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! 🙂


The Sunshine Blogger Award


The lovely Kelly @ AnotherBookInTheWall nominated me a while ago for the The Sunshine Blogger Award.

I am steadily catching up with my blogging articles and getting around to answering her interesting questions.

There were fun to answer, thanks Kelly. 🙂

By the way if you don’t know Kelly’s blog yet, I recommend checking it out. I especially love her Wednesday Rambles series. ❤

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent 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.

  • Who was your favorite author as a child? 

pippyAstrid Lindgren and her Pippi Longstocking. I loved her other books as well but Pippi definitely stood out for me. 🙂

I enjoyed her character and all of her adventures. Even then as a kid, I was mildly obsessed with Scandinavia. 🙂


  • Which book/series makes you happy?

alchemistI love Tolkien’s the Fellowship of the Ring from the Lord of the Rings series. I recently discovered Katherine Arden – her books also speak to me heart.

For the guaranteed pick me up recipe, I will read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

  • What do you love most about blogging?

I love the blogging community.

When I started my little blog, I wanted to find an outlet where not only I could write about books but also where I could discuss them with fellow book lovers.

And I feel I find it and I am very grateful for that. ❤

  • What’s your favourite book genre?

I tend to read a lot of fantasy / YA books but I equally enjoy mystery, psychological thrillers, crime fiction, general fiction as well as non fiction. 🙂

I guess with the exception of romance books, I’m pretty much up for giving any book a go.

  • What’s a trope in books you actually enjoy, and why?

I tend to like the unlikely heroes.

That somehow stumble upon quests and have to grow in order to fulfil their destiny.

I love all those underdogs that are imperfect, and sometimes just can not win, but my heart goes to them regardless.

  • If you could visit a fictional universe for a day, where would you go?

Rivendell_-_The_HobbitRivendell in LOTR. Image credit

Because of its location, all those amazing elves and of course all those breathtaking views that place is guaranteed to offer.

When it’s on AirBnB, I’ll be the first one to book a place there. 🙂

  • Do you prefer to read on holiday out in the hot sun or inside on a cosy winters night?

IMG_0627I love reading in nature.

To me, hearing crickets whilst smelling sea air with a hint of pine in it on a warm summer evening = heaven.

I could not read in the hot sun though, I don’t like the heat.

For that reason, I would chose reading on a cosy winter night with a hot cinnamon tea whilst curled up underneath a warm blankie with my little fluffball (my dog) curled next to me.

  • What was the worst book you ever read?

Uhm… Twilight?

In all honestly, I have a very bad memory and tend not to remember those books I didn’t enjoy reading that much.

I have also learned to stop reading books when they are clearly not meant to be for me.

  • What Hogwarts house did you identify with?

With the risk of causing a riot amongst blogging community: I never cared much for Harry Potter.

Shocking, I know.

The books came out when I was an adult and I somehow never got into them.. that doesn’t mean I still can’t rectify that! 🙂 I have seen most HP movies so I am aware of the plot and characters but no idea there, sorry HP fans.

  • Who is your celebrity role model?

Oprah. I love her for her curiosity, compassion, bravery, love and generally for her attitude not to accept things as given and being willing to challenge / change them instead.

  • If your life, as it is up to this point, was made into a film what song would be playing during the end credits?

Come Away with Me by Norah Jones


My Questions

I enjoyed the questions I was given and I will reuse a few of those.

  1. Who was your favourite author as a child?
  2. Which book/series makes you happy, and why?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
  5. What makes you love a book?
  6. What’s a trope in books that irritates you, and why?
  7. If you could have a coffee / tea / drink with one of your favourite fictional characters, which one would you choose, and why?
  8. What are your favourite places to read, and why?
  9. What question would you ask your favourite author, and why?
  10. What book’s / series’ ending made you upset, and why?
  11. How do you decide which book to read?

There you have it.

Now is the part where I should nominate 11 bloggers to answer my questions.

I will nominate everyone who got to read this post.

If you got as far as to this paragraph whilst reading the article, please consider yourself tagged.

I mean it, you are #tagged my friends. 🙂

You can either reply to some / or even all of my questions in the comments below or you can write a blog post about them (please, pretty please do!!!).

If you write a blog post, please let me know. I want to see your answers! 🙂