The Bookish Baking Tag

This tag was created by Kay @ Hammock of Books, and my oh my, is it delicious! Kay managed to pair up so many yummy goodies with such clever bookish prompts. We’d highly recommend checking out her original tag so you can understand just how much thought she put into creating this tag. She was also lovely enough to tag us, and as lovers of both books and baked goods, we of course had to answer these questions immediately! (And by immediately we mean a month later). And because Malka adores baked goods, she made this post extra long just so she could give you her opinion on all the delicious items mentioned in this tag.

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 β€
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Malka:

I’m gonna be really honest, I don’t usually remember the beginnings of most books, unless I read them really recently. So this question was a real struggle until I remembered that I haven’t mentioned one of my favorite books on the blog in a really long time! After re-reading Fangirl so many times, I practically have the first scene of this book memorized and I think it does a really great job of setting up the entire book, so it’s the perfect answer to this question!

However, I am not a big fan of muffins. The only kinds I find mildly acceptable are chocolate chocolate chip muffins, but even those are just okay. I used to be just as snobby about cupcakes, but then I discovered Baked by Melissa and my life was forever changed. I’m going to keep my monologue short because I could talk about these cupcakes for days, but just know that every cupcake I have tasted from them is absolutely delicious, they ship to anywhere in the US, and they have both gluten free and vegan options. This post is not sponsored by them, but I’d be more than willing to make a blog entirely dedicated to Baked by Melissa in exchange for a few of their cupcakes! (And by a few I mean 3 packs. Those cupcakes are smol.)

Chana:

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January is one of the those books that pulls you in immediately! The writing is beautiful, and right when I started I knew that I was going to love it!

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Malka:

This book is super cute and involved 10 blind dates that take place between Christmas and New Years! So you get two holidays for the price of one book! And you may not even have to pay for that book if you use the library!

Also, I really enjoy pumpkin pie! I even made it from scratch once! (It didn’t turn out great but I’m still proud.) And thinking of pumpkin pie definitely makes me think of Thanksgiving, which is one of my favorite national holidays! (Is it because of the food? Maaaaaaaybe.)

Chana:

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Ok, so I know that the probable intention of this prompt was for cute Christmasy books, but I don’t celebrate Christmas and it super hard for me to try and come up with a Christmas book! I think it may also have to do with the fact that I don’t usually read romance, and that genre for sure features more Christmas than others. Regardless, I chose You Asked for Perfect because in it Ariel celebrates Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, 2 Jewish holidays.

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Malka:

Sasha, the love interest, is a smol cinnamon roll and I love him. This book is a smol cinnamon roll and I love it. Basically, if you like smol cinnamon rolls, you’ll definitely love this book. But also, even if you’re not a fan of cinnamon rolls, I still think you should check this book out! There are some fantastic discussions about living with chronic illness in this book, since both characters live with chronic illness. And honestly for those discussions alone the book is worth reading! And of course for the adorable romance!

I have very specific tastes when it comes to the baked kind of cinnamon rolls though. I like them to be very fluffy, and cinnamony, and to have lots of layers, all covered in delicious frosting! There have been countless times where I’ve seen cinnamon rolls that looked absolutely delicious only to bite in and discover that there is no cinnamon and I was lied to!

Chana:

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Linus Baker is such a sweet character and though I would like to say that he needs to be protected at all costs, I’m quite sure that he can protect himself. This whole book is just the definition of sweetness and cuteness, so if you like that, definitely check this out!

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Malka:

Maybe this is just because I associate summer with road trips, but this book definitely gives me summer vibes! And if you’re craving a road trip I’d definitely recommend this book! The author actually traveled the route, and so the book is filled with receipts, playlists, and other unique things that one would collect on a roadtrip!

And while I believe I mentioned this before, I really would like to make a lemon meringue pie this summer! I’ve loved all the ones I’ve eaten, and now that I have some more free time I’d love to bake something delicious, like this pie, every once in a while!

Chana:

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This book reminds me of summer mostly because it’s about a summer internship, so it’s a pretty linear connection. Going Off Script follows Bex after she gets an internship writing for her favorite TV show. It’s really cute and features strong characters fighting against straight-washing in big media. There’s f/f rep and it’s a great summery read.

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Malka:

I had such a hard time picking just one book for this question. I read so much as a child, and had so many favorites that I’d constantly reread. For every year of my childhood I had at least 4 or 5 favorite books or series, so having me choose just one was a painful experience. But the good news is, this may have inspired me to write a blog post about all the books/series that I read when I was younger and if I’d still recommend them today!

I chose Hope Was Here because the author, Joan Bauer, was one of my favorites when I was younger, and her books had a big impact on me. All of her books feature non-traditional families, and many tackle other important topics as well. This book in particular spoke to me a lot, and I’d definitely still recommend it! In fact, I might be in need of a reread myself!

As for the baked good aspect, I’m honestly not the biggest fan of funfetti. The only points it gets in my book, is the fact that it’s colorful. But taste-wise it’s nothing special. I’d take something with chocolate involved instead any day.

Chana:

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At this point ANY book in the Riordan-verse automatically throws me back into a nostalgic mood. I love the Percy Jackson series so much, and all the characters in the original series and after always get me feeling nostalgic. At this point it’s hard for me to reliably review any book connected to the OG series (see: The Trials of Apollo) because reading anything by Rick Riordan fills me with a automatic sense of joy.

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Malka:

I feel like this classic doesn’t get a lot of love, and I don’t understand why not! I remember reading this classic a few years ago and having my imagination sparked to life. Just the thought of living in elaborate tree-houses fascinated me. I loved the way this felt so whimsical yet real at the very same time and I’d definitely recommend it!

Now not to brag, but my mother has the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe. You may scoff at that statement, but no one who’s tasted her cookies has ever disagreed with me! In fact, when I used to bring my mother’s cookies to school with me, my friends would all clamor around to try to get a piece. Usually I was generous and made sure to share!

Chana:

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I always recommend the same three classics but the truth is most classics are boring and/or racist. So yes I will choose the one that has a Broadway musical adaptation.

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Malka:

Why is everyone sleeping on this book! It’s just so good! The discussions of disability and socioeconomic class and sexuality were all so well done! There’s so much to love about this book besides the beautiful cover, and I really want more people to start taking an interest and pick this book up!

Also, I honestly do not understand the hate that cinnamon raisin cookies get! I understand it if you don’t like raisins, or if you thought it was a chocolate chip cookie and were deceived, but otherwise, why the hate? They’re just yummy cinnamony cookies with fabulous texture!

Chana:

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Ok, so I know about the drama that surrounded this book, and I also know and completely understand some of the low ratings that a lot of people gave this book. However, on Goodreads in total it only has 247 reviews at the time of this post. And I honestly believe that a lot more people would love this book (like I did) if they gave it a shot. Right now the overall star rating is 2.7 stars which I think is putting a lot of people off, but if you haven’t read this book, I recommend giving it a try!

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Malka:

I honestly tried to be more creative, really I did! But this book is just pure fluff and cuteness so I had to choose it! I’ll try my best not to include it in the next tag we do! (But no promises!)

I don’t remember ever trying angel’s food cake, but it sounds like something I’d definitely enjoy! I love fluff!

Chana:

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This book is told solely through texts, which is one thing that makes it feel a lot more fluffy than a regular book. But in addition to that the relationships are just super cute! There’s demisexual and bi representation and I guarantee that reading this book will result in all the happy fluffy feelings.

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Malka:

This is one of the most interesting pieces of non-fiction that I’ve ever read. In it Haruki Murakami reflects on why he runs and how he motivates himself. I remember reading this book and feeling so inspired and motivated myself, and I think I’d like to reread this one to remind myself of the wonderful message this book has!

Also, I love carrot cake, and forget what I said earlier about muffins, because small little carrot muffins are the absolute best and you cannot convince me otherwise!

Chana:

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I did read this book a while ago, but this book definitely stuck with me. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but Challenger Deep portrays mental health in a way a lot of books don’t. Neal Shusterman based the book off of his families experience with his son’s mental health, and that just makes the message and the book as a whole all the more powerful.

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Malka:

This book intimidated me not really because of its size, but because of the genre and how many good things I’d heard about both this book and the author’s previous book, Everything I Never Told You. So this book sat on a shelf for a good while because of those reasons, until I finally picked it up, read it, and adored it!

And I actually had my first macaron on the same day as the Gilded Wolves book signing in NYC! They were super tasty, but definitely not something I’d ever attempt to make at home!

Chana:

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Two Neal Shusterman books in a row! Oh my lord, this book was so long. I was looking forward to this book before it was released but it took me ages to actually read it. It’s over 600 pages long, and it’s also just very draggy in general. It was intimidating before I read it and it was intimidating while I read it, but I am glad to be done with the series.

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Malka:

This is such a fantastically diverse book. Not only is the main character Black and plus-sized, she also is dealing with a chronic illness. Everything about the representation in this book was handled fabulously, and it’s just such a good, cute story that this was the obvious choice for me for this prompt!

As for egg tarts, I’ve never tried them, since I only first learned about them recently. But I enjoy tasting new things, especially baked goods, and so I’d love to try one sometime in the future!

