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The Second Sunshine Blogger Award!!!

Hello! I’ve been nominated for the second time to do the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much to the wonderful Kimberly @ Bookish Kimberly for nominating me- please check out her amazing blog before you finish reading this post!

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  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. (Thank you so much to Kimberly!!!)
  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) Which country are you from?

I’m from the UK. In my opinion, the best book retailer here is Waterstones (it’s actually my favourite shop and I’m always making excuses to go there).

(2) If you would suggest one beautiful tourist spot in your country, what would it be?

There are loads but one example is the Peak District National Park. It’s breathtakingly beautiful with its picturesque valleys, fields, footpaths, plateaus and peaks.

(3) What’s your favourite hobby aside from reading books?

I enjoy origami. I’m not an expert and all my attempts at folding advanced things have ended in screwed up pieces of paper, however, I do find it relaxing and I’m proud of whatever I manage to successfully fold.

(4) What’s your favorite book genre?

I adore fantasy. Specifically epic or high fantasy because I love how imaginative it can be as everything is fictional: the world, the characters, the culture and customs. There is so much room for creativity and you never know what you’re going to read next. I would also read dark fantasy although it can sometimes be very unsettling. Sometimes I read low fantasy (where the magical elements are merged with the real world) but it depends on the book. I love books with magic and sorcery and I find learning about different magic systems really interesting. I also love fantasy books based on fairy tales and myths because I find them very intriguing. Nevertheless, there is one type of fantasy I can’t stand: urban fantasy. It just frustrates me in a way I can’t explain.

(5) Is there a quote from a book that has changed your life? If yes, what is it and from what book?

There are many quotes I have learnt from and find inspiring but I wouldn’t say they have gone so far as to change my life. However, instead of mentioning one of those inspiring quotes I’m going to mention a quote that really resonates with me as I feel it sums up my entire bookish life.

‘Too many books, too few centuries’

~ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I feel as if there are so many amazing books in the world that I will never get around to reading and it makes me feel a bit sad until I remind myself that the most important thing is to enjoy the books I do get around to reading as much as I can.

(5) If you had to swap places with any book character, who would you choose? Why?

I would swap places with Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic but after the end of A Conjuring of Light so that I can travel the world in her ship and go on fantastical adventures.

(6) What is your favorite book you had to bring and read in school?

I brought and read Persuasion by Jane Austen in school once and I really enjoyed it.

(7) What is your last 1-star & 5-star book?

I only ever give one star to a book I really, really, really didn’t like and that barely ever happens but I think my last one star read was Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor because it was a terrible, confusing ending to the trilogy and I did not enjoy it. My last five star read that blew my mind was The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang that I was lucky enough to receive an arc of!

(8) Choose one book you would recommend the most to your bookish friends.. and why?

I recommend An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir to most of my bookish friends because I think it’s an amazing story and I just want to spread its awesomeness to as many people as I can.

(9) Who is your favourite character in a book series?

My favourite character in a book series is Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass. She’s definitely not perfect and she doesn’t always do the right thing but she goes so far during the series and I can’t help but feel proud of how her character develops. She becomes more mature and comes into her own and all the things she goes through helps build her into the kind of queen that Terrasen deserves.

(10) Which book do you wish had a sequel?

I wish Descendant of the Crane by Joan He had a sequel because apparently it’s a standalone but the ending leaves many questions unanswered and I it pains me to think I’ll never read about all of those brilliant characters again.

I’m going to nominate seven people instead of eleven:

New Questions:

  1. Which book do you wish had a prequel?
  2. Do you prefer reading standalone books, duologies, trilogies or book series with four or more novels? Why?
  3. Which supporting character do you think deserves their own book?
  4. Which book genre do you want to read more of?
  5. Which animal character in a book do you wish was your pet?
  6. If you were stranded on a desert island with one other book character, who would you choose?
  7. What is, in your opinion, the prettiest book cover you have ever seen?
  8. Have you ever read a book solely based on its cover?
  9. If you could be a character in any book, which book would you choose?
  10. What is the funniest book you have ever read?
  11. Which book character are you glad isn’t real?

If you want to answer these questions but you haven’t been nominated then feel free and thank you again to Kimberly for tagging me!

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The Liebster Award!!!

Hello bookdragons!

Thank you so, so much to Alex @ Whimsy Pages for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Go check her blog out! It’s great!

I’ve never done this award before and I’m super excited to answer the questions as I love doing these types of tags.

The Rules:

(1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

(2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

(3) Nominate 11 blogs.

(4) Notify those blogs of the nomination.

(5) Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I am reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5.

My Answers:

(1) How many books do you own and how do you organise them?

