Happy day two of Extended Blogmas! If you’re participating in Blogmas and are looking for ideas, check out the tentative schedule that I posted yesterday.
Also, Happy Thanksgiving! For all my non-American friends, here’s the context:
1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?
I must tell you, it took me forever to find a book that fit this prompt that I actually liked. I’m not one for a meandering plot, typically. This works though because it’s a short story. This is They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson, and it’s about aliens being grossed out at humans because we’re meat. It’s cute and funny.
2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?
Flight by a collection of authors – this was unfortunately a one star read for me. It’s a graphic novel of short stories surrounding flight. You’d think the fact it was a graphic novel would be enough for me to get through it but man, I really struggled.
3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?
Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – Book 8 in Hobb’s over-arching Realm of the Elderlings world and book 2 in Hobb’s Tawney Man trilogy, this book was everything. So many things set up in earlier books came full circle, the character development expanded so much, the plot was exciting… all of it. I loved this book, and I’d gladly read another sixteen book series if I knew a book like this was in the middle or end of it.
4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
Goblin Slayer by Kumo Kagyu – This is probably one of the most intense series I’ve read. I warn you though, it’s not for the feint of heart.
5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I cannot stress how much this book disappointed me. It sounded like something I would normally love. But augh, the execution was terrible. It’s gorgeous too, so unhauling it took a bit of self-persuasion on my part, even with hating it. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, if you’re curious.
6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?
Easy by Tammara Webber – An old favorite from 2015 or so, this book was a sweet and cute and lovely. I feel like until ‘new adult fantasy’ becomes a thing, that this is my favorite ‘new adult’ book, period.
7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn – This is corny in the best way. This book is a collection of tweets by prominent historical figures from the creation of the planet (ie God tweeting about flat animals, cavemen tweeting about rocks) to I believe the second Bush administration, when this book was published. The humor is very tongue-in-cheek and very British, so if that’s your cup of tea, you’ll probably love this.
8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – This book is just over 700 pages and honestly I feel like it would have delivered its message and actually had a stronger eeriness factor if it was about 300 pages shorter. There was so much in there that was just tangents, that never got resolved nor was actually relevant to what was going on. You can show someone is losing their sanity without making a reader sit through 300 pages of blather.
9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
Manga. It really doesn’t matter which – there’s nothing I particularly seek out to reread, but just manga in general tend to get me reading.
10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
Man. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry stuff, gravy, rolls, corns, all of it. The only thing I don’t particularly care for (but like if I’m in the mood for it) is green bean casserole. Anything else, I’ll totes take it.
And that’s it! Go eat turkey!