TAG: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Another Blogger Award Tag! I want to extend my gratitude to the lovely Dora at Swift Coffee Blog for the initial tag! I love doing these, so let’s get started!

What is the Award and what are the Rules?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

โ€ข Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.

โ€ข Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.

โ€ข Nominate up to 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.

โ€ข Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

Dora’s Questions…

1.Who was the person who first inspired you to read?

I would have to say my mum. Even though both my parents were readers, my mum was the one who realised I was getting bored by the books my primary school would give me for an eleven-year-old, so she gave me a Nora Roberts anthology of the first three books in the Chesapeake Series. I was at our family farm and its was a huge book for me at the time, but I literally finished it within a day. I loved it that much. Ever since then, I’ve become a reading fiend. 


What was your favourite book when you were a child?

This is easy. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot. Jessie will always have a piece of my heart, goddamn that beautiful ghost. Susanna was also one of the first female characters I read who was so unapologetically herself and she also kicked major supernatural ass. I adored that series so much; Meg Cabot would still have to be one of my favourite authors because of the Mediator Series. I should re-read them one day!


Do you read more physical books or me eBooks? 

I have always preferred physical books over eBooks. It is the experience of opening a book with my hands, being able to smell that particularly unique bookish smell, which transports me to different places with different characters! Although one cannot disagree about the convenience of eBooks, physical books hold a magic that will forever enchant me. 


Is there a book that people usually read as kids but you only got to it later (like at late teens or adulthood)?

This is such a good question! The one that most obviously comes to mind is the Harry Potter series. I got to this series pretty late in the game, I have to admit. I didn’t really get into it until I was in high school; I think I was around 16? I gobbled them up pretty quickly, but I do remember that a friend of mine, who was also an avid reader, was re-reading the series and she was reading Prisoner of Azkaban and I was like “ooh, what’s this?” and whereby she gave me a lesson about the universe of Harry Potter. I never looked back!


Do you have a preferred genre or do you read a wide range of genres?

A few years ago, I would have told you that I only ever wanted to read romance novels. Now though, I would say that I don’t really have a ‘preferred’ genre that I only ever want to read, I consider myself to be quite eclectic in the sense that I won’t limit myself to particular genres, but will expand my reading horizons if I am interested in the book. For instance, I am currently reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, and I picked it up because I’ve recently been super interested in black holes and the space-time continuum. So, basically, if I think it sounds interesting, I’ll read it!


What motivated you to start a book blog?

I think I have touched on this in the past, but the initial purpose of my blog was slightly more concerned with creative writing. This was in part to bring an outlet for my emotional and mental vulnerabilities at the time; however, it was when I read Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas when I was like, I need to write my feelings down and purge all these FEELS. That was my first review post and I then changed my blog name from ‘writerpending’ to ‘allieereads’ and I haven’t regretted that decision at all. Being a book blogger has really opened up such an amazing and supportive space for me online, and I am so lucky to have super awesome blogger friends!


How did you find out about the book blogging community?

As I started utilising Twitter more as an online space for book blogging, I began to slowly interact with people and found a super supportive and welcoming community. It wasn’t really until I joined TheWriteReads book community that I actually saw the power of this awesome community. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by like-minded people who literally were the most supportive and awesome community I could ever have the honour of being a part of! As I gained confidence on Twitter, I then made friends with other awesome book bloggers who literally are the best! This community has been a godsend for me!


Do you have anybody in your life who’s just as enthusiastic about books as you are?

I do, yes! I think the main person in my life would be my sister from another mister, Hannah. We literally book swap like all the time, and we could spend HOURS talking about books – especially if its one we’ve both just read so we just sit there and rant/fangirl. Having someone who loves books just as much as me in my ‘real’ life, has been awesome because there is no judgement. Like, if I want to spend all day reading – that’s cool, and Hannah would join me! I’m currently on holiday with her in Brisbane (there was a conference, etc.) and that’s what we’ve been doing. And yes, I’m blogging whilst on holiday because why not


If you could choose to live in a book (or rather, in the world of a certain book), which one would you choose?

This is a super challenging question, oh my god. I think I might say the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh only because the characters are awesome and I want to be their friends. And! Although it can get violent because there is political stuff happening in this universe, I could be a leopard changeling and live in a tree in the forest and I will be left on my lonesome and live a peaceful life!


Are you a fast or slow reader?

If I enjoy the bool, I’m a super fast reader. I can read a 700 page book in less than a day if I am immersed in the story. If the book drains my soul and I don’t like it, it can take me weeks. Also, if I have a reading slump then I literally can’t read a book at all because nothing interests me. 


Share your favourite quote about reading!

I do have a quote but it’s on a bookmark at home – so when I go back to Melbourne, I’ll add it!

My Questions For You…

  1. Who is one of your favourite book villains and why.
  2. What advice would you give a new book blogger?
  3. If you could name one, what would you consider to be your favourite book?
  4. Why do you love reading?
  5. Do you have a preferred genre of books?
  6. If you could, which book would you want to be made into a movie?
  7. Which actors would play the main character roles in your movie?
  8. Who was your first book crush?
  9. What book do you wish had a sequel?
  10. What is one of your favourite quotes from a book?
  11. Why did you start your book blog?

Nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award…

 That’s all for today, my friends! Until next time, happy reading!



10 thoughts on “TAG: The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Great answers Allie! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Impressed at your ability to read 700 pages in a day… I couldn’t match that.
    I’m a Harry Potter fan too – from about the age of 11, when the first three books were already out.

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    1. Thank you!!!! Hahaha, I impress myself sometimes – but if its good, I legitimately cannot put a book down. It’s like an obsession and I can’t do anything else until I finish the book!

      Harry Potter is always a goodie! xxx

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