The Sunshine Blogger Award & Life Update || 💫

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 💫 Hi guys, I hope you’re having a beautiful day and you’re enjoying your readings, I’m sure that this week will bring many good things to you. 💕
I’m trying to catch up with my Awards and Tags, I feel so honored that so many wonderful people think of me when they make their tags and decide to nominate me, it means a lot to me. And I know that I’ve been neglecting this type of post a bit, even though I think they’re super fun and I also love answering questions and then having discussions with you in the comments, so I don’t know why I don’t do them! OMG, the struggle, right? 😅
Well, today I bring you “The Sunshine Blogger Award” and I’ve been nominated by the amazing Destiny || Howling Libraries 💞, whom I admire deeply both because she’s a beautiful person and for all the work she puts on her blog. I think you may follow her already, but if you don’t, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! You won’t regret it. 😊

I know that I’m not the most interesting person to listen to or in this case, to read lol, but I hope you enjoy the post and that we can share opinions in the comments and you can tell me what you would answer for each question, it will be fun. Let’s start! 💫 

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 💫 What was the last book you strongly disliked? 💫 

I think The Pisces by Melissa Broder, you know why I don’t like this book already but basically, it has a lot of content that isn’t for me, from a terrible main character to animal abuse, and all this to prove a point at the end. I know there are many people who love this book, in fact, it has awards and everything, so I respect that, but for me, it’s a big NO😤  


 💫 How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)? 💫 

Well, YES, I use a rating system, I use the stars one ⭐️, which is the most average and most used one, but I really like it a lot so that’s fine. I’m quite picky with my ratings, and I like to give half stars because for some reason it makes better sense in my head lol. I don’t usually give 1 ⭐️, but if I do, it’s because that book is a disaster or do nothing for me at all. 2 ⭐️⭐️, is more likely, is when although the book has a positive thing or to highlight, mostly I didn’t like it and I wouldn’t recommend it. 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️, is more common in me, and as we all know, the most difficult rating to explain, in my case it’s not a bad rating, at all, it’s when a book has several positive points but even so it seemed average and/or I didn’t feel 100% committed to it or when has several negative aspects. But it’s almost always in the middle, it’s a book that’s fine and maybe I would recommend it. A 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, is obviously really good, it’s a book that I mostly enjoyed a lot and may have some aspect which I’m not sure about or maybe I couldn’t commit myself to it from the first pages but then I loved it, or something like that, but in general a 4 star is a book that I loved and that I would definitely recommend. A 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, for me is very difficult to give, I’m quite demanding as I mentioned before, and I try to give 5 stars to books that I really feel deserve it, a book that I LOVED, no doubt, and that’s perfect under my point of view. Then half-stars 💫  is obviously when I don’t feel that one number is enough and I feel that it’s more something between two of them, for example: if I give a book 4 stars it’s an incredible book, but if I add the .5 stars, It’s because I probably feel that it’s a little more incredible and is very close to the 5 stars.
I hope it makes sense I know it’s a bit confusing, I should do a whole post just talking about how my mind works 😂 


 💫 What are your favorite pizza toppings? 💫 

OMG, I love this question. 😄  I don’t know if I have a pizza topping that doesn’t like, being honest, but my favorite things are cheese, A LOT of cheese, as long as I can put cheese on something I’ll be happy lol. Then I love olives and arugula, I don’t know if that’s the right way to say it in English, but it’s like a little green leaf that tastes bitter and it’s the best EVER thing.


 💫 Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters? 💫 

A boring plot with amazing characters, all the way!!! 😍  For me, the characters in a book are the central point and if they’re not good then it’s very difficult for me to enjoy


 💫 How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far? 💫 

I’m currently reading only one book, and that’s The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and OMG, spoilers alert: LOVING IT !!! SO GOOD. 💕


 💫 What was the last book review you posted? 💫 

My last review is for the book The Shadowverse by John-Clement Gallo. A book that has pleasantly surprised me, it contains travels through portals and different universes and a group of friends who fight against a villain using his superpowers. Very entertaining, but it has many sci-fi elements, so if you usually enjoy that, then you’ll love it


