Sunshine Blogger Award

So I was nominated for an award! The Sunshine Blogger Award, which is about the closest to actual sunshine I like to get because I burn in about ten minutes in actual sunshine. Seriously. I’m that pale.


I was nominated by by Rachael over at Beach Bookworm. She has a charming blog and is generally a lovely person, so go check out her blog!

I think this is the first time I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, so thank you, Rachael! I’ll answer all your questions as well as I can!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Beach Bookworm’s Questions for me:

1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I like that writing about books makes me think about them more critically. I have a better sense of what I like and why I like it, and on the flip side I can better pinpoint why I don’t like a particular book. I’m also less likely to stick with a book I’m not enjoying.

I’ve also been able to meet new people from other parts of the world, which helps broaden my understanding of different places, as well as opening my mind to different books and stories.

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

Nope. I live in a flyover state, and there don’t seem to be many bloggers from around here. The ones I’ve ‘met’ live on the coasts, or in different countries. It’s hard to arrange a quick meet-up for coffee when you have to buy plane tickets to get there.

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I’ve always been partial to the Star Trek franchise. Deep Space Nine is my favorite, but Discovery is getting up there. I also love the show Penny Dreadful, which is a gothic Victorian-era mashup of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and several other tales from the period. I’m enjoying Victoria from iTV and PBS, as well as Killing Eve from BBC America. And Game of Thrones, Versailles, and a few others I can’t think of at the moment.

4. What is your biggest fear?

Umm…. I don’t know. I’m not afraid of snakes or spiders or heights or anything like that. Airplanes don’t bother me, and neither do big dogs. I guess mortal peril? I did get pretty freaked out while driving through a horrendous thunderstorm with tornado sirens going off all over the place a few years ago.

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! One cat. He is a grouchy old thing sometimes, but I do love him. He is currently curled up in one of his usual spots, right next to my chair.

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

Goodreads says 63, but one of those was actually a DNF that I got really frustrated with about halfway through. I wanted to keep the reading record, though, so I listed it as ‘finished reading’ and also put it on my ‘Did Not Finish’ shelf.

7. Tea or coffee?

Coffee, generally, but I drink a lot of tea, too. Every night I make cold brew coffee to drink the next morning, and sometimes I’ll stop at a coffee shop for a latte after work. I like to brew tea on the weekends. I actually had to put myself on a tea-buying ban because I had so many different kinds. I was worried some of it would go bad before I had a chance to drink it!

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

Coffee shops are generally great places to read if I want a change in venue, but my favorite spot is probably on my couch at home. It’s comfortable, quiet, and I get to pick my own music for the background.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I’d say I’m pretty happy. Probably about a 7? Some of the day’s plans got changed around at the last minute, but I think everything has been rearranged to everyone’s satisfaction. Otherwise, it’s a lovely day out and I have a long weekend with family ahead!

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

Several! The late 1400s or 1500s in Italy to see the Italian Renaissance. England at just about any time period before 1600, especially the Anglo-Saxon era. I have so many questions about that time period, thanks to the British History Podcast! Western Ireland of the late 1500s to meet Grace O’Malley, the Irish clean leader. The Paris of the Belle Époque (post 1870). Constantinople in the prime of the Byzantine Empire, the Egypt of Cleopatra, Japan during the Edo period…. So many parts of history I’d love to see and experience, just for a little bit! As long as I could avoid the many wars and horrible diseases. Also, I’d want to be in the guise of a man, because those eras were pretty unfriendly to women.

11. Favorite quote?

I don’t have a single favorite quote, but this one from The Hobbit seems particularly apt, no matter what is going on in the world:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

The rules say that I have to nominate eleven other bloggers, but I like to live on the wild side. I’m not nominating anyone in particular, but if you want to participate, please consider yourself nominated! (I feel like such a rebel!)

Your questions, should you choose to accept:

1. What time of day do you prefer to write?

2. Where in the world would you most like to visit?

3. Cats or dogs?

4. What is your favorite genre?

5. What is a genre you have been reluctant to try?

6. What is your favorite season?

7. Who are your top three favorite authors?

8. What is your least favorite book that you have actually finished?

9. Aside from reading, what is your favorite hobby?

10. Rainy days or sunny days?

11. What color was George Washington’s white horse?*

*Actual question from an exam in my college astronomy class. The professor was a bit of a goofball.

8 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I loved reading this! You will have to tell me how you prepare your cold brew. I have been making mine over ice in my Ninja, but need to start making an actual cold brew ahead of time. If you ever head this way, we will meet up for sure 🙂

  2. I scoop about 1 1/3 tablespoons of ground coffee into my French press, fill it with cold water, and then stir it until the coffee has no clumps, and then I put it into the refrigerator overnight. Nothing fancy, just a slow process. 🙂

    We will definitely have to get together if I head your way!

  3. I don’t see why not, except you would be without your strainer for several hours. And you would only have one cup of cold brew. I blend enough milk with mine to get about three glasses’ worth.

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