The Sunshine Blogger Award… Take 3

Posted November 9, 2020 by Amber in Bookish Things / 5 Comments


Good morning everyone!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a really nice weekend and have a really nice day today.

In August, Laura over at The Corner of Laura tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Award!  This is the third time I’ve been nominated for this one and you can read my previous answers here and here.  I love this award – just the name is so cheerful!  Thank you so much to Laura for the nomination!  Also – she dropped a post side-eyeing the new Fantastic Beasts content back in October that was interesting reading, I recommend it.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page so others can see how amazing they are, too!
  • List the rules in the post and the badge somewhere on your website
  • Answer the 11 questions you got asked
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers for this award and let them know
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions!

What was the last TV series you binged?

!!! I actually just finished S3 of The Handmaid’s Tale.  This series has so much heavy content in it that I typically watch one episode at a time, but the last half of season three was just intense, I watched one episode after the other after the other.

I’m not going to lie, I bawled at the end of the last episode, too.  Oh my gosh.  So many things resolved, so many new questions.  The reunions !!! the reunions.  I’m actually glad season four didn’t come up right now, because I’m pretty sure I need a year to heal.  I’ve recommended this show before, but worth shouting about again – if you’re never watched The Handmaid’s Tale, this show is so powerful and terrifying and good.  I adore the characters.  There is so much pain.  It’s really good watching.

Have you ever been in a reading slump? If so, what got you out of it?

Absolutely!  All the time!

For me, it’s about the right time and about the right book.  Sometimes I can’t handle physical reading because I’m too mentally exhausted, but I can keep going on audiobooks and eventually things clear up.  Sometimes, I just keep pushing though, almost like it’s homework, until I break on through to the other side.

More often than not, though, I’ll jump into a comfort read or a book I’ve been looking forward to reading.  I’m a mood reader, but in order to make sure I’m reading new books and my own backlist, I generally make myself work out of my TBR jar.  Breaking from that mold and pulling out a comfort, favorite, or highly anticipated read usually helps me.

What’s your favourite way to travel (fantasy transportation included)?

By boat!

I get horribly seasick, but I love the ocean.  There’s nowhere in the world I would rather be than at sea. I’ve been missing it a lot this year.

Which book instantly makes you think of summer?

I’m not a “beach reads” person so I have such a terrible read on this, to be honest.  In fact, I tried to compile a beach reads top ten 10 a couple years ago for Top Ten Tuesday and it became quickly apparent “summertime reads” aren’t one of my strong points.

I don’t even know to be honest.  I just don’t grab a book and think “ah! summer!”. I’m odd, I guess.

Do you prefer reading in summer or winter?

Both are great for different reasons!

I think I actually get more reading done in the winter, and I like the escape into books at a time when the world feels like it’s on pause.  However, I enjoy reading outside in the summer.  Not the high heat of summer, but on the cool days.  This is sorta a new thing for me, but I like lying in the hammock on our back deck and reading.  So I guess it depends on quantity vs. quality of reading?

Which Broadway/West End show would you love to see but haven’t yet?

I mean, I’m down for anything.

To be clear, I am never going to Broadway or West End.  I just … I can’t … justify that expense?  But I eagerly await those shows to go on tour and I try to catch them in Boston!  I missed Six a couple years ago and am kicking myself because I wanted to see it but the timing wasn’t great.

So the next show I’ve got my sights set on is Beetlejuice.

I know there are some seriously problematic bits in the original film, but it’s an old favorite of mine and I was really excited to see it translated to stage!  Originally Beetlejuice was supposed to come to Boston in spring 2021 after leaving Broadway at the end of 2019, but after everything and COVID and just … everything, I’m not sure if there will still be a national tour or if it’s going back to Broadway or what.

If you could be a Bender, what kind of Bender would you be?

Air.  For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to the wind.

I should mention, I’m not sure what else as far as Avatar: The Last Airbender this would imply?  The show never drew me in, so I’m only vaguely aware of it.  I do know my elemental magics from a gazillion different fantasy book over the years, though!  Elemental magic is the best. 🙂

Do you have a favourite type of tea/coffee? If so, what is it?

First, I think we need to establish that I am not fancy.  I like tea, but my tastes are not nOt NoT NOT refined in the least.  Yup, that means I generally drink basic black Lipton tea.  SO.  Not fancy.

My favorite, go-to, would-drink-it-every-day tea, though, is a super basic Twinings blend called “Prince of Wales”?  I dunno, it’s a black tea that tastes a bit lighter and I enjoy it.  I’m also a fan of darjeeling tea.  Light bodied black teas are my jam.

What’s one thing in 2020 you’re still looking forward to (despite everything)?

NOTHING! *weeps*

In all seriousness, not much going on for the rest of the year?  And I’m fine with it.

Actually, I’m looking forward to knowing when the cruise I’m scheduled to go on in April is actually going to be cancelled?  Because lolol lets be real.  I want to make new, new plans.  Or go to Spain and  Italy, I guess, but as aforementioned, lol that’s not going to happen.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

I would say “Solutions and Other Problems” but Allie Brosh has already taken that so I bow to her.  By the way, have y’all checked out her old Hyperbole and a Half blog or either of her books (Hyperbole and a Half or Solutions and Other Problems)?  She always, always, always makes me laugh, and I tell a lot of people to look at her blog and sometimes I feel like people say “yeah, I will!” but like seriously. Check. It. Out.

I don’t really feel like autobiography material, to be honest. I’m not against it for others, but I came to terms a long time ago that I am not an extraordinary person and I’m not living an extraordinary life and it’s okay not to be biography material.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

There’s a lot of great practical advice out there, from simple stuff like “Don’t drink salt water” or “brush your teeth twice a day”.  These are all very good pieces of advice, for the record.

But lately I have been trying to follow a “Should I / Should I now / Should it be me” mantra on my words and actions.  Some days are better than others, but thinking about whether a thing should be done, the timeliness of it, and whether it’s in my lane is a good state of guidelines to be a better human.  It’s a day-to-day awareness thing, but I’m working with it!


  1. First of all, how’re you holding up right now?
  2. What made you want to be a blogger?
  3. Other than books, what’s your favorite thing to talk about on your blog?
  4. Do you collect anything?
  5. Do you have any pets?  If so – pictures!
  6. What book are you dying to read right now?
  7. What was your last new favorite book?
  8. What’s a cause you’re passionate about, and what would you like your readers to know about it?
  9. How do you balance blogging and life?
  10. Have you ever been compared to a celebrity?  If so, who and do you agree?
  11. What was the last TV show you started, and do you recommend it?

I nominate:

  1. Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink
  2. Rosie @ Little Bird Book Blog
  3. Minna @ Minna’s Reading Corner
  4. Azrah @ Az You Read
  5. Natasha @ Natrosette
  6. Paul @ Bookends and Bagends
  7. The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
  8. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
  9. Jordan @ Forever Lost In Literature
  10. Kirstie @ Upside Down Books
  11. keikii & Strix @ keikii Eats Books

What are some of your answers to Laura’s questions?  Are you looking forward to seeing a particular stage performance when they are back?  Do you know the title of your  autobiography?  Holler in the comments, I’d love to hear.

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5 responses to “The Sunshine Blogger Award… Take 3

    • Amber

      You are ever so welcome. 🙂 Absolutely no rush on the tag, but I’m excited to read your answer when/if you get to it! <3