The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Posted January 14, 2019 by Amber in Blogging Awards / 0 Comments


Last July, I was nominated by Amanda @ Literary Weaponry for the Sunshine Blogger Award! For those of you who haven’t visited Amanda’s blog yet – please do!  She’s a lovely lady and one of my favorites. 🙂  The Sunshine Blogger Award is all about being creative, positive, and… well… sunshiny! 🙂  This is the second time I’ve received this award, so thank you to Amanda and everyone else who thinks my blog is a happy place. 🙂


The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 5 blogs (because I’m a rebel) with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

What book are you most proud of yourself for having finished?

For me, this is an easy question.  passionately hated reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.  I found it incredibly tedious.  Having grown up watching the Man of La Mancha musical with Sophia Loren and Peter O’Toole, I actually expected to love this book, and to add to that, I read it at a time when I was firmly against DNF-ing a book, so I slogged my way through.  It’s possible I had a bad translation… but I’m not chomping at the bit to try another one.

Honestly, I’m just pleased I managed to finish it.  But I’ll probably complain about those lost hours FOREVER.


Do you enjoy book to movie/tv adaptations? If so which is you favorite?

I wouldn’t say enjoy so much as I get irrationally excited about them, hope and dream that they will be perfection, then get miserably disappointed when 90% of the time, they don’t hold up.  I’ve actually got an occasional sequence of Book vs. Film comparisons and so far… most of them were not the best. 🙁


I appreciate the adaptations bring book-stories to movie-watchers, and I’ve run into a couple instances where I loved the movie, but hated the book.  The Great Gatsby is a really good example of this.


What author got you really hooked on reading?

Without a doubt, that would be Tamora Pierce.  She inspired me to read and to write and wrapped me up in her amazing fantasy worlds where there were strong female characters who could do anything in a time when that character trope was pretty uncommon.


Show us your favorite book cover!


What is a happy memory you relate to reading?

Both of the cruises I’ve been on have these blissful memories of sitting on a deck or balcony with a book in my hands and full view of the ocean.  I love being near the water and I find it really hard for me to just *chill* in normal circumstances, so these moments of complete tranquility stand out.


If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

If I was clever, I’d probably say something like James Patterson or Stephen King, who have numerous novels that would keep me entertained… but I still think Tamora Pierce.  As my favorite, I find revisiting her books to be extremely heartwarming, even if some of her earlier stuff is geared toward MG readers.


If you could wipe your memory of one book so that you could go back and read it for the first time again, which book would you choose?

Honestly?  I read so many books so quickly that sometimes when I go back and read them, I’ve already forgotten most of it!  I ran into this at the end of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as The Dark Tower.  But of the ones I haven’t forgotten (yet) I think probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It’s been a while, but I think that was the one that really got be hooked on the series – for the first two, I was more of a casual reader.


Do you have any long term bookish or blogging goals? Tell us about them!


I have this long-running goal to actually read all the books I own in hardcopy instead of just hoarding new ones and adding them to the TBR jar.  I really want my personal library to be functional, not just decorative?  There’s no point in owning so many books if I’m never going to read them.  So I’m trying to keep a constant rotating window of reading books I actually own.

I’m tracking my progress every quarter, and so far, it’s been really slow going.  The main problem being that I keep buying books…..


What is your absolute favorite food? You know, that food you could eat every day for the rest of your life and be perfectly happy with.

I’ve thought a lot about this and the answer is “tacos”.

Tacos are not only delicious, but they’re very versatile.  If you’re a flexible person, then the definition of a taco is just “a thing wrapped in another thing with toppings (optional)”.  So if someone stuck it to me and said, “The only think you’re allowed to eat until the day you die is tacos.” I could make it work and not get tired of them.

But that said, I love me some soft-shell chicken tacos, so I’m happy with the more traditional definition as well.


You are at the zoo, what animal is on your “must visit” list?

Giraffes. They are such elegant looking creatures.  Although I tend not to frequent zoos?  Partially because there just aren’t many local ones…. I also have really mixed feelings about them because on one hand, it’s so cool to see animals I would never otherwise see in real life without significant money and travel… but on the other hand… zoos are basically animal jail.

I know most zoos these days do a better job of keeping an open wildlife preserve style a la Disney’s Animal Kingdom… and I’m more okay with that format.


What is your happiest memory?

Oh gosh, I don’t know.  I think I’m supposed to say “my wedding” but oy… isn’t that the cheesiest thing in the universe?  Besides my wedding day was stressful.  I have a happy marriage, and I have lots of very happy moments in my life.  Most of them surround travel and experiencing things I never thought I would or could.  I don’t think I could put a ranking on any of that.

I nominate:
  1. Tizzy @ Dusting the Soul
  2. Kelly @ Paperback Adventures
  3. Lauren @ Always Me
  4. Rita @ Bookish Rita
  5. Jeann, Aila, and Jenna @ Happy Indulgence
And my questions are:
  1. If you could jump into any book or movie, which one would you pick?
  2. What is your favorite family tradition?
  3. What is you favorite cancelled/ended television show?
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
  6. Do you enjoy cooking or baking?
  7. What’s the first thing you do to wind down from your day?
  8. What is your favorite bookish quote?
  9. Do you participate in social media?
  10. What do you do to pick yourself up when you’re feeling blue?
  11. Which of your blog posts was the most fun to write?

What is your opinion of zoos?

Which single author would you read for the rest of your life?

Have you checked out any of the above blogs? Goooo!

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