The Sunshine Blogger Award | #4 🌵

 🌵 Hi guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful and wonderful day, full of incredible readings. 🥰 Today I’ve decided that I have to really catch up with my tags & awards, so it’s one of my goals to do as much as I can, of course, without overwhelming you with it. You know that I’m SUPER grateful to all these beautiful people who think of me, nominating or tagging me, so it’s always a privilege and something that makes me absolutely happy.
This time I’ve been nominated again for this wonderful award, which is the “Sunshine Blogger Award”, where I’ll be answering a series of super fun and interesting questions, made by Rachael | DOG-EARED PAGES | Who has nominated me, thank you SO much, honey, I appreciate it very much and I’m sorry to be doing so late, I’m a mess, but I promise that I’m trying to be better 😅. Of course, check Rachel’s blog, give her love and support her work, it’0s SO important! 😍 
Now, without further ado, let’s start, I hope you enjoy a relaxing/chill time with me and I hope you don’t get bored, I LOVE YOU ❤️ and thank you for the eternal support 🌵 


Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


 🌵 | What’s your favorite lesser-known book or series and why? | 🌵 

I love this question because I think we don’t talk much about our lesser-known favorites, right? so it’s an excellent time to highlight The Goddess Test trilogy by Aimee Carter, one of my favorite trilogies like EVER, I just love it and I think that since I started with my blog I’ve never seen anyone talk about it, which is super sad because these books introduce me to Greek mythology in literature and I discovered was something I LOVE. These books follow Kate, who has always been just her with her mother, but now her mother is ill and her last wish is to return to her childhood home, there, in a new place Kate must begin to adapt in a new school and meet new people, but one day she meets Henry, the typical dark and sexy guy (you know lol) and he claims to be Hades, the god of the Underworld, and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate thinks he’s absolutely insane, but then she sees him bring a girl back from the dead and begins to believe that perhaps saving her mother’s life is not so impossible. If Kate is successful then she will become Hades’ wife and a goddess.
It’s SO INCREDIBLE, I know that I’m the minority here, but this trilogy is EVERYTHING, if you love mythology you have to give a chance, maybe it’s cliche because it’s quite old but it’s worth it, so many things happen and things get really crazy really fast, the characters are very well created, the plot keeps you wanting to know what will happen & the romance, you guys!! PERFECTION


 🌵 | Describe the best food you’ve ever read about in a book | 🌵 

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I couldn’t describe with exactitude because I don’t remember, but With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo is full of incredible recipes, not only are very well detailed but they also look delicious. I swear that every time I read about them, I wanted to eat something because I was SO hungry lol, it’s a great book as well, super significant and adorable, so I highly recommend it


 🌵 | Would you rather be a character in a whimsical magical tale or an epic space opera? | 🌵 

A character in a whimsical magical tale, ALWAYS, is my kind of books, so no doubt

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 🌵 | If you could change something about your favorite book, what would you change? | 🌵 

Oh, first it’s something impossible for me to choose only one among my favorites because it’s like choosing a favorite child, you know? It’s just weird lol. And second, I don’t think there’s anything that would change, honestly, maybe a little some romances or decisions of the main characters cause usually are kind of rush, but not much more. I think the essence of each book is what makes them my favorites, So if I would change something, maybe it would not be the same for me. I love them for just how they are.


 🌵 | Why did you start blogging? | 🌵 

I’ve already told this several times, so I hope not to bore you. I started with this wonderful journey of love for books 3 years ago and before that, I used to review on Goodreads, which I still do. I think I felt the need to have my own place to be free to talk about what I wanted books’ related, but also to share with others who also love to read, since I don’t have many people in my life who read, being surrounded by other books bloggers and passionate readers, have given me a lot of inspiration and also a great joy to be able to share my love for reading on a larger scale. It started being SO simple, just with reviews and then I began to think that I wanted to write about other things, so I started to make tags and recommendations and those things and well, all this took me to where I am today. I’ve learned SO MUCH, guys, you have no idea, I feel very blessed where I’m today with my blog and I hope to grow much more and be able to reach even more people around the world and share with each of you a little bit of me

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 🌵 | What is your most controversial bookish opinion? | 🌵 

Oh, WOW, what a question! I’ve been having this thought a lot and especially in the last time … The thing is that I don’t think that a book is better than others for having diversity, and let me explain myself well here, I LOVE diversity, I’m a Latina girl, so see Latinos characters makes me very happy, and as a reader, I really enjoy the diversity of cultures, races, sexuality, gender, EVERYTHING. BUT, I think sometimes there are authors who try TOO HARD, you know? and it shows that they put diverse characters just to say later that their book is, in fact, diverse and represents some minority, but it doesn’t have any type of depth or care, you know? and sometimes I feel like it’s not even treated with respect or prior knowledge. I think we live in a wonderful moment where diversity is respected and highlighted a lot in literature, but even so, there are still authors who, with the aim of being relevant or mentioned, introduce diverse characters or representation situations, just to sell their books. I think we all love a good rep or a good diverse character because it’s wonderful to learn and nurture yourself with new knowledge or put yourself in the place of others and live new experiences, but the PLOT & the WRITING still matters.
I hope you get what I mean here, sometimes I feel a bit annoyed when I see SO MANY authors using diversity as an accessory in their books.

