One of the best things to go with a good book and a cup of tea is of course cake! I especially love apple cake and chocolate cake, but I also like to try new flavours. This tag was originally done on youtube by suddenlylorna. There’s a question for every ingredient. Let’s bake!
Flour: A book that was slow in the beginning, but picked up as you progress
Isabel Allende has a beautiful writing style. No matter what she writes, I like to read it. Island Beneath the Sea was the sixth book I read by this writer. It’s set around the year 1800 on Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti. The main character is Zarité, a slave born on the island. Before we meet her, we first read about how her owner. This part is somewhat slow, but not less interesting. From the start, the story is full of vivid details about the characters and the historical setting.
Butter: A book with a really rich plot
To me the book series with the most fascinating plot is still Harry Potter. It’s amazing how things happening in the first part are connected with the other books. Harry Potter is one of those stories that feels so real! All the details make it easy to imagine myself going to Hogwarts. Although I disagree with some decisions J.K. Rowling made after writing the books (like agreeing on an eight part…), I still love the series.
Eggs: A book you thought was gonna be bad, but turned out quite enjoyable
I didn’t expect The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen to be bad, but I assumed that it could be a little boring. My mother recommended the book, so I decided to give it a try. And this book about people living in an old people’s home turned out to be quite good.
Sugar: A very sweet book
Here I have to mention a book that suits this tag perfectly: Night of Cake and Puppets. This is a companion novella to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It is a lovely book about a first date with a magical touch.
Icing: A book that covered everything you want in a book
I just read Obsidio, and I LOVED it so much! The Illuminae Files is an extraordinary trilogy, it really has everything I want! The books have amazing main characters, morally grey villains, lots of plot twists, and made me laugh and feel sad within a few pages. Furthermore, the format is absolutely unique and made me love the series even more!
A book that you can pick up when you’re feeling down –> A book with characters in the LGBTQIA+-spectrum
Since my answer on the first question is probably one of the books I already mentioned, I came up with a new question. A good book with lots of diverse characters, including an asexual protagonist, is Every Heart a Doorway. This novella is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children: a place for children who came back from magical worlds and no longer feel at home in the “real” world. This book reads like a dark fairy tale and is beautifully written. It can be read as a standalone, but I saw sequels about the side characters.
Cherry on top: Your favourite book so far this year
So far I read two books I really loved. One of them is of course Obsidio! The other book is The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This book is made up of letters written just after WW II. The main character is Juliet, a writer who starts a correspondence with the members of the literary society of the island Guernsey. The format as well as the lovely characters made this book a favourite!
Now it’s your turn! What is your favourite cake? And did you read Obsidio? Let me know in the comments please!