The Sunshine Blogger Award Part One

I do generally consider myself a ‘sunny’ person, especially considering this year I’ve been making more of an effort to prioritise my mental health, so maybe that’s why I got more nominations for The Sunshine Blogger Award. What I love about the Sunshine Blogger Award is that there are always different questions, so I can take part in this one as many times as I am nominated.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged by Dani at Perspective of a Writer and Hannah at Peanut Butter & Books. Thank you both so much for your nominations, I had a lot of fun answering the questions you set and I hope you enjoy reading my answers.

Rules:

  • 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

Dani’s Questions

  1. Who is the one person that is the sunshine in your life?

Definitely my sister. Yes we’ve had our arguments (what sister’s haven’t?!) and most of our childhood can be described as World War Three, but she’s one of my best friends and one of my biggest supporters in life.

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  1. Do you prefer all happy movies, or occasional sad movies?

It depends how I feel. Most times I am going to pick all happy movies but every so often I’m going to want to watch a film which will have me bawling before the end credits are rolling; when those mood strike I always pick The Fox and The Hound which never fails to make me cry.

The Fox and The Hound

  1. What is the one food that always makes you happy?

All food makes me happy – cheesecake, gingerbread men, ham and pineapple stuffed crust pizza – but my ultimate happy food is Chimney Cakes. I rarely come across them in the UK so they’re a special treat of mine and when I do find them they always taste that much better.

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  1. What is the sunshine on your blog?

Just the sense of achievement I feel looking back at all of my posts, and the fact that I started blogging again after three failed attempts. I’ll hit my four-year blogiversary this November, and while that’s still a way away I can’t imagine not reaching it; which is a far cry from the me of three and a half years ago doubting I’ll make it to my one-year blogiversary.

  1. What is your favourite wacky “fun” day?

I wouldn’t be much of a book lover if I didn’t mention National Book Day – which was a couple of days ago in the UK on March 7th – but, and I don’t know if this counts as a wacky “fun” day but I love Shrove Tuesday simply for the pancakes.

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  1. What is one thing you love about yourself?

Something that has improved so much since I started blogging is my confidence. Back before I started Reading Every Night I was quiet, withdrawn and just incredibly unsure of myself, but I’ve come so far since then and it’s allowed me to go so much further in life than I thought I could.

  1. What is one think you love about the blogging community?

The support of everyone out there. When I posted my first discussion way back when I was terrified, and I felt the same when I published my NaNoWriMo update a couple of November ago talking about my WIP for the first time, but everyone was so supportive and all the lovely comments I got made taking those leaps worthwhile.

  1. What is the one book that made you smile the most?

Most of the time it’s light-hearted, fluffy YA contemporary books. Authors like Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen write amazing stories, where you know going in you’re getting a happy ending and an adorable romance to watch unfold.

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There are also a couple of fantasy books that have such fun stories and great characters that they’d make this list too; Carry On and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue are the top two.

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  1. Where is your corner of sunshine in your home?

The corner where my bed and bookshelves are. After all there’s nothing better than relaxing in bed, curled up under the duvet with a good book, a hot cup of tea and some biscuits.

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  1. What is your favourite colour or colours?

Blue.

  1. What is the one movie (or drama) that always makes you happy?

Pushing Daisies is one of my go-to, happy TV shows. It’s such a fun TV show, set in a world that’s so quaint – with pie shops, nuns and windmill farms – and so bright despite the murders Ned, Chuck and Emerson would solve.

Pushing Daisies

I’m still bitter about the fact that it was cancelled after the second season because it was a great show, and it ended on a sort-of cliffhanger that I’m never going to be able to get over.


Hannah’s Questions

  1. If you could commission any author to write a book for you, who would you choose?

Normally I’d say V.E. Schwab, because she’s my favourite author, but I’m going to chose a different author and say Leigh Bardugo. I love her Six of Crows duology but I also loved her short, fairytale-inspired stories and as a massive fan of anything fairytale I’d love a longer book like that from her.

Leigh Bardugo

  1. What is your favourite kind of blog post to write?

I love taking part in book tags and I love talking about my WIPs, so tags like Kat at Life and Other Disasters’ Write tags are a favourite of mine. I also enjoy taking part in the Top Ten Tuesday weekly features because there’s so much variety in the topics, and I love writing lists.

