The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Sunshine Blogger Award Tag

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who spread sunshine through the blogging community, while being creative and positive. I’m so excited that A Bookish Chick and Cozy With Books nominated me for this award! I’m so excited that I got tagged! Be sure to check out both these bloggers, because they’re both amazing!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award, and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award, and write 11 questions to ask them.
  • List the rules and display the award in your blog post!

The Questions

  • What made you become a book blogger?

I’ve started so many different types of blogs, in so many different niches, and always felt like I would run out of material. When I decided to start The Picky Bookworm, it was mainly out of a desperation to find a blog niche for which I would have ready-made material forever. I mean, the world will never run out of books.

When I discovered how awesome the book community is, and has been to me, I’m convinced I made the right choice, and will probably keep my blog alive as long as you guys will have me.

  • What is your favorite post to write?

I’m honestly not sure. I love them all! I love doing my “Meet the Author” posts, because one of the reasons I love my book blog so much is getting to meet and highlight so many awesome writers and authors.

I definitely enjoy writing book reviews, because I’m highly opinionated, and telling people what I think in an honest and kind way is super fun to me.

  • If you could recommend one book, what would it be?

Oh heavens, you didn’t make these questions easy, did you?

Probably the book that I feel I could recommend to anyone to enjoy, would be To Dream of White and Gold. This book has the adventure of a drama, but the world of a fantasy, and the storytelling is amazing.

I told my mom about this book, and she bought sight-unseen, which is rare; then she actually enjoyed it, which is even more rare! She’s way pickier than I am when it comes to books, so I feel like a book that she and I both enjoyed is a book anyone could enjoy.

  • Do you read multiple books at a time, or just one?

I usually have at least 2 books going, because I’m such a mood reader that feeling like I’m glued to one book until I finish it is torture. Lately, though, my book choices have been really great, so I’ve been able to read one book until I’m finished, because I’m always in the mood for it. The book I’m reading currently is so good I don’t think I could start another book and enjoy it, because I’d always be thinking about this one.

  • Who is your favorite author?

Michael Crichton, hands down. He has such a fun way of taking a scientific concept, and asking the question, “What if this all went to hell?” Then answering the question is a thrilling and fun way. What’s funny, is my favorite book by Michael Crichton is the least scientifically scary of all his books: Airframe.

  • Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Yes, I do. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your blog won’t be either. But as long as you have chosen a subject you find fun and are passionate about, you won’t feel like you’re working.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We’ve all been where you are, and the book community is one of the least judgmental places on planet earth, so we will help you when we can.

  • What are your favorite books that you’ve read this year?

Shadowless by Randall McNally

The Night Girl by James Bow

Oil and Water by Lara Dominick – I haven’t finished this book yet, but it’s easily one of my favorites of the year! I’ll link once I finish my review!

The Connection by David Billingsley

These are just a few, and they’re the ones I could think of on short notice. Please look in my Book Review category for all my book reviews. I write reviews for all the books I love, so they should all be there 🙂

  • What are your ups and downs about blogging?

My major “up” was the day I made my first affiliate sale. It was only 14 cents, but I felt like it was a million bucks! Book bloggers don’t make money the same way other bloggers do, so that was a big deal to me!

A “down” was probably about a month ago, my mental health took a hit because of some personal stuff, and I didn’t have a desire to read or write or anything. I ended up giving myself a week off from all of it, because I just couldn’t deal.

When I mentioned it on Twitter, so many people stood behind me and cheered me on anyway, giving me the permission I had a hard time giving myself to just take that time I needed for me.

  • Do you prefer the bookstore or library? Why?

I prefer the bookstore, because I’m SO bad about returning books! I don’t like feeling like I have a time limit on my reading. I want to be able to take my time, and if I want to switch to another book, I don’t want to feel guilty because I have to take a book back, and I didn’t have time to finish it.

Every once in a while, I will get a book from the library, but it’s rare. The last book I got was Bad Blood (you’ll see the date on when I wrote my review), and I only returned it to the library last week. So…..yeah. Bookstores for sure 🙂

  • Why do you love reading?

I can travel the world in a book. Anything is possible in a book. I can defy gravity on another planet, or travel in my dreams. I don’t have to be stuck in any one world. I can go anywhere. I can learn anything. I can be anybody.

Update!!

My friend Cozy over at Cozy With Books tagged me again for this award, so I wanted to update so I could answer her questions! Be sure to check out her blog! She’s so sweet!

  • If you could wipe your mind of one book/series, just so you can experience it for the first time again, what book/series would it be for?

I have to say The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. It was such a good series, but knowing how the series ends kind of puts a damper on it all, so I would love to read it again like I hadn’t read it before!

Of course, I wouldn’t be able to skip past the parts that made me gag, so that would be bad. 

  • Do you have a favorite book couple? Who are they?

I hope this isn’t too much of a spoiler alert, but Zoey and Stark from the House of Night series. She’s this super powerful vampyre fledgling, and he’s a full vampire warrior, but their dynamic is so great! How much they care about each other really jumps off the page. 

  • Pick your favorite book setting and then pick your favorite real life setting, What are they?

Book setting is probably the Island of Skye from the House of Night Series. I have so many, so this is actually a really hard question. But the way P.C. and Kristin describe the Island makes it sound just so beautiful. I would love to visit!

Real life setting is probably this place I was at in Guatemala when I was 10. The place we stayed was at the top of a hill, so out the back of the complex was just absolutely beautiful! I wish I still had pictures, because I can see it in my head so clearly right now.

  • If you could meet a character and interview them, what are your top three questions?

First, I would have to choose a character, right? That’s a really hard thing to figure out. I’ve read so many great ones recently! I think I’m going to choose Courtney Ramm from Eris Rising, the memoir I finished a couple days ago.  I would ask her:

                      1. What do you think happened to you for you to spend so much time in your relationship with                                          Marcus?

                      2. Have you worked with other women who had been in the same situation as you were with                                              Marcus, and what would you tell them?

                      3. If you could go back in time and not be with Marcus, would you? Even knowing you would                                          have your wonderful kids from your relationship?

  • If you favorite character was granted three genie wishes, what would they wish for?

I’m not sure I have a favorite character. I have so many people in books that I identify and relate with. Just so these answers will have a smidge of continuity, I’m going to choose Zoey from the House of Night series. I think her three wishes would be: 

          1. She would wish for a normal life. Since becoming Marked, her life has turned upside                                                       down, and I don’t think she ever really gets used to it. She would want normalcy, and all                                                 the other issues that come with it.

                      2. Zoey would wish for easy answers to things. She created so many problems for herself by                                                 looking for the most difficult answer to everything.

                      3. The third wish for Zoey would be invisibility. Not physical invisibility. I think she would                                                 like to be able to disappear into the world, and not be such a huge deal to everyone. 

  • If YOU had 3 bookish wishes, what would you wish for?

I want so badly to be able to run my blog full time, and have the time to read all day. I am trying to get a proofreading business going, so hopefully someday soon I’ll be able to do that. 

Having money to spend on books anytime I want them would be amazing! I love supporting my favorite indie authors, so being able to just hop over to Amazon and buy a book to support them would be so fun!

My third wish would be for a Beauty and the Beast type library. In fact, when I was in therapy a couple years ago, my “peaceful place” is a library type room, and my “container” room is library shelves, where I can hide bad experiences in books on the furthest shelf from the door. I guess you can say books are very important to me.

  • What is your favorite type of blog post?

I love, love, LOVE book reviews! Even if the book is one I won’t ever read (hello, romance books!), I love reading other bloggers’ thoughts on them. They also give me inspiration for my own book reviews. I think part of the reason my book reviews have evolved so much in the past months is because of all the inspiration my fellow bloggers give me. I couldn’t be more thankful for them!

  • Do you enjoy writing your posts in the morning or night?

My most productive time of day is between 10am and 2pm, so that’s usually when I get most of my writing done. Really, anytime before 5pm is the best time for me, because I can usually write a post on a break from work. 

  • Would your favorite book/series make for a good video game? How about a movie or TV show?

I think the House of Night series would make for a VERY good TV show! I heard several years ago that they were in talks to make one, but I haven’t heard anything rock solid.

I’ve said before that Little Women is my favorite book, but it’s already a movie, so I’m going to mention 2 other books that I think should be movies. Airframe by Michael Crichton and 24/7 by Jim Brown. Both have such good story lines that they would be amazing movies!

