What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
We were nominated for this by the outstandingly lovely and supportive, Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog. Seriously, she’s makes such an effort to comment and made us feel so welcome in the book blogging community. If you haven’t checked out her awesome blog, you definitely should! One post we recommend everyone read is A Thought on Illness Representation in Books. This post really made us think and is definitely not one to miss!
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
↠ Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
↠ Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
↠ Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
↠ List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
One. What is your favourite, very specific, genre to read? i.e 19th-century romance or Japanese inspired fantasy
Nen: It’s not very specific, but epic fantasies are typically my go-to. I don’t think there’s a particular thing I look for – whether there’s romance, action, or adventure, I’m willing to give anything a go. If I feel like reading but don’t want to commit, I’ll read books on Greek mythology or anthologies.
Jen: Paranormal romance with fated mates. The Immortals After Dark, Black Dagger Brotherhood and Psy-Changeling are books I’ve read so so so many times I can’t even count. I adore their tropes and these series are my go-to reads when I’m in a slump.
Two. Explain your star rating system!
Due to there being two of us, we try very hard to keep our review process consistent and honest. Our rating system is:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It was amazing! Perfect in almost every way.
★ ★ ★ ★ We really liked it! There were only a few things we did not like.
★ ★ ★ We liked it! There were things we disliked, but the book was good overall.
★ ★ It was okay. There were more things we disliked than liked.
★ We did not like it. It was problematic, offensive or un-relatable.
Three. How many books do you like to read at once?
Nen: A lot of the time it depends on my mood, so I can sometimes be reading five books at once if I’m not careful! I’m trying to get better at this whole self-control thing. It hasn’t worked so far…baby-steps.
Jen: I typically like to read three at once. One on my Kindle and two physical books. That way I get a variety of genres at the same time. I tend to read a book a day so having variety is important for me in order to avoid getting bored.
Four. What is your perfect reading environment?
Nen: I have a little reading corner in my study that I absolutely love, but sometimes I like sitting outside for some fresh air. I just need a cushion or two, a blanket, and a cup of Melbourne Breakfast (I hear ya, Jen!) to keep me happy!
Jen: My bed with about ten thousand cushions around me. I love them so much! If only they made making the bed easier. Added to this would be my dogs curled up by my feet and a cuppa tea. Does it really get any snugglier and better than that??
Five. Short books or long books & why?
Nen: I think Jen and I will agree on this one. Both! I love short books because they don’t mess around – you’re (hopefully) thrown straight into the action. But I also can’t resist long books that you can get lost it. New worlds and elaborate plots are all I live for. If it’s well-done, it’s worth reading!
Jen: This question needs a caveat: short or long GOOD books. If it’s an amazing book, then sign me up for a tome. I love well-developed worlds, multiple POV and complex plots that make me pay attention. If the book’s good I want to stay there for a while, so longer books are great!
Six. Tell us about a book that haunts you, and why?
Nen: Flowers in the Attic, a novel by Virginia C. Andrews. I was quite young when I read it, and I honestly think I was too young for the themes it presented. It’s something I still think about to this day, and I don’t think I’d ever read anything like it again if I had the choice.
Jen: This would have to be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It completely destroyed me for DAYS. I was a wreck! I happened to be volunteering at a stroke rehab facility at the time and being around people who were living similar wheelchair-bound lifestyles as Will made me take this one to heart. I’m also romantic to the core, so the lack of a HEA (to some extent) was harsh for me to read. I loved that story but will probably never read it again.
Seven. What inspired you to start blogging & how long have you been blogging?
Did you want to answer this one together?
Eight. What is your go-to book recommendation that you can’t shut up about?
Nen: I’m the worst when it comes to book recommendations. The only person I know who enjoys reading as much as (more than) I do is Jen, and it feels like she’s read every book ever…except Harry Potter. I’ve been trying to get her to read the series for years…literally. But I do have a few friends who like Sci-Fi and I remember recommending the Hyperion saga by Dan Simmons a long time ago!
Jen: I feel like I should ask Nen this… I’m always prattling on about some book she should read. I think my most recommended though would have to be The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. It’s not even my favourite book (even though I love it) but I just find that so many people would love it too and end up recommending it to everyone.
Nine. What fairytale/folktale would you love a retelling of?
Nen: There’s nothing quite like the original in my opinion. Anything in a modern setting just doesn’t have the right feel to it, but I do like seeing the story told from another perspective. I think so many myths and legends have been ignored in favour of the more obvious and researched ones (even though I’m totally guilty of loving Greek mythology), it would be nice to see something new. Maybe a retelling could spark some interest in old folk tales that don’t typically make it into textbooks.
Jen: I’m not much of a fan of retellings so this is a hard one. Most of the time I don’t enjoy that the plot lines are so similar. I want surprise and intrigue when I read fantasy/folklore based stories. I would like to see more books include Maori/ Polynesian folklore though. That fascinates me and I haven’t found many books that include their stories. Nation is the closest I’ve found but it’s still not a proper retelling. If you’ve read any others please let me know!
Ten: Aside from blogging, tell us three hobbies you love.
Nen: I’ll admit that I’m a creature of habit. I don’t like trying new things very often, so I’ll stick with the usual – reading, watching sports, and writing. My chat nickname is ‘Stubborn’, so Jen knows that dragging me out of my comfort zone is more than a challenge!
Jen: I feel like I change hobbies every week haha. I love reading, indoor plants, crochet and watching TV shows. I also enjoy getting outdoors with kayaking, boating and camping. The busier the better!
Eleven: Name a book that made you cry.
Nen: Nope, no siree! I genuinely can’t remember ever crying because of a book. Movies sometimes get me because the music and visuals are just too darn much for anyone to handle. But books can’t quite devastate me enough to make me cry, even when my favourite characters die and all hope is lost! But you can bet your house on the fact that I cried like a little baby during The Battle of the Five Armies movie.
Jen: HA! How about name a book that hasn’t made me cry?? The ones that made me ugly cry though are memorable: Me Before You, The Fault in our Stars, Wonder, A Walk to Remember and Illuminae (AIDAN IS MY HEART).
As always, we love so many blogs and had a hard time choosing only 11. We’re so happy to nominate you all!
- What was the first book you really obsessed over?
- Which book was your last 1-Star rating?
- Name your ultimate (specific) book + food/drink pairing
- Do you ever read a book without reading its synopsis?
- What is your favourite type of blogging post?
- What is your least favourite book trope?
- Who was your favourite childhood author?
- Do you like to write or only like to read?
- If you could turn any book in to a film, which would it be?
- What genre do you wish you could read?
- What made you decide to get in to book blogging?