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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Firstly thank you so, so much to Emma for nominating me for this award. It honestly means the world to me and I’m not surprised that you were nominated for this one four times; you’re such a wonderful person and you’ve made me feel so welcome in the blogging world. Please do check out all of her answers here but also follow her on her new wordpress page here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page so others can see how amazing they are, too!
  • List the rules in the post and the badge somewhere on your website
  • Answer the 11 questions you got asked
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers for this award and let them know
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions!

What is your favourite fairy tale that you will read any retelling of?

Ooh hard question! I love fairy tale retellings but I’m really not sure which my favourite tale would be. I personally really love The Wicked Queen from Snow White and am always on the lookout for good versions of her (so far my favourite is the TV version of her in Once Upon A Time) but as for an actual whole story I’m not so sure. I’ve never especially decided that Beauty & The Beast is my favourite but I think it possibly might be? I have A LOT of retellings of it on my TBR anyway. Plus it involves enemies to lovers which is kind of a weakness of mine. I also love the idea of Peter Pan retellings too though. Basically I need to really start reading some of these retellings!!

Have you ever found a movie to be better than a book?

As a reader I feel like I should say no to this question but the truth is that yes I have, although it isn’t very often. The main example that springs to mind for me is The Lovely Bones. I know a lot of people love that book but for me it just didn’t work at all. Possibly because I’d already seen the film? I also tried reading Practical Magic earlier on this year and although I was enjoying it I wasn’t as into it as I’d hoped (then I fell into a slump and stopped). So possibly that movie too but if that’s the case then it’s most likely due to the fact that I’ve seen the movie about a dozen times before picking up the book. And, hopefully, I’ll at least fall in love with the sequel.

How did / do you feel about required reading at school? (Did you enjoy it?)

Truthfully I wasn’t a fan. I think there were a few books that we were assigned that I didn’t mind reading but for the most part I wasn’t interested in them. I also hate having to go through and analyze every aspect of a book; I like reading for enjoyment, not to pick a story apart line by line. Also, for some horrible reason, when we were assigned books to read during registration I got given a dictionary -_- I mean really? What’s wrong with some fiction?

What is a book you wish would be turned into a movie or series?

Definitely the Wicked Lovely series; I’ve literally been waiting for someone to turn that into a movie for years! Maybe then the series would get some more attention. Plus it’s fae and I just love Melissa Marr’s take on them. Of course it would have to be done well as it’d break my heart if it wasn’t.

What is your favourite quote from a book?

I’m terrible at remembering quotes and even worse at picking favourites – as soon as I start looking them up I find hundreds that I love. So I’m going to share one from a book that I read this year which had some truly beautiful, and meaningful, writing within it.

‘Mamam wielded shame like an assassin wields a dagger, driving it straight into her victim’s heart. She would win; she always won. Isabelle knew that. How many times had she cut away parts of herself at her mother’s demand? The part that laughed too loudly. That rode too fast and jumped too high. The part that wished for a second helping, more gravy, a bigger slice of cake.
If I marry the prince, I will be a princess, Isabelle thought. And one day, a queen. And no one will dare call me ugly ever again.’

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly.

Is there a book you can never finish, no matter how many times you try?

As of yet no. Although I seriously need to try and read some classics sometime. I’ve also struggled in the past with some books but, so far, whenever I’ve picked them up again I’ve managed to finish them. Some I even really enjoyed the second time around.

What is your most anticipated release of the year? (It could have already been released this year)

Oh there are loads but if I had to pick just one from the year so far which I still need to read then it would have to be Queen Of Nothing; I seriously can’t wait to get on with it! When it comes to books that I’m still waiting to come out then it’s Blood Countess 100% although that seems a bit unfair as there are only a few weeks left in the year :L

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Generally tea. That’s the one that I drink most often anyway. Although, as I drink so much of it at home, if I’m out I tend to order hot chocolate. And sometimes it’s just lovely to curl up with a nice cup of that anyway.

Who is your favourite fictional villain?

Is it really bad if I pick someone fairly obvious and say Tom Riddle? Although I want to stress that this is back when he still is Tom Riddle rather than Lord Voldemort. Okay I think his character is well written and fascinating in either instance but I do find it really interesting when you get to see glimpses of his younger self in several of the books. I want more of his backstory, more of him charming people and twisting them around his finger. I want to know what he did and how he gained followers. I just think that, back before everybody knew him as Lord Voldemort, that he’d be incredibly interesting to learn about. I love seeing charismatic villains that draw people in despite their actions and, in his youth, Tom Riddle was just that. So it may be a fairly obvious answer but I’m sticking with it.

Have you ever had someone damage a book you lent them? What did you say to them?

Thankfully no. At least not that I can remember. Although I did let one of my aunts borrow a couple of my books once and they took months to return them… is it bad that I believe I was getting panicky about their condition? Or whether I’d ever actually get them back.

Do you think digital and audiobooks will ever fully replace physical books?

Probably not. I know a lot of people love them and they definitely have their positives – particularly that you can take numerous books with you without weighing yourself down – but I feel like there will always be a place for books. A lot of people just seem to love physical ones more and I must admit that it is lovely to actually hold a copy of a book that you love – especially if it’s got a gorgeously designed cover too. Plus, even if they did stop producing books for some reason, then the old ones are always going to have a place in the world I think. People collect those, after all.

