Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cake Book Tag

Thanks to the lovely Cambrie for tagging me to do the Book Cake Tag! You can find her post here!

Flour: A book that was a little bit slow to start off but really picked up as it went along.
"The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker (you can find my review of it here, if you're interested). The very beginning of the book is actually quite engrossing, but after the first couple of chapters, the plot disappears, to be seen again only after a couple hundreds of pages. The rest of the book isn't exactly fast, but after the two main character meet there is something interesting to move the story forward and to make the reader want to keep reading. 

Margarine: A book that had a rich, great plot.
I'm actually very picky about plot-driven novels: I expect am highly engrossing plot, with little to no slow moments, coupled with at least some character development.
One novel which I have read recently that does this successfully is "The House of Hades" by Rick Riordan (you can find my review here).

Eggs: A book you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable.
"Cinder" by Marissa Meyer. The premise is frankly ridiculous. I love fairy tale retellings, but... Cinderella as a cyborg mechanic in a futuristic, semi-dystopic world? Evil moon-people? All this coupled with a terrifying plague?
These things just don't match. So when I first heard about the book, I laughed, shook my head and thought "yeah, right".
But I kept getting this recommended. And so I thought that I could give it a chance, thinking that with such a stupid premise it was at least going to be entertainingly bad.
And I liked it. It wasn't perfect or anything, and it definitely was kind of silly, but it was part of the book's charm.

Sugar: A sugary, sweet book.
"The Summer I Became A Nerd" by Leah Rae Miller definitely fits this here. It's pure, glorious fluff. All problems are resolved easily and with no consequences whatsoever, the main character is humorous and likeable and the romance is sweet.

Icing - A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.)
I'm going to go with "Runemarks" by Joanne Harris. It's not a perfect book, but it did have everything I wanted to read. There was action, and magic, and Norse mythology, and great characters, and a fantastic unlikely friendship (seriously, Loki and Maddy are my Brotp). Not to mention, my favourite depiction of Loki in modern literature. If you are interested in an in-depth analysis as to why this Loki is great, you can check out my review of "The Gospel of Loki", which is a prequel to "Runemarks" and focuses solely on him.  

Sprinkles: A book series that you can kind of turn back to for a little pick me up when you're feeling down.
"Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling. Every year, like clockwork, I get a huge wave of nostalgia and end up rereading all seven Harry Potter books (and watching all the films). 
It's a wonderful series, and it definitely is a comfort read for me.

The Cherry on Top - Your favourite book this year so far.
This one was though. Not because I had too many books to chose from, but because I actually had few books I thought qualified for this spot.
I have read many good books in 2014, even great books, but few that deserve to be added to my favourite list.
In the end I think I'll go with "City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare, because it's the conclusion to a series I loved, and, although it wasn't as good as the first books in the series, it still was worth five stars.
If you're curious about what I thought about it in a greater detail, you can find my review here

I'm tagging the following people:
Amanda @ Book Badger
Tressa @ Wishful Endings
Irene @ Ice Cold Passion
Val @ The Innocent Smiley
Allison @ Hardcovers and Heroines 
And anyone who might want to participate!

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  1. Yayy!! So glad you did the tag :) Great responses btw! I absolutely agree that Harry Potter is a wonderful series, and certainly fits Sprinkles! I really want to read City of Heavenly Fire (don't know why I haven't yet), but it sounds fitting for The Cherry on Top :)
    Love your post!
    - Cambrie @ and so the book begins

  2. Great choices! There were only a handful I haven't read. I posted mine here: