I’m sure you’ve all seen this one around, but Ayunda tagged me in this adorable tag a while back and I’ve just been waiting to throw my answers out in the universe. Also, can we all appreciate just how adorable these headers are? I die.
Here are the rules as originally posted:
- Link back to the original creator in your post.
- Feel free to use any of my pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
- Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.
Sorry not sorry for bringing this book up yet again, but I think we all need to further appreciate Martha Brockenbrough’s artistry in The Game of Love and Death. It’s pretty while still being super accessible, which is the best kind of prose if you ask me. It’s not obnoxiously flowery (I see you, Shatter Me), but it’s just… lovely. This book is so lovely.
You guys will see me bringing up this one all the time, and I just recently re-read it and it’s still gorgeous. 10/10 recommend.
Snarky, clever heroines are my favorite! I’ve got to go with Beatrice in Speak Easy, Speak Love. In the format of this book, Bea’s a clever girl making her own way in the world and doesn’t let anyone or anything slow her down. On top of that, she’s always happy to trade jabs with the eternally frustrating Benedict and I appreciate that.
Honestly, though? Beatrice here would be nothing without Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice was the original witty characters (in my opinion) and nobody played her like Emma Thompson in the 1993 film. All hail sharp-tongued women!
Okay so I wouldn’t call it comforting? But at my time of writing up this post, I’m re-reading The Hunger Games and it’s definitely a re-reader for me in any format. I’ve read and re-read this trilogy many times. But I’m an avid re-reader, and I’ll jump back into my favorite books whenever the mood strikes me.
Other books I’ve read more than once? I adore The Red Tent (itching for a re-read, actually) and of course I’ve read the Harry Potter series a few times. Also the Dark Tower series. Gone With the Wind I think I’ve read… four time now? Like I said – I love a good re-read.
Man, one of the hardest books to pick myself up after was The Name of the Wind. It wasn’t that it was a long book that drained me because it was boring or anything… quite the opposite. I was so emotionally invested in Kvothe not making bad decisions (he always makes bad decisions) I was exhausted afterward. Honestly, reading that book is like house-sitting a puppy. You love it and you want to spend time with it, but it’s going to innocently do its utmost to drain every ounce of energy from you..
You love it anyway, but it’s a chore. The best kind of chore! But… oof. Crash.
Hah! I have a few different books that I consider indulgent, and they’re mostly YA fantasy from between 2004 and 2012. Which, yes, I know is an 8 year period, but you’ve got to admit… there was a lot of fluff going on in those years. Some of it is wretched. And some of it I like despite not being able to defend it.
One of these books is Die For Me. I read it a couple years ago and basically went, “It’s rubbish, and yet I love it.” Then I read the sequel more recently, expecting to chastise my former self… and… I mean… it’s rubbish, but I love it. 😛
I think I’m going to go with Locke Lamora here. For a lot of The Lies of Locke Lamora, he’s a witty, light-hearted character… who admittedly has a lot of misfortune. Okay, basically all the misfortune. And things are not going well for him, but he takes it all in stride. Because he’s Locke Lamora, dang it, and he’s got this covered! … Somehow.
However, at the end, you really get a sense that there are fathoms beneath the surface of his crooked smile… and yeah I just need to continue with this series!
While both The Name of the Wind and The Lies of Locke Lamora could end up on this list, I’m actually going to go with a classic on this one. Because, when I think about it now, I’m still flabbergasted about how I absolutely 100% did not see the ending of Rebecca coming. It’s been… what? Two months? And looking back this novel still baffles and impresses me.
Also, I’ve had so many people reach out since I posted my review saying that they loved it too and for the same reasons so definitely get this on your TBR guys.
Ugh though so I have to do another one from the Hunger Games trilogy because OKAY GUYS HEAR ME OUT. I really, really like the Katniss x Peeta pairing. Because sometimes, it’s not all about googly eyes and childhood crushes that make no sense, and sometimes the girl has to end up with the nice guy instead of the bad boy. And yeah so this trilogy doesn’t really have a happy ending, so they aren’t all *heart eyes* at the end. Stop judging this pairing everyone.
Like, seriously… I need to write an “In Defense of the Katniss/Peeta Ship” full post.
It’s been a while since I picked on Splintered, right? One of my least favorite books of all time, and doubly disappointing as it is an Alice in Wonderland retelling. One with a beautiful cover and a 3.94 rating on Goodreads, somehow? Ugh. ANYWAY.
Anyway, I pick two for this prompt because they’re both from this book and they’re both horrible. Jeb and Morpheus, the two love interests in this book, are both… awful. Their actions are largely sexist and their use weird dialgue and I just… hated them. So cheesy and they keep “rescuing” the hopeless heroine and I just hated them.
Okay, so, I’ve been trying to read more diverse books in general, and there are a lot of really great diverse books coming out right now, but I think for this prompt, I want to highlight American Panda. This book was not largely popular in the community, but it’s really good and I’ve seen a few #OwnVoice reviews praising it, including Emily X. R. Pan (author of The Astonishing Color of After, also very good).
This book doesn’t have a rainbow of characters, but it does give voice to a largely unrepresented community, and I recommend it highly!
For this one, I’l going to tag the following five bloggers. These are all wonderful individuals and excellent bloggers, so if you see someone here you don’t recognize, please head on over and give them some love!
For the tagged – no pressure! If you’re not a fan of tags, you absolutely don’t have to do this, but I hope you give it a go! This tag was a lot of fun, and those headers are adorable.
What do you eat on your pancakes? I’m partial to turtle pancakes, or churro pancakes, ‘cuz I like ’em faaaancy. But at home, I’m good with butter and cinnamon sugar. No syrup for me! Tell me your favorite pancake toppings in the comments!