Sunshine Blogger Award #2 | Thank you so much!

Hey everyone and welcome to another tag!! Today, I will be doing the Sunshine Blogger Award for the second time, so thank you so much to Kiera @ Kiera’s Bookish Thoughts for nominating me!! The questions are interesting, and I’m super excited to do this!

Let’s get started!!

Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Thank the person that nominated you
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  4. Nominate other bloggers and give them 11 questions

What author do you own the most of?

I actually own only one book because I live and breathe library books. A few days ago, however, I saw a book for $1 and got it, so it’s the only one that I own and it is by Chris Ould. The authors that I’ve read the most books from are: Robert Muchamore and Ally Carter. They both tied with 12 books.


Do you have more hardback or paperback books on your shelves?

I read e-books 99% of the time so I have more of that than both hardbacks and paperbacks. I only have one paperback.


If you were on a desert island and you could only bring one thing what things would you bring?

If I could bring only one thing, I’d bring water. No matter how much I love books, I can’t survive without water.


Who is your celebrity idol or crush?

Um, haha, I don’t really have a celebrity idol or crush?? I’m fascinated by any royal family if that counts but they aren’t my idols…or crushes.


What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

I’ve ridden a horse!! I absolutely loved it, even though I don’t think the horse really liked me, but it was so much fun! And grooming them is really nice too!! Until they relieve themselves…


What got you into reading?

I think when my 3rd grade teacher recommended that I read, Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, that’s when I felt that spark, and that’s when I started enjoying reading. It was also a way for me to pass the time, since I don’t watch a lot of TV. And then I read Cam Jansen, and I fell in love with mystery, and then I read the American Girl books, and I fell in love with mystery and historical fiction. And I’m so glad that I did.


Why did you decide to start a blog?

It was was actually a spontaneous decision. I was bored, I liked to read, and I’d just discovered book blogs and I was like, hey, why not? And so I started it, but because I was my nervous naive self, I chose to use a pen name, and now I’ve switched to my real nickname, Rukky. But I don’t regret doing it impulsively at all, because it was and still is so much fun and I love talking to other bloggers and readers. I probably would have chickened out if I had put too much thought into it lol


What are your hobbies aside from reading?

Well, blogging, coding, and baking. I love desserts, and I seriously love to bake!! I hate cleaning up afterwards and it’s also not good for my health/weight, but I still love it anyway lol. I also like designing websites with HTML and CSS, but it’s been a while since I’ve done that.


Give a shout out to a blogger you love!

But I love so many bloggers!! I can’t do this…I might just have to write a post shouting out all of you amazing bloggers that I love 💚💚


What was the last book you purchased or borrowed from the library?

I found The Blood Strand by Chris Ould at the Dollar Store for $1 so yay!!


Have you ever participated in a 24 hour readathon?

Nope, I have not. I’m not sure how readathon’s work in general, but I think it’s that you have to read as many books as possible for 24 hours? Is that right? Please let me know in the comments if I’m right or wrong! (I love my sleep, so if it is, I probably never will take part in one lol)

Tagging/Nominating:

May @ My 1st Chapter | Jane @ Blogger Books | Zoe @ Zoe’s Library

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Kay @ Hammock of Books

Kelly @ Another Book in The Wall | Kat @ Novels and Waffles | Ruqs @ Many Things Bookish

And You, if you’d like to answer my questions!!

As always, no pressure if you don’t want to do it!

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite kind of post to write?
  2. What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
  3. What’s your favorite dessert?
  4. If you could spend a day with one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?
  5. Why did you start a blog?
  6. What’s your favorite animal?
  7. Who are your top three authors?
  8. What’s your biggest pet peeve
  9. What’s your favorite cuisine?
  10. How many times have you changed the design of your blog?
  11. Freebie (Pick a random question you’d like to answer!)

That’s it for this post!! Thank you again, Kiera for the nomination!! Also, if you’d like to do the award, and answer my questions, go right ahead! Be sure to link back here so I can see your awesome posts!! And I’m curious: how do readathons actually work? Chat with me in the comments below!!

The Liebster Award #2 – Thank You So Much!!

It’s time for Tag Thursday! Today’s tag (or I guess I should say award) is The Liebster Award! I was tagged by the always and forever amazing Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. Go check her post and blog out and then come back to finish reading this! I guarantee that you’ll love it!

Thank you so much Meeghan for tagging me!! However, I’m going to be shortening the questions, answers, and nominees to five.

Btw, this is my 100th post!!! YAY me!!!!

Let’s get started!

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions:

If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?

Aza Holmes from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Josephine March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and I don’t know. A friend of mine says that I am a lot like Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo so I guess I’m going to go with that.


What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Home Alone!!! The first movie and the second one. I LOVED them both and I can always always always always re-watch them! The other two movies were pretty awful in my opinion


How many books are on your TBR?

243 books. And it’s still increasing!


What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?

Slime. It’s disgusting, makes me want to puke, and gets everywhere. And once it sticks in the carpet, it sticks. Yuck.


