The Sunshine Blogger Award 🎗 Pt. 2 // In Which I Reveal My First Book Crush

Happy Wednesday, guys! ☺️🌻

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m back with part two of my Sunshine Blogger Award post, and more answers to your questions! You can find the first part with my nominations and questions here. I let you in on teenage Lily’s favorite band and other things you may not have expected to find out about me. 😇

Unique Blogger Award - My Answers

Malanie‘s questions

01. Why did you start blogging?

I love to write, and I love connecting with others, and screaming about things I’m passionate about (especially books), and blogging seemed like such a great way to do both.

Plus, I love that I can be creative. 🖌

02. Which book are you most excited to read?

I’m currently dying to read the next Fence installment, as well as the next Heartstopper update.

03. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I can be both! But I lean towards being an early bird, because I’m not too fond of the feeling of waking up to half of the day already having passed me by. And it always makes me feel so accomplished, when I can get things done before nine a.m..

04. What is your ideal vacation?

Exploring new places and immersing myself in different cultures, eating good food, spending quality time with people who are important to me, relaxing (or trying to, anyway), and not thinking about stressful things, such as uni (as if).

05. What is one thing that makes you happy?

Knowing that my family and friends are in good health. 😌

Hamad‘s questions

01. Who was your first book crush?

I believe it was Axel from Thomas Brezina’s Die Knickerbocker Bande—I shipped him with Poppy, and I still get somewhat wistful, when I think about how they never ended up together down the line, because I adore the friends-to-lovers trope.

Also … I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this, but when it comes to books and movies, I always crush on someone for someone? Pretty much all of my book-boyfriends are part of a ship, and I actually go into (ง’̀-‘́)ง mode when someone dares to try and drive a wedge between any of my OTPs.

02. When did you start reading?

I think I was six years old, but I’m not sure … if musical scores count, a bit earlier. 🎼

03. What is the last book that made you cry?

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman!

I feel like I’ve been screaming about this one a few times already, but I honestly so rarely come to really love a book, that the ones that get four or five star ratings from me are ones I cherish all the more.

It’s such a gem, and I wish it had existed when I was fourteen/fifteen. It’s a beautiful ownvoices novel that everyone who is Asian and grows up in a non-Asian country, and everyone who has (social) anxiety, will be able to relate to.

04. How many hours do you read per day?

I … don’t know? But I’d love to know how many hours per day you read!

05. If you were a book/movie character, would you be a main or secondary one?

I’d be the main character from my point of view. 😉

giphy4Is this is me, slyly evading your question? Maybe.
Who’s your first book crush?
At what age did you start reading? 🤓
Do you cry easily because of books?

xx, Lily

59 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award 🎗 Pt. 2 // In Which I Reveal My First Book Crush”

  1. Yaaay, I like that you did answer my questions and used mine in the title (That made my day).

    I like the crushing on ships that you do ❤

    We can make it count!

    I don't usually cry easily unless it is Fredrik Backman then I am a cry baby. Us against you was my last book that made me cry. And I have to check Starfish now!

    I read between 1- 4 hours per day, on average it is 2 hours. I am a secondary character 😛

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    1. Ahh I’m so, so happy to have made your day!! ☺️💛

      It’s the only true way to ship a ship, hehe. I’m planning on reading a book of his soon, probably A Man Called Ove! I hope I like them as much as you do. And let me know when you get around to reading Starfish, please!

      During the semester as well (when you have to study)?

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  2. It is the best feeling when you have so many things finished before 9am!!

    I read a lot during each day, probably 4-5 hours.
    Oh yeah, I can cry so easily because of a book! Especially, when I really connect to a character!

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      1. Hmm… I definitely cried in A Man Called Ove and Beartown by Fredrick Backman! All his books, really. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. Recently, Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. I think I’ve cried at all the gushy romantic contemporary reads that I’ve read lately. Although, that’s probably more about my fertility meds. haha

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  3. I’m the total opposite — I wake up pretty late (the perks of working for oneself) and while I dislike that half the day is gone by the time I’m up, I hate waking up early even more, so…

    I probably read 2-3 hours a day!

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    1. Ohh what do you do? (No pressure at all to answer, if that’s too personal!)

      I feel like it depends on when I go to sleep, because if I go to bed early, I wake up early naturally as well, and feel much more refreshed than when I go to bed late.

      Two to three hours sounds about right for me as well! 🙂

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      1. I’m a wedding photographer, so my days (when I’m shooting) start around midday and end around midnight anyway. So it makes sense for the rest of my workdays to just skew towards the night. I’m out of the house on weekends and then can do all the other work (editing photos, replying to emails, etc.) whenever. 🙂

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  4. I think (actually, I’m pretty sure) my first book crush was Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines? It was actually the book that got me into YA and, oh man, I was crazy about Adrian and I shipped him with Sydney sO MUCH (I still do). 😀

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  5. I literally can’t even remember who my first book crush was! I was probably like 6 or so, so I was most likely not crushing on anyone at the time but who knows 😂 and I wish I cried easily! I want to cry at more books!!! (Strange, I know)

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  6. I totally feel the same way about my ships. ♥ And so cool that you started reading so young! I knew I had like 3-5 favorite reads as a kid, then when I hit middle school I started hating books… You know that too-cool-for-you phase. Heh. When I was nearing high school, that’s when I started obsessively reading!

