The Sunshine Blogger Award

Good morning to you all!

I was nominated by the wonderful Evelyn, of Evelyn Reads, for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Every time I see she’s posted something new, I have to hop right over and read it because she shares such great insights AND is great at convincing me to add books to my reading list, lol.

Evelyn always puts a big smile on my face. 😀

The Rules are simple:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked 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 in your post/or on your blog.

Evelyn’s questions:

Do you ever feel second-hand embarrassment when reading? If yes, name a scene that really made you cringe?

I think this has happened a time or two, actually, yeah. I can’t think of a specific scene, but it’s usually when a male author is trying to write a teenage girl and, clearly, doesn’t know how they think or act, lol.

One example of this, and it’s still a REALLY good series, is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Such an amazing series, but there were moments you could tell it was a grown man, writing how he thought a teenage girl would behave/think/etc etc.

If you could have one item of clothing from a book, what would you pick? Be aware that any magical properties won’t transfer to our world.

Magical properties won’t transfer, huh? In that case, I think I’ll choose either a Silmaril (I know, bad choice) or a wand from Harry Potter. I know they won’t have magic, but they’d still be really cool conversation pieces!

What book would you love to see adapted?

Oh, I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see either Semiosis by Sue Burke or Down by Ally Blue adapted to the big screen!

What is your most recent book purchase?

Lol, actually I purchased three books for my mother’s birthday just last month! She’d been wanting to read some of the METRO books and I was really happy that I found them for her. 😀

What is your favorite bookish trope?

Magical libraries, I think. That, and probably soulmate stuff… LOVE soulmate stuff!

What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

Price tags and damaged spines. Hate them.

What would you like to see more of in books?

I’m a sucker for found families and would murder to have more books with this… for now, I’ll continue getting my fix from fan fiction, lol.

What is the first book you ever read by yourself?

Had to ask my mother, lol, but it was the picture book adaptation of Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion. I really should have guessed that one.

Recommend a book that you think does not get enough love!

The Cure by Sonia Levitin is one of those books that never really lets you go. It comes back to you at the strangest of times and the impact it’s had on my life is crazy. I suggest it to just about every person I meet.

Do you loan your books to friends/family?

Most certainly! I love to share my favorites with my friends and family… if I’m lucky, they’ll get hooked as well, lol.

What is a post you’re proud of? (link it!)

I’m really pleased with my Knittering posts, where I get to natter on about my experiences knitting. 🙂

My nominations:

My questions:

  1. What do you listen to on your commute?
  2. Do you have any hobbies besides reading?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  4. What’s the last book you read?
  5. Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?
  6. What is your Hogwarts House?
  7. Do you agree with the Sorting Hat’s decision?
  8. Capes or no capes? (did you get that reference?)
  9. Do you have a song you associate with a book or book series?
  10. Given the option, would you live in the city or in the country?
  11. What’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for June 23: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do (the list of topics is below).

I waffled back and forth, changed my mind so many times about which of the nearly 500 past TTT topics I wanted to cover, and finally told myself to just stick with one! So, I decided to go with one from WAY back in 2011, from Tuesday, April 12, Top Ten Books You Want to See Made Into Movies.

The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright is such an interesting and creepy environment. I think it could very easily be turned into a short animated or stop-motion film.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Magic by F.T. Lukens would make a sweet, humorous romantic comedy film for the whole family. As the title suggests, it has magic (but not the way you’d expect) and teenage romance (the DRAMA!) and will give you so many warm fuzzy feelings you won’t know what to do with them!

Semiosis by Sue Burke would be such an amazing TV series. This two-part series has science fiction, intrigue, alien life, war and so much more! It’s a unique take on the old ‘humans colonize other worlds’ story and I would love to see it adapted for the screen.

All I will say about adapting Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward is that it would be an amazing horror for Valentine’s day. That’s all I will say.

If The God Engines by John Scalzi EVER became a movie, I would throw SO much money at it. No joke. This is such a short book, but it is so full of details and questions that leave you wanting more. I was actually angry when I discovered that it was a standalone novel and there wasn’t anything else written for this world… I couldn’t even find anything in fandom!

This list would be incomplete, if I didn’t include Ally Blue’s Down. It is such a great horror title, with elements of science fiction and romance that I could not put it down!

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz was a bit disappointing to read, but I think it’s mainly because I had a hard time picturing the world and relating to the main character. A film adaptation could do wonders for this title, I think.

Now, I know that most young adult adaptations make it onto the “worst adaptations ever!” list, but Veronica Rossi’s Riders could be amazing as a mini-series. I really loved the characters, the world building was interesting and kept me wanting more, and the romance didn’t feel as forced as the novel’s contemporaries oftentimes are.

