Sunshine Blogger Award #2

The lovely Nicoline @ Bookish Stuff nominated me for the sunshine blogger award a couple months ago which I’d somehow forgotten about until I was going through my post drafts but really really do appreciate, thank you! 💕

(I originally had another post planned for today, but during the writing process it spiraled into a monstrosity that is not yet fit for public consumption. So back into the drafts it goes, and here’s this instead.)

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.sunshine blogger award logo
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked 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.

What are your top three books of all time?

This is a completely unfair question. It tends to change with my mood, but The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell are almost always on there; I’ll add This Is How You Survive by Lana Rafaela Cindric because the author is a lovely person, her poems are magical, and I don’t think I’ve talked about them in a while.

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What book or series made you fall in love with reading?

Another difficult one! My parents started reading to / with me earlier than I can remember, so I don’t know that any one specific book or series is responsible so much as the bookwyrm genes. 

That said, I have particularly fond memories of a colorful little picture book called 媽媽,我要一顆星星 (translation: Mommy, I Want A Star). It alternates longer passages with one-liners, making it easy for a smol Isabelle to trade off reading it out loud with my mom.

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Who is your best fictional friend and why?

Depends on whether you’re asking which character I’d like to have as a best friend IRL, or which one has been there for me through the years.

The answer to the former is probably Blue Sargent, because I too am “just shy of five feet [tall]” but not because I didn’t eat my greens, and I aspire to be a “fanciful but sensible thing, like a platypus, or one of those sandwiches that had been cut into circles for a fancy tea party”.

The answer to the latter: either Meggie Folchart or Matilda Wormwood. Growing up, I reread the Inkworld trilogy and Matilda on bad days or good; I know their stories backwards and forwards, and their protagonists inspired and empowered me.

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What book would you recommend that everybody read?

Maybe this is a cop-out, but I don’t think there’s an objectively good answer to this one. Everyone has different needs and preferences when it comes to reading; there can’t possibly be a book that would positively impact every single reader. Still, I do have a Recommended Reads series for anyone interested.

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Paperbacks or hardbacks? And why?

Hardcovers look nicer stacked on the shelf and, in my experience, are more durable; however, I just prefer the feeling of a paperback in my hands. And they tend to be cheaper, so you can buy more of them!

(To be clear, my favorite book format is digital. My answer is C, ebooks.)

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What is your favorite reading spot?

Let’s be real, any place or position becomes uncomfortable when you sit for too long. And as someone who reads whenever and wherever I can, again I don’t really have an answer for this one. I certainly wouldn’t say no to a cozy sunny windowsill to curl up in, but I don’t have one of those.

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Do people judge that you read and do you judge people who don’t read?

No to both. Pretty much all my friends know I’m an avid reader and either also are/were avid readers themselves or wish they were, and I don’t care what random passersby think at least as far as my choice to read in public, or at all.

And who am I to tell anyone how to live their life? As Carla from Bon Appétit says, “You don’t have to love yourself.” (In all seriousness, though, I acknowledge and respect that reading isn’t for everyone.)

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what are your bookish goals for this year?

I feel like I’ve answered this question before, but the short version is that — despite my completionist tendencies, love of data, and competitive streak — I’m not actually all that hung up on the numbers. Mainly I’m here to broaden my horizons and hopefully find some stories that resonate with me.

But also, I’ve aimed to read 150 books total, including 100 backlist titles and all my ARCs, and to finish the Popsugar Reading Challenge and Backlist Bingo. (You can see more details and my progress in my Reading Challenges post.)

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What is your go-to place for buying books?

Generally I’m not much of a book buyer, but when I do it’s usually the Kindle Store for ebooks or Barnes & Noble for print books.

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What book have you read the most times?

Honestly, I have no idea; particularly in my middle and high school years, I had a tendency to reread my current favorite over and over. So it might be Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or The Mortal Instruments or Little House or The Night Circus or any of about twenty other titles.

Though if we’re just going off the dates recorded on Goodreads, the winner is Fangirl (with 3 recorded, though in reality it’s more than that).

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Who would you like to meet (living, dead, fictional, real)? Why?

I’m not sure whether this question was asking for one from each category or clarifying that we could pick from any of the above, so I’m going to interpret it as the former because that’s more fun 😜

Living: I’ve gotten to hear Maggie Stiefvater and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) speak in person, which is probably as close to meeting my author-heroes as I’m comfortable with? But I’d love to meet fellow Asian-American content creators Anna Akana, Arden Cho, Jaiden Animations, or Eugene Lee Yang from The Try Guys. I’m also a really big fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Bob Morley (Bellamy Blake from The 100), and David Tennant (Crowley, DI Alec Hardy, Kilgrave, The 10th Doctor, etc, etc, etc), plus I hear they’re all absolutely lovely people IRL.

Um. If I could only meet one, I’d probably go with Jaiden just because I think we have the most in common, which makes her the least intimidating. We can be awkward together.

Dead: Shakespeare seems pretty cool.

