The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello my fellow bookworms, it is Tuesday but as this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic didn’t suit me, I am instead bringing you The Sunshine Blogger Award, which is an award given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. So thank you so much to Just_Me πŸ™‚ for my nomination.

The Rules:

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

Here are my answers to Just_Me :)’s 11 questions for me:

1. What attracts you to a book?

Several things attract me to a book. I might be attracted by an intriguing synopsis and/or by the book being one of my favourite genres. I am also often attracted to books written by a favourite author; books from a series I am enjoying, or simply by a pretty cover.

2. What genres do you love to read about?

My favourite genres are Fantasy, Historical-Fiction, Mystery, Crime-Fiction and Christian Non-Fiction.

3. Paperback or Kindle?

I read paperbacks and on my Kindle, because I love the convenience of my Kindle, but there is still something special about reading a real book.

4. Your perfect reading spot.

In summer, my perfect spot to read is in my garden or around the pool on holiday. Now we’re moving into colder months, I love to snuggle up in a blanket on the sofa or in bed to read.


5. Your perfect company while reading.

The only company I would like is my cat – preferably curled up on my lap, but sadly that is a very rare event for me!

6. Your all-time favourite book character.

Ooo this is a toughie! I think however it has to be the loyal, brave and steadfast hobbit, Samwise Gamgee from Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

7. What movie adaptation do you think was better than the book itself?

That would have to be Stardust (2007). I watched the hilarious film first at a special viewing that saw me getting a free drink, snack and copy of book by Neil Gaiman. Sadly when I read the book after, I thought it was darker, less fun and rather disappointing.

8. What do you think of classics?

I absolutely love classic – hence why I am now on my second list for The Classics Club.

9. A popular book you dislike.

I’m not sure I would go as far as saying dislike, but I was sorely disappointed with Charlotte BrontΓ«’s much-loved, gothic classic, Jane Eyre. To be more specific I found Jane’s extreme self-deprecation really annoying.

10. What is your favourite book quote?

“And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

– J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

11. Recommend one book you want me to read.

Just_Me πŸ™‚ as you showed an interest in Mary Stewart, I would recommend either The Gabriel Hounds or Wildfire at Midnight, two of my favourites of her wonderful modern, suspense classics.

Now here are my 11 nominations:

  1. Jane – Beyond Eden Rock
  2. FF – FictionFan’s Book Reviews
  3. Judy – Keep The Wisdom
  4. Lynn – Lynn’s Book Blog
  5. Nikki – Notes of Life
  6. Helen – She Reads Novels
  7. Carmen – Carmen’s Books and Movies Reviews
  8. Β Lory – The Emerald City Book Review
  9. Karen – BookerTalk
  10. Cathy – 746 Books
  11. Amy – A.M. Pine – Hearth Ridge Reflections

Of course, there are many more wonderful blogs and bloggers that I know who are creative, positive, inspiring and spread sunshine to the blogging community, but unfortunately I was only allowed to nominate 11. So I’m sorry if you don’t see your name here. On the other hand, if you see your name and don’t want to take part, please don’t feel any pressure to do it – I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how great I think you are.

Finally, here are my 11 questions:

  1. What is your favourite childhood book?
  2. Who is your book crush?
  3. What is your favourite book cover?
  4. What is the most inspiring book you have read?
  5. Who is the character you most ‘love-to-hate’?
  6. What is your favourite adaptation of a book?
  7. How many books do you have on your ‘to-be-read’?
  8. What bookish setting would you like to visit?
  9. Who is your favourite author?
  10. What is your favourite book series?
  11. What has been the best book you have read so far this year?

Now over to you: What do you think of my answers? If I’ve nominated you and you take part please leave a link to your post in the comments below. If I haven’t nominated you, but you would still like to have a go at my questions, then please feel free to leave your answers in the comments too.

25 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. As a fairly new reader of your blog, I enjoyed reading your answers to the tag and finding out a bit more about your reading tastes and habbits.
    I’m intrigued by this discussion and your perceptions of Jane Eyre, (the character.) As Victorian heroines go, I actually didn’t think she was all that bad on the self-deprication front. She had her moments, but they struck me as a product of her upbringing, as she was constantly being told she was inferior to her relations and unwanted. It had the potential to become irritating, but was not psychologically implausible. If anything, the issue I have with Jane is that she returned to Mr. Rochester, but I reckon that is more a problem with me than with the book. Isn’t it great that no two people experience a work of literature in exactly the same way?

    1. Alyson, I am so pleased you enjoyed reading my answers and that it helped you to find out more about me. As for Jane Eyre, I completely agree that it was psychologically plausible that she would be like after the treatment she had as a child, but I am afraid it didn’t stop it being irritating for me! πŸ˜› I also had rather a soft spot for Mr Rochester and thought it was ridiculous that she left in the middle of the night without enough money… Where did the intelligent woman I have been told she is go?! Absolutely agree how great it is that we all experience literature differently – What a dull world it would be if we all liked the same things. πŸ˜€

  2. I’m going to shed a few tears for Jane Eyre. One of my favourite classics sorry. was she self deprecating? I see her more as a strong willed character.
    thanks for the nomination, you’ve set some tough questions πŸ™‚ Just one favourite author!!!

