I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award three times, and since I haven’t gotten to it yet, I’ll just combine all of them in one post! Yay!
Also, I’ll be off WordPress and social media for the week! I have important exams that I’d rather not fail, so I won’t be replying to comments or blog hopping. Thank you so much for understanding! Onto the blog award!
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
- List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.
Sunshine Blogger Award #1: Nominated by Surina @ The Bloggisters!
What is your all-time favorite book?
Wow, asking me this question is evil. But the two books that immediately come to mind are Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The former appeals to me on an emotional front because I would die for the characters, and the latter appeals to me on a story-writing front, because it’s genius. I don’t think I’ve read a book yet that appeals to me on both fronts, but when I find that book, it’ll be my answer to this question.
What is your most anticipated book of this year?
I did a whole post on this, but I’ll just be basic and say Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Do I even need to explain? I know you’re anticipating it too for probably the same reasons that I am.
What books have made you cry?
Ehmm.. none. Yeah, I’m the one person who’s never cried while reading a book, and I have no idea why.
What book do you feel needs more love?
It’s been a long time since I’ve promoted this book, so thank you for the opportunity. EVERYONE READ WANDERLOVE BY KIRSTEN HUBBARD! It’s a travel book that takes place in South America, and the main character is recovering from a toxic relationship. The book is both well-written and enjoyable so I don’t know why it’s so underrated???
Can you tell that I’m shamelessly trying to find more books to add to my TBR? I’ll stop, promise.
No, I couldn’t, but I guess you are. But now you have to read Wanderlove, Surina!!
What are some of your favorite quotes?
One of my recent faves is when Beatrice describes Henry’s grief in Red, White & Royal Blue. This quote is long, but it’s a work of art.
So, imagine we’re all born with a set of feelings. Some are broader or deeper than others, but for everyone, there’s that ground floor, a bottom crust of the pie. That’s the maximum depth of feeling you’ve ever experienced. And then, the worst thing happens to you. The very worst thing that could have happened. The thing you had nightmares about as a child, and you thought, it’s all right because that thing will happen to me when I’m older and wiser, and I’ll have felt so many feelings by then that this one worst feeling, the worst possible feeling, won’t seem so terrible.
But it happens to you when you’re young. It happens when your brain isn’t even fully done cooking—when you’ve barely experienced anything, really. The worst thing is one of the first big things that ever happens to you in your life. It happens to you, and it goes all the way down to the bottom of what you know how to feel, and it rips it open and carves out this chasm down below to make room. And because you were so young, and because it was one of the first big things to happen in your life, you’ll always carry it inside you. Every time something terrible happens to you from then on, it doesn’t just stop at the bottom —it goes all the way down.
And since Surina didn’t specify whether the quote has to come from a book, I also love the quote I shared in my discussion on blog stats: “Don’t compare your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.”
What else, besides reading, do you like to do in your free time?
Blogging!! Okay, but did you seriously expect me to be interesting enough that I have hobbies more prominent than reading books and blogging about them? I play table tennis though! My school has a team and we practice two or three times a week. This year, I’m finding the sport a lot more fun!
What is your earliest book-related memory?
Probably my mom introducing the Berentain Bears books to me. She read them to me as a child, but I can’t remember the specific ones that she did. All I know is that she told me they would be really educational, and they were!
What is the most mind-numbing thing you have ever done?
What is the most positive thing you can think of?
I RECENTLY HIT 300 WORDPRESS FOLLOWERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH
Have you had a good day so far?
School got suspended today due to the rain, and as I’m typing this, the rain is falling, and I’m really cozy inside my house. But I’m supposed to be reviewing for the important exams I just mentioned, and I’m not, so…
Sunshine Blogger Award #2: Nominated by Arin @ Tomes of Our Lives!
Do you keep up with favorite quotes when you read?
No, I’m too lazy to write them down, and I immediately delete the ebooks on my phone after I finish them because I fear I’ll lose space, and I just don’t like to have a lot of things, including virtual books. Most of the quotes I put on my reviews are from Goodreads, and fun fact: I don’t take notes while I read because I’m too lazy, so when I review books, I just go off of memory. Probably not the best choice, but yeah.
As a sort of follow up, do you have a favorite quote from any book?
The quote I shared above!
Do you have any autobuy authors? If so, who?
I base the books I put on my TBR on reviews and recommendations. Even if I enjoyed a book by an author, I probably won’t read from their backlist if the reviews aren’t enticing me or the premise doesn’t interest me. That being said, there are some authors who I’ve grown to completely trust, and I’ll probably read all of the books they put out. They are the authors of the two books I mentioned in the all-time favorite book question–Leigh Bardugo and C.S. Pacat. C.S. Pacat is also coming out with a YA fantasy, and I’m so hyped!!
Do you preorder books?
Nope. There’s no point because it takes me a while to get to new releases no matter how excited I am for them. I just want to read/am reading too many books!
Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what type of music?
No, I just can’t. I’ll easily get distracted by the lyrics and find myself incapable of reading the words.
How many books do you typically read at one time?
I always have more than one book on my Goodreads currently reading shelf, usually two, but I’m actually lying because when I put multiple books on my Goodreads currently reading shelf, I’m probably putting all of my focus into reading one of them, and I’ve only read I little from the other one. I just naturally focus on one book, and I find it jarring to regularly switch between two books. However, if it’s an audiobook with an ebook/physical book, I don’t find it as jarring because I’m listening to one book and physicially reading another!
What are your favorite type of blog posts to write?
I find every post rewarding to write, or else I wouldn’t write them! This is a tough choice, but I’ll have to go with wrap-ups because I love talking about my life in them. It’s also a great way to briefly review all the books I read in the month and showcase other bloggers’ posts!
