The Sunshine Blogger Award // Annoying Characters, Life-Changing Books, & More

Hey there, wonderful people!

July is a month full of sunshine, so what better time to do the Sunshine Blogger Award? I was kindly nominated by Maria, Lily, and Sissi for this award, and I’m so excited to participate today. ☀️

It’s been way too long since I last did a tag, and I’m a *little* behind, but I still love doing them, so I’ll try to stay caught up in the upcoming months. Even if it means I’m doing the tags a few months late. XD 

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Since I didn’t want this post to be miles long, I’m going to be answering 5 questions from each Maria, Lily, and Sissi (instead of the normal eleven). Thank you so, so much to all three of you for the nominations! You should all go read their posts here, here, and here and check out the rest of their lovely blogs while you’re at it. 😉

The rules are fairly simple-

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog (did that above)
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you (I’ll be doing five from each)
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and ask them 11 new questions (I’ll do that!)
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your post/blog

I’ll be nominating and giving my questions at the end of the post! (And I’ll do only 11, not 33. XD) And now, let’s get into the questions!

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First, I’ll be doing the questions from Maria. Psst, go read her blog for lots of posts about books and photography.

1. Who gave you your love of reading?

That would be my mom! She read books to me as a little kid and is probably the reason I love them so much. Thanks Mom, because you’re probably reading this. XD

2. Have you ever written fanmail to an author? Who? Did you get a response?

Yes! I love writing to authors. Last spring, I wrote actual handwritten letters to about 10 authors, and nearly all of them responded. Some, like Lemony Snicket, sent back a more generic letter, but a lot of them wrote me back a personalized note.

I frequently email authors, too! If I read their book and found it absolutely amazing, then I send them an email letting them know what I thought of it. If I were an author, I’d want someone to do that for me. 🙂

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This is me at all the kind authors out there! Also, MIKE AND TINA ARE MY FAVORITES PLEASE IF YOU LOVE GLEE SCREAM WITH ME ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS AND I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER. (If you can’t tell I’m currently obsessed with Glee and slightly unstable.)

3. Would you rather your favorite author read their next book to you or dedicate it to you so your name would be forever immortalized?

This is such a good question…I’d say have them read their book to me. At least that way I’d get to meet them, right?

4. What is your favorite quote?

Ohh! I always see this question, and never know what to say. XD I don’t think I have one particular quote that’s my life motto or specific favorite, but there are quite a few I like. One of my favorites is:

“Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

I love this one because it’s so positive! Go for your goals, but even if you don’t quite make it there, the end result will still be great.

5. You walk into a room. There are three people in the room. Each person is a fictional character that you absolutely cannot stand. Who are these three characters?

Can all the Potterheads say it with me? One, two, three…DOLORES UMBRIDGE.

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As for my other ones…it’s kind of hard to think of some. It seems like most characters have redemption arcs, and aren’t actually hardcore evil. (Voldemort aside. But I’m not annoyed by him, I just hate him.) What do you guys think?

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Next, here are Lily’s questions! (PSA: If you’re a bookish person looking for reviews and recommendations, her blog is the one to read.)

1. What are some (small) things that brighten your day?

Aww, I love this question!

  • Opening my blinds and letting sun come into my room
  • Eating chocolate
  • Looking at old photographs
  • Petting my dog

2. Are you usually early or late?

I’m (almost) always early! One of my pet peeves is lateness, and I’ve always been a little too obsessive about getting places early…

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I try for this not to be me? also I love this song dearly

3. What is something you wish you were better at?

I wish I was better at making time to read the Bible. As a Christian, reading the Bible is so so important to me, but I never seem to make it a priority.

The good thing is, this is something I can improve on! If I continually work for it and actually put in the effort, I should be able to get into the habit.

4. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

I honestly don’t know…I think it varies a lot from person to person? For instance, for people who don’t read books (*gasp*), I would say they should sit down and read a good book. Then they’ll see what they’re missing. And for people who don’t get to travel much, I’d say they should be able to travel and have adventures. It really depends!