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  1. When is your favourite time to write or read?

For reading probably the mornings; most of my reading is done on my commute so I’ll start reading really early. For writing though it’s the evenings; when I’m home from work, sat in my room on my laptop and there’s nothing else in the day that needs to be done or worried about.

  1. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

I’d sneak into places I wouldn’t normally be able to. I’d go to the cinema without having to pay an insane amount for a ticket, or I’d hop on a plane to somewhere warm without having to go through all the security procedures that take up so much time.

OK, maybe both of those are illegal, but it’s not like I’m ever going to be invisible for a day.

  1. Have you ever read a book that traumatized you for life? If so, what was it about?

The last book I read that traumatised me was Half Lost, it’s been ages since I picked it up it but I’m still not over that ending. If you’ve read the trilogy you know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t be warned it will hurt. The only other book I’m still not over is The Song of Achilles.

Half Bad Trilogy

The Song of Achilles

  1. How do you sing your pet rock to sleep? Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I’m actually an animal person, it doesn’t matter what kind of animal it is I’m sure to love it, but if I had to chose I’m a dog person because of my gorgeous and adorable greyhound Tommy.

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  1. What’s your favourite female friendship in YA?

It’s kind of sad when you look back at the books you’ve read recently and you can’t pick out many that had a stand-out and memorable female friendship.

One I love is that between Cinder and Iko from The Lunar Chronicles. I love that series and I love the friendship between the two characters; granted one is a cyborg and the other is an android but the dynamic and the support between the two of them is unmatched in my opinion.

The Lunar Chronicles

  1. What’s your bookish pet peeve?

I hate it when people interrupt me when I’m reading to try and have a conversation with me, which happens all the time at home if I’m reading somewhere other than my room, and another is when people see I’m reading and ask me what the book is about. I am terrible at summarising books, I eventually just have to tell them to go to Goodreads.

  1. What’s your favourite YA trope to read about?

I love the enemies to lovers or friends to lovers tropes, it doesn’t matter how many books I pick up with either of those tropes in I can’t get enough. I also love stories with antiheroes and I really really love a well written villain redemption arc, like the kind Holland had in the Shades of Magic series.

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  1. What kind of music do you secretly love to listen to in your free time?

There’s no music I’d say I secretly listen to. My tastes do widely vary though, if I put my iPod on shuffle the tracks can flick from Fall Out Boy to Jason Derulo to Little Mix and then to a track from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

At the moment I am binge-listening (is that a thing?!) to The Umbrella Academy soundtrack. After binge-watching and loving the series I immediately had to download the music.

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  1. What was your favourite series as a child?

Other than Harry Potter (which should be obvious, let’s be honest) when I was in primary school I loved the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. Then when I was in high school and discovering the YA genre my favourites were The Mediator series and the Night World books.

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I do have more nominations for The Sunshine Blogger Award…

…so there will be more posts with me answering even more questions, but in the meantime let me know your answers to the questions in this post.

Which person is the sunshine in your life, and what’s your favourite wacky “fun” day? Have you read the Half Life trilogy by Sally Green? If not what was the last book you read that traumatised you for life?

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23 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award Part One

  1. The Fox and the Hound is a movie that always makes me cry as well! On a more positive note, your bookshelves are gorgeous! ❤
    I love the friendship between Cinder and Iko! They are both amazing characters on their own, but together they become even more amazing. I seriously need to get my hands on Winter and read it some time soon! I really miss that group of characters.
    The Umbrella Academy has such an amazing soundtrack! I have been listening to it a lot lately as well. Great post Beth! 😀

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    1. I find it so hard to watch, I know I’m going to be a bawling mess by the end and it’s very rarely I’m in the mood for films like that.
      Thanks so much Anna. 🙂 ❤
      Exactly, and we kind of need more friendships like the one between Iko and Cinder. I'm sure you'll love Winter, it's a brilliant end to the series, and yes I think The Umbrella Academy soundtrack is almost as amazing as the show itself. I'll be listening to it on repeat for a long time to come I think.
      Thanks so much. 🙂

