Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Hello word smiths, welcome to my second round of the Sunshine Blogger Award.

If you want to read my first round, you can find it here.

I was tagged by the always wonderful Kat over at Kbookreviews. She is a fantastic blogger, person, and friend, so I really recommend going to her blog and giving her some love.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) 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 on your blog.

Kat’s Questions:

What is your favourite bookish trope?

I don’t know if this exactly a trope, and if it is I don’t know the proper naming of it, but I really like an underdog rebel story. Something about them fighting against all odds always brings me a rush when I read it.

What is your favourite song / album / playlist right now?

Honestly I don’t really have any favourite songs at the moment. I am not a big music listener, but I would say Zach Brown Band is my favourite band right now. They have a lot of good country songs.


What has been your favourite read of 2020 so far?

I think my favorite read so far this year would be Priory of the Orange Tree. It didn’t start off in my best books, but it ended up being a really fun read and still one of my favourite reads of all time.

If you could live for a day in the world of any book what book would you choose?

I think I would pick the world of Tower of God. It’s technically a manhwa, but it has such an interesting world and the idea is that you advance in the tower to pursue a dream you have.


What are your feelings on loaning books to friends and family?

I don’t have a real problem with it. I’ve done it a few times and had them returned no issue. Most of my friends don’t read or ask me for books, so I Dom’t really have to worry about it happening to me.

How do you feel about writing in books, or purposefully breaking book spines, or dog-earring pages?

Dog earring pages is taboo. If people do it, then I don’t want to be friends with them. I’m kidding but I will never do it myself. Writing in text books is fine, for academic purposes, but I would never do it for my books. I don’t disagree with breaking book spines, because I do it quite often, but mine isn’t often on purpose. This is the only one of the three I would allow though.


Which do you find easier to write, a book review for a five star rated book or one for a one star rated book?

A lot of people would say writing a review for books they like is a lot harder, but I find. low ratings to be harder. When I don’t like a book, all I can usually say is that I didn’t like this, I didn’t like that. When I like a book, there are plenty of things I can talk about.

What is the post you are most proud of on your blog? Share a link to it.

With my new content coming out, I don’t really know what I am most proud of right now.


If someone was starring in the film of your life, who would you cast as you?

It would probably be some random no-name actor that has only been in off-hollywoods movies. I don ‘t think I look anything like a lot of mainstream actors, and if they are trying to capture my essence, it would make a lot more sense to cast someone more unknown.

Novelty socks or novelty t-shirts?

Shirts. Easy to answer. I don’t really have a fascination for fancy socks. All of my socks are all white or all black.


I am going to be very very lazy and reuse Kat’s questions for those I tag,

I Tag: No obligation to answer the questions, but I look forward to your answers if you do!

The Awesome Blogger Award Round 2

Hello dear readers, I’ve been tagged yet again by Ellie @ Eleanor Sophie Writes. She is a marvelous blogger who covers a wide range of topics. She is a great inspiration for many, and I definitely recommend giving her blog a follow. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

The Rules
Thank the person that tagged you.
Tag the post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
Answer the questions you were asked
Nominate at least five bloggers and let them know
Give them ten new questions to answer!

Ellie Asked:

  1. What was your dream job when you were a child?

I remember this quite well actually. In second grade we had to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up and I picked an ice cream man. not the guy who rides around in the trucks or works in a store, but an ice cream man who rode around on the bicycle type thing.


2. Do your family/friends know about your blog? Are they supportive?

Yeah pretty much everyone I am close to knows about my blog. I don’t think a lot of them read it more than on rare occasion, but they all know about it. I wouldn’t say any of them are unsupportive of it, but it doesn’t get brought up at all at the dinner table. Just something I do for fun.


3. What’s your ideal Saturday like?

One of two things. If I can’t be outside at the beach, on a hike, or just doing something outdoors, then I’d like to be curled up on the couch with something good on the TV and my computer in front of me with my current WIP or other creative projects I have.


4. Are there any genres you dislike but you feel like everyone else in the book community loves?

I wouldn’t say there are any genres I dislike per se, but I don’t see the interest in romance books as much as others seem to. The tropes just seem overdone and repetitive, with minimal suspense to them.


5. Who are three of your favourite musicians/bands?

This is a tough question because I don’t listen to music that often. If I had to pick someone I’d say Demi Lovato. Not because I am a big fan of her music, but because I think she is gorgeous lol.


6. What’s your drink of choice for when you’re reading?

I don’t really eat/drink when I read, but I always have water on hand. Too likely to spill and ruin a book.


