Sunshine Blogger Award 2019

Hello wonderful people!
I am so incredibly grateful to announce that I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Autumn @ Autumn Book Reads ! It’s a true honour (and surprise, lol!) to have received this nomination, and I’m so thankful to be in a community with such kind, supportive bloggers. Please do take a moment to check out Autumn’s wonderful site, she is such a great blogger who posts amazing content that you need to read! 

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What exactly is the Sunshine Blogger Award? 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a mark of recognition given from one blogger to another to acknowledge the creativity, originality, and positivity their blog inspires (:

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Rules:

  1. Write a post about your nomination and the award.
  2. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link to their blog.
  3. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo.
  4. List the rules within your blog post.
  5. Answer the eleven questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you in your post.
  6. Nominate up to eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

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Questions:

If you could read any book again for the first time, which would it be and why?

Probably Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It was sort of my introduction to the YA genre, which makes it very close to my heart. Whenever I think about it, I’m filled with an unbelievable amount of nostalgia and longing!! I’ve made attempts to reread this book before, but I’ve never found myself enjoying as much as I did the first time, and I think that’s pretty common when it comes to rereading your favourite book. Ah, how I wish I could go back and find myself immersed in the wonderful world of the Lunar Chronicles once again!

What is your biggest unpopular bookish opinion?

Hmm… I’m probably going to get tons of hate for this, but probably that sometimes the movie is better than the book. For example, I enjoyed the Hate U Give movie more than the book– not in all aspects, but I still thought it was better being able to actually see the events of the plot on screen (still LOVED the book though). I’m not saying that I always enjoy the movie more than I do the book because let’s face it– that rarely happens to anyone. I find that most book to movie adaptations are nothing more than “meh” (*cough cough* the Darkest Minds *cough cough*). But I will admit, there have been occasions where I shamelessly found myself more interested in the movie than the book.

What is a book that you keep intending to read, but always seem to put off, and why?

The Hobbit… or anything by J. R. R. Tolkien for that matter. I really do want to read his books, as it feels like an obligation for any bookworm AND I’m genuinely interested in them, but I don’t know… Some of them seem kind of intimidating to pick up. I’m just scared that I won’t enjoy them, which would be a total bummer because so many people are obsessed with them. Well, sooner or later, I’ll have to give them a chance, so let’s just hope for the best!!

What is a book that you have read that has very few ratings on Goodreads, but you still enjoyed it?

Trail of Crumbs by Lisa J. Lawrence! This book was so wonderful and touching, yet it only has 41 ratings! To be fair, it only came out recently, at the end of March to be exact, so it makes sense that it doesn’t have tons of readers flocking over it. But still, it deserves more attention that it’s getting! Read my review for this lovely book here.

What is an underrated series that you feel more people need to know about?

The Wildwood Dancing duology! Juliet Marillier’s writing is absolutely stunning, and I feel like a lot of people are missing out on it because her books don’t receive too much attention. I encourage everyone to go on Goodreads right now and add these to their TBRs, because you won’t regret reading them!

Are book to movie or book to TV show adaptations better?

For me it really depends. If I feel like there’s enough story to tell for the adaptation to be extended into a TV show, then I’m all for it! But it seems pointless to make a TV show out of a book or series that won’t engage audiences for long amounts of time. In that case, I would just go with a movie adaptation!

What is your favourite post that you have done?

Off the top of my head, I would say my Books I Would Love to See Made into Musicals post. As an avid theatre nerd, it brings me so much joy when my two all-time favourite things are combined– theatre and book blogging! That post was so much fun to create, and I’m even considering making a part two of it!

If you were to get a bookish tattoo, what would it be and why?

Well first of all, I would never get a tattoo period. The idea has just never appealed to me, as I wouldn’t want to make an irreversible change made to my body, and the process of getting a tattoo sounds downright painful. But if I, for whatever reason, did decide to get one, it would probably look something like this:

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I just think that it’s such a cute design, and it doesn’t seem like something I would really regret getting. I still doubt that I’ll ever get a tattoo, but this is one that I like a lot!

If you could have a conversation with any author, what three questions would you ask them?

If I could have a conversation with any author, I would choose Ashley Herring Blake, and these are the questions I would ask her:

  • How have your personal experiences influenced your writing and the heavy subject matters you choose to discuss in your books?
  • Which of your books was the most difficult for you to write and why?
  • Do you have any regrets of what you did or didn’t do in the process of writing one of your books?

What is one of your ships that didn’t work out, but you will still go down with it and defend it anyways?

***SPOILER ALERT FOR THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES***

Celaena and Chaol! They had such a complex relationship, and I really loved how beautifully flawed they both were and how that contributed to the depth of their feelings for each other. I hate how Sarah J. Maas abruptly ended their relationship just because another hot dude entered Celaena’s life… blech, Rowan. I really hate that guy. Seriously, I dedicated a whole post towards my hatred for him. See: Why I Hate Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius From Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass Series

If you could reverse any three character deaths, who would they be?

***SPOILER ALERT FOR THE DIVERGENT SERIES***

Okay, I’m just listing one answer for this question, because it pisses me off SO FREAKIN MUCH, and I’m sure many of you can relate… THE DEATH OF TRIS IN ALLEGIENT!! It was so. utterly. POINTLESS! I literally think that this was Veronica Roth’s thought process when writing Allegient: Hmm, how do I sell more books??? Ah yes, by adding a heartbreakingly tear worthy ending to the final book of my trilogy. Oh, I know what I’ll do! Kill of my main character for no apparent reason other to draw tears from the eyes of my readers! Brilliant! 

