The Sunshine Blogger Award!! ☀️ (ft. exclusive usage of Harry Potter gifs)

Hi friends, and happy Sunday!

I’ve mentioned it time and time again, but I honestly feel as if I need to shout this from the mountaintops—through this blog, and thanks to this community, I have met some of the kindest and most thoughtful people that never fail to create incredible content and make me feel welcomed in every sense of the word. It’s been a year since I started on my own crazy wonderful journey that is blogging, and I’ve been beyond lucky to have been supported through and through.

All of that gushing aside, I was recently tagged by Sofii over at A Book. A Thought. for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside because of it. Sofii has been nothing but sweet to me from the get go, and her posts constantly inspire me to better my own. She’s a stupendous human being, and you really should go check her out if you haven’t already!

So, before I begin to get even more cheesy (trust me, it’s possible), lets do this thing.

Also, if you happen to know who created the original graphic associated with this award, please let me know! I tried following a rabbit hole to find the creator and had no success.


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 7 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7 new blogs to receive the award and write them 7 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

What fictional character would you like to spend a whole day with?

For some reason, when I first read this question, my brain immediately fixated on Ron Weasley and I can’t shake it. I would honestly love to spend a whole day with that kid. I know for a fact that it would be filled to the brim with adventures where we’d probably get lost (it’s okay, I’d get lost on my own anyway) and there would never be a shortage of snacks. Plus, I’d probably get to see both Hogwarts and The Burrow (maybe a quick stop to Hogsmeade can be on the agenda too?).

 Do you prefer big books or short stories?

While I do love a good short story, I’ve really been a sucker for big books lately. I feel like bigger books usually give me more time to connect with and get to know the characters on a deeper level, which is just a dream.

I’ve somehow managed to pick Harry Potter gifs that accurately get across my thoughts with the first two questions, so let’s try to keep that going??

What do you think is the perfect weather to read?

Alexa, play Rain by Ben Platt (is this meme still even a thing?!). Honestly, there’s not much that I love more than staying inside on a rainy day, lighting a candle, snuggling up under a blanket, and pulling out a book. There’s also something so perfectly wonderful about hearing the rain patter against my window while I’m sucked into a different world. GLORIOUS.

 What do you think about re-readings?

I am, without a doubt, a huge supporter and fan of re-readings. I love to re-read favorite books when I’m in a slump, when I’m expecting a sequel and need to jog my memory, or whenever I feel like meeting up with some old friends. Re-reading an old favorite can be one of the most comforting things, and I’m 100% here for it.

 What are your favorite posts to write?

Ah! Such a difficult question! I really do love different posts for different reasons. Reviews help me get my feelings and emotions in order, and then I’m able to talk about a book I loved with wonderful people all across the world. But then again, finding unique and creative tags gets me really excited to write and answer some questions that I maybe otherwise wouldn’t normally discuss on my blog. Honestly, I really do enjoy both types of posts, but reviews and tags have got to be my favorite.

What do you think is the best world-building you have read?

I think that some of my favorite world-building is always going to be the world-building from the Six of Crows duology. These books were the first time I had ever voluntarily delved into the fantasy genre, and it was as if I could see everything perfectly in my head. I think that the way Leigh Bardugo crafted the Dregs’ world and the angry politics behind the wars and rivalries was so, absolutely. . .

 Name 2 book bloggers that inspire you!

Only two?! Sofii, this is cruel!

Honestly, like I said before, there are countless blogs out there that inspire me even when I’m not feeling up to blogging, so I have to give them a shout out here. And, forgive me, it’s definitely more than two.

You guys always put out incredible content that has me dumbfounded, and I appreciate you so, so much for that. Thank you for being you!


And would you look at that, I listed out 10 blogs that inspire me daily, so I tag all of you (except for Sofii because she’s the one that tagged me) to complete the Sunshine Blogger Award! Also, I apologize if you’ve completed this post before; so just disregard me!

My Questions:

  • What’s the last book you read that absolutely stole your heart?
  • If you had to describe yourself and your personality by only listing three different fictional characters, who would you choose and why?
  • What is one fictional food that you are just dying to try?
  • You can invite three fictional villains to a dinner party. Who are you inviting and what are they talking about?
  • Where is your preferred reading spot, and why is it your favorite?
  • Out of all of the books you’ve ever read, which had the most satisfying ending? No spoilers!
  • How do you usually write blog posts? Do you take notes beforehand? Make an outline? Do you write it all at once then post it? Do you schedule your posts?

