The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hello, hello friends! I’m back again with a wonderful award that I was nominated for by my dear friend Nicky of Small Queer, Big Opinions!

I’ve been nominated for this award before, but the great thing about this one is that the nominator creates the questions, so the questions are different every time! Below, I’ll be answering Nicky questions as well as posing my own to those I nominate! Enjoy!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

Once again, thank you Nicky! Is it against the rules to nominate you again? ūüėÄ


1. If you could change the genre of one of your favorite books, which book would you pick, which genre, and why?

Ohhh, hmm, this one is hard. I’m a huge fantasy fan, but I think it’d but fun to read a few of the characters in a contemporary setting, like¬†Once & Future¬†or¬†Mask of Shadows.¬†While I love both of those books as they are, I just think it’d be fun to read the characters thrown into a new setting and see how they’d change.

2. Do you read graphic novels? Why or why not?

My relationship with graphic novels (and manga) is weird. I do read them, but I go between reading them a ton and reading them not at all. I have a decent sized collection of manga and graphic novels, but I haven’t read them recently! A few of them, I’m trying to collect the whole series as physical copies before I reread, like one of my favorites:¬†D. Gray-Man!

3. What’s one book you read that was hyped up so much by other people, yet you were disappointed when you read it?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoOooh, I have a few of these, but the most recent one was probably….Sadie¬†by Courtney Summers. Everyone was talking about how fast paced and exciting it was, but I was kind of bored throughout the entire thing. I think I ended up giving it three stars.

The biggest one that I can think of though is probably¬†The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo¬†by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know that it’s an important book for a lot of people, and I enjoyed the representation and the diversity, but the story itself was kind of boring, predictable, and wasn’t all that interesting to me. But that’s just my opinion, and I don’t want anyone to not read these books because of my opinions on them. I’ll admit that I only read it because so many were talking about it. Thinking back, I knew that this was a book I wasn’t that interested in reading.

4. What’s the last book you rated five (5) stars, and why did you love it so much?

On Goodreads, my last 5 star read was actually my most recent read when I wrote this! The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling!

I loved this book–it’s sci-fi horror with sapphic ladies making questionable, selfish choices, and other events that leave you questioning everything. The ending was so shocking and I ended up having so many questions, but I loved every moment of this book. It’s so intense (and graphic), but, jeez, I need more.

5. When rating a book three (3) stars, do you consider that a bad or good rating? Or neither? Show your work!

The Lost CoastTo me, three stars isn’t good or bad. It’s … okay. It’s neutral. It means there were things I liked and enjoyed, but other aspects weren’t the best or got on my nerves. Most recently I rated¬†The Lost Coast¬†by Amy Rose Capetta three stars, and that’s okay. I enjoyed the story, but I was also bored and was expecting the book to end at any moment but it kept dragging on. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just means it could have been better.

6. Share five (5) of your favorite tropes and recommend at least one book to go with each trope!

Oh, god, tropes. I’m not that big on romance, so most romance tropes aren’t my jam, LOL. I feel like that limits my selection a lot, but let me think for a moment …

Okay, okay, I don’t really know if these count but:

Once & Future for queer found family.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens for unrequited love (that leads to bigger, better things).
Highway Bodies for zombie apocalypse.
Mask of Shadows for fantasy competition.

That’s all I can think of lol.

7. If you worked in a library and were asked to recommend three (3) YA fantasy books, which would you choose and why?

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens

MoS because it’s my favorite, RotF because it’s intense, interesting, and well-written, and Rules & Reg because it’s funny and has contemporary elements that someone who normally reads contemporary would like!

8. Which books are your most anticipated for the rest of 2019?

Tarnished Are the StarsTarnished Are the Stars¬†by Rosiee Thor (I have an ARC and I’m SO EXCITED)
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

I can’t think of any more, most of the ones I’m looking forward to are 2020 *cries*

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller

and probably more that I’m forgetting….

9. Share one author who you think is underrated/underhyped and which book of theirs you think someone should start with to get the best feel for the author’s style.

I feel like I don’t give enough love to Richard Ford Burley! They only have one book out at the moment, titled¬†Mouse,¬†but it’s own voices for autism, and it’s a really great story, so I highly recommend this book before their next comes out!!

10. Alpha males or beta males? Why?

This question confuses me so much lol. Is this a romance book thing?

11. What is your Goodreads goal for 2019?

My goal is always 50 books, because it’s a goal I can 99% of the time make. If I make it to 50, I normally try to see how far I can get past 50, and I’m always trying to get further.


And that’s that for the questions! Okay, now I have to think of 11 questions…

  1. How do you prefer to read? Audiobooks, e-books, or physical books?
  2. Do you use a subscription services for books, like Scribd, Audible, or Kindle Unlimited? If so, which one and why?
  3. Make a (queer) book rainbow! Include a picture or state which books you used!
  4. Do you have a preferred hot drink to have while reading?
  5. What’s a book that you loved that’s a genre that you normally hate?
  6. Lots of us have books that we constantly gush about. What’s a book you read and loved, but always forget to talk about? Feel free to include more than one!
  7. Do you have/want a big book collection, or do you prefer to keep things small?
  8. What are some of your favorite backlist books?
  9. Recommend your favorite book that represents YOU!
  10. How do you get your books? (Book sales, online, book store, etc)
  11. Spread the love! Recommend your favorite book bloggers, booktubers, bookstagrams, etc!

And I’m going to tag…….

CW / Vicky / Lili / Elise / Avery

Don’t feel pressured to do it! I’m just tagging people for fun!


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