The Pastry Book Tag

Hi all! I thought it was time I got to another tag and this one sounded fun. I was tagged by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Thank you Aimal for thinking of me and tagging me!

 

CROISSANT: NAME A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE (INCLUDING YOU) LOVES13519397

For this one I’m going to say the Throne of Glass series by the wonderful Miss Sarah J. Maas. I was weary of the series because of the hype it had received but am so glad that I got pass all that and read the series. I cannot wait for the last two books,

 

MACARONS: NAME A BOOK THAT WAS HARD TO GET THROUGH BUT WORTH IT IN THE END859561

Lilith by George MacDonald. This was a tough read, the language is quite dense as it was written in 1895. However it was well worth the extra time I spent on it. MacDonald is one of the first fantasy writers and is credited as an inspiration to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Lilith is a beautiful and dark tale – think Alice in Wonderland meets an Edgar Allan Poe short story.

 

VOL-AU-VENT: NAME A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGHT WILL BE AMAZING BUT FELL FLATVIRGIN SUICIDES

For this I’m going to have to say The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides. I had high hopes for this books. I loved the sound of the concept and the opening line drew me in. However the story ultimately fell flat for me. I had some issues with the characters and felt some aspects of the story didn’t equal the consequence or reaction. For more of my thoughts on this book, keep an eye out for my full review.

 

PAIN-AU-CHOCOLAT: NAME A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGH WOULD BE ONE THING BUT TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING ELSE17185496

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I did really enjoy this book it just wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. This is a retelling of a Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale – the Handless Maiden, I think it’s called. I thought the story would unfold as I read it and that it would be set inside this cult. However the story was told retrospectively as Minnow is preparing for a trial.

 

PROFITEROLE: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT DOESN’T GET ENOUGH ATTENTION

The Moorhawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan. I still have to read the final book and it has been a while since I’ve read them but even so I adore these books! Our protagonist, Wynter, returns from a 5-year exile to find her homeland in turmoil and the Crown Prince is missing. These books are filled with a fantastical medieval setting, court intrigue, adventure and romance – what more could you ask for?

 

CROQUEMBOUCHE: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT’S COMPLETELY COMPLEXWARS OF THE ROSES

The Wars of the Roses Series by Conn Iggulden. Well any book set during this time period. The Wars of The Roses was a huge civil war in England during the 15 century. Two houses – The Yorks and Lancasters – are fighting for the throne. This series is full of court and political intrigue, betrayal, battle, bloodshed and the fall of the Plantagenet dynasty.

A little fun fact, this period inspired George R.R. Martin’s Game of Throne’s series.

 

NAPOLEON: NAME A MOVIE OR TV SHOW BASED OFF A BOOK THAT YOU LIKED BETTER THAN THE BOOK ITSELFScreen Shot 2015-12-21 at 7.54.56 pm

This is a tough question, since I generally like both the book and the movie. But for this I will say the 2009 adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, called Dorian Gray. The book is a dense read and is one I want to re-read. I say I enjoy the movie more because I understood the story better than when I read the book – partly because it took me a month or so to read!

 

EMPANADA: NAME A BOOK THAT WAS BITTERSWEET.51VB086Hd7L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_

The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan. This book broke my heart, make me laugh, cry and gave me warm fuzzy feelings. Logan has created a beautiful dystopian world where there is limited land left and the people are divided to ‘landlockers’ and ‘damplings’. I loved both protagonists, Callinish and North. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way Logan weaves in Scottish folklore is stunning! Please, if you haven’t read pick this up!

 

KOLOMPEH: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT TAKES PLACETHE MAID SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN YOUR OWN COUNTRY

I chose The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter. I live in Australia so this was an easy question with lots of possibilities. The Maid is set in medieval France and follows Joan of Arc’s live.

 

PATE-A-CHOUX: NAME A FOOD FROM A BOOK OR SERIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY9361589

I would love to try the chocolate popcorn from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Well actually any food for the Night Circus because it all sounds amazing.

 

 

 

I know this is the part where you’re suppose to tag people but I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag. If you haven’t and you want to, I officially tag you.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

Blog Awards: Versatile Blogger

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Hi all! I would like to say a huge thank you to you all for following my blog. I’m overjoyed that people want to hear what I have to say about books. I am very new to the book blog community so thank you again for such a warm welcome.

This is going to be first tag post. I have been tag to do a few tags over the past few days by wonderful book bloggers (A Reading Writer, The Orang-utan Librarian, Bookshelves & Paperbacks and The Bookgasm). I will doing these tags this week and maybe into next week.

Today’s tag is the Versatile Blogger Award! The lovely A Reading Writer tagged me – so thank you again. If you haven’t already, check out her blog! I always love reading her posts.

How does it work? Read on:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

 

Now onto the seven random facts!

 

  1. I am a Music Graduate and I majored in Music Performance. And because – apparently – I love university so much I’m still studying. I’m currently studying Professional Writing and Editing.

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credits: MyCityWeb

 

  1. A part from books, I also collect vinyl and CDs.
credits: The Guardian and The Guardian

 

  1. I’m addicted to the Animal Planet channel on Foxtel – Dogs 101 and My Cat From Hell are my faves but I could seriously watch that channel all day.
credits: Gawker and dailydelights

 

  1. I’m a History buff – if you haven’t guessed from the books I read haha. But seriously I have Richard III’s motto tattooed on my foot and it is my favourite tattoo! It means, Loyalty Binds Me

Foot Tattoo

[Note: dismiss the horrible angle of this photo. It’s surprisingly hard to take a  photo of your own foot!]

 

  1. I owe my love of reading – also music and writing – to my Mum. I grew up listen to her tell me tales about The Trojan War, Greek Gods. King Arthur and The Plantagenets. So thank you Mama!
credits: wikipedia, wikipedia and wikipedia for something different

 

  1. My favourite, non-Animal Planet, TV shows are Supernatural, Criminal Minds, Code Black, Penny Dreadful, The White Queen and The Last Kingdom. You should check them out they are all amazing!
credits: imbd, imdb and imdb

 

  1. Lastly, I will admit that I’m horrible at Math – borderline illiterate when it come to numbers and equations. I just don’t get it!

Math Meme

credits: Little Learners Blog

 

I know this is the part where you’re suppose to tag people but I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag. If you haven’t and you want to, I officially tag you.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna