Thanks so much to the lovely Siobhan @Novelties for nominating me for this award. She does Top Ten Tuesday posts very consistently, way more on top of things than I ever could be. 😛 Check out her blog if you haven’t already!
I’m A YEAR late with this. But as I have established many times before, I’m terrible with tags and awards. This is me!
Click the book titles to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page.
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.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2019?
(this question makes it so clear how late I am… oops)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman || This book was sooooo impressive. I can’t get over it. I will keep talking about it forever. It’s such a ‘mundane’ story, in that it’s about the everyday life of a lonely woman (going to work, doing groceries, getting through the weekend), yet it’s so special and powerful. It really shows how much human connection can do for a person, how we all need it and how sometimes unlikely friendships are the best ones. Go read it if you haven’t already.
WHAT’S THE WORST?
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena || This book was just SO boring to me. The characters were uninteresting and quite insufferable. The plot was not exciting or suspenseful and I was rolling my eyes at a lot of the moments in it, including the end. Parts of it were very predictable or just straight up ridiculous. Why did I read the whole thing? I was listening to the audiobook, it was fairly short and I had some hope that it might still turn around somehow. Also I have a hard time DNF-ing once I’m further into a book.
WHO’S YOUR NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR?
I feel like I never read enough books by the same author to really claim they are a favorite author. I did do a whole post about authors I’ve discovered in 2019. In it, I talked about the books I read by these authors and which ones I would like to get to next. That was a really fun post to make. I’ll definitely be doing one again soon for 2020.
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE?
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan || The fact that this question is so open ended makes it hard to think of something. Recommend ANY book? To ANY person?… I’m going to recommend Brain on Fire to anyone looking for an interesting non-fiction book in general, or specifically wants to know more about neuropsychology. It’s an interesting blend because the book is very much focussed on Susannah’s experience, so it doesn’t feel info dumpy. But there is a lots to unpack about how the brain works.
ARE YOU A MOOD READER?
Totally! Sometimes my reading moods last longer than other times, but it certainly does come in waves. Currently, I’m actually feeling a bit slumpy because I can’t figure out what I’m in the mood for. Becfore this I’ve been in the mystery/thriller mood for MONTHS, but I’ve also had periods where I’ve been reading mostly fantasy or contemporary. I’m the type of reader who really can’t read stuff I’m not in the mood for, so I often have to pick up a bunch of books and put them down again before finding one that works.
IF YOU COULD READ ANY BOOK AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME,
WHICH BOOK WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn || Well… there is a certain magical series that comes to mind, but I want to mention that one as little as possible due to the authors behaviour. Soooo I’m going to say Gone Girl. It’s the book that got me back into reading in 2016. I was so invested. It was truly the “most compulsive thriller” experience I ever had (don’t publishers always use that: The most compulsive thriller you’ll read all year!). I would love to be able to be shocked over the plot twist all over again.
WHAT IS A HYPED BOOK YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas || There are so many to choose from! The thing is… people usually get very hyped about fantasy series, which makes sense because there is a lot of time to get attached to characters. I always get pulled in by how excited everyone seems to be about these books. Sometimes I even buy the first book in the series, but I rarely ever actually read them. The same is true for Throne of Glass series. I own the first book, I have for at least four years. And… I just have no interest in it anymore. With every new book in the series my chances of ever reading it goes down by 20%, which brings me at about a -20% I think. I should probably just unhaul it.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COVER OF 2019?
I took a look at all of my reads from 2019 and decided to pick from that bunch. I went for the Witch Hat Atelier covers, story and art by Kamome Shirahama. It’s a manga about witches who do magic by drawing. It’s a very cool concept and I’m absolutely in love with the art.
WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU LOVE TO KICK/STAB?
Wow! That’s a bit much. Nobody? Though all the mystery/thriller books might suggest otherwise, I’m not really into physical violence. Though I would like to give a bit of tough love to the main character from Be Not Far From Me By Mindy McGinnis for her “I’m not like other girls” attitude. She was really putting down some girls for having different interests than her. Liking nature and not caring about makeup or manicures, does not make you a better person than people who are the opposite. It was frustrating.
WHO’S A CHARACTER YOU’D FALL IN LOVE WITH?
I never have a good answer for these type of questions, because I never really crush on any bookish characters. Also, a lot of books I read don’t have very likable characters in them. Let’s just say any cute fluffy literary cat. I love cats. I’ve always wanted one.
WHICH AUTHOR WOULD YOU LOVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH?
That’s a tough one too! I think I’m going with Bruce D. Perry, author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. I read it this for a course on the different forms and effects of childhood neglect and abuse. It was incredibly insightful. I learned so many things about trauma from this book, even though I had already been studying psychology for years. I would just love to talk to him about all the things he has learned and what’s most important in trying to help people cope with and process these traumatic experiences.
- What is your favorite book genre & why?
- Which book can you read over and over again without ever getting bored? (Alternatively: If you never re-read anything, which book would you be most likely to ever re-read?)
- What is your go-to cure for a reading slump?
- Do you usually remember details from the books you read after finishing them (like character names or the plot points) or do you leave it all behind?
- What is your most recent DNF? (Alternatively: If you don’t DNF, which book should you probably have DNFed because it was not worth it?)
- If you could make one of your friends or family members (who normally don’t read) read one book, which one would it be and why?
- If you could magically make any book appear in your hand right now, no matter if it’s the most expensive book ever or it’s not even out yet, which one would it be?
- Do you have any overly specific book preferences?
- Are you always confident about your book ratings (& how do you decide on a rating if you’re not)?
- What is one of your hobbies outside of reading?
- And most importantly, what do you order on your pizza?
A lot of you have probably done this before, but you’re all rays of sunshine so I’m going to nominate you anyways. The questions are always different and I’d love to read your answers. But of course no pressure to participate if you don’t feel like it!
Rukky @Eternity Books || Yvo @It’s All About Books || Katie @The Cozy Burrow
Rae @Rea’s Reads and Reviews || Ali @A Bookish Life || Alicia @A Kernel of Nonsense
Tessa @Tessa Talks Books || Jess @Jessticulates || Deanna @A Novel Glimpse
Sofi @A Book. A Thought. || Jenna @Bookmark Your Thoughts
That’s all for today’s tag. Now I’ll ask you two of my favorite questions Siobhan asked me:
Which hyped book do you have no interest in?
Which author have you discovered recently?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!