So, what do you think? Who do you want to spend a day with? What’s your perfect reading weather? What book has the best world-building? Let’s chat!

24 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award!! ☀️ (ft. exclusive usage of Harry Potter gifs)

  1. Ah Lauren, thank you SO MUCH for listing me here! It’s such an honour and it means the entire world! (Plus I loved reading your answers haha)
    I already did this tag but I really want to answer to your questions, so thank you again 😀 Lots of love to you ❤

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  2. AHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❤ I am honored to be nominated 😀 And I'm very impressed by your usage of Harry Potter gifs here!! I would also love to spend a day with Ron Weasley – that would be so much fun. And rainy weather is the BEST reading weather! I love all your questions too, and I can't wait to answer them 😀 Thank you, Lauren!! ❤

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  3. Aw Lauren you are TOO SWEET! 😀 💞
    Thank you for tagging me! 😀
    I love all the Harry Potter gifs you’ve got going on! 🙂 I love how you’d spend the day with Ron, he’d be fun to hang around with! I’m also very on board with re-reading. I love visiting stories, it’s got this feeling of going home to it 🙂

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    1. Ah! You deserve it! 💜

      And right?! I feel like there’d be so much chaos with Ron, but all of it fun chaos.

      Exactly! Rereading also lets pick up on things I maybe missed previously, so it almost feels like discovering something new!

      Thank you for your kind words Meghan and for reading my post!

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      1. Thank you, you are too kind! 🙂 💞
        Agreed, fun chaos! 😀
        I agree, there are so many things you can pick out that you may have never sen before, especially when you know how the story will end you can see how the author really constructed their story!

        Oh, always! 😀

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  4. LAUREN! you changed your layout! it looks so cute! and the blue background is the best!
    ALSO: you literally mentioned rain by ben platt as I LISTENED TO IT??????? Coincidence? i think Not! i re-watched the politician with my sister today and honestly, why is ben platt SO CUTE. ugh. i instantly remembered of you and how you said you’re his #1 fangirl. he really is adorable; i don’t know why it took me so long to realize that. i guess it’s just because this time around i started paying more attention to his mannerisms and ugh! he’s just the cutest! like there’s this one scene he’s leaning his head on his hand and i was just *heart eyes*.
    i think reviews are some of my favorite posts to write too, though it always takes me forever to start them. once i do, though, it flows perfectly! but it’s always a burden trying to sort my thoughts in order and actually take the time to sit down and write them. they’re definitely the most brain-consuming, i guess you could say. tags are fun because i get to be really creative with them, which i love!
    and thank you sososoooo much for the shoutout! you inspire me a lot too! i loved your questions a lot, i’ll make sure to answer them!

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    1. AH! I DID! It’s been almost exactly a year since I’ve had this blog, so I figured a facelift was in order. 😂 Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      WE ARE TOTALLY ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH! Ugh, Rain is such a fantastic song. And that warms my heart that seeing Ben Platt made you think of me?! He’s truly the most adorable human being, and we don’t deserve him.

      I’m right there with you on reviews! They definitely take quite a bit of work to make them organized, but I totally agree in that it helps me sort out my thoughts about a book.

      You are too kind! I’m so excited to see your answers; thanks again!! 💜

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  5. I still need to read Six Of Crows but hopefully I’ll get to it by the end of the year as it’s been on my TBR forever. And I love reading snuggles up under blankets too. I love your questions – I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what villains the people that you tagged choose to have dinner with (:

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    1. I don’t blame you; I have PLENTY of books that have been on my TBR for way too long 😂 I really hope you enjoy Six of Crows whenever you do get to it!

      And reading under a blanket is one of my favorite things! It just automatically makes everything feel so quickly.

      Thank you! I’ve gotta say, I actually was really excited to come up with that question because I feel like it would have some awesome answers.

