Tagged by the lovely Books Teacup and Reviews – cheers! Sorry for all the tags lately, every time I catch up they just keep coming. They’re fun though, so oh well. Here we go.
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- Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
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- Tag one to three people.
Chocolate Chip: A classic book that you love or really enjoyed
I always talk about Les Mis and The Iliad, so now for something different (sort of): The Aeneid by Vergil. I first read this in Latin in my senior year of high school, and I fell in love with the story. I’ve since read it… three more times, I think (occupational hazard of majoring in Italian literature), and it never fails to captivate me.
Thin Mints: A fandom that you really want to ‘join’ and/or a hyped-up book you want to read (Your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere.)
I’m kind of over joining fandoms – after years in the Harry Potter and Les Mis fandoms, now I just lurk whenever I find something new I enjoy. So to answer the second half of the question: The Power by Naomi Alderman. I’ve heard mixed things, but this book has gotten a lot of buzz this year along with winning the Bailey’s prize for 2017, so I am very curious.
Shortbread: An author you can’t get enough of
Agatha Christie. I’ve read these four so far this year, and I don’t intend on stopping any time soon! She’s so clever. So far I’ve been shocked by all of the reveals in these books.
Samoas/Caramel DeLites: An emotional rollercoaster
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. There is no other answer to this question. This book dug well beneath my heartless exterior and completely and utterly destroyed me. I sobbed, I lost sleep, you name it. But there’s also light in all this darkness; there’s something undeniably beautiful about the kind of love that’s depicted in these pages. But mostly it just hurt a lot.
Oreos: A book whose cover was better than the story, or vice versa, where the story was better than the cover
Cover better than the story: The Leavers by Lisa Ko. I was incredibly underwhelmed by this book. But I’m glad I own the hardcover, because look at how gorgeous.
Story better than the cover: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault. There’s a better cover, but this is the edition I own. Woe.
Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties: A book that wasn’t what you expected (Good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish.)
Better than I expected: Final Girls by Riley Sager. I just finished this last night and wrote a review today, so I have to give it a shout out. I figured that anything that Stephen King calls ‘the first great thriller of 2017’ is bound to be overrated (nothing against Stephen King’s tastes – I just doubted that something could live up to such a tall order). But it was awesome.
Worse than I expected: All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. This is a contentious choice: people love this book. I didn’t. Sorry 😦 I was uncomfortable with the treatment of the subject matter, and underwhelmed by the writing.
Snickerdoodles: A book you may never stop re-reading/loving
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