Sunshine Blogger Award: The Sequel

Approximately a million years ago (actually, more like three years ago), I was tagged in the Sunshine Blogger Award by my dear book blogger friend Paige Turner. More recently, I’ve been tagged again by The Story Sponge! I figured we were due for another round of random questions, and they had some pretty great ones, so that’s what I’ll be participating in today.

Since it’s been quite a while since the last time I did this, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them. (Did that above, but in case you missed it – thanks to The Story Sponge for nominating me!)
  2. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  5. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Like I said, i got asked some pretty interesting questions, so without further ado, here we go!

1) What is one phenomenal book that you think more people should know about?

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. Definitely one of my favorite books of 2018, and a great look at “fandom life” in a way that isn’t cheesy.

2) Who is one of your favorite fictional characters and why?

Rude of you to make me decide. I wrote some posts recently about my favorite heroes and heroines in fiction, but if I HAD to pick just ONE that wasn’t on those lists, it would be Zelda from The Legend of Zelda (though I’m especially partial to her Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild). She’s a wise and courageous princess, someone who’s not usually content to just sit on the sidelines. I’d pick her as my leader any day.

3) What is a song that you really love at this moment?

I’m in forced withdrawal from My Hero Academia, so I’ve been consoling myself with NateWantsToBattle’s cover of the season 4 opening, but I’m also rocking out with Wage War’s newest album Pressure.

4) If you could acquire one real-life skill overnight, what would it be? (like the ability to perform neurosurgery or play the accordion or balance a grape on your nose for extended periods of time)

The ability to write code, either for websites or video games. I’ve dabbled in a little bit of HTML & CSS and I have a general idea of how it works, but if I had the time, I’d love to experiment with it more. I love how it’s like solving a puzzle.

5) If you could acquire one non-real-life skill overnight, what would it be? (like the ability to breathe underwater or control objects with your mind or balance a grape on your nose for extended periods of time)

The ability to adjust the level of noise I hear so that everything is always at the right volume for me. For example: turning down the coffee shop chatter so I can focus on my work, or hearing my video games better so I can play them in the living room without disturbing my roommates. Or silencing the people in the apartment above us so I can get some sleep for once. Stuff like that.

6) What book surprised you the most this year, and in what way? (It doesn’t have to be one that came out this year)

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. I didn’t really go in with a ton of expectations, but this book blew me away with how enjoyable it was. I flew through it in a little over a weekend, which is more impressive when you consider that I was busy with the start of the fall semester at the time. I had so much fun with this book, and I’m looking forward to the sequel coming soon!

7) Would you rather be a superhero or his butler?

I’d much rather work for a superhero, because there’s less danger of bodily harm, but you still get a little bit of adventure. Plus, we all know it’s the people in the background who make the heroes look good.

8) What makes you laugh?

Valid question. It depends on the day. Anything from a stupid pun to absurd literature memes to witty jokes will make me laugh. I generally don’t laugh at crude jokes or slapstick humor though (not claiming any moral high ground here, I just… don’t think it’s funny…)

9) What is something that you know is silly but you love it anyway?

LISTEN, if it’s something that makes me happy, then it’s not silly! I refuse to let myself feel bad about liking things. (But the answer is Miraculous Ladybug).

10) Which fictional character would you adopt in a heartbeat?

All of them. Just kidding, Sydney Clarke from Vicious, Eden Wing from Rebel, and Wylan from Six of Crows are my children

11) If money was no object, which book would you adapt either into a movie or into a Broadway musical?

This feels like a trick question… Actually, if I’m allowed to bend the rules a little, I’d love to turn the Pokemon Adventures manga series into a proper anime series that’s leagues better (haha, get it?) than the current series. But alas. I think Cinder would make a good movie, especially if it were animated (like a Pixar-style film, or something like Into the Spider-Verse). I’m biased towards animation. Fight me.


I’m not going to tag anyone for a couple of reasons (one being TIME CONSTRAINTS), but I did come up with 11 more questions! Feel free to answer them on your own blog or in the comments below!

  1. What’s the best class you ever took in school? (At any level)
  2. What’s the worst class you ever took in school?
  3. What’s a music artist or genre that most people wouldn’t expect you to like?
  4. If you never had to sleep again, but you had to give up half of every paycheck for the rest of your life to do it, would you? Why or why not?
  5. Which books, movies, TV shows, games, people, etc. have inspired you the most to do what you do?
  6. Flavored water or regular water? (Assuming each has the same nutritional value)
  7. What’s the best gift that you’ve ever GIVEN to someone?
  8. When you were younger, what was your dream job?
  9. How do you feel about sequels/remakes?
  10. Tea or coffee? (Or something else?)
  11. If your house was on fire and you only had time to save THREE items, what would you save and why? (People and pets don’t count, we’re assuming they’re already safe)

Until next time!

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