The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks The Geekish Brunette for nominating me for this award! Head on over to her blog (via the link above) and check her awesome reviews and posts! I got so super excited when I saw that I was nominated for something on the blogosphere, so I don’t know why it has taken me so long to respond to this nomination! It’s not that I didn’t want to, I think for some reason I’ve just been intimidated (I know I’m weird)?! Like, do I have 11 blogging buddy/friends that I can nominate? But that weirdness has passed and now I’m just excited to do this. So… HERE WE GO!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


  • Thank the blogger(s) 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.

1.) What book has had the biggest impact on your life?

Wow, talk about starting it off with one of the toughest questions to answer! You’re killing me, Joanna! 😂 Lol it’s so hard to pick just one book, so I’m going to go with the first one that comes to mind and that’s Persuasion by Jane Austen. I read it at one of the lowest points in my life and I was feeling 100% hopeless. I picked Persuasion up on a whim and it basically ended up being my therapy. I screamed, I cried, and then I laughed and felt a spark of hope again. It helped me move on.

2.) What was your last book hangover?

My last book hangover was probably Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Robertson. Lucky for me it was only a *very minor* hangover, but I still wondered what to do with myself and what book I should pick next after finishing that one. I’ve been working on pushing myself through book hangovers this year and so far, I’m doing pretty alright! *knock wood*

3.) Favorite book quote and why?

Again with the tough questions! LOL I’m going to pick just one out of many favorites:

“It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”

Invictus – William Ernest Henley

I struggled a lot (and still do) with self-confidence which greatly affected my mental health. That doubt meant I let people make decisions for my life that led me down paths that I wish I hadn’t taken. When I first read this poem it knocked me off-kilter and reminded me that I am the person in charge of myself, not anybody else–I’m my captain and master. I know that sounds totally cheesy, but it really pushed me to take charge of my life and even if I go down a difficult path, it’s because of my decisions and not someone else’s.

4.) What is your favorite color and what book cover best shows it off?

My favorite color is anything pastel (seriously). I recently saw this cover edition for Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and it’s so stunning. I already have the physical book but I would honestly just buy this edition because it’s SO gorgeous (I’m trying to be good though lol).

5.) Favorite book boyfriend/book girlfriend?

THERE ARE SO MANY but right now it’s Leon Twomey from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. He’s so sweet & caring. I love how he respects Tiffy and is so considerate of her history.

6.) Do you prefer standalone or series?

I prefer standalones more because 1) less time crying into my pillow waiting for the next book to come out and 2) less money spent trying to get all the books (kinda looking at you Maas with ToG)! Waiting around for the next book in a series is always torture.

7.) Who is your favorite villain and why?

I rarely like villains but if I had to choose I’d say Holland Vosijk from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. He’s so evil through the whole series, and honestly I hated him for so much of it, but by the end of the series I really couldn’t help feeling sorry for him and everything that he experienced. It changed him completely in the worst way and it’s just heartbreaking.

8.) Do you like morally grey characters?

Sometimes? If they’re anything like Victor from Vicious then it’s a definite yes! Because it’s just fun to experience their skewed compasses and most of the time they’re not necessarily evil just… slightly gone astray? 😂

9.) What got you into reading?

I started reading trying to escape bullies when I was in middle school. They never ventured into the library though so that’s where I found myself 90% of the time, getting lost in worlds that took me out of my discomfort and anxiety. So really, I have to thank you, bullies!

10.) Favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

Hmm… I really tend to not watch movies based on books I’ve read because I don’t want to be disappointed, so I’m not sure I really have an appropriate answer for this one. That said, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit are some of my all time favorite movies although I haven’t read the LOTR books… but I’m making that count! Lol

11.) What is your least favorite book genre?

Horror. I am a total chicken. I just can’t do it. The ghosty supernatural thing is just not my jam! Give me anything else and I’ll work through it and gladly. But it’s a big fat no to the supernatural lol

My Questions:

1) What is your favorite book genre?
2) What book do you wish would be made into a TV series/movie?
3) You need to escape your house (for some reason) and can only bring 3 books in your bag. What books would you take?
4) Why did you start a book blog?
5) What was your last 5-star read and why?
6) What’s a destination you want to visit because of a book you read?
7) If you could read any book again for the first time, which book would it be and why?
8) Do you read books in another language? If yes, what language?
9) Which fictional character do you think is most like you?
10) Which fictional world would you most like to visit or live in and why?
11) What popular book and/or author do you hate?

I nominate*:

A Little Haze Book Blog | Our Book Boyfriends | Sometimes Leelynn Reads | Shaunna Reads |
A Wicked Reader | Readingtonic | Perfectly Tolerable | Book Haven | Mani’s Book Corner |
Lost in Storyland | A Court of Coffee and Books

*If you’re totally not into doing book tags and all these sorts of nomination things, please don’t feel pressured to do so 🙂

26 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Fabulous post Dini! Loving your answers. I’m definitely a standalones type of girl too. I don’t have the patience for long series lol! And thank you so much for the tag and nomination ❤ I look forward to doing it myself. :))

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    • You’re welcome, Leelynn! I love your blog posts and our discussions 🙂 Saw that you already made your post too — I’m so impressed hahaha it took me ages to finally get to this. Loved your answers 💕


  2. Congrats on the nomination! I think Sorcery of thorns looks so good!! And that’s awesome about Persuasion!

    I think it’s interesting how bullying and similar things had so much to do with many people discovering reading. It’s too bad it has to be that way though!

    Ooh and thanks for nominating me as well! Have a great weekend 🙂

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    • I would 100% recommend Sorcery of Thorns. It’s so beautiful and took me by surprise by how much I loved it. I didn’t dislike anything about it lol 😂

      It is really sad that bullying and the like has a lot to do with how people discovering reading when they were younger. Makes me sad for everyone that has gone through that. But I think… At least for me, it made me love reading even more and it made me stronger knowing that I had somewhere to find comfort.

      Have a great weekend too, Greg! Looking forward to reading your answers if you decide to do it 🙂


  3. Thank you so much for nominating me! 💙 Reading your answers to everything was fun and I can’t wait to answer your questions. 😊
    The quote that you included is so powerful! Poetry really has a way of hitting you hard.
    Oh my gosh I’ve loved Holland since he was first introduced!! You’ve got me wanting to reread that series now.
    And ooh I like morally grey characters and Victor too. They’re just so complex and even though they do bad things, I can always understand why and sometimes side with them lol.
    I’m so sorry that you were bullied, kids can be so cruel. But it’s good that it turned you into a reader.
    The Lord of the Rings movies are so amazing!

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