    1. Karen, I think Jane was strong willed and self deprecating. I absolutely loved the beautiful Gothic writing, the twisting tale with the mad wife in the attic and I even had a soft spot for Mr Rochester… but Jane’s constant ‘I am not good enough’, ‘I am not pretty enough’, ‘I am not clever enough’, blah, blah, blah, blah. I’m sorry it was infuriating. However it would be a very dull world if we all liked the same things. πŸ˜›
      As for my favourite author question, you know me, I love to be inventive and bend questions and topics, so I am totally up for you doing the same and naming more than one. πŸ˜‰

  3. Wow, Jessica! I have never been nominated for something like this in all my years of blogging. Thank you so much. I have to go out of town tomorrow morning for a couple days but I will do my post on Friday and leave a link here. I did enjoy your answers even though I could predict some of them because I have been following you for a while and feel I know quite a bit about what you like-:) One thing: I loved the movie Stardust but never read the book. Now I am curious about how it was changed. I know Neil Gaiman can get pretty dark. I had the same feelings when I compared the movie with his book Coraline. Have you read or seen that?

    1. You’re very welcome Judy! πŸ˜€ I hope you have a good couple of days away and I look forward to seeing your answers to my questions. As for Stardust, I am just going to say there is no Captain Shakespeare!! And no I haven’t read or seen Coraline, as I have been a bit put off Neil Gaiman since. Although I did enjoy his joint book with Terry Pratchett: Good Omens. πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for nominating me, Jessica. πŸ™‚ I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. The Gabriel Hounds is one of my favourite Mary Stewart novels too, though I haven’t read Wildfire at Midnight yet.

  5. I enjoyed all your answers (great quote!) and several of your favorite genres are favorites of mine, as well. One the the first things about a book to attract me is the cover, especially when browsing in a “real” bookstore.

    I couldn’t begin to narrow down my answers in your set of questions. For most, there are just too many choices! Perhaps #8 is the one for which an answer most easily comes to mind. I’d love to visit either the small town of Mitford from Jan Karon’s series or Botswana through Mma. Ramotswe’s eyes in the Alexander McCall Smith series.

    1. Kelly, I am so pleased you enjoyed my answers, especially my favourite book quote. I agree that it is the cover (or the author) in particular that attracts me when I am shopping in a ‘real’ bookshop. πŸ˜‰ I’m afraid I haven’t read either of those series, but the small two of Mitford and Botswana sound like exciting places to visit. πŸ™‚

  6. Sam Gamgeeeeeee!!! He is the greatest character in the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love his little heart so much. And the quote you chose from Return of the King is one of my favorites as well. Loved reading this post!
    Though I will say my little Gothic-literature-loving-heart withered away when you mentioned your dislike of Jane Eyre. That is one of my all time favorite books, but I see why you dislike it. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much! Hahaha we are all so different.
    Anyways, happy reading, and great post!
    Emily πŸ™‚

    1. So pleased you enjoyed my answers and post so much, Emily πŸ™‚ And aw, your ‘little Gothic-literature-loving-heart’ doesn’t need to wither away, I love Gothic literature too… just not the self-deprecating Jane. My favourite Gothic novels are Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights. Happy reading to you too! πŸ˜€

  7. I loved your answers, Jessica. Thanks for nominating my blog, but I will not take part since I’m no longer blogging; it’s nice though. πŸ™‚ I, too, loved Sam Gamgee, and Gandalf is my top favorite magician among them all. He knows how to make an entrance. πŸ˜›

    1. Thank you Carmen and you’re very welcome – I didn’t really expect you to take part with you being on a blogging break, but I still wanted to nominate you because you are always commenting on my blog and that makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you for the nomination – I’m honoured! πŸ˜€ Haha – I can rarely persuade either of my cats to sit on my lap either. I frequently grumble to them that they treat me more like a food-providing litter-tray-cleaning servant than a beloved compnaion but they don’t listen. Except when it’s really cold, when suddenly they become very cuddly! πŸ˜‰

    1. You’re very welcome FF and haha it sounds like our cats are exactly the same! My Bonnie suddenly becomes a lot more cuddly when it gets cold – the furry fiend! πŸ˜€

  9. I absolutely enjoyed reading your answers, thanks for taking time to get to it! πŸ™‚
    Samwise Gamgee is also one of my top favorites! Oh, Sam!!!
    And I’ll be checking out your recommendations soon. Thanks a lot!
    Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

    1. Just_Me πŸ™‚ Thank you again for the nomination and I am pleased you enjoyed reading my answers. I hope you enjoy whichever Mary Stewart novel you read and have a wonderful day too! πŸ™‚

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