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Yayy I’m not alone!! I’m so glad you relate, Aimee! ☺💞

      I thankfully fell in love with books right away, but I didn’t read as much during middle/high school as I do now, because I simply didn’t make enough time for it? I’m super happy you got back into reading, though! Otherwise, we wouldn’t have met, hehe. (Wow, I’m a sap.)

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Aimee! 💗


  7. Great post! Ahh, I always love love love getting to know bloggers better with this kind of post. 🤗Hehe, I’m the same with book boyfriends- it’s not that I want to be with them, I want the person I want to be with them to be with them. XD Example: it’s not that I want to date Harry Potter, but I really want him to always be shipped with Ginny.

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  8. OH I’m the same way, I like waking up early because I like feeling productive and not spending the day away in bed hahaha. I’m the most productive blogging on the weekend mornings, actually, haha 🙂
    I can’t wait to read Starfish (I think it’s that book you’re talking about, for some reason I’m only seeing “by Akemi Dawn Bowman” written here…. ANYWAY you will be very happy to know that I’m going to get that book very soon and I can’t WAIT to read it 😀
    And to answer your questions – on working days, I read about two hours per day I think? while on the weekends about one hour. That’s because of the commute and lunch breaks hahaha 🙂
    Loved your answers! 😀

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    1. I relate! Mornings are usually so much more productive, especially when I went to bed at a reasonable hour the day before.

      It is!! And ahhh I’m so, so excited, I’ll be keeping an eye out for updates from you! 🙂 Also, that’s a lot (!!), and I’m in awe that you manage to read so much on working days.

      Thank you so much, Marie! I’m glad you enjoyed them. ❤

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    i’m mad at you for saying you’re more of an early bird than a night owl. mornings are gross and nights are the best there should be no debate. i do want to go on your ideal vacation now tho so if you could go and then pack me in your suitcase that’d be great thx

    i can’t remember my first book crush – maybe the kid from The Penderwicks? – i started reading at 6, and i NEVER CRY AT BOOKS BECAUSE I AM A POWERFUL EMOTIONLESS GOD

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  10. Okay, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT AXEL!!! I have to admit that I was always more into the movies than the books, did you watch those as well? Poppy was kind of my favourite, although I think I was maybe personally more like Lilo? Anyway, did you watch the movies with Michael Steinocher as Axel? Because if so … can we talk about those?? haha

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    1. Ahhh I was hoping for someone to know who he is!!

      I only ever read the books—I legit was the biggest TKB fan ever and even read those huge tomes where you have to solve the crimes yourself (please tell me you know what I’m talking about!)—and I loved Poppy the most, because I related to her so much (being the youngest, and often underestimated because of that + loving animals)!

      I just googled him, and he looks kind of cute? I need to see him in motion to be able to make a final judgement, though, haha. 😄


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      1. YEEEES! I KNOW THOSE BOOKS! Solving the stuff yourself was the best part, unless those few times when it was too hard and I had to ask for help despite not wanting to haha

        And about the actor. He lives like around the corner from me and he is a good friend of the son of family friends. So, while I was on my exchange semester in the US, my parents actually went to dinner with those family friends and he tagged along. MY PARENTS HAD DINNER WITH HIM. And since they knew how much I loved the movies, they told him about it *low-key glad I wasn’t there for that* and they made him sign a picture of me and my host-sister because they wanted to get an autograph for me. So now … I have a pic of myself with his signature??? Anyway, I always had a crush on him and that was remotely embarrassing haha And even when I worked at ORF and he was quite the popular casting choice, I never managed to meet him in person. Although I do see him at the supermarket every now and then haha

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        1. The ones with 🔍🔍🔍🔍 were supposed to be the hardest to solve, but I feel like my mind’s so complicated, that sometimes I got stuck on the ones with two 🔍s instead? And then there were a few books where you had to have that card that reveals the answer, and the library books never had them, so if I couldn’t solve it by myself, I was heartbroken. 😭

          Awww that’s such a cute story sndjdhsjf you should totally introduce yourself when you meet him at the supermarket next time, and chat with him about TKB (and tell him this story!!). 😄

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          1. My books were mostly hand downs from others back then, so mine didn’t have the cards either 😦 I only had one book that had all the things still in it. The worst were the ones where other people had already written the answers in it.

            Hahaha I wish I was that brave! Also, my mum told me he kind of hates being recognised for TKB … soooo … maybe I won’t mention that either.

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              1. I think it was fair enough in that specific scenario. He was quite young when they shot the movies and he had done other work afterwards, but it was literally the only thing people recognised him for even as an adult. I can see how that might get a little annoying after a while. I am sure he doesn’t regret doing it or that he isn’t aware of how much it has done for his career, but it’s just frustrating when people only see you a certain way. But I actually think they don’t even remember the movies now and only think of his newer roles, so his outlook on it might have changed.

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  11. “when it comes to books and movies, I always crush on someone for someone” lol story of my life! 😂 And I haven’t read Starfish, but that cover is absolutely beautiful; I’m so glad you found it moving because I love emotional reads. 😉 Terrific post! ❤

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  12. I think I started reading around 6 or so, and I started reading my first series (A Series of Unfortunate Events) when I was 7. I think my first fictional crush would have to be Percy Jackson since those books were the second series that I started reading around second/third grade. And I’ll tear up when reading a lot, but I won’t full on cry unless I’m invested in the characters.

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    1. Ahh that’s so cool, six is super early! I’ve always wanted to catch up on reading the Percy Jackson series, or at least read something of Rick Riordan! Have you read the entire series?

      Same!! I rarely cry, and I always, always need to connect with the character(s) to do so.

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