This is my second Sunshine Blogger Award, you can check out my first one here if you haven’t already and would like to. I’m so grateful to Caz from mental health from the other side for the nomination, it really made my day to receive it! I love Caz’s blog so I could gush over it for hours, it’s informative, sensitive, and beautifully written. If you haven’t checked her out then please do, you won’t be disappointed!
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.
How does it work?
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Questions set by Caz
What influenced the name of your blog?
It was actually my boyfriend that came up with the name for me, I enlisted his help after many crossed out ideas went in the bin. Ultimately it represents looking beyond the surface of life and books. I wanted my blog to be a split of ‘the everyday’ and all things bookish. I’m awful at explaining things like this so I hope that makes sense!
How long have you been blogging and how are you finding it?
I started blogging in 2018 but I would say it was 2019 when I started to really focus on my blog. I love blogging, it’s so much fun and I couldn’t imagine not doing it now.
Who would your blog appeal to or who would you like your blog to appeal to?
Hmm, this is a tricky one. I don’t really know to be honest, I suppose anyone with an interest in random bits and bobs (I tend to write whatever I want to rather than follow a particular plan), and books of course, this blog is heavy on book reviews. There isn’t a particular audience that I want to appeal to, I would like there to be something here for everyone…if that’s possible.
Tell us about your most current job and one thing you liked/disliked about it?
My current job is working in the bar/restaurant and banqueting facilities within a hotel. It’s not my dream job but I don’t hate it. In my opinion you have to have a specific sense of humour to work in hospitality, (it’s what gets you through the anti-social hours) and I would say I have that humour so I always have a giggle on shift with the other staff. I guess that is what I like most about my job. If I had to choose what I dislike most it would be tricky customers, sometimes it’s clear from the outset that you are fighting a losing battle and irrelevant of what you do it is simply a matter of time before they complain.
What’s the last book you read about?
The last book that I read was a thriller about a missing husband, a potential serial killer and a suspicious wife. I really enjoyed it! It made me doubt everybody, at times even the police officers who were investigating. I’ll have a review of it up soon, but the book is called The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler and it’s published in April.
Tell us two truths and one lie (just for fun) about you?
Hmmm what to choose…ok, 1 – I went behind my parents back and had my tongue pierced when I was 16, 2 – I’ve only ever had two jobs, 3 – My favourite wine is Cabernet Sauvignon.
Who was your last conversation with and what was it about?
My last conversation was with my boyfriend, he was calling to say he’d just finished work and did I need anything from the shop…yes my life is that exciting haha.
Who would you like to have dinner with, dead or alive, and why?
Do I have to pick just one person? If I had to narrow it down to one then I would choose Jane Austen. I would love to discuss her work with her and pick her brains to find out what she thinks of modern literature. Wouldn’t it be great for example to discover what she makes of Harry Potter?!
If I could pick a few more then I would choose Roald Dahl, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe.
When was your last belly-laugh and what was so funny?
I actually did a huge belly laugh just before I sat down to write this. I was feeding my daughter her dinner and she did a huge and very loud yawn that stopped me in my tracks and made me burst out laughing, she appeared to be very proud of herself!
Where, when and who was your last picnic?
My last picnic was last summer. It was in Clevedon with my partner, daughter, and my side of the family, the weather was lovely and the food was yummy!
What would you do if you found a £50 note?
If I found it somewhere where I could hand it in, say a shop or a restaurant then I would give it to staff and hope that they wouldn’t pocket it. If it was just in the street and I couldn’t work out who it might belong to then I would donate it. I would feel cursed if I kept it! Also, if it was my money I would hope that if somebody found it then they would try and do the right thing for me so I would have to follow that myself.
What are your thoughts on my answers? I would love to hear!
I’m throwing this out to anybody that wants to do it because I think all blogs are creative and each one is bound to bring sunshine to somebody, so if you want to give this a go then please consider yourself tagged! I will however tag a few of my favourite blogs as well, and they are:
There’s no obligation to take part of course but I look forward to reading your answers if you do!
My eleven questions
1 – What is your greatest achievement to date?
2 – Name one thing that is guaranteed to annoy you?
3 – What made you decide to start your blog, and does that reason still stand for why you continue?
4 – If you could visit one place in the world then where would you go, and why?
5 – If you could only read books from one genre then which one would you pick?
6 – What was the last thing that happened to make you smile?
7 – If you could live a day as a character from a book then who would that character be, and why?
8 – Which season is your favourite?
9 – What is the best piece of advice that you have been given?
10 – Which subject at school was your favourite, and which did you hate?
11 – If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life then what would you pick?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!
Until the next time…Jess x