Comparing Books to Cakes

Books are like cake in many ways: the best ones have lots of layers, a pretty external design doesn’t necessarily correlate with the best flavor, and they can take quite a bit of time to make. I love books and I love cake, so I was thrilled when Meghan @ Whimsically Meghan tagged me in the Books and Bakes Book Tag. Time to talk about dessert and books!!

Cupcakes. Name a collection of short stories, poems, or anthologies where you couldn’t read just one section and had to go back for another.

A while back I listened to the audiobook version of Calypso by David Sedaris and was so intrigued the entire time, I couldn’t stop listening. It’s such a thought-provoking, witty, well-written short story collection.

Lemon Pound Cake. Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic.

So many! I’m going to go with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Middlemarch by George Eliot, because I can’t pick just one. (Also, I LOVE lemon cake!!)

Red Velvet Cake. Name a book that you thought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different.

The Falconer by Dana Czapnik. I go into more detail in my recent review of it, but I was completely taken by surprise by this young adult novel. This coming-of-age story resonated with my at such a deeper level than I was expecting and explores some topics that I absolutely think need to be written about more, especially in young adult books.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Name a book or a book series that you can read over and over again even though you know that it’s bad for you.

I’m not a huge fan of labelling books “bad” for you or “guilty pleasure reads”–you should read what you like, whatever that may be! But a book series that I can read over and over and over again is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I haven’t reread it in quite a few years, but back in the day I would reread it every summer. I’ve maybe read it… five times?! I can’t wait to reread it again.

Apple Pie a la Mode. Name a book that was really good but could have been better with a little bit of ice cream. 

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. This is a lovely but bittersweet read, so some ice cream would have been perfect. {My review}

Gingerbread Cookies. Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft?


1. If you like your cookies soft, name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good.

This is a difficult one to think about, but I think I’d have to say How to Be Both by Ali Smith. I remember reading this book a few years ago and thinking that the premise was interesting, but the execution was just a bit off for me.

2. If you like your cookies crunchy or more like ginger snaps, name a book that you finished but that you wanted to throw at a wall, or snap.

Brownies. Are you a corner piece or a middle piece?

Definitely a corner piece!

1. If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart.

Unfortunately, for me this was The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I talk a lot about this in my recent review, but I just overall was not thrilled with this series despite how excited I was to read it for the first time. The last book in particular just really disappointed me.

2. If you’re a middle piece, name a book that kept you in the feels the entire time.

Birthday Cake. Name a book series or an author that you feel like keeps coming out with a book, short story, novella every year.

James Patterson. This used to drive me crazy when I worked at a local public library in high school–we had two whole shelves just dedicated to James Patterson!

Carrot Cake. Name a book that sounded healthy for you but ended up being unhealthy, either with content or by putting you in a reading slump.

Watership Down by Richard Adams. This book was definitely not what I was expecting it to be–not a wholesome, fun, heartwarming tale about rabbits!! {My review}

Thanks again to Meghan for tagging me! I had such great time answering these questions. I tag:

What do you think of my answers? And what’s your favorite kind of cake? Let me know in the comments section below!



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