My book tag catch up continues! I was tagged by the amazing Zezee with Books for this one. She is one of my favourite bloggers and I always squeal over her reviews, so please go and check it out! This was created by Zaheerah Khalik, so don’t forget to check out her awesome blog too!
I have to admit that I don’t watch the Great British Bake Off *hides*. But I obviously know what it is, and any tag that has the potential to involve cake is fine by me!
So, onto the tag..!
1. Amateur Baker: A book that is self-published.
Stealing the Light by Lisa Hofmann. Actually, anything by her! But I love the world and the characters she sets up in this first book of the series. Forbidden magic, lost heirs and the need to belong in a cruel world: what’s not to love?
2. Soggy Bottom: A book that had a great start but a disappointing ending.
Extracted by R.R Haywood. This was brilliant to start with: the characters were in-depth, the dialogue was realistic and hilarious and the whole concept was great. But then one of the main characters basically had a break-down for two-thirds of the book and nothing really happened. Such a let down!
3. #Bingate: A book you great frustrated with and had to DNF.
I’m really stubborn when it comes to books and refuse to DNF regardless of how much they are frustrating me. But there are a few that I have only narrowly avoided throwing out of the window.
The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard, however, was one of the most ridiculous books I’ve ever read and it was only due to being on a train journey that made me keep going with it!
4. Junior Bake Off: A children’s book.
The Bear Who Went to the Ballet by Jean Richardson. I don’t think this book is even in print anymore, can I still use it? Oh well! This was my favourite childhood book by a long way, and now I’m reading it to my niece. My mum read this to me sooooo many times!
5. A Hollywood Handshake: A book that impressed you.
Ooh this is hard because I’ve read so many good books this year. I’m going to have to pick Blackwing by Ed McDonald. I know this book was raved about a lot, and normally that is enough to make me dubious about a book. This one, however, gripped me within seconds despite my apprehension and I loved it. Favourite book of the year.
6. Signature Challenge: A book that you would recommend to your friends and family.
Tricky question because I would recommend different books to different people. But if I had to pick one book that I think everyone would like, I would go with He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly. I didn’t guess the twists in it and just thoroughly enjoyed it.
7. Technical Challenge: Books that you read without knowing much beforehand; rank them from worst to best.
Okay, so how many do I do here? I’m picking five!
1. Ill-Kept Oath by C.C Aune.
I thought this book had its roots in fantasy. Nope. It was romance with barely any mystery thrown, with annoying characters and barely any development. Not great!
2. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
The synopsis does not indicate how weird and far-fetched this book gets. People give it really high ratings, but I certainly wouldn’t be recommending it to anyone!
3. Across Great Divides by Monique Roy
All I knew about this was the era that it was set in. But it was such a disappointment in regards to how they dealt with their situation, I was really disappointed.
4. The Tea Planter’s Bride by Janet MacLeod Trotter
I didn’t know what genre/era to expect from this book and know nothing about this time in history. I really enjoyed the book though, so prior knowledge is definitely not a must!
5. The Seeker by S.G MacLean
Another one where I really didn’t know the era or what to expect from the book and so was dubious. What can I say – I have a new favourite author! I loved it!
8. An Extra Slice: A favourite companion book.
This is a book that resurfaces in a lot of my book tags. But when I couldn’t sleep last night, this was the first thing that I picked up, knowing that it would help settle my mind a little. What book? Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, of course.
So there we have it, my Great British Bake Off Book Tag! Feel free to give this one a go yourself and don’t forget to let me know in the comments so I can come and take a look.