Chana:

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Clap When You Land was so good!! It’s so beautifully written, and the characters are really well developed. The story itself is super intertwined in the characters’ culture, and it all connects back to the Dominican Republic. It was really cool to see the differences between Yahaira who while both her parents are from DR grew up in the US, and Camino who lives in the Dominican Republic and has to face the struggles that come with living there every single day.

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Malka:

So I actually have not read this book yet, but I’m so excited to! I had heard some really good things about this book, creating lots of hype, and of course I absolutely ADORE this cover! 😍 But the thing that really sold me on reading this book was reading Faith’s review. It was so eloquent and heartfelt, and now I cannot wait to read this book!

And I have definitely fallen into the hype and made banana bread! But it’s been a while since then, so I think it’s time to bake another loaf!

Chana:

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Since I saw that Malka put a book she hasn’t read yet, I decided to put one too! I’ve been seeing this book recommended a lot, and I really want to read it!

We Tag:

May @ Forever and Everly

Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx

Faith @ Pages Left Unread

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

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What’s an amazing diverse read you’d recommend? What’s a book that deserves more love? Do you bake? What are your opinions on oatmeal raisin cookies?

35 thoughts on “The Bookish Baking Tag

    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun to answer all these prompts and talk about all the baked goods I could manage! 🍰

      Is the show any good? I’m hesitant to watch it because I loved the book version of Little Fires Everywhere so much, I’m not sure if I want to see it in a visual format, if that makes any sense!

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  1. I’m hoping to finally read Red, White & Royal Blue soon (once the libraries reopen and I can pick it up), same with the Ten Thousand Doors Of January. I also seriously want to read some books by Rin Chupeco. I own the ebooks of Bone Witch so I’m guessing I’ll get to that first? But to be fair I’m also constantly checking to see if Never Tilting World or Wicked As You Wish are on offer so who knows which I’ll read first πŸ˜‚

    Ooh I made a pumpkin pie once. I’d never tried one and thought it sounded good for Halloween as I wanted to bake something. By egg tarts do you mean the custard ones? I spent years convinced I didn’t like them before finally trying one and realising they were nice πŸ™ˆ

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    1. The libraries being closed is so frustrating! I hope they open up soon. I know, I’ve heard such good things about her books, and I’m dying to read them! I don’t know which one I’ll start with either, maybe the first one that’s available at the library πŸ˜„

      Ooh, yum! I always confuse pumpkin pie with sweet potato pie because they’re similar colors, so I honestly *cannot* remember if I’ve ever tried pumpkin πŸ˜… Yes, the custard tarts are so good! I especially like it when there are little fruit slivers on top.

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      1. To be fair I do have plenty to read anyway but it is frustrating, especially for the people who don’t own many/any books and want something to occupy their lockdown time. Ah that’s a good idea ☺️ I don’t think mine has her latest two.

        Ah right. I’ve never tried sweet potato pie before. I didn’t really know it existed tbh πŸ˜‚ ooh I haven’t seen them like that before but it sounds fantastic.

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  2. I loved reading this post!! The book choices and commentary on all the food was equally amazing and I am now very hungry and craving cupcakes.πŸ˜‚

    10 Blind Dates and You Asked for Perfect are both amazing! I definitely see the holiday vibes from both of those. The House on Cerulean Street is one that I have on hold at the library right now and I am very happy to see that there is a smol cinnamon roll character in it because I will never stop needing soft cinnamon roll characters in my life! I definitely agree that Joan Bauer books are amazing and I used to read so many of them. Amazing post as always! xx

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    1. Thank you! πŸ’• I’m so glad you enjoyed all my commentary! I was worried it made the post too long, but I just have such strong opinions on baked goods that I couldn’t help myself! And I highly recommend Baked by Melissa if you’re craving cupcakes! It’s been my gift of choice to send people recently, and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback! 🧁

      I’m so glad you think we picked the perfect holiday books, because I honestly couldn’t think of any other book if I were asked. I’m glad 10 Blind Dates popped into my head the moment I read the prompt, otherwise it would have been a real struggle! But since I enjoyed that book, thankfully it came to mind easily!

      And I 100% agree that soft, cinnamon roll characters are the absolute best! (I tried finding a cinnamon roll emoji put couldn’t find one. I will be writing a complaint to whoever is in charge of emojis.)

      I’m so happy to have found another Joan Bauer fan! I’m so curious to know which book of hers was your favorite, since I believe I’ve read almost all of her books!

      Thank you so much, Olivia! ❀ You’re too sweet!

