Long time, no award seen! It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these but I’m back with the Sunshine Blogger Award today as the lovely Aliénor @ Meet the Book World tagged me to do it so I must oblige. Plus, the questions sounded really fun so I thought why the hell not do it. Thank you for the tag lovely ❤ .
- Thank the person 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 then 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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1. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
Bad representation. Tokenism, marginalised folks as plot devices, filling them off, villifying them, stereotypes, bad tropes, you name it, I absolutely hate it. To me, if you’re not capable of doing a certain community justice, you simply do not write about it. It’s better to leave people alone than to hurt or offend them. I wouldn’t touch a book like that with a ten foot pole and if I accidentally do, you’ll probably catch me ranting about it on Twitter or writing a lengthy review that dissects everything it does wrong *cough* Rebel of the Sands *cough* 27 hours *cough*.
2. What are your thoughts about DNFing books?
It’s a necessary evil. Well, no. It’s not an evil at all. But I think that life is too short to waste time painfully dragging myself through books I don’t enjoy. I used to not DNF books but now, unless they’re arcs (and even those I DNF sometimes, not gonna lie) or last books in series, if I’m not enjoying myself by 30% of the book (since I generally read ebooks) BYE BYE. I put it down and move on because there are A GAZILLION books I want to read and not enough time to read them all.
3. What’s your favorite novel with LGBTQIA+ romance?
Hmmmm… The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid no doubt in mind. Like, I love many books with queer romance but this one has completely sweeped me off my feet and turned my world upside down. It was truly life changing and there hasn’t been a day I haven’t thought about it since I read it. It’s brilliant, beautiful, heartwrenching, real, raw, and every other adjective in the book. Here’s my review, if you want to know more. But please please please READ IT!!!
4. Do you read translated books?
I used to. Before I was able to read books in English, I read their translation in french but I haven’t done that in a good seven years. So I guess the answer is no, I don’t read translated books anymore.
5. What’s your favourite diverse book?
So, funny story… All my favourite books are diverse book so this question is kind of excrutiating hahahahahahaha it’s fine i’m fine. I’m gonna go with three books that are close to my heart for… sentimental reasons. I obviously have other favourites, some that I might even love more BUT yeah, I’m going with these:
- The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. This is honestly the Islamic fantasy I’ve been waiting on all my life. It has all the elements to make a brilliant fantasy. AND Jinns. AND politics. AND morally gray characters.
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. It’s an Aladdin retelling that’s infinitely better than the original. I know that as a kid I was meant to feel represented, but this girl WAS NOT impressed with it, the whole damsel in distress thing going on had me rolling my eyes so with this making the princess a kickass fighter and its slow burn romance between Aladdin and the genie, Zahra, I WAS WON OVER.
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. Maya is the closest thing I’ve ever read to how I felt as a muslim teen trying to figure out my identity. So that coupled with the exploration of islamophobia and white supremacy made me love the book so much.
6. What’s the hardest thing about blogging for you?
Honestly? Time management. I have really crammed days, every day besides the weekends is a 8am to 6pm day outside then I have things outside of blogging that I need to do when I get home, so it’s safe to say that making time for the blog is quite the challenge. And it’s not just writing post, eventhough that itself can be tricky, it’s also comments, blog-hopping, ACTUALLY READING, and so on and so forth. When I first started I didn’t expect it would be as much work as it actually is. And although I don’t regret it one bit, IT’S HARD and a heads up would’ve been nice.
7. What’s your all-time favorite novel and why?
To avoid redundancy, because my #1 favourite is the city of Brass, I’ll go with When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. It’s such a beautiful, dark but soft, mesmerizing read. It’s also the book that introduced me to my favourite author (Anna-Marie Mclemore) as well as to Magical realism which is a genre I don’t think I would’ve reached out for otherwise and now I love it.
8. Where do you usually read?
Umm, I do most my reading in bed at night but sometimes I also read at the hospital on breaks and when I have done everything that I needed done and happen to have down time (which is rare in my current departement but still happens occasionally.
9. What’s the review you’re the most proud of and why?
Hmm I have two I wrote this year that I’m really proud of because they’re new favourites I managed to express my thoughts about adequately AND the responses to them were tons of people either telling me I made them more excited about the book or even add it to their TBRs. And that’s priceless.
10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a novel (or a series)?
I always end up disliking movie adaptation buuut I’m super excited for this year’s because they sound full of potential. That being said, out of the ones I’ve already seen, Love, Simon was absolutely adorable while still being hard (because of outting the gay MC) and timely. .
11. Who is you all-time favorite character and why?
Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Reading about her was cathartic and helped me be okay with some rought times I had. I related with her so much that I actually cried reading the duology. Both times I read it. The effect didn’t lessen one bit the second time around. You can read more about what she means to me in this post I wrote back in December.
- Do you have some specific reading habits?
- What are books you saw yourself (or parts of yourself) in?
- What’s your favourite book of 2018 so far?
- Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
- What’s a trope (or multiple) you never get tired of?
- Do you watch tv-shows? If so, what are your top 3 favourites?
- What’s your dream career?
- What are your favourite types of posts to write?
- What are your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2018?
- What inspired you to start a blog?
- Do you read more physical books, ebooks or audiobooks?
- Chelsea @ Romweasley
- Abby @ AJ’s Pages
- Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books
- Melanie @ Mel to the Any
- Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
- Avery @ Red Rocket Panda
- Ashley Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile
- Mini @ Book and Corner
- Destiny @ Howling Libraries
- Karis @ KarisBooks
- Courtney @ Unraveled Pages
That’s it until next time.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.