So instead of doing a weekly update on Sundays I’ve decided to do book tags. I will probably do a monthly update on the first Sunday of the month, but otherwise Sundays are now all about the book tags.
First up, I saw this Cake Flavored Book Tag originally on Paper Fury. If you have never been to Cait’s website, I highly recommend her. She is very amusing and always has good ideas for posts. She is also an aspiring writer and has some posts about that which I always find interesting. She also likes cake, who doesn’t? I’ve seen the tag on a few other blogs, but she added a few categories which I thought were fun, so here we go.
1. CHOCOLATE CAKE (a dark book you absolutely love)
I love chocolate and chocolate cake! It is almost my go to desert for just about any occasion or no occasion at all! The darker the cake the better and that also goes for books. I really like dark books in almost any genre. So it is hard to pick just one book, just like I can’t have just one piece of chocolate cake. So here are some of my favorite dark reads.
All of these are very dark and some are even disturbing, like The Darkest Corners. The Half Bad trilogy is very dark from start to finish as is the Monsters of Verity duology. The Children of Icarus was both disturbing and dark and I am still hoping for a sequel to that one. I don’t read many vampire books, but the Coldest Girl is one of the darkest and probably closer to what would happen if vampires really did exist. And then there is Scythe, what could be darker than kids training to be Death?
2. VANILLA CAKE (a light read)
I do sometimes find myself in the mood for vanilla cake, especially in the summer and especially if there is a jam filling! Here are a couple of light reads that I have enjoyed the past couple of years.
All of these made me laugh, usually out loud, and most of them have just the cutest and adorable romances.
3. RED VELVET (a book that gave you mixed emotions)
This one is a bit of a tough one. I sometimes like red velvet but I think it is being overdone now, I see it in almost anything, even tea eugh, not just cakes anymore. I don’t get mixed emotions about a book often, but I will mention these two again:
They were both good books and many people loved them, but they just left me a little flat and neither was what I wanted from the story.
4. CHEESECAKE (a book you would recommend to anyone)
I love Cheesecake, especially chocolate cheesecake. I have trouble with choosing just one book for this category mostly because as a librarian I try to tailor my recommendations to something I think that person will like, not necessarily what I think is the best book in the world. I also tend to recommend what ever I have just finished reading as it is the one that is in my brain when they ask. But if I have to choose I think I would recommend any book by Terry Pratchett but especially his book he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens. It is just such a good book with lots of things going for it, and I love the four horsemen as a motorcycle gang. It is a great satire on society in general and especially good vs evil.
5. COFFEE CAKE (a book you started but never finished)
I rarely eat coffee cake, but I always finish it when I do, so I’m not sure why it was picked to represent unfinished books. Poor coffee cake. I rarely don’t finish a book I’ve started so nothing came to mind immediately. However there are a couple that I started and then kind of went nope not in the mood for this, and put it aside for awhile. But I always go back eventually and finish it. The most recent one that I’ve done this with is Dreamdark by Laini Taylor. I’m not sure what went wrong, but I have put it aside twice now, once as a book and then as the audiobook. I think I will try the book again in a few weeks. It is a very rich and complicated world that Laini has created and I just keep getting lost in the characters and the plot. I will finish it one day though.
6. CARROT CAKE (a book with great writing)
Carrot Cake is my husband’s favorite kind, knew something was wrong with him. Why would you ruin cake with vegetables? Kidding aside, I actually like carrot cake especially the frosting. I am also not sure what carrot cake has to do with great writing, but here we go. I would nominate these four writers as my favorites for great writing; Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater, Sabaa Tahir, Victoria Schwab. All of these women write such lyrical and memorable books.
7. TIRAMISU (book that left you wanting more)
Mmmm, tiramisu. I just love that kind of cake. It is probably my second favorite to chocolate. So my interpretation of this is books that you are having trouble waiting for the sequel or the next one in the series. Here are some that I am anxiously waiting for and desperately want to read RIGHT NOW!
I can’t believe that Sabaa is making us wait until next year for the next book in her series. A year and a half is so unfair, and there is no set date or even title Argh! The second books in the other three series will also be out in 2018, it will be a long wait.
8. CUPCAKES (series with 4+ books)
Cupcakes are always so cute and cuddly. But sometimes have too much frosting! I have several favorite long series, so I’m just going to list them and show the first book in each series.
The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima (4 books)
The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon (14 books when done)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (5 books)
The Disc World books by Terry Pratchett (41 books)
These are all great series and if you haven’t read them you should. And no that is not a misprint, there really are 41 Disc world books. If you want to just dip a toe into Disc World I would suggest the Tiffany Aching books as a good place to start.
9. FRUIT CAKE (book that wasn’t what you anticipated)
I really don’t like fruit cake and I’m not sure what books to list here. I’m not sure how to interpret this one, do I go with books that turned out different than I expected. Or books I thought I would like but didn’t or the other way around. So many choices and little bits to think about. I think though that I will go with Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I’m not sure what I thought it was going to be about when I started it, but I ended up really liking it even though it was a little tough to get into.
10. LAMINGTON (favourite Australian books)
Sorry Cait, I’ve never had Lamington although it does sound delicious. And I think I’ve only read one book set in Australia, so that is what I will go with. It was an excellent book set in 1932 in Sydney with a supernatural flare. It was also quite dark, with lots of gangs and murder.
Well I hope you enjoyed my Cake Flavored Book Tag, and maybe you found a new book or two to add to your ever growing TBR. Let me know your thoughts and if you did the tag too so I can check out your list.