Sunshine Blogger Award Pt. 2+Pt. 3 (Because Apparently I’m a Very Sunny Person???)

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Hello everybody! I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the very lovely Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts. She has such an amazing blog with insightful reviews, interested discussions, and a really cool feature about Banned Books. Also she is just so sweet and if you don’t follow her already you should definitely check her out! I was also nominated by Anatomy of a Book Thief. She loves my Absolute Favorite Book Ever™ and a bit of a newer blogger, so I guarantee you’ll love her blog!

I’ve already been nominated for this award (it was my first award!) but I love doing tags/awards and these questions seemed so good I couldn’t resist!

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

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  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 questions of your own.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

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Jenna’s Questions:

1. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?

Ahh I love talking about childhood books! Off to a good start already ;P. I have to say my absolute favorite childhood book would have to be The Little Princess. I would read this book over and over again and now that I’ve grown up I can also appreciate the good message it sends. But some of my other favorites (which I still love dearly) include:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
  • Beacon Street Girls

2. From the best of your knowledge, what is your favorite childhood memory?

I was #blessed with a pretty good childhood, so it was hard to come up with a favorite. I’d have to say my eighth birthday party. This was the first time I was allowed to have a sleepover so I had a huge Hawaiian themed birthday party. All my best friends were there. First we went to CPK (STILL my favorite restaurant) and I had my Mac and Cheese which is so good. And then we went back to my house and watched a movie and I had decorated my basement with Hawaiian themed decorations and gave everyone hula skirts and we stayed up till 1 am talking and playing games. I’m not sure if this is my favorite memory but it sure is a really good one from my childhood when I was truly happy. 

3. What is your favorite subject in school? Why?

Well my favorite subject in school is Psychology, but that’s just a one year course in high school and I haven’t been able to continue it (YET!) My favorite general subject is History. To me, it all seems like one big story with all these different characters and interesting plot lines, so it’s easy to remember details because it’s like remembering the plot to a book. I also think it’s interesting just to see how times have changed and think about what I would’ve done if I had been born earlier.

4. If reincarnation was real, what would you want to come back as?

WAIT OMG I WAS JUST ABOUT TO MAKE A REINCARNATION JOKE FOR THE LAST QUESTION ABOUT HISTORY AND WHAT I WOULD’VE DONE IF I’D BEEN BORN EARLIER BECAUSE REINCARNATION. But anyway I think I’d want to come back as another human. Not to sound self-centered, but being a human is pretty freaking cool. We have minds and hearts and free choice and opposable thumbs and I think I’d want to come back and experience being a human again from a  whole different worldview (although I guess I wouldn’t remember this worldview…)

5. Name one reason why you would want to teleport to the future. What do you think it will behold?

Hmmm, this is a hard one. I’m not sure I want to teleport to the future. Sorry for the boring answer, but I think teleporting to the future would ruin all the fun and mystery in life and make me take everything for granted. Also, I’ve read one too many books where the MC travels to the future and then ends up ruining their lives. Also, Back to the Future. I guess you can say those themes in books and movies about enjoying what you have in the moment and how everything is how it’s supposed to be rubbed off on me. But I do hope the future is more peaceful. I have a lot of hope for my generation that growing up in a time full of inequality and with adults who want to teach us about racism and sexism and everything else-ism will make us into accepting and peaceful adults. I already consider my generation pretty accepting, and I think once we’re leaders we would overcome prejudices and work towards peace. That’s just a hope, though. Maybe every generation of teenagers feels this way.

6. Who is your favorite hero/heroine in YA literature?

ALL OF THEM???? But if I had to choose just one *sighs* I would choose Jubilee from This Shattered World.* I love her backstory, and her strength, and her character arc from military person that thinks with their brain to someone who thinks with their heart. And my heart hurts for her all the time. Also she and Finn are one of my favorite ships.

*And Liesel from The Book Thief and Starr from THUG I know I said I’d choose only one bUT I CANT.

7. You’ve won a million dollars, what’s the very first thing you do with the money?

Ugh, I can’t believe this is about to be my answer, but put some in a savings account.* I know myself, and if I had a million dollars just sitting around, I’d spend it all on stupid things like food and clothes (and books, but those aren’t stupid) and then I’d regret it because I just blew through a million dollars. So I’d put some away in a savings account that I can’t access so then when I’m a mature and practical adult I’ll use it for adulting, like buying a house or donating to a charity or helping my friends and family pay for things and buying a boat.

*Honestly, am I even a teenager?????? This is so practical of me.  

8. It’s movie watching time; what’s your favorite movie genre that you’re most likely to watch? Do you have a favorite movie?

This is really specific of me, but early 2000s teen rom-coms. You know, She’s the Man or 17 Again. These ~classics~ are my go to movies. I also love Disney movies (specifically Tangled), Marvel movies (The Avengers mostly) and early 2000s non-teenage rom-coms. My absolute favorite movie*is 27 Dresses. 

*Favorite being a relative term because eVERYTHING IS MY FAVORITE MUHAHAHAHA

9. You can instantly travel anywhere in the world; where are you traveling to?

Paris *sighs*. Need I say more than The City of Lights and The City of Love?

10. You find a genie (with no restrictions) and are the lucky one to have three of your wishes granted; what are they?

Okay, my three wishes are:

  • To have unlimited money to donate to charities/those in need and to buy books
  • To find happiness in life, however it may come
  • To free the genie*

*Aladdin has influenced me.

Notice I did not say to have unlimited wishes (even though that would be smart) because then I’d get lazy and when everything comes for free nothing matters, you know?

