About Me, Bookish

Sunshine Blogger

I’ll start with a quick shout out to Inge from The Belgian Reviewer, that had me over at her super cool blog the other day. Inge writes stellar reviews that cover thrillers, crime fiction and much more. If you don’t know her blog yet, please go over to check it out. I wholeheartedly recommend it. 🙂

Inge, it was an honour to answer your questions, thanks so much for having me at your blog.  If you would like read my answers to Inge’s questions, you can do so over here.

Now let’s dive into today’s topic.

Lovely Azu @ BookOrbit tagged me a while ago for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Azu likes YA fiction, has an extremely pretty blog and is a very sweet person, with whom I enjoy connecting. Thanks Azu for thinking of me. 

The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions

Without further ado, here are my answers to Azu’s questions. 🙂

  1. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

Just one? That’s impossible!

I love Tolkien’s Hobbit from fantasy, King’s The Shining from horror, Coelho’s The Alchemist from fiction, Brown’s Daring Greatly from non-fiction, Exupery’s The Little Prince from children’s fiction despite it being really meant for adults…

  1. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

I like to look at books as not meant for me, rather than them being bad.

With that said, any insta-love romance type of book usually gets me bored. Add a moody / arrogant / ‘misunderstood’ object of affection to it and I am struggling to finish it… Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series being one of them. Sorry, just not my thing…

  1. If you could be any fictional character for real. Whom would you be?

Jo Little Women

I would quite like to be Jo from Little Women.

  1. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Insta-love because it usually gives an author a pass to skip a relationship building phase, which I personally find so interesting.

  1. What’s your hobby?

Rock-climbing, yoga, hiking, staring into nothingness… and people. I honestly love people watching and it does get me into trouble sometimes… 😉

  1. What’s your dream job?

I don’t think there is a dream job per se. I think any job has a dream job potential if we start perceiving it that way and start finding aspects in it that are aligned with our values. 😊 To me, as long as I am helping others and contributing to this world, I am happy and content. 🙂

  1. Who is your favourite author?

Again, just one??? If I stick to only one, I’ll go with Brene Brown. I adore her story telling ability and well as her courage to explore some difficult topics such as shame, vulnerability and belonging.

Honorary mentions go to J.R.R Tolkien, Katherine Arden, Tamora Pierce and Leigh Bardugo.

  1. What’s your favourite genre?

The problem with me is that you can not ‘box’ me. I am so whimsical and my taste changes on a regular basis. I suppose having a consistent genre would probably help with my blog’s theme… but hey, it is what it is.

I love all sorts of genres. Non-fiction, especially psychology, philosophy, memoirs and mythologies; from fiction, it would be fantasy, psychological thrillers and psychological / character driven stories in general. Sprinkled with some horror, sci-fi and crime as well from time to time. 😊

  1. How was your day today on the scale of 10?

I did wake up, so 10 it is. 😊

  1. What got you into reading?

I think it was my family upbringing. My parents are both keen readers and our family ‘quality time together’ sometimes meant all of us reading at the same time… our own books… together…. 😊

As a child, my dad would take me for walks and let me run around a forest whilst he was reading his books. I would always enquire what he was reading, and he would start telling me stories about old Greeks, religion and science (side note: I share with him my love for non-fiction as you can tell!).

I always wanted to know more. He helped me to learn how to read before I started school and we would read together Greek myths or old Slavic folk stories.

I have always been a reader. I cannot remember not reading to be honest. Reading takes me to different worlds, honours my love of creativity as I can imagine creatures that no one has seen before. It also makes me think and helps me with my staring into nothingness hobby as well… 😉

11. What is your all time favourite TV Show?

I guess it would have to be Friends for their humour, friendship and struggles of early adulthood. But it’s on par with Gilmore Girls as I just love that mother / daughter aspect of it. Both of these shows are something I could re-watch over and over again because of that humour, human connection and feel good factor.

Honorary mentions go to Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Black Mirror and then Lost, Homeland and Game of Cards when they were at their best..

Alrighty, because I had fun answering these questions and I am quite lazy, I’ll re-use Azu‘s question for those of you, who would like to take part. 😀

If you are reading it, consider yourself tagged!

If you don’t feel answering the entire list, would you mind sharing with me:

what got you into reading?

I’d love to know! 🙂

40 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger”

  1. It’s funny. I don’t know what got me into reading. My family always says I always had a book. I reached for them instead of toys. And as I grew up they really encouraged that and let me read whatever I wanted. It’s lovely that your dad told you stories on walks! Walking, nature and stories some of my favorite things combined!

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  2. Owww thank you so much Vera! I’m so happy to have you as a blog friend and it was wonderful getting to know you better :-). I love your positivity.. I don’t think I’d ever give my day a 10. Nothing is ever a 10 for me :-). It’s so wonderful that your father could bring his passion over to you, what a great family to grow up in!

