[Book Tag] Keep It Fresh Award

Hello dear Bibliomaniacs! Last week I’ve been tagged by the enthusiastic Tiffany @ WhenLostInABook for the Keep It Fresh award. Basically it’s a fruit-themed bookish tags to pair a book with specific fruits to describe your feeling for them. So let’s get on with this!


RULES:
  • 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 favourite 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 (nom nom nom ~ :D)
  • The most important rules? HAVE FUN and of course, KEEP IT FRESH!:)

PART A: FRUIT QUESTIONS

(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.)

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Image Credit: Rainbow Rowell)

Before this book, I really couldn’t remember the last time I smiled in delightful glee at so many parts of a book and re-read the scenes about 3 times before finally moving on. So many of the scenes are sugary sweet, making me reminisce back countless of times to my own first love as I relate to Eleanor and Park Sheridan.

There is no other book in my life that perfectly encapsulates the giddy feelings of first love like this one.

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Those shared moments in the schoolbus are my favourites ever. (Image Credit: Prami)

 

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…)

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The first 4 books of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. (Image Credit: BookishlyWitty)

 

Whatever books would be great for me, actually. But for the sake of this tag, I’ll be choosing the Thursday Next series because it’s actually one of those cool adventures that are interestingly epic enough, but doesn’t seem to consume too much of your attention that you stop paying attention to your real life vacation.

In case you’re wondering, this series is about a literary detective who delves into famous fictional books to stop other ‘fiction travelers’ from changing the original story of the literature. Pretty original, right?

 

 

 

 

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?

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Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson. (Image Credit: Cooper Hewitt)

The cover looks pretty plain and corporate, that I was expecting for the writing style to reflect the drabby cover. I picked it up regardless because I’m just too interested in learning about giving things away for free as a sustainable business model.

And boy, it paid off! The book was un-putdown-able as the author laid out a variety of case studies that flows just right in every angle. Hence, please ignore the dull cover and dive right in because the content will far surpass your first impression of the book.

 

Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Image Credit: Astute Co)

This book is so fully-packed with adrenaline action, niche gamer nuances and 80s pop culture reference goodness! I was so satisfied by the pace and content of the book that I’ve been craving for more of this universe. In fact, I’m planning to revisit this story in an audiobook format.

 

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!)

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Trouble from The Start by Rachel Hawthorne

I’ll admit that one of my shallow guilty pleasure is reading ditzy teen romance about ‘Bad Boy meets Good Girl’ genre. So, it’s a no brainer that I sampled the first chapter of this and immediately purchased the full ebook.

However, I was soon disappointed to see that beyond the early chapters, everything went too easy and predictable in the story. There wasn’t enough details, complexity nor chemistry after that first chapter. I know, some of you might be thinking that I shouldn’t be expecting much details from ditzy teen romances, but I’ll have you know that there are authors who have made this genre enjoyably detailed enough, like my favourite – Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols.

 

 

Dragonfruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Image Credit: That Cover Girl)

I have been looking for a book that offers me similar things as this, but there’s nothing else that comes close to it. Heck, even Orson Scott Card have tried to get this effect again but couldn’t do so because Ender’s Game was just too distinctive. The nearest he have gotten was by writing Ender’s Shadow, which was a replay of the same story but from a different character’s point of view.

It had military, gamer, child genius, psychology and strategy all mapped out into one masterpiece. This book has been stuck with me for many years as the top of my all-time favourite universe to revisit again and again. Seriously, if anybody else knows a book similar to this, please do recommend as I’ve been yearning to feel the same way as I did when I first discovered this book!

 

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.)

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Dot.Robot by Jason Bradbury (Image Credit: Jason Bradbury)

The premise of the book was that a dot-com billionaire recruited a teen mathematician, an engineer and two champion gamers to carry out extraordinary missions that the government couldn’t complete. I had a good expectation of this book given the setup shows so much promise and that Jason Bradbury was a host of the Gadget Show, implying that he would have pretty awesome gadget ideas from his work exposure.

 

But from the start of the book, I felt pretty sour about my reading experience as everything was not written as well as they could have been. Soon enough I found myself just frustrated with the number of pages left to quickly finish the book.

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!)

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Truth, Lies & Advertising: The Art of Account Planning by Jon Steel

 

It is about how Account Planners (the gang who decides what message and tone an advertising campaign should take up), can navigate their way to create a great advertising campaign.

This is a staple book for those in the advertising industry. And even if you are not into advertising, but interested in just getting a peek at the advertising agency industry, then this book is quite perfect for you because Jon Steel writes with very few jargons and easily read as he takes us through his interesting behind-the-scenes stories of how some of the best ad campaigns were made and key takeouts from them.

 

 

 

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.)

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The Hunger Games

I took awhile to think of this because not a lot of the books I read are top of mind when you speak of their genres.

