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All right, it's time for a yummy book tag!
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I think Shea Earnshaw's Winterwood is a book full of languid prose and imagery, particularly the descriptions of the forest and winter weather.
It's been a while since I've read it but I can remember the mood of the book very well and the images it evoked in my mind. If you like slow, frosty, witchy tales, then this book is for you.
I don't know if he really fits this--he's more of a schemer than anything else--but the first character that popped into my head was Locke from The Cruel Prince/Folk of the Air series.
SPOILERS: He manages to fool Jude with his relationship with her twin sister by hiding it all this time, all the while playing with her...and he's a troublemaker in general. Later in the series, he gets murdered.
There's a BL series that I really like by Megaru Hinohara called Therapy Game (and its sequel series, Therapy Game Restart). I like reading about Shizuma and Minato's relationship, seeing it get tested, and watching their love come out on top.
I think it's a manga that can be reread...in fact, I've read it three times so far! It's a keeper series for me.
I finished reading Yellowface by R.F. Kuang the first week of August and I zipped through it in a day. I had a book hangover for weeks over it--I just couldn't stop thinking about it. It's a brilliant piece about racism, publishing, social media, jealousy, who "deserves" success, etc.
I wouldn't call my book hangover bad. Maybe bad in the way that it was very strong, but every time I think about it, I just like the book more and more.
I'm going with the Heaven Official's Blessing novels by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù. I've still only gotten through book four, and I can't stop thinking about Hua Cheng's devotion to Xie Lian and their blooming affection for each other. It brings out so many feelings in me!
I'm waiting a little bit for the series to complete before I hop back into the books again...they were just so enthralling that I actually had to take a break from them, it was so much!
I'm cheating for this one because I've watched the series without having read the books, but I'm going with Geralt of Rivia from Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series.
Geralt seems so gruff and stoic but with his relationships with Ciri and Yennefer show that he is capable of feeling things deeply...even when he seems dismissive of Jaskier (aka Dandelion in the novels) there's still emotion and care there. He's not to be understimated.
Mona Awad's Bunny was a wild ride of the book where I just didn't know how much crazier it was going to get, or where it was going to go.
I had first heard about Bunny through BookTube and it was pitched as "Heathers" but with writers in an MFA program...so I had to take the leap and read it. It surprised me so much!
I'm totally stuck on this prompt. I don't read a lot of books with romances and I usually like most of the ones that I read. Anyway, the first thing that popped in my head was Cardan and Jude from The Folk of the Air series. I strongly disliked them (and sometimes I still feel that way, especially earlier in the series), but considering they are both so drawn to each other and have both done terrible things, I think they suit each other well after all.
Qī Róng from Heaven Official's Blessing came to mind immediately. He's just a despicable character who has an unhealthy fascination with Xie Lian; he's gross and boorish and loud.
In the novel he is one of the Four Great Calamities, the Night Touring Green Lantern. He is also known as the Green Ghost as it is his primary color.
Liselle Sambury's Blood Like Magic has diverse representation featuring BIPOC and LGBTQIA characters, including a trans love interest. It's a book unlike any that I've ever read, something like science and fantasy blended together, with blood magic and scientifically fated pairs...it's a book I highly recommend.
I still have to read the second book in the series!
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This post has made me crave pancakes very badly. I'm a simple girl--I like regular pancakes with maple syrup only (no butter, no fruit, no powdered sugar), but the best place I ever ate pancakes at was a little café in Japan (in Kikuyo) that made soufflé pancakes. They tasted exactly like regular pancakes but were thicker, airy, and fluffy!
I hope you enjoyed the books I chose and that you can find some pancakes if you're craving them!