I’m in the mood for a tag and since I’ve been eating and thinking about cakes a lot lately, I decided to do the Great British Bake Off Book Tag, which was created by Zaheerah Khalik.
The Great British Bake Off is a TV show where 12 amateur bakers compete to be considered the best baker in the U.K. I’ve never watched the show, but it certainly sounds delicious. I love cakes. Anyway, to the tag!
Link back to Zaheerah’s post.
Tag people or don’t. Just have fun.
Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)
Amateur Baker: A book that is self-published
Sick by Christa Wojciechowski
A psychological thriller about a woman caring for her sick husband. It’s listed as a novella on most websites, but I consider it a short story. It’s really good and very disturbing.
Soggy Bottom: A book that had a great start but a disappointing ending
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
A paranormal romance novel set on Long Island about witches who try to avoid using their powers. This started out pretty good but as the story progressed, it got weaker. I did not like the end at all. I read the book hoping it would be better than the TV show and it was not. However, I liked the writing in some spots.
#Bingate: A book you great frustrated with and had to DNF
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Omg! I don’t think I can complete this series. I don’t mind that it’s 13 or 14 books long, what grates my nerves are the characters. They are all so damn annoying, especially how they speak of the opposite sex. I just can’t continue with the books, it seems, and I really, really want to know what happens and how the story ends. I’m currently rereading the books by audiobook to coax myself into the mood to continue where I stopped, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I might try again in a few weeks.
Junior Bake Off: A children’s book
The Journey by Francesca Sanna (illus.)
I recently read this illustrated children’s book and absolutely loved it. It’s about a family that has to emigrate to a safe place to live. It’s a great story and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I need to get myself a copy since I borrowed the book from the library.
A Hollywood Handshake: A book that impressed you
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Noah’s memoir about growing up in the shadow of apartheid in South Africa. This is such a great, gripping, and sometimes humorous read. I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did and I’d love to reread it by audio book just to hear Noah narrate it. By the way, whether or not you’ve read the book, I strongly encourage you to check out this interview with Noah on the Lit Up Show podcast.
Signature Challenge: A book that you would recommend to your friends and family
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Thinking of my family here. They all love mysteries and TV shows like Law & Order and Criminal Minds so they’d surely enjoy Flynn’s Gone Girl, which is about a guy whose wife disappears on their fifth anniversary.
Technical Challenge: Books that you read without knowing much beforehand; rank them from worst to best
Himself by Jess Kidd
I still don’t know much about it. It has a slow start that I wasn’t in the mood for when I picked it up.
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
I still don’t know much about it. The writing threw me off, but I suspect I will like this series if I can look past the writing.
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
I picked it up because I liked the cover and ended up enjoying it. I need to read the next book.
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
I loved it and I thought I wouldn’t when I started reading it. Ha! Can’t wait to read the next book.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling
I stayed away from all spoilers and I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this.
Normal by Warren Ellis
The cover got my attention and it turned out to be an enjoyable read despite the subject.
Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting
I got a sample of this comic book on last year’s Free Comic Book Day and loved it so much that I bought the first volume as soon as I finished the sample and the second volume as soon as I finished the first.
I have many more for this category, but I’ll stop here.
Showstopper Challenge: A book/series that is your all-time favorite
Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples
A sci-fi/fantasy comic book series about a couple on the run from their respective governments, which are at war against each other. This is a difficult question, so I chose my favorite comic book series so far for this year. Saga is awesome. Usually the first in a series is always my favorite and though I love the first volume, I love the fourth even more because the protagonists develop more complexity here. We see them struggle with each other.
The Finalists: A favorite trilogy
Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
I hardly complete series and such so there wasn’t much to choose from for this. But I certainly love Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, which is a fantasy story about the bastard son of a prince who becomes an apprentice assassin. It’s a great read.
An Extra Slice: A favorite companion book
The Pottermore Presents E-books, content by J.K. Rowling
These e-books are compilations of Rowling’s further writings on the Harry Potter world and characters. Though they weren’t exactly what I expected, they were fun to read and helped to satiate my craving for more Harry Potter stories.
Now, as I eat this coconut cake made to look like a loaf of bread, I’ll tag:
and everyone who loves cakes or the Great British Bake Off! 😛