I’m picking The Hunger Games book for the Dystopian genre. This book became stereotypical only because of the largely successful movie franchise and it became really hyped up to become a dominant name in the genre.

The first book was very good, in my opinion and it deserved all the hype it has gotten. I am more likely to recommend this as a one-shot book though, rather than a series. Because we all know how aplenty of people felt that the series went downhill after the first book.

 

Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

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The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 

This book is about a woman who is progressively suffering from Alzheimer, as she loses more and more of her memories and how each members of her family is coping with being forgotten.

I remember actually crying in public while the barber was giving me a haircut because there were multiple sad scenes in the story and my tears just can’t wait any longer. Although they are sad, I wouldn’t say that it’s a depressing book, because it is also filled with hope that despite the coming horrible storm, you will always have people to support you through those tough times and the kindness from family that just warms your heart.

 

 

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?)

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I was rooting for Katniss Everdeen… but not anymore.

Hmmm… I actually like villains, especially well-written ones. It’s the heroes and heroines that I sometimes felt sour for because authors have made their character development pretty lousy for the sake of developing the plot.

So, to continue from my above commentary of The Hunger Games, I’m choosing Katniss Everdeen as a character that I have ‘sour turned bitter emotions’ for. I was absolutely rooting for her in Book 1, but as the series progresses, the author made Katniss uncharacteristically unintelligent and irrationally indecisive. By the end of the book, Katniss Everdeen made it to the top of my ‘Characters I Detest’ list. But of course, I’ll always remember her awesomeness from Book 1.

 

 

Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)

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Look at the thickness of Book 4 – 7! (Image credit: Justin Lau)

Probably the last few Harry Potter books. Other than that, I really don’t bother much with thick books, as I know they might be physically heavy and dwindle my motivations to finish it.

Although with that said, I do have an intimidatingly thick book in my TBR – Arnold Schwarzengger’s Total Recall autobiography with a giant 656 pages! This guy gets an exception because who wouldn’t want to read about a non-stereotypical guy who already became a millionaire even before he was an action hero?!

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Lo and behold – the Total Recall autobiography thickness to rival the Harry Potter books. (Image credit: The Telegraph)

 

Limes: Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

 

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is about the 4 prince charmings (from Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel) who went on an adventure trying to redeem themselves as they despise being categorized as a generic prince charming while the princesses take all the public limelight away.

The amount of humour in this book is just unreal! Almost every single page has something so funny to make you laugh out loud at just how ridiculous the author can come up with the scenes. My absolute favourite humour and epic adventure book.

 

 

 

PART B: FAVOURITE FRUIT

Choose your favourite fruit and then choose a book that would correspond the best and if your fruit is already taken on our list, make up your own question and answer it.

I choose Cherry (in my head, it’s considered a fruit): Sweet and minty in the end. Pick a book that although on overall was good, but also presented a breath of fresh air in the end.

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Time Riders final book by Alex Scarrow.

Time Riders: The Infinity Cage by Alex Scarrow. Please note that this is the ninth and last book, concluding the adventure series. You can read up my review on it here. Although the book was a good read on the whole, it was the unexpected ending that left me breathless. It was an unexpected turn of events to set up for probably a very promising future sequel with an unpredictable premise.

The ending was so refreshing, that I am really looking forward to the day if Alex Scarrow announces that he will be making a spinoff sequel to this, just like how Rick Riordan did with his Heroes of Olympus series after Percy Jackson.

PART C: FRUIT SMOOTHIES

Finally, choose a book that was a mix of some of these fruits to make your own smoothie. (e.g. A strawberry blueberry lemon smoothie would correlate to a sweet and sad but sour book.)

I choose a Coconut-Dragonfruit-Apple smoothie. It’ll probably taste a mix of sweet and sour. So this should be about a book that I both love and hate at the same time.

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The Maze Runner Book 1 by James Dashner. (Image Credit: Sara du Jour)

The Maze Runner Book 1. I love this book a lot because of the premise of brotherhood it lays out and some of the characters were pretty interesting. But I also acknowledge that there were some parts about James Dashner’s writing that I find frustrating, like why aren’t more done with the plot and the settings? Why are the a lot of the boys choosing to unrealistically be ignorant and only 1 character questioned everything? Can you not have Thomas and Theresa’s relationship be too predictable?

I wouldn’t recommend this book to others, because there were some unsavoury parts of the book. But I definitely like it enough to revisit it again in the future.


 

And those are a compilation of my books and my thoughts on them.

I’m tagging YOU, readers who are interested to answer these questions yourself. Let me know in the comments below if you do participate, as I’m interested to see what your thoughts are on this Keep It Fresh tag.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi! I tagged myself in this book tag. I enjoyed reading your choices 🙂 Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Emilie, that’s great! I’ll be dropping in a bit to see your post on this tag.

      Liked by 1 person

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