The Sunshine Blogger Award




I was tagged by the fantastic Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek for this tag, thanks Drew! 

The Tag Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions

  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.



Let's dig in :)



1.What would your spirit animal be?


I honestly don't know about the meaning of the Spirit Animals, so I took this handy dandy quiz online at Spirit Animal Info  not wanting to just say it'd be a dragon or a bumble bee. Although, I must admit, I have been compared to an Oger before, haha! 

In truth, a witch might have worked to be a keen spirit of mine but the internet told me different. After an extensive & comprehensive survey, I found out this:   TA DAAA.... my spirit animal is...





2. What would your theme song be?


Songs are associated with times, places, people and so on. It has been unidentifiable what my theme song should be, trust me, I asked around! So I'll just let you know about one that has been in my life since childhood. I am not inherently a country music lover, but this particular song has a lot of meaning to me. It was one of my dad's favorites and he passed away when I was in my early twenties.  I celebrated my first birthday in WV while visiting with my parents from overseas. Having traveled many roads in my life and having moved to the US right before my dad's passing, it has certainly a lot of meaning to me now.  To this day I visit the Appalachians often to feel the connection with my kindred place of home.  


Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

All my memories gather round her
Miner's lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

I hear her voice, in the morning hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And driving down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

Take me home, down country roads
Take me home, down country roads



3. There’s a magic doorway that will take you anywhere, to any fantasy world, to any era or just to any different country, where do you choose to go?


So many choices....I do love history...sometimes perhaps so much that I feel out of place today. If I had that door to go through, I would not necessarily pick a place with an easier life to live, but perhaps one without technology, more gratitude and more connectivity. If I am just walking through that door for a visit, let there be an ocean or mountains on the other side. If that door leads to another life, let me forever time travel to go explore the world, build the pyramids, climb up temple walls, raid with Vikings, have a chase at the Parthenon, spectate at the Colosseum, dance in European castles, watch an actual Shakespeare play, visit Valachia, dance and sing with natives, roll up my sleeves and work a new settlement, walk the busy cobblestone streets of early towns, take flight, duck in battles, meet famous scientists, musicians and artists, visit all the libraries, ...... ultimately keep going FOREVER. 



4. What is your favorite type of cake?


I have a thing...a thing for strudels / crumbles. You can sell me most anything with crumbles on it...YUM. I really like Poppy seed cake and YES, that is a common recreational cake in Europe for coffee / tea time! Ha, is seriously not what one might think of it here in the US. As a matter of fact, I have never found it here nor made it out of fear I have to get registered somewhere to obtain the quantity of poppy seed it takes to make that cake. Who knows, I may have to buy it from behind the counter of the pharmacy over here or something absurd like that! But another fave is a good apple cinnamon cake with strudel / crumble on it. As far as American cakes go....GIMME A CHEESECAKE... with strawberry or mocha!



5. What fruit or vegetable would make the best weapon?


Hands down...BANANAS! Drop the peel and guaranteed, anyone chasing you is doomed on a slip and slide. And in my mind, shooting the fruit out of the peel at your enemies really works!!!



6. What upcoming book do you wish that you could read right now?


The True Bastards


"The sequel to The Grey Bastards--another irresistibly swashbuckling, swaggering, foul-mouthed adventure fantasy."

- Goodreads

Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half-orcs sworn to her command. But in the year since she took power, the True Bastards have struggled to survive. Tested to the breaking point by the burdens of leadership, Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine, desertion, and the scorn of the other half-orc chieftains, even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots' very existence. Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave--and suddenly only one, faint hope for salvation remains. 

Author: Jonathan French

Genre: Fantasy

Hardcover, 432 pages

Expected publication: July 16th 2019 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) 

7. If you could rewrite the ending of any book which book would you choose?


Off the top of my head, I can't think of one...but when I do, I will amend it here :)



8. What would your epitaph read?


Now here you might think I'm cuckoo.....sure you want to know this one?

I am not planning on having an actual tombstone (yes, shocking, I know) ....but those who know me will most likely say that I will now be free as a bird to travel through time as the wind will carry my ashes like wings to distant places. 



