The Picky Bookworm

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

Thank you so much to A Bookish Chick for nominating me for this award! I’m so excited that I got tagged! Be sure to check out A Bookish Chick, because she’s so sweet!

What is a Sunshine Blogger?

This award is given to the bloggers who spread sunshine to everyone they can, while being creative and positive. These bloggers are a dream in the blogging community. Now you understand why I’m so excited that I got tagged!

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.

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!


10 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 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.

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