Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Acqua for tagging me! If you’re not already, please go follow her, she’s one of my favorite bloggers.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. 
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

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Acqua’s questions:

  1. What was the last book you rated three stars, and why?
    The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I know!!! I was anticipating not giving it less than four stars , but something just didn’t click with the audiobook and the book itself. Read my full review to find out more I guess!
  2. Do you read short fiction?
    I do! Not always, and it’s not something I usually reach for unless I’ve heard great things from other bloggers and reviewers.
  3. A book you’re anticipating that isn’t getting much hype?
    A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and Going Off Script.
  4. Have you ever felt like a book/its writing was manipulative?
    I don’t know if I understand/interpret the question correctly, but to me a book is manipulative when it doesn’t leave much room for the reader to make up their own mind about what’s going on. When it feels like the writer doesn’t trust the reader to use their brain to put together two and two. They should have faith that readers will be able to pick up subtle things even if they don’t just dump everything on the page *coughs*SJM*cough*. 
  5. A trope you don’t like?
    In romances, a big age gap.
  6. Is there anything (like a trope, a setting, or a specific subgenre) that recurs often in your favorite books?
    I read across different tropes/genres/settings and my favorite books tend to reflect that but one thing that’s definitely always there the character that seems unfeeling and cold but is only like that because of trauma and once they open up they’re actually very soft but only in specific situations/with specific people.
  7. Two random non-bookish facts about you?
    – I can cook pretty well but I’m not a good baker and I don’t enjoy doing it
    – I never attended religion hour in school (it’s optional in Italy)
  8. A book whose premise was better than the actual content?
    I had to look through all my shelves for this so here are two: Odd One Out, Flame in the Mist. There are more but the authors turned out to be trash so I don’t even want to mention them.
  9. What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
    I’ve read some pretty weird ones in my life before becoming a reviewer but I can’t remember them because my memory is pretty shit, but of the ones I read recently off the top of my head I’d say In Other Lands. It’s the exact type or weird that clicks so much with my tastes and sense of humor that I don’t even find it weird (but I know it is).
  10. Supposing that plot and characters are both well-written, which do you value more in fantasy: atmosphere or a well-defined magic system?
    I know this is a total cop-out of an answer, but I feel like it really depends on the book! Sometimes books are very atmospheric but you just don’t care about that particular atmosphere. On the other hand a well-defined magic system can make things interesting while you read but it’s probably not the first thing you think about when you remember the book after months or years of reading it, whereas the atmosphere might stay with you longer.
  11. Is there anything you wish was talked about more in the book community?
    Looots of things! One topic that I’ve encountered a lot lately is the author/reviewer relationship and how both authors and readers don’t seem to understand their boundaries: authors comment on reviews they’re not tagged in and reviewers tag authors in negative reviews. I feel like this is going to be something we’ll talk about for the whole year, but I haven’t seen much of this topic outside of book twitter.

 

My questions:

1. What’s one book you don’t often talk about, but it was important to you at one point of your life?

2. If given the chance to live only one day in the setting of one of your favorite books, where would you go?

3. What’s one thing you’d change about your favorite book?

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?

5. Is there one book you read even though it was definitely outside of your comfort zone and became one of your favorite books?

6. Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, why?

7. Who is your favorite villain?

8. You can only keep one genre: fantasy or contemporary?

9. Describe one random book exclusively in emojis/gifs/memes without naming it.

10. Do you listen to music while you read?

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 best friend, your child?

I tag (but feel free to ignore!):

Laura | Sakhile | Marie | Steffy | Dorka | Ash | Nick | Chaima | Kate | May | Julianna

21 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations on the award! I loved reading your answers so much and I so agree about Going Off Script, this book deserves ALL the hype, I can’t wait to read it, I loved all of Jen Wilde’s books so much so far 😀
    Thank you so much for the nomination! ❤

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  2. Yes that’s what I meant with the question about manipulative books. I agree with what you said – both about what makes a book manipulative and the SJM part – but I know that there are some who think it doesn’t make sense to say that a book is manipulative because that’s what books are supposed to do, so I wanted to know what other people thought (my opinion is: they at least shouldn’t feel that way.)

    More discussions about reader/author boundaries really would be useful, lately it feels like there’s an “incident” every few weeks…
    And I love the premise of A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics! I haven’t heard much hype about it either and I’m waiting to see what early reviews will say about it, I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

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    1. I mean, to each their own, but I also don’t agree that that’s what books are supposed to do lmao. But I think a book can be manipulative in a clever way that doesn’t treat the reader like this naive, unthinking beings, and then it’s actually great if it manages to mess with your emotions and expectations once it leads you were it wanted to. But the way SJM and others do it is more like “I know you’re not the creator of this world and these characters so I need to feed you all their emotions without leaving anything up to your imagination” and I think that has a place in YA but it’s personally not something I love.

      Same, it sounds so good but I’ve been burned before by books that sounded amazing and ended up not being good lmao! Let’s hope it’s good.

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      1. I don’t know exactly what I think of the “are book manipulative or not” thing, as I think it mostly depends as what one considers manipulation. But yes, I want books to make me feel without making me feel like there was written “and now CRY” right on the page.

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  3. Considering how well Queens of Geek did I was expecting more hype for Going Off Script, it’s one of my most anticipated books this year.

    Thanks for tagging me. I’ve never been tagged in a blogger award before 💛

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  4. Aww thanks so much for nominating me and congrats on being nominated yourself! I love your answers to 7, 10, and 11, and I find it interesting that you have a religious hour in school in Italy. At my high school (students are 11-18 years old), we used have Religious Education lessons maybe once or twice a week, but in primary school (4-10 years old) we only really had religious assemblies for 20 mins in the morning. That might be specific to my schools though!

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    1. Aw you’re welcome ♥ I hope you have fun replying to my Qs!

      Ahah, yeah we have one hour a week where supposedly they teach you about all religions in the world, but in reality I think my classmates only did that for like half a year in elementary school, otherwise it’s always Catholic hour and depending on the teacher the students do different things either more similar to catechism or general debates, but I wouldn’t know exactly since I’ve never attended. It’s optional so usually kids from atheist families or who follow a different religion do something else during that time (or later when the kids are older we got to go to school one hour later/go home one hour earlier lol).

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  5. Congrats on the award my love! Oh you’re so lucky you got to opt out of religion hour at school. We had no choice and had to go and it was the Worst. And yeah I totally agree that authors and reviewers need to set better boundaries
    Thanks for the nomination, I can’t wait to answer your questions 😘

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