◦ Thank the person(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 as many as you want, to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
◦ List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.
Thank you SO much, Chloe, for nominating me! I am so honored. Honestly, I would nominate you back as well if you hadn’t been chosen already. You’re a sunshine!
The questions Chloe came up with are so fantastic, and I think that this was one of my favorite posts to write! I loved answering and I loved making up 11 questions of my own. Stick with me and read until the end to see what I came up with (or just scroll down if you want to).
-Cats or dogs?
Dogs! <3 They are so cute and fluffy! I love their eyes and loyalty and playfulness. I don’t hate cats, but the ones I’ve encountered in my life have always looked suspicious and very spooky. They have something in their gaze that makes me think they’re hiding something. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write a book someday about Russian spies and hackers living inside cat bodies and lurking around. That would be a weird thing to read, but interesting nonetheless! LOL, I’m so strange.
-Your favorite song at the moment?
Choosing a current favorite song is always difficult for me because I usually have a couple which I’m REALLY loving. But after some further exploration and navigation of my playlist, I came to the conclusion that To Be Human from Sia is my number one preferred song currently.
It inspires me so much, and I can’t help but relate to the lyrics. This song understands how I'm feeling at the moment.
-Pasta or ramen?
I used to LOVE pasta, especially with tomato sauce, but a while back I found out that I’m gluten intolerant, so I don’t eat it anymore. I do really like rice pasta, though!
I have never tried ramen before, nor did I know what it was until now, unfortunately! But I looked it up on google and it says that it contains flour as well as pork. I’m vegetarian too, so I don’t think I’d prefer Ramen. Have any of you ever tried it? I think the ramen noodles can be found in the USA as the Maruchan industrialized version.
I’ve tried Maruchan before, but I’m 100% sure that it does not compare to the original Chinese plate. What’s the difference, though, between pasta and Ramen noodles? If you know, educate me in the comments!
-A character you hate with a burning passion?
I can think of two: Tamlin from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I knew something was really off with this guy in the first book, but after ACOMAF and ACOWAR, everything has settled. He’s an idiot and I’d like to stuff a handful of dirty sand into his mouth every time he talks.
The second character that I hate with a BURNING passion is Curley from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I recently read this at school and enjoyed it a lot, but I flinched at all of the gender stereotypes and male dominance of the period represented in the book. The perfect example was Curley, the son of the chief of the ranch that the two main characters, George and Lennie, work at. The book is set in the 1930s, United States, during the dustbowl.
One of the main elements in this book was how every female figure in this book worked as either one of two stereotypes: house-wife that cooks and takes care of things, or harlot woman used by men only for pleasure. Curley’s wife is a female character who is never even given a name of her own that is not attached to Curley.
And Curley was this short but strong man who wore boots and a hat to look taller. He was intimidating and rude, and I hated him and all of the overpowering figures portrayed in this book that disregarded women, villains or not. Rumor had it that Curley kept his hand inside a glove with Vaseline to keep it soft and pristine only for his wife.
Disgusting. I hate him.
-Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I knew that I wanted to talk about books somewhere. I watched Booktube before I read Book Blogs, but I didn’t want to start a Youtube Channel just yet. I loved the idea of connecting with people who know just as much about literature and current book releases as I did. The blogging community covers even a bigger amount of releases as Youtube, so that was even more exciting. I wanted to practice writing and have MY OWN SPACE where I could write and talk about anything I felt like. I wanted to create my own corner on the internet and in the world that would represent everything I am and love.
It is also a place that I escape to whenever I’m overwhelmed or in need of leaving the mental state I’m currently at. Blogging is yet another door that takes me to fantastic places when I have to stay where I am, just like books. But by blogging, I practice other abilities and skills, like writing.
The book world is a journey for me. Stage one was reading books. The second stage is writing my blog. The third stage, which at least for now I consider to be the end goal, is to have my own Booktube channel. I want to progressively get to the point where I’ll do all three of them at the same time and experience all three worlds; the one inside my mind, the one outside it, woven into the words of thousands of people around the globe, and the one that represents an image and a (literal) voice. What I read, what I write, and how I talk are the three main things that represent me, and I want to show all three to the rest of the world.
-Your favorite Disney movie?
