The Sunshine Blogger Award


I was nominated by Megan over at The Cozied Reader, and I couldn’t be more flattered. The award is a way to recognize positivity and joy, and Megan’s blog certainly does that for me as well. Make sure to check out some of her great bookish posts.


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (link back to their blog).
  2. Answer the 11 questions they asked.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

Cozied Reader’s Questions

If you could only recommend one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

What a tough first question! It’s hard because I have different recommendations depending on the situation requested. However, I would have to go with Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Not only is it a great introduction to Sanderson’s amazing works, but it is a great introduction to the fantasy genre. It is (currently) a standalone novel so no multiple books to worry about. It has multiple main characters, including women, all multi-dimensional. It has a new and interesting magic system (Sanderson’s thing) and a pantheon!

What’s the book that got you into reading?

Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and Firedrake by Richard Knaak. Sure, I read as a kid, a lot of Disney and Goosebumps books. But there was no YA section back in my time, so I fell out of love a little with reading. Someone introduced me to these two fantasy series, and there was no going back. I was a fantasy fanatic.

What’s your favorite book-to-movie or book-to-television show adaptation?

Probably Lord of the Rings. The book is such an amazing feat, and they managed to not only not screw it up but to make it better in some ways.

What trope do you love/hate the most?

Honestly, there isn’t one that I really love or hate. It depends on the writer and how it is incorporated into the book. The love triangle is typically overused and overwrought, but it makes for more conflict and interest in a book, so I am okay with that one as well.

What was your last DNF book? Why didn’t you finish it?

Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I wasn’t crazy about the style of storytelling or the characters, and I stopped around 10%. I might write a post on it like I did with the Red Queen series. It has also inspired a new post I want to make regarding the pressure to read certain books.

If you could meet any character, alive or dead, who would it be?

Gandalf. He’s the freaking White Wizard!

Do you have any pets? If not, what kind of pet would want to get?

We currently have an English Bulldog named Gimli. He is almost 8-years-old.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

Moving halfway across the country, away from nearly my entire family. I lived in the same area for 25 years, then I took the leap. All for love. It paid off though (we are married almost 7 years now with 2 kids)!

What’s your favorite movie?

Lord of the Rings (I am sensing a theme here)

What are your hobbies (outside of reading/blogging)?

I enjoy gaming and crafting. I play World of Warcraft (how I met the hubby), lots of other MMO’s and Blizzard games, Stardew Valley, Mario, etc. I do all sorts of crafts, and I love to try new things. I mostly do cross stitch now, but I have dabbled in too many different types to name. Way back when I tried chronicling it in a blog.

What are three things that most people don’t know about you?

I’ll go all serious for you in this one. I’d love to open the lines of communication on some of these things.

  1. I say I am a writer, but I am terrified to write (usually) for fear of failure.
  2. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where my body attacks my thyroid gland. I suffered for a long time with misdiagnoses.
  3. I suffered from PPD, likely with both of my boys, though I didn’t think so at the time.


These blogs have some great content you should check out. They write with passion about their topics and are truly inspirational figures in the book blogging community.

Belle of the LibraryLiterary WeaponryHermit Odysseus —

Bookish ConnoisseurThe Terror of KnowingThe Bookish Life

— The Oddness of Moving ThingsSamantha the ReaderShelf Rated

Jenacide by BibliophileStar Wars Shadow Council

Questions for Nominees

Here are the questions I would love to see answered if you want to participate.

  1. Who’s your favorite author?
  2. What book would you love to see as a television show?
  3. If you could only eat one type of cuisine (American, French, Mexican, etc.) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite blog post that you wrote?
  5. Which book character would you want to be for a day?
  6. What is something you would want to be famous for?
  7. Is there a book you would love to see “remade” like we do for movies?
  8. What would your superpower be?
  9. If you could get an ARC of your choice, which would you pick? It can be one that hasn’t even been announced yet!
  10. If you could have dinner with three famous people, alive or dead, who would they be?
  11. Got any plans for the weekend?




  1. Thanks for answering my questions! They were SO interesting to read, and I have some new books to add to my TBR too :). I recently read The Final Empire, so I’m looking forward to reading more by Brandon Sanderson.

    I HATED Furyborn (same with The Red Queen). So many people seemed to love it, but I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t.

    And I love Stardew Valley! My husband likes to tease me because I logged so many hours on it.

    I’m with you on writing. Half the time I don’t write is because I’m so afraid of it not being good. I have to write by hand now before I can type, because typing just makes it s much easier to go back and edit relentlessly.

    • Brandon Sanderson is just the best at what he does. He’s probably my favorite author, and I would easily recommend anything he puts out.

      That’s why I want to post about the pressure to read certain books. YA has a hard time with this, and I find so many bad books being talked about. It would be interesting to look into why.

      I made a spreadsheet for the community center in Stardew. That’s all I’ll say on it, haha.

      Handwriting is helpful so I don’t get distracted, and I am glad you found a way to at least conquer that fear and get something on the page. I’ll get there again soon, I hope.

      • Good to know! I’m definitely interested in reading more of his stuff.

        Yeah, there’s definitely a lot of pressure to read certain books. I feel like what’s happening with YA fantasy (like Furyborn, Red Queen, etc.) is what happened with the YA dystopian genre after The Hunger Games. I think people want a certain thing, and publishers feel this rush to give them that thing regardless of quality. There’s also this weird groupthink/mob mentality behind it, kind of like mass hysteria but for books? I don’t know if that makes sense.

        A spreadsheet? I need to do that haha.

        I’m sure you will. I don’t think that fear is something that ever goes entirely away. One of the things that really helped me (before this) was reading Stephen King’s On Writing. It just changed my mindset a little.

        • Yes, definitely a group think. The real question is why? I mean, it’s not good!

          Don’t do the spreadsheet… It’s a dark descent into madness.

          I enjoyed On Writing as well. It’s all about just sitting down and getting the work done. Just have to get out of our heads a little bit!

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