Sunshine Blogger Award

AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 4

The very lovely Liz at Stellar Kitten Book Reviews nominated me for this one. It’s my fourth time around the block with this one, they just keep on coming, I love these though so happy to have fun with them. Liz is a newer blog friend of mine I’ve only been visiting for a few months but love her blog already and hope you all pop over and say Hi.

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.

How Does It Work

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Liz’s Questions

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?

No, I’m the eldest of five so my brain was kept busy enough with the people who were actually there.

What book really got you into reading?

I’ve always read, I don’t remember ever not reading, but the first book I remember vividly is The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy which I read when I was 5/6 and the whole set of these books were firm favourites until I was about 10. I’ve just bought the set for my Niece as she turned 6 herself last month and is a big bookworm, I’m hoping they have the same effect on her as they did me.

Because schools always have assigned readings: What was your favorite assigned reading?

Easy, The Catcher in the Rye. That book had such a significant impact on me as a teenager, I related to Holden in a way I had never related to a character before and it really hit me hard. I had several one-to-one classes with my English teacher to help me deal with how it had affected me.

What book/series would you want to see turned into a movie/TV show?

Oh, I just finished a book that’s part of a series I think would be amazing as a TV Series actually. Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series. It’s so visual and Jo the main character is so ballsy and I just love it. I had a huge gap of almost 10 years between books 4 and 5 and picked it straight back up again so easily. I thought several times while reading book 5 that it would make a great show.

What are some books you don’t talk about often that you really love?

Wow, probably a lot of the gothic horrors I’ve read, I don’t really rave about them much but I do absolutely love them. The Monk is one of my all time favourites and I think EVERYONE should read it. The Picture of Dorian Grey is outstanding (don’t watch the movie it doesn’t do it justice), Frankenstein and Dracula barely need a mention they are so famous already, Oh The Turn of the Screw is so good, anything by Poe and Anne Rice, and Melmoth the Wanderer.

If you could change the ending to any book, what book would it be, and what would happen in your new ending?

I would probably change the ending of those bloody Twilight books! I’d have her ditch Edward and go with Jacob. That would cut it down to just one book so we wouldn’t have had to suffer three additional books of awful writing.

Pick two characters, from different books. Now, throw them into a fairytale. How crazy would it get?

Oh wow! Interesting. OK I’m going with my two favourite characters right now so Wydrin from Jen Williams Copper Cat Trilogy, and Ben Garston from James Bennett’s Ben Garston novels. I’ll put them in Hansel & Gretal as it’s a boy and girl. Given they are both seriously kick ass, Ben is also a dragon, and Wydrin has serious skills with a sword I think that witch won’t last more than about 10 minutes. I also think that the way these two drink that they’ll both be off their faces drunk in another 10 minutes.

Coffee, tea, or smoothies?

In winter tea – I go with Peppermint or I have a Red Fruits One. I don’t drink caffeine so it’s always something herbal
In summer smoothie all the way.

About how many unread books do you own?

I have just consulted my ever-growing list and it tells me I’m up to 255. Seriously, no matter how quickly I read that list grows, it never shrinks.

What has been your favorite 2017 release so far?

That is too difficult! There have been several…(links to my reviews)

Raising Fire by James Bennett
Blackwing by Ed McDonald
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Godblind by Anna Stephens
The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

What 2018 book are you looking forward to the most so far?

I think you’ll see a pattern here! haha

Ben Garston #3 by James Bennett
Ravens Mark #2 by Ed McDonald
The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Godblind Trilogy #2 by Anna Stephens
Silent Sea Chronicles #2 by Suzanne Rogerson

My Nominees

Apologies if I’ve tagged you previously for one of these I literally can’t keep track. No pressure and if you want to take part and aren’t tagged have at it.

  1. Zoe @ What’s Better Than Books
  2. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
  3. Ali @ Ali The Dragon Slayer
  4. Mischenko @ Read Rant Rock & Roll
  5. Liz @ Cover to Cover
  6. Nel @ Reactionary Tales
  7. Terry @ Terry Tyler Book Reviews
  8. Kate @ The Quiet Knitter
  9. Jackie @ Never Imitate
  10. Errin @ Errin Krystal
  11. Cathy @ Between The Lines

My Questions

I’m totally struggling with coming up with new questions so I’ve borrowed one’s I like from other’s past posts!

  1. What would your superpower be?
  2. If you could pick would you be a writer or a publisher?
  3. You’re off on a road trip with a fictional character, who do you take?
  4. What book adaptation would you like to see happen?
  5. If that adaptation happened which part would you play?
  6. Are you a fast or slow reader?
  7. What was the date of your first blog post?
  8. Name a book you would never recommend?
  9. Name a book you wish had a sequel?
  10. What is your favourite reading snack?
  11. Are you a tea or coffee drinker?

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

20 thoughts on “AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 4”

  1. I adore your answers especially the fact that you love Anne Rice. So do I! ❀ I also love your questions and this is going to be so fun! I also don't drink caffeine. Personal preference though. I'm a huge smoothie drinker at least since Mischenko started posting her breakfast and a book series which convinced me to buy a Vitamix, haha. Also, yes! I agree with you on the Twilight ending. If she would have switched teams early on, I believe it would have ended so much better not Jacob ending up with her baby (what??).

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    1. That was so weird and not done well at all, she was not a good enough writer to pull off that ending!
      I love we have so much in common! Caffeine left my diet about 12 years ago, I was seriously hooked on it and it affected my anxiety and stomach badly so I just eliminated it completely. So much better without it.

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  2. Great answers πŸ˜€ and I love Rachel Caine! She’s got such a great writing style. Her books are always super fun to read. I haven’t gotten to the Weather Warden series yet but I do have the first book so I will get to that eventually xD

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  3. Wow, Claire! Congrats on the award and awesome answers! I live Anne Rice too. πŸ˜‰ I’m going to look up The Worst Witch right now because that looks like a book my middle daughter might enjoy. Loved reading this and can’t wait to answer your questions. Thanks so much for the nom! I love doing these. πŸ’™β€πŸ˜Š

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  4. omg, I thought I was having issues with my owned yet unread TBR pile of books πŸ˜€ hahaha… sorry for laughing, but you’re in trouble, woman! πŸ˜€ I think, I have about 25 owned books in the tbr pile and that nr alone makes me hyperventilate… yikes…

    Great answers again… you made me crave for peppermint tea πŸ™‚ And thanks for the tag! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha! My TBR is absolutely out of control! Add my wish list to that and it’s totally unbearable! I have no hope of ever reading everything yet I keep buying more. I’m a lost cause! πŸ˜‚


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