The very lovely Mischenko at Read Rant Rock & Roll nominated me for this one. It’s my third time around the block with this one, I have a feeling these are just going to keep on coming! Go say Hi to Mischenko she has a fab blog, it’s one of my absolute favourites!
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
How Does It Work
- 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 was the date of your very first blog post?
Oh yikes, my very first blog post was back in 2002, and I don’t have the blog archives any more so I don’t know, from memory I think it was around April/May but that’s a guess.
For this blog my first post was April 12 2015 it’s for a book a really close friend of mine wrote, it’s actually not bad considering I had no idea what I was doing, the book is The Art of Postcard Writing, and although it’s written by a good friend of mine it’s a great little book on ideas for writing postcards, something I do loads of, and I’m always happy to add people to my crazy postcard writing rotation as well. *wink*
Have you ever thought about writing a book?
Funny you should ask! I’ve just started working on the second draft of my first novel. It’s a romance, but I’m putting a mental health element in and trying to make sure it shows mental illness as it really is not how people perceive it. I’ve been very lucky to have two people who have been reading my work at different points and offering advice along the way so I’m not just blindly writing rubbish. One has multiple romance books published the other is about to be published so I feel very lucky to not only be supported and encouraged by such successful people but have them as friends.
Is there a quote or saying that you simply don’t like?
If I’m honest, most of them! I really hate motivational quotes and things like that, they tend to rub me up the wrong way almost every time. I’m a firm believer in just believing in yourself and getting on with things. I don’t know why people need to rely on a bunch of meaningless words (sorry…I’m ranting).
I’m trying to think of one that’s really annoyed me recently…Oh I know, someone sent this to me on Facebook recently. took everything I had not to go into major rant mode and just ignore it. I’ve been sent this a few times over the years and it’s infuriating.
Name a book that you would NEVER recommend.
Oooh that’s difficult, because I actually think all books are suited to someone. Even some that I’ve thought were totally ridiculous someone else will think is a 5* read.
I would probably say The Dragon’s Legacy though, this was a DNF for me, and whilst most fantasy bloggers I know loved it, so I know I was in the minority and I think most fantasy fans would love it. I had no clue what was going on and didn’t understand the plot at all. So in recommending I wouldn’t have a clue how to explain this book to somebody at all so probably just wouldn’t.
What are the best and worst books you’ve ever bought?
Best, now that’s hard and I guess like most people it can change with the wind. I think at the moment I’m sitting with Jen Williams Copper Cat trilogy, I have the UK and US versions of the books because I just loved the US covers I had to buy them as well! I only have three shelves for physical books and one is taken up almost entirely by her books!
Worst, easily the Twilight saga. What was I thinking getting into those?! Terrible writing, Terrible story, the worst thing is I was stuck in a cottage in Norwich in November with nothing else to do when I had them and they were my best entertainment option so I read them. I think had my options been different I would have given up a few chapters into the first one and saved myself a lot of mental torture!
Name a book that you wish had a sequel.
Blood Bank by Zoë Markham, this is a short book which in true Markham style has an open ending. But it’s got such evocative characters that you just want more and the best thing is you don’t particularly like any of them which is such clever writing. I would love for her to write a sequel and tell us what happens next with these brilliant characters she’s created. I feel like there’s so much more that could happen.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
I read this earlier this morning and it is definitely something I’m really interested in and something that makes me happy to see although we still have such a long way to go with this.
What are some favorite childhood books?
When I was really young, I was obsessed with a book called Miss Penelope Strawberry, it was part of a set called The Garden Gang which has now been discontinued. My Mum knew the whole book by heart because even at 2yrs I wouldn’t let her read anything else to me.
As an older child my love of the spooky and fantasy started to show through. I was obsessed with The Worst Witch for a while, R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike’s books, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe set, Roald Dahl, and believe it or not but Lord of the Rings. I was 12 when I was gifted those books and they opened my eyes to whole new possibilities, I jumped from those to Shannara by Terry Brooks. The Librarian at our library didn’t quite know what to do with me as I stopped using the childrens section and became glued to the fantasy section.
Do you read newspapers and magazines?
Physical newspapers no. I haven’t for about 15 years. I read a couple of websites for news online, but I’m fussy where I get my news from. Too many news outlets are biased, their journalists write badly and the news they are putting out is just bad in so many other ways. The BBC is one of the worst in my opinion, I literally won’t have anything at all to do with anything the BBC puts out if I can help it.
Magazines, I have a subscription to one magazine called Metal Hammer. I’ve had a subscription to this magazine since I was, I want to say 13, that seems right, it’s around the time the magazine first started. I get a free CD with the magazine every month as well which is great. Small factoid, but back when I was doing my reviewing thing for music, I actually did a few paid guest spots in the magazine reviewing CDs. Absolute highlight of my writing career.
What influenced your love for reading?
Reading comes naturally to me, I have always read, I actually can’t remember a time in my life where I’ve not had a book by my side. Even the few points where I’ve been in a slump I’ve still had books ready to pick up on my nightstand. My Mum is a big reader as well, although nowhere near as obsessive as me, and my Gramps, her father, was like me, always had a book in his hands and we would talk for hours about what we were reading. Whenever I visited him he would hand me piles of books he had finished with.
What book have you reread the most and how many times?
That’s probably a tie between The Catcher in the Rye and Wuthering Heights and I couldn’t tell you the number of times but it would be a lot for both of them. They are both comforting books for me and I randomly pick them up just because.
I’ve done so many of these things recently I feel like I’m tagging the same people repeatedly, if you’re sick of it please feel free to tell me to get lost!
- Danielle @ Books Vertigo and Tea
- Joanna @ Over The Rainbow Book Blog
- Raven @ Everywhere and Nowhere
- Noelle @ Crime Book Junkie
- Laura @ Snazzy Books
- Shelley Wilson
- Cleo @ Cleopatra Loves Books
- Tina @ Reading Between The Pages
- Vicki @ Cosy Books
- Sarah @ Sarah’s Vignettes
- Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books
- You can live anywhere in the world, where do you choose?
- What are you reading right now?
- What was the last live music show you went to?
- If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you blog about?
- What is top of your bucket list?
- What is your autobiography called?
- What’s your favourite season?
- Coffee or Tea?
- Chocolate or Wine?
- Walk or Cycle?
- Finally, your favourite book this year?