No, Veronica. NOT BRILLIANT. And it’s even worse that the romance between Four and Christina was hinted at the end of the book… Like, what? Your girlfriend and best friend just DIED, and you guys are already starting with this stupid romantic tension?! Ugh.

Well, it appears that I’ve started ranting, which was not my initial intent, so I’m going to cut myself off now! 😂

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Questions I Have For My Nominees:

1. What is your favourite thing about the book blogging community?

2. If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

3. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

4. Do you re-read books, or is reading them once enough for you?

5. If you could live in any fictional world, what would it be?

6. How did you come up with your blog name?

7. Is there a book you wish you had never read?

8. What is your favourite food to snack on while reading?

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

10. What is your favourite season?

11. Give us three words to describe your 2019 so far.

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I nominate…

Alicia @ A Kernal of Nonsense

Amy @ Tale at a Time

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Aurora Librialis

Melanie @ meltotheany

SepiaReads

Mahana @ Sapphic Library

Kayla @ Books and Blends

Right Writing Words

Destiny @ MyHoneyReads

El @ Elated Books

I encourage you to check out the blogs of each and every one of these wonderful people! They truly are making the book blogging community a more positive place by constantly spreading joy and inspiration through their delightful posts!

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Once again, I am so honoured to have been nominated for this award, as it has been such a great opportunity to spread positivity on this blog! I’m so happy that I got to acknowledge some bloggers that deserve to be praised for all their kindness and creativity, and I hope that this post allows the positivity of the Sunshine Blogger Award to reach more people!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did writing it!

xoxo,

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15 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award 2019

  1. autumnbookreads says:

    I loved getting to see your answers! 💕 I will definitely have to check out Trail of Crumbs and The Wildwood Dancing duology!

    I’m gonna have to disagree on Chaol and Aelin though. I feel like Rowan and Aelin just fit better. They even each other out. Plus, I wouldn’t give up the Chaol and Yrene ship for the world. 💕

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      Thank you so much for reading! I’m so grateful that you nominated me ☺

      Trail of Crumbs and Wildwood Dancing are both fantastic reads! Let me know if you pick them up!

      For me, it wasn’t the Rowaelin ship itself that I disliked. I just really hated Rowan as a character. I found him abusive, moody, and grumpy… I know a lot of ToG readers adore him, but he has never been for me! 😂 But I do agree that Chaol and Yrene are great for each other! However, I still would have been happy if Chaol ended up with Aelin!

      Anyways, thank you for your lovely comment! ❤ Hope you had a wonderful Sunday!

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      • autumnbookreads says:

        I would have to say Aelin (she is my favorite female character ever). I just really connected with Aelin’s character and anything involving her. Her backstory especially.

        Manon is just a smidge behind her. The development of Manon’s character is just 👌 and I can’t get enough of her.

        I am SOO excited for World of Throne of Glass so I can see where all the characters ended up! I want to know about Dorian and Manon especially!

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      • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

        Love how we’re just having a little conversation in the comments here! 😂

        I have a lot of appreciation for Aelin too. I hated her in ToG (I guess I hated Celaena lol), but her character developed so much throughout the series!

        I’m also super excited for World of Throne of Glass! Hopefully it will live up to my high expectations!

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  2. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    I know I feel like I should read the hobbit but they are quite intimidating books now.
    I love your tattoo!! And I agree about Chaol and Calaena– I really liked them together and didn’t like how it ended. Also wasn’t the biggest fan of Rowan either especially in Heir of Fire. But in the end I didn’t mind it as Rowan grew on me slightly and I really liked Chaol with Yrene together.
    Loved reading your answers!! 🙂

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      I knew I couldn’t be the only one who found Tolkien’s books intimidating!

      Yes, isn’t the tattoo so cute (I’ll probably never get it but oh well)!

      And yeah– I prefer Chaol and Celaena over Rowan and Celaena any day. But I do agree that Chaol and Yrene work really well together as well!

      Thank you for your lovely comment! ❤

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  3. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense says:

    Thank you so much for the nomination! I really appreciate it ❤ Cinder was so great, but like you, I'm not sure I'd enjoy it as much a second time around. So instead of a reread, I'm just going to look back on it fondly. You are a fan of Wildwood Dancing? I love that duology so freaking much! I stopped reading SJM, but I will forever bitter about what she did to Celaena and Chaol. Bitter until the very end. Enjoyed reading your answers!

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      You’re welcome, you and your blog totally deserve it! ❤

      Yep, I'm not usually a rereader, so I don't think I'll pick Cinder up a second time, but it will always hold a special place in my heart!

      I'm so happy that I'm not the only one obsessed with Wildwood Dancing! It's such an incredible duology that deserves more attention! It's a shame many people haven't heard of it, as they're missing out on a wonderful read!

      Thank goodness there's someone else who saw major potential in Celaena and Chaol's relationship!! I too resent SJM for ruining what could've easily been an epic romance, and I lost interest in her writing as well– Sort of after Crown of Midnight!

      Thank you, and I look forward to reading yours too (if you choose to create your own Sunshine Blogger Award post)!! 😃💕

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