The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

Next week is the final of The Great British Bake Off. I only started watching this show last year but now I’m hooked, and of course it seemed like the perfect time to take part in this tag (although if I was really organised I would have posted it back when the first episode aired. Oh well). I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian. Thanks for the tag, I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

Rules:

  • Link back to the creator; Zaheerah at As Told by Zaheerah.
  • Tag people or don’t. Just have fun.
  • Ready, get set, bake! (or tag)

Amateur Baker

The Immortal Descendants series by April White

I’m a huge fan of time travel books, and The Immortal Descendants series is the best of the best. April White has created some amazing stories and characters, but the research that’s gone into these books is what stands out the most for me. I’ve learnt so much about history just from reading these books.

The Immortal Descendants Series (1)


Soggy Bottom

End of Days by Susan Ee

I loved the Angelfall and World After, and the End of Days was actually one of my most anticipated releases of 2015, but when I read it I was really let down. It felt rushed, there was too much crammed into one book, and it almost seemed like End of Days broke the rules that Susan Ee had set up in the previous books.

End of Days


#Bingate

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

So I didn’t actually DNF The Truth and Lies of Ella Black, but I wish I had. In fact after being let down by The One Memory of Flora Banks I wish I’d never picked this one up. Ella was a horrible person whose actions I couldn’t get behind, the plot made no sense, and it had to worst case of insta-love I’ve ever read.

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black


Junior Bake-Off

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

This book, in fact this whole series, was one of the ones that defined my childhood. I got the first three as a present (either a birthday present or a Christmas present, I can’t remember which). I was hooked, and couldn’t wait for the release of the next one to find out what would happened to the Baudelaire orphans next.

A Series of Unfortunate Events


A Hollywood Handshake

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

After being disappointed by By Your Side and incredibly let down by Lucky in Love I was ready to give up on Kasie West’s books all together, but I decided to pick up Love, Life, and the List and my faith in her books was restored. This is what I want from West’s stories; a YA contemporary with a likeable main character and a cute romance, but above all good character development.

Love, Life, and the List


Signature Challenge

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I have actually have recommended Morgan Matson’s books to some of my friends, and Second Chance Summer is one I’ve recommended to my sister. While reading this in Mauritius I was left a sobbing mess by the ending, so my sister who’s on holiday with me asked what I was reading. I told her, and then told her she needed to read it as well.

She still hasn’t yet, I wonder why.

Second Chance Summer


Technical Challenge

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I skimmed the blurb (although I didn’t skim it that well because I thought it was retelling Snow White), discovered it was a fairytale retelling, and requested it from NetGalley. Unfortunately I hated Stealing Snow and definitely won’t be continuing the series.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I saw a fellow blogger mention she was adding this one to her TBR list, and when I read the blurb and saw that it was a time travel story that was all I needed to know to get me to pick this one up right away. Passenger was definitely a more successful whim read of mine.

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

This was one of the books I got through my Owl Crate subscription box. I didn’t bother looking up any reviews or doing more than skimming the blurb before I dove right in. Like nearly every other magical realism book I’ve read The Love That Split the World is a favourite of mine.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I don’t even think I read the blurb for this one; I saw the name Claudia Gray (the author of the Firebird trilogy which is a favourite of mine) and requested Defy the Stars from NetGalley. This is an incredible sci-fi series, and now I am so excited for the release of the third book.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Can you imagine how different my life would have been if I’d never picked up Illuminae on a whim shortly after it was released? Probably not that different given how the hype for the whole trilogy would have eventually swayed me, I just would have read it later rather than sooner.

The Great British Bake Off Book Tag (1)


Showstopper Challenge

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I don’t think anyone is surprised to see this book as my answer for this question. It’s well known by now how much I love The Night Circus, and honestly there’s nothing more I can say about it that hasn’t already been said a hundred times before.

Except that if you haven’t read this one yet you need to get around to it ASAP.