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 🌵 | Personal library or public library? | 🌵 

I would love to be able to use a public library if I had one available somewhere near me, but sadly I don’t have the possibility to get books from there since the only one there’s where I live, is just of textbooks for school


 🌵 | What is your favorite thing about yourself? | 🌵 

Another difficult one, it’s so weird when you have to talk about yourself, right? I’m a Hufflepuff and I am also a Pisces, so I think you aware that I’m a very sensitive human being, and unlike seeing it as something negative, I prefer to take it out and see it as a good and warm side of my being. For a long time I thought that things happened to me for being too good, you know? but today I know that there’s nothing wrong with me, I’ve always been a kind and understandable person. I LOVE to listen to others and meet people different from me, I love knowing new perspectives of life and chatting about universe things. I’m super simple, I’ve never been very attracted to material things, but I’ve always been more spiritual. So I think that my greatest quality is to be able to put myself in the place of others and never judge them by their actions.

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 🌵 | What book character would you name a pet after? (and what kind of animal is the pet?) | 🌵 

LOVE THIS ONE!! My dog ​​is called Snow, by John Snow so I have experience with this subject lol
OMG, right now the only name I can think of and it comes to my mind is Magnus because I love so many characters that are called that, so it would probably be a good name for another puppy or I could have two more dogs and call them Alina & The Darkling, it would be hilarious LOL

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 🌵 | Where would you go if you could go anywhere within driving distance (like 5 hours max) right now? | 🌵 

I would probably go to the beach or somewhere where it’s raining lol, I know sounds weird, but I LOVE rain and it’s really hot right now, so it would be a great option


 🌵 | Who is your book boyfriend (or girlfriend)? | 🌵 

I don’t have many book boyfriends, they’re always the same ones I mention every time: The Darkling & Magnus Bane, because I simply love them, and I have no excuse 😍

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Nominations

Ashley | Tammy | Nikita | Lilly | Charlotte | Tasya | Meeghan | Alex | Jenna | E. | Nikki


Questions

What’s your favorite lesser known book or series and why?

Describe the best food you’ve ever read about in a book.

Would you rather be a character in a whimsical magical tale or an epic space opera?

If you could change something about your favorite book, what would you change?

Why did you start blogging?

What is your most controversial bookish opinion?

Personal library or public library?

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

What book character would you name a pet after? (and what kind of animal is the pet?)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere within driving distance (like 5 hours max) right now?

Who is your book boyfriend (or girlfriend)?



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🌿 I hope you enjoyed it! I’m glad to get going and bring you more of this kind of posts, I wish you the best day my love & as always, let me know ALL your thoughts in the comments, I LOVE to talk with you 🌿 

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33 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award | #4 🌵

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination, gorgeous!!! ❤

    Oooo … I would also choose "a character in a whimsical magical tale"! I actually agree with you on the diversity … I find that sometimes authors try to emphasize it too much … or add too much diversity just for the sake of it, if that makes sense. And this is coming from someone who has an indigenous peoples background.

    I'm a Hufflepuff too!!! I'm a cusp baby, so I'm a Pisces/Aries. So I'm basically a very emotional yet stubborn individual ha-ha!

    I would love to name a cat or dog Magnus!

    Thank you once again! I can't wait to start on this! ❤

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    1. You’re welcome, honey! I’m dying to know your answers, it’ll be fun 🥰

      YAY! for the “whimsical magical tale” & I absolutely agree, it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to see diversity but it would be good if it were treated with greater knowledge and respect 👏🏻

      I LOVE that!! We have many emotions and people don’t understand us lol

      I hope you have fun doing the tag, I can’t wait to see it & I hope you’re having an amazing month! ❤️

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      1. Post should be coming the first or second week of February ha-ha! I’m trying to spread out my tags.

        And I agree … I want diversity … but done right … if that makes sense ha-ha! And oh my gosh … people don’t ha-ha! But that’s okay, because we understand one another (Hufflepuffs unite)!

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  2. Thanks so much for the nomination! ❤

    Some of these questions are so tricky! It's going to be interesting to see how I'm going to answer those haha.