This is SUCH a difficult question! I used to love Cinderella as a child, but I’ve grown to dislike the idea of the typical princess sitting and waiting for the prince to come. It was a movie that gave me imagination and illusion with which I grew to do so many things I’m proud of, but which didn’t teach me about freedom, independence, or female power. As I became older I realized that the movie that truly really inspired me was Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Brave. Out of the three, though, my FAVORITE one is Mulan. Best moment EVER ↓
Dinsey is super important to me, however, because, with each movie, a new element was introduced into my life. I learned to dream with Cinderella, love the water with The Little Mermaid, admire detachment from the expected and all the stereotypes that society push on us from The Beauty and The Beast (as well as the love for a library with a sliding staircase), defiance and respect at the same time from Mulan, and taking that courage we all have inside us and doing something with it from Brave. They are all fantastic movies I love. Disney has many problems, yes, and I’ve seen myself influenced as a child by all the ideas it conveys, negatively an positively.
I always ask myself which Disney movie I’d like to show my future children first, and I really don’t know. Which would you like to fangirl over with your daughter or son?
-The place you want to visit the most?
I really want to visit Russia sometime soon and learn all about its history and culture. Russia looks fascinating to me, and I’d like nothing more than to visit the country and indulge myself. Like the history buff I am, this answer is fitting.
-A popular book that you did not enjoy reading?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I was pretty bored through most of this in part because of the excessive writing that was too much, and also in part of the plot which was SO SLOW! I had such high expectations because of the unique premise and format of the book (since it includes lots of creepy pictures that are interwoven with the story).
I watched the movie and enjoyed it a lot, so that left a better overall idea in my mind and taste on my mouth, but I really didn’t enjoy reading the book and was very disappointed after hearing about all of its hype and finding that it was not to my liking. It ended on an intriguing note, though, so I continued to read the second book to see if it got any better. Again, I was disappointed.
But well, at least you can’t say that I didn’t try! This book got my fair shot.
-Your favorite fictional school?
My answer for this question HAS to be Hogwarts! There’s nothing that I’ve loved more than reading myself into it through the Harry Potter books and imagining what life would be like if I got the letter. There are other fictional schools that I also really love, but Hogwarts is, hands down, my favorite!
I really cannot just choose one! There are too many! I will do my best and pick three (which is already excruciatingly hard, so don’t at me):
Feysand from ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas
Will and Tessa from TMI by Cassandra Clare
Percabeth from Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
-Your favorite book-to-movie adaption?
I blank when I think of movie adaptations, but the two that are my ALL TIME FAVORITES (again, I’m sorry. I just can’t do with picking ONE!) come to me as easily as breathing:
Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter. I was a fan of the HP movies before I ever read the books, and even though they really cannot compare, I love them so much. This fandom lives and breathes from within me in every single way.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my most re-watched movies of all time as well. I love the settings, the English accents, the actors, Keira Knightley, EVERYTHING about this adaptation. The piano music is amazing too, and this movie’s soundtrack is one of my favorites to listen to when I need something that is peaceful and soothing!
Thank you so much to Chloe for tagging me! You should go read her posts too because her answers are GREAT as well. She has different questions because, with each nomination, the blogger gets to choose their own, new 11 inquiries that the next 11 bloggers nominated should answer. The things she talked about were SUPER fun! Read her Award Post HERE!
1-What cross-over of Hogwarts Houses represents you best?
Ex: GryffinClaw, SlytherClaw, RavenPuff, etc.
3-What character did you relate to the most in 2017?
4-Which book would you like your child to read first?
5-What is your favorite candy?
6-What book would you associate to that candy and why?
7-Why are you a reader?
8-Which societal stereotype do you despise the most?
9-Favorite trope to read about?
10-Hot or Cold?
11-Which is a Diverse, 2018 release are you HIGHLY anticipating?
I have a problem which is that the rest of the bloggers I wanted to nominate have already been nominated! And now I don’t know who else to tag! I did my research as well as I could to find out whether these beautiful, sunshine people have already answered some Sunshine Award questions, and as far as I could see, they haven’t done it yet.
I apologize if I’m wrong, though! I hope you enjoy my questions and accept my nomination anyway! Lots of love to you!
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