A big part of why I’m not posting that often is how frustrated I get when I can’t come up with any post ideas that really excite me. Tags are always fun to do, but I don’t wanna turn my blog into a tags exclusive blog. However, every now and then I spot one that I can’t just not join, and this time I’m taking part of one created by India @ Life is a Page Turner, that I first saw done by Bookish Rebecca. This involves books and tasty food. Let’s get to it!
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
Alright, so I don’t really read this type of books enough these days. I was more drawn to them as a kid. That said, I have to mention the Forward Collection. I picked up The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay just out of curiosity one day when I was in the mood to read a short story and I loved it. After that I went on to read other books in the series and each one captivated me in such a way that I am sad there’s only six stories in the series.
2. Lemon Pound Cake: Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic
Wait, let me check page count… This might be considered cheating, but my last “comfort” read was The Selection series (books 1 to 3). It’s not the usual type of content I like to read, but I enjoyed it so much. I can’t say why exactly, but I found this story really cozy and heartwarming. I guess it was just what I needed to read at that time. I’m counting all three books for this one, so that’s more than 400 pages.
3. Red Velvet Cake – Name a book that you THought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different
The first one that comes to mind is The Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates. I wrote an entire post explaining why this book was completely different from what I expected when I picked it up.
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
The Mind Dimension series by Dima Zales. I love this series so much and I like going back to it every now and then. The only reason I put it here in the “you know it’s bad for you” category is that re-reading this keeps me from reading new books. Although I would gladly read this over and over and nothing else. Yes, it’s that good.
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
Caraval comes to mind. I could imagine myself walking through that world and now that I think of it, walking through that world with ice cream would have been a big improvement.
6. Gingerbread Cookies – Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft? If you like your cookies soft name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good. IF YOU LIKE YOUR COOKIES CRUNCHY, NAME A BOOK THAT REALLY ANGERED YOU AND MADE YOU WANNA THROW IT AT A WALL.
Look, I’ll be honest, I haven’t had gingerbread cookies, but I tend to prefer my cookies crunchy so let’s go with that. A book that made me wanna throw it at a wall… I can think of a few that did that for me. I’m gonna go with the most recent read that made me feel that way, The Wife Between Us, just because I found the characters super annoying and the story really predictable. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad book, it’s okay, but it wasn’t the book for me.
7. Brownies – Are you a corner piece or a middle piece? If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart. IF YOU prefer a middle brownie piece, name a book that kept you in the feels the entire way through.
Corner pieces are the best! I know instantly that I have to go with Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek for this one. Fitzek frustrates me so much, I don’t know why I keep reading his books. I read Therapy and I was so frustrated with the “twist” that was obvious from page one, that I almost dismissed reading another one of his books, but he has some great premises for his books so I keep going back to them. Passenger 23 is a book that I remember fondly because I enjoyed reading it so much, the setting, the characters and the mystery all caught my interest from the start… but the ending completely ruined it for me. I was left thinking, “oh, wait, that’s it!?”.
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
For this one too, I will have to go with Sebastian Fitzek. My roommate loves reading Fitzek books, so there’s plenty of those in the house. I still feel curious about a few of them, even though I learned to expect what for me are underwhelming “twists” to his stories. Eventually, I’ll read more of his work and I hope I find a book that I enjoy through and through. I like to think chances are high that I will, since he comes out with at least one new book a year, sometimes more.
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.
This selection might be controversial, but I actually loved this book… once I managed to push through and finish it. That book would be The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. Let me explain, the book starts off at a nice pace and sets the conflict well enough that you want to know what’s going to happen. My problem with this book was though, that getting to the “what’s going to happen” part, was a bit dense. Too many detailed descriptions and what felt like story interruptions, since this was a government/military operation story, most of the book was reading about bureaucracy between different agents. At the end of the book, things picked up the pace and once things started happening, they happened fast and it was super quick to finish it, but all the middle stuff was a bit boring to read and it actually took me months to get through it.
So, what do you think? Do you like this tag? Feel free to join and tag me so I can read your answers. Now I think it’s time to make some tea and go to the bakery and get myself something nice. A lemon pound cake or an apple pie sound really good right now.