Okay, so I actually counted and I found that I own 187 books! (106 if you exclude e-books). I thought that I had way less than that because I clear out books that I’ve read and don’t want anymore regularly.

On the level of my bookshelf that’s most visible I put all of my favourite books so I can see them whenever I walk past. I tried to organise it in a gradient from bluey purple colours to orangey red colours. It’s not perfect but I like it. Also paperback books have to be separate from hardcovers.

(2) Do you have a blogging schedule?

Yes, I do. I try to plan out everything that I want to post in advance. However, it’s a very flexible schedule and lately I’ve been really busy and I haven’t been able to stick to it as much I’d like to.

(3) Share the favourite post written by you!

My favourite post was the one that I wrote on Valentine’s day about roses and slavery. I think it’s important that more people are aware of the extent of modern slavery in our world today as it’s a very serious issue. How many broken hearts were behind last Valentine’s day?

Click here to read the post called ‘Roses: Symbols of Romance or of Suffering?

(4) If you had to choose only one book format (physical, e-book, audiobook) to read for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? Why?

I’d choose e-books because as much as I adore physical books, e-books are more practical and portable- they’re also cheaper.

(5) Did your book tastes change? Tell us about your reading journey!

I’ve always adored fantasy since a young age. Anything magical has always fascinated me. I think the only thing that has changed is that my reading tastes have matured.

My Questions:

(1) How do you choose which books to read?

(2) Which three book characters do you wish were real? Why?

(3) Which themes or tropes do you dislike in a book? Why?

(4) Who are your top three favourite authors? Why?

(5) What do you think is more important in a book, well-developed characters or a gripping plot?

I nomimate:

If I haven’t nominated you but you still want to answer the questions then feel free!

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Sunshine Blogger Award!!!

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be doing the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much to the amazing J R Lynn @ Eternity Books for nominating me- please check Eternity Books out before finishing reading this post

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  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. (Thank you so, so, so much to J R Lynn!!!)
  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) What’s your favourite food?

I’m always open to trying different types of food and cuisines and I could never choose just one favourite food (I’m a foodie). I do adore sea food and anything with chicken in it but the food that will always have a special place in my heart (and in my stomach!) is my Mum’s food. It’s the best!

(2) What’s your favorite colour?

I really like bluey-greeny colours like turquoise and teal.

(3) What’s your favorite song?

I’m not picky- I like any song with a catchy rhythm that I can dance or sing along to!

(4) Who’s your favorite character?

This is a hard question! I’d say Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass because the journey she goes on through the series is amazing and she grows so much as a person.

(5) If you could visit a character’s home, whose would it be?

I’d visit Bilbo Baggins in his hobbit hole because I’ve always thought that they are so cool! I wish I could live in a hobbit hole!

(6) Which underrated author do you love?

I really liked Helen Scheuerer’s Heart of Mist and I don’t think enough people are talking about it.

(7) Which popular author do you hate?

Tahereh Mafi because the writing style in Shatter Me really frustrated me- although I wouldn’t say I hate her.

(8) How many books have you read in the past three years?

Well….the first year I started counting was last year where I read 58 books but I know for a fact I read more books than that the years before so I’d estimate around 200 books.

(9) What was your first highest rated book of 2019?

Circe by Madeline Miller- I adored it so, so much and it’s become one of my all time favourites! (My review of Circe)

(10) What was your first lowest rated book of 2019?

My lowest rated book so far is The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in this One by Amanda Lovelace because the writing style really didn’t agree with me although I apreciated the message she was trying to convey.

(11) Which book is your most highly anticipated for 2019?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo for sure! I was so excited to meet Nina, Nikolai and all my other favourite Grisha characters again!

I nominate: Ash @ Ink Trails | Jenn @ Jenniely |Katie @ Melting Pages |Sara @ Reading in Bed|Jemma @ Fantastic Books|Alyssa @ A Lovely Book Affair |Amanda @ Literary Weaponry |Kaylee @ Kayl’s All Booked|Throne of Books |Shaz Reads | Bookish Pisces

New Questions:

  1. If you could choose one book to live in forever, which would it be?
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island with only one book, which one would it be?
  3. Which book character do you wish was your best friend?
  4. Apart from reading/book blogging, what else do you enjoy doing?
  5. Which book do you always find yourself reccomending to people?
  6. If you could be any one book character for a day, who would you be?
  7. Which supporting character do you think deserves their own book and why?
  8. Which bookish habits do you have?
  9. What is your main blogging goal for 2019?
  10. What is your main reading goal for 2019?
  11. What would be your #1 bookish holiday destination?

If you want to answer these questions too if you haven’t been nominated then feel free and thank you again to J R Lynn.