I love food and I love books so how could I possibly resist the urge to do this tag? Let’s just jump right into the questions.
Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.
Wow, question one and I’m already wheeling out the obligatory Harry Potter answer.
Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys follows a family seized and taken to a work camp under Stalinist rule, so is understandably incredibly harrowing, but it is tinged with glimmers of hope and I think it’s important that we read books that explore the darker parts of our past so that we can work towards a better future. (Not to get too cheesy or anything).
Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.
I’m going to pick a recent read for this and say Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. After seeing the gorgeous cover and reading the intriguing synopsis I was very excited about this book and there were definitely parts I enjoyed, like the unique world, interesting lore and eclectic creatures, but scratching beneath that, it was in reality a very typical YA story that relied on a lot of tropes and tired clichés. I enjoyed it enough to carry on with the series when book 2 comes around however, so here’s hoping things pick up and make the most of the big potential.
Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler has a twist that totally changes the way you approach the story. I went into this one pretty blind, because the synopsis doesn’t give much away and I avoided reviews, so I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t what I got.
Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness is certainly popular but not as popular as I think it deserves to be. There are series out there that tackle far less interesting themes and have far less compelling characters that exploded onto the scene where as this one’s been more of a slow burn in comparison. There’s potential for a movie adaptation, which as long as it’s handled right could be amazing and could help to introduce a whole new audience to this fantastic world.
Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.
I think it kind of goes without saying that George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is complex as it has a rich fantasy setting and a massive cast of characters.
Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.
Hmm, I’m going to say The Lord of the Rings, which may be harsh because I haven’t read the books in years and would like to re-read them at some point but because of how long and dense I remember them being, it’s always been easier to revisit Middle-earth via the big screen, and I do love the visuals in the movies.
Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is very bittersweet. It follows an elderly man who receives a letter from an old friend, who wishes to tell him that she is dying from cancer. He writes a response but when he walks to the postbox to send it, he decides to just keep walking, believing that as long as he is on his way to meet his old friend, she has a reason to keep living. During his time on the road, walking the length of England, he meets several people who confide in him and cause him to reflect on his own past and his relationship with his wife, Maureen.
Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.
I’m going to pick Burial Rites by Hannah Kent because it’s set in my very favourite place, Iceland. It’s historical fiction following the perspective of a young woman who was the last person sentenced to death in Iceland in 1829. The harsh, wild landscape almost becomes a character in itself, which is why I think it’s a good choice for this question.
Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.
The ‘eat me’ cake from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland washed down with a nice cold Butterbeer from Harry Potter. Delicious!
Thanks for reading! Since I wasn’t technically tagged in this one, I won’t tag anyone specific either. Instead, I invite you all to get involved, should you wish to.