The Sunshine Blogger Award
We were honored to be nominated by Tabitha at Behind the Pages. Go visit her blog for awesome book reviews!
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.
How does it work?
· Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
· Answer the 11 questions prompted by the person who nominated you.
· Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
· List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Why did you become a blogger?
J: I started blogging in high school as a wee book-loving mite, because I wanted an outlet to rant about things that irked me in writing. Now I'm a wee book-loving adult still looking for things to rant about, except I have the degree to back it up.
K: Jordan asked me if I would be interested in partnering up, and I felt that it was a great opportunity to have a fun creative outlet, as well as deadlines and someone to keep me accountable.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
J: Having an outlet for all my reading and writing-related rants (good and bad). Perhaps this will save my poor loved ones from hearing it at home (no, it won't).
K: Having a place where my book babble is encouraged! I could talk all day about the things I read, and the blog is the perfect place to let it all out.
What is your least favorite part about blogging?
J: Ermm, dealing with logistics, I suppose. I enjoy the tech, the design, the writing, the marketing, but dealing with SEO and meta data is still a learning curve for me.
K: I am not very tech savvy, so dealing with tech is probably the worst part, aside from stage (screen?) fright.
What book are you most looking forward to reading off of your To Read pile?
J: Right now, it's The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I've shamefully had in my TBR list forever.
K: Serpent & Dove/Blood & Honey; I’m late to this party and want to catch up!
Who is the latest author you’ve added to your favorites list?
J: Mary E. Pearson. I finished Dance of Thieves and its sequel Vow of Thieves, which were phenomenal. Now I'm on to her trilogy The Remnant Chronicles.
K: Leigh Bardugo (fiction) and Theresa Reed (nonfiction; astrology + tarot).
What was the last book you finished reading? Did you like it?
J: Vow of Thieves (see above). Loved it.
K: War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes. I enjoyed it; it turned me into an emotional mess, and I finished it in two days.
What advice do you have for new bloggers?
J: Give yourself ample time before launch. Things will go so much smoother if you take several months to backlog posts, map a schedule, nail your designs, start your marketing strategy, and take care of all the nuts and bolts that go into a website.
K: Know yourself—your limits, time, pace, energy levels, etc. Plan accordingly and write everything down.
What is your favorite social media to interact with fellow readers?
J: So far, it's been Twitter. I adore the photos we create for Instagram, but Twitter allows for more one-on-one interaction.
How do you overcome a reading slump?
J: Those are a thing? I mean, maybe if you're trucking through a book you can't stand. In that case, I set aside time and treat it like a second job, and that's only if I've made commitments to it. Otherwise . . .
K: I watch a show that is in the same genre, look at upcoming releases, go over my TBR, play bookish music, or look at fanart.
What is your preferred way to read?
J: Physical copy, preferably hardback, in bed with a cup of coffee or hot tea and a reading snack.
K: Physical copy. I do enjoy beautiful hardcovers, but I prefer the feel and portability of a paperback.
Describe yourself with a book title.
J: Ah, hell, I don't know. Inkheart? My world revolves around stories and words.
K: Koraline? (I’m quirky, a little dark, and would totally love to jump between realms).
11 Questions to Answer:
What's your favorite blogging season?
What book(s) do you reread regularly?
What was your last disappointing read?
What was the last book you were pleasantly surprised by?
Do you plan your TBR or are you a mood reader?
What book character are you most like?
If you could visit any book world, which would it be?
If you had to pick another topic to blog about, what would it be?
How long have you been a blogger?
What book from this year do you absolutely recommend reading?
Have you ever dipped into a genre you normally don't read? How did that go?
Thanks for reading, book witches! Keep in mind we love supporting other book/ writing/witchy bloggers as well as indie authors, and we do take requests for guest posting in either direction!