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BOOK TAG!!! The Sunshine Blogger Award Tag

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. A big THANK YOU you to Miki from A Writing Soul’s Story for tagging me!!

How does it work?
  • Thank the blogger(s) 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 them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

So, without further ado, let’s get answering those questions that Miki has posed me!

What book/series best describes your family dynamic?

Probably the Bennet family in Pride and Prejudice. Like the Bennet’s, my family is very close and loving – and although I’m an only child I grew up surrounded by cousins, aunties, uncles and family friends who weren’t related but were treated like relatives anyway!

A bit like the Bennet family, we were constantly in and out of each others houses and lives – something that can be a bit annoying when you’re an introverted bookworm in a family full of extroverts (honestly, I can totally empathise with Mary Bennet) – but, like the Bennet’s we love each other dearly, always look out for each other, and never stay mad at each other for long.

Now that I’m married and in a house of my own, my life is a bit more like that of Lizzie and Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley (although sadly without the extremely large house and the potfuls of money) in that in non-Covid times, me and my husband enjoy a quiet life interspersed with plentiful visits to/from family and friends.

If you could choose a song describing your favourite character, what would it be?

I don’t really have a favourite character so that’s difficult to say. I definitely feel like particular books have soundtracks but I have too many favourite books and favourite characters to pick a particular song for any single one of them.

If your favorite book couple lived next door, would they offer you a cup of sugar if you were in need?

My favourite book couple are Crowley and Aziraphale from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. I know some people don’t consider them a ‘couple’ in the traditional sense (because the ‘romance’ is not overt) but I’ve always seen the book as a love story and one of its strengths is that as a reader you can define that love between the characters for yourself. And if they lived next door to me? Aziraphale would definitely offer me a cup of sugar – he’s an angel after all! Plus we’d have great fun talking about books! Crowley would probably try to act all scary and refuse but then when I returned to the house, I’d miraculously find I did have sugar in the cupboard after all.

What type of tea best fits the character from your last book?

The last book I finished was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Zöe Wheddon (I’m on the blog tour for it in March so look out for my review). So I imagine a cup of fine Lady Grey tea, taken with a slice of lemon.

Would the family from your favourite classic novel be the kind who decorates for the winter holidays in October, or would they be more traditional?

I’m going to go with the Bennet’s again for this one. And I think there would probably be a row about it if I’m honest. Mrs Bennet, Lydia and Kitty would be ready to put up the Christmas decorations in about August, whereas Mary would think this hugely unnecessary and be advocating for restraint until at least December. Mr Bennet would retreat to his study until the whole thing blew over, Lizzie would be the wry observer and, as usual, it would be left to poor Jane to find a compromise!

That said, Christmas wasn’t celebrated to quite the same extent in Regency England so if we’re talking about a real family in Austen’s time then they would definitely be more traditional. Celebrations over the twelve days of Christmas only.

Does your favourite villain have a pet?

Sort of. I have a soft spot for Loki (both in the Marvel comics/movies and in the mythology). And he doesn’t have pets but the gigantic dog Fenrir is, according to the mythology, one of his children. As is Jormungandr, the world-serpent. And Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse that he gifts to Odin. As with most mythologies, the pantheon of Norse Gods has a complex family tree…

Do you spend a lot of time marketing your blog?

Not really. I certainly don’t pay for any marketing, much to Facebooks’s annoyance! I’m pretty active on Twitter and I’m part of a few excellent blogging networks which help with sharing/boosting posts. But my blog is my hobby so any work on it has to be conducted around the demands of my work and home life.

If you have a book bestie, do you share tastes or are you at opposite ends of the spectrum?

Yes! I have a couple of very good bookish friends who share similar tastes to me. My best friend Jen and I have what we like to call a ‘shared library’ and are constantly recommending books to each other, passing on books we think we’d each like, and loaning out books. We don’t always love the same things but I’ll always check out a book that Jen recommends. I also have a very good friend called Claire who regularly recommends and loans me books. Plus my Mum and I have quite similar taste – especially for crime fiction – so we regularly share in book recommendations (and books) too!

Do you do buddy reads?

Yes! I started buddy reading with the lovely gang over at The Write Reads. They have monthly readalongs (so far we’ve read The Devil and the Dark Water, Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and Rebecca, and we’re currently reading Cemetery Boys), plus I’m part of buddy reading groups for a readalong of The Lord of the Rings (one of my favourite books so a re-read for me) and the Rivers of London series.

I’m also part of an in-person book group at my local Waterstones, as well as a university book club!

How many books are on your TBR right now?

I stopped keeping a TBR some time ago. I have a LOT of unread books on my shelves and having a formal TBR was making me feel as if reading was a chore. I read a lot of books for blog tours/review, as well as for university (I’m an English Literature PhD student) so I wanted to be able to read by whim whenever I wasn’t reading for those purposes. I generally only make TBRs for specific readathons these days, as well as for when I go on holiday.

What is the most relaxing book you have ever read?

Difficult to say as I don’t think there is just one. My go-to comfort reads are The Lord of the Rings, the novels of Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series – I re-read from that selection regularly and they’re the books I reach for if I’m in a reading slump. I also found Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive a remarkable book – as someone who suffers with my mental health, it was a vitally important read for me and, in a strange way, very relaxing. It gave me permission to feel the way I feel sometimes – and, along with Lord of the Rings, helps remind me that there is always light in dark places.

I tag:

And my questions are as follows:

  • Why did you start your blog?
  • Do you have a trope that you particularly love reading in books?
  • And conversely, any tropes that you particularly dislike or avoid?
  • Other than on your blog, do you keep any form of reading journal or track your reading in any way?
  • What was your earliest reading memory?
  • What is your favourite thing about being a book blogger?
  • Do you take part in readathons? And do you have any favourites?
  • What is your favourite snack to have whilst you’re curled up with a book?
  • Do you read seasonal books (e.g. reading Christmas books at Christmas or Ghost Stories at Halloween)?
  • Do you have any non-bookish hobbies and, if so, what are they?
  • And finally, tell me about an under-rated book that you’d love to make more people aware of.

Thank you again to Miki from A Writing Soul’s Story for tagging me! I know a lot of people have already done this tag so apologies if I tag anyone who has already been nominated! And while I would love to read your posts, no obligation at all – this is just a bit of fun! And as usual, if I haven’t tagged you and you want to do this tag, just jump right in!

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