Fictional: I’ve already mentioned Blue Sargent, and in past posts I’ve talked about how much I relate to Cath Avery and Magnus Bane. Take your pick; I’d honestly be delighted to meet pretty much any YA protagonist or major supporting character.

[for Real, see Living/Dead]

my nominees

(I know way more than 11 lovely bloggers deserving of this award, so these are people I didn’t nominate in my last award post.)

CloSamKalSophLaurenAimeeRainOliviaCharviAlysJeimy

My Questions

  1. Would you rather experience a favorite series as if it were the first time, or receive early access to your most anticipated upcoming release with no review obligations?
  2. Do you seek out spoilers or avoid them at all costs?
  3. If you could arrange a meeting between any two characters from different books (or series), who would you pick and why?
  4. Name a book that exceeded your initial expectations.
  5. Take any of your favorite books and explain the plot badly.
  6. You get to compile a short story anthology with up to eight authors. Who do you invite, and what is the shared theme/motif?
  7. What makes you feel better on a bad day?
  8. Do you have any reading quirks / interesting habits?
  9. If you could be pen pals with any fictional character, who would you pick and why?
  10. What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
  11. Pick one of your favorite books (or series) and create a fitting ice cream flavor. What is it called, what does it look like, and how does it taste?

If you want to answer any of my questions in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you regardless of whether you were on the somewhat arbitrary list above!

19 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award #2

  1. Ok I’m not gonna be posting this on my blog because I’ve been tagged for this award many a time already. HOWEVER I shall bless your comments Izzy with my answers instead ❤

    1) Would you rather experience a favorite series as if it were the first time, or receive early access to your most anticipated upcoming release with no review obligations?

    I think I’d rather experience my favourite series as if it were the first time, The Infernal Devices and I have a strong loving relationship and I can still vividly remember the first time I read them. I read the first two, started book 3 and cause I have a bad reading habit of reading the back page before finishing the book I read THE ENTIRE EPILOGUE WHEN THE BACK PAGE MADE NO SENSE. I cried, practically threw the book onto the shelf and it stayed there for an ENTIRE year before I picked it up and read it properly. I cried all over again at the epilogue and every reread since I cry at the ending.

    2) Do you seek out spoilers or avoid them at all costs?

    Depends, with books I don’t usually mind, it does hugely depend on the book and who its by. For instance anything by Chloe Neill I’d rather not get spoiled With movies/tv shows I willingly spoil myself haha

    3) If you could arrange a meeting between any two characters from different books (or series), who would you pick and why?

    Inej and Rhys….I just think it’d be really funny to see Inej get tired of Rhys being a flirt and she’d probably attempt to murder him several times.

    4) Name a book that exceeded your initial expectations.

    If we’re talking this year Frostblood by Elly Blake, I had pretty high expectations for this book but it came through and exceeded them.

    5) Take any of your favorite books and explain the plot badly.

    A Clockwork Angel: There’s a love triangle, these demon hunter people and an evil person they need to defeat. (was that bad enough?)

    6) You get to compile a short story anthology with up to eight authors. Who do you invite, and what is the shared theme/motif?

    Erm I’m not sure which authors I’d pick but the theme would probably be diverse fantasy/urban fantasy because I’d be down to read short stories with that theme.

    7) What makes you feel better on a bad day?

    The discord group chat ❤

    8) Do you have any reading quirks / interesting habits?

    I dunno probably, I mean I bubble wrap my signed/special editions and plop them under my bookcases. I suppose that’s a quirk haha

    9) If you could be pen pals with any fictional character, who would you pick and why?

    Merit from Chicagoland Vampires. I’d love to hear about what’s been going down in the Cadogon House and what’s happening with her friends etc. It’d be great.

    10) What’s the hardest thing about blogging?

    Finding energy to create graphics for the featured images which I like and am happy with. coughs I’m currently thinking about redoing them.

    11) Pick one of your favorite books (or series) and create a fitting ice cream flavor. What is it called, what does it look like, and how does it taste?

    American Panda….Hot Chocolate flavour ice cream with marshmallows mixed into it.

    Sorry for the super long comment Izzy but I really wanted to answer your questions and since I’m not doing a post you get them in your comments ❤

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  2. Yes to Inkheart, omg, yessss. Also, I feel really happy because I just bought The Night Circus last week so I feel like I have great things in store for me when I read it. Can we just talk about how ebooks are the best for space-saving and don’t’ get enough love? Same with audiobooks lol

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  3. Maltida sure has been someone to fall back upon and to read of every time I felt down when I was younger.
    Ohh, and I really loved Meggie too!
    I think Fangirl is the book I have read the most times as well, I have a tendency to pick it up around Dec/Jan almost every year since it just feels so cosy and warm and I just don’t know why, but it sort of feels like home.

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    1. Fangirl might have become a little less exciting to me since I’ve started college and largely fallen out of fandom, but when I do pick it up, it never fails to give me warm fuzzy feelings! I totally feel you, it’s such a wonderfully comforting read.

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