5. What books has changed or shaped your way of thinking monumentally?

I really have to say The Hate U Give.

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I think some of the hype has died down for this book (sadly!! it deserves it all) but it’s still super popular. And for good reason! A lot of my opinions and thoughts changed after reading this book. I feel like my eyes have been opened and I’m not as sealed up in a bubble as I was before reading this.

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And last but not least, here are the questions from Sissi. You should go read her blog for reading, writing, and lots of fun. 😉

1. Do you always read the book first before watching a book-to-movie adaptation?

I mean…I try to? If I know there’s a book, I definitely won’t let myself see the movie before reading the book. But I had literally no idea that was a book for Princess Bride, so I’ve never read the book but watched the movie countless times.

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2. What do you think is the most important part of a book in order for you to love it?

100% the characters! Of course, there are other important aspects (plot, writing, pacing) but for the characters make or break the book.

If I love the characters, then I am fully invested in the book. Yes, I may have some problems with it, but honestly I’ll probably end up rating it highly and loving it! Great characters equals so many opportunities to squeal with excitement. And I never pass up opportunities to squeal over fictional creations. 😉

3. What is your favorite holiday?

Definitely Christmas! I love the time off from school, the religious aspect, all the decorations, the songs, the food, the family gatherings- I LOVE IT ALL.

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4. What are some of your hobbies?

I don’t know if dance counts (it’s more of a sport), but if so, then dance. Also reading, bullet journaling, blogging, occasionally writing, and sometimes baking. XD

5. What is your favorite movie?

I’d have to say The Sound of Music. I think. I just love all the songs and it’s a 500% adorable movie. I doubt I’ll ever get tired of it.

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And now, drumroll, please, it’s time for me to nominate 11 bloggers for this award! If I do nominate you, no pressure to do this at all, and if you aren’t nominated but want to do this award anyway, please considered yourself tagged, too. ♥ (Oh, and I’ve linked to the last post of all these bloggers, but please do check out the rest of their blog.)

Carol // Ella // Abigail Lennah // Joanna // Kimberly // Liz // Starling // Breeny // Rose // Rebecca // Abby // And anyone else who’d like to participate!

Here are my questions… 🙂

  1. What does your ideal summer day look like?
  2. If you could travel anywhere right now, where would it be and why?
  3. What is the first book you remember reading?
  4. What is your favorite month of the year and why?
  5. If you could pick 3 book characters to be your real life best friends, who would they be and why would you pick them?
  6. Do you prefer to take pictures or be in the pictures?
  7. Have you ever gone to a book signing or met an author?
  8. What is your life motto, if you have one?
  9. What is the story behind your blog’s name?
  10. What inspired you to start a blog?
  11. What author, dead or alive, would you want to talk to (to ask questions about the book, characters, etc.)?

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And that leads us to the end of this very long post. Thank you for sticking around this long! XD I had a lot of fun doing this, and thank you again to Maria, Lily, and Sissi for nominating me.💓

What characters annoy you to death? What is a book that has changed your way of thinking? What’s your favorite movie? (Are you also obsessed with the Sound of Music?) I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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P.S. I believe the image I used at the beginning of the post is the Sunshine Blogger Award “image,” but if it’s not and someone created it for their own post please, please let me know and I will take it down. Also, if it is the typical image and someone knows who created it, I would love for you to tell me who so I can properly credit them. Thank you! 🙂

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39 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award // Annoying Characters, Life-Changing Books, & More

  1. I love mike and tina! I am so late to the Glee craze though that it is actually insane. A book that changed my way of thinking is one I can’t remember currently, but it is a memoir of a girl who got kidnapped (her name is Jaycee) and it just molded my view of how things can change in the blink of an eye. But she kept faith. And a movie I am obsessed with is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It makes me cry terribly everytime, but the visuals and overall aesthetic of the movie is just so dazzling to me. I’m a sucker for great cinematography!

