The wonderful Shanti at Weaving Waves Words and the glorious Alyssa of The Devil Orders Takeout were awesome and tagged me for the Cake Tag! Who does not love cake, I ask you? (Nobody here, I assure you.) Without further ado… your cake books.
~a book that started slowly and turned out amazingly~
Let’s see. The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode. I remember reading it while I was waiting for my visit to a cadaver lab with my science class—it almost seemed like staring at the coffee shop would be more interesting than the book.
Boy, was I wrong. To be totally honest, this might be the best book I’ve read so far this year. I thought it was a really interesting religious interpretation and designed beautiful, dirty, honest truths about life that are totally worth remembering.
(Also, by the way, if the title wasn’t clear—it’s an adult book. Just warning you. But, if it makes you feel better, the main character can’t help but curse like a Baptist, but we all need practice.)
~a book with an incredibly detailed and rich plot~
This one, I might say Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. To be fair, I can’t help but get over psychological perspective and the romance and the awesome worldbuilding. Just, love.
~a book that you thought you would dislike, but was actually amazing~
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. This is why this is funny. Any book that has ever claimed to be my favorite book was once a book I was completely positive I would hate. This is a fact. Here is a list of some books I thought I would hate:
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
- The Scarlet Trilogy by A.C. Gaughen
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
- The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
- Mythic Misadventures by Carolyn Hennesy
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (seriously, I had to get stuck at an airport before I considered opening them)
- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- The Innocent by David Baldacci
Now, if we’ve discussed these books at all together, then you know I adore these books. They’re spectacular. I’d recommend any one of them. But I was so SURE I would hate them! You asked for an egg? Have a dozen.
~a fluffy, sweet and fun book~
I will say Mothership for this one, because it’s a fun sci-fi chick lit book, but it’s also about motherhood and aliens taking over the world and taking responsibility for your future and achieving your dreams.
~a book you will love forever and ever because it is (almost) perfect and fulfills your exacting requirements~
Twilight. I don’t know… As my butter might have indicated, I am a complete and total sap for religious allegories and I just die whenever I try to explore all the intricacies in the worldbuilding that have taken place. Just… DETAILS. DETAILS. DETAILS.
~a book that always cheers you up~
This is ironic, but if you put me with A Series of Unfortunate Events and a plate of cookies I will be as happy as a clam for hours.
|~it's powder on a baked good what more do you want from me~|
~a book you think is absolutely necessary for everyone to read~
I would say Unwind by Neal Shusterman, because, yes, it’s a captivating, awesome, gut-wrenching thriller and there will be people in the comments to back me up on this one (statistical likelihood, don’t fail me now) but it’s also about teenagers.
Teenagers and us and not teenagers like us. Teenagers like us because they are like us—lives and boyfriends and girlfriends and sex and drugs and fear and craziness. But not like us, because other people determine how valuable their lives are.
In some ways, I feel like people have forgotten that teenagers can be pretty powerful, and we forget that even though we’re young, we’re people, too. We have responsibilities, we are stronger than we think, and we have to be ready, because people may try to make us think otherwise.
And Finally : Cherry on the Top
~your favorite book this year so far~
Aw, I’ve used up The Dirty Parts of the Bible, and Cruel Beauty. Hm. The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill and Came Down a Mountain.
The movie and the book… Just… HEARTS AND JOY. It makes me wish I were Welsh, and not just descended from Welsh people. Because it’s just so beautiful. The companionship! The determination! AND O’BRIEN FROM STAR TREK IS IN THE MOVIE. Telephone booths, cabbage… OH AND POTIPHAR FROM JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT IS IN THERE TOO.
Yeah. It’s good. Go read it.
|(all images taken from Goodreads)|
And there we have my cake of books. Thanks Shanti and Alyssa for the tag!