Thank you so much to Caidyn from over at BW Reviews, who has nominated me for a blog award! I absolutely love these awards – they’re such a nice way to discover new bloggers, and to learn more about those we already follow!
Check out “Take One” of this award here.
What is it?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
Caidyn’s 11 Questions:
1. Which fictional character do you think best represents you?
I can’t actually of a single fictional character that represents me, so I’m going to go for a combination: I’m probably a mixture of Hermione Granger and Lucy Snowe from Charlotte Brontë’s Villette. Hermione is always reading and drives herself really crazy when she has an exam approaching, but I don’t have the courage of Hermione; she’s completely unashamed of work-obsessed nature, which is admirable, but it’s not like me. Lucy Snowe, meanwhile, is the timid, background character whom I can easily relate to.
2. Which fictional character do you love, but think would be horrible in real life?
This is a fantastic question! I’m probably going to have to go down a Harry Potter route again, and say Bellatrix Lestrange. She is a character who I love to hate; she is so fierce, and definitely formidable – I’d argue that she’s my favourite fictional villain, which, of course, means that she’d be damn-right horrible if I met her in real life.
3. What’s one of your favourite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love? (Because I want to give it more love!).
This is such a lovely, thoughtful question! To be perfectly honest, I was actually quite pleased with my most recent book review, which is of Stephen King’s The Outsider. I absolutely loved reading this book and found it so easy to talk about – as a result, the review was really easy to write. You can find it here.
4. What was your favourite class in school? Could be elementary, middle school, high school, or any kind of higher education.
I think my favourite subject probably changed quite a bit as I progressed through the education system. To begin with, it was probably English; I loved reading, but I really loved writing, and would jump at any chance to come up with a story. Around my GCSE years, however, my love for English faltered – the way that we were taught made it basically impossible for me to like reading, and, for quite a few years, I never read for pleasure. This changed a little during my A-Levels, where my favourite subject became Classics. I still didn’t read for pleasure much, but I became really interested in the myths and stories that were being taught. Then, towards the end of Sixth Form, I remembered how much I loved reading, and now I only study one subject – English – and I love it.
5. What’s a meal that takes you back to childhood?
Hm, that’s a tough one. I’d probably have to say pasta – a plate of plain pasta with cheese on top. It was my favourite meal growing up and, even now, I use it as my number one comfort meal; whether it reminds me of my childhood or not, I love it!
6. If you do subscription boxes, what’s your favourite? If you don’t, which one(s) would you want to get?
I could not afford to pay for any subscription boxes, but I enviously watch others open them and keep wishing that someone will buy me a guest box as a gift (fingers crossed for Christmas)! In particular, I like the look of the My Chronicle Book Box, the Book Box Club subscription, and the Illumicrate. Honestly, though, I’m yet to see a book box subscription that I don’t like the look of – they all seem completely wonderful!
7. What’s one song you are listening to on repeat?
I don’t really get addicted to songs anymore; rather, I seem to find artists or albums that I like to listen to on repeat. At the moment, I really like two artists: Blanco White and Tom Misch. Their music is generally quite background-ish, which is perfect for when I’m reading and I want something to break the silence.
8. Who gave you your love of reading?
My parents are probably partially responsible for my love of reading. They used to read to me a lot, and I can remember them attempting different voices as they did so. Yet I probably found my love of reading through various means, including J. K. Rowling and her infamous Harry Potter series, and also including my writing. I love writing stories, and always have. Reading influenced my writing, and vice versa – I wanted to read more, because I knew that my efforts would be reflected in my writing.
9. What’s your favourite way to relax?
I am a huge fan of audiobooks. They’re a really great way of reading, especially when you want to do something else at the same time. My favourite set-up is to plug in an audiobook, and then play a video game (controversial, I know). The game will usually be something simple, so I don’t need to concentrate too much – I will mainly be listening to the audiobook, after all.
10. Do you read nonfiction? If so, what do you like reading the best?
I usually see reading as an escapism; I read to escape to new worlds where I can find magic and adventure, so I usually only read fiction books. Nevertheless, I am making a bit of an effort for “Nonfiction November”, and have started to read a book called Landfill by Tim Dee. It’s a really interesting read, particularly as it is written by a local author, that follows the evolution of gulls. Although we often present gulls as scavengers, Landfill takes a different view of them, presenting them as entrepreneurs.
11. What’s your favourite TV show and why?
Wow… that’s a surprisingly tough question. I’m not a massive fan of intense TV programmes – I like to do other things at the same time as watching TV (such as write blog posts). I much prefer repetitive shows such as Friends, or ones I’ve already watched, such as old Doctor Who episodes or the BBC’s Merlin. At the moment, I’m rewatching The Vampire Diaries, which I absolutely adored when I was younger.
- Boston Book Reader.
- Beth Jones.
- Tree Slices.
- The Elven Warrior.
- Cafe Book Bean.
- Kalina Reads.
- Tomorrow is Another Day.
- Larael’s Blog.
- Fortified by Books.
- Bookish Wisps.
To my nominees: there is absolutely no obligation to take part in this award if you do not want to. If nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your wonderful work! To everyone else: if you’re reading this post and want to take part in this award, then consider yourself nominated.
My 11 Questions:
I’m going to follow Caidyn’s lead here and borrow a few of the above questions (it’s just easier that way), but I’ll also make up a few new ones for my nominees:
- Which fictional character do you think best represents you?
- Which fictional character do you love, but think would be horrible in real life?
- What’s one of your favourite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love? (Because I want to give it more love!).
- Do you tend to read only one book at a time, or multiple?
- Do you ever listen to audiobooks? If so, what do you like about them? If not, why not? (There’s been much debate about this on my Twitter feed at the moment and I’m really curious to see what people think).
- What are you reading at the moment? Are you enjoying it?
- Do you have a favourite genre? If so, what is it?
- Who gave you your love of reading?
- What’s your favourite way to relax?
- Are there any characters in one of your favourite books that you really don’t like? (Either because they aren’t very lovable, or because you don’t think that they are very well presented).
- Do you read nonfiction? If so, what do you like reading the best?
Well, that’s it! Thank you for reading and thank you again to Caidyn for my nomination!