I’ve been so kindly nominated for the “Keep It Fresh” Award by Nora at Reading Experiences with Nora. Definitely go check out her blog and her awesome reviews. Thanks, Nora!
Guys, this award is intense; get ready!
- Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
- Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
- Part B: Choose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
- Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
- Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
- Notify your nominees of the nomination.
- The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!
1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)
I don’t read very many sweet books, almost as a rule. Sweetness isn’t really my shtick, but I did recently win Nicola Yoon’s novel, Everything, Everything, in a raffle, and I have heard numerous things about it, one of which is that it sounds crazy sweet. Since I don’t have any recent reads that are even slightly sweet, I pick that!
2. Coconut – What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)
Sidebar: I am not a beach person. Sand sucks. I’m more of a mountains and forests girl, so I’ll connect to this one as follows: coconuts grow on trees, trees make forests, so what book would I take on a trip to the forest? Currently, Morning Star by Pierce Brown is my “take it with you; read it at stop lights; flake on plans so you can read” book. I’d love to be chilling in a cabin in the woods, nestled up by the fire, reading this masterpiece of literature. Actually, what am I even doing completing this post right now? WHY AM I NOT READING?? (It has a 4.64 on Goodreads; did you hear me??? 4.64 = unprecedented success rating!! OK, I have to stop.)
3. Pineapple – What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?
Right before I got Morning Star from my generous and infinitely wise professor, I was reading The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. I was not planning to like this book since the dust jacket made it sound like it was just going to be girl-fights and Drama City. I do not enjoy girl drama in my real life, so why would I enjoy it in my books (also, it has swirls and flowers on the cover which seemed like a red flag)? Surprisingly, though, the drama level is more intriguing than exhausting. I’ll save my overall feelings for the review, but I’ll just say it’s better than I thought it would be.
4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)
This may not qualify as “juicy” by some standards, but I don’t read a lot of romance so I’ll have to base my decision on dramatic plot twists and character depth. Thus, my “juicy” choice is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Click here for my full review, but I feel the need to reiterate how much I loved this book! It started with a tolerable amount of drama over lost love and then proceeds to more pressing matters, like the end of the world. The love interest was there for readers who just love that sort of thing, but for the rest of us, it was brimming with action, plot twists, and life-threatening scenarios that amped up the juice factor!
5. Watermelon – A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)
I do not often use the term “watery” to describe a book, but I guess if I had to pick a book that felt lacking in terms of details and development, I’d have to pick Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer. I have to start by saying that I found the book to be delightful and simple, despite the subject matter, but it was only 200 pages, so the amount of depth to the characters and the events seemed light. Click here for my full review, but I feel like a lot more could have been written about these characters and their experiences than was written in Stones on a Grave.
6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)
Since I can’t/shouldn’t say Illuminae again (the format of that novel was unlike anything I’ve ever read), I’ll say Maus and Maus II. I’ve read a lot of literature about WWII and the horrific events that occurred during that time, but the graphic novels by Art Spiegelman were unlike any historical account I had read until then. The comic-style format and the depiction of different nationalities as animals did not demean or lighten the story, but rather allowed for the inclusion of images of the horrific conditions endured during WWII. This was my first experience with graphic novels and I think they were the perfect books to read to instantly show the validity of the genre. Full review here.
7. Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was a book that left me feeling grumpy and sour. I hated the characters; not most of them, but all of them. The characters were awful, the events were awful, the outlook on life was awful, the message was awful. Review here, but everything about that book was sour.
8. Tomato – What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)
PIERCE BROWN!!! His series, Red Rising Trilogy, is slowly gaining momentum and recognition, but he should be worlds more popular than he is. Everybody should be talking about these books, and soon they will be.
9. Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)
I feel like my original idea of YA Lit was that all the books were like Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, which was not my jam. I assumed everything was going to be lovelorn teens crying about high school drama, hating on parents, arguing with friends, and listening to crap music. Shiver was exactly that with a side of light bestiality. Read my review for all the disappointments.
10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)
We read Slaughterhouse-Five as a class in last semester and it was hugely depressing. It was about war, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but the characters were unlikable and (obviously) the situations were miserable, so I was not enjoying myself the whole time I was reading it. More here, but in summation: blah!
11. Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)
Golden Son. There were a few sankes in the grass and I’m SO UPSET! God, these books are good. Review here.
12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.
Nimona!! Another example of a graphic novel just blowing my expectations into the water. There were so many times where I’d snort out laughter at the silly images or the relatable outbursts and displays of Nimona’s personality. I loved this book and, if rumors are true, this book should be making its way into middle grades classrooms very soon. Can’t wait! Review here.
Part B: (create your own)
Fizzy Fruit – Name an audiobook book that was a delight, because Fizzy Fruit is an extremely audible, delish experience!
First things first: here is the video explaining Fizzy Fruit. My brother-in-law is making it this weekend, so I have HIGH hopes.
Now, to the book: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye (the Science Guy). I’ll be honest, I’m inclined to believe anything that Bill Nye (the Science Guy) says, not because he is an engineer and I blindly follow people smarter than myself, but because he never fails to provide evidence. Solid scientific proof is the name of his game, and I adore someone who can backup his/her argument instead of just spewing opinions. Also, I have always been a big advocate of environmental responsibility and efficiency, so Bill Nye (the Science Guy) is the most reputable person I’ve (n)ever met. Also, he’s bff’s with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so… CHECK! I’m finishing the audiobook now, so stay tuned for a full review, but believe me. It’s good.
Part C: (smoothie!)
Coconut/Orange/Lime (Vacationable/Juicy/Funny) = Morning Star!!!!!!!!! Reading now. It is amazing. Enough said.
Astra at A Strangers Guide to Novels
Jackie at FallininLovewiththeSoundofWords
Jasmine at SmileyBookLover
Maria at Big City Bookworm
Raquel at Rakioddbooks
Yay, guys! So thanks again to Nora and I can’t wait to hear what these ladies have to say!