AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 4

The very lovely Liz at Stellar Kitten Book Reviews nominated me for this one. It’s my fourth time around the block with this one, they just keep on coming, I love these though so happy to have fun with them. Liz is a newer blog friend of mine I’ve only been visiting for a few months but love her blog already and hope you all pop over and say Hi.

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

Liz’s Questions

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?

No, I’m the eldest of five so my brain was kept busy enough with the people who were actually there.

What book really got you into reading?

I’ve always read, I don’t remember ever not reading, but the first book I remember vividly is The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy which I read when I was 5/6 and the whole set of these books were firm favourites until I was about 10. I’ve just bought the set for my Niece as she turned 6 herself last month and is a big bookworm, I’m hoping they have the same effect on her as they did me.

Because schools always have assigned readings: What was your favorite assigned reading?

Easy, The Catcher in the Rye. That book had such a significant impact on me as a teenager, I related to Holden in a way I had never related to a character before and it really hit me hard. I had several one-to-one classes with my English teacher to help me deal with how it had affected me.

What book/series would you want to see turned into a movie/TV show?

Oh, I just finished a book that’s part of a series I think would be amazing as a TV Series actually. Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series. It’s so visual and Jo the main character is so ballsy and I just love it. I had a huge gap of almost 10 years between books 4 and 5 and picked it straight back up again so easily. I thought several times while reading book 5 that it would make a great show.

What are some books you don’t talk about often that you really love?

Wow, probably a lot of the gothic horrors I’ve read, I don’t really rave about them much but I do absolutely love them. The Monk is one of my all time favourites and I think EVERYONE should read it. The Picture of Dorian Grey is outstanding (don’t watch the movie it doesn’t do it justice), Frankenstein and Dracula barely need a mention they are so famous already, Oh The Turn of the Screw is so good, anything by Poe and Anne Rice, and Melmoth the Wanderer.

If you could change the ending to any book, what book would it be, and what would happen in your new ending?

I would probably change the ending of those bloody Twilight books! I’d have her ditch Edward and go with Jacob. That would cut it down to just one book so we wouldn’t have had to suffer three additional books of awful writing.

Pick two characters, from different books. Now, throw them into a fairytale. How crazy would it get?

Oh wow! Interesting. OK I’m going with my two favourite characters right now so Wydrin from Jen Williams Copper Cat Trilogy, and Ben Garston from James Bennett’s Ben Garston novels. I’ll put them in Hansel & Gretal as it’s a boy and girl. Given they are both seriously kick ass, Ben is also a dragon, and Wydrin has serious skills with a sword I think that witch won’t last more than about 10 minutes. I also think that the way these two drink that they’ll both be off their faces drunk in another 10 minutes.

Coffee, tea, or smoothies?

In winter tea – I go with Peppermint or I have a Red Fruits One. I don’t drink caffeine so it’s always something herbal
In summer smoothie all the way.

About how many unread books do you own?

I have just consulted my ever-growing list and it tells me I’m up to 255. Seriously, no matter how quickly I read that list grows, it never shrinks.

What has been your favorite 2017 release so far?

That is too difficult! There have been several…(links to my reviews)

Raising Fire by James Bennett
Blackwing by Ed McDonald
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Godblind by Anna Stephens
The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

What 2018 book are you looking forward to the most so far?

I think you’ll see a pattern here! haha

Ben Garston #3 by James Bennett
Ravens Mark #2 by Ed McDonald
The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Godblind Trilogy #2 by Anna Stephens
Silent Sea Chronicles #2 by Suzanne Rogerson

My Nominees

Apologies if I’ve tagged you previously for one of these I literally can’t keep track. No pressure and if you want to take part and aren’t tagged have at it.

  1. Zoe @ What’s Better Than Books
  2. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
  3. Ali @ Ali The Dragon Slayer
  4. Mischenko @ Read Rant Rock & Roll
  5. Liz @ Cover to Cover
  6. Nel @ Reactionary Tales
  7. Terry @ Terry Tyler Book Reviews
  8. Kate @ The Quiet Knitter
  9. Jackie @ Never Imitate
  10. Errin @ Errin Krystal
  11. Cathy @ Between The Lines

My Questions

I’m totally struggling with coming up with new questions so I’ve borrowed one’s I like from other’s past posts!

  1. What would your superpower be?
  2. If you could pick would you be a writer or a publisher?
  3. You’re off on a road trip with a fictional character, who do you take?
  4. What book adaptation would you like to see happen?
  5. If that adaptation happened which part would you play?
  6. Are you a fast or slow reader?
  7. What was the date of your first blog post?
  8. Name a book you would never recommend?
  9. Name a book you wish had a sequel?
  10. What is your favourite reading snack?
  11. Are you a tea or coffee drinker?

AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 3

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

Mischenko’s Questions

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.

The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf

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 - Zoe MarkhamBlood 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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/suicide-statistics_uk_59b0f5a8e4b0354e440f53fe?utm_hp_ref=uk&utm_hp_ref=uk

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.

My Nominees

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!

  1. Danielle @ Books Vertigo and Tea
  2. Joanna @ Over The Rainbow Book Blog
  3. Raven @ Everywhere and Nowhere
  4. Noelle @ Crime Book Junkie
  5. Laura @ Snazzy Books
  6. Shelley Wilson
  7. Cleo @ Cleopatra Loves Books
  8. Tina @ Reading Between The Pages
  9. Vicki @ Cosy Books
  10. Sarah @ Sarah’s Vignettes
  11. Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books

My Questions

  1. You can live anywhere in the world, where do you choose?
  2. What are you reading right now?
  3. What was the last live music show you went to?
  4. If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you blog about?
  5. What is top of your bucket list?
  6. What is your autobiography called?
  7. What’s your favourite season?
  8. Coffee or Tea?
  9. Chocolate or Wine?
  10. Walk or Cycle?
  11. Finally, your favourite book this year?

AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 2

The very lovely Mischenko at Read Rant Rock & Roll nominated me for this one. It’s my second time around the block with this one, although my first time it had been combined with another award so it’s nice to have it all on it’s own this time. Go say Hi to Mischenko she has a fab blog!

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

Mischenko’s Questions

Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?

Erm…I’m quite obsessive about my blog, I have a diary to manage everything and I like all my posts to look perfect. I have a list of “house style” rules that I follow for everything and I follow them religiously. I blame all this on my background working on websites for different companies, it’s turned me into a complete obsessive!

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?

Loads, I enjoy it so much, it’s why I’m so obsessed with the small things.

How do you bring traffic to your blog?

This is one thing I don’t obsess over at all. I know how I could improve my traffic ten fold, but I don’t get hung up over it. I am quite happy being a mediocre blog in the background.

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?

My blog/life balance!

How do you get motivated to blog?

This is not an issue right now! If it was an issue, honestly I would rethink blogging.

Do you have any favorite books this year?

Yeah loads, it’s been a REALLY good year for books! Some that spring to mind are Godblind by Anna Stephens, The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, SkullSworn by Brian Staveley, and Blackwing by Ed McDonald.

Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?

I don’t know much new music, I’m pretty stuck in my ways, but I’m really liking the new Stone Sour album, I love this band actually, and LOVE Corey Taylor (swoon!). Funny story with Stone Sour actually, they are touring here in December, I found out and leapt on it bought myself a ticket without even checking the date, I have never ever done this before, I always check dates first! Of course, it backfired because I’m not in the country when they are touring! haha!

What do you like to do with your spare time?

I love hiking, I go out almost every day for at least a few miles, reading (of course!), music is always playing around me and if you catch me at the right time I’ll be bouncing and rocking out aswell! I also spend a lot of time writing. I also love cooking, which is pretty lucky as I’m on a really weird and strict diet that involves cooking everything from scratch.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I have no idea! My life is totally different now to how it was five years ago so I wouldn’t even want to guess at five years time. So much can change I am testament to that.

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)

  1. Books
  2. Mental Health
  3. Music
  4. Jay’s 365 Project (Yes I’m giving him a subject all to himself)
  5. Food

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?

No, I have affiliate links but to date I’ve made precisely nothing from them, I think there’s a bit of money sat in the various affiliate accounts for them, but I’ve never hit the pay out limits…I’m THAT good! Honestly that’s not why I do it though! I know how to monetise the blog but I can’t be bothered to do a better job of it. If any of the affiliate links pay out I’ll just use the money to buy books…because you know, I need more books!

My Nominees

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!

  1. Jay @ This is my Truth Now
  2. Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Novel Fiction
  3. Kristin @ Kristin’s Novel Café
  4. Terry @ Terry Tyler Book Reviews
  5. Barbara @ Book Club Mom
  6. Book Inspector
  7. Patty @ Moohnshine’s Corner
  8. Dee @ Novel Deelights
  9. Kate @ The Quiet Knitter
  10. Cathy @ Between The Lines
  11. Lorraine @ The Book Review Café

My Questions

  1. You can live anywhere in the world, where do you choose?
  2. What are you reading right now?
  3. What was the last live music show you went to?
  4. If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you blog about?
  5. What is top of your bucket list?
  6. What is your autobiography called?
  7. What’s your favourite season?
  8. Coffee or Tea?
  9. Chocolate or Wine?
  10. Walk or Cycle?
  11. Finally, your favourite book this year?