Cait over at Paper Fury did a little something called The Cake Book Tag. Since I'm not doing Top Ten Tuesday this week (do I really need to list the top ten books in my TBR pile that I probably won't get to this spring?), I thought I'd do this instead. So... grab your fork and put on your cake-eating pants!
A BOOK THAT WAS A LITTLE SLOW TO START OFF BUT REALLY PICKED UP AS IT WENT ALONG
I'm afraid I end up DNFing a lot of books like this. But I do remember sort of feeling this way about The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen. It wasn't exactly that the story was slow. It just wasn't blowing me away. But then... that ending! Now I can't not read the next book, because I just have to find out what happens next.
A BOOK THAT HAD A RICH, GREAT PLOT
I'm going to have to go with a series of books for this one: Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. These books are just so... epic. The world-building is amazing, and even the events that happen in our own world are complex and fantastical.
A BOOK YOU THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE BAD BUT ACTUALLY TURNED OUT QUITE ENJOYABLE
Um... yeah. What kind of a question is this? Why would I read a book I thought was going to be bad? I mean, the only way something like that could happen was if I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey and actually ended up liking it. Not going to happen (the picking-up of the book or the liking it; I've read enough reviews and excerpts to know that).
Last year, I picked up Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse for the second time. The first time I picked it up, years ago, I read a couple of pages. I thought, "What the hell is this?" and promptly returned it to the library. I hadn't yet realized what a treasure trove of beautiful storytelling verse novels can be. When I picked it up again, I was a little nervous because, after all, I hadn't liked it the first time. But I really enjoyed it during my second attempt.
A SUGARY, SWEET BOOK
I haven't read a lot of these. Most of the books I read have something awful happen in them. I mean, even Ingrid Law's cute little book called Savvy featured a parent with a brain injury. I guess I'd have to go with a book like Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass. It also features a brain injury, but it still manages to be sweet and cute and serious, all at the same time.
A BOOK THAT COVERED EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT THAT YOU ENJOY ABOUT A BOOK (FUNNY MOMENTS, ACTION MOMENTS, SAD MOMENTS, ETC.)
I'm sure my readers are probably tired of hearing about this one, but I really enjoyed Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis. It really did have everything: action, humour, tragedy, love... If there were a sequel, I'd read it (but there isn't, and can't be, so I'll just have to be satisfied with this lovely addition to the YA fantasy genre).
A BOOK SERIES THAT YOU CAN KIND OF TURN BACK TO FOR A LITTLE PICK ME UP WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DOWN
I'm not a re-reader, so... How do I answer this? I guess one of the series that I look back on with fondness that I might try reading again a some point (just to see if I can recapture a part of my childhood) would be the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary. There's a reason they're classics. Cleary was so observant about children and the way they think. The thoughts and actions of Ramona (and the other kids in the stories) always rang pretty true.
THE CHERRY ON TOP
YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK THIS YEAR SO FAR
I've read so few books so far this year. But I'd have to say that my favourite has been All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. I really wish I had read it sooner (and, if I'd known how much I'd like it, I might have done just that)!
I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but please feel free to do this yourself, if you're so inclined.
Have you ever baked a cake? If so, how did it turn out?
Let me know in the comments!