The Sunshine Blogger Award

I must start by saying thank you to Nen & Jen for nominating me! They started their blog recently, and I love what they’ve done so far! If we could nominate the people who nominated us for awards, I would send this one right back to them.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules

↠ Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
↠ Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
↠ Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
↠ List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

One. What was the last book you strongly disliked?

This Strange Tomorrow This Strange Tomorrow by Frank Belknap Long was just such a mess. It was like the notes for a plot rather than a fully fleshed out story. I gave it a 1. The only reason I finished it was because I expected it to start making sense eventually. I was wrong.

Two. How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

My rating system might actually be confusing to people, or maybe I think that because I tend to give higher ratings than I see other people give (which is weird because when I teach, I am a vicious grader). My ratings are based somewhat on how the book makes me feel. It’s hard to quantify, but I’ll try.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★    It was amazing! Perfect in almost every way and made me feel fantastic while reading it.

★ ★ ★ ★       I really liked it! Almost perfect but with minor issues and a middling emotional connection.

★ ★ ★          I liked it! Fine writing but no emotional connection.

★ ★             It was okay. Lots of problems, no emotional connection, but not a totally lost cause.

★                I did not like it. Just a mess. Bad writing, offensive, and/or missing plot, character, setting, or all of the above development.

It’s very rare to actually see a 1 star review from me because most of the time I will just DNF, put it in the sell bin, and move on.

Three. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Pepperoni, mushrooms, extra cheese, and light on the sauce. Every time.

Four. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

This one actually depends on the genre. With science fiction, I’ll take either. With contemporary, amazing characters is great. With fantasy, it has to be both, or there’s no way I can stay interested.

Five. How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?

I’m reading Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell and The Plus One by Sarah Archer. I’m at the beginning of both, and I’m not sure what to make of either yet.

Six. What was the last book review you posted?

Bromance Book Club

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams!

Seven. Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

All of the above. I read all over the place. If the plot sounds good, I’m in.

Eight. Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

Sarah J. Maas. I plan to read her Catwoman book because I want to read the whole DC Icons series, but I have no interest in reading her series. It’s just a lot.

Nine. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

I’ve seen much more marginalized rep in books lately, and I love it. I would just like to see more of rep for everyone.

Ten. Do you listen to music while reading?

If I do, it has to be instrumental. I usually pick classical or movie soundtracks.

Eleven. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

I really enjoy both, but I think I have to go with bookstagram.

That’s all the questions! Here’s my list of nominees:


  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. How many books have you read so far this year?
  3. What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year?
  4. Waffles or pancakes?
  5. What’s your favorite TV show?
  6. What’s your favorite color?
  7. What song can always lift your mood?
  8. What is something about you that usually surprises other people?
  9. What blog memes (Top 5 Tuesday, Top 10 Tuesday, What are We Reading Wednesday, etc.) do you participate in?
  10. Do you read graphic novels or manga?
  11. What fictional place would you most like to visit?


  1. Thanks for the tag! More great questions to look forward to answering. 🙂
    I like that emotional connection is a big factor in your ratings; I always appreciate when readers acknowledge a personal factor in their rating system because reading is so subjective! I have to roll my eyes a little when anyone claims they’re rating based on merit and then gives a very detailed list of specific issues that they use to determine whether a book is “bad” or “good.” Rating is definitely opinion based, it seems ridiculous to pretend otherwise. Your criteria looks a lot like mine. (For some reason I’ve been seeing a lot of opinions about ratings lately so it’s become something I talk about at length…)
    I also prefer Bookstagram, but I don’t know if I’m following you yet! I’ll check it out now!

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    • I roll my eyes at that too. I know that if I could look at a book in a truly objective way that the rating would be different. That’s why if I don’t like something, I usually try to include who I think might enjoy it.

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  2. Aww you’re so kind! You had such great responses… especially your rating system! Books are emotional so I feel like that should be a significant part of how we rate them ❤ Looking forward to reading your review on Bromance Book Club and going to check that out now 🙂 Nen and Jen

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