What better time to do this post than on a summer evening, right? I got tagged by The Readers Bay and Charvi from Not Just Fiction. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by one blogger to other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. I don’t know what I did to deserve to get tagged twice, but thank you so very much to them for doing it! 🙂 They have some really amazing blogs with superb content, so do check them out and show them some support! Before we get into the actual post, I’d just like to talk about how things have been recently for me.
I know I was absent for about 3 weeks on here and it was completely unplanned, so I am sorry for that. Things got very hectic and I just didn’t have time to keep up with blogging and bookstagramming for a while. However, now that I’m back on both the platforms, I’d just like to let you guys know about a few things. During my hiatus and in the past week, I was in a position where I felt really underappreciated as a blogger and content creator. I was even reduced to tears because I don’t really get much support in real life for what I do. The only thing that has kept me going is my limitless passion for books, blogging and the support I receive from the wonderful online community of bookish people, be it on Twitter, Instagram, the comments section of my blog or the blogger groups I’m a part of.
If you’re one of those people and I haven’t shown you much support in return, please know that I’d love to but it’s going to take me a little time to get everything together. I will surely make it my priority to do so the second it’s possible. Your support has kept me going through some tough times here and I really appreciate every like, comment and share. It honestly means the world to me that there are people out there who actively consume my content and actually enjoy it. This blog and blogger would definitely not be here without you and I’d like to thank you from the core of my being for all the love you’ve shown.
Now let’s get down to the actual post because I have 22 (yes, that’s right) questions to answer and they’re all so good! I’m choosing to alternate between their questions to add a little variety and hopefully so that you won’t get bored to death. Here are the rules at a quick glance because you really can’t have award posts without them:
- Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
Q1. If you can have any one character always by your side, who would it be and why?
A. This would be Sam Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings for me just because he’s the best companion to have at all times. Smart, resourceful, funny and inspirational when needed, I couldn’t have picked anyone else for sure! Here’s a little taste of his awesomeness:
Q2. Kiss, marry, kill: The main characters of the last three fiction books you read.
A. The last three books I read which had definite main characters were: Owl Eyes by Molly Lazer, The Fandom by Anna Day and American Panda by Gloria Chao. After a bit of hesitation, I’ve decided to kiss Nora from Owl Eyes, marry Mei from American Panda and kill Violet from The Fandom.
Q3. What according to you is the most important part of a novel or book that draws you in?
A. Characters are the most important part for me. I’ve gotten through books with mediocre plots if I love the characters enough and even unoriginal world-building is acceptable as long as I can relate to the people in the book.
Q4. A trope that you absolutely hate and one that you’re always down for.
A. I’m beginning to seriously despise love triangles because I’ve had enough and more of it. I think I’ll always love the chosen one trope though just because it has so much potential and there are so many books that I love which have made it work really well.
Q5. Name a book villain that you found yourself sympathizing with and why?
A. I’m not too sure how much this counts, but I grew fond of AIDAN from Illuminae over the course of the book. There’s just something about AIDAN’s near-human thoughts that seem both relatable and outrageous at once.
Q6. Your favourite book as a child?
A. The Five Find-Outers and Dog series by Enid Blyton. I consumed those books like a possessed person as a child. This question reminds me that I need to buy a boxed set of this series, preferably in hardcover.
Q7. If your life was turned into a book what would it be titled?
A. This is a really tough one! I actually got stuck, finished the rest of the questions and came back to this. Here goes: A Voice Against the Wolves. That’s the best I could do in this limited time, okay?
Q8. What is your bookish pet peeve?
A. Deckled edges of books. How do you even hold these books without cutting open your fingers?! Someone please leave tips in the comments section below.
Q9. Which was the first book or series that had you fangirl and discover a fandom?
A. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis is the first book I remember obsessing over, re-reading and recommending to family and friends. I only recently realised there exists a fandom for this series, but it’s not the most vociferous and usually found on Instagram, so I’m not exactly a big part of it.
Q10. If you had to befriend any character for a day, which character would it be?
A. I’ll go with Darrien from Geekerella for this. I’ve always wanted to see what it’s like to be the friend of a celebrity, but I’m sure I’d get tired of it soon, so just a day would be the perfect amount of time.
Q11. Name a few books or series you wish you had read when you were younger.
A. A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle, pretty much any series by Tamora Pierce and Matilda by Roald Dahl.
Q12. What is the one book that you will recommend for teenagers who aren’t big on reading?
A. The audiobook for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you don’t get into reading even after that phenomenon, I don’t know what will do it. But if audiobooks don’t work for you, I’d suggest The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. It’s a great mixed genre book having a contemporary setting that has realistic portrayal of teenagers and also makes one think, so it really doesn’t get better than this.
Q13. What is/are your go to book(s) for when you are feeling down?
A. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, any of Rick Riordan’s books and Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
Q14. Suppose your house is catching fire and you have to run for your life. You pass your bookshelves on the way, and you just can’t resist taking a few beauties with you. What are the two books that you most definitely HAVE to take with you?
A. My Folio Society editions of The Lord of the Rings and my Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Okay, I cheated and picked four books rather than two, but you did hypothetically burn down my house, so we’re square.
Q15. Which recent book gave you a serious hangover?
A. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. I went into a reading slump after that, not because it broke me or anything, but because I wanted answers and wasn’t ready to leave the world just yet.
Q16. If you could live in any fictional world, which one would it be?
A. This one is just too easy. You can find me in Lothlórien in Middle-Earth of course!
Q17. Which fictional character’s name do you want to steal and rename yourself and why?
A. In an alternate universe where I’ve ended up with a name other than the very apt one that I currently have, I’d have stolen Isabelle Lightwood’s name because it’s one of those names that sound grand and beautiful at the same time. Also, it easily rolls off your tongue because the first and last name really fit together.
Q18. Which bookish family/sibling relationship is most like your own? In case of no siblings, which bookish friendship is most like your own?
A. I think my brother and I have the kind of bond that Mei and Xing share in American Panda. We aren’t the best at communicating at the moment, but we care for each other deeply and I know he’ll always support me no matter what.
Q19. Which book brought a significant change in your life and how?
A. I’m going to set aside the really obvious answer of The Lord of the Rings and talk about When Dimple Met Rishi for a change. That’s the first young adult book I read by a Western publisher but desi writer which represented my culture and so many of the little details jumped out to me because of its Indian-ness. It was heart-warming, sweet and such a beautiful story overall and I consider it one of my personal favourites.
Q20. Three of your least liked books.
A. Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (*sigh* Yes, I’ve read it).
Q21. Which fantasy or fictional creature would you want to have as a pet?
A. I’ve always wanted a phoenix for a pet just like Fawkes that Dumbledore had.
Q22. Pick three books from your shelf. Open to random pages on each and choose the first character that comes. Now these three characters are battling in a war with each other. Who is most likely to win, lose and give up?
A. Ooh, this is my favourite question so far! I picked A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi and the characters I ended up with are Kell, Florian and Vikram. I think Vikram would wisely give up because he knows he has no chance of winning, Florian would lose because he’s just a helpless human boy and Kell would win because of his Antari powers. No contest!
That brings me to the end of this ginormous Q&A section. Wow, that was quite a long post! If you’ve made it till here, you definitely deserve a medal. Unfortunately, I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but if you feel like any of these questions are interesting, consider yourself tagged! In the comments section below, let me know what real-life award do you dream of winning? Also, there’s going to be quite a lot happening on the blog in the upcoming weeks: author interviews and a giveaway, so stay tuned! As always, have a happy weekend, everyone! 🙂