Many, many months ago May @ My 1st Chapter tagged us to do the Pancake Book Tag. The tag was created by Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic and when it first was going around we saw so many bloggers doing this tag. It looked super cute, and the graphics were adorable, but we went on hiatus in August and fell off the face of the earth shortly after that, so we’re only now getting around to completing this adorable tag.
🥞 THE RULES 🥞
As with any tag, I’ve created a couple of basic rules:
- Link back to the original creator in your post
- Feel free to use any of my pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
- Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them. 🙂
Malka: I’ve decided to keep my answers to books I read in 2019, with one or two exceptions, because I feel as though I haven’t talked much about all the books I read in 2019. So to start things off, I’m going to answer this question with Strange the Dreamer. I picked this book up because of how much I loved the writing, and it took me months to finish because I wanted to ensure I was taking the time to savor the prose. I’ve yet to read Muse of Nightmares, but I’m definitely excited to be immersed by Laini Taylor’s wonderful writing again.
Chana: I’m trying to think of all the best purple prose books that I know, and the first thing that comes to mind is The Slow Regard of Silent Things. If you like fantasy and you haven’t read The Name of the Wind yet, you should definitely get on it. One reason is because it’s really good, and another reason is so that you can read this spin-off novella that is written so beautifully.
Malka: For this one I’m going with Cameron from If I’m Being Honest. I think I remember this being a common answer for this question, but with good reason. Cameron definitely delivers sharp and biting comments to everyone she interacts with, and it definitely made her a unique character to read about, especially as you get to learn more about her.
Chana: Locke Lamora! That sarcasm! That wit! I feel like I mention The Lies of Locke Lamora maybe too much. But I’m not going to stop until every last person on earth reads the book.
Malka: I have several comfort books at this point, but I still had to answer with Fangirl based on the number of times I’ve reread it when I needed something comforting. I especially needed to answer with this book because I reread it again in 2019 as a comfort book!
Chana: I have read Magyk by Angie Sage too many times to count. I find that when I want a comfort read, I tend to turn back to books that I loved when I was younger.
Malka: Originally I was going to go with Red, White, & Royal Blue, because we all know my love has no bounds for that book. But then I realized that I haven’t obsessed enough about another new favorite of 2019, and that simply wouldn’t do. Sick Kids in Love is fantastic for so many different reasons, and after I read it, I honestly wasn’t sure I could find anything that could live up to such a level of magnificence. You’re gonna keep hearing me talk about this book and I need everyone to read it. This book made me so happy and was done so well that it was the definition of a sugar crash. I had so much love for this book, I was unable to think about reading a book that could make me this happy.
Chana: Forsureeeee Wild and Crooked. After reading it I immediately checked if Leah Thomas had any other books that I could read so that I could try and fill the gaping hole that Wild and Crooked left in me.
Malka: For some reason, Love From A to Z popped into my mind for this question. This book managed to check all the boxes for me in terms of the perfect YA contemporary. I put this book down and distinctly remembered having warm and fuzzy feelings. Like so many of the other books I mentioned in this tag, if you haven’t already read this book, go and read it!
Chana: Slightly weird answer, but I’m going to go with All Systems Red. This book was everything I ever wanted from a Sci-Fi book, and the only complaint that I have with it is that it was too short 😪
Malka: This book is actually a 2020 read. So far I’ve spent this year mostly reading romance novels, and it’s been great. The Duke and the Lady in Red was a random read that I picked up because the synopsis sounded like my jam, and I ended up LOVING it. Both of the main characters have these facades that slowly get revealed throughout the book and I really like how that idea was explored. So when I saw this question, it seemed like this book was the perfect answer. There’s even this one line that comes to mind from this book that I think fits so perfectly as an answer, but so as not to spoil this book I won’t quote it. If you like romance novels, and haven’t looked into this one, I couldn’t recommend it more!
Chana: AIDAN from The Illuminae Files! They’re such a good character.
Malka: I hate being held in suspense greatly, so my answer is a bit of a stretch, but I’m going with Little Fires Everywhere. This book was so well written, that even though you knew what happened at the end of the book, all the little things that led up to that event kept catching me by surprise. It wasn’t so much that there were specific reveals, instead it was that I never could have guessed how the ending of the book came to be on my own because of how complex it was. So I guess in that way it kept me guessing?
Chana: The entire Truly Devious series is just * unintelligible screaming *! I can’t wait to read The Hand on the Wall and am beyond glad that I didn’t start reading the series when it first came out because then I would have to wait 3 years for the conclusion.
Malka: Honestly, Feyre and Rhysand. This isn’t a 2019 read, but it’s the best answer I could give, so I’m going with it. In ACOTAR I very much was not a fan of Rhysand, although I didn’t love Tamlin either. I just wasn’t a fan of either ship. My opinions obviously changed in ACOMAF and now I’m a Feysand stan.
Chana: I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ezra and Imogen from Where I End and You Begin at first since I don’t really like the whole guy pines after pretty untouchable girl trope, but in the end, they won me over!
Malka: I’m going with Travis Ford from Fix Her Up. I know that lots of people liked that book, but I was NOT one of them. A lot of why I disliked this book had to do with the love interest, Travis. I didn’t ship him with Georgie at all, and still actively hated him by the end of the book. I have a whole ranty review on Goodreads about this book, and most of it is just me yelling about how Travis is the worst.
Chana: Am I allowed to make a list? I don’t want this post to be too long so I’ll just keep it to characters from one series. I don’t like any of the characters in The Darkness that Comes Before. They’re all bad people with bad personalities. I am still currently reading it so maaaaybe I’ll start liking them more, but as of now, it’s a hard pass.
Malka: For this one I’m actually going to mention my first read of 2019. Unbroken is my favorite anthology that I’ve ever read. I adored almost every story, and liked all the ones I didn’t love. Plus the diversity in this book is fantastic, especially since it centers around disabilities and illnesses both physical and mental throughout a range of characters with different races, religions, and sexualities. It was just fantastic. Not to seem overly repetitive, but you should definitely check this one out.
Chana: STEEL CROW SAGA!!!! I’ve been pushing a lot fantasy books in this tag, but forget all of them and go read this. Steel Crow Saga is an Asian inspired fantasy with fantastic characters, plot, and worldbuilding. I desperately need more people to read this. Please.
And there you have our tag! We were supposed to tag 5 people, but it honestly feels like everyone has done this tag already, so we’re not going to tag anyone in particular. This was a lot of fun to answer though, so you should definitely give this a try if you haven’t already.
Time to ask the age old question, pancakes or waffles? Are you going to read any of the books we loved? Do you share any of our opinions? What’s the best pancake addition?