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?

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

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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.

My Very Own Blogging Award

Hello dear readers, I have a bit of news for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy.

One of my goals this year was to come up with a blogging award. Originally it was supposed to be an award to showcase a selfless blogger who is always there to share a nice word and who is always willing to help others.

I had ideas to get that idea rolling, but nothing solid yet, so I might just hold that in my back pocket till I can work out the kinks.

BUT in the process, I did come up with what I think will be a really fun award that will get people wanting to do book tags.

I won’t give away too much just yet, but the name of the award is the Avatar Blogger award.

If you know anything about the show Avatar, you might be able to figure out that you might need to master four different elements or something??? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

What I can tell you is that the first part of that Award will be coming out tomorrow…so stay tuned!

The Liebster’s Award

Hello dear readers, I have a little bit of a treat for you today. I was tagged for the Liebster’s Award by the awesome Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews. If you’re in need of more bookish content in your life, especially YA Books, her blog is the place to go.

There are a few rules that come with this award:

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions I need to Answer:

Which author(s) continue to surprise you with their work?
Honestly I’d have to say Brandon Sanderson. He has yet to disappoint me, and the worlds that he builds are truly awe inspiring.

What is a book that you know like the back of your hand?
I don’t really know. I don’t often re-read books, but if I had to choose, it would be certain books in the Redwall series (Martin the Warrior, Mattimeo, etc.)

What bookish world captivated you to the point you wish you could live there?
Steelheart World (Brandon Sanderson). I think it would be cool to see some “superheroes” living an everyday life, but I think I’d have a superpower too which would be cool.

What is something that always brighten day?
My dog. Even on my worst days he always greets me with a happy smile.

What is go to drink at a coffee shop?
Hot Chocolate. Coffee is yucky.

Do you buy books for looks alone?
Usually not, but I have. I usually buy them based off their back-cover synopsis.

Are you a mood reader or do you plan out a monthly TBR?
I sort of just read whatever series I am in the mood for. I don’t read based off of how I feel, just what type of story I am looking for.

What are your top 3 upcoming releases?
Game of Thrones 6, Kingkiller 3 and Stormlight Archive 4. I can’t wait for my favourite fantasy series to come out. I need them NOW!

Are you up to date with the Shadowhunter world?
I am not up-to-date in the current Shadowhunter world. I was until the 6th book of the original series, but I haven’t kept up-to-date with it since then. I’ve also read the Clockwork trilogy as well!

What book do you own the most copies of?
The Illiad and the Odyssey. At one point I owned three different copies of each, but I have now dwindled it down to one of each.

What is your favorite bookish item to collect?
POP figures. I don’t have that many, but I have POP figures of my favourite Game of Thrones characters and I am slowly collecting all of the Straw Hat Pirates.


I am not nominating anyone, because a lot of the people that I would tag probably did this on their own.

If you see this post and you think to yourself “I wish people tagged me in one of these awards” then I am nominating you!

Answer the same questions I answered, I look forward to seeing your answers.

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Reviewing My Own Blog

Hello dear readers, sorry for the almost week break from giving you the content you crave every day. I figured with the holidays I would take a break from writing on my blog, give you all a break from reading whatever I wrote, and plan out what I want to do for the next little while.

The idea to review my own blog came to me just last night, and I really liked it. I think it’s a good chance for me to do a bit of soul searching and give you my honest opinions on what I think of On My Bookshelf.

If I had to be blunt about my opinions on my blog, I’d say I am not totally happy. I love writing the content, and interacting with people on my posts, but I am not happy with my level of commitment.

I want my life to focus a little more on my reading and writing. I want to pour more of my soul and myself into my writing for On My Bookshelf.

I too often find myself writing posts the day they go up, most times moments before they do.

I want to finish them early, giving myself plenty of time to make them better, instead of rushing just to get them out.

This is probably the biggest issue I have with myself/my blog. I know the writing could be more insightful, which I also plan on working towards, but I think giving myself more time to write will give me the chance to be more insightful.

