The Sunshine Blogger Award

Posted January 17, 2017 by Inge in Features, Join the Dance // Events, Tags & Challenges, Mad Talk // Personal / 13 Comments

I was tagged by the scrumptious Jolien @ The Fictional Reader for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The rules for the award are thus: you answer the eleven questions given to you by the one who tagged you, then you come up with eleven questions of your own and tag a bunch of people to answer them. I love this, because it gives us the chance to get to know each other a bit better. So let’s put on our sunglasses and get right to it!

What’s your favorite debut novel of the past few years?

You know, I don’t really pay attention to whether a book is a debut novel or not, but I’ll have a look especially for you, Jolien. This year, I really liked:

Which character do you identify with most?

I don’t think there are a lot of characters I really identify with. I really did recognise a lot of myself in Norah from Under Rose-Tainted Skies, and I like to think I’m just as sane as Luna Lovegood.

Have you ever read a book and wished you could ask for a refund for said book?

Oh my god, so many. Pretty much all of the books I’ve ever had to read for school, which seriously discouraged me. I just took a look at my Goodreads ratings and see that I have given 104 books a one-star rating — luckily, I didn’t pay for all of them. A few examples from 2016 are Confessions of a Shopaholic, Eleanor & Park, and The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Name 5 of your favorite characters.

These are just a few — I’ve come across many awesome characters in my time.

  • Fred & George Weasley (yes, I’m counting them as one) from Harry Potter. They will always be my favourites.
  • Sirius Black from Harry Potter. I have many, many feels about this man.
  • Lex from Croak. She is just so badass and made me laugh.
  • Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. Because you can’t write sexy without Thorne. (It made sense in my head.)
  • Mark Watney from The Martian. If you’re going to put one guy on Mars, it should be Mark Watney.

Are you a mood reader, or a TBR/list reader?

Oh, I’m definitely a mood reader. If there’s a book that I have to read, I instantly feel less inclined to love it. I don’t know, I guess I’m just a rebel like that. Sometimes I can decide in advance what to read next, but most of the time I’ll just scroll through my shelf and pick whatever tickles my fancy at the time.

How did your love for reading start?

With Twilight. I don’t remember what got me to pick it up because I used to hate reading, but that book opened so many different doors and worlds for me.

What is your favorite bookish memory?

Every time I reread Harry Potter, I feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. I’m also kind of fond of the time I wrote a review for The Things We Keep and the publisher liked it so much, they asked me to record it as a video. Since the review is about my grandparents, it means a lot to me.

Which fictional world would you want to live in?

Deh, Hogwarts. I would love to sneak off to the kitchens with the Weasley twins and some fellow Hufflepuffs. But I would love to see Rivendell as well — so beautiful!

What is your favorite genre?

Well, that shit’s easy — my heart will always belong to fantasy. I’m actually in a big fantasy mood at the moment, so I’m enjoying exploring all these different new worlds and magic systems. It’s so much fun.

List your 5 favorite movies!

This is a cruel, cruel question. Again, this is merely a handful of movies I genuinely love and could watch over and over again.

  • George of the Jungle
  • The Wedding Date
  • The Parent Trap
  • Harry Potter
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Bonus mention for Austenland and all kinds of Disney movies. I CAN’T JUST PICK FIVE WHY WOULD YOU EVEN ASK ME THAT–

Sunshine or snow?

Snow on a sunny day? Look, I don’t like summer. If it’s between a hot day and a cold day, I’ll always choose the cold day. Hot weather makes me feel like crap. But I do like a bit of sunshine. Still, there is something magical about snow.

I’m not sure who’s already been tagged. Nevertheless, I tag:

And here are my eleven questions:

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  2. Who is your favourite villain?
  3. Name your five best reads of 2016.
  4. Which five characters would you invite to a tea party?
  5. What is your Hogwarts house and why?
  6. Are you a coffee or tea person?
  7. Which fictional world would you like to live in?
  8. What was your last 5-star read?
  9. How is your track record for mental health reads? Any recommendations?
  10. What’s your favourite animal?
  11. What is your favourite genre?

I look forward to reading your answers!

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13 responses to “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Aww thanks for the tag, Inge! I LOVE IT. And ohhh I all mentions of Carswell Thorne are instantly my favourite.? And I actually wasn’t really into reading for a while when I was a teen, because I had a group of deluded friends who thought it was dumb. I 100% regret ever listening to them. ALL THOSE YEARS WASTED. *sobs* Luckily I am reading a bazillion books to make up for it. :’)
    AND YES FANTASY. WE ARE IN ALL THE AGREEMENT HERE.

  2. Thank you so much for the tag, Inge! I’ve already put the link of this post on a new draft so I can’t forget about it.

    I can’t wait to grab a copy of Ivory and Bone myself, I’m waiting for the paperback so I can’t wait!
    And I can’t agree more with Sirius Black, he is definitely one of my favourite character and I will never get over his fate 🙁

  3. This is SO fun! I will definitely be doing this ASAP, so thank you for tagging me, love! Also, I will just… try to pretend that I didn’t see TKoNLG on there. Wipe it from my memory 😉 I need to read Under Rose-Tainted Skies too, since you loved it so much! I also remember your video and review for The Things We Keep- I remember it being SO freaking beautiful and also, me crying haha.

    • I apologise profusely for not liking TLNLKO… TKONLG… SEE EVEN THE ACRONYM IS A SLOG. I really hope you end up liking URTS, I related to it so much. ♥

  4. I was just about to recommend The Martian if you hadn’t read it already – but really, Mark Watney reminds me SO MUCH of you, Inge, it’s rather ridiculous! (And let us just… ignore the irony that the one character that always makes me think of you is also the one character who would be insane enough to travel to & survive for a year on a different planet, yes? 😉 )

    I wasn’t tagged but because I am obnoxious, I’ll answer one of the questions – perhaps my favourite mental illness read so far has been Elizabeth Shepard’s H. It is a harrowing portrayal, told in a series of letters, of a severely mentally ill child whose parents & caretakers have no idea what to make of him, & questions everything I have ever thought to be true about my mind. Could not recommend enough. xo

    • You comparing me to Mark Watney is possibly the best compliment I will ever receive, so thank you for that. I think I would last about -3 seconds on Mars, but I appreciate the sentiment. 😉 Feel free to use the tag on your blog! I am always eager to discover more about you. I will add H to my TBR immediately.

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