Hi from Houston! I haven’t been keeping up with blogging as well as I would have liked, but I do have some free time today because it’s snowing (in Texas?!) and the whole city shut down early.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist this tag. I worked at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont (the one where you can take factory tours and visit the Flavor Graveyard and all that jazz) for something like six years, as a diligent and underpaid gift shop employee. So anyway, I saw this tag on Ally’s blog and I felt compelled.
Vanilla Caramel Fudge: Pick a light, fluffy contemporary
First of all THANK YOU Steph for reminding me that I HAVE actually read something that can be considered a ‘light, fluffy contemporary’ when I was positive that I’d never read anything that fit that description. A Fugitive in Grass Valley by I.M. Flippy is a delightful M/M romance novel with clever, engaging prose, and two main characters whose relationship you’re actually rooting for the whole time. Not my usual genre, obviously, but a friend of mine wrote this, and I was really hesitant but I decided to give it a shot anyway, and I was so glad I did.
Mint Chocolate Cookie: A new release that you wish everyone would read
Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon which will be published by Scribner on February 6. I still need to write my review for this one, but WOW. I was completely blown away. It’s about a photographer who accidentally captures an image of a young boy falling to his death, and the repercussions of her photograph. Anyway, if you like literary fiction, anti-heroines, and art, you’re going to want to check this out!
Cherry Garcia: An ending that was bittersweet
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This whole book is the very embodiment of the word ‘bittersweet,’ but the ending in particular is both hopeful and heartbreaking. I don’t want to say anymore, but if you haven’t read this book, you really should.
Strawberry Shortcake: A book containing your OTP of OTP’s
Well, the Iliad has both Achilles/Patroclus and Hector/Andromache, so it’s the clear winner, obviously. Yes, I am aware that I am the only person on the planet who would answer the Iliad for a question like this.
Milk and Cookies: Two authors who, if they collaborated, would go perfectly together?
Emily St. John Mandel and M.L. Rio. I made this connection because I remembered that Mandel blurbed If We Were Villains, but I think this could be a really interesting collaboration. Both authors have a very clear knowledge and passion for Shakespeare, King Lear in particular, but I thought Station Eleven and If We Were Villains had very different strengths – the former had a massive, massive scope, and the latter was much more intimate and character-driven. But both were atmospheric with incredibly strong prose, so I imagine they could play off each other’s strengths well.
Boston Cream Pie: A book that had you turning the pages late into the night
Confessions by Kanae Minato was a thrilling, intense, creepy book that I couldn’t put down.
Chocolate Therapy: A book that makes you feel better after a long day of life
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I mean, it’s sad, but it’s also hilarious and uplifting.
Coffee, Coffee, BUZZBUZZBUZZ: A book not yet released that you can’t wait to get your hands on
From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan, which will be released I believe in the summer. Donal Ryan is one of those authors where I know I’ll eventually want to read every book by them, even though I’ve only read one so far. But I found his prose so striking, I can’t wait to get my hands on this.
I’m tagging Steph because ice cream, and anyone else who wants to do it.