Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so, so much to the lovely Nicky Tyler @smallqueerbigopinions for tagging me! It means so much to me that you would think to include me. If you guys aren’t following Nicky, I highly recommend you do. They make really thoughtful content and their blog is goals. 💛💛


  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.


1. If you could change the genre of one of your favorite books, which book would you pick, which genre, and why?

Alright, hear me out: Harry Potter. But. Western. Imagine Harry flipping Potter riding on a flying saddle across the sky. “Yee-haw” is a spell. It’s Boarwarts School of Magical Cowgirlcraft, Cowboydry, and Cowenbydry. Dumbledore in cowboy boots! Are you not convinced?

2. Do you read graphic novels? Why or why not?

I do read graphic novels! They remind me of my Scholastic Book Fair days. Ah…

I love the format of graphic novels and find I can speed through them which heals me spiritually whenever I’m in a reading slump.

3. What’s one book you read that was hyped up so much by other people, yet you were disappointed when you read it?

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo was a book everyone told me was Pulitzer Prize worthy. And then I actually read it….what the heck ya’ll? I was betrayed! Personally, I did not care for the characters (2018 me called them “angst filled dish rags of humans defined by their pasts” in my review), and the ending was kind of bad if we’re being honest. I think this book definitely has an audience who will appreciate it to pieces, but sadly, I am not it (contrary to what EVERYONE TOLD ME YES I’M STILL MAD).

4. What’s the last book you rated five (5) stars, and why did you love it so much?

The last book I gave five stars was My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows! Admittedly, I do give books five stars very frequently…


but I really did enjoy My Plain Jane! I was a mega-fan of the characters and the commentary was hilarious.  I loved where the authors took the story and how accessible it is to the uneducated swine who haven’t read Brontë’s classic novel. (It’s me, folks. I’m the uneducated swine. I’ve never read Jane Eyre before. Oopsie daisy, amirite?) Also, consider this an appreciation post for the THREE authors of My Lady Jane who somehow managed to work together on a whole novel without murdering each other!!!

5. When rating a book three (3) stars, do you consider that a bad or good rating? Or neither? Show your work!

A third star rating to me is a “meh” amount of stars. I personally wouldn’t consider it a negative rating, but it’s not quite positive either.


6. Share five (5) of your favorite tropes and recommend at least one book to go with each trope!

  • Enemies to lovers
  • People passionate about what they do
    • I’m not sure if this is a trope exactly, but it’s so wholesome I had to include it. What we’re learning from this post is I’m a hot mess. Recs: Geekerella by Ashley Poston and Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Oh no, we’re not supposed to fall in love, but we did
    • Find yourself falling for someone a couple social classes above you? Head over heels for a hottie working for your evil ruler? This trope will make you feel seen! Recs: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Fake dating
    • There’s something so satisfying in seeing someone “do it for the cameras” and then all of a sudden…not. Recs: My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • Baking

7. If you worked in a library and were asked to recommend three (3) YA fantasy books, which would you choose and why?

  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
    • I love this book so much. I read it on a whim and haven’t stopped making heart eyes since. My relationship status is: taken (by this book). I’m a the Abyss Surrounds Us stan first and human second. In this house/library, we recommend pirate novels with Asian and LGBTQIA+ representation to library patrons because WE CARE.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • This book is everything to me. When I read it, my crops were watered. My skin was cleared. My homework was completed. My beginning of the trimester grades were restored. Fireworks exploded in the air. It’s only fair the rest of the world gets to experience the same.
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
    • When I say, “Natasha Ngan,” you say “is a master of world building, plot, AND characters!”Sheldon Sheldon Cooper GIF - Sheldon SheldonCooper JimParsons GIFs

Yes, this is my second time recommending this book. Girls of Paper is a thoughtful, accessible exploration of rape and classism woven into a plot worthy of chef kisses. It’s not just beautiful, it’s important. (I’m going to casually promote my review for GOPAF here…)

8. Which books are your most anticipated for the rest of 2019?

Oooh boi. I have loads of eagerly awaited releases, but I’m going to narrow them down to three so I finish this post before 2020. Here we go.

9. Share one author who you think is underrated/underhyped and which book of theirs you think someone should start with to get the best feel for the author’s style.

Talia Hibbert! I know she’s praised amongst established romance readers for being a GODDESS, but sometimes (rarely) newer romancers overlook her books. To be honest, this is just an opportunity to shout about Ms. Hibbert’s stories. I love Talia’s work with all my heart. Most of her books feature black, fat protagonists and a lot of her novels include disabled and LGBTQIA+ characters. She finds a way to incorporate tropes in a fun, fresh, and wholly entertaining manner in each book. THE BLESSINGS.


For newer fans, I recommend the Princess Trap! I really enjoyed it. (Keep in mind Talia also makes a lot of her books available through Kindle Unlimited, so if you want to try her out and are subscribed to the service, you can experience bliss for FREE!)

10. Alpha males or beta males? Why?

Beta males 100%! I don’t have a super solid reason why. Maybe it’s because the alpha male trope is often abused to perpetuate stereotypes I don’t think should be perpetuated…but I’ve also seen it done really well! Beta males are just favourable to me personally I guess!

11. What is your GoodReads goal for 2019?

I set a goal of 100 books for 2019! I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s a lil’ ambitious for me…as I am currently seven books behind schedule. But for all of you Goodreadsers out there, I have a life-changing hack! If you’re behind on your reading goal, casually lower it and, all of a sudden, you’re five books ahead! I mean, I haven’t personally, like, tried this or anything…(Yes, I have, I do it all the time.)


I invite Sophie Jo @sophiejobooks, Faith @thepagesleftunread,  Ashleigh @wildheartreads, Laurel @talespastmidnight, Nicole @amyriadofbooks, Alyssa @alovelybookaffair, Taryn @tarynandherbooks, Shalini @shalinisbooks&reviews, Dora @swiftcoffee, Crystal @paperroyalty, and Rain @bookdragonism to participate in this tag! Of course, there is no pressure at all to take part, and feel free to decline! 🙂

Here are your questions:

  1. Describe one of your most anticipated releases of 2019 with emojis. 
  2. Do you have a childhood favourite book you still enjoy? If so, which book and why? 
  3. Do you have a book that reminds you of your favourite song? Why?
  4. Share a quote you think is special or powerful and explain why. 
  5. If you had to choose two gifs to describe your favourite book of 2018, which would you choose?
  6. Imagine you were cruelly forced by me to fancast Jeff Goldblum as a character in one of your favourite books. Which character would you choose and why?
  7. If you could adapt a book series into a TV show, which book series would you select? Why?
  8. Do you have a word you read frequently but cannot pronounce? If so, what is it? If not, what’s an unusual or unique word that you’ve encountered in books?
  9. What is a ship you disagree with? Explain why.
  10. What is one of your favourite book covers? Why do you like it?
  11. Is there a book character everyone seems to hate but you secretly like?

I know I resurfaced from a blog death for this post, so I want to take the time to say hi and apologise for missing all of your lovely posts!!!

Alright, that’s it from me. I hope you all have a lovely week! 💛💛💛


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