7. If you use a star rating system for reviews, how do you personally define the categories? If you don’t, why not?

I’m not entirely sure what this means, but if I am correct in my assumption the loose categories for each star are:
1 Star: The book was bad for many reasons and I would not recommend to anyone.
2 Star: The book had bad flow, a terrible story, and characters were unreliable, but something stood out
3 Star: The book was okay. It was worth the read, but it didn’t overly stand out. Might recommend to others.
4 Star: The book was good. It was captivating and I was hooked throughout the entire book.
5 Star: This book was fantastic. Great world building, plot, and characters.

I don’t often give a book anything higher than a 4 star rating. I’d say my average is three stars.


8. What posts are you most proud of from your blog in 2020?

There are a few. These are the ones I spent a lot of time on researching and writing and it shows.

How Harry Potter Should Have Ended | Book of Water Tag: Avatar Blogger Award | 10 Reasons I love High Fantasy


9. Do you write your blog posts straight in the post builder, or do you write it on a different programme first and then copy it over? If the latter, what do you write them in?

99 per cent of the time I just write them on WordPress. It’s just easier than copying them over from another program.


10. Do you plan your blog content? In terms of either writing in advance or just deciding what you will write. How far in advance do you go?

I try and plan my content month by month. Usually something comes up and I have to change a few posts, but for the most part I can schedule an entire month’s worth of content ahead of time.


I am tagging:
Kat @ KBookReviews
Sammie @ The Book Wyrm’s Den
Mackenzie @ Lit Lemon Books
Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura
Zenobia @ That Zen Blog

My Questions:

  1. If you could erase one book series from existence, which one would you pick?
  2. Would you rather read three 500 page books, or one 1,500 page book, and why?
  3. What is your favourite candle scent? If you don’t like candles, what is your favourite smell?
  4. Do you have any favourite bookmarks? Don’t be shy and share a picture if you do.
  5. One book character you would marry, one you’d f*ck and one you’d kill?
  6. What is your Mayan zodiac? (you’ll likely need to look it up)
  7. Do you have any favourite board games?
  8. What is one thing nobody knows about you?
  9. Slow and steady or hard and fast? I’m talking about books, get your head out of the gutter.
  10. Other than blogging, do you have any other hobbies?

Real Neat Blog Award

Hello dear readers, welcome to my take on the Real Neat Blog Award. I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren over at Lala’s Book Reviews. If you don’t follow her already please do. She is a terrific YA Blogger and reads some amazing books you’re going to want to add to your TBR.

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate some bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

Lauren’s Questions:

What was the thing that made you feel like an actual blogger?

Honestly, I am not sure if I have had this feeling yet. I always feel a little bit out of the blogging world because I don’t read 10+ books a month. I’m lucky if I have time to finish one or two, while others read these amazing series I know I never will. Plus, I don’t like Booktube at all and I feel like that leaves me out of a lot of conversations.

Do you have any particular reading habits?

I really like reading on the elevator. It’s a bit odd, but I take an elevator 6-12 times a day. If you account for stopping on one or two extra floors, plus the fact that I live on the 23rd floor of my building, you can imagine how much reading I get done on the elevator each day.


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Do you write about anything other than books on your blog? If so, what?

I review manga almost every month, but that’s pretty much a book. Other than that I review some anime, movies, and TV shows.

What is the sweetest book you’ve read this year?

I don’t really have an answer to this other than maybe Priory of the Orange tree. It had some nice romantic moments if that’s what “sweet” means.


Which author would you love to hang out with for a day?

Dr Seuss. I know nothing about him, but I think he would be a lot of fun to spend a day with. See how he reacts to the world and how he sees it.

What fictional world would you love to visit but not live in?

The world of Fullmetal Alchemist. I think it would be amazing to see alchemy happen around around me, and maybe even do a bit of it myself.

Who are some of your favorite blogger/booktubers?

Like I mentioned before, I don’t like booktube too much. I don’t know why, but I have a big thing about voices, and if someones voice annoys me I can’t watch their videos, plus I don’t care too much about what they read because I know I’ll never read them.

I do enjoy a lot of book bloggers though, which you can find a list of here: 5 Bloggers You’ll Want to Follow

My Questions:

  1. If you could only read one colored book for the rest of time what would it be?
  2. What is one book you wish you had never read?
  3. Dogs or cats?
  4. Which celebrity would you want to narrate your future (or make believe) book?
  5. What country’s authors do you want to read/read more of?
  6. What Shadowhunter family do you think you’d belong to?
  7. What is your favourite recipe that you use?

