The Sunshine Blogger Award #4

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I think this is the 4th time I was tagged for this award, but as it’s been forever I thought I would do it! Thank you to the lovely Trisha @ The Tea Reader who tagged me!

Rules of Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the award and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominated 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

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1. What is your favourite bookish trope? (I borrowed this from Anna since I really liked the question.)

It really depends on how well the trope is done, but some I don’t mind if done well are villain redeems themselves, chosen one & protagonist sacrificing themselves.

2. What is your least favourite bookish trope?

Now here I have a list:
Love Triangles
Insta Love
Every MC finding their love interest (You know its more likely to meet someone and NOT fall in love!)
Absent/arsehole/dead/missing parents (Again, more likely to have parents that are present and not complete arseholes… Why can’t YA characters actually have awesome parents occasionally!)
Continuous use of quotes such as: “she felt her heart begin to race”, “The corner of his mouth quirked up” & “I let out a breath I didn’t realise I was holding”

3. If you had to have three YA book characters back you up in a fight, who would they be?

Amani from Rebel of the Sands
Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic
Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter

4. How many books are on your TBR?

I have 57 books on my physical TBR!

5. How many books have you read this year so far?

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6. What’s the story behind your blogs name?

Okay, so this is a little random. But ‘Dusk Angel’ was a randomly generated name from when I signed up for Runescape when I was in high school. I couldn’t think of a username at the time and didn’t want to use anything close to my real name as I did for everything else. So I just kept randomly generating usernames until Duskangel…. came up. I really liked it, so I kept using it for other things. Originally I used duskangel222 for personal things. Then when I created my blog I added ‘Reads’ at the end. I am also a photographer running under ‘Dusk Angel Photography’. I’m a beauty therapist and my salon is called ‘Dusk Angel Beauty’ and I will soon be creating candles which I am calling ‘Candles by Dusk Angel’

7. Give me three interesting facts about yourself?

I always need to be doing something! I run my own salon. I work as a seasonal Lifeguard. I run a photography hobby business, Dusk Angel Photography where I photograph cars & trucks. I run this blog and a Youtube, Instagram & Twitter that goes along with it. I run the Facebook Group The YA Book Nerds. I run an international Book exchange, The Book Nerds Book Exchange. I host 2 ReadAthons and planning a 3rd (TBR Jar ReadAThon & MateAThon). I run The Ultimate ReadAThon Guide. I’m starting a candle company, just waiting for supplies. There is probably something I’m missing.

I used to Parade & Judge cattle at regional shows in the area when I was in high school.

I own 3 cats, Hoppy (who only has 3 legs), Mmiee (pronounced M-E) & Possum (who is the devil covered in fluff) & a rescue dog, Roxy, that came from an abusive & neglectful home. She is blue heeler cross labrador and she is gorgeous!

8. What’s your favourite book that you’ve read so far in 2018?

Just 1?! Nope.
The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel, This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada, Graevale by Lynette Noni & Truly Devious by Maureen Johnston

9. What book has been on you TBR the longest?

Well, I have unhauled most of the really old ones. But maybe And I Darken by Kiersten White or A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess.

10. What is the number one thing that you’re grateful for?

I never know what to answer for this..

11. As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t have an exact plan but I wanted to work with animals.

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I won’t be tagging 11, but here is who I tag!

Kathy @ Books and Munches

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Abi @ Abi’s Book Reviews

Ashleigh @ A Tower of Books

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1. What fictional animal would you love as a companion?

2. What book have you recently purchased that you are the keenest for?

3. What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

4. How do you organise your bookshelves?

5. What do you own the most of? Paperback, Hardcovers, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.

6. If you had to choose, choose one book that you want to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you hate it and wish you had never read it

7. How long have you been blogging?

8. How many bookshelves do you own?

9. Share the 1st sentence in your current read.

10. What books have you reread?

11. Do you participate in ReadAThons? What is your favourite thing about them?

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The Liebster Award #2

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So this is the second time I have bee nominated for the Liebster Award! You can find my first one HERE. This time I was tagged by Tracey @ Books & Other Pursuits! Make sure you go check out her gorgeous blog and thanks so much for the tag!



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  1. Answer the questions that were left for you
  2. Nominate your favourite new bloggers (or those with less than 500 followers)
  3. Write 11 questions for them to answer
  4. Follow all of the blogs linked (including mine)!


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1. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I don’t mind them. Yes, it is frustrating when the next book isn’t out yet and you just want to find out what happens next straight away but it’s not horrible. It makes me excited for the next book and keen to get my hands on it and that is really the point of a cliffhanger. The authors put them there so you are excited for the next book straight away!

2. Love Triangles, yes or no?

Hell no. I am not a romance reader in the first place but if I am told that a book contains a love triangle before reading it then I will not pick it up. I can’t stand love triangles at all!

3. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Uhmm, I think the last book I DNFd was Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. However, I nearly DNFd The School for Good and Evil very recently but the only reason I didn’t was because I was using it for a challenge for #TheReadingQuest and I didn’t own any other books that would fit the challenge.

4. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I have a couple of these but the most recent one I can think of is Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. This book was just not for me. I guess I could also say The School for Good and Evil as a lot of people have said they love it, but it was just too childish and pathetic for me and I couldn’t stand it. I don’t even think I would have enjoyed this if I read it while I was younger.

5. A book you can always reread?

Harry Potter! I have lost track of how many times I have reread this series. At all times I am usually part way through one of the Harry Potter audiobooks as I just chuck them on while doing random stuff when I won’t be able to get my full attention like would be needed for a new read.

6. Can you read while hearing music?

Hell no. I can’t stand music, tv or a heap of noise when I am reading. I need silence but I can drown out people talking while I’m reading if I have to (like if I was at an appointment waiting or something like that).

7. One POV or multiple POV’s?

I like both single & multi POV. Some single POV books can be a little dull or confusing and I do want another POV from another character to understand them better but that’s only occasionally.

8. Who is your favourite character in a book series?

This question is a little confusing but I am assuming that we just pick our favourite character overall? Which is an extremely hard question. So I’m going to say my second favourite character in my favourite series. My favourite series is Harry Potter and we all know my favourite character is Sirius.. So that’s why I’m going for my second favourite at the moment which is The Medoran Chronicles and my favourite character is Bear.

9. Who/What gave you your love for reading?

Well my Mum enjoys reading but doesn’t read a lot and never tried to get me to read. What really got me into reading was The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking as it was the first series I ever read that wasn’t for school. But then I didn’t read a heap straight after that.. But I think after a fair gap in my reading it was the Divergent series by Veronica Roth that started it all over again.

10. Why did you start blogging?

Well, originally I wanted to start a BookTube channel. I even filmed a couple videos but I just wasn’t happy with it and gave up for a while. Then I  discovered the book blogging community and felt like this would fill in my want to connect and share my opinions but with out the videoing part. And I have fallen in love with this community. I still one day would like to start BookTubing but at the moment I am content to be just here and if I did start BookTube I still wouldn’t give up this platform.

11. What has been your biggest blogging achievement?

I honestly don’t know. It has all be kinda surreal. Making my first friend on here was awesome! The first time an author or publisher contacted me to review their book. When I started a bookstagram and found a whole other bookish community & the same with Twiter! When I signed up and got my first request accepted on NetGalley. When I won my first bookish giveaway on Twitter. When I got my first physical ARC. It’s just all so amazing!



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1. What book do you own multiple editions of? Or want to?

2. What reading habits do you hate?

3. What is your favourite way to read? Audiobook? eBook? Kindle? Hardcover? Paperback?

4. What is your favourite app to buy or borrow books?

5. What is a genre that you will never pick up?

6. What is your least favourite book to movie or TV show adaptation?

7. What is your favourite bookish platform that isn’t blogging?

8. Who is your favourite most recent blogger you have discovered?

9. Do you do anything else while writing blog posts? Watch YouTube? Listening to music or an audiobook?

10. What type of blog posts do you love writing?

11. And which type of blog post do you like writing the least?



That is it for this award! Again thanks so much Tracey for tagging me!

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Sunshine Blogger Award #3 – Also I want your opinions!

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So yes, this is my 3rd time doing this award! But I love nominating new people who I have recently discovered who I think deserve this!


I need your opinion!

Okay, so this bit has nothing to do with the award. My bad.

So I have been participating in Friday 5@5 for a couple weeks now and really enjoy it. But lately the creator has been getting a little slack and not posting. As she usually posts the next weeks prompt in her weekly Friday 5@5, but hasn’t posted it, I have no prompt to go by. So it’s starting to irritate me a little bit, so I’m going to stop doing that weekly meme.

Here is where I need your opinion, I have been thinking about starting to do discussions posts. I haven’t really done any before on this blog. So I don’t know if people will interact with them or not. The discussion topics will mostly be book related and I will post them on Fridays seen as I no longer have a meme going on on that day. So I just want to know what you think about that? Would you like to read discussion posts by me and interact with them? Just let me know in the comments!! 😊


Onto the award!

I was nominated by Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews for this award! Click HERE to see her post! Thank you heaps for the nomination!

This award has a different logo than the first one I did, so I don’t know if the logo below on the left was created by someone that did the award and people have just kept it going from there or not, but I am just going to leave the old logo in my sidebar.

The Image on the right belongs to me!


Rules

  • Thank the person 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.

