The Sunshine Blogger Award Number Eight || Tags & Awards

Hello beautiful people!

Okay … so … I’m REALLY feeling the book community lovin’ vibes right now … since this is now nomination number 8 and I don’t know HOW that happened. Seriously … just … wow.

The LOVELY and ADORABLE Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. nominated me earlier this summer, to which I’m incredibly grateful (THANK YOU, LOVE). This woman is a superstar. Seriously, her content is fabulous and always full of life. Sofii and I have begun to connect more as friends this year, which I’m so happy about. Her positive energy and kindness definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. So thank you, darlin’ ❤

I’ve said this time and time again, but I love this community. You are all such lovely and kind people, always being so supportive and caring to one another. So thank you all for being epic human beings.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules

↠ Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
↠ Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
↠ Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
↠ List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

One. What was the last book you strongly disliked?

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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon ↠ I wanted to like this book so badly … but I couldn’t get past the 50% mark. Though the book is fantastic for including diversity, the narrative style was not for me and I couldn’t stand the main character.

Two. How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

Ooo! This is actually a really cool question! Firstly, I use teacups because I’m obsessed with coffee and tea. I have mine in my Book Review Policy page, but they work as follows:

☆☆☆☆☆ – I absolutely adored this book! It has permanently left a piece of it with me!

☆☆☆☆ – I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone’s TBR list!

☆☆☆ – I enjoyed the book yet there was something lacking in the novel or some sort of flaw.

☆☆ – I finished the book but it was not my cup of tea.

☆ – I did not enjoy this book whatsoever.

So … pretty straightforward. I don’t think I have any one star / cup of tea rated books since I usually DNF it at that point ha-ha!

Three. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

My stomach is a JERK, so I have a hard time eating pizza … thank gosh for more gluten free and vegan options nowadays. My favourite toppings are: broccoli, cashew cheese chucks, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and either cauliflower or with a cauliflower crust.

Four. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

If I could have it my way, a great plot with amazing characters … but that’s not the point of this question ha-ha. Most DEFINITELY a cast of amazing characters with a boring plot. As most of you probably know by now, I’m VERY much a character-oriented reader … if I don’t connect with them, I see no point in continuing on with the book.

Five. How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?


Right now, I’m reading three books … because I fell behind a bit ha-ha!

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
The Infinite Noise (ARC) by Lauren Shippen

I’m honestly enjoying them all, but my favourite is Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames … it’s so good. Honestly, if it wasn’t for my chaotic life in August … I would’ve finished it in a weekend. I’m ALMOST there though.

Six. What was the last book review you posted?


The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro ↠ I actually just posted this ha-ha! Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable read, though I find book three already MUCH more interesting and easier to follow.

Seven. Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

Lately, I’ve been enjoying YA … but I find that it’s hard to connect since I’m usually 8 to 10 years older than the characters ha-ha! If it was done right, I think I would love NA … I love the vibe and simplicity and content style of YA, but I’d like characters who I can relate to more such as in NA. A lot like Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston … if anyone has recommendations, PLEASE let me know.

Eight. Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

Hmmm … I agree with Sofii. I wouldn’t say there are books I wouldn’t read based off of a particular author (maybe if I knew they were super prejudice or something like that, because then I wouldn’t want to support their work). There are authors I probably won’t read from NOW since I tried and wasn’t a fan, but that’s about it.

Nine. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

Again … have to agree with Sofii … there are SO MANY to choose. We are getting better at this in literature, but we still have a FAR way to go. As someone who has Métis ancestry, I would love to see more inclusion of both Métis and Indigenous (Native American) persons in literature. I can’t remember the last time I read a book with someone of that lineage as a main or side character.

Transgender, transexual and asexual characters is something else I think needs to be explored more … and those who don’t identify with a gender (use “they/them” pronouns). Books are getting better are LGBTQ representation, but we need to work on everyone under this umbrella a bit more.

Oh! And biracial characters. That’s another one that I feel needs more attention, especially in YA.

Ten. Do you listen to music while reading?

About 99% of the time. I think it’s my need for some kind of background noise but television shows are too distracting. I also listen to different music depending on the genre. I listen to epic Celtic and orchestral music (i.e. Two Steps From Hell) with fantasy books, a lot of dark indie and alternative with urban fantasy, happy and uplifting indie/folk/alternative OR country with contemporary YA/NA realistic fiction … you get the picture. I try to find songs with less vocals, but in general I don’t have a hard time reading with music. If you ever want some playlist recommendations, let me know!