Tagging:

The Avatar Blogger Award

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!


The journey to become the Avatar Blogger has been long. You have had to answer the questions to four different tags; Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.

If you have completed all four, then congratulations, you have officially completed your training and have become the Avatar Blogger.

There are no questions for you to answer. All you must do is go and spread your wisdom and teachings. Announce to your followers of your success and share with them all you have learned.

If you have not done so yet, feel free to put the Avatar Blogger Award logo onto your blog for all to see!


If you have not been tagged in any of the four different tags, let me know and I can send you the questions you will need to answer.

Otherwise, creating the tag was a lot of fun. I enjoy the world of the Avatar, and doing research on the different nations made a few sleepless nights go by easier.

The tags haven’t taken off too much just yet, but I’m hoping things will pick up soon!

Book of Air Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!


How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Callback to the creator of the tag: Andrew @ On My Bookshelf 
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other’s posts

This is the fourth of four tags in the Avatar Blogger Award. It has been a lot of fun writing and posting these tags, and I wish you best of luck if you pursue the Award for yourself.

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Air Readers live in remote settlements, often in the side of a mountain.
Where is your favourite place to read, feel free to share pictures!

I don’t really have a special reading nook or a comfy chair. I try to sneak in reading here and there. I’m often reading a page or two while I am cooking dinner, brushing my teeth, or even as I am doing dishes.

I probably read the most in bed while I get ready in the morning, or for the twenty minutes I set aside before bed.


After the 100 Year War, Avatar Aang and the Air Acolytes had to rebuild the Air Readers order, almost from nothing. 
If you could start a book or series over again, re-experiencing all the awesome moments, which book or series would it be?

I would definitely pick the Stormlight Archive series. There are so many moments that literally had me cheering out loud. I want to experience that joy and excitement again.


The orange clothing is one of the many things that make Air Readers easily recognizable. 
What are some of your orange covered books.

I only have one book with an orange cover. I think orange is a beautiful color, but underused in a lot of things.


Air Readers, male and female, shave off some or all of their hair to reveal their tattoos underneath. 
Do you have any hardcover books with a beautiful cover that is hidden by the dust jacket?

Unfortunately upon further examination, I don’t own that many books with beautiful hardcovers. They’re all a little bland, but I kind of like the Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity books by Brandon Sanderson. They’re simple but I like the single letter on the black book cover.


An Air Reader’s best friend is their sky bison.
What bookish animal/companion would you want to be your best friend?

Old Dan and Little Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows. Two loyal raccoon hunting dogs. Who could ask for a better companion to have by my side?


Avatar Aang was the inventor of the Air scooter, and all Air Benders worth their salt must master it if they want to have some fun racing it.
What is one book you recently had a lot of fun reading?

I actually just finished this book last night. I received it as part of a Book Tour and it is probably my favourite YA series, or definitely top three. It is called Knightmare Arcanist. It has magic, pirates, and mystery. It is a lot of fun exploring the world and piecing together the magical powers each character has, and how it ties into the world around them.


One of the forms of air bending is projecting your spirit.
If you could live in any book world, what world would you choose?

Again, I think this might have to be the Knightmare Arcanist. I really love the concept behind the magic system; bonding with a certain magical creature/entity (phoenix, kraken, unicorn, etc.) and gaining magical powers based off of their abilities.

Assuming I would be lucky enough to become a magic user, I think I would pick this world.


I Tag:
The Tattooed Book Geek
JenJen Reviews
Sophia Ismaa
Tessa Talks Books
Yna the Mood Reader

If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

Book of Fire Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other’s posts

For more great bookish content, make sure to follow me on social media!
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Stepping into the Fire Nation might overwhelm you with all the red everywhere; clothes, buildings, banners.
Let’s see those pretty red book covers!


The Fire Kingdom is warm, with plenty of places for a tropical vacation., possibly even close to a volcano.
You won a prize for a trip to a tropical location. Where are you going and what books are you bringing with you?

Well I don’t really have a choice on this one, because my girlfriend would make me pick Hawaii, but I would be okay with a view like this:

Bamboo temple - Picture of Maui Eco Retreat, Haiku - Tripadvisor

I would probably bring a Wheel of Time book and my iPad since I have four books I need to read on there for different tours/personal interests.


The Agni-Kai. A high-stakes duel between two Fire Writers to defend their honour. 
What book would you defend till the end, even though others may hate it?

