It’s been a very award-filled month and I’ve got to say that Siobhan over at Siobhan’s Novelties seems hell bent on making me tear up with happiness. Not only has Sibby nominated me for the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards but now for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Siobhan, you are just the sweetest and you’re nominations mean the actual world to me. Thank you! ❤
Now you may be wondering, just what is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is all about spreading love and positivity. It’s an opportunity to give a shout out to those dedicated bloggers who fill our community with sunshine. This is a peer nominated blog award that highlights creativity and all those who inspire. This is a huge honor because I try my best to make Reading By Starlight a safe, positive environment where we can talk all things literary and find our people. So, once again, thank you Siobhan for nominating me!
☆ Thank the blogger(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 in your post and/or on your blog.
1. Which authors are on your do-not-read list?
Look, I try not to discriminate against authors. Key word here though is try. The thing is, I will never read anything by E.L James. The whole Fifty Shades of Grey series, while is not a story I’m remotely interested in reading, basically amounts to copyright infringement. Not to mention that E.L James took Stephenie Meyer’s idea for Midnight Sun, stole it and then came out with Grey. I am still salty, even after all these years, that my teenage-twilight-obsessed-self was denied the right to read from Edward Cullen’s perspective. And don’t even get me started on the Fifty Shades subject matter. I’ll spare you that rant this time.
2. Which blogger has the most impact on you?
Aw – just one? There are so many creative blogs that have impacted both Reading By Starlight and myself. But, if I could only pick the one, I have to pick Brittney from Her Bookish Things. Brittney was one of the first blogs I discovered. Not only did her reviews inspire me to create my own blog but it was her reviews that led me to some of my favorites including Everless, Roar, The Falconer and The Night Circus.
3. What book caused your latest book slump?
My last reading slump was actually more of a life slump and can basically be chalked up to my personal life. I was adjusting to living on my own for the first time and was dealing with loneliness and the stress of having to rely solely on myself. That being said I had a slight slump at the start of the year and that was all due to Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. I did a pretty good job at summing up why in my review so you’re welcome to check that out. The low down? Basically Passenger should have been a standalone.
4. Which villain do you like the most?
Okay, at this point I sound like a broken record. I think I must mention this character in almost every tag or award. If you haven’t already guessed, my favorite villain of all time is Erik commonly known as either the Opera Ghost or the Phantom. In case I haven’t already drummed it into your head; I love anti-heroes and Erik is the anti-hero. Everything he does, he does out of possessing Christine’s heart, it’s a tragic love story and I’m a sucker for any villain who is driven by a quest for love.
5. What is your last five-star read?
The Great Gatsby. There is a reason why the Great Gatsby has been called the Great American Novel and that can be chalked up to it’s flawed, complex characters, it’s haunting imagery and the vivid portrayal of the Jazz Age.
6. What OTP did you wish survived but didn’t?
Simple; The Phantom and Christine. Okay, okay – I know that he murdered a whole bunch of people and pretty much kidnapped her but am I the only one who wished that in some alternate reality she stayed? Nope? Just me? Okay.
7. What book do you want to read next?
I randomly had the urge the other night to pick up and re-read The Host. Like I need any more re-reads this year but hey, I can’t help it – I am perhaps the biggest mood reader on the planet. What I need to read is A Darker Shade of Magic or Shadow and Bone.
8. What book do you want to be turned into a TV show or movie?
I know that Sarah J. Maas already has both Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses in the works but I cannot stress just how much I need Celaena and Feyre to grace my screen! These books are my everything and I need an Oscar-worthy adaption pronto!
9. Who is your favorite character in the last book you read?
Jay Gatsby. Easy. Jay is the protagonist from The Great Gatsby and is an elusive millionaire desperately obsessed with reclaiming the past. He is the flawed romantic hero. While his methods might be questionable, everything he does, he does in his feverish attempt at winning Daisy.
10. Which novel do you wish you never read?
There hasn’t been a book I’ve ever regretted reading although there have been a lot that I ranted all over. I think that Wintersong takes the cake for least favorite book ever. As the saying goes if it ain’t broke… Basically I don’t think the world really needed a 50 Shades of Labyrinth. Seriously – just watch the dang movie.
11. What is your guilty pleasure show?
I am low-key obsessed with Free Rein on Netflix. Free Rein is technically a pre-teen show but it’s actually addictive. I stumbled across Free Rein one Sunday when I was prowling the suggestions and by the end of the day had binged more than half of the first season. Set on a picturesque English island and centering around friendship and horses, Free Rein is basically the stuff of my pre-teen dreams. The nostalgia is real.
☆ Carly | Reading Is My Kind Of Thing
☆ Joleen | Starlight Book Tales
☆ Ally | Ally Writes Things
☆ Luna | Bookish Luna
☆ Haley | Fangirl Fury
☆ Destiny | Howling Libraries
☆ Jess & Teagan | Fiction No Chaser
☆ Kelly | Another Book In The Wall
☆ Vanessa | Postcards For Ariel
☆ Kal | Reader Voracious
☆ Clara | The Bookworm Of Notre-Dame
☆ It’s doomsday – what is the last book you want to read before the world ends?
☆ Quick! I’m stuck in a slump! What’s your go-to recommendation?
☆ What is your favorite setting to read about, be it realistic or fantasy?
☆ Create a 5 song playlist for any book, series or character.
☆ What was your last one star read? Why did you rate it so low?
☆ Who is your most recent book boyfriend and tell us what makes them so swoon-worthy?
☆ Which standalone needs a sequel?
☆ Name an author you are desperate to meet and, if you met them, what would you ask them?
☆ You a suffering through a major book hangover. What fluff book serves as the best cure?
☆ A book you secretly love?
☆ It’s time to assemble your bookish squad! Which characters make the cut?