What was the last book you DNF’ed?

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

5 Facts About Me (just like Meeghan, I think I’ve said some of these before, but there isn’t much to tell so sorry):

  1. I hate nails on paper, or walls, or chalkboards. It is such an irritating sound and makes me feel super uncomfortable.
  2. I was born with six fingers on each hand. Note the was – I now have only 5.
  3. I’m one of those people whose favorite color changes depending on their mood.
  4. I think I’ve said this before, but I don’t know what else to say. I love cooking and baking!
  5. I love love love love landscapes or still lifes, but I’m a pretty horrible painter.

Tagging/Nominating:

Umairah @ Sereadipity | Kat @ Novels and Waffles | Aoife @ Pretty Purple Polka Dots | Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink | Jaime @ Books and Waffles | and YOU (if you’d like to do it!)

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

Your Questions:

I’m going to post the rest of Meeghan’s questions, if you’d like to answer them and some of my own:

Meeghan’s:

1)Which character would you swap lives with?

2)Who is your favorite villain and why?

3)What’s your go-to book recommendation?

4)What was the last book you read that made you cry?

5)Which fictional character do you think would be the most frustrating to meet in real life?

6)What social stigma do you think society needs to get over?

Mine:

1)If you could live in a book, which one would it be?

2)What are some of your other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

3)What’s your favorite snack or drink?

4)What was your last 5 star book?

5)If you could ask an author, who isn’t alive, a question, who would you ask and what would you ask them?

That’s the end of Tag Thursday! Thank you so so so much Meeghan for tagging me!! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I’ll see you guys next week!

Tag Thursday – The Coffee Book Tag

Welcome back everyone to Tag Thursday. It’s been a while since I did this (2 weeks, yikes!) and I’m glad to be doing this again. Tag Thursday is where I scour the internet and all things bookish to find interesting ‘quizzes’ to answer so that you get to know more about me and my blog. However, today’s tag comes from the lovely Umairah @ Sereadipity (go check her out!) and is called The Coffee Book Tag. I am not a coffee drinker (the smell is is awful in my opinion) but I love the prompts, so let’s jump right in!

(1) Black Coffee | Name A Series That’s Tough To Get Into But Has Hardcore Fans:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. First of all, it’s long. Second of all, it drags. Third of all, I hated it with all my guts. And it has lots of fans – I’m just not one of them.

(2) Peppermint Mocha | Name A Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter or A Festive Time of Year:

The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter (I just realized that I’ve been spelling it wrong, LOL). It’s been a while since I’ve read this, but I remember it was about someone stealing from a charity, Christmas, and winter. A cozy heist with a family of characters that I’ve grown to love.

(3) Hot Chocolate | What Is Your Favorite Children’s Book?

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley, can we please be bosom friends?

(4) Double Shot of Espresso | Name A Book That Kept You On the Edge Of Your Seat From Start to Finish:

The Hit (Will Robie #2) by David Baldacci. Will Robie is an assassin for the US and he’s new case is literally red hot. (Warning: There are deaths, and violence/guns are used a lot cause he’s an assassin)

(5) Starbucks | Name A Book You See Everywhere:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. It’s the newest and hottest release on Goodreads right now.

(6) The Hipster Coffee Shop | Give A Book By An Indie Author A Shout Out:

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai. A thought provoking collection of three short stories. REVIEW

(7) Oops! I Accidentally Ordered Decaf | Name A Book You Were Expecting More Of:

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. This was such a let-down. I was looking for a story with a terrible organization, an unexpected family history, and just lots of action, NOT a ‘heroine’ who runs off to Paris in the middle of the night with a guy who pulled a knife on her literally five minutes earlier without telling her mother or best friend or any soul in the whole universe. Then she gets to Paris and is like: Oh, maybe I should have told Mom. She’s gonna worry. Anyone got a phone?

(8) The Perfect Blend | Name A Book Or Series That Was Both Bitter And Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying:

Rivals in the City by Y. S. Lee. This is the last book in The Agency Series and I loved it so much. It’s sweet because I’m satisfied with the way the series ended, but bitter because I can not get enough of Mary and James’ ridiculous banter.

(9) Green Tea | Name A Book Or Series That Is Quietly Beautiful:

Honestly, I don’t know. Suggestions are welcome!

(10) Chai Tea | Name a Book Or Place Series That Makes You Dream Of Far Off Places:

Any book that takes place in England awakens the travel bug in me. I really really really really want to visit England someday.

(11) Earl Grey | Name Your Favorite Classic:

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. It is a classic, right?

That’s it! I’m Tagging:

Kay | Crystal | Ashley | Meeghan | Mel | Jess | Jo

*If I’ve tagged you and you’ve already done the tag, I’m sorry I missed it but link up in the comments anyway so I can check it out! And you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to!

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

Hello! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit (submitted by Georgia @ Just Read Them)

I love travelling, and visiting/living in countries besides the US is a goal of mine anybody got some spare cash to give to a wannabe traveler? Today, I’m listing seven places from books that I would love to visit.

