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The Bookish Baking Tag

In the past few days, I’ve scarfed down two mini cheesecakes and a pint of cheesecake ice cream.

Winter is coming and I must prepare.

Speaking of delicious baked goods, I found this baking-themed tag on Ace Reader, a gem of a blog if there ever was one.

It was created by the unmatched Kay @ Hammock of Books, whose original tags are very fun.

Rules:

  • Thank whoever tagged you
  • Link back to them and the original creator (Kay @ Hammock of Books)
  • ¬†Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics
  • Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness

Blueberry Muffins

A book with a perfect beginning

All the Tricia Levenseller books I’ve read so far open with some sort of action.

The Shadows Between Us opens with a murder.

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

It’s quite attention-grabbing.

The rest of the book was pretty boring, but good for the opener!

Pumpkin Pie

A perfect holiday book

You know what holiday I like to celebrate?

BASTILLE DAY.

What better book than Enchantee?

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

IT LOOKS LIKE THE FRENCH FLAG.

Cinnamon Rolls

A smol character who must be protected

(I love this prompt.)

Nathaniel of Tarnished Are the Stars MUST BE PROTECTED!

AT ALL COSTS!

Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Even coldhearted assassin Eliza takes to Nathaniel and makes it her mission to keep him safe.

I bought their friendship more than I bought the romance!

Lemon Meringue Pie

A book with total summer vibes

(Spoilers for The Last Song)

(CW: death, cancer)

If I’m not mistaken, The Last Song takes place during the summer.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

There’s a summer romance and everything, followed by yet another HORRIFIC DEATH FROM CANCER. (Why, Nicholas Sparks?)

Yes, I cried.

Funfetti Cake

A book that makes you feel like a kid

I made my mom buy me the fiftieth anniversary edition of Frog and Toad are Friends.

Fiftieth Anniversary Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Did you know Frog and Toad are a couple?

MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD CLASSIC IS CONFIRMED QUEER.

Frog and Toad might embody my ideal relationship.

Eating sandwiches on an island together sounds PERFECT to me.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

An amazing classic

I like Twilight now.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I haven’t read a series this quickly in so long.

These books are fun, even if they inspire passionate negative feelings in me.

It’s nice to be invested but not invested.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A book that deserves more love

I’ve seen some love for The Devouring Gray here and there.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

This book deserves all the love in the world.

The writing is VERY good and the characters are really strong.

I am waiting PATIENTLY for the library to order the sequel.

I hope it comes in soon. I worry for my forest children.

Angel Food Cake

A book that’s pure air and fluff

Check, Please! Volumes 1 and 2 kept me occupied for an entire evening and filled my tired heart with so much joy.

Check, Please! Vol 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

I LOVE THESE BOYS! I LOVE THIS TEAM! I LOVE THEIR LOVE!

All of them are the best boys plus Lardo.

SOMEONE BECOME MY AFFIANCED AND BAKE WITH ME!

Carrot Cake

A book with a good message

I adored The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea and I loved the message most of all.

The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

We can’t rescue the ones we love.

We can’t redeem them, can’t heal them, can’t live their lives for them.

We can love someone and still choose to let them go.

Aggretsuko S3 would have done well to copy this message.

Macarons

A book that was intimidating

You’ll never catch me with a piping bag.

I can barely frost cupcakes; macarons are out of my league.

Book-wise, I side-eyed The Poppy War for a long while.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

It sounded like a high fantasy book (yuck) based on a historical war (snore) with scenes of graphic violence (nope.)

The book community finally convinced me to buy it.

I picked up the paperback from my local bookshop and it’s NOT EVEN THAT THICK.

I was expecting a doorstopper. 500 pages is manageable.

Egg Tarts

An amazing diverse book

Before COVID, my coworker used to bring egg tarts to the office.

Now we talk about cheese over work chat.

ENOUGH ABOUT EGG TARTS! ON TO DIVERSE BOOKS!

I really appreciated Be Gay, Do Comics‘ attempt to cover a wide-range of LGBTQIA+ experiences.

Be Gay, Do Comics anthology book

Matt Lubchansky contributed their experience with so-called “genderless” clothing. Mady G wrote about boobs and Moomin. Kazimir Lee explored raising kids while queer in Malaysia. Dylan Edwards described his experience being gay, trans, and ace.

I’d love to see more queer comics anthologies with this level of representation and care.

Banana Bread

A book with a lot of hype

On the day of Harrow the Ninth‘s release, my Twitter timeline filled with excited tweets about BONE DAY.

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Readers have been CLAMORING for this book.

Once I finished Gideon the Ninth, I was clamoring for Harrow, too.

I have LOTS OF BOOKS to read and finish, but this book IS a priority. I put it on the Spooky TBR – it will be read eventually.

I am sadly out of cheesecake and done with this tag.

The spooky reads will continue. Maybe I’ll bake in between books.

Author:

Lover of cheese and performative angst. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

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