My name is Ardis and I am an avid reader and budding writer. I want to share my love of books with others. I work with kids and am interested in finding and creating books that will ignite the reader in everyone. Contact me at: ardis.atkins@gmail.com

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sunshine Blogger Award

This is the first award I have been nominated for since really devoting time to this blog over the summer.  I am so happy that I am making connections and new friends along the way!  The person who nominated me was Sofia @ bookishwanderess  Check out her blog; it is well written and fun! I am so glad to have become her book blog buddy!

“The whole idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate  bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative, and inspiring.”


– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

Sofia's questions:

Do you read graphic novels? Do you have recommendations for someone who wants to start reading them?
I haven't read many graphic novels, but I have read Maus by Art Spiegelman.  It was really moving, but heavy subject matter. 

Do you have a genre that you really don’t like? One you never read?
I am not a big fan of mystery books.  I think it's because I'm not great at solving puzzles, so most of these whodunits are frustrating for me.  That and the one's I can figure out are too simple and obvious.

What is your favorite quote?
"How do you just thrust "I love you" out into the air?  It needs waiting arms to catch it"
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Do you read fantasy? What’s your favorite fantasy book?
I think I love fantasy the most!  I really loved the Dreams of Gods and Monsters series by Laini Taylor.  It incorporated magic, fantastical creatures, romance, and humor into two distinct, believable worlds.

What’s your favorite tv show?
I don't really watch television.  But I used to love Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Who is your favorite author?
That is a tough question!  I really enjoy Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, Erika Johansen, Sarah J. Maas, Nick Hornby, and Jane Austin.  

Do you dislike a ship that everyone else likes?
I'm not overly fond of Harry/Ginny in the Harry Potter series.  I just think it was too convenient for Harry to marry Ginny so he and Ron (and Hermione) could all be related.  But I can see how Harry would want to be a part of the Weasley family, especially since he doesn't have a family of his own.

What book to movie adaptation is your favorite?
I love the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightly, Matthew Macfadyen and Brenda Blethyn.  This version was touching, funny, and showed the Bennet family  as a loving and happy.  I enjoyed all the performances, particularly the minor characters such as Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Bennet, Charlotte, and Mr. Collins.  Each actor brought so much to these roles an added to my understanding of them.

Do you listen to music while you are reading?
Sometimes I do listen to music while reading, but only instrumental music, as I find the words to songs distracting as I am trying to process the words I am reading.  

What’s your opinion about classics?
I enjoy reading (and re-reading) classics.  I mostly go for British women writers.  This is probably due to the fact that I did a study abroad program during college in England and took a British literature course while there.  Seeing the beautiful parts of England while reading classic novels was such a moving experience.

Who is the author you have read the most books from? 
I've read all of Jane Austin's books, and all but one of Nick Hornby's books.

The Blogs I nominate:
Mikayla @ Mikayla's Bookshelf
Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies
Christina @ Books are Life

Here are my questions:

1.  What kind of posts do you like to make on your blog (reviews. opinions, features)?

2.  What are the ways you promote your blog?

3. Why did you start a book blog?

4.   How long have you been blogging?

5. Are you on other social media (Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook)?

6. What is your favorite genre?

7. What is the last book you've read that made you cry?

8.  How many books do you read per week?

9.  Have you met any authors at book signings, conventions, or just randomly?

10.  Which author would you love to meet and what would you say to them?

11.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

If you decided to answer the questions, let me have the link, I would love to see your answers! 
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  1. Congratulations on your nomination! :) I love that this is called the Sunshine Award!.

  2. Thank you Maggie. It certainly brightened my day! I'm just happy people are reading my blog!

  3. Thank you so much for the nomination Ardis! I totally agree with your comment above, I'm just happy people are actually reading my blog, much less tagging me in these lovely awards!

  4. Your answers were great, Ardis! I really enjoyed getting to know you better. I love the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice,as well. Its one of my favorite movies. And I just read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series, Laine Taylor is an amazing writer.

  5. New bloglovin' follower! I love your blog and your quote was just perfect!

    Carrie @The Book Goddess


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