Keep It Fresh Award

Thank you Orang-utan Librarian for nominating me for this! 😀 It’s so different and fun.

The rules:
  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  3. Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  4. Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh! 😀

Part A

Strawberries: Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

Anna and the French Kiss

I’ll go with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It was a pretty sweet story and there were macaroons.

Coconut: What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

Station Eleven

I’ll carry whatever book I’m currently reading so right now that would be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Pineapple: What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

Better than Before

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. I requested an ARC of it last year because I wanted to know more about habits but I didn’t expect to like it. I thought I would be bored. I wasn’t.

Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

The Blood of Olympus

Tons of action? That’s just about any Rick Riordan book so I’ll go with The Blood of Olympus, the last installment in the Heroes of Olympus series. It was packed with action.

Watermelon: A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)


Talon by Julie Kagawa. I read it last year and I didn’t like it. I think it needed more details and the characters could use more development.

Dragon fruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

A Long Day's Evening

A Long Day’s Evening by Bilge Karasu. The sentence structure was unique to me. It was sometimes hard to tell when they end since some don’t have a period.

Lemons: Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

The High King

The High King by Lloyd Alexander. It’s the last book in The Chronicles of Prydain series and I didn’t like it much.

Tomato: What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

The Blue Sword

My go to answer for these sort of questions is Marlon James but since he won the Man Booker Prize last year, a lot of people will know him now so I’ll go with Robin McKinley. I think she’s such a great writer. Everyone should read her books. The Blue Sword is one of my favorites.

Apple: Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)


Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It’s a typical fantasy novel but a fun read.

Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

Anna and the Swallow Man

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. It’s not that it ends on a sad note, not really, but I was sad nonetheless. It will be out on January 26. I recommend you read it.

Grapefruit: Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber hateful villains?)

Wormtail. Umbridge. Snape. Why can’t Harry be happy, huh? Why couldn’t he have one totally happy year at school?

Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)

A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I have a big hardback copy. Yes, I know. Stupid to buy it but I was so excited, I picked it up soon as it was published and regretted doing so a couple days later.

Limes: Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

Rat Queens1

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kuris J. Wiebe, illus. by Roc Upchurch. A fantasy comic book about female mercenaries. Hilarious! Read it.

Part B

Mangoes: Name a book that was a mouthful. (Containing too much of one thing. Too wordy or descriptive, etc.)

The Shadow Rising

All the books in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Pick any one of them and I’m sure you’ll think it’s wordy too.

Part C

My smoothie: mangoes + coconutpineapple + watermelon + orange + lime = a book that’s thick and sweet but with a snap (because of the citrus flavor).

The Monstrumologist

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey.

Thick = it has descriptions galore!

Sweet = Will Henry grew on me.

Snap = its gory bits made me squeamish.

I nominate:

Confessions of a Literary Addict


Fiddler Blue

African Book Addict

Susannahh Taylor

Have fun!! No pressure to do this if you don’t want to or have the time.


11 thoughts on “Keep It Fresh Award

  1. Awesome! Glad you did this! Ahh yes, gotta love the macaroons 🙂 Would you believe it, but I’ve still never read Eragon? Ughh Talon- what a way to ruin dragons? I mean was she trying to portray dragons as emotionless dweebs- cos if so she succeeded 😦 I always think Dance with Dragons wasn’t that long- but then I remember that’s cos I read it in two parts :/ Great post!


    1. When you see Dance of Dragons in the hardback I have, you’ll see that it’s a beast. I’ll use it to work out. I don’t think you’re missing anything if you don’t read Eragon. It’s entertaining though.

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      1. haha yeah I’ll bet- once I added the two books together it’s ginormous! haha you’d get really muscley really fast that way! Yeah, I’ve heard the series gets worse as it goes on, which is why I haven’t bothered to try it


  2. I like the “fruit and smoothie” idea behind this award! It’s really unique. 🙂

    I also have the Dance With Dragons hardcover (signed by GRRM, by the way 😀 ). It’s not the biggest book I own anymore, but I agree that it’s a monster.


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