I will take an animated series for Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan, please and thank you!

The Chronicles of Nick is the young adult introduction to a much larger series, The Dark-Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s got action and intrigue, great characters and relationships and heartbreak. I keep wondering why this series (or the main one) hasn’t been made into movie or television show, because it could very EASILY be a major hit.

Alrighty then, I’m going a little over my list of ten, but that’s because these next four books are amazing and deserve to be recognized on the big screen!

In the time of Covid-19, I think Orleans would be a gentle reminder of what could happen when the government has too much control during and after an outbreak of unimaginable magnitude. I was, at times, horrified by that the government had chosen to abandon an entire portion of it’s population and in awe of the human spirit and desire to survive.

Carry On would be such a great movie! I love the characters and the story and the world and would love love love to be able to watch it.

Yeah, I picked what is possibly one of the saddest stories in the entire Valdemar universe, but Brightly Burning is also one of the most inspiring ones. This is a story about overcoming bullying and abuse, finding family and acceptance, and sacrificing everything to protect those you love.

The Adrien English books would make such a cute, quirky mystery series! I love how Josh Lanyon writes characters and creates the world they live in and can easily imagine this being adapted for television. 😀

What are some titles YOU would like to see
made into a movie or television show?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for May 26: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

The great fish moved silently through the night water.

Jaws, Peter Benchley

From where I sit, the story of Arthur Less is not so bad.

Less, Andrew Sean Greer

It was a pleasure to burn.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 (KJV)

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Marley was dead: to begin with.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
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The Dreamy Book Cover Book Tag

Today is a day to celebrate! I was tagged by name for the very first time for a book tag! Whoohoo!

Thank you SO much to Evelyn over @Evelyn Reads! I’m so excited to participate. 😀


  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Link back to the original creator @The book raven
  • Use the original tag image in your post (you can add to it, if you’d like)
  • Tag at least 1 other blogger to join in the fun



“No Ideas But in Things”
A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

The cover of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is exactly how fangirls are in real life…

We have this amazing ability to completely forget about the world around us all while being utterly focused on the imaginary places and people we are head-over-heels fannish for. 😀

Fangirls FTW!

“Dark and Lovely”
A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

The Gardener be S.A. Bodeen has such an amazingly creepy cover that, years later, I still want to re-read it! I’ve got chills and they are multiplying.

“Sugary Sweet”
A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

How could you NOT want to cuddle up with the two characters on the cover of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp?

He just looks so calm and fluffy and Madeline is absolutely comfortable with him! Ach, my heart! The feels!

“The Simple Aesthetic”
A book cover that stuns with the most minimalist of design

Yeah, I knew that Morte by Robert Repino was going to be perfect for the minimalist cover.

Honestly, the cover is a little deceiving in that it’s almost too simple for what the novel actually contains… which is an amazing story about an intelligent race of ants (yes, I said “ants”) looking to destroy mankind for good and the four-leggers who are trying to stop them.

“Cover Envy”
A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

The cover for Dark Eden by Chris Beckett is so entrancing! I love the forest and the colors and what looks like snow and I really, truly cannot wait to see this on my bookshelves.

“Traveling Abroad”
A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera is such a magical, heart-wrenching story about a young Maori girl who is trying to prove her worth to her family, to her friends, and to herself.

Kahu is such a great character and her story is one I believe everyone should read.

“The Color Wheel”
A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors

So, if you weren’t aware, I’ve consistently been sorted into Slytherin house since sorting quizzes became a thing… which is nice, because I love all things green.

Verdi by Janell Cannon is one of my favorite picture books both because the story is great AND that the art is amazing! From the cover to the last page, you will be absolutely entranced!

“Switching Gears”
A cover change you absolutely adore

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card so desperately needed an update and what better time than when the movie was set to be released? I enjoyed both the book and the movie, but I have to say that the movie cover is MUCH better than the original. 😛

“Oldie but Goodie”
A favorite cover of your favorite classic

Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion is probably my most favorite classic ever.

The story is one that my young, horse-loving heart couldn’t get enough of as a kid. Both the cover art and the illustrations within created in me a lifelong love of not only Arabian horses in particular, but of all horse breeds!

“And the Winner is…”
Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

For sheer creep-factor, The Gardener wins my favorite cover (of this post ;P)

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Blog | The Netflix Book Tag

Blair, over at Feed the Crime, shared this lovely book tag awhile back and I thought it sounded like fun. I know it’s a lot late, but here are my answers and if you like, join in and keep this game of tag going!