One book that I would also love to see made into a movie/series would be Shadowless by Randall McNally. I have so many ideas, that I wish production companies would write me for ideas every day. They would never be out of original ideas EVER, and we as movie goers wouldn’t have to deal with constant remakes and sequels.

  • You’re stuck in jail with the last character you read. What’re your chances of breaking out?

Hey, Zoey, we’re in jail! Can you use wind and fire to get us out? Really? Ok awesome!

Zoey from the House of Night series has power over all 5 elements: Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Spirit. I don’t think there’s a jail on earth that would be able to hold her.

  • What is your favorite genre to read?

I love fantasy and mystery. When those two genres are mixed together, like in the case of This Eternity of Masks and Shadows, it makes for a book I can’t put down!

Ok, so those are my questions. Now to the hard part….Who am I going to nominate? I will do my best to find 11 people, but my memory sucks about remembering blog names. So here goes:

Colleen’s Conclusions

Becky’s Book Blog

One Book More

My Bookish Banter

Jill’s Book Blog

Reading in Pajamas

Reading Reading Reading

A Bibliophile’s Book Blog

Kristin Kraves Books

The Inharmonious Heroine

I’m also going to “borrow” these same questions, because these were such great questions! I do need to add one, because one got duplicated 🙂

  1. What made you become a book blogger?
  2. What is your favourite post to write?
  3. If you could recommend one book what would it be?
  4. Do you read multiple books at a time or just one?
  5. Who is your favourite author?
  6. Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
  7. What are your favourite books that you’ve read this year?
  8. What are your the ups and downs about blogging?
  9. What is your favorite genre?
  10. Do you prefer book store or library and why?
  11. Why do you love reading ?

Until next time, bookworms!

 

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18 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award Tag!

  1. What fun! I’ve only recently found your blog, and I’m really enjoying it. You’re definitely a sunshine blogger to me!

    I’ve got a question. How do you develop your skill and craft as a book blogger/book reviewer? I’m happy to run my mouth about books now, but I feel certain I have room to improve!

    1. I read tons of other book bloggers, and I listen to podcasts (the NYT podcast is amazing) and I research on Pinterest. I’m constantly trying to improve as well. If you look at some of my older posts, you’ll see how much I’ve improved.

      The best thing you can do to improve? Keep doing it. Theres nothing like reading and writing to improve your reading and writing 🙂

      Thank you for your comment! That was such a good question!

      1. I just saw you followed my blog. Thank you! But it looks like you followed my old one. I’m now at http://bigfatfblog.wordpress.com. I did self-hosting for a bit, then went back to free when life happened in painful and nasty ways, and I had to change the name. I’m considering separating out a book blog – just trying to think of a name I like. At any rate, come see me at my current site!

  2. So many great answers , I totally agree on the book community being basically amazing will be checking out your recommendations.

  3. Those are some good interview questions too and I definitely feel you on the bookish wishes. I too wish I could run this blog on full time or have a book related side hustle. I’ve been thinking about getting into a proofreading side business too but that would involve doing a bit of studying first and sadly I don’t have much time for anything anymore 🙁
    I’ve heard amazing things about Dark Tower and it’s actually in my TBR once I take a look at a few other King books!
    Those answers are all awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

    1. I did enjoy these questions very much!

      Please let me know what you think of the dark tower books! I’ll give you a hint….I imagine Clint Eastwood when i imagine Roland. In my head, they look a lot alike.

      1. From what I have heard about Dark Tower? That looks like a spot on description!

      2. I was so sad when they made the movie and the Roland I kept imagining wasn’t the Roland I was seeing on the screen. I hope you enjoy the series! Please let me know how you are liking the series!

      3. Had this happen to Jack Reacher and Tom Cruise. I was NOT expecting that casting 🤦🏻‍♀️😅 I feel you!

      4. I never read the Jack Reacher books. But yeah, casting is really important to me. Like the Shadowhunters tv show? I spent so much time watching that show with my husband, and I yelled at the tv every 10 seconds lol.

    1. Totally! I’m not sure who I would have picked for Clary, though. I did think the show casted Alec and Magnus PERFECTLY. Everyone else was just kind of meh.

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