20 April 2019

The Most Delicious Book Tag. The Pancake Book Tag

I've a confession to make: I never ate pancakes. I tried to bake them many times, but there's always something wrong with the batter or then it gets stuck on the skillet. However, I could not pass up the opportunity to take part in this delicious book tag created by Becky @  Blogs of a Bookaholic. I mean, how could I ignore an opportunity to drool at yummy pancakes and ramble about books? 🥞

Disclaimer: This book tag may leave you craving for pancakes.

Yummy!
The Rules:
  • 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.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489134


When it comes to books that have a dusting of beautiful prose and/or descriptions, I've been fortunate to come across spellbinding tales. I know I've been rambling about The Bear the Nightingale a LOT, but I can't stop gushing about its superb writing and descriptions. The wintry wilderness sprinkled with magic and dark mysteries is beautifully written. The creatures from Slavic myths and folktales are woven with so much detail that they come to life. Every word in Vasya's tale is perfectly picked to craft a dazzling story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26856502 
Pancakes & Lemon Drizzle made me immediately think of Marcella from Vengeful (if I didn't misinterpret the prompt because of the language barrier). A mob wife, Marcella is murdered by her husband. In her last moments, she vows to ruin her husband. Because of her last thoughts, when Marcella comes back to life, she has the power to turn into ashes everything she touches. With her new ability and her sharp wit and strong personality, Marcella starts the climbing to become THE mob boss, crushing all those men who never took her seriously. She carefully plots her every move, as if everything and everyone is a chess piece, manipulating and sharpening everyone to her will. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15749186 


The word "comforting" always reminds me of cute and fluffy contemporaries. And, the first cute and fluffy contemporary that always comes to my mind is To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. From love letters to yummy cookies and an adorable and awkward fake relationship, everything about this novel screams "comfort". 💛 Now, I really want to re-read To All the Boys I've Loved Before, but I don't have the time! Well, I'll be rewatching the Netflix adaption.... 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7728889
I can't remember the last time I had a serious bad book hangover, but I do remember that when I read The Diviners I could not bring myself to stop thinking about it. The characters, the villains, the settings are all brilliantly written. Set in the roaring twenties, The Diviners made me fall in love with the charming epoch all over again. The story aura is chilling, to say the least, with an ominous and mysteriously dark atmosphere and the murderous Naughty John looming at every corner, whistling and singing a nightmarish rhyme.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22055262


I did have a hard time coming up with an answer for this category (blame the world "indulgent"). I guess A Darker Shade of Magic is book that gave me all the indulgent feels. As a huge fantasy lover, A Darker Shade of Magic gave me everything I could ask for and more in a fantasy novel: four parallel Londons with unique characteristics (Red London bursts with magic and While London with danger), unforgettable characters, a slow burn romance flawlessly put into the pages, and an intricate and dangerous magic system.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874032

You must be tired of me mentioning Schwab's novels, I've to pick Victor Vale from the Villains series. Victor is an anti-hero, a morally grey character that does horrible things, like murdering people (some of these people are innocent) and torturing them with his ability to manipulate pain to get to his former classmate, Eli, who has been murdering EOs since becoming one. Nonetheless, he saves Sidney, a twelve year-old girl, and takes care of her. Her even comes to care about Sidney and becomes a strange father figure. Who would have guessed that in the middle of so much darkness, Victor would have hidden in the darkest corners of his being a beating heart?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33784373


While in Stalking Jack the Ripper, I guessed who the culprit was halfway through the book, in Hunting Prince Dracula I was kept guessing about whom the murder would be. Every time I thought this or that person was the one responsible for reviving Count Dracula and the vampire-like murdering spree, there would be an unexpected plot twists and I was once again trying to discover who the killer was.  


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10507293
These are the only pancakes that don't make my mouth water because I don't eat meat. When the story began, America was in love with Aspen and so was I. Their secret romance made my heart flutter. However, then America became part of the selection and was sent off to the palace to meet Prince Maxon. I can't lie: it took me a few hundred pages (second book included) to warm up to America and Maxon and realize that they are perfect together. After comparing Maxon and Aspen, the latter came across as chauvinist (he got angry at American because he had to be the "provider" in the relationship). Maxon was charming and sweet and with America by his side he became a better ruler. America told him about the world beyond the palace walls and how unfair the caste system was, and Maxon listened to her. I ended up wishing that America would move on from Aspen, my heart no longer fluttering at the sight ot them. America and Maxon are a match made in heaven.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37920366-a-torch-against-the-night

But I love peanut butter! Maybe we can pretend these are the pancakes with crispy bacon. 😋 If you know me, you know that I love the Ember Quartet and that any time I'm queried about an evil character that makes me recoil, I pick Keris Ventura, also known as, the Commandant. Keris will do anything to come into power, even if it means causing a war or allying herself to old destructive powers. Also, she will crush anyone who gets in her way, even her own son. I don't want to be spoiler-ish, but everything she puts Elias through is recoiling. Her evilness knows no boundaries.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23437156-six-of-crows

Can we just dwell on how diverse and inclusive Six of Crows is? The world created by Leigh Bardugo is made up of several countries and each land is inhabited by distinct people with different skin colours and beliefs. This series ends up including numerous types of diversity: there's a panoply of races, body shapes, sexual orientations and religions. It also includes disabilities (Kaz has a physical disability and Wylan a cognitive one) and mental illnesses (there's a strong focus on trauma; every character from this group of misfits is haunted by demon from their hellish past). Six of Crows is without a doubt a fantasy novel with wonderfully diverse characters.


