I’ve been seeing the Dim Sum book tag going around the book blogging community for a while, and I was finally tagged to do it by Beth from Reading Every Night! You should definitely go check out her post, since she has some great answers to this tag! The tag was originally created by Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna at Reading With Jenna, so, if you’re interested, you should head on over to their blogs as well. I’ve actually been following Joey’s blog for a while, and recently discovered Jenna’s and they’re both great!
Here are some rules to devour this tag:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
- Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
- Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
- Food coma.
A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.
I’m sure I’ve had this experience a few times, but the one book that immediately came to mind is Movie Game by Michael Ebner. The synopsis was intriguing, and I was kind of hoping for something along the lines of Ready Player One, but what I got was weird and kind of boring. I just didn’t get the point of this book.
Chiu Chow Dumpling:
A book that features elements of land and sea.
A recent read that fits this description perfectly is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. The sea definitely plays a huge role in the story, even though it takes place on land.
Rice Noodle Roll:
A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. Traits? Skills? Morally ambiguous?).
I’m currently rereading Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown, and it’s definitely reminding me how much Darrow fits this description. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you’ve read these books, you’ll understand. There is a lot of depth and character growth in a modest number of pages. It’s amazing!
A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.
I think the blurb for Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins gives a little too much away – you go into the book knowing that there’s a year-long flirtation between the main characters, so you know it’s going to take them a long time to get together, but there are going to be a bunch of “near-misses” during that time. And that’s basically the whole book. That said, I still liked the book and plan on reading the other two.
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns:
A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. Message? Depth? Controversy?).
For this one, I’m going with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I wasn’t expecting much from it, to be honest, but it really blew me away. I loved the story and the message!
A book with divided opinions.
Recently, I’ve actually encountered a lot of people who don’t really like 1984, which is one of my favorite books. For the most part, their problem is with the ending, which I think fits the book perfectly. Let me know what you think of this one.
Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice:
A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.
This past Christmas, my parents gave me a deluxe, leather-bound, signed copy of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (you can still get them here!). It’s gorgeous – green leather, with a really cool gold, geometric design and gilded pages. I’m in love!
Egg Custard Tart:
A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.
I think Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, actually had a lot of elements that could have just completely failed in the hands of a lesser writer. But he executes them flawlessly.
Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk:
Any book recommendation and beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.
I’m going to kind of copy Beth here and go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and caramel corn. They’re just perfect together – if you’ve read the book, you’ll definitely get me. My second choice was A Game of Thrones and red wine.
Fried Sesame Balls:
A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.
I love my pocket leatherette Lord of the Rings box set. The leather is ridiculously soft, and I adore the simplicity of just the title and author embossed on the covers. So, so good!
Dim Sum Steam Cart:
The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around.
I usually just throw a book in my everyday bag: a giant, green leather bag from Lucky Brand, because I know it’s sturdy enough not to fall apart under the weight of as many books as I can fit in it (I’ve learned the hard way that not all purses are made for books). If I’m carrying a lot of books, or bringing my laptop along, too, I use my “I Like Big Books” tote bag.
That tag was so fun! And now I really want some dim sum (it’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve eaten it). I’m going to tag:
Kat @ Life and Other Disasters
Beth @ Reading Every Night
Sarah @ Bits & Books with Sarah
Noirfire @ Yelhispressing
Heather @ Bits n Books
And anyone else who’d like to do this tag!