Eleven. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

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[ #bookreview ] : The Last of August (Book Two) by Brittany Cavallaro : ⭐⭐⭐ . "It's strange to grieve for your former self, and still I think it's something that any girl understands. I've shed so many skins, I hardly know what I am now – muscle, maybe, or just memory. Perhaps just the will to keep going." . And here we are, continuing on this epic buddy read journey with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess. I still don't know if I prefer book one or two, but it was still an interesting read. Since Sofia and Rebecca don't have Instagram, please visit this post on my blog to find the links to their buddy read post discussions. . Pros 🌙 The complicated and tense yet hilarious relationship between Holmes and Watson's still in play, building upon the complex and comical "dynamic duo" partnership. 🌙 The Last of August opens readers to more insight on Watson and Holmes, shedding light on their personalities and past experiences. 🌙 Though some plot elements were obvious, the events leading up to the ending were a SHOCK to say the least. . Woes 🌙 The mystery was unnecessarily confusing, and the lack of action and intensity was a let down. 🌙 The short time frame and quick paced writing style doesn't allow for greater character and plot development. 🌙 Connecting to the previous point, the 'brief description of events in passing' rather than 'experiencing them with the characters' (i.e. coffee shop visits, interactions during travel) was excruciatingly frustrating for it removed more opportunities to flesh out the characters. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #minimaliststyle #instaread #book #bookaddict #bookworm #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #minimalist #bookish #hyggelife #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #hygge #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #mybookfeatures

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Bookstagram … hands down. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never really been a fan of Twitter. I honestly only re-created an account because of a number of book reading challenges I participated in. But BOOKSTAGRAM is where it’s at! I’m not really that BIG in the bookstagram world and still have a lot to learn, but I find the community very lovely and the pictures stunning. I also just have a slight obsession with Instagram in general …

Oh! If you want to, you can follow me here: @bookmarkyourthoughts

The Nominees

I’m only going to nominate 4 people (sorry) … hopefully without renominating the same people ha-ha:

↠ Milana @ A Couple Reads
↠ Rae Moan @ waesmiles reads
↠ Nen & Jen @ nen & jen
↠ Belle @ Belle Can Read

The Questions

Like Sofii, I typically try to create my own questions … but I’m SO behind and I actually LOVE these questions … so I’m using them ha-ha!

↠ What was the last book you strongly disliked?
↠ How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?
↠ What are your favorite pizza toppings?
↠ Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?
↠ How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?
↠ What was the last book review you posted?
↠ Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?
↠ Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)
↠ Do you listen to music while reading?
↠ Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?


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24 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award Number Eight || Tags & Awards

  1. I am also an avid pizza lover despite having a GIT system that doesn’t want me to live my best life. So curious to try cauliflower on pizza, I don’t think I ever have!
    Your bookstagram looks stunning, will definitely be giving you a follow!!
    💚 Nish

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    1. Oh no! I have a mix of stomach issues. They thought I had IBS but the docs just think my stomach doesn’t like food sometimes due to after effects of having my gallbladder removed.

      It’s a cauliflower crust and it’s SO GOOOOOD! And pain free for my stomach ha-ha!

      AWE! Thank you! I will keep an eye out so I can see your Instagram as well!


  2. OMG, you’ll make me cry 😭, you don’t know how grateful I am for all those beautiful words, honey, I feel the same towards you, I’m incredibly happy to have got to know you more this year and I hope this bond continues much longer. 😍 You’re a beautiful human being!❤️ And congratulations on 8 nominations! That is incredible, you deserve it a lot.🎊

    I agree with you on many of your answers, of course, & I LOVED read all this post, your blog, in general, is just fantastic, I always stay to read all your content, although sometimes I would like to comment on EVERY single one of them lol, but I can’t sometimes because I don’t have time or whatever, but I wanted to let you know what I love your content and I think you do a great job, love 💕

    I hope you’re having an INCREDIBLE September, I think we should buddy-read a spooky book in October 😊


  3. What about olives?!?!? Pizza has to have olives!!! nhom nhom… 😀

    I’ve been thinking now for a couple of minutes and I can’t decide if I’d prefer amazing characters or amazing plot… This is a very difficult question! All thrillers and mysteries need a great plot, I usually don’t care about characters. But fantasies and literary fiction can’t survive without some amazing characters. Ugh…

    So glad that you’re enjoying all the book you’re currently reading!!! According to my GoodReads, I’m in the middle (very early point) of 6 different books and tbh… I kinda only like 2 of them. lol

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    1. Noooooooooooo! Alex … nooooooooo! They taste … FUNKY! NO OLIVES! We will have to have half olives for you 😉

      I don’t tend to read thrillers, so that helps with my decision. I have to have interesting characters … it’s a must … or I can’t read the book lol!

      Oh no!!! And 6????? wow! I’m still at three but one new one. Technically I have 2 others that are on hold, so I’ll need to get to then eventually lol. And I’m HOPING the three I’m reading will be done by the end of the month *fingers crossed*


  4. I RELATE TO YOU ABOUT THE PIZZA SO MUCH! My stomach is evil, and my inability to digest lactose loves to mock me. I’m so thankful that there are a lot of substitutes that work, so I can still have pizza on occasion. I would love to see more biracial representation as well, and to see some books featured with Native American characters and culture would be incredible! Great post, Jenna! ❤

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  5. Ahh congratulations on the award, Jenna ❤ I loved reading your answers so much and I'm right here with you when it comes to characters. Characters matter SO much in my stories, I need to connect with them on some level, to care for them, otherwise I might as well just give up on the book haha 🙂

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  6. Oof I felt the same way about Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. I loved the diversity, but the writing style wasn’t suited for my taste and the main character was meh. Also, those are very interesting pizza toppings hahaha. I had to look up cashew cheese chunks because this was my first time hearing about them 😂. And yes! More biracial characters! Our world is so mixed now and is something media should represent better.

    Thank you so much for the nomination, Jenna! I really appreciate it every time you tag me, although I should probably get to actually doing the tags 😅. Thanks again ♥️.

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