I don’t think a lot of people will ever hate this series, but I would defend the Redwall series till my dying breath. It got me into reading fantasy and it has always been dear to my heart.


Fire is a dangerous element and even the most skilled writers are at risk for getting burned. The Fire Writer Lord Zuko is a perfect example.
What is one book that has touched who you are, and will stay with you forever?

I think the Starlight Archive will stick with me forever. There are so many meanings that come from events and quotes in that book, that I know I will remember it forever. My future tattoo will actually be something that came from the books.


The origin of fire writing was to use the fire as an extension of the body, like it was a part of you. 
What is one bookish accessory or piece of memorabilia you can’t live without?

I don’t really have one specific one, but I’m really liking my Straw Hat Crew Funko Pops. I plan on getting the entire crew one day, but I like having their big heads popping up on my shelves.


A skilled fire writer can use fire to propel themselves through the air, almost as if they were flying.
Are there any books you are looking forward to reading?

Oh I could probably list a few dozen in this case, but that wouldn’t be interesting. I am really looking forward to reading the Witcher series as well as the Legacy of Ash series.


Fire bending is the only form of bending where you create the element out of nothing.
If you could make the perfect book, what would be included; 10 words or less?

Magic, trilogy, world building, monsters, romance, death, betrayal, books.


I am tagging:
I’m All Booked Up
Erin – Lavish Literature
Ash – For the Love of Books
Debbie – Debbie’s Library

If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

Book of Earth Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Hello dear readers, this is the second part of the four part tag series to become the Avatar Blogger! If you are interested in being tagged, let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water, Book of Earth, Book of Fire, Book of Air.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 5 bloggers.

Book of Water Tag

Of all the nations in the Avatar world, the Earth Kingdom is the largest in size.
What are your three largest books?

Unsurprisingly, the three Stormlight Archives books are my longest three books. They’re all over 1,000 pages, and I expect the fourth one to be up there when it finally comes out too! Check out my list of my 10 Longest Books.


Ba Sing Se, the capital of the Earth Kingdom, has absolutely beautiful walls that have stood the test of time.
What book would you leave buried in a time capsule, to be opened by someone you don’t know 30 years from now?

OOH good question Andrew, this is actually really tough. I think I would have to go with a tried and true series that I will forever hold in my heart; the Redwall Series. I think they are under appreciated, in my bookish world at least, and they were a major part of turning me into the reader that I am today. I think people even 30 years from now can appreciate their values.


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Citizens of the Earth Reviewers are recognized by their green attire.
Share some of your books that have a green cover.

I actually own very few mostly green book covers, but here are some with at least a splash of green!


Though many people of the Earth Reviewers live in large cities, a lot of its citizens are migratory people.
What book did you DNF the quickest, and why did you give up on it?

I’ve never actually DNF’d a book before. I have a self rule that if I start a book, movie, or TV season, I have to finish it. I can always find something that I like about it. If theres a second book, season or movie, I might not continue with them, but I will always finish the ones I started watching or reading.


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Any Avatar or Earth Reviewer would be honored to be taught by Toph, the creator of metal bending, and close friend to Avatar Aang.
Which author, dead or alive, would you love to sit down with for a meal?

I think I would pick Robert Jordan. He is the author of one of my top two book series; The Wheel of Time, and seeing as he has passed away, I would love to just fanboy over how amazing his world is and how much it has inspired me as a hopeful future writer.


Earth Reviewing relies on standing strong and outlasting your opponent, looking for the perfect moment to strike. 
What is one book you had on your TBR on too long, and you wish you had read sooner?

Hands down, Priory of the Orange Tree. I bought it on a whim because I saw people gushing over it on Twitter, but always put it to the back of my TBR pile. I’m mad at myself for doing that because I would definitely consider it one of my top 10 favourite books right now, and Samantha Shannon is one of my favourite authors.


Iroh, a friend to the Avatar and one of the wisest men you’ll meet referred to the Earth as the element of substance. 
If you were skilled at making one thing, whether its artsy, music related, or more home improvement focused, what would it be?

I would really like to be good at making things out of wood. You know, desks, chairs, tables, etc. I just think there is a hidden beauty there that is so simple, and practical, but heavily under appreciated.


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If you have made it this far, then you have mastered the element of Earth, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

I tag the following:
Ellie @ Elanor Sophie Writes
Stephen @ Stephen Writes
Alice @ Love for Words
Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews
Joanna @ The Geekish Brunette