Sunshine Blogger Award Tag

img_0334Back in January Shell at Books By The Cup nominated me (and others) for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and now I finally have a chance to answer her excellent questions. The award is given from one blogger “to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.” Thanks for thinking of me, Shell!

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months and why?

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton, because he blew me away with his strength, forgiveness, and positivity in the face of unimaginable oppression.

What’s the worst book you’ve read and why?

I suppose this is in the last 6 months, not all time (which would be Billy Budd by Herman Melville because it pissed me off so badly when I had to read it in the 10th grade.) Hmmm… this is hard to answer because I don’t finish books I don’t really like. I did not care for Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker. That was my most recent DNF. It wasn’t the book for me, but I can see how some people would love it. It was just way too much information for me and I realized I didn’t actually care about wine to that level of detail.

What book have you read recently that’s outside your comfort zone?

51flpz8fm5lProbably A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. It’s a straight-up contemporary romance with steamy sexy parts in it. I haven’t read very many of those at all. But I really enjoyed it and found it to be smart and feminist with a page-turning plot.

What has blogging taught you about yourself and others?

It continually teaches me to stop comparing myself to others! (A very valuable life lesson for me.) It’s taught me to follow my OWN path and believe in who I am right now, just as I am. It has also taught me that book people are the smartest, most encouraging and compassionate people on the internet!

What format do you read the most in?

Paper books. I do not prefer to read on screens because I am in front of a computer at work all day, and I concentrate better reading than listening.

Why is reading an important part of your life?

Why is breathing an important part of my life? 😉 Reading provides me so much: knowledge, vicarious experience, empathy, escape, joy, fun, satisfaction, excitement… it truly is the thing I geek out the most about and the pursuit I can’t imagine my life without.

How many unread books do you have?

Ha! Well, I just did a recount for the #unreadshelfproject2019, and I have 63 unread books in paper or e-book form at my house.

What book would you reread every year (if you like to reread?)

Anything by Jane Austen or Barbara Pym.

What is the most memorable bookstore or library you’ve been to?

Toronto Public Reference Library

The Toronto Public Reference Library is so unique and HUGE!

What’s your favorite genre?

Mysteries and thrillers. I like mysteries on the more realistic side but not totally gruesome or disgusting.

What advice would you give a new blogger to improve conversation and engagement?

Find the blogs you enjoy reading the most and comment consistently on those. Don’t try to follow or comment on a million blogs. If a blogger doesn’t comment back regularly on your blog, then maybe you don’t need to expend a lot of energy on theirs in return. You will find your core group of bloggers over time, and they will bring you so much joy and good energy – and introduce you to so many interesting books!

I enjoyed answering these questions! I’m not going to tag anyone but here’s a question you can answer in the comments if you like:

What’s the book that’s been sitting on your bookshelf unread for the longest time and why haven’t you read it yet?






26 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award Tag

  1. I’ve never read Moby Dick. It’s the last of my never-reads, by which I mean things an English major and then a PhD should have read, but I decided not to for whatever reason. I never read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar but finally saw a production of it.

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  2. I love your list of what reading does for you — it’s all the same things for me.

    I never finished Moby-Dick either, even though I took a whole college course on Hawthorne & Melville 😉

    I think I bought my secondhand paperback of A Suitable Boy 10-11 years ago and still haven’t read it because it is dauntingly long, well over 1,000 pages!

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    1. It’s a very powerful and fast-reading memoir that came out last year. I believe Oprah picked it as one of her club picks, which is how I heard of it. It’s the true story of a black man in Alabama who was wrongly convicted of murder and sent to death row for 30 years, and how he copes and eventually gains his freedom. It was so good!

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  3. “Why is breathing an important part of my life? 😉 Reading provides me so much: knowledge, vicarious experience, empathy, escape, joy, fun, satisfaction, excitement… it truly is the thing I geek out the most about and the pursuit I can’t imagine my life without.”

    I loved how you responded to this one! Way to give me those bookworm feels 🙂

    Only 63 unread books! Kudos to you. It is one of m 2019 goals to read more of my physical TBR which is probably 200+ books ((hangs head in shame))

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  4. Glad you had a chance to respond, reading is so essential to life. Can’t imagine NOT reading. Your unread books are impressive, I’m trying to work on the amount I have.

    Also I love what you said about being confident in yourself, that’s definitely a good reminder for me too!

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  5. Congrats on being tagged! You definitely bring plenty of sunshine to my blogging life – thank you!

    Good job with the contemporary romance. I’m actually a bit scared to read romance, ha! But what’s funny is that I noticed on Goodreads that you and Roxane Gay reviewed that same book at about the same time and she loved it too.. so you’re in good company!

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  6. I love your advice to new bloggers and agree 100%. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I had some core bloggers who would visit my blog constantly, but I realized they always left negative comments, so I stopped following them.

    The book that has been on my shelf unread the longest is actually the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, which I’m now reading with Jackie! I had read a different Valdemar trilogy first and was so torn up by the ending that I just WAS NOT READY to meet new characters or be in a time period in which my beloved hero was long dead.

    And Billy Budd? I had a college Prof who worked super hard to convince us there were homosexual penis references everywhere in the book, including “Budd,” like a rose bud, which, I guess, to her equals penis. She was one of those awful professors who wanted to tell you what to think in your lit analysis.

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    1. Oh my goodness that interpretation of Billy Budd! 😂 That’s awful!

      And why would you visit someone’s blog to leave negative comments? How pointless. It’s not hard to just not comment, LOL. I’m glad you ditched them, you’re better off.

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  7. This seems like the perfect award for you! 🙂
    And I love this: “It has also taught me that book people are the smartest, most encouraging and compassionate people on the internet!” I agree!

    I think the book I’ve had the longest that remains unread is “Into Thin Air”. I bought it for pennies about 20 years ago (it was before the kids were born, and my oldest will be 18 in May). The copy of it isn’t even very nice – it’s all warped and rumpled. But now I want to keep it because I’ve had it for so long. And I still hope to read it someday! (I really have no reason as to why I still haven’t read it!)

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    1. Thank you! 🙂

      I’ve never read that one either. It’s funny how we can hang on to certain books and never get around to reading them. I feel the same way about Anna Karenina. Although it’s on my Classics Club list so I will be forced to read it sometime in the next 4 years, ha ha!

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  8. “Why is breathing the most important part of my life?”- that is a fabulous response! You definitely have the right attitude about blogging. Comparing yourself to others just makes you miserable. I used to look at bloggers with bigger numbers, more followers, etc and feel bad about my blog, but the truth is I’m never going to be that kind of blogger so I have to be happy with what I do.

    You’re building a great community you should feel really good about that!

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