I recently found this tag thanks to Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog, and knew I had to participate! Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food, so it’s an instant win for me 😉
- Link back to the original creator, Becky from Blogs of a Bookaholic!
- Feel free to use any of her pancake graphics in your post (THANK YOU!!), or create your own!
- Tag some peeps at the end of your post!
I am a SUPER visual reader and, as such, I looooove prosey books. So much. For this, I have to go with Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Sure, there might be less of a dusting and more of a snow storm, but I live in New England and we describe snow falls on a curve 😉 Speaking of snow, I feel like the opening passage of DoSaB perfectly sets the stage for the beautiful writing style:
“Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness. It was cold, and it was dark – in the dead of winter the sun did’t rise until eight – but it was also lovely. The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze.”
*sigh* So pretty.
Harry James Potter. The Chosen One. Tragic orphan, brave Gryffindor with a bit of a hero complex, and the sassiest character in the whole series. If all you do these days is rewatch the movies over and over (and don’t we all, honestly), you might have forgotten that book Harry is a sassy little shit, and we love him for it!
How about this witty comeback from OotP: “’Listening to the news! Again?’…’Well, it changes every day, you see,’ said Harry.”
Or that other time in OotP when Dudley is making fun of Harry’s nightmares: “‘Not this brave at night, are you?’ sneered Dudley. ‘This is night, Diddykins. That’s what we call it when it goes all dark like this.'”
And we CAN NOT forget the ultimate moment of sass in HBP when Harry can’t keep his mouth shut to Snape: “’Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?’ ‘Yes,’ said Harry stiffly. ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.'”
Oh Harry, keep on doing you.
So I don’t know if “comforting” is the best term for any book I love (the best books are the ones that make you cry) so I was having some difficulties with this one. But then I decided to skip the comfort part and focus more on “again and again”. For me, that would have to be The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I first read this book in summer 2003 in preparation for my senior AP English class. I read the whole thing in a day, and then proceeded to read it another half-dozen times over the school year, even using it as the basis for my AP English Test essay (we didn’t know the prompt going in, but I was determined to make it fit no matter what. Fortunately, it ended up working very well for me). In fact, I still have my original copy, which is very battered and full of highlights and underlines and notes and page flags. It is a glorious book.
This one is particularly poignant because I am currently in the midst of a super bad book hangover, and it sucks. The cause? A mix of the first three books in the Red Rising trilogy, and the Nevernight trilogy. It has hit me hard and fast and like a hammer. HOWEVER, this is only my second-worst book hangover yet. The distinction of causing my Worst Ever Book Hangover goes to Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas.
I adore the Throne of Glass series, and everything about it. In fact, Empire is my favorite of the whole lot, despite the fact that it utterly and completely destroyed me. Those of you who have read this will understand when I say I sobbed my way through the final 80 pages of the book. If you haven’t read this, then brace yourself. We talk about cliffhangers, but holy shit this takes it to a whole new level. Like, dragging you by the leg towards the edge of a chasm, all the while you are grasping desperately at the ground, scrambling for purchase, nails breaking on the dirt, only to tumble over the edge into a weightless nothing where you fall and fall and fall.
Yup. That. It’s no wonder I needed recovery time.
Oh, I loooooove a good feels sesh. I want my heart to swell and my stomach to drop and my eyes to tear up. It’s the mark of a Five Star Read, in my opinion. For me, my very favorite happens to be a historical romance by my very favorite romance author. The Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer. So LaVyrle Spencer breaks the usual stereotype that so many successful romance authors have, which is how they churn out SO MANY books it’s ridiculous, and that those books have ALL THE TROPES. Not my girl. She actually retired from writing in 1997 just after publishing her 23rd novel, and she became known for breaking the mold and writing books that focused on the story as much as the romance. I love every single one of her works, but The Gamble is my favorite of all time.
The story opens just before the Prohibition era, and follows along as those laws were passed. Agatha is a rather young woman, but old enough that she is regarded as a spinster by those who know her, in part because a terrible incident caused by her alcoholic father as a child has left her with a severe limp. Gussie (as we know her) runs a millinery shop in a little town out West, and finds herself leading the cause for Prohibition. Enter Scott, her VERY handsome landlord, and the owner of the Saloon that abuts her shop. This story is filled with SO much heartache and SO much love and it is just perfect! If you love historical romance, do yourself a favor and pick it up now!
There are so many characters I could choose for this! I am going to go way outside the box for this one and say the Queen of Hearts, but by way of Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
So one of the things that I ADORE about retellings, especially those told from the point-of-view of the villain, is that we get to see the layers and layers that make them into the characters we know and love-to-hate. I love how, in Heartless, we actually get to see how much good there once was in the QoH, Cath. She was just a girl with dreams of opening a simple bakery and doing what she loved best – making delicious treats! She has no ambitions to become a queen, and especially not the insane, murderous, queen we have know from the Alice stories.
Also, super props to this book for having a lovely cover!
I was SO tempted to choose Empire of Storms for this one, but figured I can definitely come up with something else so I am not repeating books in the same post. After a quick browse through my reading journal (look…I forget details easily, okay) I remembered Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte! I actually read that entire book in a single sitting because I simply could not put it down, and it kept me guessing CONSTANTLY.
I think what helped keep me on my toes was the multiple POVs, which were also told out of sequence. Keralie was our driving narrator, and she is seeing events after they have happened, but we are seeing them as they actually unfold. I cannot wait for the sequel to this, because I need to know more!!!
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Cassie Clare knows how to write a love story (she is the queen of the triangle, let me tell you), but I was 100000% not on board the Emma and Jules train. FOR STARTERS, they are parabatai and that is like the BIGGEST no-no. And not just that, but we even learn WHY it is a big no-no, and it’s not for some stupid reason, but for a really valid one. Plus the fact that Jules is sort of a loose cannon and I didn’t quite trust him for the first two books.
And then we get Queen of Air and Darkness. I will not delve further into this, but suffice to say that I am very pleased with them as a couple now, and want the world for them. Emma is easily my favorite character from the Shadowhunter books, and one of my favorite characters from literature in general. Jules is devoted and fierce and so incredibly loyal. I will sail aboard this ship. And with that, I will leave you with this quote:
“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”
Disclaimer here: I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!!! I will go along with the prompt because I must (and the graphic is adorbs), but know that PB is the best.
When we are talking about a character so detestable that you recoil in horror, there is only one choice. Delores Umbridge. *shudder* *seethe* This woman is a horrible human being and I loathe her very existence. I would challenge anyone to come up with a worse villain in all of literature. We are talking about someone who literally made students write lines IN THEIR OWN BLOOD, while those lines were physically carved into the back of their hand. Harry’s scar from Voldemort was bad enough; he did not need this vile woman giving him another one. I am getting angry right now just thinking about it. I need to go calm down.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I adore this book! Like, so much. It is packed full of adventure and magic and intrigue and amazing characters. The diverse cast spans wide, not just in terms of skin color, but also sexual orientation, and even a bit with gender identity.
“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.”
I don’t know why I haven’t done a full review on this book before, because it is AMAZING, but I can def say that just thinking about it makes me want to do a reread! Perhaps I shall do just that 😉