I am extremely happy I started this blog, and I want it to grow, so 2020 is going to be the year I stick to my goals. I plan on doing everything in my power to reach those goals (which I will write about on Thursday) and make On My Bookshelf more succesful than it already is.

It won’t be easy, that I am sure about, but I want to test my commitment and see what I can do.

I’m also not impressed with how On My Bookshelf looks. I went through a re-design a few months ago, and initially I loved the new look, but the more and more I look at it, the more I realize it just doesn’t feel right.

It doesn’t give of the same feeling that I want it to, and it just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

I’ve only had my logo since late 2018, so I am not sure I will change it up just yet, but I definitely want a new look to the blog, and possibly a little “mascot” to go along with it.

I don’t want to get too deep into what I want to achieve for the blog in 2020, because that is more of my goals which will come on Thursday.

I don’t totally love On My Bookshelf, but I am getting there. I think little by little, if I keep changing things to see what works, I will eventually find the On My Bookshelf that I am happy with.

What Growing Your Blog Might Mean to You

Hello there fellow readers! Hope everything is going well for you. Today I am going to talk a bit about growing as a blogger.

This isn’t going to be specifically about book blogging, but a blog in general. I’ll talk a bit about what “growing” a blog might mean to you.

This post isn’t going to unlock any secrets of the universe for you, and you’ve likely heard at least some of it before, but sometimes a reminder is always nice.

Growing your blog can mean a few different things for you.

First off, you might not care how big your blog is, or how many people read it. You could just be using it as a journal or diary to get your thoughts written down.

If that is the case, then I commend your commitment. Sometimes all you need is to get your thoughts down and out of your head. I know that has been helpful for me in the past, and if that is your goal with your blog, I hope it helps you too.

In terms of actually growing your blog’s reach and impact, I find there is generally two different paths to take.

1. You want the blog to grow, but remain small.
2. You want the blog to grow, and keep growing.

You might just want your blog to grow bigger, but you’re not really looking to have anything that makes money or reach thousands of people.

You probably enjoy blogging because you get to talk about your passion, whether its travel, books, make-up, or dozens of other things people have blogs about.

That’s the way I look at my blog…it’s something I enjoy doing and it’s something that lets me pursue the things I am interested in…books, writing and reading. Without my blog I would probably be reading and writing a whole lot less than I am now.

Because of my blog, I get to keep my writing skills fresh and explore different books and creative ideas.

With this type of blogging, you probably won’t be making a lot of money, if any…but that’s not what you care about. Sure, there might be some opportunities to make money, whether it’s doing a brand deal or through advertisements, but you’re not doing it to put food on the table.

The biggest reason you’d want to grow your blog in this case is just for fun. You want to explore other people’s content, read what they wrote, and engage with people.

You want to talk about the things you are interested in with other people who are interested in them. It makes sense, and so growing your blog helps you reach more people.

On the other side of that coin, there is the desire to grow your blog to make money and become well-known.

You’re probably a lot more limited in what topics you cover. Book blogging, for example, probably won’t be paying your bills, but you might be able to mix book blogging in with other passions you have too.

I personally don’t know of any bloggers that make enough money that all they need to do is blog, but my circle is fairly limited.

There is an opportunity to make good money through blogging though. Working with certain brands of companies can pay off very well if you are able to review some of their products, restaurants are always looking for positive reviews of their establishments, and I know video game reviews are fairly popular too.

In this case, you are probably a little less interested in establishing relationships and talking to people about your topic, but you don’t want to exclude that entirely. It is important to engage with audiences and people in the same field as you, but you’re more focused on the opportunities you can take advantage of.

The main goal is the numbers. You want to see the money you’re making, and you want the numbers to grow.

There is no right or wrong answer of how you want to grow your blog. There’s no scientific method on how to make your blog grow faster than others.

Next week I will go over some of the tools you can utilize when it comes to growing your blog.

They’re easy to use and access, and you probably already have experience with them in your regular routine.