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.
1. CHOCOLATE CAKE (a dark book you absolutely love)
“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.
2. VANILLA CAKE (a light read)
“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.
3. RED VELVET (a book that gave you mixed emotions)
“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.
4. CHEESECAKE (a book you would recommend to anyone)
“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.
5. COFFEE CAKE (a book you started but never finished)
“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
6. CARROT CAKE (a book with great writing)
“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.
7. TIRAMISU (book that left you wanting more)
“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.
9. FRUIT CAKE (book that wasn’t what you anticipated)
“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.
10. LAMINGTON (favourite Australian book)
“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.