    I totally get what you mean about diversity sometimes being used more as an accessory. What I think it's really about is that everyone can feel represented and relate to characters in books, as well as that we can all read about experiences that are different from our own so that we can be more understanding towards people who might experience or view things differently. But sometimes it feels like people are treating it more like a competition… how many diverse characters does your book have? Like authors and readers are "earning points" reading or writing about diverse characters or topics. That's all just kind of missing the point of writing and reading diversely.

    Sensitivity is a great charateristic to have! It's what really allows you to be supportive and understanding to the people around you and make truly meaningful connections. 🙂

    Also I LOVE that you named your dog Snow. It's so cute!

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    1. You’re welcome, Nikki! I would love to know your answers 🥰

      YES, exactly! That’s something that I also think, because there’s something so wonderful to see characters living differently than you and to feel fond of them, we really should all appreciate diversity in that way and learn. And that is lost a little when writers only put a character there that appears as once and is the diverse character, you know? Then they can already say that they’re authors who write diversity and it’s not, nor should it be, as simple as mentioning something, they must give depth and a story worth reading. I’m glad you understand my point, I was kind of nervous about expressing my thoughts about it 😊

      Aw, that’s true, I LOVE that ❤️❤️

      I hope you’re having an incredible month and I can’t wait to see you doing the tag, I hope you have a lot of fun, honey 😘

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  3. Ahh congrats for getting nominated! I really enjoyed your answer!

    Hmm the diversity issue is a rather thorny topic I think…for me it’s like what you said…I mean if the author’s just trying to get kudos for including diversity, it feels off. Right now I think – and hope – we’re at a place where diversity is something expected and where diversity done well gets cookies – and just including it as an afterthought (or problematic representation) gets none. (Also given that I’m Asian, seeing Asian characters represented well gives me a happy glow in my chest and I WANT MORE haha)

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    1. Thank you SO much, Miri, you’re so sweet! 🥰

      Yes, it’s really an issue that exists and it’s a shame because there’s nothing more incredible than having a good representation or diverse stories that impact us and make us learn new ways of seeing life, I think it’s wonderful and I’m here ready for a lot more of that. I just hope they do it because they feel it and really want to contribute something to the world and not just to say that their books are diverse and sell copies. 👏🏻

      I get that completely, love, also when I see Latinx characters in books makes me feel SO proud and excited, it’s a great feeling 😍

      I hope you’re having an incredible month! ❤️ ❤️

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  4. I’m with you on the diversity thing. It frustrates me when certain authors win awards for diversity even though their writing is lackluster. It would be nice if diversity was the norm and good writing was still the expectation!

    I also agree that your sensitivity is a good thing! It makes you very kind!

    Your dog sounds very cute. I would name a dog Ghost after Jon Snow’s wolf because he was my boy.

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    1. I think the same! I think that besides, those who write diversity, they should investigate previously on the topics of which they speak and do it with respect and care because when they only put a character there that’s super flat, with the simple fact of being the diverse character, it’s very annoying. 🙄

      Awww, I LOVE that your dog is called Ghost, I’m a fan! I rescue my baby dog from almost freezing cold when he was only a few days old and then named him Snow by John, but I think it’s so ironic now, my poor baby 😭❤️

      I hope you’re having a wonderful month! 🥰

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      1. Yeees! Beta readers are so important! Doing research is humbling and time-consuming, which is probably why some authors skip it altogether. I hate research myself, but I also hate token characters! Thinking about flat characters is definitely a good motivator to do it right!

        Aww, your dog has such a bittersweet origin story! He’s lucky to have you!

        Hope your January is going well! ❤️

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  5. Ahh, I loved what you said about your sensitivity! i’m a little sensitive myself, and sometimes i feel bad about it, but your view on it is so beautiful, and I’m definitely gonna have to take inspiration from you! Also, i agree with what you said about diversity so. MUCH. i always feel bad when i rate a book with good rep and tons of diversity low, but at the end of the day, i’m a reviewer, and i focus on plot, characters, writing, etc., and if a book with good rep is objectively bad, i have to call it out. also, it’s so annoying when you can just tell that an author made a character halfheartedly diverse just to say that their book is diverse. sometimes characters just mention offhandedly in one line of dialogue that they like this gender, or their bisexual, and then it’s NEVER BROUGHT UP AND MENTIONED AGAIN. like, that is not diversity?? that’s such a lazy way of adding diversity to a book, and in my opinion, authors should not get brownie points just for that

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    1. Aw, Caitlin, I can totally see that you’re a sensitive being for your beautiful and care comments, I think you have a beautiful personality and you should love every part of you ❤️

      I feel you 100%, sometimes it’s very difficult for me to explain that kind of thing, but when a book is just bad because it lacks a good plot or writing style or whatever, we must be honest about them even when it has diversity and reps. OMG, YES!!! That’s so true, in fact, I can remember several books right now that only mention the character and say “he’s bisexual” or his best friends “is Latino” and that’s like everything we know about them. We really need a greater commitment to developing diversity and representations, because it’s very annoying that they’re only there without really contributing anything else.
      I hope it’s something in which the authors improve in the future and we have many books with diversity but also books rich in content, that inspire and teach us things.

