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Suntag: The Pastry Book Tag

Let’s be honest, what’s better than blogging? Blogging with food! Personally, blogging burns so many of calories that I need to snack whenever I write reviews or have a commenting session. So, armed with a yogurt cake and a brownie (again), I am now ready to hit the pastry table! Thanks so much to Anna @ My Bookish Dream for tagging me to do this yummy tag!

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Warning: you better have food with you to read this.

I know. You thought Harry Potter would win. I did too. Then I realized it was too easy, so I decided to go with The Raven Boys. Don’t start protesting yet! I know I said I did not like the second book. I am solely talking about the first book in the series here! This croissant was difficult to find as I tend to disagree with the general opinion, but most people liked The Raven Boys (except for Jill, my bestie who keeps hating every book I love!).

The subjects developed in Descriptions of Heaven makes for a difficult read, but the writing and the story itself make it so worth it. I am glad I read it. I was afraid to find maudlin paragraphs, ghosts of characters and clichΓ©s, but the author’s prose is spot-on and rings true. He succeeded in the difficult task to talk about the essence of life and death. Don’t let my words scare you, give it a chance!

My expectations were so high for The Fire Child that they kept me reading despite the many similarities with the author’s first book and the characters I couldn’t connect to. I wanted to love it, but it felt like a pale copy of The Ice Twins.

When I was finally convinced to give The Maze Runner a go, I thought it would be a weird story full of nonsense filled with weird and clichΓ© characters I would never connect with. Turned out I was hooked from the first page and discovered a real adventure with solid foundation (Too bad the author destroyed everything in The Death Cure)

A book with scientific concepts that manage to keep you interested instead of making you doze off! The Laptev Virus has an interesting writing that makes all scientific nonsense somehow understandable to a silly brain like mine. For this reason only, it deserves more attention!

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I agree with Anna’s answer, A Game of Thrones is complex (or so I heard because I never finished the first book). But in order to keep this fun, I’ll go with any classic written before the 20th. The writing makes reading look like a never-ending sport session for brain. What’s the classic you find the most challenging?

The book was okay, the writing was simple, the story was sad, but for me it was the performances from Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts who gave life to those characters and made me cry a pool of tears. It still does.

Also, a Napoleon is a mille-feuille in France. I hate it when pastries lose their names!

This book was full of hope and life There’s something about the story that screams bittersweet. If you don’t know it, give it a go! I was surprised by the idea, and it works pretty well.

98% of the books I read take place everywhere but in France, so I decided to change the rule a bit and went for a book that takes place on a different planet!

Give me any food from the wizards world and I’m a happy girl!

I tag: everyone who got hungry while reading this!

 

56 thoughts on “Suntag: The Pastry Book Tag

  1. I didn’t know that they called a mille-feuille a Napoleon πŸ˜‚ Learned something new today! And… I made the mistake of checking out this tag at 2 AM… now I’m starving 😝 Awesome tagg!!

    – Lashaan

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    1. Exactly!! Why create such a wonderful story if you destroy everything in the end?? That’s why I haven’t read the next books. I don’t want to be let down once again! Hahahahahaha, I considered not adding pictures but it was too good not to!

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  2. I am now very hungry so thank you for this my Sweechie, haha. The Raven Boys is such a good series, and I’m eager to know how you feel about the last books. You haven’t read them yet, right? I can’t remember you talking about these. ANYWAY I can’t wait ❀ And yes Harry Potter food….I'd love to try anything from that world ❀

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    1. Oops!! I’m not sorry xD It was torture to write this post, I just wanted to eat everything. No, I haven’t read the last two books in the Raven Cycle, I’m starting Lily Blue Blue Lily next week πŸ™‚

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    1. YIKES don’t remind me of that baby, it’s disgusting πŸ˜‚ I’m surprised it wasn’t in my nightmare last night! I know, the saddest thing ever. I can’t watch it anymore because it talks to me so much that I’m depressed for days after.

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  3. I don’t know which one I want more now.. pastry that is. I only know the one pastry as mille-feuille though, never heard of Napoleon before. Vol-au-vent is something else here, it’s the couque filled with chicken and a white sauce, sometimes little boulettes are added. I’m sorry if I’m focusing more on the pastries than the books.. I haven’t heard of Elsewhere before so I’m going to check it out. I love the cover already and I love bittersweet stories so I’m falling for it already :-).

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    1. Haha, I was too far from the nearest bakery, it was torture to create the post. Yeah, a Vol-au-vent is the same here, a bouchΓ©e Γ  la reine, I was surprised when I noticed it here. It’s hard to notice the books with the yummy pastries all around. I read Elsewhere a long time ago now, but I still remember it clearly, I loved it.

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  4. I have still not began The Raven Boys. I keep hearing that it starts off a bit slow, but is fantastic once it picks up! It is definitely on my list though. I also admit that I did not know that Stepmom was a book?! Not sure how that one slipped by me. Fun tag. Now I must go rummage the kitchen πŸ˜‰

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    1. I loved the first book, I did not notice any slow part but I did read this remark a couple of times. The writing is just brilliant. Yep, Stepmom was a book, but the movie version is best πŸ™‚

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  5. Napoleon cake has always been Napoleon cake for me πŸ˜‚ good to know the other/correct? name for it πŸ˜€
    I agree with the classics… christ they can be a task to read! how did Lolita go for you by the way?

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    1. I had no idea the cake had another name, it was so weird! Haha! Napoleon stole our mille-feuille!
      Lolita went fine for the first ten pages, then it got ugly. I stopped around the same chapter as the last time I tried reading it. I can’t go past page 60! It’s sitting on my desk, and I really don’t feel like finishing it.