Let’s get started.

*Green Gables. As soon as I started reading about Anne, I wanted to visit Prince Edward Island and see Green Gables for myself. The town sounds lovely and it’s been on my bucket-list since I was a child.

*Gallagher Academy. A girls boarding school for spies. Um yeah! I’d love to find all the secret passage-ways, sneak out of the building through an underground tunnel, find the secret library…

*Mr and Mrs. DiNunzio’s house. Mary DiNunzio’s parents are Italian and they have a house with faulty air conditioning and a small fan in a tiny kitchen. However, I would love to eat some of Mrs. DiNunzio’s delicious food and become an adopted member of such a tight-knit and loving family!

*Aunt Eloise’s Apartment. Nancy Drew is one of my childhood besties and Aunt Eloise has become a person I would love to know. First of all, she’s a teacher, something I wanted to be as a kid, second of all, she’s this cool adult who doesn’t harass Nancy except to worry about her well-being, and I just want to meet her and see her apartment 🙂

*Dot’s family home. Dot from the Sammy Keyes Series is Dutch and from Holland. Her family is pretty large, she has HORSES, and her mom cooks these amazing dishes! I love food and horses so I’m going to be content living with her.

*Paris. Paris, oh beautiful Paris! It’s the city of lights, the city of love and the romantic part in me wants to eat in fancy French restaurants, see the beautiful cities, and just immerse myself in the magic of Paris. There is such a thing, right?

*London. London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London bridge.. er sorry. London is the second city that I can not wait to see one day. I have this weird obsession with British history, the Monarchy, British accents, driving on the opposite side of the road, London cafes, the sometimes dreary weather, etc… I just love it for some reason and any book set there leaves my heart content 😊

That’s it for this Tuesday! Which places from book or real life would you like to visit? Let’s chat in the comments below (Be sure to link to your TTT so I can check it out as well)

Sunshine Blogger Award – THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Hey friends! Today, I bring you the Sunshine Blogger Award. I was nominated by the wonderful Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes. You should definitely check her blog out! Thank you so much Meeghan for nominating me for this award!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. (If you haven’t been to Meeghan’s blog, you need to stop reading this, and do that RIGHT NOW. Then you can come back and see the rest of my post 🙃)
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

Questions:

Tell me 3 non-bookish things about yourself!


I love to cook/bake! Especially bread, pizza, and cake from scratch.

I love to code with HTML and CSS.

I love traveling!

What are you currently reading, and what is your predicted rating for it?

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Maybe a four/three and a half star?

What were 3 reads of 2017 that really stuck with you? (Yes, I know this was over a year ago)

Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew. That is literally the only thing I read all year, haha.

Who or what is your favorite animal character and what book are they from?

Old Yeller from Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. I am not a cat or dog person, and I’m pretty surprised that I felt so emotionally torn at the end of the book. I think I cried.

What was the last book you read that made you cry?


The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’m pretty sure a few tears were shed by that heart-shattering ending.

What is your favorite fairy-tale retelling?


I don’t think I’ve read a fairy-tale retelling. I like my fairy-tales just the way they are. (Yeah, right.)

What is your most anticipated read for 2020?


I haven’t been thinking that far into the future yet. But if there is a Debutantes #3 by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I’d totally read that.

Are you on track for your Goodreads goal, and do you think you will hit it? (If you’re not doing Goodreads, then pick another challenge… or tell me about all of your challenges!)

I’m currently 11 books ahead, so yeah. I’m on track and I’m pretty confident that I’ll hit or pass it.

What is your favorite genre, and list me three books in it you would recommend?

Thrillers and Espionage.

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

The Innocent by David Baldacci

What is a book that has sat unread on your bookshelf the longest?


Modely Spy by Shannon Greenland. I really want to read this, but I haven’t gotten around to doing so.

Kiss, Marry, Kill: Ron Weasley (Harry Potter), Simon Spier (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Wylan (Six of Crows)

I haven’t read any of these books, so I’m going to substitute some other guys for this prompt.


Kiss: Hale from Heist Society by Ally Carter

Marry: Zach from Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (I think he shows up in this one, but I’m not sure)

Kill: Stellan from The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Tagging:

Kim | Ashley | Kay | Christina | Chaima | Cathy | Molly | Evelina | Umairah | Elise | Rachel

Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite food?
  2. What’s your favorite color?
  3. What’s your favorite song?
  4. Who’s your favorite character?
  5. If you could visit a character’s home, whose would it be?
  6. Which underrated author do you love?
  7. Which popular author do you hate?
  8. How many books have you read in the past three years?
  9. What was your first highest rated book of 2019?
  10. What was your first lowest rated book of 2019?
  11. Which book is your most highly anticipated for 2019?

If you want to answer these questions and I haven’t nominated you, go right ahead! Be sure to link back here and I hope you have fun 💖

Thanks again Meeghan for nominating me!