Hello, I’m back!!!
Sorry for disappearing on you guys for a week!! Be prepared for this to happen more often as I drown in schoolwork. My teachers love to shove a bunch of work at me all at once, and then I have breaks in between all the huge workloads (which is how I’m now able to write this blog post!).
I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to balance blogging with everything, because I’ve clearly been struggling, but it’s fine I’ll just die!!! I’m not confident in my ability to come back if I take a longer hiatus, so I’m gonna keep trying to stay on top of everything, but c’est difficile et je suis désolée!
I thought for my first post “back” (I sound dramatic because I AM), I’d do something fun and easy that I’ve been meaning to do a while: The Pancake Book Tag! I think I’ve been tagged a few times for this one, but I was also first tagged by the creator, Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic. Be sure to check out Becky and her blog, because she’s an absolute angel!!
- 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.
PANCAKES & A SPRINKLING OF SUGAR
a book that has a dusting of beautiful prose/descriptions
My answer for this is 100% any of Anna-Marie McLemore’s books, because their writing is truly a gift from god herself and we don’t deserve the beauty!! All of their books are magical realism, and their prose is just absolutely gorgeous. The way they describe things and express the emotions of their characters is out of this world! (I think all of their books are amazing, though my favorite is When the Moon Was Ours.)
PANCAKES & LEMON DRIZZLE
a sharp character in wit or temperament
I’m gonna go with the entire squad in Red, White & Royal Blue, because they’re all so sarcastic and witty and for WHAT. The White House trio members were so wonderfully hilarious (I can’t decide which one of them is the cheekiest), but an unexpectedly witty person was Henry, because he seems so stoic and serious!
Anyways if I think too much about this book, I’ll start crying and wanting to reread it, so I’m forcing myself to shut up now.
PANCAKES & CHOCOLATE
a comforting read you could devour again & again
I think you could all see this answer coming: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. If you’ve been around, you’ve probably seen how much more obsessive I suddenly got about PJO, and I actually reread The Lightning Thief very recently because I was feeling sad and needed something to cheer me up. No matter what, this series will always be my comfort series, and rereading it will feel like coming home.
PANCAKES & GOLDEN SYRUP
a novel that gave you a seriously bad book hangover
There’s only one book that gave me a book hangover that I can remember right now (The Foxhole Court), but since I don’t want to scream about the same books you’ve heard me screaming about already, I made an effort to look through all the read dates of this year’s reads on Goodreads. And I found that King of Scars apparently gave me a book hangover, which makes sense because 1) I was still overwhelmed that we got a NINA POV BOOK, and 2) the ending made me angry. It’s 7 months later and I’m still angry.
PANCAKES, STRAWBERRIES, & CREAM
a book that gave you all the indulgent feels!
Like I said, I’m trying to talk about books other than the ones I usually talk about, so for this one I’m going with Jade City. My brain is still kinda ??? at everything that went down in that book because what!!! I think it’s one of those books that are so subtly good that you don’t notice how obsessed you are with it until you’ve finished and you just can’t stop thinking. It really surprised me how I thought I didn’t care too much about the characters, until something happened and then I was emotional!!
Also, the biggest feels moments were definitely at *that* thing. If you know, you know. And if you know, you probably still cry about it like me.
PANCAKES & BLUEBERRIES
a character that seems sharp at first, but actually has hidden depths
Nasir from We Hunt the Flame is a very… grumpy and brooding character (mainly because of his Tragic Background), and I think what makes him interesting for this prompt is that other people view him as cold and heartless because he’s an assassin. But he really does have depths and a “soft” side, and despite what people think of him, he does care for others. I just love him okay he doesn’t deserve to be tortured!!
PANCAKES & BANANA TOFFEE
a book with a slippery plot that kept you guessing!
The most recent mystery/thriller book I read was Sadie, and oh my god was this one a SHOCKING book. I really had no idea what was going to happen next, and all the reveals were so cleverly written. And of course, that ending left me in actual shock; I remember turning the last page and being so surprised and devastated that there wasn’t more. It’s just… a phenomenal book, and definitely one of my favorites of the year.
PANCAKES & CRISPY BACON
a romantic pairing you weren’t sure you’d like at first, but ended up being the perfect match!
I actually can’t think of a single book that fits this for me, so I’m going to do the opposite of the prompt: a romantic pairing I thought I was going to like, but ended up being a TERRIBLE match! And for this I have to say no other than Jo and Kirk (Kurt? Adam? some weird white boy name idk) from We Contain Multitudes. Yes, I know I’ve already talked about it, but I’m still so uncomfortable with it!! I thought I was going to like the book because 1) gay, and 2) compared to Ari and Dante, but it turned out to be a romance between a 15yo and 18yo, and I felt so icky and gross!!!
PANCAKES & PEANUT BUTTER
a character that makes you recoil
I only have two words for this: Cardan’s tail.
PANCAKES WITH A BIT OF EVERYTHING!
a book with wonderfully diverse characters
Most of the books that I answered with have diverse characters, but I’ll go with another book I read recently, that has diverse characters in both the sense of representation and personality differences: Far From the Tree! I was so surprised by how much I loved this one, and I’m not ashamed to say it made me tear up. It really is the perfect book about siblings and family, and I loved the representation too!! There was a teen mom MC, lesbian MC, and biracial Mexican MC (and the discussions about privilege were so nice too).
have you read any of the books I mentioned? (READ PJO) what characters make you recoil? and if you want to do this tag, please feel free to! I think most of the people I would’ve tagged have already been tagged!!