I’m taking another tag from Paperfury. this time, though, it’s a book tag…involving dessert. Yes, there is a tag out there with two of my favorite things, food and books. She stole it from Instagram, specifically the #bookstagram tag.
Chocolate Cake: a dark book you loved
I’m having a hard time with this one since most of my favorite books are dark. The Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins (yes, that one, of Hunger Games fame) is one of my absolute favorite children’s series. I can’t forget about Jeff VanderMeer’s Area X series, though, which is spine-chilling and eye-crossing all at the same time. If you’re into fanfiction, I would even consider The Westminster Care Home For Troubled Children a fantastic novel-length work that I’m pretty sure gave me an identity crisis and is hands-down the best writing of an unhealthy relationship I’ve read.
Vanilla Cake: a light read
Like I said, cute and light books aren’t really my thing. However, I’ve read a few books that I think qualify and I’d generally recommend. The first would be Science Fair by Ridley and Pearson. It’s a middle school-level novel that is equal parts fart jokes and ridiculously stupid, but it’s hilarious and an easy read. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay is also a favorite for a YA romance that doesn’t get too intense (it’s also gay, which is just a bonus).
Red Velvet: a book that gave you mixed emotions
I get this–I love red velvet cake (read: cream cheese frosting) with all of my heart, but it’s too rich and makes me feel ill. If you’re a history nerd or baker who doesn’t get sick eating red-velvety goodness, there’s this recipe for red velvet cake without food coloring, the way they used to make it in the good ole’ days. On to actual books: I’m not sure how I feel about Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst. I want to like it; it has all the elements of a book that I’d love and her other book, Chasing Power, was great. But it took me three tries to actually finish (the first seventy-five pages are just confusing) and I closed the back cover thinking to myself, “What even happened?”
Cheesecake: a book you would recommend to anyone
I’m not sure if there is one book that I would solidly recommend to anybody. If there was, it would probably be either The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck or Watership Down by Richard Adams. They’re both not-so-intimidating classics that are both important and entertaining, and both have incredibly good writing. In the end, though, I think book recs are probably best kept quite personal, especially since a lot of people don’t read terribly widely.
Coffee Cake: a book you started but never finished
Paradise fucking Lost. Honestly, I don’t give a shit about how incredibly awesome John Milton was. His entire epic poem reeks like something crawled up his ass and died. It is the most pretentious, hyper-religious, alternate-history-that-doesn’t-think-it’s-alternate-history that I’ve met. I read the parts of the first and second books and I hated it. I have solid reading comprehension, and none of it made sense. Even the parts that theoretically made sense didn’t make sense as part of a whole (or compared to the Bible). It was shit. I hated it. Sorry for that rant, but I think the world should be warned about just how much that book (poem? novel?) sucks.
Carrot Cake: a book with awesome writing
Half of the books I love are just because I happen to like their author’s writing style, so this could get long, but I’m going to exercise some self-restraint and pick one author. I love, love, love Ruta Sepetys’s books, especially Salt to the Sea. They are incredible and incredibly well-researched historical fiction novels, and I have yet to figure out her weakness (I don’t think she has one, honestly, other than the fact that she doesn’t have enough books out). Her writing style is great and fits the books so well, and she handles intense historical situations with so much grace and respect. Even if you don’t normally read historical fiction, you should absolutely check at least one of her books out.
Tiramisu: a book that left you wanting more
Confession: I have book hangovers. When I finish a book, I just want more of that book. I don’t want to read something else, I just want to read a continuation of the book I finished. It goes away, but the better the book is, the longer it takes for me to get over the hangover. The longest one I’ve experienced (yet) was probably Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series.
Cupcakes: a series with four or more books
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite series (though I love pretty much all of his writing). It’s technically a trilogy, but it has five books, so I’m pretty sure that’s okay to put for this section (ha, book tag police, you won’t catch me!).
Fruit Cake: a book that wasn’t what you expected
I have heavily mixed feelings about Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, especially Allegiant. I wanted to like the series, at least a bit, since it seemed like it was a pretty standard dystopia-and-adventure YA novel with a romantic subplot thrown in for good measure, but several things kept throwing me off. First, in the copy I own, the spacing on the pages was huge and made me feel like I was reading a double-spaced, Times New Roman school assignment. More significantly, it just felt contrived, with bland writing, and the ending came out of nowhere. So it went from good-enough YA to “what even happened?” by the end of the last book.