Mandy’s Questions

1. If you had to sort your own personal library, how would you do it – color, author, another way?

Well I currently sort my shelves into a couple different ways, my Read and TBR are separate. My TBR is sorted by colour and my Read are separated into genre. I don’t actually own a TONNE of books, so it’s easy to do that. If I had more books I would like to sort them all by colour, but still keep my TBR separate. I like keeping my TBR in one place, so I can see what I need to read. My read books I would still kind of keep the genres different. Like Fantasy, Sci-Fi, dystopian, retellings, etc would be in one place and Contemporary, Historical Fiction, etc in another. I don’t know why but I like keeping them seperate!

2. How important is a cover on a book for you?

It is fairly important. It’s the first thing you see and that is what is going to catch my eye in a book shop or on BD or Goodreads. It’s the first thing I see, I never buy a book strictly on book cover. But if there is a beautiful book cover that stands out to me, I’m going to have a look at that book synopsis and see if it is actually something I will like more than I’m going to pick up the book with the ugly or cheap looking cover and sus it out. That’s just how it works.

3.What made you choose blogging – not Youtube or etc. but blogging?

Well the main reason is just expressing my views on books. I don’t have anyone in my life that is as bookish as me, so I don’t really have anyone to talk to about books. I can talk to my mum, who listens but half the time has no idea what I’m talking about. Steph and Rena I can kind of talk to as they have read some of the more well known books series over the years. Ryan listens to me and asks questions but doesn’t actually read books himself. So this was my outlet for all my views and opinions on books.

4. What Princess (or Disney character) can you relate the most with? IF you don’t watch much Disney, what fictional character period can you?

Honestly I have never thought I’ve related to any of the Disney Princess or characters really. When I read I have never thought ‘hey that person is relatable to me’.  I don’t know why but that’s just not how I think when reading. There is the odd character who has a similar personality to me, like Rose Hathaway (towards the end of the series) who is fiery, but also calculated and will do anything to help the people she loves. I feel like that’s similar to who I am. But I still don’t see her as ‘relatable’ that’s just not how I think. So I quite simply don’t actually have an answer to this question.

5. If you could only have one song as mood music to reading, what you choose?

None, I CANNOT STAND noise when reading. It drives me insane and distracts me so much. That is my I mostly read in my room which is nearly sound proof and the only thing I can occasionally hear is Duke, the Rottie next door barking if someone comes too close to his house.

6. If you had to have your favorite meal – sans arugula of course – what would it be?

Home made Spaghetti and meatballs, made only by my mum or myself.

7. Do you have a favorite time of year? If so, when is it and why?

Any time that is cold. Which isn’t often and is getting less and less each year. Which is absolute shit. I live in outback Australia and it’s hot majority of the time. Which I can stand and it doesn’t really worry me because I’ve grown up with it and am used to it. But the main thing I love is the cold and being able to wear Hoodies, Jeans, Trackies!  I could wear Jeans 24/7 in the cold, even to bed, which I have done many times! That is bliss to me.

8. What was your last binge watch/read?

I honestly don’t really binge on anything. If I am the only one home I either have OITNB (rewatching) playing on Netflix on my TV or the Harry Potter Audiobooks playing. But that is just for background noise mainly as I’m always doing 52 other things.

9. What was your favorite story (folktale or fairytale maybe?) as a kid?

I didn’t read as a kid and I wasn’t into fairy tales or anything much. I was more into movies, so my favourite movie to watch was Spirit.

10. Do you discuss books with anyone in real life?

Answered that in the 3rd question.

11. If you could meet your favorite author, who would it be and what one question would you ask them?

Well my favourite author is J.K. Rowling and I would love to meet her! I mean, who wouldn’t! And I have no idea what I would ask her. I have millions of questions that I could ask, however I would ask

Does Mad-Eye Moody see the real form of a boggart with his magical eye and what is the boggarts real form?


I nominate:

I will try to not nominate the same people I did on my last two of these posts!

TeacherofYA / Lauren’s Page Turners / Geybie’s Book Blog / Cozy Room Readings / Olga’s Oddish Obsession / Kdrewkthebookworm / Whimsy Pages / Big City Book Worm / The Book Raven / Sue’s Reading Corner / Reading With Rendz


My Questions:

1. What fictional character would you choose to spend the day with in their world?

2. Pick one book that you would choose to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you disliked it.

3. What food would you like to try from a fictional world? e.g. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

4. What colour book spines do you have the most of?

5. What is your favourite book cover out of the books you own? Make sure you say which edition it is or add a photo as most books have multiple covers

6. What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

7. Pretty sure I’ve used this question before, but what power/ability do you wish you could have?

8. What is your favourite genre to read, even if you don’t read it the most?

9. Do you listen to audiobooks? Or want to?

10. Where is your favourite place to read?

11. Are your book shelves full or have you still got room for more?


Well that is all for this award! Do not feel like you have to do this award if you were nominated, but if you do I hope you enjoy answering them!

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