It’s pretty much official that breakfast food is better than most other food.
I mean, cereal. Waffles. PANCAKES. Although if pressed, I do admit I am: waffle > pancakes. Waffles have those nice organised squares see and when you put toppings in those squares they stay, while pancakes are over there like “whAT IF EVERYTHING SLID OFF YOUR PANCAKE WHEN U PUT IT TO YOUR MOUTH!!” Little demons. They are still delicious though.
In Australia we do mini-pancakes and call them “pikelets”. Because we’re special and we make no sense.
Anyhow, this is all to say I’m doing the…
…which I lovingly stole from Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books (I think I steal a lot of foodie tags from you!? But you’re wonderful. Thank you. 😘) And the tag was originally created by Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic!
I actually started off today planning to write this very sensible post for mental health may but my mental health took off on a train, leaving a postcard that said, “SEE YA SUCKA” which is, quite frankly, rude. So instead you get a pancake tag and I get a quiet existential crisis — which hopefully will be cured by pancakes.
It’s like nearly 10:00pm and yet I need a pancake.
(book with beautiful prose / descriptions)
I adore beautiful prose…like if you even breathe the phrase “purple prose” I will be THERE, with a bucket of blueberries and a fold out chair to set up and stake my claim on that book forever. 🙌🏻 It is mine now and we shall be married at dawn. And (since it’s hugely on my mine because it is my most reason obsession) I’m going to say the Caraval series. It’s so perfectly stunning with the lush and wickedly delicious prose that I just !!!! want to fall into this writing.
(character with sharp wit or temperament)
*screams in Locke Lamora*
He is like a Slytherin inside a Hufflepuff badger fluffy softest coat. He will, literally, mock himself out of danger. And he’s so sassy that his friends often consider stuffing him in a barrel and selling him for a jar of pickles — bUT they don’t because his also wickedly sharp and could steal the world. If only you dared him to.😌10/10 to this series I am obsessed.
(a comforting read you could devour again and again)
This is absolutely hands down THE RAVEN CYCLE. It’s definitely my most reread series and somehow manages to stress me the heck out — and be comforting? Like “oh will the kids softly give each other the family they deserve…or will they raise a demon and nearly die in the woods! we don’t know! What has Gansey got scheduled!”
I love them. Would die for Blue and all four of the raven boys she accidentally collected.
pancakes with golden syrup
(novel that gave you a serious book hangover — sugar crash alert!)
I want to say Finale by Stephanie Garber because — guess what’s on my MIIIIIIND. 🤭 But hey we’ll go for something new. I definitely flopped in a wailing pile after The Wicker King. I mean you know I love this one. It’s right up there with The Raven Cycle. I just !!!! my anxious disaster neglected kids + prose that stole my breath away. I want to write this well when I grow up.
pancakes, strawberries, and cream
(a book that gave you all the indulgent feels)
Aww I shall definitely shout out to Red White & Royal Blue here! I so so rarely pick up romances, especially adult/new adult ones, because there aren’t nearly enough knives. I do like stories with knives. But this one was hyped and queer and #ownvoices and, you know what?? HYSTERICALLY FUNNY. Also it had so many pockets of deep and heartachy feels. Henry, you depressed princely lump. And Alex, you hotheaded explosion.
pancakes with blueberries
(a character that seems sharp at first, but actually has hidden depths)
My first and immediate thought was just ISABELLE LIGHTWOOD 😍 whom I love with just my whole heart. I mean she is terrifyingly good at weapons, frighteningly gorgeous, and didn’t murder any of the boys in her life during TMI which (let’s be real) is an actual miracle because they were all useless loafs.
pancakes and banana toffee
(a book with a slippery plot that kept you guessing)
Ok I truly had no idea who was going to be the killer in White Rabbit. This book is good. I do remember thinking it would be super fun to read this to relax (lol @ me) and ended up stressed and turning pages aggressively while I hoped my damaged little queer detectives didn’t accidentally step into a TRAP AND DIE.
pancakes and crispy bacon
(a romantic pairing you weren’t sure you’d like at first, but ended up being the perfect match)
Ok, I won’t lie: I didn’t ship Cardan and Jude at all when I first read The Cruel Prince. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ They’re both absolute messes, but Cardan didn’t seem to have enough nuance behind his tragicness to make me really ship them? THEN CAME THE WICKED KING. Hahha…oh yes. They’re still terrible for each other. But they’re terrible enough to each other mutually that it works. I stan.
pancakes and peanut butter
(a character that makes you recoil)
I actually am glad this question equates peanut butter with recoiling because I’m tragically allergic.😫 Not like anaphylactic, I just get like hives/rashes. And it SUCKS because peanut butter is good. I wish to file a complaint to the universe.
Anyway there are so many characters I hate so I’m literally making today’s pick because I just finished reading…✨The Poet X.✨ I loved the book a lot. Xiamora broke my heart and her mother made me FURIOUS. She was outright abusive, under the guise of being good and holy, and she misused what religion truly even is. I shake my fist. I’m still so angry at her.
pancakes with a bit of everything!
(a book with wonderfully diverse characters)
Ok I can’t even pick one so I’m just going to leave you with a list of delightful recs (these are books I’ve read THIS year) and only quietly demand you read them all, asap, while your TBRs yell at me because didn’t you have enough to read?? Then you made the bad decision to read my blog — and now look at you.
I love them. 😍
So what do you think?
pancakes vs waffles? what’s your favourite way to eat pancakes? and tell me some diverse books you’ve loved and discovered THIS year!