THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD II

Happy Tuesday book lovers! I hope you had a good weekend. Today I’m doing a The Sunshine Blogger Award tag, but as I always do with tags, I’m bending the rules a bit. I was tagged by 3 amazing bloggers – Sahi, Alex and Syl – and so I’m cherry picking 4 questions from each blogger to answer today. 😊

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What has been your favourite book this year and why?

I have really loved Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air trilogy. I read them pretty much back to back, so it’s hard to distinguish them and pick only one for this question. I think the pinnacle of the entire trilogy was easily Jude’s arc. She is easily the most fascinating YA character I’ve read about in a long time and I especially loved how vulnerability and ambition were such a huge part of her story. Those books really are the perfect form of escapism too. They’re not too long, not too dense fantasy books. I feel like I could jump into those books again so easily because they’re so accessible .

What representation would you love to see more of in books?

I definitely don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I do review a lot of plus size romances for a reason. I would love to see more positive plus size rep of all races and sexualities, especially not just in romance too.

I’m currently reading There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, which is so far one of the best books about body positivity I’ve ever read.

Is there any genre you don’t read much but would love to try?

I would absolutely love to explore Magical Realism. I know people love Anna-Marie McLemore and Emily X.R. Pan, so if I were to start anywhere it would be with these authors!

What’s one book that you would love to see on screen?

I think The Diviners by Libba Bray is perfectly adaptable. If I had to pick a streaming service I would say Netflix, I think their commitment to diverse stories has been great so far and so this series would fit really well amongst their other shows. As well as the fact that they could probably doll out the budget for a paranormal story needed and for costuming. This book has some of the most amazing characterization in a YA series, there’s such a large cast of characters too that would make it so entertaining to see this book on screen. I also would love to see how their powers are portrayed on screen.

How has blogging positively impacted your life?

I love being able to share my love and enthusiasm for books with other people. I’m not a very social person (as much as I would love to be, but I have that extroverted introvert problem) so blogging makes me feel like I have friends other than my partner 😂 Also having a creative outlet to write is really therapeutic and I love that too! 💕

What’s your favourite book from your favourite book genre ?

I really struggle definitively picking books as being my ultimate favourite of something, so I’ll say these books are my favourite for right now.

My favourite genre is easily romance. It’s hard to say whether I read more fantasy or contemporary, so I’ve picked a favourite for both.

Fantasy Romance: Serpent & Dove

Contemporary Romance: Faking Under the Mistletoe.

Do your friends and family know about your blogging?

Only 2 special people know. But I mostly keep try to keep it a secret. 😋

Have you ever rated a book with 1 star ? Which book ?

Ohhh absolutely! Whilst I think people are allowed to indulge in the fantasy of their choosing, and I sometimes don’t mind dark romances, but Fear Me by B.B. Reid crosses too many lines for me. It was just like.. a lot of gross sexual and romantic stuff that was forming between the love interests that didn’t sit well with me.

Also, once upon a time I rated After by Anna Todd 1 star. Even though I think Anna Todd is a very sweet and wholesome person. Those books are just rife with slut shaming. I don’t feel as strongly about this as I did when I read the books because it seems that the movies have kind of changed that… I think.

What is your favourite Sarah J. Maas book and what makes it your favourite?

This is such an Alex question, I had to answer it. 😂 The most recent book I have loved from Sarah J. Maas is A Court of Mist and Fury. Mostly because of the romance. I could read that 600 hundred page thing again and just like… still love it. All the Hades and Persephone elements are amazing too. I love those parallels!

I think Crown of Midnight and Tower are my second and third favs… Can you see a common theme in those books? (Answer: Chaol.)

Name a book and series you think is criminally underrated

This is hard to answer because a lot of the books I read are pretty widely read too. Also, I’m not sure if this book is underrated as such, because it was published a while ago, but I do love The Star Thief duology by Jamie Grey. It was one of the earliest books that got me excited about reading New Adult romance. It’s kind of like if you made Rose Hathaway and Celaena Sardothien the same character and sent her to space… that’s what I loved about that book when I read it so many years ago!

You’re stranded on a deserted island, you have five characters with you. Who are they?

