#CakeFlavouredBooks Tag!

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So I was entertaining myself by reading all of Cait's recent posts on Paper Fury that I missed while I was traveling the last four weeks and saw that she had done a #CakeFlavouredBooks Tag!  Which I, of course, had to jump on because there can really never be enough cake. #copycay #notsorry The original idea came from #bookstagram. Are you into bookstagram? When I can get onto Instagram (why does China insist on blocking me from the internet?) I LOVE looking at all the talent that the people of bookstagram (especially Cait) have. I am prevented from being a part of the fun because of my sad lack of creativity and my sad lack of physical books. The idea is that certain kinds of cake relate to certain kinds of books which of course makes complete sense.  Let's see what I can come up with.

The Dream Thieves  by Maggie Stiefvater cover

1. CHOCOLATE CAKE (a dark book you absolutely love)

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
Goodreads |  Amazon
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release date: September 17th 2013
Rating: Full review of The Dream Thieves

“While I'm gone," Gansey said, pausing, "dream me the world. Something new for every night.” 

I had a hard time with this one.  I am saying The Dream Thieves but is that really a dark book?  When I think of dark books I usually think of books dealing with nihilism or terriblness like Lolita or Little Peach or something like that.  And I have I have read those books but I wouldn't say that I have enjoyed them or loved them.  They stuck with me and gave me nightmares sometimes but I didn't mentally live in them.  The Raven cycle isn't dark in the sense that you feel the need to shower after you reading them but it is morally grey in many ways.  it is also beautifully written and generally awesome.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before By Jenny Han cover

2. VANILLA CAKE (a light read)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published: April 15th 2014
Rating: frosting flavored goodness

“You'd rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

Baking! Sisters! So. Much. Cuteness! I did not think that I would love this series the way that I do. There is a love triangle and a fake relationship and I am not even mad. Lara Jean and High School Tara would probably have been friends.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas cover

3. RED VELVET (a book that gave you mixed emotions)

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: February 28th 2017
Rating: Full review of The Hate U Give

“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” 

It isn't often that you are ugly crying, laugh crying, happy crying, and adorable crying from the same book. Is should be scattered and unfocused. It feels like life.


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman cover

4. CHEESECAKE (a book you would recommend to anyone)

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman 
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: September 30th 2008)
Rating: Dance Macabre

“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.” 

This probably the book that I have recommended the most throughout the years. Love, love, love.


The Spider King's Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo cover

5. COFFEE CAKE (a book you started but never finished)

The Spider King's Daughter
by Chibundu Onuzo
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: January 1st 2012)
Rating: unfinished

“I knew that when you had fallen, the memories that charted your decline became invaluable.” 

I am 21% of the way though it.  The writing is good, the story is exciting, I just haven't gotten around to finishing it.  The heroine is terrifyingly practical and ruthless and I love it so I need to get back to it.  #pushitupthelist


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor cover

6. CARROT CAKE (a book with great writing)

Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Published: March 28th 2017
Rating: Full review of Strange the Dreamer

“As for fairy tales, he understood that they were reflections of the people who had spun them, and were flecked with little truths - intrusions of reality into fantasy, like toast crumbs on a wizard's beard.” 

This book reads the way a fairy tale feels.  It is magic. Also, I need the sequal.  Give. It. To. Me.


Beauty by Robin McKinley cover

7. TIRAMISU (book that left you wanting more)

Beauty
by Robin McKinley
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: October 25th 1978
Rating: heart-eyed emojis

“As I have said, you have no reason to trust me, and an excellent reason not to.” 

This is my favorite book ever. I have reread it every year since I was twelve. I love it. But for god's sake, Robin McKinley, could you flesh out that ending a bit? The book is crazy slow paced (mood, mood, mood) until the climax and resolution which take two frickin' pages. What!? I need more! I have had to invent headcannon. No good can come of that.


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling cover

8. CUPCAKES (series with 4+ books)

Harry Potter
by J.K. Rowling
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Harry Potter
Published: 1997
Rating: 10 points to Gryffindor!

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” 

Harry Potter needs no reason or explanation. Expeco Patronom!


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner cover

9. FRUIT CAKE (book that wasn’t what you anticipated)

The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner 
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: March 8th 2016
Rating: 2016 favorite

“Nothing makes you feel more naked than someone identifying a desire you never knew you possessed.” 

This is what happens when you buy a book based solely on Cait's recommendation and don't actually read the blurb.  I thought that it was going to be high fantasy.  Nope. Contemporary.  Favorite book of 2016.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak cover

10. LAMINGTON (favourite Australian book)

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak 
Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: March 14th 2006
Rating: A small story really

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 

I almost picked Cloudwish because it is much more Australian but The Book Thief is just so remarkable.  10/10 will reread constantly.


So there is my cake-tastic list!  Are there any books on this list that you have strong feeling about one way or another? What would be on your list?

Hamilton Takeover: The Hamilton Book Tag

Since it is Hamilton Takeover week here on the blog I had to do this tag.  It was orignially created by Maureen Keavy for her Youtube channel.   You can go and watch her original here. I first saw it here on the Cuddlebiggery blog. If you aren't familiar with Hamilton the promts are all song titles and lyrics.  

The Dragonriders of Pern  by Anne McCaffrey cover

The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in.

The Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Dragonriders of Pern #1-3
Published: January 1st 1968
Rating: childhood

“There’s nothing wrong in doubting. It sometimes leads to greater faith.” 

There must be a part of me that has remained twelve years old because I still want to go to Pern.  Problematic as it is.  Ah, to have a soft skinned dragon with whom I have a telepathic link love me. Who I already named. When I was twelve. Is that too much to ask?


