This delicious tag was snagged from Instagram and brought to the book blogging world by the lovely and talented Paperfury. I saw it linked up over on Emily the Book Nerd‘s blog, and even though I wasn’t actually tagged in this book tag, it was too cute to pass up so I decided to tag myself into the ring, haha.
1. Chocolate Cake (a dark book you absolutely love)
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. Because it doesn’t get much darker than murder mermaids.
2. Vanilla Cake (a light read)
It Takes Two to Tangle by Cat Sebastian is like a lemon meringue fluff more than vanilla cake, but it’s just beautiful. Ben is basically Pollyanna meets Maria from The Sound of Music, come to look after the grumpy Phillip’s children. This entire book is just so cozy.
3. Red Velvet (a book that gave you mixed emotions)
Work For It by Talia Hibbert was a rollercoaster and a half. I laughed out loud several times, but also content warnings for depression, anxiety, parental death by suicide, past sexual trauma, forced outing, and intimate photographs being shared without consent… So, like, get ready to grin but also bring a box of tissues and some tape to put your heart back together at the end.
4. Cheesecake (a book you would recommend to anyone)
Okay, so sort of trick question because I don’t recommend any one book to anyone. I try to feel out what people like. HOWEVER, I can safely rec Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and/or Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant to ALMOST anyone.
5. Coffee Cake (a book you started but never finished)
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I LOVED Uprooted and was *so excited* for Spinning Silver, but I started it almost exactly a year ago and only made it about 1/3 of the way through before going off and reading other things. Maybe I’ll actually finish it this year… Haha.
6. Carrot Cake (a book with great writing)
Is it… Is it bad if I choose Into the Drowning Deep again? x.x
7. Tiramisu (a book that left you wanting more)
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I loved this book so hard and didn’t want it to end so badly that I actually read the afterword, which I basically never do. And I’m so glad I did, because then I got to learn about how Esme was originally a side character and a complication for a love triangle in the original plot, but she was SO real and determined and earnest that Helen Hoang had to scrap her original book idea and rewrite it to feature Esme as the heroine. Amazing.
8. Cupcakes (series with 4+ books)
The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I’ve read the first 7 books (+ a novella), and there are I think 17 currently relased? With two more coming in 2020?
9. Fruit Cake (book that wasn’t what you anticipated)
Sorcerous Rivalry by Kayleigh Nicol. This was the first book an indie author asked me to read for review, and while the premise sounded interesting I honestly didn’t think it could possibly be any good. After all, if it was good why would the author be reaching out to me, a no-name baby blogger, asking for a review? And HOLY CRAP, this book blew me away. I absolutely adored it, and was so incredibly, pleasantly surprised. I also immediately bought the next book, haha.
10. Lamington (Favorite Australian book)
Sally Thorne is forever and always my favorite Aussie author, but I really can’t choose between The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine. They’re both treasures.
That was fun! I’m tagging
Ariel (@booksandsass) AJ (@ajsterkel) Catherine (@booksandlists) Paige (@paigesquared) Patricia (@bookishgeek) Catherine (@booksandlists) Harker (@hermitlibrarian) Katie (@kjrogers3) Brooke (@brookelorren) Beth (@artemishi) Eva (@the_eva_seyler) Jemma (@fbooksawtft)