The Night Circus


The Finalists

Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab

This is another pick that probably won’t be a surprise to a lot of people. V.E. Schwab is an all-time favourite author of mine, she has yet to release a book that I haven’t loved, but her Shades of Magic trilogy is the best of the best. I loved everything about all three books, and I am so excited to go back to that world in the Threads of Power series.

shades-of-magic-uk-series


An Extra Slice

In Time by Alexandra Bracken | Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken

Even though these are only short stories they really do pack an emotional punch. They each add so much to the character development of Zu and Sam, and even though technically you don’t need to read them to understand the main series the events that happen in these short stories do have lasting repercussions in the main books.

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My tags:

Are you a fan of The Great British Bake Off, who’s your favourite baker from this season and who do you currently think is set to win; Kim Joy, Rahul or Ruby? What was the last book you grew so frustrated with you had to DNF, and what’s your favourite trilogy? Let me know, and if there’s anyone out there who wants to take part consider yourself tagged.

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53 thoughts on “The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

  1. What a cute tag! The Great British Bake-Off is hands down my favorite baking show. Just so calming and lovely to look at haha. The Series of Unfortunate Events is always going to be one of my most memorable childhood reads 😀 And so happy that you picked up Love, Life, and the List. It was such a cute summer romance. I’m a little hesitant to read Lucky in Love now that you said that it didn’t really jive with you. But I think I’ll still give it a go one day. But for right now, I’m kind of on the fence with Kasie West. And yaaas, Second Chance Summer is a fantastic read. I’d recommend that book and Amy & Roger to anyone I know haha. Sooo happy that you gave Illuminae a chance. What a sad world it would be without having read that amazing book! I still need to read Defy the Stars! Your rave review of it really makes me want to read it. AND there they are. Never surprised to see Shades of Magic or The Night Circus on your posts 😉 LOL. Great post Beth! ❤

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    1. It is, and it’s a lot of fun too. 🙂 Yep, and the bakes they do always look so yummy. I’d put on so much weight if I was a judge on that show! 😀
      I still have my copies of that series stores somewhere, I don’t think they’re books I could ever get rid of, and yeah Love, Life and the List was a great summer read. I was not a fan of Lucky in Love at all, but maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did. I think between Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s I can’t pick which is my favourite Morgan Matson read.
      Defy the Stars is a must-read, and yeah it’d probably be strange to not see Shades of Magic on one of my posts right?! 🙂 ❤️

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      1. Oh I know right? Sometimes I wonder if they get sick from all the taste-testing. I’d think it’d be too sweet at some pt haha
        Yeah, that’s a hard decision. Both Matson books are amazing. All her books are really good, but those two really stand out for me 🙂
        It would lol ❤

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  2. Really glad you enjoyed doing this!! Such a shame about end of days :/ I remember your review for truth and lies- it did not sound good. I really want my sister to read second chance summer too! I’ve really not heard great things about stealing snow. Glad defy the stars was good though. Night circus and darker shade of magic are great picks! Awesome answers! 😀

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    1. Well thanks for tagging me, it was so much fun! 🙂
      Yeah I would recommend not picking up The Truth and Lies of Ella Black, it was terrible, and hopefully both our sisters will get around to Second Chance Summer soon then! 🙂
      It was great, and yeah The Night Circus and Shades of Magic are always going to be faves of mine! 😀

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  3. Great British Bake-Off omgggg I love that show!!!!???? It’s just so comforting and the contestants are ridiculously lovable. ❤ Also I just read The Night Circus over the weekend!!!! The prose was written so gorgeously sldkfjlsjdf
    It was one of the only books that i loved almost 100% for the setting. The atmosphere/aesthetic was just SO STRONG. I'm very ready to drop everything and join the circus. 🙂 I felt entirely transported for the first time in so long.

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    1. It’s brilliant right?! I’m always in awe of the things they bake because they always look so yummy. Have you been watching this years season?! It’s the final tonight and I’m really excited. 🙂
      Oh I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yeah it’s a stunning book and I completely get what you mean. In tags now whenever there’s a question about what bookish world I’d want to live in The Night Circus is my go-to answer. 😀 ❤️

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  4. Lovely answers for this tag, Beth! ❤ I really need to get around to reading more of Kasie West's books, she seems like such a great contemporary author! I also really want to read The Love That Split the World, I've been wanting to read that one for so long and I haven't just yet and ugh, I just don't know why. So many books, so little time, I guess, haha 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 ❤️ Yeah when it comes to Kasie West’s books she is a bit of a hit or miss author for me, but she’s one of those contemporary authors you can’t really help but recommend if you’re looking for a cute/fluffy read.
      The Love That Split the World is one of highly recommend but yeah I know the ‘too many books too little time’ thing all too well! 😀 ❤️

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  5. I’ve never watched British Bake Off, but I loved these tag questions and your answers Beth!

    I’m definitely taking Ella Black off my TBR, I’ve heard too many negative things and I don’t have time for books like that 😂

    omg Stealing Snow was the WORST. I try and erase that book from my memory.

    One day I’m going to read The Night Circus!

    Shades of Magic is the BEST. I’m still not over ACOL.

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    1. It’s such a fun and wholesome show, I love it, and thanks so much Lauren. 😀
      Yeah definitely can’t recommend that. It had a lot of potential it just massively failed in the execution of it. If I could erase books from my memory Stealing Snow would be one for me too.
      The Night Circus is a must read, I’m sure you’ll love it, and I don’t think any of us will ever be over ACOL! 😀

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  6. Hello Beth!
    Thanks for the tag! This one seems like a fun one and I look forward to doing it (although I haven’t watched the Great British Bake Off!)
    I absolutely agree about The Night Circus (which I will have to reread soon!) and the SOM series! I know what you mean about fantasy books breaking their own rules, which makes the story less intriguing and believable. The Lemony Snicket series was one of my favourites growing up (along with HP)! And I have to read Second Chance Summer soon (although it’s not summer anymore hahaha)

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    1. That’s all right, and I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers for this one (when it came to tagging people I wasn’t sure who did and didn’t watch GBBO, I gave it my best go though :D)
      I want to try and re-read it before this year is over as well. It’s one of those books I just have to read over and over again. Yeah something like that really pulls you out of the story, and same here. I still have my copy of the books somewhere stored in my loft.
      Second Chance Summer is a book you could read at any point throughout the year, though it is heartbreaking I’m sure you’ll love it. 🙂 ❤️

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      1. Even without knowing about GBBO I think this tag would still be a fun one to do 🙂
        I’m definitely keeping Second Chance Summer in mind! I will be slowing down on my reading in November for Nanowrimo but I might get to it in December or next year 🙂

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      2. Same here 🙂 I heard that some people do start at midnight but I also wouldn’t be able to do that because of work. How did your morning commute go? Hope your first day is going well!! ❤

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      3. That’s great! I’m also liking the morning writing burst. I don’t have too much time on the train so I was only able to get 450 words in total during my morning and afternoon commute. However it is better than nothing, and I am glad to have knocked some words off my daily goal by the time I am back from work!
        My first day was good 🙂 I was able to meet my daily word goal so I am happy!

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      4. Wow that’s awesome!! If you’re able to get 1000 words done on your commute, then you don’t have much more to write to get to your daily goal! That’s great that you got a head start 🙂 I got a little bit of a head start yesterday and I’m hoping to write more this weekend!

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      5. That is a very long commute. That’s great that you’re putting it to good use! Yes I love weekends when I have long stretches of uninterrupted time for writing.
        Is it daylight savings time for you this weekend as well? (We get an extra hour :D)

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      6. Well I didn’t manage to write anything yesterday (I got distracted by another WIP so I spent Saturday planning that one) but I’m planning on catching up on my NaNo WIP today. Yeah sleep is definitely important. I would have spent the extra hour the same way. 😀

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      7. That’s good to hear that it was a productive weekend though in a different way! Hopefully writing the new WIP was able to help you get it out of your head? (On the other hand, it’s still early in the game so you could possibly switch gears and work on the new WIP 🙂 )

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    1. Oh that’s a shame. I haven’t gotten around to the Magnus Chase books (it’s the next series by Rick Riordan on my TBR list though) but for me nothing can beat his Percy Jackson series.
      I actually recently read the All for the Game trilogy and loved it, I can definitely see why it’s a favourite of yours. 🙂

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