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  2. Congrats on your Sunshine award, Beth! Very well deserved! 😀 I love Fox and Hound, even though it breaks my heart every single time. Those chimney cakes look delicious. I’d love to try one someday! Or at least try to make one for myself at least! I’d so love for Leigh Bardugo to write something for me, preferably another book of fairytales haha. Girl, yes, I am STILL not over the ending to Half Lost or Song of Achilles. Those two books destroyed me 😦 But I love them so much. I loved the Night World books when I was younger!! My favorite story was the one with Rachel (blue cover). But I also loved Ash (?). I’m fuzzy on the names, but I remember the events of the story haha. And always a fan of Unfortunate Series. It’s just so clever 😉 Fantastic post, Beth!

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  3. I’ve never tried Chimney Cakes before in my life – I actually didn’t even know these were a thing -, but I’m suddenly intrigued. They do look delicious! I think my ultimate healing food is carrot cake. In my country, carrot cake is slightly different, because there’s usually a chocolate icing. It sounds gross, but it’s actually very good! Everytime I have it, I’m reminded of my childhood, which is probably why I associate it with a healing time.
    I completely agree with Cinder & Iko too! It’s been a long time since I last read Cinder, but I still remember how much I adored the interaction between these two. I’m now reading Crooked Kingdom, so I’m having flashbacks on Nina & Inej. They’re definitely at the top of my list for female friendships too.
    Amazing answers, Marie! 🌟

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    1. They are amazing! They’re everywhere in Prague (which is where I first discovered them) but in the UK I’m lucky if I can find them. Oh I love carrot cake! I’ve never tried it with chocolate icing (I stick with the normal cream cheese icing) but I’ll take your word for it that it’s good. 🙂
      Yeah same here, I may actually try to re-read the series again at some point. Oh Nina and Inej are great friends too, and I recently re-read Crooked Kingdom myself so I’m not sure why I didn’t think of them.
      Thanks so much. 🙂

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  4. Great answers for this Beth! I enjoyed reading them! I completely agree with you, I hate when someone interrupts me while I’m reading to ask me what I’m reading, like meeeh. Just leave me alone. I’ve had that on the bus and I can’t be bothered with it.
    Your little book-nook looks so cosy and warm! 😀
    Ha, I liked your answer about being invisible for a day, that is the perfect thing to do… man I’d be flying all over the world if I could be invisible! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan, and I’m really glad you enjoyed this post. 🙂 ❤
      Yeah there's nothing worse, the thing is my family always get annoyed when I interrupt them if they're watching something on the TV, so why do they think it's any different when I'm reading?!
      Yep, gotta be cosy to read, and why not? I love travelling but it's so expensive. If I was invisible it would be so much easier and cheaper to see everything I could ever want to.

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  5. Ahhh wonderful answers, Beth, I always love reading these kind of posts. It made me smile to see you talking about your sister, I feel exactly the same way about my sister, it’s so great to have siblings you’re so close to 🙂
    PUSHING DAISIES! Oh, I used to love this show so, so much, I haven’t watched it in so long, I need to rewatch everything, it always makes me so, so happy too 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 ❤ I'm glad you enjoyed this post and yeah I love reading these kind of posts too. Oh definitely, my life wouldn't be the same without my sister (and I'm sure yours wouldn't without yours either). I haven't watched it in ages either but I am definitely going to re-watch it soon, although I may have to skip the last episode because that one always makes me sad because I know we're not going to be getting any more. :/

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  6. I really loved reading your answers and getting to know you better! 🙂 Carry On always makes me smile so much, I love that book! It is really time for a reread, as it always lifts my spirit 💕 I also love your reading corner, it looks so nice and cozy!! Also The Umbrella Academy soundtrack is amazing, I had the songs in my head all the time and was humming to myself! 😊

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    1. Thanks Caro, I’m really glad you enjoyed this post. Yeah there are some books that are just ultimate happy stories; Carry On is my main one but it isn’t my only one (if that makes sense).
      It’s definitely cosy, the only danger is me sometimes falling asleep if I’m reading in bed, and oh I’ve just been listening to them on repeat for weeks now. Ever since I finished watching TUA. 😀 ❤

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