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    1. Likewise Inge!

      I’m not always positive, I do try but you know, some days are definitely not 10’s… 🙂

      I am so lucky to have such an upbringing, I really want to pay it forward as much as I can. ❤️

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  3. Aww, You are too kind Vera ❤ thank you so much for talking good about me 😊. Also rock climbing is so interesting 😍 I want to do it too. And I love staring at people too 😂 the one thing I am really good at. Great answers ❤ Happy reading 📖

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    1. You are so welcome Azu. ❤ If you need any help with rock climbing, please let me know. Bouldering is a climbing without a rope – you don’t go very high and have a very soft mat underneath you whilst climbing. I would recommend it as it’s so easy to try out – you can rent shoes and chalk at a climbing gym and honestly don’t need any of your own equipment. I hope you’ll try it and will have heaps of fun. 🙂 ❤

      Ha ha, thumbs up to a fellow staring at people fan! 🙂

      Happy reading to you too! ❤


      1. Wow, you know so much about rock climbing 😍 I wish we could meet and you could teach me for real, haha 🙈 anyway, I would surely try Bouldering. Sounds like something I would like to start with. Hehe. Love ya ❤

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          1. Such a beautiful country! ❤ It’s on my never ending list of countries to visit one day. 🙂 Who knows, maybe we will meet one day. 🙂 ❤

            Have a wonderful day. ❤


  4. Ooo, what a great tag. I love learning about people, what the read especially and what they love and hate. It help connects us all. And thanks for sharing with us Vera. And thanks too to Inge and Azu for so many interesting questions!

    Like you family, and my dad’s love of reading, had me reading from an early age. We all did, in our family. Certainly pre-school we were reading. ☺️

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    1. Thanks Alex! I’m so happy you have enjoyed reading from an early age as well. We are so lucky to have such bookish upbringing. ❤

      If you fancy giving this tag a try (I would love to read your answers), consider yourself tagged!! 🙂 xx

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      1. I’m not sure how much was due to the fact we all loved books, or the fact we never had a TV till the mid 70s! 😉 And yes, thanks, would love to do this tag this week! 😀

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  5. Lovely post! I’ve only read one book by Tamora Pierce, but I really enjoyed it! It was the first book in the Song of the Lionness Quartet. Which book of hers is your favorite? Game of Thrones is my current obsession, and I’m always going back to it in some way, but I also LOVED F.R.I.E.N.D.S!

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    1. Thank you. 😊 My favourite is no 3 book in that series you mentioned: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man. But I did enjoy those first two books as well. I’m still yet to finish the 4th one (I just got distracted- a story of my life) 😂 I’m still quite new to Tamora Pierce and want to read more of her books as I really enjoy both her writing and imagination.

      Yay to Friends!! 👌😊 GoT is highly addictive. Glad you are enjoying it. 😍

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    1. I try… but to be honest not every day is 10. I’ve accepted that without darkness, there would be no contrast to the lightness. In other words, I need those dark days to appreciate those days that feel bright. 😊 Hope you had a great day. ❤️


  6. Lovely post! I think for me as well it was my family who got me into reading. My parents were reading all the time and we had a crapload of books. Like me with my 500 books would be considered amateur… 😀

    For me dream jobs don’t exist. If i have to do something for a salary, eventually it will become an annoyance, cuz i’m pretty sure they won’t let me do it my way…

    Gilmore Girls is awesome! Just started re-watching the old stuff recently ❤

    Insta-love is kind of annoying, but mostly because authors don't treat it well. Often they just go for it out of convenience so they don't have to write about the relationship developing and they treat it like it's something normal. Actual insta-love is real, and i suffered from it for quite a long time… took my therapist a bit over a year to cure me out of it 😀 He didn't call it insta love, but it was something like that. Like, me going on the second date, already thinking about what my married name will be and what our kids will be called and oh if he dumps me my life will be over sort of thing. It sucked.

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    1. It’s so nice to grow up in a family that loves books and reading. Glad you had that experience as well. ❤️

      Dream jobs kind of still mean doing things we sometimes don’t enjoy. Maybe for you, being your own boss one day and doing things your way may be something to experiment with. 😊 We all have our own unique gifts and telling people that once they find their dream job, then they’ll be happy, is something that makes me uncomfortable. I don’t think our side state has to directly correlate with our circumstances.. it’s completely ok to have a job so it pays our bills, our jobs don’t have to be our passions..