 💫 Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books? 💫 

I’m more involved in the YA world, so I usually read a lot of that, but still, I don’t think I have a favorite or one I prefer over others. Although it’s often difficult for me to find a good NA book, I’m never closed to read any of them, if I think the book sounds good then I’ll read it. 😊 


 💫 Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!) 💫 

I don’t think there’s any author I’m sure I’ll never read, in fact, there are some that I don’t want to read again, but I’ve tried to know that their styles don’t go with me, you know? I don’t think I would judge an author before trying his work. I should make a post about the authors that I won’t read again, though, and why, it would be interesting to know your opinions as well 🤔 


 💫 What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books? 💫

WOW, I don’t know if I could mention just one, there are many representations that haven’t yet been touched and even others that although they’re things that have been written before, aren’t done in the right way. I think that speaking a little for me, I would like to see more Latin characters, and I would like above all, that it’s well decrypted and respectfully, instead of cliche and uncomfortable. It’s very important that if an author decides to give voice to a representation, they should inform themselves well and give us something that feels real and well done, I also strongly believe that books should be given to those people who feel identified with the rep and thus know more own voices reviews, not just the popular booktubers reviews. Spilling the tea? YEP 😅 


 💫 Do you listen to music while reading?💫

No, but I wish I could do it!!, it sounds super fun and I know there are those who even have their own lists to listen to while they read and I love that, but it doesn’t work for me, I get distracted very easily and I would end up singing instead of reading 😅 


 💫 Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?💫

I have a book twitter so I understand more about that, and I enjoy it very much, there are many beautiful people always very participatory, and I really love it. I don’t have a bookstagram yet, I was thinking about maybe starting one at some point, no right now, but I don’t rule out the idea, though. Sounds and looks great, but I feel it can be stressful and as I’m a perfectionist I know I will have to take it easy. But I know a lot of people love it so I’m sure it’s great



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I always create my own questions for this type of post, but this time I want to know more answers to Destiny’s incredible questions, so I hope she doesn’t mind if I use her own, I just LOVE THEM  😍 

  1. What was the last book you strongly disliked?
  2. How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?
  3. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
  4. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?
  5. How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?
  6. What was the last book review you posted?
  7. Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?
  8. Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)
  9. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?
  10. Do you listen to music while reading?
  11. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?


Life Update

Before finishing, I wanted to tell you something. I don’t usually talk about my personal life and less when something bad is happening, because this is my safe place and I just want to bring positivity and good energies, but I have to be honest too and even more when this may be affecting my blogging life.

I thought about doing a whole post just about this, as not to overshadow the rest of the post, but I don’t feel like speaking much since it makes me very sad

I’m having a difficult time in my life right now, I’ve lost my job and I’m really worried and very sad about this, I also live in a country that is in crisis right now and getting another job isn’t easy. I hope you can understand me, if I don’t get to post on time or if I get late with my readings or that kind of thing, but I’m in an unstable state of mind where sometimes I just don’t want to do anything, so you know. It’s a bad moment but I’m sure it will happen and I’m trying to do my best.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, all your support and love means the world to me, blogging makes me happy and I hope to continue doing it for many more years, it’s the place where I can get forget about my problems and chat with you about my love for books, so really I want you to know that this is saving me all the time somehow and you’re part of it. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the comments and likes, I’m constantly feeling all that love.
I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL week, I know that it’s not my usual way to finish a post but I had to mention it because I know that this is a big part of my life, so yes, I hope to bring you good news soon.❤️ 

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46 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award & Life Update || 💫

    1. Meghan, thank you SO much!!! Your words mean a lot to me and I’m taking all these beautiful energies that I’m receiving, to keep going and stay positive. I’ve already started with my search, so *fingers crossed* I hope everything goes well 😊
      Really, thank you very much for your words, hon ❤️

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  1. I also strongly believe that books should be given to those people who feel identified with the rep and thus know more own voices reviews, not just the popular booktubers reviews.

    YES YES YES! Yes to this!

    On another note, though, I’m so sorry to hear about you losing your job. 😦 That is horrible and I really hope you can find something good soon. Please don’t feel a moment of guilt if you need to take a break or have a hard time keeping this going as obviously that’s a really upsetting thing that I could see negatively affecting anyone’s mental health! I’m here if you need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to vent to. ❤ I love you!

