Sunshine Blogger


I was tagged to do this by Umut (thankyou!) and I thought it would be a lovely way to chat about me and books (because I hardly ever do that!).

(I’m not sure where The Sunshine Blogger Award originally came from so can’t tag unfortunately.)

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

And here is how it works:

  • Thank the blogger and link their blog in your post.
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  • List the rules and display the logo on the post

I am going to bend the rules slightly and not nominate anybody to do this but if you fancy it, give it a go!

1) What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I’m not sure I can answer this question (GREAT start Beverley). I am going to be doing a countdown of my favourite books of the year in December so don’t want to spoil the <fanfare> Big Reveal. There is also the small problem of not being able to narrow down my favourite read to just one book at the moment!

2) What is the book release for this year or for 2019 that you can’t wait for?

There are so many exciting books on the horizon and 2019 is looking like it will be another bumper year. Jane Harper’s The Lost Man is out early next year and Mick Herron has another instalment of the Slough House books on the way next summer and I am super excited for both of those. But, I think I will have to say The Witch Elm by Tana French as I adore her writing and am so jealous that this book is out in America already and we have to wait until next year. <stamps foot>

3) What is your favourite Christmas book?

Um. Well. I have a slight confession, I don’t have one. I am yet to read a Christmas book I have completely loved and really struggle to enjoy them for some reason. I read A Boy Called Christmas by the wonderful Matt Haig last year for my book club Christmas read and thought it was a pretty special though!

4) What is your favourite scary book?

I am not a huge horror or scary book reader. I like suspense type stuff and really liked The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell but I think I will have to say either Six Stories or Hydra by Matt Wesolowski which are both excellent.

5) What is your favourite book cover?

My current favourite is The Lingering by SJ Holliday. Look at it! It is INCREDIBLE. Orenda Books always have brilliant covers but this one drew me in the moment I saw it on Twitter months and months ago and really made me want to read it before I even knew what it was about.

The Lingering - SJI Holliday

6) Tell us your guilty pleasure book

Anything by Kate Canterbary. I love her.  ❤ (Although I feel bad saying she is a guilty pleasure – we shouldn’t feel guilty reading things we enjoy).

7) A book that it seems everyone loves but you can’t understand why.

I don’t really like bitching about books but I could not get on with The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson which is odd as  I usually love anything Scandi.

8) Would you marry a book crush? Which one?

Just one? Pfff. Impossible. I am going to bend the rules (again) and choose three <waggles eyebrows>

  1. Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series of books by Charlaine Harris
  2. Matthew de Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  3. Rupert Campbell-Black from Jilly Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles

I have a thing for tall, cool, aloof men clearly.

9) What’s your favourite book of all time?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. LOVE IT.

10) What’s your favourite genre and your favourite in it?

Ooooh that’s a toughy. I don’t have a favourite genre although I think people would think it would be crime looking at my blog! I read by mood where possible and couldn’t pick one particular genre – they all nourish me in different ways.

11) What’s a book you thought you’d love but were massively disappointed?

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. Lots of people whose opinion I really trust raved about this but I couldn’t get on with it all and ended up abandoning it unfortunately.

So, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed reading about me and books (and how I like to sit on the fence!) 🙂


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