I was tagged a while ago now (I’m sorry) by the wonderful Fadwa over at Word Wonders. Thank you so much for the tag, lovely! If you haven’t checked out Fadwa’s blog yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s one of my absolute favourites! Check out Fadwa’s answers here!
- 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 then 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
- Do you have some specific reading habits?
I love to be cozy while I’m reading, which usually means I’m either under a blanket, drinking coffee or peppermint tea, laid on pillows, or snuggled up with my dogs, or all of the above. I love to just disengage from reality, decompress, and just relax.
- What are books you saw yourself (or parts of yourself) in?
I would definitely have to say I saw so many aspects of myself in Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. I’m not going to go too far into the details but both the story and the characters are so close to me, so much so that some moments just had me breathless.
- What’s your favourite book of 2018 so far?
Either Girl Made of Stars, or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Both books are completely stunning and heartbreaking in their writing, plot, and characters. They both have characters that I love and adore, and who I carry around with me every day.
- Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Sabaa Tahir, Anna-Marie McLemore, Alice Oseman, Tomi Adeyemi, and Angie Thomas.
- What’s a trope (or multiple) you never get tired of?
The found family trope is my jam. I will never, ever get tired of reading about friends coming together and forming a supportive and loving family. I love those kinds of interactions and people just looking out for each other.
- Do you watch tv-shows? If so, what are your top 3 favourites?
I don’t watch too much TV, but the shows I used to watch were Hannibal, Stranger Things, and Doctor Who.
- What’s your dream career?
My dream career is an author. Ever since I first started school, I always wrote about how I wanted to be a writer, and I used to write so many stories all while I was growing up. I’ve never stopped writing, and I don’t think I ever will. It’s what makes me happiest in the world, and what helps me work through the shittier things in life.
- What are your favourite types of posts to write?
Book reviews are definitely my favourite, especially if I really loved a book. It gives me a rush to be able to just talk and talk about a book that meant something to me, and to describe all the reasons why. However, I also really enjoy highlighting some aspects of books that I didn’t enjoy so much, especially if they’re technical. I find it’s beneficial to me to really deconstruct books as it hopefully helps my own writing style develop. It’s something I’m working on constantly, and hopefully will improve, the more reviews I do.
- What are your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2018?
Mirage by Somaiya Daud is definitely on the list, as it’s a Moroccan inspired fantasy/science fantasy that comes out really soon. Others have to be City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao, and Rosewater by Tade Thompson.
- What inspired you to start a blog?
Honestly, this is the same answer to why I love writing book reviews. Not only does it help encourage me to read critically and deeply, it allows for reflection in my own writing, and allows me to be part of this amazing community we have. I love uplifting authors and fellow bloggers and readers, and just having chat. My life can be pretty lonely (and set to get even lonelier), so this community really helps keep me afloat.
- Do you read more physical books, ebooks or audiobooks?
It really does depend on my mood. Some months I’ll read exclusively ebooks, while other times it will just be physical. I’d say it’s a tie between them, and I listen to much fewer audiobooks.
Now for my questions!
- Where is your ideal reading place?
- Does your environment affect the way you read, e.g. weather, noise, temperature?
- Where do you get most of your book recommendations?
- What are some tips you would like to give other book bloggers?
- If you could go back and speak to yourself while you were writing your first blog post, what would you say?
- Which books are you most excited to read this year?
- If you could change one thing about the way you read, what would it be?
- Do you prefer new releases or backlist books?
- Where do you acquire most of your books from?
- What’s important to you that decides whether or not you pick up a book?
- If you could invite any five characters to a house party, which would you invite?
1. Cerys @ Browsing for Books
2. Emily @ Yes Whale
3. Ruby @ Ruby’s Books
4. Lauren @ A City of Books
6. Ally @ Ally’s Pages
7. Jasmine @ Jasmine’s Reading
8. Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills
9. Dorine @ My Paper World
10. Princess of Pages @ Princess of Pages
11. Sara @ Atomic Asian Reads