The Pancake Book Tag // me just…ranting about my favourite books for the 100th time

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Today i’m going to be unoriginal and post a tag!! Because I don’t know how to blog!! 😊😊

a book that has a dusting of beautiful prose/descriptions

I could go with Laini Taylor but I’m going with a book I’ve read this year…and it’s one of my FAVOURITES and that’s The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m pretty sure everyone knows that Morgenstern has really beautiful books – The Night Circus is breathtaking – and The Starless Sea is somehow even more gorgeous! I find it kinda unfair how there’s not a magical, beautifully painted door for me to step into where I then disappear into an enchanting, elaborate library forever…But whatever!! (this is not okay) anyways, this book is a MASTERPIECE and if you love flowery prose…then this is the book for you.

a sharp character in wit or temperament

Is this post just an excuse for me to rant about my favourite books? YES. And I’m not complaining. I’m going to go with another favourite of this year…You Deserve Each Other. The main couple actually hates each other for the first half of this book…AND THEY HAVE THE BEST BANTER and by that i mean they ROAST EACH OTHER WONDERFULLY and all the time. So, please read my favourite book and be prepared for Naomi and Nicholas to take over your life!

a comforting read you could devour again & again

I actually did a post on all my comfort reads here! Any of those could be an answer for this question…But am I going to go with Aristotle and Dante because I’m predictable…Yeah, and what about it? This book makes me sad!! It makes me happy!! It makes me cry!! It is my favourite book of all time!! I love the characters so much!!  I will never tire of re-reading it!!

a novel that gave you a seriously bad book hangover

Ummm….I literally want to say You Deserve Each Other Again because i’m Basic and incapable of not thinking about it every 5 seconds…but for the sake of answering differently for every question…I’ll say The Sky is Everywhere! I remember the first time I read it, I just went back to re-read certain passages over and over again because JANDY NELSON OWNS MY LIFE AND I’M NOT COMPLAINING!! 

a book that gave you all the indulgent feels!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber! I haven’t talked about this series in a long time on my blog (mostly because the last book…was disappointing to say the least) but I truly do love these characters and this world. Like its…trash and i KNOW It. but does that stop me from being obsessed and reading these books in a matter of hours…no.

a character that seems sharp at first, but actually has hidden depths

WARNER MY PSYCHOTIC BABY!!! Even though i liked him from book one, he seems kinda terrible up until Ignite Me and then shows his true colours and I JUST LOVE HIM SO MUCH (we dont talk about warner post ignite me,,, though that one scene in Imagine Me snapped) anyways this is such a typical answer!!! But i love him!! And warnette is a POWER couple convince me otherwise, you can’t.

a book with a slippery plot that kept you guessing!

All The Bad Apples by Moira Dowley Foyle! This is a recent read of mine so I haven’t talked about it much but I love this book so much!! While being a delightfully queer feminist story, its also very creepy and magical…and I was constantly trying to put the pieces together to understand the story!! 

a romantic pairing you weren’t sure you’d like at first, but ended up being the perfect match!

Sam & Evie from The Diviners series! I was firmly a Jericho and Evie shipper until book 3 and while I’m still annoyed about how their dynamic was handled in book 4…I can’t complain because Sam is such a perfect match for Evie (how did I not notice this before?) and they are SO adorable together!!

Also special shout out to Magiano & Adelina (I read The Young Elites ages ago) I remember being so cautious about them after book one but THEY WERE CUTE AND PURE!!

a character that makes you recoil

AHEM I COULD MAKE A LIST!! But Mal from the Grisha Trilogy was a RAT and I HATE HIM and no one could annoy me more than him. I literally hate him with every fibre of my being!! He’s so ANNOYING and hypocritical and only likes Alina when she’s gone…like no bitch you should’ve appreciated her when she’s with you. I can’t even remember all the reasons I hate him because I read these books so long ago but I WILL NEVER NOT HATE HIM. (also Mr Wickham from Pride and Prejudice doesn’t deserve rights)

a book with wonderfully diverse characters

Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine – I haven’t talked about this series in SO long but its criminally underrated (I still haven’t read the series finale but will do when my library opens) I love the characters SO much and its so casually diverse!! Khalila is a muslim (and its my favourite muslim representation like ever? And hijabi in fantasy!! Hold me!!) and there’s an m/m couple and an ace character too! So really we’re winning!!! Writing this makes me realise how much I miss this cast :((

Who else realised how many of these book covers are blue? Also I wasn’t tagged but feel free to do this tag if you want! What’s the last book that gave you a book hangover? And what character do you hate with everything in your soul? I’d love to hear your rants! What’s your favourite pancake topping?