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      1. Oh, thank you for the recommendation!πŸ’–

        Wait, there isn’t a cinnamon roll emoji?? Yet they have multiple options for fireworks and even a frisbee? That’s a monstrosity.

        I think my favorite was Close to Famous! Though it’s been a while since I read any of them- but I do know I loved all of them that I did read.

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        1. I know! I was just as shocked as you were to discover this oversight! Who needs a frisbee emoji when you can have a cinnamon roll emoji instead? Or we could have both, I guess. As long as I get my cinnamon roll emoji!

          Close to Famous is so good! It’s one of the books that I actually own because of how much I love it! And it actually fits so well with this tag because of how much baking the main character does! Maybe I should have used that book as my answer instead. πŸ€”

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  3. This bookish baking tag is bound to make me hungry (even though I’ve just eaten, by the time I wrote this)! I LOVE baked goods! If I could then I would try every baked good there is in this world. I don’t bake, unfortunately, but I would love to learn it! And perhaps, open my own bakery someday?

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    1. Baked goods are the absolute best! I used to study at this cute little cafe pre-quarantine, and I’d try something new every once in a while, so that I could try as many yummy items as possible! The other days I just stuck with my true and tried favorites.

      Baking is so much fun! I used to do way more baking, but I haven’t recently. I really want to bake more over my summer vacation! And having your own bakery sounds super cool!

      Random question, but as a fellow baked goods lover, have you watched The Great British Bake Off? That show is perfect for anyone who likes baking!

      Also, I’d love to see you do this tag and hear your opinions on all these baked goods! (And to see your book picks, of course!)

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      1. Studying at a cute little cafe has been on my wish list since forever! Unfortunately for me it’s pretty hard to find near one around where I live.

        I just love the smell of freshly baked bread and cookies! A quick question. I can’t really cook, so will it affect me in any way possible if I were to learn baking? Is there any connection between cooking skill and baking skill?

        The Great British Bake Off! I haven’t seen all episodes yet but YESSS I ENJOY WATCHING IT SO MUCH!! Now that you mentioned the show, it’s a great time to watch it.

        Thank you! This tag surely is fun and I’d love to give it a try someday πŸ˜„

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        1. I don’t really have cute studying cafes near where I live, but there’s one near my college that I take advantage of!

          I honestly have no idea if not being able to cook means you’re unable to bake as well. I don’t think so though. Baking is all about following instructions and using precise measurements, so as long as you’re carefully following a recipe, you should be good! Cooking leaves a lot more up to personal preference which I think can sometimes make it difficult. But try out an easy cookie or brownie recipe and see how it goes!

          YAY! That show is what I’d watch when I was super stressed during the semester. It’s just so calming, and looking at all those wonderful baked goods always relaxed me!

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  4. Oh this is such a fun tag, thank you for thinking of me ❀ ❀ I loved reading your answers so much, you have me SO curious to start reading Ten Thousand Doors of January now! πŸ™‚ and I just need need NEED to read Sick Kids in Love, I swear every time I stop by your blog I want to read this book more ahah πŸ™‚

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    1. It really was so much fun to answer, and to talk about all these delicious baked goods! If you decide to do the tag, I hope you enjoy it as well! πŸ’•

      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading our answers, but more importantly, I’m very happy to hear that my mission to make everyone I can read Sick Kids in Love is succeeding! Now I’m going to keep mentioning how much I love it in every post until it makes its way to the very top of your TBR! Get ready!

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      1. While I like baking cakes (obviously, chocolate ones), I think my favorite baked good would be a really interesting artisan bread – one with a bunch of stuff in it like seeds or dried tomatoes or herbs. I’ve been trying to make one for YEARS with no success.

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  5. Thank you so much for tagging me πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—πŸ’— This tag makes me so hungry, haha
    omg Felix Ever After was the last book I read & it’s so good!! it’s a love letter for trans and nonbinary people, and it’s so empowering ❀ haha, I rated We Are Totally Normal 2 stars, and I wouldn't say that reading it was fun, but it's definitely a book I won't forget. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to people, but I think the hate it gets is a little too much, and the messy questioning rep could be really important for some people. also, Sasha is the ultimate soft boy love interest πŸ₯Ί he is also a bisexual king!!

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    1. I can’t wait to see your answers if you decide to do this tag! πŸ’• And I definitely agree! This isn’t a tag to read or write on an empty stomach. You want to have some cookies or a piece of cake next to you as you read this one!