      Thank you so much!! ❤️

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      1. Thank you (: hopefully I will; a lot of people seem to 😀

        Yes it is wonderful. Although sometimes I get too hot then fall asleep which isn’t all too helpful :L

        Ah I’m not surprised, it really is a wonderful question and I’m so, so looking forward to everybody’s answers to it 😀

        Sorry if I’ve replied to this twice. I know I did respond to it but WordPress seemed not to send several of my comments to people last week so atm I’m trying to use my email to figure out what did and didn’t send.

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS on the award, you so deserve it!! And I absolutely love your new design,it looks wonderful!!
    I am living for all the Harry Potter gifs as well (and now I want to rewatch them all ASAP)!!
    I think Ron would be a great person to spend the day with because he is fun and loyal which are two of the best qualities, plus getting to see so much of the wizarding world would be a dream and as he grew up in the community I bet he would know loads of weird facts!!
    Your reading weather with the blanket and the rainy window sounds so perfect— this is the reason why I have always wanted a reading window!! *heart eyes*
    I have been doing my first reread recently and I have been loving it so much, it is so nice to be with your favourite characters again and I think you can appreciate so many little things in a reread so I fully support rereads!! (I think I said rereads too much there?!!?)
    Thank you so, so much for saying that I inspire you and all your lovely words, that means so much honestly and just thank you!! ❤
    Also I can't wait to answer your questions, they are so interesting!!

    I loved reading this post and ah.. it was all just wonderful!! thank you again!! ❤

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    1. THANK YOU, SOPHIE! I thought a little redesign was in order, so hopefully I’ll have my redesigned pictures/graphics up soon too 😊

      And girl, I totally feel that! I still haven’t even watched the last two, and I DEFINITELY need to get on that. And you’re so right about the weird facts! I’d love to hear what Rom knows!

      A reading window is an absolute dream. Ugh, can you imagine?! That’d be so wonderful.

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying your reread! It really is one of the best feelings to be back with some of your favorite characters. And you’re totally right – you do pick up on some things you didn’t notice before, and I think that that really enhances my love for a book, personally!

      YOU ARE TOO KIND! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 💜 I’m really excited to hear your answers!!

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      1. You’re welcome!! 💕 Yes it looks amazing and I’m excited to see the new graphics too!! 😊

        Haha I only need the smallest push to want to watch them 😂 and you haven’t seen the last two!! You will have to watch them 😂 yes Ron needs to spill all his secrets!!

        It is the dream!! I need one so badly!!

        I completely agree that it enhances your love and now I need to do it for all my favourites!!

        Yay!! Thank you 💕

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  7. Ahh, Lauren, thank you so much for the nomination and for the kind words!! They mean the world, especially since I’ve been absent for so long now, coming back and seeing this made my heart very happy. ❤️😭On that note, I’m SO sorry to be commenting so late!

    Okay, yes, spending the day with Ron would be the best! I feel like he would definitely take you to Hogsmeade because of Honeydukes and Three Broomsticks. I also agree with you so much that the world building in Six of Crows is spot-on. That’s what made me love it so much, even though fantasy isn’t really my genre. I have such a clear mental image of Kettersdam (at least, I think that’s the name if my memory is correct haha) and that doesn’t happen often.

    Lovely post, and thank you again for the tag! I hope you are doing well.😍

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    1. Of course, Olivia! I’ve got to admit, seeing a notification from you made my heart so happy. Welcome back! ❤️

      Right?! I feel like you’d get to see all of the fun and wonderful sides of the wizarding world if you got to go hang out with Ron. Fantasy isn’t typically my genre, either! Six Of Crows was actually the first fantasy book I’ve ever picked up, so I definitely loved that world building.

      Thanks so much, Olivia! I hope all is well with you too! 💜

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    1. Ah! I love this post so much, Sophie! And everyone always has such interesting questions for this tag, I feel like!

      Um, may I please be invited to your villain dinner party? It sounds like a total hoot, and I need to see it go down. It’s also really interesting to me that you chose Cress as one of the characters that you can really relate to. Even before I read The Lunar Chronicles, a friend of mine told me that I reminded her of Cress in small ways, and now that I’ve read it, I can fully relate to her in the same ways that you can. I’m also a huge fan of reading in my bed 🙌🏻

      Like I said, this post was LOVELY and I adored seeing your answers for everyone else! ❤️

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