I found this interesting book tag on my friend Tori’s blog Zigler News. Please check out her blog she makes some wonderful posts including quotes, tags (obviously 😉 ), books and lots of posts about her own fur family and many other animal friends. She’s also a very lovely person and has written a lot of books!
This is a fun tag little book tag all about cookies, although I have to admit right now that I don’t know what half of these cookies actually are, I’ve never heard of them! 😮
If you enjoyed this tag and want to do it for yourself then please feel free, and if you’d like me to see your answers don’t forget to tag me in your WordPress post (or on twitter) or comment below with a link to your post. Let the fun (and confusion over what some of these cookies are) begin… 😀
1. Chocolate Chip: A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed
I haven’t read as many classic stories as I’d have liked to. I don’t know how far back a book has to go to be a classic but to be honest I think I’m going to pick a children’s story and it’s The Little Red Hen. I read it from a Ladybird book when I was very young and apart from the beautiful old fashioned illustrations (which I loved and made me want to look at it again and again) I also love the moral of the story too.
2. Thin Mints: A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ AND/OR a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read
Can I still put Harry Potter in this category? I still haven’t read any of the books, though I’ve seen the movies, and I really want to get reading on the novels, I just keep being distracted by other books I have right in front of me, lol. (Oh and btw, I am ignoring all the controvesy around the author right now, I think a piece of art shouldn’t be judged because of its artist, if you know what I mean 😉 )
3. Shortbread: An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of
Hmmm, this is tricky as I haven’t read excessive amounts of books from any one author. There are a few books that I have enjoyed multiples of a series recently, like the Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman Julius Zebra books by Gary Northfield, The Bolds by Julian Clary or Jake Atlas by Rob Llloyd Jones, but I’m not sure there’s a specific author I should put as I always judge each book on a book-by-book basis and not just on the author.
4. Samoas/ Caramel DeLites: An Emotional Roller-coaster (this cookie was hard … so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you)
I think I’ll have to pick a book that really affected me emotionally and that is Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali. The novel is a YA historical fiction about a boy, Max, who is part of the Nazi eugenics program. The story is narrated by him and is very dark as Max’s viewpoint is very twisted into a pro-Nazi thinking. Max is just a child in the story, not even a teenager, but the tale is about the things that happen during the war and along with a lot of the horrors of war it has Max facing conflicting thoughts as the war progreses and he meets different characters. He begins his thinking in a very linear and hateful way towards anyone and anything thatisn’t the Nazi ideal, but as certain events and horrible truths of the war emerge, it has him facing inner conflict and he struggles with how to interpret things, as well as an interesting wider story of what happens to him and some others in Germany during the war. It’s a very dark novel but had me feeling so very emotional. I was crying and was basically all over the place for a few days after reading this., it left me feeling a mix of feelings that I still find hard to process when thinking back about it. I think it was about 7 days before I could finally pick up another book to read, so I’ll definitely say this was worth the read!
5. Oreos: A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover
A recent read, Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall, has a cover that I do really like but unfortunately, for me, it just wasn’t what I had hoped it would be.
The cover has this cool slightly spooky vibe with a spooky face near the top and it made me really look forward to this story, but the actual story inside the book is so disappointing given the lack of a proper ending and the fact that I just felt a bit of a disconnect with events that were happening thanks to the documentary-style way it’s written which was probably supposed to enhance the excitement not take away from it. I loved the cover, and I loved the general idea and spookiness of the story, but on the whole it was just not as good as it seemed.
Another book that would fit this category is Evernight by Ross MacKenzie. so many people love that book and oh, how beautiful the cover is, but I just didn’t connect well with the characters and I couldn’t enjoy the book the way I wanted to.
6. Tagalongs/ Peanut Butter Patties: A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected (good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish)
Release by Patrick Ness is a YA coming-of-age novel that follows teenager Adam as he struggles to deal with his parents who disapprove of him being gay as well as dealing with his own feelings and relationships with some other characters. The basic story was actually not bad, I liked the overall story of Adam and what happened, it represents a lot of the struggles that many teens face when growing up, gay or not. But what made this book unexpected was the fact that from the pretty bland description/blurb there’s no indication just how graphic the sex scenes are (and they are pretty graphically described), additionally there’s this weird supernatural side story that happens parallel to Adam’s story and it makes no sense to the contemporary story and just feels like a weird tale that was used to add bulk to the original novel. It’s definitely not the book I thought it was from reading the blurb, but still worth taking a look at if you are interested.
7. Snickerdoodles: A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving
I haven’t reread a book for ages, as I’ve been trying to get through a remaining few books on my list. I suppose an easy children’s book I know I’ll never get bored of is the Julis Zebra series by Gary Northfield. There’s just something about that style of humour that just has me in stiches laughing at everything that happens, it also has history in it and a few extras at the end of each book, and I just can’t help but love this series!
8. Oatmeal Raisin: An Awful Surprise.
A strange book comes to mind and that’s Beck by Mal Peet. This book is the author’s last before he died and wasn’t even finished by him, instead it was completed by Meg Rosoff. Now I have no issue with either author and I’m not saying that a book written by one author and finished by another couldn’t work, but this was just weird and I didn’t like the way this book was split up into sections.
The story is set in the past and is supposed to be about this character, Beck, who is a mixed race boy who is shipped off at a young age, to live the rest of his life in Canada, in the early part of the 20th century. The story starts off good, in fact I really liked the first part where you learn about Beck and get to know something dark which is happening to him as a young boy. This beginning made me believe I’d enjoy the story, so I was looking forward to reading the rest, but then the story just jumps to another part of his life when he’s a quite a few years older and does this a couple more times without resolving or making any references to what had happened previously. What you end up with is four almost completely seperate stories about this boy and no real sense as to what ties them together (other than fact they feature the character Beck of course).
It could have been such a good novel, I remember reading it and wondering when we were going to get to know the character, get inside their head a bit more, but the whole story just felt flat and never really went anywhere. The writing wasn’t terrible but there was so much to read, back stories to characters we didn’t know and the ending never resolved the dark stuff that had happened to Beck at the beginning (which really felt like it needed resovling) so it just felt like a bit of a mess of a book, and such a shame as historical fiction has now become one of my favourite genres! 😦
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