Tag: The Sunshine Blogger Award PART 2- THE SEQUEL


So what if I have done this tag before? I am a rockstar and I do what I want right? RIGHT? 😉 So I got nominated twice for this tag this time around. Once by the “Bookish Sisters” which honestly is one of my “guilty pleasure” book bloggers. I love to read their posts because often it about romance novels I would never read, but I live vicariously through what they review. Though on a couple of their reviews they almost got me dragged to that dark side. Maybe one day soon they will fully drag me over, even if I am kicking and screaming! The second person is Jordan of “The Heart of a Book Blogger” which Jordan is one of my book chat group friends, which if you know me I love every single one of the people from that group. Jordan is no different. They do a phenomenal blog and you should definitely check it out on the link I posted for them. Check it out now, I mean I even linked it to open in a new window so you can still read this, but go to them after to support these two amazing bloggers!

The 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.

Bookish Sisters’  (Diana and Claudia) Questions-

1. What is your most embarrassing moment to date?

I don’t find any of the moments that I have survived to be that utterly embarrassing honestly at this juncture of my life. I think when you go through some really life changing and soul-shattering experiences that often this results in you not thinking any particular moment is embarrassing and instead sees each moment as ones that you lived through and grew stronger from.

2. What’s the last song you listened to?

Poor Me by Shania Twain was the last song I listened to because I have been trying to listen to her new album. I really like two songs on the album, which are “Poor Me” and “It’s Alright” because to me they sound like classic Shania songs.

3. What’s your favorite meme?

I participate in the WWW Wednesday meme or weekly event if that is what you are talking about. If you are talking about internet memes though, I have none because memes tend to not amuse me much.

4. Are you a ketchup on top person or a ketchup on the side person?

On the side, for sure. I used to be on top, but I got tired of soggy fries and it was too hard to eat with my hands.

5. If you could be any animal, which animal would you be?

I would be a sloth simply because then everyone would think I was so cute and I would have a legitimate excuse to be as slow as I wanted to in everything I do. Ah, that would be the life.

6. What’s a book you were requested to read and wouldn’t have chosen for yourself but ended up loving?

My partner asked me to read “On a Pale Horse” by Piers Anthony. I was put off of it originally when he was mentioning aspects of it. I was like, “Ugh these are all things I hate. I mean like HATE HATE, like go get a pitchfork and get the townspeople to burn it hate.” Needless to say I ended up loving it immensely.

7. Do you like country music? Tell us why/why not.

Yes, I grew up on country music. I like to think that it was programmed into me to like it. My favorite artists though are classical country singers like Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. I find a lot of current country to be a little too pop and not exactly what country entailed for a long time in twang and folksy undertones.

8. What’s the longest you’ve gone without taking a bath/shower?

I was homeless for six years, you can imagine from there that there was a fairly extensive amount of time in there that showers were not taken. When I say homeless, I don’t mean couch surfing either. While there were shelter programs involved from time to time that allowed me to take showers you can imagine sometimes it would be months without one simply because of lack of access. It is why I value them so much now.

9. Do you have a secret talent? If so, tell us what it is.

My secret talent is listening to others and making sure they get any help they need in their life, even if I sound like a mean person while doing it.

10. Would you rather never be able to say “thanks/thank you” or “please”?

Please, I would not be able to function without saying thank you to people. I feel that thank you is more meaningful than please. I feel that saying thank you allows the person that has helped you to know that you value their service, whatever size it is.

11. A very important and vital question to me. What are your thoughts on One Direction? Do you hate them or love them? Spill that tea.

Who? 😉

Jordan’s Questions-

1. Do you read multiple books at once?

I never tried until literally this month. I have been reading “Fablehaven”, “Fear Street” series books, and I was reading “Finding Home” by Garrett Leigh as well. It is weird and I am hoping I can keep them all sorted out in my head.

2. What “required reading” book did you enjoy reading the most in school?

“The Cay” by Theodore Taylor was a book that I remember fondly. I think it is because we had to write a sequel to the book though (which the author later did with “Timothy of the Cay”). In the story I wrote about how one of the characters actually wanted to return to the island away from the society that constantly treated him badly and that the island had changed him drastically and molded his spirit to being one with the island.

3. Do you like romance in books?

Ugh, UGH, UGHHHHH. I want to go with my gut, which is NO. I dislike romance in books, but the hateful reality is that if the romance is done right I think it adds a surprisingly happy and nice element to most books. If you ever tell anyone I admitted that I will end your entire world. 😀

4. What’s you Hogwarts house?

What is a Hogwarts and why does it have a house? Okay, my partner will kill me for that answer. I think I am a HufflePuff? Is that a house? Is there a test somewhere I am supposed to take? I guess I need to go find that darn sorting hat right? Ugh.

5. Do you like reading outside?

No, I like being inside where there is less chance of me getting distracted by something buzzing by or someone walking by or someone jumping a fence or something moving. You get the idea. I prefer reading indoors where I can put my full attention on reading and telling people to buzz of.

6. Do you have any pets?

Yes, I do. If you look my “About Cassie” page you can actually see the pets I have. 🙂 They are my babies.

7. What was/is your favorite subject in school?

I always enjoyed English class. While I still don’t follow and understand all aspects of the English grammatical language, I have enjoyed creative writing since my childhood.

8. Do you like to write?

Yes, I have always enjoyed it. I have found it to be fascinating to draw people into a world that is imaginary. That takes people on a journey. I want to write more and find more of a deeper connection with that part of my personality that I feel that I have not tapped into in many numerous years due to fear of what others would think of my writing.

9. How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging this time around for about 6 months. I had a blogger account I posted on previously for awhile as well as both Optimistic Reader and also under my name Cassie. So I have done this for awhile off and on, but I feel like this time around I am sticking to myself and being true to what I want to be in my writing. I see the potential for this being a lot longer than my previous endeavors. Book blogging just seems like something I always return to because I love it that much.

10. Are you a fast reader?

Nope, I am probably the slowest reader I know. It is strange since I love books so much, but seriously I just don’t have that ability to read fast. I have to savor what is being said. Try to understand it. See what my feelings are on it. Then once I finish the book I usually go through a bit of a mourning phase, which usually takes two days before I am able to pick up my next book. I have been working on that though since I want to have more reviews going live on my site regularly.

11. What was the first book that you fell in love with?

There are so many books that I have fallen in love with that I do not remember the first book exactly. I know ones that have been meaningful in my life, such as “Switched” from the “Fear Street” series as being my first book in that series and that kept me reading. I also loved “Bunnicula” by James Howe growing up. I was fascinated that this author could take the tropes of vampires and find an interesting and truly creative way of making this bunny somewhat into a vampire. It just mesmerized me as a child. I also fell in love with “Uncle Vampire” by Cynthia D. Grant because it was the first time I recognized that a book could make you believe it was about one thing and then you find out, as the reader, that the author was doing something else entirely. It also probably started my interest in books with a contemporary social message to them. These books have definitely influence who I am at this particular moment of my life and molded me into a weird, eclectic reader that often will pick up just about anything under the sun.

You know me, I am not tagging anyone for this, so that is a wrap!


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