The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged by Heidi at This Is My Bookshelf Blog, thank you so much! These are some great questions, so lets get straight into it.

The Rules: 

  • Thank the person 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.

So here we go!

What’s your most recent 5* read?

At the time of writing, this was Scythe by Neal Shusterman.  Oh man, I loved that book!

Tell me about a book you loved, which was outside of your comfort zone (for example a genre you don’t usually pick up)

I dont read a lot outside my comfort zone to be honest! A book I was suprised to enjoy as much as I did was The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt as I don’t love historical fiction?  But I trust in the Book Box Club girls, and I’m glad I did!

What’s a series which showed a promising start, but let you down in the end? It can be one you finished, or one you gave up on.

Ooh.  I’m not sure I’d count it as given up completely, but Jasper Fforde’s books, though I am specifically thinking of the Thursday Next books.  I adored the first four, and liked the next couple, but it was definitely getting more strange, and I’m not actually sure if I’ve read the most recent one.  I’d have to pick them back up if I wanted to read them now.  I’m also just sad it’s been so long since he published anything, and I am dying for a sequel to Shades of Grey.

Tell me about an underrated book.

Well. I could name so many! Recently I read The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko and haven’t seen anyone else talking about it, which is a shame!  Also Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, or the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka, which I also don’t see people talk about much.  They’re all fab.  The first two have reviews up, so go there to see more about them. The Alex Verus series is set in London and is about a probability mage and his troubles, and I would definitely recommend to fans of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books.

What authors/books did you love as a child?

Anything by Enid Blyton! I devoured her books.  Intially the Famous Five series, obviously (and the Five are massively superior to the Seven and I will fight you if you disagree lol!!), but also her Adventure series and the Secret series.  Plus Malory Towers, St Clares… You get the idea!

Have you always had a love of reading? If not, when did it begin?

Yes.  Or at least as far back as I remember.  I come by it honestly, as my Mum loves books too, and I have been known to steal books from my Grandma!  Though I will say I remember reading a lot as a teen, but less so as time moved on.  In 2014 I set myself a goal to read more as I noticed I was reading more online but fewer real books.  I think my target was 30? And I only just made it! I read that in January this year! So obviously currently reading more than ever!!

What’s a TV series and/or film you recently loved?

Haha, how much time do you have? So TV wise, my favourites currently airing are the DC show (Arrow, Flash etc), Killjoys and Wynnona Earp.  All time favs are Leverage and Veronica Mars, which I highly recommend.  Movie wise, I mostly only manage to go see Marvel movies at the cinema, and recently is no different.  But I do definitely recommend Black Panther, it is AMAZING.

Do you ever read a book and have an actor firmly in mind to play one of the characters? If so, can you give an example?

Not really.  I read quite fast and don’t tend to picture items, places or people as I do.  Occasionally I do, but not often.  And especially not with people – I often miss desciptions early on lol!!

Describe the plot of your last read in one sentence.

A photophobic girl discovers a magical ice world where she can go outside without worrying about light.

Is there a person from history you’d like to read a fictional novel about?

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, so I don’t know that I’d read that book lol! However, last year I saw (and then read!) Hidden Figures which is a non fiction account of the black female mathematicians at NASA during the time of the space race.  I’d like to see more fictional books like that I think – female scientists, especially little known ones.  But also fictional ones! There’s not enough scientists. 😀

Are there any books you loved when you first read, but think you may not like if you read them for the first time today?

Oh so many.  I’m scared to re-read some.  My opinions on books do change through time.  For example, I loved Snape as I was reading Harry Potter.  Even after the series was finished, but now I’m older I find him more problematic.  I didn’t love him for those reasons, but it does make me love him less.  Though that will never put me off HP!  I was also worried about this when I reread To Kill A Mockingbird, and I liked it but not as much.  I think I wouldn’t love a lot of the books I enjoyed before I discovered YA again (or at least before I got into it in a big way).  I used to read a lot of crime and thrillers, and I still like them but I notice poor writing more than I used to.  So I worry about books like the Tempe Brennan series by Kathy Reichs, which I really enjoyed, but didn’t love her latest one (Two Nights, different series) at all.  And anything I read and loved while at uni or similar, especially if I’ve not gone back to that author since.

My Questions

  1. What’s your most recent 5* read?
  2. Do you have an all time favourite book? Tell me about it.
  3. What’s the series or author you’ve been reading longest?
  4. What’s your most recent book let down?
  5. What’s your favourite thing about book blogging?
  6. What’s your favourite non reading activity?
  7. If you could change anything in a book, what book would you pick and what would you change?
  8. Is there a series you didn’t rate originally but stuck with and grew to love?
  9. What’s your favourite and least favourite book adaptations to TV or movie?
  10. Where do you read? And do you drink or eat while reading?
  11. What was the last book you had recommended to you? And what was the last one you recommended to someone else?

Whew, that was hard coming up with all those.  I kept the first one, as I love talking about recent brilliant reads 🙂

I nominate…

And anyone else who wants to have a go at answering my questions!

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