The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Good news! I was nominated by afterbutterflyrain – thank you! – for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Note: The theme song for this post is obviously Walking on Sunshine. 🙂

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.

Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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Q&A

1.What genre do you want to read more of?

Science Fiction.

2.What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

I don’t have one. Obviously there are books that I don’t like, but I don’t have one that I could say I  hate more than all other books I have read. I try to take something positive from every book I read, even the ones I don’t like or fail to finish.

3.What’s your favourite childhood book?

Favourite children’s book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Favourite book from my childhood: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.

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4.What movie adaptation did you think was better than the book (if any)?

Honestly, I can’t think of one. Sometimes I like the movie and the book equally and for different reasons – an example being Howl’s Moving Castle – but I can’t think of one where I’ve liked the movie better than the book.

5.Do you prefer reading in the morning or in the evening?

Like any self respecting Night Owl, I do all my best work at night – including reading.

6.What’s your favourite quote from a book?

I can’t pick just one!!!!!

But I do really love this one from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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7.Are a part of any book clubs?

Unfortunately no. I’d like to be though, it sounds like a fun thing to do and an excuse to eat cake/drink tea.

8.What’s your favourite blog post that you’ve posted?

Probably my Bookish Time Travel Tag. If you’re reading this and want to try it, consider yourself tagged.

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9.What are your favourite websites?

Buzzfeed and Pinterest – great ways to waste time and learn new things. I also love Etsy and Redbubble for online shopping, but I hardly ever actually buy all that much stuff from either because I’m usually skint. Sigh. Fun to browse on though.

10.What other hobbies do you enjoy doing, apart from reading?

BAKING! Usually I stick to making cakes, especially one’s with chocolate in the recipe. Not biscuits – I try, repeatedly, and all I end up with is small piles of gooey disasters or pebble like circles I could use to commit murder.

I also love writing, although I think I’m terrible at it, and photography, which I think I’m okay-ish at.

And blogging? Does that count?

11.Do you have a goodreads reading challenge for this year, if so what is it?

I’ve done a Goodreads challenge each year from 2012 – my usual goal is 50, but this year I decided to push myself a little and aim for 55. Also, it’s a leap year so I figured I’d put that extra day to use and spend it reading a book. I’m doing well so far – I’ve read a total of 33 books!

My goodread profile

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Nominations:

If I tag you and you’ve already done this and don’t feel like doing it again, you have my apologies!

Black Cat Kai

icebreaker694

Young At Heart

Inside My Minds

The Little Wise Owl

tiareleine

It’s a Novelty

The Fictional Reader

And…

Anyone else who feels like it!

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My Questions:

1.What is your favourite book title?

2.Why did you start blogging?

3.What is your favourite genre?

4.What is your least favourite genre?

5.Name three of your favourite characters.

6.What fictional world would you choose to live in?

7.What do you use as a book mark?

8. What is your favourite letter of the alphabet?

9.What’s the longest book you’ve ever read?

10.Favourite book cover?

11.Sunshine or snow?

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Liebster Award!

Great news! I was nominated by The Whimsical Chick for a Liebster Award! Thank you!
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Here are the rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer the questions assigned to you.
  4. Give 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award.
  6. Ask 10 questions to your nominees.

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So onward to the questions…

1.What was your favourite childhood book?

Childhood me wasn’t always that much of a bookworm. I know, how horrible. But my mum used to read to me and sister quite a lot when we were little, and one of the books she read was Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men.  Fast forward to when I was ten/eleven years old and beginning to really enjoy reading. I found a copy of The Wee Free Men in an old box of stuff when we moved house and read it again – I loved it. I think it’s partly the reason my favourite genre is fantasy.

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2.What is one instance where you liked a movie better than the book it was based off of?

The Hunger Games. I liked the books quite a bit, but I enjoyed watching the films more.

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3.What is one instance where you liked the book better than the movie?

Basically most book to movie adaptations? For some reason Stardust came to mind – I prefer the book to the film.

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4.Who is your role model?

I don’t really have one…? There’s people I admire quite a lot, but I’ve never just had one person I want to be like. I think it’s better to find inspiration from a mix of people and focus on using this to make a better, more well-rounded version of yourself. It’s kind of like being a patchwork quilt.

5.If you could go back in time, what era would you go to? Would you change anything?

I already kind of answered this question when I done my Bookish Time Travel Tag – I’d visit the Victorian era because I find it fascinating. And they have top hats. I wouldn’t change anything, because messing around with time just seems way too risky. I’d probably start the apocalypse by accident or something.

6.What is the most time you have re-read a book?

I’ve re-read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over ten times by now…

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7.What is your favourite food to snack on while reading?

I don’t normally snack and read – when you’re as clumsy as I am, that’s living a little too dangerously. However, I’ve found that popcorn is a pretty safe snack not only for watching films but reading too. I always get sweet and salty mix. Best of both that way.

8.Who would you dress as for a literary costume party?

Good question. I’d go as the Mad Hatter probably – that way I can wear a quirky top hat!

9.If you could recommend one book to everybody reading this, what would it be?

The Collected Works of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. This book isn’t perfect – it can be a little sappy at times, at others a little simple. But it’s one of my favourites. It’s a book about bookish people. It’s wonderful and heart-warming.

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10.What is your favourite food?

Chocolate cheesecake and fresh strawberries, with a little bit of cream. YUM!

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So those were my answers. Now I’m supposed to give you ten facts about my wonderful self, but I’m going to cheat instead and leave a link to my Top Ten Tuesday post Facts About Me. 🙂

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Now for the nominations! *insert drum roll*

kdrewthebookworm

A Reader’s Whimsy

If Mermaids Wore Suspenders

Rather Quite Lovely

tiareleine

Books, Vertigo and Tea

icebreaker694

booksandbake1

Stark Reviews

Bookspoils

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What is one of your favourite quotes from a book?
  2. Favourite animal/creature from a book? (e.g. hippogriffs from Harry Potter)
  3. Do you prefer to read at night or in the morning?
  4. What three adjectives/traits would you use to describe yourself?
  5. What’s your bookish pet peeve?
  6. You can only read one genre of book for the rest of your life: which genre would it be?
  7. Is there a book/series that you really liked but that had an ending you hated?
  8. What’s your Hogwarts house?
  9. Do you have a favourite film or T.V. show?
  10. What’s your favourite part of blogging?

 

Thanks again to The Whimsical Chick for nominating me for this award! And I’m also going to take a moment to just to say thank you to the people who have followed this blog and who have liked/commented on my posts – it means a lot! I love talking books with you all!

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