The Sunshine Blogger Award Q&A

The Sunshine Blogger Award Q&A

Thank you to Ariel at The Book View for nominating/tagging me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve never been a part of a blogger award before so this is pretty cool. I do realize that you may not know what this one is all about. So, I’m going to break it down for you!

What Is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity while spreading “sunshine” within the blogging community. Basically, you can think of it like bloggers giving recognition to other bloggers that they think are great. 

I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this and I can wait to get to the end of this post to list off my nominations! If you are reading this post and I nominated you, this is how it works:

  • Thank the blogger(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 in your post and/or on your blog.

Pretty simple right? Alright, on to my answers!

My Responses The Book Views Questions

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Why did you decide to become a book blogger?

I touched on this a bit in my about page which you can check out if you’d like! But I will go a little more in depth here. I lost my job during covid which is still ongoing(hopefully for not much longer) and I can be a bit of a workaholic.

I needed something to do! I had graduated during all of this mess to and even though I go back to get my masters this fall, I am not used to having literally nothing to do. Getting another job where I’d have to tell them I’d be gone again in a couple months was nearly impossible especially with not many job options out there right now.

Luckily I have the amazing support of my boyfriend! I couldn’t ask for a more perfect man to be by my side. I’ve always been interested in the prospect of a blog and I love to read.

I used starting this blog as a way to get me to read more, occupy my time, meet like-minded people, and to turn more people into bookworms. I also wanted to use this space to talk about my travels, neuroscience, and blogging in general, though these types of posts do and will come out less frequently than my posts related to books. I know that eventually I have the prospect of making money from this blog and while that is enticing, it is not the main reason for having this blog.

I have a career goal set in front of me in the field of neuroscience that I am probably too excited about but I will always have this blog. It’s fun and it allows me to connect with so many people!

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

This is an unfair question so I’m going to give an unfair answer. I’ve read so many books since starting this blog and they were all really good. You should check out some of my book reviews if you are new to my blog!

Instead of mentioning one book that I consider to be the best I’ve read this year, I’m going to name two. I know, such a rebel. Really I’m only listing two instead of one because when I read the question, two books immediately came to mind.

The two best books I’ve read this year so far are Wander Home (read book review here) and The Patience of a Dead Man (read book review here). They are by two separate authors and are completely different from one another. But they are both fantastic reads that I’d recommend them to anyone. 

Do you generally only read one book at a time or multiple?

Only one! I wish I had the skill to read multiple books at a time but I don’t. It’s funny that this question was asked because I was just having this conversation with my man.

He’s not a reader(I know, its horrible) but if he did read, I know he’d have the ability to read more than one book at a time. For me, I end up mixing the two stories together. That makes it hard to appreciate each book, so I just stick to reading one book at a time. 

What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation?

If you follow my book or social media at all then you might have an inkling to what my answer will be. The Princess Bride. I’m in love with the book and movie. I wouldn’t change a thing! If you haven’t read or watched The Princess Bride, I seriously recommend that you do. It will be the best decision you ever make! 

What’s your favorite series right now?

Another difficult situation. There are 3 book series that are currently my favorites. I’ve read one book from the Witcher series.

My man got 3 books out of the series for me last Christmas. After I read the first book (read my book review here), I immediately bought the rest of the series and I can’t wait to get through them. The next series is the Outlander series.

I actually don’t own a single book to this series yet even though I’ve wanted the books for years now. I’m obsessed with the show and that’s how I found out about the books. I’ve watched and rewatched and rewatched the Outlander T.V. show series and I have no doubts about the books.

I’m literally beaming right now just thinking about reading that series. The third and final series that I’m loving right now is one that I’m currently reading called The Patience of a Dead Man. It’s actually part of a 3 part blog tour that I am doing. Read my review on the first book here. The summary was great, the covers look amazing and right now, I’m hooked.

To be honest, I don’t think I can answer the question. I guess id have to out-rule the Outlander series since I haven’t actually read it yet. If I absolutely HAD to pick right now, I’d say The Patience of a Dead Man series.

Do you listen to music while you read?

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Quick answer? Sometimes. But only to classical music. I have read while listening to music with lyrics before and I’m able to do it. But there is something about reading and listening to classical music that just hits the spot.

The music always seems to go with the what’s happening in the book and the bonus is that no outside noises are distracting me because all I can here is the classical music and my inner voice saying the words I’m reading.

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What genre are you mainly reading right now?

Probably fantasy. I’m really all over the place but the most I’ve read have been fantasy genre books.

Do you prefer reading ebooks or physical books?

Physical books by far! I actually answered this question in the This or That Book Tag I did a while back. Check it out!

I don’t have a Kindle right now so that could be what’s swaying my answer. Right now if I have an ebook I read it either on my phone or my monitors. Ebooks are great for when I beta read or developmentally edit, but otherwise I prefer to have a physical copy of a book.

Who’s your favorite author of all time? Why?

Man, Ariel over at The Book View is hitting hard with these questions! If I had to pick, I’d probably say Jane Austen. She is one of the reasons that I love reading and storytelling. One day I will own all her books!

Who’s one of your favorite book bloggers?

If you haven’t heard of The uncorked librarian, now you have. I found this blog on Pinterest and I find myself reading Christine’s posts more and more and I just love her writing style. She seems genuine and I can only to portray my own genuineness through my blog posts!

What advice do you have for beginner book bloggers?

I haven’t been blogging for that long yet but when I hit the one year mark I’d really like to do an in depth blog post answering this question. If I could give just a little advice to right out the gate beginners I would say this:

Don’t commit to too many books at once. Whether this be ARCs, or promising book reviews to authors, or blog tours. Overwhelming yourself could lead to a burnout, or just simply letting things fall through the cracks accidentally.

This leads me to my second piece of advice which is to stay organized from the get! Set a schedule for yourself(if you don’t know how, get my free blogging schedule checklist here), start by writing only one blog post a week and then work your way up from there, keep notes and folders on your computer or drive, write down important dates the moment you know about them and keep a list of the contacts you make. I could go on and on but for now, I’ll keep it to that. 

My Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Vidya over at Lady in Read Writes
  2. Rae’s Reading Corner
  3. Books n Lattes
  4. Becki at A Book Lover’s Adventures
  5. Rosie at A Darker Shade of Rosie
  6. Joselyn at Rincón de Joss
  7. Jasmyn at No Genre Left Behind
  8. Kayla at Kayla’s Wordsmithy
  9. Kassandra at Dark and Divine Book Blog
  10. Kayleigh at Quirky Book Reads
  11. Sarah at Travel Through Fiction

My Questions For My Amazing Nominees!

  1. What is your favorite location to read? Why?
  2. What is your favorite classic novel
  3. What genre are you mainly reading right now?
  4. What is your favorite thing to do besides reading? Least favorite?
  5. Describe yourself in 3 words only!
  6. What is your favorite book that you have read in the last month?
  7. What are some tips and tricks you have for other other bloggers?
  8. Do you DNF books?
  9. If your life was a book, what genre would it be?
  10. What is something you wish you did better as a book blogger?
  11. What’s the best thing that you have learned as a book blogger?

To my nominees of the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you decide to write a blog post answering my questions. Link to your posts in the comments below so I and my readers can check it out. I’ll also share your posts because you guys deserve the recognition!

Let’s Talk About It!

Okay, this blog post has been mainly focused around me so I want to focus on you again. I want to know who your favorite author of all time is and why. Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Alexis M.

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2 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award Q&A”

    1. Oh awesome! I’m so glad that you could do it. There are so many amazing authors I completely understand that you aren’t able to pick just one as your favorite. And thank you by the way for the kind words:)

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