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    • Ahh, this makes me so happy! Mike and Tina are the best.💓I’m so late too, I started watching it on Netflix a few months ago! I’m so glad I did, though, haha.
      Whoa, that memoir sounds so interesting! I’ll have to try and find it, because it sounds like something I’d want to read.
      I haven’t heard of either of those movies, but now I want to watch them…thank you for the recommendations.
      Thanks for your kind comment & for reading! 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the nomination, Olivia! I really hate Dolores Umbridge too, and Voldy is just pure evil. But then again, he was conceived out of a love potion so he can’t love. I’ll be sure to do this award!

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  3. Ahhh this was amazing to read and AGREED about how annoying and awful Umbridge is arhgahg. I absolutely hate her (I mean who doesn’t though?!😫) I also just finished a book where the main character whined a lot soooo that was really irritating after a while. 😂And THUG definitely changed my perspective too and I love it for that! SO excited for the movie. I’m glad it’s reaching a huge audience because it absolutely definitely needs to.

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    • Thank you so much, Cait! Okay yes, it’s been a consensus with everyone I’ve met who’s read Harry Potter that UMBRIDGE IS THE WORST.😂Ohh, characters who whine a lot are also the worst..that can really cause me to stop reading a book all together.
      So much love for THUG! I can’t wait for the movie either, and it comes out on my birthday so- built in birthday present? I think yes. 😉

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  4. YES UMBRIDGE. That was my first thought when I read the question, actually. The next person probably would be Rita Skeeter… I was watching movie 4 with my family the other night, actually, and practically was tearing my hair out during her scenes. “My eyes are not shining with the ghost of my past!”

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  5. Oh I love your answers here, Olivia! ❤ I also loved The Hate U Give so, very much, like I said in my own post, that book really is eye-opening and incredible.
    It's so great that you take so much time to write letters and fanmail and email to fellow authors! I actually never thought of it, because I am way too nervous and I would feel like I am rambling, but I'm certain that authors appreciate your little notes so much. That inspires me, for sure! ❤
    And yes yes YES the characters matter the MOST for me as well, they're the moooost important ever in every book I read haha 🙂
    Lovely answers! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Marie!💓
      I have so much love for THUG, I think I’ll be recommending it to people for years. It’s just, like you said, so eye-opening and I wish everyone was required to read it!
      Oh, if you ever do decide to write to authors, it’s so worth it! Usually I’m so rambly when I do, but it’s okay.😂
      YES, characters are amazing! Thank you again for reading & commenting.

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  6. I loved reading your answers! They were so well written and your personality really shined! That’s so sweet that your love from reading came from you mom. 💕 I also learned from your post that you can write to authors and they will write back?! That’s so awesome I never thought about writing to an author before! I’m so glad you show your appreciation to these authors! Also, I’m sometimes an early person but other times I’m a little late, ahh I need to change that to be earlier haha! I love character driven books as well and I also try to read a book before the movie adaptation comes out. I love Christmas too! For books that changed my ways of thinking, I would say The Sun is Also a Star (because it showed how everyone and everything is so closely connected) and Hunger Games (the characters taught me a lot especially Katniss)! Finally, I love Sound of Music! ♥️ Great post ♥️

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  7. I wonder if there is actually anyone on the planet who doesn’t hate Umbridge. It sounds impossible, but could there perhaps be someone somewhere who doesn’t detest her with every fiber of their being???
    I think not.
    I’m the same way with what makes or breaks a book for me. The plot can be shaky and the setting can be cliche- BUT THE CHARACTERS. If the characters are amazing I will quite possibly forgive all kinds of plot weaknesses.
    Aww, I love The Sound of Music! I watched it a lot growing up and I have so many fond memories of it 🙂

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    • You know, that is an extremely good question. I have to come to the same conclusion as you- I don’t think there is anyone (who’s not fictional, of course) who actually likes her.😂
      Yes, yes, yes! I can overlook all sorts of issues, as long as the characters are amazing.
      Same here! That movie and all the songs in it will always be a major part of my childhood, for sure.
      Thank you for your comment!💓

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  8. So fun to read your answers! Yay for moms who inspire reading 🙂

    That’s cool that you’ve written to so many authors. I have never done it myself. I think primarily because most of the authors I really admire are already dead! But I do like some modern authors.

