Monday, July 25, 2016

The Ben & Jerry's Book Tag

A little while back, TT @ Intro to Blurb graciously tagged me for the Ben & Jerry’s Book Tag, and since I’m literally eating ice cream right now, I can’t think of a more fitting time to hop to it. Thank you, TT! 

Vanilla Caramel Fudge:
Pick a light and fluffy contemporary

Rainbow Rowell’s KINDRED SPIRITS is more of a short story really, but I don’t read many contemporaries, and very few of the ones I read could be classified as light and fluffy, so I’m just going to go with it. KINDRED SPIRITS follows Elena, a die-hard STAR WARS fan, as she spends four days waiting in line for the premier of THE FORCE AWAKENS. It’s simple, light, nerdy, and fun. If you can get your hands on a copy, it’s well worth the read. 

Mint Chocolate Cookie: 
A new release you wish everyone would read

I’m generally a little late in getting to new releases, so the most recent new release I’ve read and enjoyed would be Stefan Bachmann’s A DROP OF NIGHT, which came out in March. It’s a cool and creepy mix of contemporary, historical, and magical realism. You can find my mini review here

Cherry Garcia: 
An ending that was bitter-sweet

I’m going to hop over to my classics shelf and pick TARZAN OF THE APES, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’m hoping to reread this book within the next few months, because it’s amazing (as far as I recall). The ending, as much as it could be seen as a victory from one angle, is also homesick and somewhat tragic. You can find my spoilery review here

Strawberry Shortcake: 
A book containing your OTP of OTPs 

See, here’s the thing about me and one true pairings. I am not a romantic person. Of course I have strong views on love, and of course I still root for certain characters to fall in love at times. But I don’t keep a giant list in my head, so it’s hard to determine which ship is most important to me, if you catch my drift. I also have a thing for unrequited love in literature, so…

After much deliberation, I have decided to pick Captain Wentworth and Jane Elliot from Jane Austen’s PERSUASION. Seven years or so before the beginning of the story, Jane cut off her engagement with Captain Wentworth for monetary reasons, a decision she has regretted ever since. In the time that has passed, Wentworth has made his fortune and has returned, ready to find a wife and settle down. But while Jane wants him back, she is not sure if—after years of separation, miscommunication, and hurt feelings—he still loves her. 

Milk and Cookies: 
Two authors that, if they collaborated, would go perfectly together

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

They’ve already collaborated, and the resulting book is indeed splendid. Voila. 

I rest my case. 

Wait, you mean you wanted a collaboration that hasn’t happened yet? 

Right. Let me think for a moment, then. 

Okay, so I was going to be clever and pick a pair of authors whose strengths and weaknesses would complement each other. But let’s be honest, I love Nova Ren Suma and Kendare Blake’s writing, because IMAGINARY GIRLS, 17 & GONE, and ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD are delightfully creepy and atmospheric. Just imagine what these two talents could achieve together. 

Boston Cream Pie:
A book that had you turning the pages late at night

Story time: When I was a youngling, newly in love with R.D. Blackmore’s LORNA DOONE, I somehow came under the mistaken impression that I had one of the few remaining copies in existence and that it would eventually go entirely out of print. I panicked, since what would I do if my lovely 100-year-old edition somehow died? Accidents happen. Naturally, I began the long, arduous process of copying the book out by hand and then typing it up on my computer so it wouldn’t be lost to the ravages of time. As you do. I even had the idea of including stills from the movie to create my own personalized, illustrated edition. But after many long nights of copying, with very little progress to show from my work, I realized the error of my ways and, instead, asked for another copy for Christmas, which I received. Now I own an old copy, a new copy, and a digital copy. And I don’t think it’s going out of print any time soon. No, I’m not embarrassed in the slightest. *hides* 

Chocolate Therapy:
A book that makes you feel better after a long day of life

There are so many titles I could list here. So many, I tell you. So many. Asking me to pick just one is cruel and unreasonable punishment of the sort banned by the Geneva Convention. *whimpers* And I’m such a delicate flower. I shall try to be strong, though, in the face of these great trials and—

Nope. Too difficult. I will just have to give you a list: 

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. I have a lot of favorites, for multiple reasons, and they’re all nostalgic and comforting. 

Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz: 
A book (not yet released) that you can’t wait to get your hands on

I could unfurl another lengthy list of titles I want on my shelf, but I believe I have learned my lesson, so I will give you only three. 


Well, now that I’m done eating my ice cream, I suppose it’s time to wrap up this tag and move on to other things. Thank you for joining me on this delicious journey. Since I don’t want to exclude any ice cream lover, I hereby tag everyone. *flings confetti* 

And that’s it for today, my little coffee beans. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? (Mine is Mint Chocolate Chip, most any brand.) What are some new bookish releases you enjoyed/are excited for? What are some books that make you feel better after a long day? Have you ever done any crazy, book-related things?


  1. Omg I need Gemina and Heartless SO SO BADLY. <3 And favourite flavour of ice cream...omg. I haven't had ice cream in YEARS. Honestly, literally years.😳 What is my life. WHAT ARE MY CHOICES. Ahem. But I do love vanilla with chocolate chip cookie dough mixed in!! IT IS THE THING OF DREAMS AND HEAVENS. And honestly just reading in general makes me feel better after a long day. Finishing a book and getting to tick it off my list makes me feel accomplished and happy. :') GOOD TIMES.
    Oh and I also need Crooked Kingdom. Like yesterday.

    1. ME TOO. (My copy of Gemina just shipped today. Am I dying of happiness?I feel like I'm dying.) *cries for you because a life without ice cream is no life at all* Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is great. *nods sagely* Wise choice. Reading is a perfect way to unwind. Unless it's a stressful book. And then not so much. :P
      I actually haven't read Six of Crows yet. WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?
      Thank you for commenting! :)

  2. I love your Lorna Doone story! My favorite ice cream flavor is anything with cookie dough or cake batter in it, because one dessert apparently isn't enough for me.

    1. Aww, thank you! Younger me was certainly...special. Those are both delicious choices. Whoever thought of making a dessert within a dessert is my hero.

      Thank you for commenting! :)

  3. I feel somewhat lame because the only one of these that I've read is Ender's Game. OF ALL OF THEM. However, I do plan to get my hands on Illuminae pretty quick. Because that is an important thing to do, as everyone says so. *nods wisely*

    1. *pats your back* You're not lame, don't worry. I haven't read a lot of the books you have. I feel like we have come from different bookish circles, but that is awesome, because we get to recommend books to each other. :P I hope you enjoy Illuminae!

      Thank you for commenting! :)

  4. *chanting forever* ILLUMINAE ILLUMINAE ILLUMINAE.

    (sorry, i just...I love that book so much. And it has a special place in my heart now that I've met the authors. Jay Kristoff is my writing inspiration, man.)

    1. *chants with you*

      (No need to apologize. I've read it twice this year. I'm in love with it too. Ugh, I'm jealous now. I must needs meet them. *slams coffee cup on table* Jay is such a hard worker. I want to be him when I grow up.)