Thank you Aine (the creator of this tag) for tagging me!
Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.
The Harry Potter series of course! No surprise there. I am aware and have met people that actually find the series of overrated and will refuse to read it. However, I’ve known more people who loves the series as much as I do and Harry Potter is such a classic….
Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.
I am going to go with Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. This had a lot to do with the first book because I was unimpressed since there was so much hype. I didn’t like Shatter Me as much and it took me a while to warm up to Juliette, the main character. Nonetheless, as I continued the reading the rest of the books in the trilogy, I ended up loving it.
Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.
Matched by Ally Condie. When I first read the premise of the first book I was so intrigued. The plot sounded so promising; however, as I read the book it ended up being a snoozefest. The pacing was so slow–too slow for my liking, the characters were “bland”, and it was so hard to sympathize or click with the main character. I thought that Ms. Condie had such a promising storyline, but the execution just really fell flat. I am not sure if I want to continue the series.
Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
This book just didn’t go the way I expected it to. Maybe I am the only one, but this book had no plot and I had no idea in what direction Mr. Hemingway was going with the story. This is what I got out of this story– A group of WWI vets living in Paris and they spend their time drinking, and drinking, and then drinking some more. They are all in love with the same woman, who is not in love with them, so they all drink, drink, and then drink some more to forget their problems. They travel around Spain, watch some bull fighting and drink, drink, and drink some more. Honestly I was so excited to read this book, but it only ended up being a disappointment because I just didn’t understand the point of it all.
Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.
The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
This is a four part series with the finale coming in September. Compared to other popular series out there, I believe The Raven Cycle doesn’t get as much recognition. I will admit that this series is probably more character driven so for those who are looking for a more action packed book then this one may not be for you. I think that Ms. Stiefvater has crafted some of the most interesting and multi-dimensional characters, making it an enjoyable read. The story is rather slow-paced but if you have the patience and read through it, you’ll definitely want more. On another note I really can’t wait fo The Raven King, the last book in the series! Ahhh too much excitement!!!
Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Okay I actually haven’t read the books (only watched the series), so technically my answer may not count. But you have to admit, George R.R. Martin has created a series with intricate plot lines and a number of sub-plots. When I was watching, it took me a while to figure out what in the world was going on and how everyone is connected to each other–heck it was even difficult to keep up with all the characters’ names!
Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
I personally didn’t like the series. All the characters were unlikeable in the books and the story didn’t do much for me. The TV series was much better–and my favorite couple in the show Chuck and Blair didn’t even date in the books. The TV show didn’t really follow the books, but I know for sure that if I had the choice to marathon the books or the show, I would choose the latter.
Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.
One of my favorite classic children literature. It was bittersweet for me because of the ending. The ending is really up for interpretation–whether he died or not after getting bitten by the snake. I choose to be optimistic and that he lived.
Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country:
Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier
The series’ setting takes place in London, England. The series involves time travelling though it’s really more about the romance–entertaining nonetheless, minus the main character being a lovesick teenager.
Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.
Okay I’m going to cheat on this one, but I would love to try all the foods from The Harry Potter series. I don’t even really have a sweet tooth but I would want to try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Cauldron Cakes, Chocoballs, and Honeydukes’ various chocolates.