    So, apparently Dolores Umbridge counts for 3 people… Or 2, since you do mention Voldemort. Yeah, that would not be a happy room to walk into. 😉

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    • Thank you, and thanks again for the nomination!💞

      Oh, that makes sense! I wish I could send a letter to Charlotte Bronte or Jane Austen or L.M. Montgomery… but oh well. 😉

      Haha! After I said her, I kind of couldn’t think of anyone else. (Unless it’s a book I’ve read and reread, annoying characters tend to float out of my memory pretty fast.) But you’re right, Umbridge totally counts as three. XD Maybe I could also put Filch and Mrs. Norris in there, and Snape, and now that would be a horrible room!

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  9. oh my gosh I never thought of writing hand-written letters to my favorite authors?? skljdf THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING IDEA c: I always email but I want to get little notes and hang them on my wall and cherish themmm
    if i got one from Mackenzi Lee i would cry forever
    ~~OR OUR ROBIN ROE WHO IS PRECIOUS AND DEAR~~

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    • Ahh, it’s so fun to write handwritten letters! A lot of the authors wrote back handwritten too and it was so cool to see. 🙂
      OH, I should write one to Robin Roe! It would probably be ten feet long as I tried to explain to her how much I loved A List of Cages. XD

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  10. Ohh I loved reading your answers to this Olivia! ❤

    I always need to be early as well (early = on time!!) and eating chocolate is definitely something that makes me happy, too. And ahhh you have a dog?? I LOVE dogs & I wish I had one. 😦 & I'm so happy you enjoyed THUG & I can't wait to see the movie!!

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    • Thank you oh so much, Lily!

      Haha, yes, in my vocabulary early is on time, too…which can make me pretty paranoid about getting places early. XD YES, I have a yellow lab, and love dogs, too. I hope you can get one someday soon!

      I can’t wait for the THUG movie either! I was watching the trailer and learned that the movie actually comes out on my birthday?! Maybe seeing it will have to be a birthday present. 😉

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  11. I love that you write authors!! I know I’ve written one so far, and I feel like there’s a second one that I can’t remember. Who have been some that have returned the most non-generic responses? YES, EATING CHOCOLATE. I know we’ve talked about this before, but I mean, it’s chocolate. I extremely dislike being late. I think some of the hype around THUG will come back when the movie comes out! Haha, I’m the other way around with The Princess Bride. I’ve read the book and I really really need to watch the movie. Ooh, the annoying characters question is a good one. I actually can’t think of any.

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    • It’s really so fun to write to authors! I need to do it more often. 😉 Hmm, I remember Joan Bauer and Lisa Greenwald both giving non-generic responses. I know there were more, but it was quite a long time ago…I need to go through my giant container of letters and see. I’ll update you on that if I find them, haha. YES, CHOCOLATE. And being on time. Both very important things to have in life. *nods* So true about THUG! I’m really excited for the movie. Ahhh, you need to watch Princess Bride! The movie is just hilarious, and I love it. I thought the annoying characters question was hard, too! Umbridge was truly the only one I could think of.
      Thanks for commenting, Annie!

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      • Oh wait, I’ve read books by both of those authors! I’ve read Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer and the Pink and Green series and the Sweet Treats one by Lisa Greenwalk. Giant container of letters- I love that phrase. I’m so excited for the movie too! Yes yes, I know. I really do. You’re welcome!

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