9. Who would you love to punch in the face?


Why does this make me think of politics??? Hmmm.....How about a group of sheeples...not a real hard punch, just a V8 nudge :)



10. What is your top worst bit of blogging advice? – make it as funny as you can! 





Firstly, go in without a plan. When you have that established, be very random and all over the place. A theme is not needed. As a matter of fact, be the new eclectic! Be absurd and in everyone's face! Best to have some blaring music on your site that is so distracting that the combo of hypnotizing images and colors will lead any visitor to your FOLLOW button without them even realizing it. Be random...don't take the time to think of your content or how to formulate a post. It's effortless anyway! From there, I highly recommend some serious spam mail for your followers. Just spam them 3x a day...not too much...but just right. Keep the Goldilocks principle in mind. For an added bonus, sent constant meaningless tweets out into the Twitter sphere....keep'em informed, you know? I will guarantee you, it's easy. Just bada-bing...takes no stress. The rewards are immensely measurable...just not in monetary value. Believe comments on your blog is all the reward you'll need. That's the true sign, it's all worth it. Now go...go on and conquer the blog sphere...they have all been waiting on someone like you :)



11. You are hosting a bookish influenced dinner party, which authors, characters and bloggers do you invite?


Uhhh....I am liking me a feast of the highest acculates! Nah...just kidding....a bookish party sounds delightfull :) 

Since there aren't any rules given, I am making my own, and we will play a little game:

- Different tables will be set up by genres with respective authors of that genre.

- Bloggers and characters will have a blind date at each table with the authors to ask them 3 questions about their novels. 

- Everyone is given 15 min and then they rotate.

- The goal of the game is to be exposed to genres and characters that one usually does not read. 

I would invite the following authors with the main protagonist(-s) of their novel:

(in no particular order and by no means is this all that I would like to invite, but just a few.)

Ruta Sepety, Elizabeth Kostova, Charles Belfoure, Martha Hall Kelly, Tatiana De Rosnay, John Boyne,

Edward Rutherford, M.L. Rio, Oliver Poetzsch, Adriana Trigiani, Kate Forsyth, R.M. Romero, S.A. Chakraborty,

Maggie Stiefvater,  Laurie Halse AndersonPatrick Rothfuss, John Gwynne, Robin Hobb, George R. R. MartinTerry Moore

Tom Rob Smith, Guy Gavriel Kay, Linda Castillo, Kenneth Oppel, Kerri Maniscalco, Ridley Pearson, Rick Riordan

Stephen King, Dave Barry, John Grisham, Brandon Mull, Brandon Sanderson, Mark Lawrence, Phillip Pullman,

....and many more. I am afraid that will be another day, another party. 

Open to all bloggers!

This would be an open event to all bloggers that I have had contact with and who pay it forward. The ones that are uplifting and supporting in the community. If you are in touch with know I mean you :)


So, now: 

Here are the following 11 questions for the next ones tagged:


  1. Who do you root for? Hero or Underdog?

  2. What book or author blew you away so far in 2018?

  3. Have a meet-up with another blogger. Yay or Nay?

  4. Best series of any genre you have read and would like to recommend?

  5. Do you enjoy graphic novels? If so, which ones?

  6. Do you have any favorite childhood books?

  7. Cabin or Cabana?

  8. Are you a booksniffer?

  9. Favorite medium to read? Audiobook, physical book or e-reader?

  10. What is the nicest thing you can say about clowns that will convince me to find them less creepy!

  11. What countries have you visited or want to visit?


I am tagging the following 11 fellow bloggers :)

(no pressure, if you don’t do it then that is cool).


Norma and Brenda at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee

Amalia Gavea at The Opinionated Reader Blog

Ashley & Sabrina at 5171 Miles Book Blog

Jennifer at Jennifer-Tar Heel Reader

Julie at The Book Review

Nicole at Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat

Misty at misty'sbookspace

Prasanthi at Book reviews by Prasanthi Pathiyil

Zuki at BookBum

Mischenko at ReadRantRock&Roll

Bethany at Bibliophile's Binge


Now have fun with it :)