24 thoughts on “The Pancake Book Tag // me just…ranting about my favourite books for the 100th time”

  1. For some reason coming up with post ideas is the easy part for me?? I just struggle with actually writing them 😭 And omg the first time I heard the premise of You Deserve Each Other I was surprised because I was like ‘how can it sound so good???” And what you said for Shadow and Bone is so funny 😂 I dnfed it a year and a half ago when I was trying to read it for King of Scars I hated Alina fghjkghj. Also, I just realized I never really use pancake toppings? Like I just eat them with eggs and syrup . . .

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    1. I used to be like that! It’s only after being on and off with blogging so long that I’m struggling with creativity 😭 as soon as I read the premise for you deserve each other I was sold!! And then the glowing reviews!! I’m so happy it lived it up to my expectations . Alina is such a bland main character…Oh! I hardly ever eat pancakes but usually have them with maple syrup!

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  2. Thank you for reminding me that I still have to read the Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, hehe. I remember being really excited about it when its release was announced since I love the Night Circus by I never got to it… And, I also like Caraval very much though I know that it has its flaws, etc.. I just like the atmosphere of it so much (haven’t read Finale yet). Anyways, I really enjoyed reading yor post, Ilsa!

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    1. ahhh yesss the starless sea is so well written and gorgeous I hope you love it as much as the night circus! I love caracals atmosphere too – there are certainly good points to the last book but it’s much weaker than the previous installments?

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  3. ahjdfjd I’ve only read shatter me (the worst book in the series imo but!! still good!!) and shadow and bone (I hate malina tho so that kinda sucked…) I clearly suck at this thing called reading 😭 however, they are all sitting on my tbr, so!!!

    anyways, loved this post, ilsa!!!! ❤

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  4. i’ve heard so many good things about Erin Morgenstern’s writing style and i really need to check out her books!! also omg You Deserve Each Other sounds so good, i need to read it asap 🥺🥺 reading your excitement for Ari & Dante makes me so excited too because i’m planning on reading it very soon and i cannot waittttt ! and lmao yes Jandy Nelson owns my life as well, though i’ve only read I’ll Give You The Sun and i NEED The Sky Is Everywhere.

    haha i’ve only read the first book out of the Caraval series because it goes downhill quickly, but i really enjoyed the first one too!! also YES Mal from the Grisha trilogy was so awful!!! i actually almost dnf’d Shadow and Bone because i just wasn’t into the characters and it was kinda boring 😅

    i loved reading your answers to this tag, Isla!!! ❤❤ (also your intro was the most relatable thing i’ve ever seen in my life tbh)

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    1. omg yes!!! She is an amazing writer and the night circus is such a fun wonderfully wirtten book. You deserve each other is hate to live, second chance romance, funny and sweet – like what more could you ask for?? And yess please enjoy Ari and Dante!! If you don’t I will cancel you forever. Shadow and bone is so low quality I agree. Like,, all the characters are so trash and not in a good way loool

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  5. Ahh so I need You Deserve Each Other right this second, I’m so so curious about these characters and their flawless banter now! 😀
    Loved your answers for this tag ❤


  6. ink and bone 🥺🥺 i really need to reread them because i remember like nothing lmao!! i didn’t know the last book came out already though (i guess that’s a sign of how out of touch i am with the series). but yes khalila my favorite ever!!!

    also AH i am waiting for my hold of you deserve each other to come in! i literally requested it a month ago and they said the wait time was a month, and now .. the month is over … but the wait time still says 4 weeks …..

    anyways this post was lots of fun to read as always sorry for getting to it late love u ❤


    1. I wanna reread the series too but I don’t know when I will and it probs won’t be soon 😿 khalila is the only character that deserves rights (jk I love all of them) wow Ur library sucks but it’s with the wait 🐧 love u sm 🥰

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