It’s been a whole day since we last posted a book tag, so we are grossly overdue!! This one came from Steph at A Little But a Lot, aka where-most-of-my-best-tags-come-from. 😉 This tag is all about gathering the ingredients for making the perfect book cake! I love cake and I love books, so I couldn’t not participate in this one! Let’s get cooking!
FLOUR: A BOOK THAT WAS SLOW TO START OFF BUT PICKED UP AS IT WENT ALONG.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it from page one, but it takes some time for the action to pick up. However, when it does it never really stops! I also want to say that I think some people don’t give this book a good enough chance because they get turned off by the formatting of the first chapter or so (with the back and forth, etc), and don’t realize that this is basically the ONLY time Jay uses that format in the whole freaking trilogy. *deep exhale* Sorry. End rant.
Anyway, moral of the story is that this book takes a little bit to get going, but if you can stick it out for like 100 pages, it is SO worth it.
BUTTER: A BOOK THAT HAS A REALLY “RICH” AND GREAT PLOT.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I adore this book so much. The plot is vibrant and intricate and vivid and atmospheric and so incredibly “rich”. Erin paints such a glorious picture with this book, and the plot is just wonderful. If I could choose any one fictional place to visit, it would be The Night Circus (please note I specified fictional…Hogwarts is real and I will defend that to my grave).
I think the blurbs on the cover of The Night Circus really do the perfect job as far as describing the book as a whole. There’s a reason it’s one of my very favorite books. 🙂
EGGS: A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE BAD, BUT TURNED OUT QUITE ENJOYABLE.
The Wicked King by Holly Black. So I was not the biggest fan of The Cruel Prince. I felt like it didn’t live up to the extreme hype that surrounded it, and I am not the biggest fan of the sort of magical realism that Holly Black creates. So I picked up The Wicked King with pretty low expectations and was super surprised when I found that I actually enjoyed it!
I actually have The Queen of Nothing on my TBR pile now, so I am sure I will pick that up very soon.
SUGAR: A SUGARY/SWEET BOOK.
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. I just love Sandhya’s books so much; they are just wonderful, sweet, well written, and perfectly cast! When it comes to YA Contemporary, Sandhya tops my go-to list and she’s one of my auto-buy authors!
This book deals with body image, parental expectations, and the most adorable young love ever. One thing I love best about Sandhya’s books is that her male MCs are always very open with their feels. None of this “oh no, does he like me? Does he not like me?” miscommunication blah that happens in so many other YA Contemporaries. No, we get adorable cinnamon roll male leads that know what they feel and aren’t afraid to say it!
ICING: A BOOK THAT COVERED EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT THAT YOU ENJOY OF A BOOK.
Oh man, this is so difficult. Honestly, what I enjoy in a book depends entirely on what the genre I’m reading is! What I look for in a Contemporary is so different than what I want in a Fantasy. So I’m going to choose two!
In the Contemporary Category, I will choose The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It has geeky references, a great MC, an adorable love interest (who is also a best selling author!), dogs, and a fun story line.
In the Fantasy Category, I will go with Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. A sassy and witty main character, who is also super badass, tons of action, tons of intrigue and plot twists, the most swoon-worthy male in literary existence (I’m looking at you, Rowan), multiple POVs, and a full complement of amazing secondary characters.
SPRINKLES: A BOOK SERIES THAT YOU TURN TO WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DOWN.
I have so many of these, especially since I am a huge re-reader. Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, ACOTAR, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Anne of Green Gables, Shadowhunters. I mean, the list is almost as endless as the one I’ll have for the next question…
CHERRY ON TOP: YOUR FAVORITE BOOK THIS YEAR SO FAR.
First, who puts cherries on a cake? Weird. MY cake just has MORE SPRINKLES, so I am going to list off just a portion of my favorites so far this year because choosing one is impossible!!!