TCL Gets the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award 2

Thank you to Amber @ The Literary Phoenix who nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award after she posted her THIRD nomination answers.

Apparently, there are rules to this one, and they are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page so others can see how amazing they are, too! (Done, see above).
  • List the rules in the post and the badge somewhere on your website (Yup!)
  • Answer the 11 questions you got asked (see below)
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers for this award and let them know (um… or be a rebel like me and just say “consider yourself nominated”).
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions! (See below)

My Answers to Amber’s Questions:

First of all, how’re you holding up right now?

Just fine, thanks! In fact, although I can’t get out as much, I’m really not all that bothered. I’d rather stay home, read books, write reviews and blog posts and maybe get in some time to work on my WIP. However, I am a bit stressed with moving house and all… (I was hoping that by the time I had posted this, I would have already moved, but things got delayed because of the virus).

What made you want to be a blogger?

Well, for many years I had been active on all these content and review sites. Places like Ciao, DooYoo, and Associated Content by Yahoo. These were all places where I could put up reviews of things and earn money from people reading my reviews. The problem was, all these pay-per-click sites started to increase, and their business plans were not sustainable. So eventually the bubble burst (although there are probably a few still out there). When I read the writing on the wall, I decided I still wanted a reason to write articles, and in particular book reviews, so I decided to start a blog.

Other than books, what’s your favorite thing to talk about on your blog?

I actually don’t like to stray from books on my blog. However, if it isn’t a book review itself, I like to do my little alternative author interviews, all sorts of tags and memes, and join in on discussions with my highly opinionated views on bookish things. I keep saying I’ll write about chocolate, but I’ve never done a post about it so far.

Do you collect anything?

In a way, yes. Giraffes. Not live ones, of course. Just statues and stuff; but it isn’t a huge collection. I say “in a way” because all of the giraffes I have were gifts, so it isn’t like I went out and started collecting them myself. It all comes from the fact that they’re my favorite animal.

Do you have any pets?  If so – pictures!

Nope… But I do have a grand-dog named Blonda who is in Costa Rica right now with my son Oren and his partner Shelly. Here’s Blonda and her parents:

What book are you dying to read right now?

Mystery of Mrs ChristieThe Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict. I’ve been trying to get the ARC for this, but to no avail. You’d think that my high ratings of her last three books would have given the publishers a good reason to give me a copy, but apparently not. I’m thinking they’re expecting this to be a blow-out best seller, and they don’t want some ex-pat American living in Israel to be among the chosen few to get an advanced copy. GRRR! Plus, it will be released on December 29 but only in HARDCOVER and I can’t afford to pre-order it right now! I guess I’ll just have to wait until it comes out in paperback or as an eBook! <sigh!>

What was your last new favorite book?

Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell. O.M.G!!! Just read my review, okay?

Hamnet UK

What’s a cause you’re passionate about, and what would you like your readers to know about it?

I’m actually passionate about a whole lot of things. In fact, until I retired, the bulk of my working life I worked for non-profit organizations as a grant writer. I raised money for projects that helped people of all ages, regarding practically every issue you can imagine (too many to detail here). Of course, I’m also passionate about my love of chocolate, but I think people know about that already.

How do you balance blogging and life?

I’m retired. I don’t have to balance anything. I just do as I please!

Have you ever been compared to a celebrity?  If so, who and do you agree?

I once described myself as a cross between Sharon Stone and Golda Meir, but that was a joke. However, there’s a picture of me from my wedding day that someone on Facebook said makes me look like young Princess Diana. I don’t see the resemblance, but maybe you do!

What was the last TV show you started, and do you recommend it?

We watch a whole lot of TV, and we are constantly starting new ones, so I’m not sure which was the last one we started. Of the more recent ones, I can certainly recommend “All Creatures Great and Small,” and “Mrs. America,” as well as “The Queen’s Gambit,” and “Little Voice.” We’re also catching up with “New Amsterdam” and can’t get enough of the “911” and the various “NCIS” series!

I hope you enjoyed my answers to these questions!

My Nominees:

YOU! Consider yourself nominated!

Look, I follow over 700 blogs through WordPress, and I don’t like to play favorites or insult someone for not nominating them. That’s why I don’t like to tag bloggers on this. However, to be honest I do have the (required) 11 bloggers I’d really like to see answer my questions, but I’m just mentioning them here, and if any are interested… they should feel free to participate – or not! They are:

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. If you had to pick one author as your #1 favorite, who would it be; and what book of theirs would you recommend others read first?
  2. What genre do you refuse to read, and why?
  3. Do you think you spend too much time blogging or not enough time blogging?
  4. When you’re reading a book and you suddenly realize you don’t like it, what makes you decide you can’t read further, if at all?
  5. Is there a nickname, persona or “handle” that you use online, and if so, what’s the story behind it?
  6. What is the one food could you could eat every single day and never tire of eating it?
  7. If you could build your dream home in your dream type of location, where would it be (meaning by the sea, in the middle of a bustling city, high up in the mountains, or where ever)?
  8. What makes you angrier than anything else, and what do you do to express or repress your anger?
  9. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up (did you succeed, and if not, are you happy or unhappy about that)?
  10. If you could choose any destination to visit anywhere in the world when this virus ends, where would you decide to go, and why?
  11. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you like answering these types of questions?

I hope you enjoy these questions!


12 thoughts on “TCL Gets the Sunshine Blogger Award!

  1. I LOVE your answer to life balance! Retirement is the best! I loved seeing your wedding picture and you do have the Diana look! Thanks for the tag! I’m notoriously bad at follow through though! I’ll try!

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      1. I’m retired and can do what I want is my new mantra! 😂 Kidding aside, I’ll try my best to do it! I just need to put it in ink on my blog schedule!

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