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The Sunshine Blogger Award

If you don’t know about this one, The Sunshine Bloggers Award is a community award where bloggers nominate other bloggers who bring positivity to the community. I was honoured to be nominated by a couple of people over on twitter—Coffee, Book & Candle— and want to say a BIG thank you to Jack, at Jack’s Bedtime Reading, for his nomination! 

Loved, loved, loved his answer but more, he’s set some really interesting questions!


So, how does this all work? Well, the rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer 11 questions prompted by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and set the 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award badge on your post and or your blog

And now, drum roll please, here are my answers to Jack’s questions:

1. If you could live in any book universe, which one would you choose?

My first thought was to say Wonderland, but then, the Queen of Hearts terrified my as a child. So, I think although I love that, and Neverland, along with Oz. I think I’ll go for somewhere less prone to death and magic and say, the 100 Acre Wood—yes, Winnie the Pooh and Roo, Tigger and Christopher Robin will do nicely for my retirement, thank you.

2. Us bloggers always seem to talk about fiction, so I’ll change it up. What is your favourite non-fiction genre?

Ooo, that’s an easy one, anything science-related. It could be any of the sciences and I’d be happy, but most especially anything to do with space. Whether that’s history, actual, factual, or science fiction. I’m there.

3. Are there any genres you have no interest in reading?

Romance springs right to mind, but even more so than out and out romance, I would say, horror. I’m okay with the supernatural, and the paranormal. But horror just doesn’t do it for me. It always defaults to violence, as there are very few authors skilled enough in knowing how to build the suspense enough to make the unseen far more terrifying when lensed through our imagination, than the over described monster. And wow, wasn’t that one long run-on sentence!

4. What is your favourite way to read? Physical book? E-book? Audiobook?

I am, and will always be a paperback reader. I get that the other formats are fast becoming huge favourites with so many, with both ebooks and audio offering, in turn, more access as well as portability. But give me a good old fashioned paperback whose pages I can sniff, with a glorious cover, and I’m a happy bunny.

5. What was the last book you didn’t finish and why?

There were a couple recently that I almost DNFed, but carried on to the bitter end, and finished. But DNFed completely? Hmm … probably something from last year when I was really lucking out on my choices. I picked a few duff reads. And as to why? Probably stories full of plot holes wide enough to drive a semi tractor trailer through, and bad characterisation. Two of my many pet peeves.

6. What was the last book that was a pleasant surprise for you?

Oh, that one is easy too, I would have to say the fun I had reading the pulp-fiction Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks. It was like reading an Indiana Jones movies in novel format. It was just a nostalgic blast and I highly recommend it!

7. If you could invite three characters from any books you have read, for dinner, who would you invite?

Oh, now you have me. I think I would like to have three very different kinds of characters at the dinner table, as it would be great to start a war, sit back, and let them have at it. I could imagine Empress Li from Devin Madson’s In Shadows We Fall, sat opposite, private dick, V. I. Warshawski, eying her with suspicion. With Fetch Philips from, The Last Smile in Sunder City, by Luke Arnold, looking from one woman to the other wondering how the hell he got invited to dinner to begin with. There would, most like, be weapons hidden beneath the table.

8. Reading requires energy, so which snack do you enjoy the most when getting lost in a book?

Peanuts are my go to snack food, because of the sheer variety available. But also because I can convince myself they’re healthier than the usual sugary snacks.

9. If it wasn’t reading and books, what else would you blog about?

Sciences, space, photography, geeking out on the latest tech/games/DVD, movies … and, well, you get the picture. I’m a geeky nerd, or is that, a nerdy geek? Either way, I’m one of those lusting after the latest iPhone and my little blogging corner, at home, is Houston Central.

10. Do you read one book at a time? Or multiple books?

I know many can pick up and put down any number of books, but I’m completely monogamous in my reading habits. I can only read one book at a time, especially as I started a review blog. It helps keep my thoughts straight for later when writing a review.

11. Have you got any auto-buy authors?

Yikes, have I? More than enough to keep me occupied and out of mischief. Most who know me since I started blogging, know all my favs. In SFF I would say Devin Madson at the moment, and Megan O’Keefe, and for crime fiction, definitely Sara Paretsky, Louise Penny, Steph Broadribb, and a handful of others who, I should write up as a separate post.


Of course, now comes the really hard part, nominating 11 new bloggers who haven’t already participated. There are so many deserving people I don’t know who to choose. But here goes, questions first, nominations to follow:

  1. What’s your favourite genre, and why?
  2. Name two of your fav reads and why?
  3. Name two of your fav go-to authors.
  4. Do you have a favourite time to read, and where?
  5. If you could live in any historical time period, where would it be?
  6. What are your fav blog posts to write; reviews, discussions, memes?
  7. What have you read recently, that’s outside your comfort zone?
  8. What will make you DNF a book: bad characterisation, weak plot, lack of world building?
  9. Audio books: Yes / No?
  10. What are two of your most anticipated books yet to be released?
  11. And what do you most love about book blogging?

And my nominations are:

My thanks again to everyone who nominated me, and to all those in the book blogging community that continue to bring us their own brand of sunshine, on a daily basis. Thank You!

6 comments on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

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    Eeeeek congratulations!! That’s super exciting!

    • Alex

      Thanks, Kat. I was delighted to be nominated, and had fun answering Jack’s questions. And this is a great way to share more about ourselves with each other, as well.

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    I really enjoyed reading your responses, Alexandra, as you hold nothing back

    Thanks for nominating me and I will try to get this done!

    • Alex

      Aww, thanks, Jo. I had fun doing it and yes, always kind of go all out.

      And it’s my pleasure to nominate some of my fav book bloggers by way of thank you. There are so many great book bloggers out there, helping promote and inspire.

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    I’m totally game to join you at 100 Acre Wood! I always find that a difficult question to answer but this one’s is closer to the real world than most of the other worlds :-). I also saw the movie a couple of months ago and loved watching it, like a small child :-). I’m certainly not a fan of horror either, even though I can take some creepy scary reads. Thank you for the nomination!

    • Alex

      Oh, now that would be fun. I could imagine us scraping our knees climbing trees looking for honey for Pooh Bear! Ha! Ha! Oh, and which Winnie the Pooh movie did you watch, I think there’s 2, and I have yet to see either of them. Something I need to rectify, as everyone said they were both fun.

      Yeah, I like a good scare in a murder-mystery kind of way, but horror? No thank you!

      And only too happy to nominate you, Sweetie. We all love visiting your blog and reading your reviews, and you are always a ray of sunshine!

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