I stumbled upon this tag on My World of Books the other day, and since I’ve always loved desserts, I thought this would be a fun tag to try! [It was originally created by the booktuber, Life is a Page Turner.]
1. Cupcakes – name a collection of short stories, poems, or anthologies where you couldn’t read just one section and had to go back for another
I don’t know about anthologies or short stories, but a poetry collection that I always mange to burn through way too quickly is the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace.
2. Lemon Pound Cake – Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic
I don’t know if this is considered a classic or comfort read, but Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, was definitely an instant favorite for me. I think I finished my first read in 3 days? It was a blur TBH, and I ended up listening to the audiobook before the year was over anyways.
3. Red Velvet cake – Name a book that you thought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different
I picked up How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason, expecting it to be similar to the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers, since they both frame themselves as “sci-fi fairytale retellings.” Unfortunately, Rory Thorne ended up feeling more like a Space Opera than anything else, and was just not my cup of tea.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Name a book or a book series that you can read over and over again even though you know that it’s bad for you
I have an slight obsession with the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, and I fully acknowledge it’s unhealthy. I really didn’t understand the hype around the series, but finally picked up The Cruel Price in August 2019, and now June 2020, I’m contemplating my [counts on fingers] 4th series reread? So, yeah slight problem. Plus I finally acquired my own copies of the audiobooks so I can listen whenever I want to! YAY!!
5. Apple Pie a la Mode – Name a book that was really good but could have been better with a little bit of ice cream
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn is a super cute & fun contemporary that is way too bingable. The main characters, Luke and Vada, are absolutely too cute, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole “secret crush/fangirl” thing they had going on with each other. I also loved the music industry backdrop and zany retired musician characters that are the framework of this book. The only thing that was lacking was a emotional depth/connection to the characters on a real level.
6. Gingerbread Cookies – Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft. 1. If you like your cookies soft name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good. 2. If you like your cookies crunchy or more like ginger snaps name a book that you finished, but that you wanted to throw at a wall, or snap
I’m definitely an Option 1 type of girl, so I’ll go with Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner, which I have been blabbing about since I finished it last week. Emma an Jo are the absolute cutest in their softness and I just want them to be happy and adorable. I honestly wouldn’t have minded an extra 100 pages in this book.
7. Brownies – Are you a corner piece or a middle piece? 1. If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart. 2. If you’re a middle piece, name a book that kept you in the feels the entire time.
Since, again I am an Option 1 type of person, I’ll pick Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Dyloe. This book has a beautiful cover and an intriguing premise, but it ultimately all falls apart when you turn to the book for explanations or answers. Like, maybe 2% of the weird stuff is ever explained and everybody just seems fine to continue on like nothing ever happened? Like what?? I just can’t with all their reasoning.
8. Birthday Cake – Name a book series or an author that you feel like keeps coming out with a book, short story, novella every year
My favorite writing duo, Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka, have been consistently putting novels out since they broke into the book scene with Always Never Yours in 2018. They also have multiple books slated for publication in the next 3 years, all of which I am over the moon excited for!
9. Carrot Cake – Name a book that sounded healthy for you, but ended up being unhealthy either with content, or put you in a reading slump.
I thought I would branch out and read a book outside of my normal genre pool with The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix since it has such a intriguing premise. I was making okay progress with it until I remembered how bleak and unsatisfying (for me) horror ending usually are and abandoned all hope. [AKA I DNF’d it.]
10. Tag some friends you would love to share some baked goods with
I’m not going to tag anyone but if you’re interested, feel tree to try it!