The Sunshine Blogger Award

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The adorable Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books has tagged me to this and it just made me so happy, okay?? Admittedly I’ve been the WORST at doing tags last year with my long ass hiatus (and I’m sorry if I ignored you at the time, friends, feel free to remind me of my obligations in the comment section, I AM SO SORRY, I SHOULD HAVE PLANNED THEM LIKE THE ADULT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE) so I decided to try and do them relatively quickly this time. So, yay me! (or maybe not).

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  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog (I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS??? SO I MADE ONE???)

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Here we go…

① What was your favorite book as a child?

Ahhh… This question is actually very hard to answer because *whispers* I don’t think I read that much when I was a child. I know, I know, what the hell? Truth is, my first memories involving being obsessed with a book go back to the beginning of middle-school (11/12 years old here) with La Bibliothécaire, a French novel from Gudule (which I never reread, so I wouldn’t even know if it was that good). Harry Potter came after (I only started it back when the first four books had been released). My mum keeps telling me that I read a lot earlier in childhood but I just… cannot… remember???

② Do you get reading slumps? How do you get out of them?

Oh my GOD, I get them all the time. I think I’ve always got them, actually, because my life has been filled with a lot of reading moments and… many months without reading anything too. When I started reviewing on Goodreads at the end of 2014, I took the habit of reading a lot (okay : all the time) and I ended burning out last year. Something fierce. It made me so, so sad. Now I just wait and start binge-watching series on Netflix or gaming, until the need comes back – so far it’s working 🙂

③ What’s the one book or series that made you fall in love with reading?

Definitely The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. I was OBSESSED with these books as a teen, and that’s funny because I’m not a horror reader at all now? But I think I’ve read them all, and do you remember the one in which the girl was actually DEAD but DIDN’T KNOW IT??? I don’t know why but it stuck with me, lmao.

④ What are your thoughts on ebooks?

I LOVE THEM. Look, it’s simple, if ebooks didn’t exist, I’d have NO WAY to read so many novels in English. Even though France is well served by Amazon and other online shops, it would be too expensive for me to order paperbacks for every English book I read. Moreover, as I said in my post about learning languages, ebooks are so great to read in other languages because you can add one-touch dictionaries?? (YES, I totally one-touch real books now sometimes, and feel ridiculous about it, lol). Also they’re so useful when we read a 1K book? And we can use Dyslexia friendly fonts and change the font size and that’s amazing? I still buy my favorite novels and French books in hardback, but that’s about it.

⑤ Are you more of a fantasy or a contemporary person?

Fantasy person, but I love for them to acknowledge and tackle real-life issues (without using them as a plot-device, I mean). I strongly believe that fiction doesn’t exist in a void, and shouldn’t ever do.

⑥ Who’s your all time favorite author?

UGHHHHH that’s so so hard because I have several? Now, if I had to pick ONE, I’d say Melina Marchetta, because her books always resonate strongly with me.

⑦ Do you read audiobooks? Why or why not?

I don’t, but I intend to? Audiobooks aren’t that mainstream here in France and I’ve never even considered them until recently. This said, I subscribed to Audible in order to try, so to be continued^^

⑧ First person or third person?

Confession : I had to take a look at my favorite novels to answer this one, and it seems that third person is winning. There’s just something amazing about third person novels that manage to make you feel connected with the characters, and I think that it adds a little something more when it’s well-done. The Queen’s Thief series uses it splendidly, for example (from book 2 – book 1 is first person POV, BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE IT’S GEN AND I LOVE HIM).

⑨ Plot or characters?

CHARACTERS, ALWAYS. I can forgive a messy plot if the characterization is complex and on-point, not so much the opposite. I need to care, to feel, to connect, and most of my favorite novels are character-driven.

⑩ Heroes or antiheroes?

Bahahahahahaha what do you think? Antiheroes, of course. That does not mean that I don’t enjoy reading about heroes, but in my experience antiheroes are often more layered, and did I say that I needed a great characterization? Yeah? Sure, sometimes antiheroes are one-dimensional, but rarely. Give me a tortured, evil, smart main character with ambiguous morality on any day. One thing, though : I hate when people make excuses for villain leads, and if I enjoy them, it does not mean that I condone their actions. One character can be complex and fascinating, and we can acknowledge that without trying to create a nonsensical – and offensive in essence – redemption arc (yep, I’m talking about Snape). It’s okay to love villains! Just, I don’t know, stop romanticizing them? It’s as if… people were ashamed to like villains, and needed to find excuses. I don’t understand why, honestly.

⑪ Single point of view or double/multiple POV? 

I prefer multiple POV, but please spare me the hassle of jumping between 1,258 characters, because I don’t have the attention span for this. I just don’t.

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  1. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
  2. What are your thoughts about DNFing books?
  3. What’s your favorite novel with LGBTQIA+ romance?
  4. Do you read translated books?
  5. What’s your favorite diverse book?
  6. What’s the hardest thing about blogging for you?
  7. What’s your all-time favorite novel and why?
  8. Where do you usually read?
  9. What’s the review you’re the most proud of and why?
  10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a novel (or a series)?
  11. Who is you all-time favorite character and why?

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Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Wendy @ What The Log
Caidyn @ BW Book Reviews
Em @ Run Away With Thieves
Fadwa @ Word Wonders
Melanie @ Mel To The Any
Aimee @ Aimee, Always
Nina & Chantal @ Every Word A Doorway
Susana @ Paperback Wonderland
Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books
Inge @ Of Wonderland
Min @ Min and Her Books

OF COURSE it’s completely okay for you to ignore me, don’t worry!! (and I didn’t tag the amazing bloggers Silvia tagged, for obvious reasons) (and I have so many other bloggers to tag, it’s unreal) (so I guess I’ll just have to hope to be tagged again in the future) (FOR REAL THOUGH, SO MANY BLOGGERS)

25 responses to “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. AHHH I love this, I can relate to some of your answers here. The Goosebumps series was so much of my childhood – early teen years, I LOVED that series so, so much and… right now, I’m not an horror reader anymore, either. I don’t know what happened when we grew up, hahaha 🙂 AND YES I am always such a huge fan of characters in books ❤
    Lovely post! thank you so, so much for the nomination! ❤

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  2. We have most of the same answers so yay !!
    My favourite childhood books were Le Club des Cinq and Fantomette, la bibliotheque rose edition, i don’t know if you know them, but I had SO MANY OF THEM!!!
    Thank you for the tag ❤ I'll try scheduling my answers this weekend eventhough they probably won't be up for A WHILE haha.

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    • Ohhh yes I know them! I don’t think I’ve read any Fantomette but my mum adored them when she was younger and I’ve definitely read Le club des cinq 😀 The green books!! Ohh and I don’t know why but it reminds me of Les malheurs de Sophie ??? I loved that book, can’t believe I didn’t remember 🙈

      You’re welcome and thank you so much for taking the time to visit! ❤️

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  3. Antiheroes are the best. Best, best, best. Because good characters can be so bland. And books are so much more interesting when they’ve got characters who are a little dark… And I completely agree with you about characters thing. A great plot can only do so much if you don’t care about the characters.

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