This is the perfect question for right now, because I’m currently watching The 100 on Netflix. Honestly I don’t know what I would do without Raven, Clarke andAbby,

Bookish characters? Probably Jude from The Cruel Prince and Jack from Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series.

Basically just characters who know how to survive because I have zero survival skills, as well as instincts. I just like…. need all the smart characters I can get.

What are you currently bingeing on Disney+?

I made a whole watch list of all my favourite movies growing up – Ratatouille, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and The Lizze McGuire movie (such a random list of movies I know 😂). I definitely want to rewatch Infinity War and Endgame back to back at some point too!

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My Questions:

  1. What is the most enjoyable book you’ve read in 2020 so far?
  2. What is the earliest book you remember reading and loving?
  3. Do you read more backlist books or new releases?
  4. What are you 3 favourite reads by diverse authors?
  5. Are there any books you’ve read, but have since changed your opinion about?
  6. Can you create a small playlist for one of your favourite books?
  7. If you could read one book again with fresh eyes, what book would that be?
  8. What’s your ideal reading routine?
  9. What is your favourite book/comic adaptation?
  10. Do you have a favourite trope?
  11. What is a book (series or standalone) that you think is underrated?

The lovely bloggers I’m tagging: 😊

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Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post? I’d love to hear what you think about my answers! – Carly

8 thoughts on “THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD II

  1. Hahaha: “This is such an Alex question, I had to answer it.” No truer words! #sjmtrash 😉

    Honestly though, Chaol is such an underrated character and Tower of Dawn was one of the BEST books in the series. I know he coped a lot of crap for what went down with him and celaena but I can’t help but feel sorry for him??? I love that SJM gave his character that chance to grow and find happiness. Also the culture of the Southern Continent was just *chef’s kiss* phenomenal!

    Thanks so much for answering my questions, Carly! ❤ xxx

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    1. I support your choices Alex 😉

      Chaol is my OG book boyf so I was so sad he wasn’t endgame but also super happy post ToD because he and Yrene have the sweetest romance. YES! Post Heir of Fire I felt SO sorry for him. I’m so satisfied Sarah gave him his own book, it was totally the right call and fights in so well with the series!

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  2. Now I have to read The Folk of the Air trilogy ASAP xD
    Serpent & Dove was also one of my all-time favorite reads last year. I can’t wait for book 2 ! 🙂

    Thanks for answering my questions, I loved reading them 💕

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  3. Ohmygosh, I was JUST telling my sister the other day about how much I’d love for The Diviners series to be adapted either as movies or a TV series! I definitely think Netflix would do an amazing job with it – idk if you’ve seen the new Hollywood series on there, but the trailer gives me major Diviners vibes! 😍

    AHHHH, NISH WOULD BE SO HAPPY THAT YOU GAVE AFTER 1 STAR hahahaha 😂 She hates that book with a PASSION.

    Also yes, Chaol is SUCH a cinnamon roll and although I’m not the biggest fan of SJM anymore, CoM is still one of my fave books by her (for the same reason as you 😉)

    Thanks so much for tagging us in this, can’t wait to answer it!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. I haven’t seen Hollywood but I saw a few clips and YES those are the vibes 😍 Idk who we need to talk to to make it happen, like why hasn’t it happened already?!?!?

      CoM is so dramatic I loved that climax when I was younger, tbh I would reread from the start just to get to relive all those moments in CoM. HE IS SUCH A CINNAMON ROLL! He’s got that hard exterior but really he’s soft on the inside 😉

      I can’t wait to see your answers!!

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  4. Thanks so much for the tag!! So many of my favs here!! Loved the Cruel Princes series and yess serpent and dove has the BEST romance 💖💖 plus ACOMAF if def my fav SJM book (maybe even my fav book of all time??) I haven’t read After but I did watch the movie (which I surprisingly didn’t hate) but idk if I’ll get around to reading the book 🤷‍♀️ Great post Carly!

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    1. I need the Serpent & Dove sequel ASAP!! I miss Lou and Reid 😭 Yeah I didn’t hate the movie either, I actually didn’t mind it! I’m weirdly looking forward to the sequel but maybe that’s because I’m really bored atm with everything else on Netflix! Thanks Jamie, hope you’re having a good week! 🙂

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