      It’s good to hear you are brave to work on things that don’t work for you. 💕I am a dreamer and totally get why we can get carried away sometimes. Imagining what future can hold is so much fun. But yes, when we get invested in those dreams and they don’t work out, it totally sucks. 😔 You are so right about that convenience aspect of instalove in stories. 👌

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      1. Oh, i had a similar convo with my boss recently. He was freaking out cuz “i don’t know what to do with you”. Apparently they were getting their panties in a twist that i haven’t been promoted in the last 3 years and i didn’t seem to mind. I pointed out to him that so far the only promotion option is something i don’t care about means that i just want to carry on doing what i’m doing. And that for me it’s a job, 9-5, and i don’t want to be those people who go in early, leave late, and then stresses out about work at home. He finally understood and he said “oh yes, we actually need some people like that”… well, duh… 😀

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  7. Honestly, the more I hear about your dad the more I want to meet him in person–he seems the coolest!! My dad’s not a big reader but my mom is, and I feel so lucky to have grown up in an environment that fostered creativity at such a young age. 🙂
    Also, I haven’t watched Homeland since the fourth season, but I’ve heard the recent season’s been knocking it out of the park? 😮

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    1. Ha ha, my dad is awesome, thanks. Your mum sounds really cool as well! Her giving you The Little Prince and nurturing your creativity… it all sounds wonderful. 😍

      I’ve seen the recent reason of Homeland and I will likely watch the next one as well. I still prefer the first few seasons but I somehow have to still know what will happen next… 😂


  8. Aww, this is just lovely! It’s so endearing to hear how you discovered your love of reading through your father, and it just gave me the warm fuzzies. 😊

    Also, this: “I don’t think there is a dream job per se. I think any job has a dream job potential if we start perceiving it that way and start finding aspects in it that are aligned with our values.” This is just a really fantastic way of looking at the world. If there’s anything I’m personally struggling with, it would be this, but I have been attempting to view these issues in a positive way, so I find your words really comforting. ❤

    Terrific post Vera! I also adore The Alchemist, and I haven't been able to knock out any books for a long while due to my reading slump, but you know for sure Brene Brown is on my TBR. 😉 And spot on with that insta-love rant! It's such a cheap cop-out move for authors to resort to this just so they won't have to build character relationships, and it's one of my pet peeves too.

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    1. Thank you! ❤️

      I’m a bit puzzled about how our modern society is so obsessed with this search of happiness (this may make me sound super grumpy.. 🙈). We are told to follow our passions and find our dream jobs, follow are hearts and find our soulmates.. once we do xyz… then we can be happy… well, it doesn’t work like that.

      People leave jobs and their partners because they are not happy. We carry this sense of entitlement that our jobs and / or our partners should make us happy… it makes me mad..

      I had proper boring jobs after uni, it was mind numbing… I made it into a game, I’m competitive so I wanted to log my activity, created spreadsheets, tried to beat my personal best.. Focusing on what worked and how I could serve my boss / employer really helped me. It took me a while to get there though and I still struggle sometimes, you are not alone. 💕

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      1. I agree. It’s our fixation on happiness that that makes us unhappy…because we have this idea that only our dream goal can fulfill us, and therefore we can’t possibly be happy right now (ahem, bullcrap). But instead of focusing on that end goal, it’s so much more important to appreciate our little victories and find things to be happy about NOW rather than later. After all, life’s much too short to be happy for only a few decades; like, what a waste of our youth to spend our lives believing we can’t be happy until we’ve achieved xyz! *sighs* Something I try to remind myself of every day. 😛

        Thanks Vera, you’re so sweet and kind as always! ❤ 😊

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  9. I don’t know what got me into reading haha I have been reading for as long as I can remember! But the first books I remember fangirling over was Harry Potter!

    If waking up makes your day a 10 then you either have very low expectations or are incredibly optimistic 😂 😂

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    1. I wish Harry Potter was around when I was young. 🙂 I’m really happy you have those memories.

      Lol, my expectations are fairly simple and maybe even low. 🙂 I honestly don’t need that much as long as I am alive and have people I love in my life. 🙂 I guess the waking up part relates to me losing some people around me recently and realising how fragile our lives are. It’s so easy not to wake up…

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  10. Hi Vera! I recently found your blog and this post of yours (and your bio!) makes me super excited to read more of your posts! I resonate so much with your answers, and I especially love your answer for rating your day (10 because you woke up). That’s such a positive mentality to have and I admire that so much ❤️ I also love your answer for what kind of dream job you’d like — we never know what will happen in the future, so the best we can do is be content with what we currently have and do our best to contribute positive things to the world. I adore nonfiction books as well, so I’m looking forwards to reading any nonfiction book reviews that you’ll post! 😊

    I hope you have a wonderful new year!

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    1. Thank you Zoie for stopping by and for writing me such a lovely comment, I really appreciate it. ❤️

      I do actively practice gratitude as when I’m grateful, I cannot feel sad, angry or upset. I’m so happy this resonates with you as well. 🙂 ❤️

      I’ve added quite a few nonfiction books to my list and am looking forward to connecting with you over their reviews.

      Have a wonderful new year as well. ❤️

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