I Nominate:

Sophie @ Me And Ink
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea
Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews
Sofi @ A Book A Thought
Jasmine @ These Paper Words
Rukky @ Eternity Books
Chelsie @ My Reading Escape
Mogsy @ The Bibliosanctum
Rain @ The Withering Blog
Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

Obviously there’s no pressure for any of you to do this but I wanted to nominate as many people as it said to as it’s an awards tag and I think it’s a wonderful way to show other bloggers that you appreciate their posts.

My Questions:
  1. Are there any 2020 releases that you’re already excited for? If so which ones?
  2. What’s your favourite book to TV adaptation?
  3. If you could step into the world of any book which one would it be?
  4. What author would you love to see more books from?
  5. Do you prefer enemies to lovers or friends to lovers romances in books?
  6. If you could pick any book to be turned into a musical, which would it be?
  7. What supernatural creature do you think we need to see more of in fiction?
  8. What’s your favourite time of day?
  9. What two authors do you think would write an amazing book together?
  10. What are your hobbies outside of reading and blogging?
  11. If you could get everybody to read one book what would it be and why?

18 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Thank you for the nomination, Charlotte! I’ll try my very best to get to this soon! But also… you got a dictionary as.. required reading?? How? What? why? what literary value could a dictionary possibly have? i’m.. appalled. also, I really want to read A Curse So Dark and Lonely as well! Come to think of it, I haven’t read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings, or any retellings in general, but I would love to read more, and I think ACSDAL would be a great place to start! Also, I saw that you want to read Cruel Beauty. I actually haven’t read it (and I don’t think I ever will), but I’ve read its companion novel, Crimson Bound, and that one is SO GOOD. It has some Red Riding Hood aspects and it’s AMAZING.

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    1. It’s ok, you deserve the nomination, I love your posts (:
      Yep unfortunately. It was more for where they give you a book to read during registration than to analyse but I was still appalled. Who wants to sit and read an entire dictionary? I haven’t read that many yet either but I hope to change that next year. Hopefully we’ll both get it read next year and love it – I’ve seen so many positive reviews of that book. Ooh that’s good to know as I’ve got that on my TBR too!! I actually got them both secondhand last year so I should be reading both soon.

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  2. Congratulations on this award, you definitely deserve it!! ❤ And I loved reading your answers!!
    I liked the movie Practical Magic too (except the moment with a spider, it isn't very long but I always look away) but I've never read the book though.
    Ohh.. I loved that Stepsister quote– I'm so glad I picked it up this year as I loved the message and I think it was such a great feminist book and a great take on the stepsister story.
    Yes we have talked about this before but Tom Riddle would be so interesting, it was one of my favourite parts of the books getting to see into his past and I would love to see someone else perspective of him when he was in Hogwarts as I bet it would be quite admirable but we would know he is evil really.
    I don't think physical books will go out either so many people collect them, I just can't see them going out altogether.
    Thank you so, so much for the nomination!! That is so sweet and it means a lot!! I can't wait to answer your questions!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much 💕
      I can’t remember the spider moment 🤔 the bit that always get to me is the needle thing. I can’t cope with the stuff 😅
      Yeah I love it too (: and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve seen that the author has another retelling coming out so I’m hoping it’s linked!!
      Yeah it’s so interesting to talk about though and I agree, most people probably admired him as only a few seemed to realize he was hiding something. So it would be fascinating to see.
      No me either. I hope not anyway as I love having both physical and ebooks.
      It’s okay, you absolutely deserve it ❤️ and I look forward to reading your answers 💕

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      1. You’re welcome 💛
        No I think it is that movie. On the table with the witches (??) but I’m not sure 😂 yeah I hate needles too!!
        Yeah I saw the book cover for it, it is called Poisoned and I hope it has characters like fate and chance in it!!
        Yeah definitely would be amazing!! 😍
        Yay same!!
        Thank you so much !! 💛💛

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      2. Oh it could be. Maybe I just missed it somehow.
        OMG yes me too! The cover looks similar to Stepsister but then sometimes books by the same author do. But I’m seriously hoping, as it’s another retelling, that it has those characters in it!!

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  3. I thought I remembered commenting on this, but I somehow didn’t??? What is this sorcery? :O Anyway, thank you so much for the tag! I loved reading your answers for this. I definitely agree about reading in school. I just wanted to read the book – I didn’t enjoy analyzing every little bit of it and looking for hidden meanings in every single thing. Let us just write a review at the end??? I am surprised that the Wicked Lovely series never turned into anything. It has whimsy, grit, and such an interesting feel that I think would easily translate into the big or small screen. Thanks again for the tag, and great post! 🙂

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    1. Oh strange. It’s happened to me before too though 🤔
      It’s okay (: and thank you. I know, it’s so annoying to analyze everything. Plus I really don’t think every line has a hidden meaning, surely some authors just want to tell a story? Yes I agree, I could see it being really popular!! Btw there’s a prequel novel coming out next year (: thanks again 💕

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