Thank you to the lovely Katie @ Read with Katie for tagging me in the Sunshine Blogger Award! I can’t seem to find out who created this award, so if anyone knows, please leave a comment so I can credit them!
- Thank the person 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.
What made you start a book blog? Now that you’re a book blogger, is it different to what you thought it would be?
I’ve had a couple of blogs in the past, a personal one and another when I sold crafts on Etsy, so I’ve always loved blogging and the community, but the book blog community is like no other! I’m entering Pitch Wars next month with my first novel and I really wanted somewhere I could share my writing journey, as well as my love of books. Honestly, it’s completely different than I expected it to be! I didn’t think anyone would read my posts and I’d be sitting here in a lonely corner of the interwebs writing my posts and sending them into the void. But, I’ve made so many blogging friends in the last ten months, I’ve got over 250 followers (how did that happen??!) and my favourite posts are tags and memes, and reading everyone’s different answers. It’s been better than I ever imagined.
Do you read eBooks and listen to audiobooks?
I’m obsessed with audiobooks, but I haven’t read any ebooks yet. I have downloaded a few from NetGalley, so I really need to get to those after I finish my library books.
Are you participating in any other yearly reading challenges apart from the Goodreads challenge?
No, just the Goodreads challenge, mine’s set at 36 and I’m slightly ahead at the moment. I’m taking part in a few buddy reads with my Goodreads groups too, to keep me on track as life is really busy at the moment!
Do you participate in readathons?
No, I wish I had the time for readathons! The only time I get chance to read several books in a week is on holiday.
Where do you purchase the majority of your books?
Sadly, Amazon. We live in a rural area without any nearby bookshops, although I do occasionally also buy from the supermarket. Is that worse? Either way, I’ve started using the local library more to save money and it’s a brilliant resource. I’d rather borrow books I want to read but probably not reread or keep.
Do you unhaul books?
I do! I’ve had a few major clear outs recently as we’ve moved house, and a couple of years ago I started a Book Exchange at work, so I take any books I don’t want anymore to work, and every six months I take the books no one wants to the charity shop.
Do you have a book buying budget/rules for book buying?
Not really, I tend to buy a few at a time to save on postage, usually when I’m about to go on holiday. I only really buy paperbacks, unless I’m desperate for a new release, as they’re cheaper. I try to ban myself from buying any more books if I still have several unread books on my shelf, but I never can resist a new release by my favourite author or a long-awaited sequel.
How long, on average, does it take for you to finish one book?
I am such a slow reader! It takes me a couple of weeks of reading for an hour a night to finish a book. I wish I had more time to read, but with work, writing and my dog and husband I’m kept pretty busy! When I’m on holiday I can read a book in a couple of days (I’ve never finished a book in one day). If I’m honest, I like to savour and enjoy books rather than rush through them, I try to put off finishing the really good ones.
Do you underline and mark-up your books?
I don’t write or highlight or anything like that inside my books, but I am a page dog-earer. Bookmarks just slip out too easily…
Do you create TBR’s? If you do, are you good at sticking with them?
I do, but I’m pretty terrible at sticking to them. I’ll borrow books I come across at the library and prioritise them because they need to go back, I’ll receive a new Illumicrate (check out my unboxings here and here) and immediately add those books to my pile. Basically, my TBR is a hot mess and I have so many unread books languishing on the bookcase waiting to be loved.
What are your favourite blog posts to write?
These kinds of posts, awards, tags, memes etc. have become my absolute favourite to read and write. Book reviews are harder than I expected! And coming up with other types of content can be time consuming, but getting tagged feels like an enormous compliment and gives me a pre formatted post to share, as well as letting me discover other bloggers and make new friends.
I’m just going to nominate a few people and anyone else is welcome to nab this award and tag me in your post!
- Sophie @ Blame Chocolate
- Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books
- Sarah @ Between the Pages
- Shouni @ Through the Book Portal
- Riona O’Inabha
My questions for you are…
- Which book or series sums up your childhood?
- What song takes you back to a book you were reading at the time, or reminds you of a specific scene?
- Which ship reminds you of yourself and your partner or BFF?
- What’s your favourite book to movie/TV adaptation? (Even if you haven’t read the book)
- Which Hogwarts house are you in? (Hufflepuff fo life!)
- Do you consider yourself more of a leading man/lady, quirky best friend or villain? Why?
- Tell us a joke!
- Bookish candles or literary tote bags?
- If you have siblings, which fictional characters are they like? If not, which characters would you love to have family dinners with?
- Your favourite book is out of print and you have one of the only copies. Your crush wants to borrow it, do you let them?
- If you were stranded on a desert island, which one book would you want to have with you and which one author would you want for company? (No e-readers, you cheats!)
Have fun, folks!