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    1. OMG, Destiny! your comment reaches my heart and soul, thank you SO much for your beautiful comment of support and love, it means a lot to me.😭
      I just started looking for a job today and I feel a little better, I’m trying to see things in a positive way and I’ll always try to move forward, surely things will get better soon. 😊
      I feel SO SO honored to have people like you, I love you, honey. THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤️

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  2. Oooooo … catch up time with tags. That can be both fun and daunting lol! Before I comment on your questions, I’m so sorry about you losing your job and about the crisis going on where you live. That feeling can definitely be overwhelming. We are all here you for, love. And NEVER feel like you have to stress yourself out to post for us, darlin’. Life gets in the way, which I think we all totally get and have had happened. I truly wish you the best in finding a new job soon and that things get better where you live ❤

    I've heard of Pisces but once I read that it has animal abuse … I was like … yea, no. Oh my gosh, I love how much thought you put into your ratings. That's totally me as well lol!! I like to really line out what each star means ha-ha.

    Boring story with amazing characters all the way! Totally agree with this! I'm such a character oriented reader! I tend to read YA, though I would be open to NA if it wasn't always so … graphic? I basically want a YA story style but with characters closer to my age like NA.

    More Latin representation in novels is definitely something that needs to be done. I feel you with the representation question … I find it hard to just name one. Funny enough,I can listen to music when I read. But I can't read when I'm surrounded by people talking … no idea why.

    Oooo … I hope you end up joining bookstagram eventually! It's a lovely community. I feel you with the perfectionist … I've changed my stuff so many times because I'm a little OCD about the feed ha-ha!

    Lovely post and I'm sorry again about your job. My thoughts are with you (and sorry for the LONG comment …)

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    1. Thank you SO much for ALL your words, honey.❤️ All your support means the world to me and all this beautiful energy that I receive I’m trying to transform it into strength and positivity. I’m sure things will get better soon, I choose to believe that everything happens for a reason, right? 😊
      I’m going to take blogging relaxed at least this week, so I won’t be posting as usual, but I’ll be commenting and checking posts out, it makes me happy to surround myself with things I love

      If you never read The Pisces it will be perfect lol, I swear I hate speaking so badly about a book, but that one is just a disaster. OMG, thank God I’m not the only one who rates this way 😅

      Oh, 100% agree with you about reading NA, I would love to read more of the genre, but at the same time, I’d like it to be different and not be so focused on sex or just on romance, you know? It would be good to read a good story about characters of my age too, and I don’t intend to offend the genre by saying this is just that sometimes it feels very graphic, as you say.

      I’m starting to learn to read around people because honestly sometimes I can’t avoid being with people, so I have to deal with it lol, when I’m with my family, for example, because as a big Latino family, we’re very loud and I have no escape there 😂

      I’m glad that you liked the post, love and don’t apologize for the long comment, I LOVE your comments, it always makes me smile to see them and it’s a pleasure to talk with you. Thank you SO much for your good wishes, you’re an angel❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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  3. Cheese, many maaaaany olives and mushrooms, and I don’t need anything else! (and now I’m super hungry…)

    I read «Circe» a month or so ago, and I loved it but it was also very slow. Do you find «The Song of Achilles» difficult to go through?

    And I hope everything works out for you, looking for a new job can be very stressful (especially when there are no jobs available…). We are always here to cheer you up! (and on Twitter and on Instagram – you should totally start a bookstagram account, they are beaut!)

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    1. OMG, mushrooms!! I completely forgot, I love them too, although I’ve never tried them on pizza, that needs to change right now 😂

      I’m glad you read and enjoyed Circe, I’m dying of curiosity about that one. I don’t find The Song of Achilles difficult to read at all, I haven’t had much time to read it, but as soon as I pick it up, I feel like I’m flying through it, maybe because I LOVE mythology, I guess

      Oh, Alex, you’re so sweet. Thank you SO much for your support, my love, means the world to me ❤️ and no doubts, I’ll think about bookstagram, and maybe once I solve some things, I creat myself one