11. What book series or standalone novel would you recommend/do recommend to anyone? Why?

The Book ThiefIt has both simple language and complex themes so both young ages and older ages can enjoy it. It talks about a perspective of WW2 that is rarely talked about. Also, it appreciates the importance of words and gives me all. the. feels.*

*I will never recover.

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Anatomy of a Book Thief’s Questions:

1. Which author would you ask to write your biography?

What an interesting question! I love so many authors, all of whom would be an amazingg choice. But I think it would be so cool to have Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows to write a joint biography of my life. If My Lady Jane is anything to go by, these three can write one pretty funny story about a teenage girl.

2. Which literary character do you most identify with?

*clears throat* WELL. I have three. Paige Hancock from The Start of Me and You, Molly from The Upside of Unrequited, and Clare from Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between. 

3. What is your favourite song from a musical?

I really love “Seasons of Love” from Rent. Basic, I know. That song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it because I get flashbacks to “The Quarterback” from Glee and…you know.

4. What is your favorite sound?

So I actually have a White Noise app, so I’m going to tell you my most listened to sounds. I listen to the sound of an oscillating fan a ton. Also, rain. I love rain. And I love the sound of someone typing. Not as white noise but just to listen to.

5. What is your favourite book title and why?

Hmm. I love the title Tell me Three Things because in the beginning its just like aw, a cute name, but then when you keep reading it has actual meaning in the story. And I love I’ll Give You the Sun for the same reason. It has a kinda ambiguous title that just sounds deep, but then you read the story and see how that means something.

6.  Which (if any) book series have you DNFd?

I’m usually pretty good about not DNFing (AND PROUD) but it happens. I didn’t finish The Selection series because I just got so sick of it. I’m planning on not finishing The Firebird trilogy because I can’t get behind Marguerite (although I might stick around purely for Theo). But I think that’s it so pretty good! I’m #committed.

7. If you could go back and get your younger self (at any age) to read any book, which book would it be and why?

I LOVE this question! I would shove The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants into my pretween self and force her to read it because I love the movie and I think I would love love the book.

8.  Are there any adaptions you like more than the original book?

This might be sacrilege…but I like TFIOS better as a movie than a book. Oops! I just couldn’t connect to Hazel and Augustus in the book, they seemed so far-fetched and ~intellectual~. But then when I watched the movie and saw them on the big screen it made them feel more real, so I liked the movie better.

9. If your life up to now was made into a film, what song would play during the end credits?

Okay so right now I’m feeling pretty happy but also pretty stressed out. But the credits would be happy, so maybe “From Eden” by Hozier? That song gives me such a good vibe.

10. Are you looking forward to Christmas yet?

Well…I’m Jewish. So nah. I AM however looking forward to Rosh Hashanah, which is soon!  And Hanukkah, of course.

11. Which one book do you think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime?

The Book Thief. For the same reasons as before XD.

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My Questions:

  1. What would your last meal be?
  2. What book/series do you want to be turned into a TV show?
  3. What book would you recommend to everybody?
  4. Who is your biggest OTP?
  5. What is your favorite fictional setting?
  6. Who is your book role model?
  7. What five songs would you put in the playlist of your life?
  8. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
  9. What is your favorite shape?
  10. What is your favorite book you’ve read in 2017?
  11. Which cover artist would you commission to paint a mural on your wall?

And I Tag:

Bridget @ Bridget and Books//Birdie Bookworm//Rendz @ Reading with Rendz//Amanda Nicolette @ Fandomly Bookish//Bookfandom1001// Beth @ Reading Every Night//Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews//Kristin @ Kristin Craves Books

I know this isn’t 11, so if you want to partake in this award consider yourself nominated! And I know some of you I tagged have already completed this award, so don’t feel pressure to do it, but I just wanted you to feel the love ❤

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24 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award Pt. 2+Pt. 3 (Because Apparently I’m a Very Sunny Person???)

  1. jennanicolee says:

    Oh yeay! I’m so glad you did this! Thank you for the compliments love; you made my day today! And don’t worry…I’m like you…I would totally put it in a savings accounts first…I was like that in high school and I’m STILL like that at 26…we’re just responsible people 🙂 I LOVE TANGLED!!! It’s one of my top favourite Disney movies ❤ I'm interested in Paris, but I've heard the small towns and such in France are much more adorable and fun to see!

    Honestly, I could go on…we relate WAY too much in this post that it kinda freaks me out ha-ha! Once again, thank you for the kind words and for doing the tag!

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  2. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Thanks so much for the tag Sydney, I can’t wait to answer the questions you’ve set. 🙂 Also I really loved reading your answers to your questions. History is one of my favourite subjects as well, probably why I love time travel books so much, and The Book Thief is a book I’d recommend to pretty much everyone/anyone as well.
    A biography written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows would be incredible. I’d definitely read it and normally I’m not a fan of anything that isn’t straight up fiction.
    Again thanks for the tag! 😀 ❤

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    • Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books says:

      No problem, I can’t wait to see your answers! ❤️
      Yes exactly also reading time travel books comes in handy a lot for my history classes. We’re just about to start learning about Mary and Elizabeth in my European History class and Im pretty sure these are the same ones from My Lady Jane? So I have the whole history worked out.

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Thanks. ❤
        Ohh, I never thought of it that way before. I didn't really get into history until after I'd left school. I feel like My Lady Jane is a more fun account than the real life history of Mary and Elizabeth, if only that would have been how to story went. 🙂

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  3. Reading with Rendz says:

    THANK YOU FOR THE TAG!!!!! Ahhh you had such amazing answers to all those fabulous questions!! I love Anne too ❤ And all those movies that you mentioned are the best!! I will literally watch them at whatever age, they are timeless!!!!!

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