I felt like making up my own book tag this week, so please join in if you like it! Please note, I do not own the rights to these recipes and have included the links for credit and also in case you get inspired to make a cake on your own… hot tip: you can read while it is baking, and while it is cooling, and while you eat it! Let’s get started.
A book that is a perfect summer read, sweet and fresh as strawberries, and set in a rural area.
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
I loved this book that took a hesitant girl from her home in California to the mid-west as it showed the power of family and learning to face the past while also trying new things.
A book that needs all of its ingredients (think team effort kind of book) to really shine. It’s offbeat, and appreciated most by those who love sweet and savory together.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
This sequel to Six of Crows far outshined the first book, in my opinion, and really worked well with its multiple point of views, swoony ships, and a story ending that was both satisfying and heartbreaking. And with all of the spices from trade ships that pass through Ketterdam, this cake is perfect for that city along with some strong coffee to cut the sweetness.
An instant classic. It’s rich and satisfying and you want to return to it again and again.
Harry Potter — seriously, all of them. By J.K. Rowling
These books swept me away into a world I wanted to be a part of. And I’m sure I’m not alone. Though I am far past the age of 11 when one would normally receive their letter to Hogwarts, I will never forget the tale of the Boy Who Lived, and will still sweetly wish that I could perform magic, play a game of quidditch, and trespass in the Forbidden Forest. Who is with me?
Americana incarnate. (Or adapt to your own country!) A book that has a country feel and would be loved by a large group.
The Selection by Keira Cass
I know, this is a funny pick. But American YA loves dystopian future themes, and it also loves reality tv shows. So this combines the both of them for a surprisingly interesting tale. The Selection series is well loved by many YA readers (and also well hated by others)… making it also perfect for America as we are in a time period of our country that is terribly divided. Besides… the MCs name is also America, so this is fitting for many reasons!
A book you want to share with friends over coffee and gossip.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
There is something about this book that is simultaneously lovely and comfortable. It’s a bit predictable, but still incredibly enjoyable. And who doesn’t like to read about first love?
The best book imaginable. It’s surprisingly layered, light and dark, rich and creamy, romantic and luxurious satisfying. It’s your dream book.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Because even though I have read all of the series, this book has my heart. It will always be on my favorite list. It’s good for all the feels. It’s engrossing and seductive. ACOMAF hits all the right notes.
When you need it, and you need it now. A single serve (one-sitting) book that you go to when you need a favorite to comfort you.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, I know. This should probably be the Classic and not the messy cake in a mug. But, hear me out. This book is pure comfort food. I know it inside and out. I need no time to reacclimate to it. And I can read it in one sitting, still just as enamored with it at the end as I was at the beginning.
A book that takes on your favorite fair, festival, carnival, circus or games.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I’m sure the majority of people will say The Night Circus, but I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t compare the two. Caraval, like most carnivals, was brimming with high expectations and tension. And whether you enjoyed the ride, wanted more, were satisfied or not… I found it to be a sweet story full of magic. This is one I’m looking forward to greedily indulging in when the second book comes out in 2018.
Thanks to an 80s movie classic, Steel Magnolias, Southern Red Velvet cake is synonymous with weddings. So this cake match must include an engagement or wedding with a romance feel, contemporary, fantasy or otherwise. Overly sweet, or red-hot, this is your book that shares a lot of love.
Roar by Cora Carmack
Technically this book starts with a wedding engagement, and ends with a romance. Which is backwards for more books, but this fantasy is also full of adventure and self-acceptance and passion. And lots of magical storms. Which makes it perfect for a pairing with the sultry Red Velvet Cake.
Well, that was my first attempt at creating a book tag! I hope you enjoyed it, or at least found a new recipe to try out. I think half of these are by Ina Garten who is my favorite chef… her recipes have helped me create new family traditions and favorites, so definitely try one of those if you haven’t before.
Now it’s your turn! If you liked this book tag, please share and and tag others to try.
Happy summer reading!