      I hope you have a beautiful month 😊

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  4. Thank you so much for the tag lovely, it means so much to me ❤ And please put your mental and physical health before your blog, we are always here for you and we only want the best for you ❤ Chin up, things will work out ❤

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    1. You’re welcome, Sarah! you deserve ALL the awards, you’re an amazing blogger ❤️
      You’re so sweet, sweetheart and you’re absolutely right, in fact, I’m taking care of myself and putting all the positive energy, things will improve soon, I’m sure. Thank you SO much for your beautiful words, I don’t know what I would do without this community 😭😍

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  5. I’m so sorry that you’re going through a difficult time right now. I am kind of in the same boat as you with my job. I technically still have my job, but it went from full time to part time and I still fear that I may lose it soon. It definitely puts you in an unstable state of mind. I feel like I’ve been in that state for a few months now. It makes it hard to want to focus on anything else. I hope everything starts looking up for you soon. *hugs* ❤

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    1. Oh, honey, I’m so sorry you’re worried about your job, I’m sure everything will be fine. I understand 100% what you mean, it’s very difficult to focus when your mind has so much to think about. I feel you, and from here I send you all the best energy and all the love, I think that sometimes life puts us challenges and that’s when we must become stronger. We can with this ❤️

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  6. Thank you so much for the tag, Sofii! First of all I just wanted to say I’m so sorry to hear about what happened with your job, that’s an awful thing to go through and I hope a better opportunity comes up for you soon!

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying Song of Achilles! Also YES to cheese on pizza, I’ve had a four cheese pizza before & if you haven’t tried it before you definitely should bc it’s AMAZING 😍

    Best of luck & don’t be sorry that you have to put yourself above your blog sometimes 😉

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. Thank you SO much, gorgeous!! Your words mean so much to me, I’m sure things will get better soon, I’m trying to stay positive ❤️

      YES!! definitely enjoying Song of Achilles, I’m going a little slow for everything that’s going on but I love it so far and I’m a huge Greek mythology fan, so it’s my thing. OMG, in fact, I have tried the four cheese pizza and it’s THE BEST THING!!!😍

      Thanks again, honey and I hope you’re having a beautiful month 😊

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  7. Oh Sofii, my lovely Sofii!! I am so sorry you’re going through a difficult time right now. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you, even if it’s just sending you a little care package. Feel free to DM me ANY TIME if you want to talk. Sending you all of the love and hugs 💕

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  8. Oh I’m sending you all of the love and positive vibes, Sofi, I’m so sorry you’re going through a difficult time and I hope that everything will be better soon, I’m sending you all the positive vibes, always here to support you and/or if you ever need to chat or rant or anything at all. ❤ ❤
    I'm also ALL for all the cheese on pizza yes yes yes haha 🙂
    Sending you love ❤

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    1. Marie, my love, thank you SO much for your warm and beautiful words, I swear I feel so honored to have met people like you.❤️ I receive all those energies and I’m transforming it into something positive and it makes me feel stronger to keep moving forward. I’m sure that everything happens for a reason and soon the situation will improve 😊
      You’re an angel, thanks for this comment 💞

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  9. Sofii, I’m so sorry about the things happening to you right now, but I’m sending you positive thoughts and I hope that things will get better soon. 💕

    I agree that I would rather have a boring plot with amazing characters! For some reason, the characters are always most important to me. I don’t care what the plot is like, but if the characters aren’t very good, I won’t like the book at all!

    I used to be able to listen to music while I read, but then I started to associate the songs with the books, and I didn’t really enjoy that… but now, I do not listen and read because I get distracted by the lyrics too easily! I also love cheese and olives, but mostly cheese, haha! I’ll put cheese on almost anything, but especially pizza.

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    1. Thank you SO SO much!!, that means a lot to me, I’m always receiving all that positive energy and I deeply appreciate it 💕

      YES!!! OMG, same. I’m trash for some good characters, complex and intense, even when they’re not doing anything, if they’re well constructed, I’m sure it will be a good book 😍

      I fully get what happens to you with the music, I think the same thing will happen to me, I couldn’t focus on what I’m reading. OMG, cheese is EVERYTHING, if you can put cheese on it, it’s the best food 😅

      I hope you’re having an INCREDIBLE Month! 💞

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