The Sunshine Blogger Award (ft. Sha and Mandy playing nicely for once)


We would like to thank Amanda over at Literary Weaponry for nominating us for the Sunshine Blogging Award! It’s been such a long time since Book Princess Reviews has done one of these, and we are super excited to do one today – especially since Amanda gave us some great questions. Make sure you check out Amanda’s blog which is not only home to one of the greatest header images I’ve ever seen but fantastic reviews, tags, and more on the link above! Plus, she’s so super nice!

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog

2.Answer the questions

3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions

4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

What book are you most proud of yourself for having finished?

Sha: Bruised by Sara Skilton. The main character was utterly and completely arrogant, which was impossible to stomach. However, I’m a proud do not DNF Queen, so I powered through (with many a break for some deep breathing).

Mandy: Wild Irish Women. This book literally took me a year to finish. It’s basically just short stories about fierce, independent Irish women, but like most non-fiction, it’s just so easy to set down and never pick back up for a while.

Do you enjoy book to movie/tv adaptations? If so which is you favorite?

Sha: I can enjoy a book to movie/TV adaptation if I’m not already a huge fan of the book. Otherwise, I spend the entire movie/TV show picking up everything that was missed or changed from the movie. (Not that I will avoid adaptations, they just won’t be the same.) However, I really like the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The cast, crew, and production nailed that one!

Mandy: Eh, it depends. Most of the ones I’ve seen, I wasn’t invested in the books or have not read them. My favorite is The Princess Bride because the movie is literally so much better than the book – even though the book is still really great.

What author got you really hooked on reading?

Sha: I hate to admit this, but I started my addiction with the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Oh, sure, I read a whoooole lot before that. But once I found Warriors, I was in the library every day to get the next book and spent every cent of my allowance on the new releases.

Mandy: I started reading pretty young and kept going, so, like, maybe Clifford?? I remember absolutely loving books from like kindergarten to, well, now, so like all of them??

Show us your favorite book cover! 

Sha: Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick! I didn’t enjoy the book but can never deny how gorgeous the cover is. The cover also has a soft velvet feel and the title is embossed… Yup, real nice!

Mandy: Saints and Misfits!

What is a happy memory you relate to reading?

Sha: Being at my best friend’s cottage. I’ve been swimming all morning and my muscles ache, but in the good way. My skin is all warm from the sun and I have a glass of cold juice by my side while I curl up in a plush chair to dive into a summer read with the fresh lake air blowing in the window.

Mandy: I think it was all of those Scholastic book fairs. Omigosh, they were literally the best feelings in the entire world, just going to these little pop up things and being surrounded by the books.

If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

Sha: Gail Carson Levine. I love love her fantasy worlds and characters and twists on fairytale retellings.

Mandy: UM UM UM. Simone St. James. Because I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of ghostie goodness and a little dash of romance.

If you could wipe your memory of one book so that you could go back and read it for the first time again, which book would you choose?

Sha: Considering how poor my memory is, I only need six months and I’ve forgotten the majority of a book’s plot anyway, haha. Maybe The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, because that is one ending that gave me true shivers and tears on the first read (and now I know the prepare myself).

Mandy: Most mysteries?? But also Six of Crows, since there was so much intensity of will they succeed and won’t they succeed and WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY MURDER BABIES???

Do you have any long term bookish or blogging goals? Tell us about them!

Sha: Probably to take over the book world? I have legit put Mandy on a whole blogging plan since I joined BPR. It would take several posts to explain everything, hahaha. Let’s just say to be great for all our readers, every day in every way!

Mandy: Lol, I think Sha has enough of them for the two of us.

What is your absolute favorite food? You know, that food you could eat every day for the rest of your life and be perfectly happy with.

Sha: Spaghetti. This isn’t a far throw either since I usually make a giant tub on Sundays and eat it throughout the week to save time on cooking. I’m not sick of it yet!

Mandy: …chicken tenders.

You are at the zoo, what animal is on your “must visit” list?


Mandy: ALLLLLLL OF THEM. I love the animals. Red pandas are up there now.

What is your happiest memory?

Sha: Dunno.

Mandy: Oh gosh. I don’t knowwwwwwwwwwwww. My memory is terrible, so not only do I not remember things, but I overwhelm myself with it. But a favorite, happy memory is I remember walking up the little incline and the first sight I saw of Old Town square in Warsaw, Poland, which was seriously just stunning.

I’m (Mandy) is feeling too lazy to tag anyone so if you feel like answering Amanda’s questions, please feel free to tag yourself!

27 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award (ft. Sha and Mandy playing nicely for once)

    1. Thanks Kaya! And yes, I was hooked on that series. I was literally so invested in Firepaw/storm/star and his journey and all the cat deaths and I would get so *emotional* over the betrayals and love stories and deaths… I can’t put into words what those books did to me hahaha.

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      1. I … I don’t think any book has gotten me that emotional since. Like Featherpaw? I think that was her name. And she had a budding romance with another cat I can’t remember. But they were in the mountains and being chased by a … leopard? So she sacrificed her life to send a stalagmite/tite plumeting on its head and I STARTED SOBBING. Her cat lover was like “we never had a chance” There are no words.

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      2. IKR!!! I totally forgot all about that. There’s actually quite a bit of death in those books now that I think about it. Leafpool and Crowfeather’s relationship (especially with Hollyleaf Lionblaze and Jayfeather) always hurts me to think about…

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  1. Haha nice! I was honestly nodding along with all of your answers! Like, for movie adaptions, they tend to be a hit or miss for me too, but I do enjoy them better if I’m not a fan of the book (i.e., I prefer the Fantastic Beasts franchise over the HP franchise since the former doesn’t have a source material). And though I’ve only read Ella Enchanted, I think Gail Carson Levine is a lovely author to read for the rest of your life! And Mandy, YASSS to forgetting SOC so you can read it again; I love this series, so you hit my favorite topic to gush about. 😉

    Terrific answers ladies! This was really fun to read! ❤

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      1. I’ve only read it twice since I discovered it last year (like you say, I want to savor it as well), but I’m totally doing a re-read before King of Scars comes out! Uber excited for that. 😁

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      2. Errrm I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t finished the Grisha series. 😂 I thought the first book was just fine, but I never felt compelled to continue until I heard that King of Scars was coming out. It’s highest on my to-finish series though, so I’m definitely “re-reading” them. 😉 Have you finished them yourself then?


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