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        1. Fingers crossed everyone’s efforts on mental health won’t be wasted! We need things to change.
          Yep, A Suitable Lie is about domestic abuse, and it’s brilliantly done. Such a fantastic story with a great writing. I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. You made me really hungry! (Which I think counts as revenge, since I did that as well.) πŸ˜„
    I really want to read The Raven Boys, as you said everyone seems to love that book and for some reason I haven’t read it yet. Hopefully that will change soon!

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    1. Eheh, I just had to. It goes with the tag! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on The Raven Boys! I was so sure I wouldn’t like it, and I ended up loving it so much my review sounds like a fangirling session!

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  7. Great answers for this tag! I would have definitely picked The Raven Cycle for the first one, the whole series on my part because it is one of my favourites now. And the same with Game of Thrones. I’ve read up to book four now and it is really complicated. It’s a lot easier to follow the TV show than the books just because there are so many characters and places to keep track of that I’ve normally forgotten some of the background people by the time I’ve got to the bottom of the page!
    I see you managed to sneak Harry Potter in this tag as well πŸ˜€ and although I knew what to expect going into The Maze Runner I was NOT a fan of the ending to The Death Cure at all!
    This tag always makes me hungry. I feel like I should have food on hand whenever I read someone’s answers for it! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun tag to do πŸ™‚ I can handle the deaths in Game of Thrones but they killed me with the … pet issue in the last episode I watched so now I’m scared to keep going, haha. The books just did not work for me. I thought there was no way I could not associate food and Harry Potter πŸ˜€ I’m still mad at Dashner for The Death Cure. What went through his mind???
      It’s better to have food. I ate so much brownie when writing it, I’ll avoid food tags in the future, haha!

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      1. What was the last episode you watched then? I feel like there is a lot of things that happens to the pets as well as to the characters. But yeah I kind expect most people on the show to die at some point anyways.
        There is a lot of food in Harry Potter isn’t there, I love it!
        God knows. It was just such a disappointing ending and it honestly put me off the series a little bit!
        I normally write tags late at night so I don’t eat while writing them. I just go out the next day and buy whatever food it was that inspired the tag! πŸ˜€

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        1. The Door. Now I don’t really care about the BIG thing happening in the episode, I only care about the animal. Call me heartless xD Life expectancy on this show is so low… I only started watching because I was a bit curious, but now not so much!
          I can’t write tags at night, I need food and drinks and people around because it takes so much energy haha!

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          1. Oh, well in that case I think you’ve got worse to come, both in terms of the animals and the characters, in the next few episodes if I’m remembering correctly. It’s not an easy show to watch at times but it is quite addictive.
            Oh I write everything at night; posts, reviews, tags, comments. But then I’m a night owl so I seem to have all my energy at night!

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            1. Oh man… You just confirmed my fears. I’ll have to wait to watch the next episodes then! Warmer days filled with courage might do! πŸ™‚
              I envy you! I need to write my reviews first time in the morning because after that my brain just shuts down!

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    1. I’m so happy lots of people seem to know it. In France, the movie is not very popular… Haha, it’s a tricky tag, whenever I reply to a comment I think of the pictures and I’m hungry again.

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      1. Yessss, I watched it with my mom and we were like nothing but chocolate and sobs lol. Another movie that gets to me is My Sisters Keeper, based on the Jodi Picoult book but holy cow the movie!! So sad.

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  8. You love The Raven Boys? πŸ˜‚ I think Celaena is going to be jealous. I loved The Maze Runner series, but the movies really killed them for me. I really didn’t like the movies. I still haven’t finished The Scorch Trials movie and I own it. πŸ˜‚ Why did they ruin those books for me? 😩

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    1. It’s my right to find comfort with The Raven Boys after everything Celaena has put me through xD I screamed so much at the first movie I’m afraid to watch the second, haha. I don’t want to break the TV.

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  9. Guess I’ll consider myself tagged as well again :’) *sips cold chocolate milk, pretending it’s a brownie*. The Napoleon/ mille-feuille looks a lot like the Dutch Tompouce, and after Googling it, it turns out I was totally right about it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mille-feuille. And even more hungry now *sips more chocolate milk*.

    I love seeing Elsewhere on this list. It has special meaning to me as my 14-year-old cousin was killed in a car crash 4 years ago and most friends and family members ended up reading this book as sort of a way to deal with the loss. It was one of her favourite books as well if I’m correct, which is all the more fucked up when it comes to it becoming the reality. I guess I’ll mention my favourite book from now on is one with lots of happiness, fairy dust and hot guys who are super into me ;). Just in case!

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    1. Whaaat? That pastry has more names than a lady of the night…! Have a pastry party! πŸ˜€
      I’m so sorry. Such a heartbreaking story ❀ 😦 I hope the book brought a little comfort at the time. I remember it moved me so much because of the authenticity and real feelings oozing off the pages.
      Yay for hot guys, but not on the cover! I hate yummy hot covers! Too obvious!

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      1. Hahaha, I’m all for pastry parties!! πŸ˜€ The book did, especially for her mother. That’s one reason why books are magic :). Yeah, I hate seeing half naked men on the cover as well (seriously!). I’d rather have a mysteriously looking roughed up guy staring at me from it. With his clothes on πŸ˜€

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  10. I actually agree with your friend Jill, I wasn’t big on The Raven Boys either πŸ˜› I did like the group dynamics between the boys, though, and since Book 2 is from Ronan’s POV I’m looking forward to it since he was the most intriguing character in my opinion *hides*

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