Thank you so much to my lovely friend Silvia for tagging me in the Sunshine Blogger Award! ❤
If y’all don’t follow her, go do that now because she’s wonderful and has a quality blog!
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
- List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.
1. What’s one book you don’t often talk about, but it was important to you at one point of your life?
THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton. I’ve always loved reading, but it’s one of the ones that really catapulted me to the level I’m at today and is one of the first books I found myself rereading over and over again. But I don’t really talk about it much because it’s kind of a bittersweet memory when you look at the book through contemporary eyes, and also the fact that Hinton is anti-queer (she blocked me on Twitter for saying fans can headcanon Ponyboy and Johnny together if they want lmfao) and racist.
2. If given the chance to live only one day in the setting of one of your favorite books, where would you go?
I’d probably want to just hang out with the characters of a contemporary book I love, because I know myself well enough to know I’m not nearly equipped to survive in many of the fantasy or sci-fi worlds.
3. What’s one thing you’d change about your favorite book?
I’m going to choose a different favorite book because I have so many, so for this one, I’ll do RAFE by Rebekah Weatherspoon.
Let me start off by saying that this book is *Mary Poppins voice* practically perfect in every way. Honestly, the only thing I would change would be taking Drew out of the picture completely. He’s horrible to Sloan and is appalling when it comes to the children, especially in the circumstances that happen at the end of the book. (No spoilers!)
4. Is there any kind of adaptation for your favorite book, like a movie or a series? If not, what kind of adaptation would you want it to have, if any?
For this one, I’m going to use A GIRL LIKE HER by Talia Hibbert!
There’s currently no adaptation for this book, or the rest of the series, but I would love for one to be developed! I’d love a Netflix show with multiple seasons, showing different scenes from the books and how they intertwine. Gah, it could be so amazing!
5. Is there one book you read even though it was definitely outside of your comfort zone and became one of your favorite books?
HIS COCKY VALET by Cole McCade! Though I love X’s writing under both the Cole penname and under Xen and bought this book immediately, I admit to being a bit hesitant about the mutual codependency/consensual codependency. Because while I trust X so much in his writing, it’s something I hadn’t really read before this book so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. Turns out, it really worked for me because X did a fabulous job of building up the consent and the fact that it was mutual, something they both wanted.
Also, with this book, I was a little nervous about the light humiliation kink because I’ve only read a few authors who write it in a way that doesn’t make it uncomfortable, but X did that wonderfully as well, and I ended up giving the book 5 stars.
6. Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, why?
I do! I didn’t for a long time because it’s hard for me to concentrate on them, especially when I’m doing something else, because my brain tends to send music and voices to the background when I’m concentrating. However, recently I’ve been listening to the audio of OUT OF FOCUS by L.A. Witt when I’ve been driving home from work, and I’ve found that it’s a lot easier for me to focus on the words that are being read when I’m driving.
And, I recently signed up for an Audible membership when they had a deal running, so I’ve gotten a bunch of books and I’m excited to listen to more!
7. Who is your favorite villain?
I’m not sure I can say I have a favorite villain, but I really enjoyed Maram from MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud. Because she’s brutal and vicious, but she’s more complex than mere cruelty. She’s like this because of the people she grew up around and learning to protect herself by attacking first, before the other person can get close and hurt you. Does that excuse her? Certainly not. But it makes her an interesting character to me because there’s so many different facets to her.
8. You can only keep one genre: fantasy or contemporary?
First of all, this is rude.
But I’d keep contemporary.
9. Describe one random book exclusively in emojis/gifs/memes without naming it.
10. Do you listen to music while you read?
Sometimes! I generally like to have something going in the background, whether it’s music or a tv show or movie.
11. Think of your most favorite character from a book: in what relationship would you want to be with them? Are they your love interest, your best friend, your child?
The first to come to mind is Daniel Bellamy, also known as Bellzie, from Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale’s HAT TRICK trilogy, and while I jokingly call him my husband all the time, I think if we knew each other in person, he and I would be good friends (maybe best friends!) rather than romantic partners.
I haven’t read his book yet as Piper and Avon are currently writing it, but he’s got a level of sweetness to him that is difficult for me to picture as a complementary romantic partner for me, who is always grumpy and snarky. Much as I love the grumpy person/sunshine person trope in books, I don’t think it would work for me in real life!
(Also, I’m not generally romantically or sexually attracted to cis men and he is one, so *frowny face*.)
1. If you could change the genre of one of your favorite books, which book would you pick, which genre, and why?
2. Do you read graphic novels? Why or why not?
3. What’s one book you read that was hyped up so much by other people, yet you were disappointed when you read it?
4. What’s the last book you rated five (5) stars, and why did you love it so much?
5. When rating a book three (3) stars, do you consider that a bad or good rating? Or neither? Show your work!
6. Share five (5) of your favorite tropes and recommend at least one book to go with each trope!
7. If you worked in a library and were asked to recommend three (3) YA fantasy books, which would you choose and why?
8. Which books are your most anticipated for the rest of 2019?
9. Share one author who you think is underrated/underhyped and which book of theirs you think someone should start with to get the best feel for the author’s style.
10. Alpha males or beta males? Why?
11. What is your GoodReads goal for 2019?