I have previously received PR products from Penguin and HarperCollins. Books mentioned that are published by either company are marked [PR relationship]. This is based on the edition I personally own/read.
Thank you so much to Danni @ ForBooksSake for tagging me to do this tag! I’m really excited to get stuck in, because I love books and I also love cake… what more could a girl want?
CHOCOLATE CAKE: A dark book you absolutely love
The Vegetarian by Han Kang. It addresses issues of gender, mental health, disordered eating and abandonment in Korean culture. I found it really interesting, and beautifully written/translated.
VANILLA CAKE: A light read
I have to admit that I don’t read that many books that could be classed as light! Perhaps Pride and Prejudice in the sense that it doesn’t deal with any topics that are too heavy (obviously the main themes are gender, class and marriage in the 1800s).
RED VELVET: A book that gave you mixed emotions
For mixed emotions I think I’ll go with [PR relationship] Girl, Woman, Other. The mixed emotions were definitely what Bernadine Evaristo intended when she wrote this — some scenes are very difficult to read, and include abuse and trauma, and other scenes are really joyful and uplifting. I love the emotional range the book spans because of how many different characters it follows, all of whom have really different and interesting stories.
CHEESECAKE: A book you would recommend to anyone
Tricky one! Most of the books I’d recommend the most come with a caveat that they contain certain triggers so obviously wouldn’t be suitable for everyone. I think whoever can read The Color Purple definitely should, because I learnt so much from studying it at A Level. (Triggers include racism, rape, domestic abuse, incest, and violence).
COFFEE CAKE: A book you started but never finished
One Day by David Nicholls. I don’t often DNF, but that one I just put down and never picked up again. It just didn’t grab me. This was years ago, so I do want to give it another go. I’m still not sure it will be for me, but I think I should give it a go just to satisfy my own curiosity.
CARROT CAKE: A book with great writing
So many possible answers here. I’m going to go with [PR relationship] Dubliners by James Joyce, which for me toes the line between experimental and accessible really well. It’s a series of short stories, all thematically linked, and paints a great picture of life in early-20th Century Ireland.
TIRAMISU: A book that left you wanting more
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson was one I read recently and felt could have been longer. There were kind of three central characters, but I wanted to know more about two of them by the end. And, as it’s a pretty short book, I feel like it could’ve been a bit longer!
CUPCAKES: A series with 4+ Books
I can’t really think of any that I’d recommend, because I really rarely read series nowadays! I manage the occasional trilogy, but no longer series. They’re too much commitment!
FRUIT CAKE: A book that wasn’t what you anticipated
[PR relationship] Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I knew it was gothic, but I didn’t expect it to be narrated in the way it was (the story is told by Nelly Dean, nanny/housekeeper, to our narrator, who is almost entirely irrelevant to the story). I also didn’t expect Cathy and Heathcliff’s relationship to play out as it did. I had Heathcliff built up in my mind as some Mr. Darcy figure that would make me swoon, but instead he just made me furious, especially towards the end of the novel!
I’m tagging anyone who wants to participate. Feel free to link back to me so I can see your responses, I’d love to read your answers to these questions!