The Sunshine Blogger Award

Disclaimer: If you’ve noticed that I’ve basically fallen off the face of book earth lately (or if you haven’t), it’s just because fall is a crazy busy time in my life, and I do plan to catch up on what I’m not posting now when I have time again later. But A few weeks ago Rachel tagged me for The Sunshine Blogger Award, and answering some bookish questions is just what I needed this week. Thanks, Rachel!



  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post
  2. Answer the eleven questions asked by your nominator
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers
  4. Ask them eleven questions, different to the ones you’ve answered
  5. List the rules
  6. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and blog

Rachel’s Questions:

What’s the worst book you had to read for school?

Grand Opening by Jon Hassler. I actually liked most of the books that I had to read for school, but this one immediately comes to mind. I went to high school in Minnesota even though I lived in Iowa, and we were assigned this book because it was set in Minnesota and was written by a Minnesotan, so in addition to just finding the story pretty boring it also felt irrelevant to me in the spirit of supporting home-state authors that it was presented to me with.

Within your own country, where would you most like to visit that you haven’t already been?

New York City. For most of my childhood, I wanted to live in New York after graduating high school, but then I was pretty depressed around that time and gave up a lot of things. I’m not really interested in setting up my life there anymore, but for as badly as I wanted to go then, I owe it to myself to at leas visit.

What’s the best first line of a book you’ve ever read?

I have no idea. I tend to savor them in the moment and forget them, I guess. But I just flipped through some favorites from my shelf to see if anything jumped out, so I’ll mention this opener by Lauren Slater in Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir – “I exaggerate.” That’s the whole first chapter. It’s a perfect fit for the book. (And arguably for all books. What are writers if not exaggerators?)

Do you have any tattoos and do you want any?

I don’t have any yet. I would like to get at least one, but I’m the most indecisive person alive, so I’m just waiting until I’m sure that I won’t end up hating my choice.

If you watch booktube, who’s your favorite booktuber?  If you don’t watch booktube, what’s your favorite thing to watch on youtube?

Currently Ariel Bissett, but it fluctuates. I would rather read than watch/listen to book reviews, so I like that Ariel isn’t really reading and posting about the most popular books at the moment, though her content’s still bookish. I especially liked her recent documentary about Instagram poetry, and her “books I want to read that nobody cares about” videos.

Which classic do you think more people should read?

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. I had to read this one for school, and it didn’t sound like anything I would be interested in so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s a sort of dual look at what a person will do for money, and what a person will do for love, in a great mirrored structure. I’ve recommended this one to a lot of people who don’t ordinarily read classics, because it’s easy to read and surprisingly resonant and I don’t know why more people don’t know about this book?

What would you consider the most overhyped and the most underhyped book you’ve read in the last year?

Overhyped = The Power by Naomi Alderman. I wanted to love this one because so many others seem to, but in the end I thought it had some great concepts but poor execution.

Underhyped = Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. I thought this was a brilliant novel about identity and African culture, and was sad to see it fade out of sight after its release this spring.

Would you like to work in the publishing industry, or do you prefer to keep books and reading strictly a hobby?

I actually tried (pretty half-heartedly) to get a job in editing/publishing after finishing college, but I was so burned out at the time and it was only ever second-choice to writing. So I’m taking the rest of this year to finish my first novel, and depending on how that goes I’ll regroup before moving forward, but I plan to always be doing something with books, so I would love to make a career of that in some way.

If you’re a writer, which author’s style do you think is most similar to your own?  If you’re not a writer, which author’s style do you connect with the most as a reader?

Oh gosh, it’s hard for me without ever having been published to compare myself to anyone who has been; although I’m pretty sure I’ll still have imposter syndrome long after my name is printed on books. But maybe a bit like Caroline Kepnes? Fast-paced, mysterious, contemporary, but the focus is mostly on all the weird stuff that’s going on.

What’s your least favorite book cover?

There are so many bad covers out there, it’s hard to choose. But lately I talked with my Stephen King book reading buddy about some bad covers of his books, and this is one that immediately comes to mind:


Who’s your favorite actor/celebrity?

Can I say Evelyn Hugo? I’m fickle about non-bookish celebrities, and don’t have a go-to at the moment.


My questions:

  1. What was your first dream job as a kid, and did that dream get realized in any way?
  2. Are you a library person?
  3. What’s the longest book you’ve read, and was it worth the time?
  4. Is there a genre you never read? (Why?)
  5. Which book do you feel like the only person who hasn’t read yet?
  6. Do you judge a book by its title?
  7. What’s your favorite mythological creature?
  8. Is there a book you’ve loved especially because of where or when you read it?
  9. Would you be satisfied or disappointed to reach the end of your Goodreads (or other long-term) TBR?
  10. What is your favorite subject (outside of books/language) to learn about?
  11. Do you have an irrational level of fear for going blind and not being able to read any more (or is it just me)? Or another irrational fear?


Read Voraciously, Failing at Writing, Book Jotter, The Cozied Reader, Jenna Bookish, The Reading Chick, I’ve Read This, and anyone else who wants to answer these questions!

If you’ve already been tagged for this award recently or just aren’t interested, no pressure. If you do decide to post, please link back to me so I can see your answers! 🙂


The Literary Elephant

7 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. … I am intrigued by your going to high school in Minnesota despite living in Iowa??

    Sister Carrie sounds fantastic! I think my mom read and enjoyed that book but I honestly can’t say I’ve given it much thought before now. I’ll definitely have to look it up now, though!

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    1. My family lived close to the minn/iowa border, so we spent our time pretty evenly between states. When I started school my mom worked close to the Minnesota school, so that was more convenient and then I never wanted to switch. I knew other kids in my class in similar situations, so it wasn’t as weird at the time as it seems when I talk about it now.

      I loved sister Carrie! The way the characters clash by simply wanting different things from each other is so brilliantly done and amusing. It sort of seems to me now like an early Evelyn Hugo, though social issues have obviously changed a bit. But money and love are pretty universal motivators, and I had a lot of fun with it.


    1. Oh, definitely! Life certainly has had some different ideas about where I’m going than I did. I’m glad I’m not the only one! And you’re most welcome, I’m looking forward to seeing your answers!

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