If you have access to a library, do you use it often?
*cries in international reader* I do not have access to a library. No libraries in the Philippines are near me, and even if they were, they probably wouldn’t have the books on my TBR. If I did have access to a library with the books I want to read though, I’d completely drop buying books in favor of borrowing them.
Do you have a reading routine or a certain time or place you get most of your reading done?
No, but since school has started, I have to make time for reading now. I ensure that I read one book a week by finishing a book on a Friday, or any time in the weekends.
Do you have any tips or tricks concerning balancing blogging/reading with other life stuff like school and work?
A lot of people commented on my wrap-up telling me that I’m doing amazing at balancing blogging, reading and school. I never noticed it before, but thank you for thinking that! I don’t think I am actually. My grades aren’t where I want them to be. Plus, my Asian tiger mom is always nagging me to dedicate less time to blogging, and instead focus on school.
Anyways, I just employ what I do above. I read in the weekends, and I schedule all posts for the week on the weekends. I blog hop on weekdays if I have the time, but I mostly do it on the weekend as well. Basically, the weekend is the only time when I have the opportunity to read and blog, so I make the most of it.
Do you reread books?
I’m really bad at rereading because I have so many books I want to read that I sort of view rereading a book I’ve already read as a waste of time. Additionally, I just… get bored when I reread? Because I already know what’s gonna happen, plus I notice the flaws more, which is what happened when I reread Carry On. I know that this is such a controversial take, and trust me, if I could love rereading as much as other readers do, I would. *runs away from the tomatoes*
Sunshine Blogger Award #3: Nominated by Saoudia @ recs from ur friend!
what’s your all time favorite book?
I answered this above!
if you were to live in any fictional world, which one would you choose?
My answer will always be the world in Howl’s Moving Castle! I explained why in my Q&A!
if you were to change the ending of any book, which book would you pick and what would you change?
Uhmmm, there’s probably a lot, but nothing is coming to mind right now. I really disliked the entire last book of The Winners Trilogy, so there’s that.
what’s your last 1 star book?
I think I’ve only ever given one book 1 star, and it’s The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci. Long story short, the pacing was off and the characters were all one-dimensional. I also wasn’t a fan of the fact that out of the three mlm characters in the book, one died, and the other is the villain. The fact that the villain has sex with guys is also used as a plot device to make him seem more villainous.
fan cast the main characters in a book you really liked.
I don’t know enough celebrities for this. I don’t keep up with them, and I can only name about three.
I’ve been thinking long and hard for an answer, and nothing is coming to mind. Sorry!!
what’s you most favorite trope?
A basic person would say enemies-to-lovers, and I do like enemies-to-lovers, but the main reason I like it is because romances that follow this trope are usually slow-burn and angsty. AND I WOULD DIE FOR SLOW-BURN ROMANCES WITH A GENEROUS SPRINKLING OF ANGST. That is in fact my real favorite trope. When I’m reading a series, I actually prefer when a couple doesn’t get together in the first book, because that just makes the pay-off so much more worth it.
who’s an author you’d really like to meet?
I’ll go with Leigh Bardugo, because I think she’s already dealt with so many flustered fans that she won’t find my awkwardness weird at all. She’s also such a cool person, and I would love to get a picture with her!
are you more harry potter or percy jackson?
Oh, such a good question! Probably Harry Potter. I’m not funny enough or heroic enough to be Percy. Plus, I’m also a complete dumb-ass like Harry. I mean, both of them are, but my breed of dumb-ass is more similar to Harry’s.
paperbacks or hardbacks?
This is a really hard question. I firmly believe that both have their merits. Paperbacks are cheaper and more comfortable to read. However, hardbacks look amazing on a shelf and sometimes they have bonus designs on the real cover or on the dust jacket. Their spines also don’t crack.
I think I’d have to go with hardbacks for this because I’m vain, what can I say? Either way, I mostly read through ebooks, so my (non-existent) wallet isn’t gonna be crying about all the hardbacks I’m buying any time soon.
you can only keep three books for the rest of your life, what are you picking?
I just won’t waste time overthinking and choose the most beautiful books I own because we love vanity. I’m also fine with getting rid of books I’ve already read because my memory of them triumphs owning them for me!
First, my hardcover copy of Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali, because it’s one of the only beautiful covers that have real people are on it. I hate real people on covers. Those real people also happen to be people of color. Plus, one is wearing a hijab, so this book isn’t going.
Second, the hardcover copy of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He that I have been currently reading for about a month now. I got the gorgeous hardback for only 10% off which means that I still paid a heck of a lot of money for it, and I’m not about the waste that money, aka my parents’ money, because I don’t even have an allowance.
Lastly, the hardcover of We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal that I’ve read a few pages of and I’m buddy reading with Taasia. You thought the cover was beautiful when you saw it on the internet? Well, think again because seeing it in person is a whole other experience. I also don’t think the book is available yet anywhere in the Philippines, so that makes it extra special.
I’m not gonna nominate 11 people because I think most people have already done this or been nominated for it. That being said, I recently discovered two new book bloggers whose posts I’ve been loving. They are Audrey @ make your (book)mark and Emme @ A Literary Latte (She just recently restarted her book blog)!
Here are my questions:
- How do you choose the books on your TBR?
- Your most disliked book of all time?
- Why do you read?
- Why did you start your book blog?
- Favorite non-romantic trope/s?
- Do you watch booktube? If so, fave booktubers?
- Fave books so far this year?
- How did you come up with the title of your book blog?
- Do you read adult books and middle grade books besides YA?
- How long does it usually take you to write a post?
- What are some books that need more appreciation?