🥞 I'm tagging


An adorable kitten stealing a pancake.
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20 comments:

  1. I’m also terrible at making pancakes. I tried making them over a campfire once, and they were burned black on the outside and raw on the inside. That was disappointing. I love all of the Schwab books on your list. Her characters are deep and witty.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. All my attempts to make pancakes end up with the kitchen looking a mess. Schwab knows how to write perfectly flawed and believable characters. Happy readings, Aj! ;)

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  2. I don't re-read, but I adore Lara Jean, and would love to get more books set in that world. Oh, and pancakes, I adore them, and need to visit an IHOP again one of these days.

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    1. Until last year, I had never re-read a book (well, I'm not counting the multiples times I read the the first five books in the Harry Potter series), but due to my thesis I had to do a lot of re-reads and now I love returning those books that gave me all the feelings.

      Happy readings, Sam! ;)

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  3. Thank you for tagging me, gives me something to post about sometime soon. I love making pancakes, I am all about the american style pancakes and I have perfected the art of making them. I agree with your selection for the first one, The Bear and the Nightingale has some wonderful writing in it. I do tend to think of cute fluffy read for a comforting read too, I think because they are also easy reads.

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    1. Can't wait to read your answers. :) I envy your pancake-art-making. =P The prose of The Bear and the Nightingale is sooo beautiful. I don't know why, but to me the word "comfort" and fluffy reads are intertwined.

      Happy readings, Becky! ;)

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  4. Who doesn't love pancakes? Gotta agree with you about Hunting Prince Dracula--it kept me guessing!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I have yet to find someone who doesn't love pancakes. =P With all the twists in Hunting Prince Dracula, it was not easy to discover who the culprit was.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  5. Ohh my gosh, thank you so much for doing my tag! Your blog is so beautiful, and I love the header you created for this, it is just the cutest!! <3

    I loved reading all your answers to the prompts. I hadn't heard of The Bear and the Nightingale before but now I am really curious! Definitely going to look more into that one and maybe add it to my wishlist. :)

    The Diviners is one of my all time favourite series as well. The setting is just so rich and I feel like I'm really there when I read it. I can't wait for book 4 to come out hopefully next year.

    Thank you again for doing my tag! Happy reading. :D

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    1. Thank you for creating such an fun tag. Pancakes and books go very well together. :) Aww, thank you. <3 I hope you read The Bear and the Nightingale because the writing is delightful. I'm so excited about book 4 too! When it comes out, I'll be binge reading The Diviners series.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  6. What a great tag. And yep I'm hungry for pancakes and it's night time ^_^

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    1. One can eat pancakes at any time. =P Happy readings! ;)

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  7. I tried to read The Selection series but never got past the first couple of chapters either of the times I borrowed it from the library. Need to try it again, I think!

    That gif of the cat stealing a pancake is the best gift ever!!

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    1. I only read the first trilogy in the series (I don't think I'll be reading the second one) and I remember I couldn't put the books down - I read them during a time that I NEEDED to get my hands on all the YA dystopias out there.

      Ahaha, yes, it's the best gif ever! =D

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  8. Thank you so much for the tag! Husband loves pancakes ;) To all the boys I've loved before is so comforting yes <3

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    1. I hope to read your answers soon if you choose to join this tag. :) To All The Boys I've Loved Before screams comfort. Happy readings! ;)

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  9. I'm awful when it comes to making pancakes ;) But gosh this post has me craving them!

    I agree about Hunting Prince Dracula. I guessed the twist easily for Stalking Jack The Ripper, but this one was harder.

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    1. I must learn how to bake pancakes perfectly because I need to taste them at least once in my life. =P In Stalking Jack The Ripper, it was too easy to figure out who the murderer was (the reason behind his/hers acts, not so much), but in Hunting Prince Dracula the culprit was unexpected.

      Happy readings, Amy! ;)

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  10. I would say I'm okay at making pancakes. Even if I mess up I eat them and they taste good lol. I really need to read The Diviners, I started it years ago and never finished it.

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    1. I mess them up so much that they are not longer eatable. 😅 This is the perfect time to read The Diviners, since the last book has just come out.

      Happy readings!

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