another obvious one, the main things I enjoy are writing and baking. I’m also learning another language and I love travelling but as that last one is subject to the money I have and the time off work I can get I’m not sure if I could call it a hobby; it’s more of a strong love.
- Describe your dream reading nook?
I don’t really have anything too specific in mind. It would have to somewhere open with a lot of natural light – I get kind of claustrophobic – somewhere cosy with plenty of cushions and blankets, somewhere with a decent music set up – I can’t really read in silence – and somewhere with plenty of food and drinks to snack on while I read.
- Do you like horror movies, and if so which is your favourite?
I hate horror films, I can’t watch them and I will go out of my way to avoid them. I was scarred for life at ten years old when I saw Final Destination, Deep Blue Sea, and Silence of the Lambs at a friend’s sleepover. You can imagine how seeing those films at a young age put me off the horror movie genre.
- Cats or dogs?
- Who is your favourite BookTuber?
I don’t watch/subscribe to any BookTubers. I know what I’m like and I just don’t have the patience to watch the videos. I find it easier, and prefer to, physically read people’s reviews and posts.
- What is your favourite stationery item?
Pretty notebooks. I have a weakness for them and I’m one of those stationery addicts with a shelf full of empty notebooks that I brought because of how gorgeous they were, not because I actually needed them. One day I really should sort through them and actually start using them.
- What is your favourite type of weather?
I love winter weather. There’s nothing better than being curled up inside with a good book, warm and dry and cosy, when it’s dark, cold and miserable outside. However if I’m going to be outside then I prefer spring or autumn weather, so not too hot but not too cold.
- List your top three book boyfriends/girlfriends.
I don’t actually have book boyfriends/girlfriends, I just can’t bear to split up my bookish OTPs, so instead I’m going to list my top three bookish OTPs.
- Kell and Lila, Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
- Feyre and Rhysand, A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
- Cinder and Kai, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Which Hogwarts house do you belong in?
I answered this in one of the above questions, but in case you missed it I’m a Hufflepuff.
- How far in advance do you write your blog posts?
It all depends on the post. I have about six months’ worth of tags and awards drafted, but I only write my reviews about a week before I want to post them. I always have my Reading Around the World feature posts ready two months before they need to be published and I will draft Top Ten Tuesday’s as far ahead as the prompts are available, but my discussion posts are written as when inspiration strikes.
- Who is your favourite morally grey character?
Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
When it comes to developing characters I can’t think of many authors better than V.E. Schwab. I hated Holland in the first book, but by the end of A Conjuring of Light he was one of my favourite characters. His back-story in the last book gave us so much more depth to his character and everything he’d been through. In the end all he was doing was trying to save White London and trying to survive.
- Which HP house were you sorted into, and if you could switch out which other would you choose?
This seems to be a very popular question for this round of Sunshine Blogger Award questions, I’ve already answered it twice. My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff, and I definitely wouldn’t change it because I feel like it’s a perfect fit for me. When I told me friend about my Sorting Hat result she laughed and said she could have told me that without me even needing to take the Pottermore quiz.
- Which supporting character would you swap with a main character without hesitation?
Echo with Ivy, Dorian and Jasper
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
The whole time I was reading the series, or at least the two books of the trilogy I have read so far, I was always more interested in the adventures Ivy, Dorian and Jasper were having than what Echo and Caius were doing. Plus I thought the interaction between the three of them, the way their friendships and relationships grew, was much better developed.
- What is your favourite book to movie/TV show adaptation?
There are a fair few I love and most of them are TV show adaptations, mainly because there’s so much more room to develop the story, the characters and the world in a 22 episode season than a two and a half hour movie. My favourite has to be Game of Thrones, I’m addicted and I can’t believe we have to wait so long for season eight.
- Name one book you’d love to see on the big or small screen?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Without a doubt. Despite preferring TV show adaptations over movie ones I feel like The Night Circus would be much better as a film than a TV show. It’s a great story, it would be much easier to follow the time jumps on the big screen, and I’d love to see the Circus itself brought to life in a film.
- If you were to have one day of book shopping with either your fave author or fictional character, who would it be?
I’d say favourite author, and at the moment that’s V.E. Schwab. Mainly because I can’t choose just one favourite character and all the characters I could pick from aren’t what I’d call big readers. I can’t imagine they’d be too happy shopping for books when they have whole worlds to save.
- Which 2017 read surprised you the most?
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
To be honest I’m still not sure why I requested this book from NetGalley, but I am so so glad I did. I had no expectations going into Defy the Stars, I didn’t do more than skim the blurb before I started reading, and this book ended up being incredible. It’s a new favourite sci-fi series of mine and I can’t wait for the third book, especially after the way the second one ended.
- What is your top favourite 2017 read
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
I don’t think anyone expected a different answer from me, let’s be honest. I am a massive fan of the Shades of Magic series, it’s an all-time favourite of mine, and the long wait between A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light was more than worth it when I finally had the third book in my hands.
- Name your favourite debut author of 2017.
The Hate U Give is another book that surprised me. I knew it would be a book I enjoyed, all the amazing reviews it had before I picked it up gave that away, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Angie Thomas is such an incredible author, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
- Duologies or trilogies? Do you have a preference?
Not really, I have my favourite duologies and I have my favourite trilogies, I suppose they both have their benefits though. With trilogies there’s more of the story and the world to lose yourself in, but with duologies there isn’t as long to wait between releases given you’re only ever waiting for one book rather than two.
- Do you have a favourite long-standing series you’re committed to seeing to the end?
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Even though the main part of the series, books one to four, has ended there have been plenty of additions to this series to keep it going. As far as I know Wires and Nerve Volume 2 is the last book set in this world, but with sequels and prequels and anthologies collections having been announced in the past I’m hoping there’ll still be more to come.
- Which 2018 read are you looking forward to the most?
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
At the moment if I could only pick one book it would definitely be Vengeful. I loved Vicious, the same way I have loved all of V.E. Schwab’s books, so I was thrilled to hear she was going back to that world and continuing Victor’s story. I’m definitely going to need to re-read Vicious before this one is released though.
- What would your last meal be?
I don’t know if I could ever decide on just one thing, there are too many foods I love and I’m terrible at making decisions. Still, at the moment, I’d have to say a Hawaiian pizza because that’s a constant favourite of mine.
- What book/series do you want to be turned into a TV show?
There are so many to choose from, but The Night Circus is the main one for me. I love the world it’s set in, and seeing Le Cirque des Reves on the big screen is probably the closest I could get to experiencing the real thing for myself.
- What book would you recommend to everybody?
The series I constantly seem to recommend is the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. It’s my all-time favourite and I just want everyone to read it and love it as much as I did.
- Who is your biggest OTP?
I have quite a few of them; Lila and Kell from the Shades of Magic series, Percy and Annabeth, June and Day from the Legend trilogy, Marco and Celia from The Night Circus, Paige and Warden from The Bone Season series, Cinder and Kai (and all the other Lunar Chronicle couples). I have too many to choose just one.
- What is your favourite fictional setting?
To save myself from choosing Hogwarts again, because by now that has to be a given, I’m going to pick my second favourite setting which is The Night Circus. It was so magically and beautifully written I just wanted to experience it all for myself in real life.
- Who is your book role model?
This is a cliché answer but Hermione Granger. I read the Harry Potter series growing up and I wanted to be just like her. She was brave, really smart, and she was studying at Hogwarts learning magic. Honestly who didn’t want to be like her.
- What five songs would you put in the playlist of your life?
- Hard Times by Paramore
- See Me Now by Little Mix
- Miracles (Someone Special) by Coldplay and Big Sean
- I Lived by One Republic
- It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
- What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My parents brought me a car one year for my birthday, that was a pretty epic gift.
- What is your favourite shape?
I can’t really say I’ve thought about this at all before, but the first one that comes to mind when I think of my favourite shape is a circle.
- What is your favourite book you’ve read in 2017?
- Which cover artist would you commission to paint a mural on your wall?
I have so many favourite covers I honestly don’t know how I could pick just one. Two all-time favourite of mine, just because of how stunning they are, are the covers for the Starbound series and the Firebird series. So I’d probably have to pick one of those two.
I’m not going to nominate anyone for this award. I feel like everyone has been tagged already and I know I’ve tagged everyone I can, in fact some people may have been nominated for this award more than once by me.
So instead let me know what your answers for these questions would be. What book would you like to see made into a TV show or movie? What cover artist would you commission to paint a mural on you wall, and most importantly what Hogwarts house were you sorted into?