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Thanks so much to the lovely Beth at Reading Every Night for tagging me! A tag that combines books with delicious sounding pastries is basically a dream come true for a little piglet like moi.
Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) love
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I was totally going to go with the obvious answer here, but for the sake of variety I’ve chosen one of my favourite children’s book series that isn’t Harry Potter. It’s unlike any other middle grade series and Snicket’s strange writing style is still one of my all time favourites. I have no doubt that a whole new generation will fall in love with this comically macabre series when it comes to Netflix some time this year.
PS. Netflix, if you’re reading this, get a move on won’t ya?
Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
This wasn’t hard to get through because it was boring or hard work. On the contrary it was incredible read that took me just a couple of hours to plough through. Instead, it was difficult because it tackles a harrowing subject matter: child abuse. This book is hard to swallow, but the message carried within its pages is an incredibly important one. Read it.
Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat
Blame by Simon Mayo
I was so utterly taken with the idea of Blame, in which relatives can be imprisoned for ‘heritage crimes’ i.e. the felonies of their parents or other family members. Unfortunately, there was more action and not enough world building, which wasn’t what I was hoping for from this promising UKYA dystopia novel.
Pain Au Chocolat:
Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Don’t you just hate it when an awesome sounding high fantasy book featuring a heroine with the power to kill with one touch and a beautiful cover turns out to be mostly about embroidery, praying and emotionally un-engaging love triangles? Yeah, me too…
Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Granted, there are many a great contemporary young adult books floating around out there, but Because You’ll Never Meet Me is an underrated gem. I hadn’t really heard anything about this book, but was taken in by that lovely little pastel cover when I saw it lurking in my local library. It delivered way more than I expected and I love the way that it portrayed disability, friendship and sexuality.
Name a book or series that’s extremely complex
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
These books aren’t complex in a too hard to understand way, but they’re complex in the sense that they make you question your beliefs and your morals time and time again. There’s no room for black and white in this series and the dilemmas and situations that the characters face really made me think.
Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Spoiler alert: I didn’t actually like this book. I thought the film was marginally better, mainly because I didn’t have to actually read Dashner’s odious writing and it featured Dylan Thomas, which is always a bonus. It’s the only film adaptation that I can think of that I actually liked more than the source material – what a typical bookworm!
Name a book that was bittersweet
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter-Hapgood
This was such a wonderful debut. It’s full of heady summer vibes, starry sci-fi elements and first love, tempered by grief and heartbreak. It’s the very definition of a bittersweet read. If you want to read my review, you can have a look here.
Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country
The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
This book takes place in West Virginia in the 1950’s, which is pretty damn far from my sleepy hometown in the South East of England. Although this book fell a little bit flat for me, it had some really interesting historical insight and I finished it having learned a bit more about the Civil Rights Movement and integration, which I didn’t know much about before.
Pate A Choux:
Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try
The Three Course Dinner Chewing Gum – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
“It’s changing… roast beef and baked potato. Crispy skin and butter!”
Violet Beauregarde, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
I have been fascinated and disgusted in equal measure by this little invention for the last fifteen years. Please can someone get on with creating this IRL so I can see once and for all whether it would be my worst nightmare or a dream come true?
- Niraja at Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them
- Jessica at The Awkward Book Blogger
- Kimmie at Kimmie.gg
- Emma at The Bookish Underdog
- Esther at Chapter Adventures
- Jess at The Mud and Stars Book Blog
Psssst: If you’d like to read my reviews for any of the books mentioned above, you can check them out below!
- The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)
- The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2)
- Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)
- Paper Butterflies
- The Square Root of Summer
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter