Posted in Book & Blogger Awards

The Sunshine Blogger Award #2 & 3

I was nominated for another Sunshine Blogger Award by Andie @ Andrea’s Nirvana back in June, and then recently by Regina @ Bookish In Bed. Thank you both so much for nominating me!! I love both of you, and your blogs, dearly!! Seriously, go check both of them out right now 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger 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/or on your blog.

Andie’s Questions

1: What’s your latest 5 star read and one thing you liked about it? 

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My latest 5 star read was Educated by Tara Westover! I really loved the way that she was fairly objective about all of the horrible things she experienced during her childhood, leaving me room to be really upset on her behalf! I might have screamed at this book just a little bit…and that’s how you know it’s good!

2: How do you organize your bookshelves?

Most of my bookshelves are organized by genre, and then alphabetically by title within that genre. My TBR bookshelf is organized by 1) size, 2)hardback/paperback, 3)books from subscription boxes, 4)non-fiction, and 5)ARCs. It might look unorganized, but I understand my own madness, and that’s what counts 😉

3: Print, e-book, or audiobook? Why? 

All 3!! I tend to try to have one of each going at any given time. This way, I am able to have access to one of the books I am reading, no matter where I am or what I am doing.

4: What is your favorite bookish post to write? 

I do tend to really enjoy doing Tags. Also, doing the WWW Wednesday posts have really helped me to stay on top of what I’m reading, so writing those are fun simply because it kicks my butt into gear!

5: Dream reading nook?

Ooh, a room with wall-to-wall built-in bookcases with a large and comfy window seat. Also, there should be a huge, comfy chair I could curl up in.

6: How much does it take you to read, say, 100 pages? 

I’m assuming this means how long does it take me to read 100 pages…and it really depends on the book. If it is a book I’m really enjoying, I could read that much in no more than an hour. If it is a book that I am struggling through, it could take me days.

7: Do you prefer series or stand-alones at the moment? 

I’ve been in a bit of a stand-alone groove for the past month or so. I just finished up reading all of the books in the Shadowhunters universe, so I think it has put me off series for a bit. That might be part of why I’m struggling with getting through Dragonfly in Amber right now…ooh, interesting, I’m learning so much about myself haha

8: How do you deal with reading slumps? 

I deal with this in one of two ways. I either completely stop reading and spend a lot of time playing Sims 4 or binging YouTube videos -or- I read some really mindless chick lit that I can fly through super fast to give me a kickstart.

9: How many books are you currently reading?

As per my answer to a prior question, I’m reading three books right now. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon on my e-reader, The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan on audiobook, and My Lady Jane in print.

10: Does it come easy for you to unhaul books?

It really depends on my mood. If I’m feeling especially sentimental, then no. If I’m in a “let’s get rid of all the things!!” mood, then I can unhaul quite a few. Getting my husband to agree to letting me get rid of said books is a whole other story 😉

11: Fave Booktubers? 

My favorites are:

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A Clockwork Reader

Little Book Owl

PeruseProject

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Regina’s Questions

1: If you could meet any author who would you meet? 

Well, if we are talking any author, living or dead, I would certainly say Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson, but also J.K. Rowling, Sherryl Jordan, Cassandra Clare, and Jenny Colgan.

2: What is the last book you regretted buying? 

I honestly can’t think of any.  🤷🏻‍♀️

3: If you had the chance to write a book with any author who would you pick? 

I definitely have to choose Sherryl Jordan. She just has such a magical way of writing, and I feel like she would totally get me out of my little box.

4: What book made a really big impact on you? 

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So many! How can I choose just one?! I guess I’ll go with my most recent one which would be The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel. If you want to read my review of this amazing book, click here.

5: Where is your favorite place to read?

I tend to read in my office for the most part, but I also read in bed quite a bit.

6: If you could turn any book into a movie, what book would you pick? 

 

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My answer to this question will always and forever be Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan.

7: Which bookish character do you look up to and why?

I have always looked up to Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I love how she is a completely flawed character, but she eventually realizes this and owns up to it, and then makes steps to change. I find this incredibly admirable, and I want to be her when I grow up 🙂

8: If you could live the life as any character who would you pick and why? 

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I actually think it would be really fun to live the life of Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries! You get to learn to be a princess and you get to date Michael Moscovitz – what could be better?!

9: Would you ever get a bookish tattoo or do you already have one? What would you get? 

I do not have one, and I probably won’t get one. But, if I were to get one, I would probably get either the Deathly Hallows symbol or a quote from Pride and Prejudice in fancy cursive.

10: You’re only allowed to read one more book and that’s it, what book do you pick?

I answered something similar in a tag in the past, and I’m going to cheat a little and pick the anthology of all of Jane Austen’s works 😉


Nominations:

Bree | Maxi | Luna | Destiny | Leslie | Kathy | Kristin | Priyasha | Kay | Noriko | Marie

My Questions:

1: If you were transformed into a magical creature, what would you want to be?

2: What time of day do you get the most reading done?

3: How do you come up with new and creative blog content?

4: What author have you been a fan of the longest?

5: What is the longest series that you have ever finished?

6: If you had to choose a world from literature to be plopped down into, which would you choose?

7: How do you choose what to read next?

8: What was the last book you bought?

9: Do you have any books that you used to love, but now you don’t?

10: What is your favorite thing to do, other than reading?

11: Who would be your book bestie?

 


If you would like to see my answers to the last time I received this award, you can click here!

What do you think of my answers above? Do we have anything in common? I would love to know, so let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,

Posted in Monthly Wrap-Ups

Monthly Wrap-Up: May

 

Monthly Wrap Up

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up! May was a bit of a slower reading month for me. I only finished eight books, but I finished a majority of the books I had planned out for the month, so that seems like a win to me!

Books I Read:

 

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Bullied to Death by Judith A. Yates (REVIEW) (3.5 Stars)

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (4 Stars)

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (review coming soon) (4 Stars)

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (5 Stars)

The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown (4 Stars)

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (review coming soon) (5 Stars)

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (5 Stars)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (4 Stars)

(Disclaimer: All of the above are affiliate links to Amazon, and when you purchase a book through one, I will receive a small commission. Just FYI 🙂 ) 

As I said earlier, it was a bit of a slower reading month for me, but it was a quality reading month. My lowest rating was 3.5 Stars, which is pretty great. So, while I read less, the quality was high, and that is the most important thing, don’t you think?


Things I Posted:

Monthly Wrap-Up: April

Book Review: Ready Player One + Interview with Gaming Aficionado

WWW Wednesday: May 9, 2018

The Liebster Award: Discovering New Blogs

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

WWW Wednesday: May 16, 2018

April Subscription Boxes: OwlCrate and LitJoy Crate

Book Review: The Favorite Sister

WWW Wednesday: May 23, 2018

Awesome Blogger Award

Book Review: Bullied to Death

WWW Wednesday: May 30, 2018

 

I started doing WWW Wednesday posts this month, and I’ve really been enjoying it. It is definitely keeping me more accountable. I think doing three posts a week is working well for me right now. I just started a new job, which will give me a few more days a week off, so I might potentially add another day to my posting schedule. I’ll have to think about it…thoughts?


Getting Personal:

May was a pretty big month for me! I went to the Renaissance Festival with my husband and my friends Lori and Cole. I had lots of fun movie nights with several of my friends. My husband, Nathan, and I became official members of our church. I had my monthly tea party that I host at my house.

Most importantly, I quit my job at Barnes & Noble. I worked there for three years, made some great memories and some even greater friends. But, it was time to move on. I will definitely miss a lot of things about working in a bookstore (the discount on books being a major one 😉 ), but I am excited to start my new job. I am working in a flower shop, where I will be learning the art of arranging flowers! I am super excited for this opportunity, and can’t wait to see how it challenges me 🙂

 


My June TBR Pile:

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Regular Reads:

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

NetGalley ARCS:

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 

The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson 

 

I have a lot of NetGalley ARCS for books that are being published during the month of June, so I need to get on those ASAP!! As for the other titles, I’ve been meaning to read Suitors and Sabotage for a while. I just finished Lady Midnight, and am anxious to start on Lord of Shadows. Olivia Twist is the book that I received in the May Once Upon a Bookclub box this month, and I am planning to follow the reading plan they sent, so that I can open up the packages on their schedule.


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? What about the books on my TBR for June? Let me know down in the comments! 

 

Love and happy reading,

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