The Raven Boys  by Maggie Stiefvater cover

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published: September 18th 2012
Rating: Oh, my God I love this series.

“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

I don't know if this is everyone or just me.  Blue is my least favorite of all the characters.  And she shouldn't be.  She is strong, practical, and hard working. I need to stop holding a grudge because she is hanging out with the Raven Boys and I am not.


And I Darken  by Kiersten White cover

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them

And I Darken
by Kiersten White

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: The Conqueror's Saga #1
Published: July 7th 2016
Rating: Full review of And I Darken

“On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

Lada is not here for your weakness.  She will run you over in pursuit of her goals.  Literally.  She won't even feel bad about it.  Person in the way? 100% expendable. Countries need to be realigned to get her what she wants? She will make it happen.  Force of nature. 


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent cover

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

Spoiler

Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: September 10th 2013
Rating: Literary fiction involves a lot of snot and stinkyness tbh

“To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.” 

After all that?! Really? What was the point of this book even? I was both depressed and enraged and just exhausted by the end of this novel.  I am still a mad about it.


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes  cover

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: June 9th 2015
Rating: Cults and creepy fairy tales plus Orange is the New Black

“Jude taught me what love was: to be willing to hold on to another person's pain. That's it.” 

Fate has it in for Minnow. On so many levels this was never meant to be.  I wanted it for her because of everything else that she had to deal with but alas, it was not to be.


The Princess Bride by William Goldman cover

You'll Be Back: Sassiest villain

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: 1973
Rating: Twu Wuv

“Fool!" cried the hunchback. "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia,' but only slightly less well known is this: 'Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.” 

Everyone in this novel is deadpan smartass. It is part of it's awesomeness.


Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson cover

The Reynolds Pamphlet - A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

Spoiler:

Allegedly
by Tiffany D. Jackson

 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: January 24th 2017
Rating: Full review of Allegedly

"I can name several people who wish I was never born."

My brain still hurts. The definition of haunting. I am not okay


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys cover

Non-stop: A series you marathoned 

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: kind of a spin off...
Published: February 2nd 2016
Rating: Full review of Salt to the Sea

“Mother was comfort. Mother was home. A girl who lost her mother was suddenly a tiny boat on an angry ocean. Some boats eventually floated ashore. And some boats, like me, seemed to float farther and farther from land” 

I am going with the last book that I read in one sitting. Salt to the Sea was so good. 


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff cover

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series:Illuminae #1
Published: October 20th 2015
Rating: Full review of Illuminae

“I am frequently underestimated. I think it's because I'm short.”

So many POV's so much awesomeness. Diaries, video commentary, emails, IM logs, all coalless into a singular narrative. It seems as if you would be confused but it is quite easy to follow. I highly recommend the audiobook if you are into them.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas cover

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: February 28th 2017
Rating: All the Starrs

“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”

At first I thought that The Hate U Give  is a little too zeitgeist-y for longevity.  Too many references to specific things that in ten years no one will know about let alone in a hundred years.  But then I thought about books like The Outsiders and The Great Gatsby.  Books that we still read but that are perfect encapsulations of their times.  I think that The Hate U Give is going to be like that.  It is a book whose themes and symbolism are strong enough that it will be able to both transcend and highlight it's setting. Calling it now.

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir cover

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start 

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Release date: April 28th 2015
Rating: Full review of An Ember in the Ashes

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after.” 

Laia and Elias are going to end up together.  I don't care what anyone else says. I will rewrite the third book in my head if I have to.


Shadow's Edge  by Brent Weeks cover

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

Shadow's Edge
by Brent Weeks 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Night Angel #2
Published: November 1st 2008
Rating: Why do I like the weird cannibal subplot so much? Representation actually worse?

“Truth doesn't depend on your belief in it.” 

Of the three books in this series the second book has the best fight scenes. The creepy monster thing that has mouths all over it? Assassin vs Assassin? Crazy prisoner canibal? Legs getting ripped off with bare hands?  There might be a whole lot of problematic her but the fight scenes are awesome.


Classy

Classy

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

 

On the Edge
by Ilona Andrews 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: The Edge #1
Published: September 29th 2009
Rating: hysterical

“She handed him a glass of water and two Aleve gelcaps. “They’re anti-inflammatories. They will dull the pain a little bit and keep down swelling and redness. Swallow the pills, don’t chew.”
“Well, I thought I’d stick them into my nose and impersonate a walrus, but if you insist, I’ll swallow them.” 

Really, anything by Ilona Andrews. Half naked guy on the cover or not, I am trash for them.


Night World  by L.J. Smith cover

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books 

Night World
by L.J. Smith 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Night World
Published: April 7th 2009
Rating: Full review of the Night World Series

“That's how I want to go. Taking my own way out and totally pissing everybody off at the end.” 

I have talked about this before but I am still waiting for the last book of this series. And have been since 1998.  Seriously. Maybe I should just write it myself so I can stop fixating on it! I will be honest, this is also a guilty pleasure.  There are really no redeeming qualities.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling cover

Right Hand Man - Favorite BrOTP 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Harry Potter #7
Published: July 21st 2007
Rating: Simply the best

“Death's got an Invisibility Cloak?" Harry interrupted again.
"So he can sneak up on people," said Ron. "Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking...” 

Harry and Ron. 'Nuff said.


Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery cover

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading 

Anne of Green Gables series
by L.M. Montgomery 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Anne of Green Gables
Published: 1908
Rating: Everyone else is doing it

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?” 

I actually still have to read this.  Whaaaaat?

Tonight is Hamilton!

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