      I cannot tell you how excited I am for Felix Ever After! It’s probably going to be the next book I buy because I just need to read it RIGHT NOW! Plus, I’m in love with that cover! 😍

      And Sasha is so soft and wonderful! He has my heart! ❀ And he’s definitely is a bisexual king! πŸ‘‘

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  6. Yayyy I’m so glad you did this tag I had so much fun reading through it! Amy and Roger gives me such summery vibes (can covid pls not so I can go on an epic road trip this summer??), the Lightning Thief is such a nostalgic happy book that makes me feel like a little kid, RWRB is so fluffy and cute and I really want to read the Never Tilting World! I loved your book selections!

    Your description of the perfect cinnamon roll made me so hungry! I want one so badly now haha. Lemon meringue pie is so delicious and it’s like the best thing ever eating it since it takes a bit more work so that makes it taste even better imo I hope you make an amazing one this summer ❀ And now I want to eat your mom's chocolate chips–can you pls airdrop me some cookies rn thanks lol. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who likes raisin cookies haha they do not deserve all the hate they get! Ahh I hope you try (baking or eating, either will do) egg tarts because they are the MOST DELICIOUS with the silky smooth sweet custard and flaky crust… I'm going into bliss just thinking about them! Haha I fell into the banana bread hype a while ago too–guess it's time for both of us to make another loaf ❀

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    1. I had such a fun time doing this tag! As you might have guessed from how much I could not stop gushing over each and every prompt! Again, thank you so, so much for tagging us! ❀️

      Amy & Roger is absolutely a summer vibe book! And I wanted to go on a road-trip this summer as well, since I went on one two summers ago with Chana and we had such a fun time. But alas, COVID-19 came along! And RW&RB is definitely the fluffiest and cutest and I just love it so very much! I’m so glad you liked all of our book choices! They were a lot of fun to pick out! πŸ’•

      Yesss! Good! your post made me so hungry, that it’s only right that I return the favor! But honestly now I’m craving a cinnamon roll as well! I guess I’ll just have to bake some to ensure they come out right!

      I really want to make lemon meringue pie, but I’m still searching for a recipe I like! But it will definitely be so exciting to eat the fruits of my labor once I make it! πŸ₯§

      Honestly, if the cookies wouldn’t get stale when I shipped them, I’d definitely send you some! But if you’re ever in the NYC area, let me know and I can definitely bring you some to try!

      And you are not alone in your oatmeal raisin cookie love! I’m a fierce defender of said cookies!

      Hmmmm, maybe I will try making egg tarts! (After making my lemon meringue pie first, of course!) You make them sound absolutely delicious, and I don’t have any great bakeries nearby.

      Honestly at this point I’m just waiting for the bananas to get soft enough to make a new loaf! My first loaf came out really good, so I’m excited to make another one soon!

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      1. I have such travel bug after 3 months of quarantine lol I really want to road trip now that sounds super fun ❀ Haha you definitely did return the favor (and it's like midnight as I'm writing this… surely that's not too late to head down into the kitchen in search of cookies…) Yay I'm excited for you to make a lemon meringue pie you'd better let us know how it turns out haha I predict it will turn out lemony and summery and perfect ❀ and oh gosh probably the reason I haven't made more banana bread is I have zero self control and just really like bananas and just… eat them before they get super ripe… whoops

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  7. Haha what a fun tag! I’d love to hear what you two have been baking during this quarantine time πŸ˜€

    I agree, The Toll was absolutely MASSIVE and quite the… undertaking πŸ˜‚ Challenger Deep is on my Summer TBR, and I’m really excited to give that one a try!

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    1. I’ve mostly been baking brownies, nothing too fancy, but I’ve recently started trying out some cool cooking things that I see on Instagram! Hahahhaha, yesssss!! I love your pun πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Oooh, yay, I really hope you enjoy it! It was such a fantastic read, and honestly a huge eye-opener for me too!

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  8. i’m getting to this so late that i forgot about the pingback and was pleasantly surprised to see that you tagged me lmao!! but thank you, this looks like fun πŸ’ž felix ever after is super hyped and i am SO excited to read it, i think it will 100% live up to all the great things i’ve heard about it! also i keep forgetting that technically you started it has bi and demi rep!! it being told through texts is already so intriguing but i need to read it even more to see how repped i feel πŸ₯Ί i want to read the ten thousand doors of january and the house on the cerulean sea so bad, so i’m glad you enjoyed them both, chana!! ❀

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    1. I hope you have fun answering the questions if you decide to do it! Aah, Technically You Started It is super cute, but I think one reason that people tend to forget that there’s rep in it is because the rep isn’t really the focus of the book, and the resulting relationship appears heteronormative. But I really enjoyed it, and I hope you will too! Ten Thousand Doors and THoTCS were both so good! Ugh, I wish there was some sort of instant teleportation system so that I could lend them to you so that you can read them ASAP!

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