      I hope you’re having a wonderful day, love and you’re enjoying your readings. 🥰 🥰

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  6. Thank you for the nomination, Sofii 💓 These questions are really good and I loved reading your answers! 😍
    I hadn’t heard about The Goddess Test trilogy, and now I will definitely check it out.
    I’ve read quite a few books in which characters cooked and baked, and it always managed to make me hungry, and I really wanna read With the Fire on High (don’t know what I’m waiting for lol 😂) to look for some amazing and creative recipes (is that a good enough reason?)!
    I also loved reading about how and why you decided to start your blogging journey! Your blog is so inspiring and beautiful! 💓
    Wonderful post!

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    1. You’re welcome, Nikita! I can’t wait to know your answers! it will be fun 🥰
      I’m SO glad you’re going to check out The Goddess Test, it’s SO good, even the short stories 😍
      I know, right? Even when the characters are simply eating and describing the flavors or smells it makes me hungry, basically, I’m hungry all the time 😂 & With the Fire on High is also such a great book, so I hope you enjoy it once you read it 😊
      OMG, honey, you’re an angel, it really means SO MUCH to me, thank you SO SO much! I hope you’re having a beautiful month ❤️❤️

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      1. I read the book description of The Goddess Test and I loved it! I’m gonna order it soon now! 😍 Thank you! You’re amazing! ❤Hope you’re having a beautiful month as well! 💓❤😍

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  7. Thank you so much for the nomination, Sofii!! ❤
    I still have two more unanswered Sunshine Blogger Awards so this will probably take a while but I'm super excited to answer your questions!!
    Definitely agree on the diversity brownie points! It's not enough to just put the diverse characters in the story — do your research, be respectful, GIVE THEM A STORY. Sure, there can be mediocre diverse reads — there was a ton of non-diverse ones that were hyped up too — and the tropes that were overdone with certain group may be new to the other but merely including diversity is not enough anymore.

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    1. You’re welcome, honey! & don’t worry about that, take all your time, I also have a list that I’m starting doing because when they accumulate too much it’s quite overwhelming 😅. Even so, you deserve the nominations, I love your blog 😍
      OMG, YES, YES & YES!!! I really agree with you, as I said in the post, I think it’s incredible that they include diversity, being Latina myself I love reading about Latina or half Latina characters, you know? but that your book has a Latina character doesn’t mean that it’s the best EVER book or that it has a representation worth highlighting, and that’s a reality. I hope that the authors are more aware of this when writing, and give respect and also transmit the necessary information to the readers so that they feel well represented and also to inspire and teach people 👏🏻
      I hope you’re having a great month ❤️

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  8. Ahaha, I love how With the Fire on High made you hungry 😀 I really need to read it then, cause I love reading while eating. Lol

    Magnus is a great pet name (*my clients can never see this comment, we have quiet a lot of Magnuses*).

    Thank you so much the tag ❤

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    1. With the Fire on High is really worth it, I loved it’s super real and like good for the soul, you know? I hope you like it once you read it, but read it with something delicious by your side, just in case 😅

      You’re welcome, love! It will be super fun to know your answers! & I hope you have the best day ❤️

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  9. I am a Pisces too and I get exactly what you mean saying you’re too sensitive and accepting it as something positive. I have been thinking about it a lot lately…whether I’d want to be less sensitive. And I agree with you: I’m fine with it. I like having a big heart, feeling people’s moods and feelings and trying to make it better for them. Sometimes I find it stressful and hard, but most of the time I think it’s better.

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    1. OMG, you don’t know how relatable your comment is to me. I think the same, you have to start loving our kind souls and without a doubt, it can be stressful, especially since we tend to absorb a lot of energy from the people around us, but I’m sure we should be proud to be able to be there for others always, not everyone is able to give so much ❤️ ❤️

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  10. Congrats on the award, Sofii! And wow, it was so nice and refreshing to hear your opinion on diversity! I love having wonderfully diverse characters in the books I read, and it’s awesome how books by authors of all different backgrounds are beginning to be given more of a spotlight than they have in prior years. I 100% agree with all that you said about the topic and agree that it’s a shame how how some people use diversity as an accessory to add to their novel.

    Lovely post! ❤

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    1. Kelly, thank you SO much, you’re really sweet!! 💞 Yes, I agree with you, it’s incredible and I appreciate so much the position that diversity is taking in the literary world and in stories, it makes me super happy. I hope that we receive a little more respect, though, and that the authors worry a little more. 😊

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