These kinds of blog posts are always a welcome challenge for me. They get me thinking about what I’m reading and what I could be reading… opening my eyes to new and interesting genres.

Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.

I re-read this for my 2020 O.W.L.’s and it was just as good as I remembered it being. I love the world-building, the characters, and the romance.

Just an all-around entertaining read!

Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.

Recently Added: The last book you bought

I found The Radium Girls by Kate Moore on sale in a used book store for an absolute steal of less than $5.

Such an interesting tale of a really disturbing part of history. It’s really interesting how, at the time, people had no idea how dangerous radium was and how enamored the whole world was with this new discovery.

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about that I have no interest in…

Comedies: A funny book

The Soul of an Octopus was such a pleasant surprise! I listened to the audio book and it’s amazing.

Honestly, I thought it would be kind of a dry, scientific book about the intelligence of octopuses. In reality, it’s an entertaining story about the author’s relationship with various octopuses and the lessons she learned from them.

Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is such an interesting little book. It really makes you think about life and how adults and children perceive things in entirely different ways.

Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Watch it again:
A book/book series that you want to re-read

I’d absolutely love to get back into the Valdemar universe and just roll around in it. Along with the Dragonriders of Pern, this was one of my favorite book series as a young adult. With brilliant world building, characters you’d love to hang out with, and adventures galore, the Valdemar series will hook you immediately!

New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

Once Upon a Flock by Lauren Scheuer is probably one of my favorite non-fiction / autobiographies EVER! It’s a super cute, fun, and endearing tale of Lauren’s life with her chickens.

This is probably the book I suggest most to people.

Max: Tag some people

If you’re reading this post and think this would be fun to do, I encourage YOU to join in this game of Netflix Book Tag!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for April 28: Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child…

I have read a handful of these titles since becoming an adult, but not all of them, and I truly wish I could have read them as a child so that I could re-experience them as an adult. But they are all amazing books in their own unique ways and I would highly suggest each and every one, if you’re looking for something to dive into. 🙂

The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupery

The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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Two Book Tuesday

This month’s post is pretty much themed around the O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon I’m participating in during the month of April. I’ve been enjoying going back to books and series’ that I remember liking in the past, as well as venturing way outside of my comfort genres and reading things like straight up romance *gasp*!

Okay, confession time… I haven’t had the chance to really get into this book. Shame on me, but I spent most of my free time sewing up a face mask to wear out-and-about.

Altered Heart follows Mick Matranga as he works to rid his city of the lowest scum out there. Along the way, he discovers his mate, one Rio Hardin, a human-turned-werewolf about the experience his first shift.

I’m pretty sure this is my first time reading Kate Steele, so here’s hoping it’s a good first introduction, lol.

By the title alone, The Perfect Wife by Gina Fields doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy, but it comes highly suggested by my mother and she has great taste in books, so we shall see.

My mom says that it’s just a “really great story without a lot of extra stuff to clog up the plot” and “one the nicest romances I have ever read”.

I’m looking forward to reading this, even though it’s kind of short, lol.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for March 30: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover (basically, people know you’re a book lover because… i.e., you’re always carrying a book or two, your library card broke from overuse, etc.)

1. Absolutely anything can become a bookmark (except for food and personal hygiene items… yuck!)

2. I always have a book with me. Always.

3. Have more book bags than I do purses and all of my purses are purchased with the requirement that they can comfortably tote a hardcover book. 😛

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Blog | 2020 Magical Readathon O.W.L.’s

So, what is this thing?

The Magical Readathon was created by the book-tuber, Book Roast, in 2018 as a fun Harry Potter themed reading challenge. Held during the month of April, there are many different levels for the O.W.L.’s so readers of all ages, time constraints, etc. are able to participate and I’m hoping to convince some of my gal pals to join in the fun!

With this particular challenge, you choose your career and then complete the reading prompts required to pass each of the subjects. For my career as a Librarian (IRL and for the challenge, lol), I must pass five separate O.W.L.’s, so I must read five books.

Here you can see the subjects that Librarians are required to study and pass in order to gain employment within the wizarding community.

Some of the key traits for this career are to be knowledgeable, brave, adventurous, and resourceful… I think I have those covered. 😛

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for February 25: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media (submitted by Tilly @thebiblioshelf)

This post was both fun and stressful. It was surprisingly difficult to think of ten characters that I would actually follow on social media, if they had accounts in real life, so I ended up cutting the number down to just five. Sorry, I failed the challenge this week. D:

I chose to include video game characters because I think that video games are just another kind of storytelling and, if done correctly, can be even more enthralling than a book!

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