A huge thank you to Laurel from The Suspected Bibliophile for tagging me in this. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award within the blogging community – given to bloggers by their peers. Those who are nominated, inspire and spread positivity through their blogs. (riselovelive.com)
I’ve seen this tag around and I always think it’s really cute, I just like when people post tags or other personal things that give you a sense of who they are outside of their blog. Being tagged was such a great surprise and it made my day. Here’s more info for the tag:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you for this award
- Make sure to list the rules and post a photo of the award logo
- Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asked you
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them your own 11 questions
- Notify your nominees by commenting on one of their recent posts
How did you choose the name for your blog?
This blog originally had a Beyoncé related name that I won’t disclose, but Intisar Speaks came to me when I figured out what I wanted to blog about and why. I talk a lot, I have a lot of opinions, and even though this is main a book blog I didn’t use any book-ish key words in case I want to write about different things in the future.
What’s your favorite bookish thing that you own or that you want to own (that is not books)?
My answer is boring: I just want a bookshelf. I would love a place to safely keep and display my books. I keep my books in a few cloth cubby-box things and one large, clear plastic box that went under my bed in college. My books are dusty and dinged.
For things I own I have a favorite bookmark. My friend made it for me using special paper and water color and lamination and I love it.
What is your stance on pineapple on pizza?
I haven’t tried it. Most pineapple pizza has ham on it ( I don’t eat red meat) and I can’t imagine adding pineapple chunks to a plain cheese pizza. So I’m against it, sorry to this pizza and its fans.
Furthermore, what is your opinion of fruit in ice cream?
That sounds good. I love putting fruit on top of frozen yogurt so I’m sure it’s great on ice cream too.
What is a genre you don’t usually read or don’t often pick up?
Mysteries and thrillers. I tried to read thrillers/mysteries years ago and I thought all the ones I tried were boring. Earlier in the year I read Mona Awad’s Bunny and hated it. I originally gave it a 2.5 rating (3 on Goodreads) but I need to go back and give it a solid 2 because it sucked. Boring, nonsensical, had no plot or strong characters. I also tried to read Gone Girl but sent it back to the library after only like 5 pages.
What is your favorite drink?
Lemonade is the best drink ever created. Green tea is a close second.
Which character would you bring to life and why?
This stumped me, but I would pick Zachary Ezra Rawlins from Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea. I’m picking him because I feel like he and I would be able to talk about books and why we love them. If someone gave me the chance to live in a magical library full of every story ever even thought of I would take it.
What is your favorite comfort food?
I have a sweet tooth so I usually eat something with chocolate as comfort food. Dark chocolate is the best chocolate so that’s my go-to.
What have been your favorite books of 2020?
I’m going to highlight favorites I haven’t had the time to gush about on the blog:
Big Friendship is great because it gives a lot of ground to the idea that friendship is an important and necessary relationship. Josh and Hazel might be my favorite romance novel of the year, I was on cloud 9 reading this. And Queenie was really impactful and it’s a book I;ll be thinking about for a while.
What are your most anticipated releases for the rest of 2020 and beyond?
My most anticipated releases are: A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir, The Burning Gods by R. F. Kuang (even though I haven’t finished the first or second book), and The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein because I am a nerd.
What are your goals for 2021?
My main goal is to get a start on my career and land my first ‘adult’ job whatever that turns out to be. My blog goals are to continue doing at least one post a week and to tighten up my actual review schedule so I don’t get behind.
Tag, You’re It
Here are my questions (if you want to do the tag, no pressure)
- What’s your favorite trope?
- What’s a book you wish you could read for the first time again?
- Which hyped book/series do you love?
- Which hyped book/series do you hate?
- Who are your auto-read authors?
- Where is your favorite place to read?
- Can you read with music or noise in the background?
- What do you enjoy the most and the least about blogging/book social media as a whole?
- Preferred format: ebook or physical book or audio book
- Do you like to re-read books?
- Favorite song of 2020
Thanks for reading!