The Candy Book Tag

I don’t do tags often since there hasn’t been much free time of late. But this one seems fun. Besides, it’s a holiday as I am drafting this. (Confession: All my posts are scheduled and I’m not really here.)

So thank you to the lovely sisters at Twin Bookmarks for the tag! Do check out their wonderful list here. Now, let’s get going.

Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Dear David Foster Wallace, you are an enigma. A genius but a puzzle all the same. No matter how daunting a book gets, I try to finish them all. Sadly, Infinite Jest turns out a challenge that I just cannot accomplish.

It is admittedly brilliant. I have highlighted and re-written several lines for I truly fell in love with his poetic observations. Yet my focus meandered as the story did. For a year, this book has sat at 26% on my Kindle. Someday, I intend to get back to my personal Everest.

Milk Chocolate – This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

Show me someone who doesn’t love Neil Gaiman, and I’ll show them the way out the door. With his highly inventive mind, he perfects the blend of beautiful fantasy and effective horror. His stories are resultantly not just tall tales but lingering experiences.

In American Gods, a mix of personified metaphors spawns an inspired mythology, portraying ancient Gods alongside the new. This page-turner is just the top of the Gaiman pile that I will readily shove to any self-confessed bibliophile.

Black Jellybeans – Why do these exist?!

With Dexter Morgan, Jeff Lindsay has created the perfect psychopath to love and hate. The novels sadly suffer from an extraordinary case of inconsistency. Such a shame, given how much I enjoyed the first three books, much more than the telly adaptation.

Then came Dexter in the Dark. Reinventing his Dark Passenger as a supernatural entity, the revelation felt like a betrayal that never sat well with me. Things picked up in Dexter by Design, but every book that followed simply made me cry blood out of boredom.

Gummy Spiders – Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

Stories by Clive Barker and Stephen King were what inspired me to get into writing. So, this was a toss-up between my heroes with their respective collection, Books of Blood and Nightmares and Dreamscapes. The former eventually won out by a slight inch after excessive contemplation.

But there is no reason to miss out on either. Both short anthologies are wildly varied in scares, yet dependable for originality and quality. While fiction never quite terrifies me, these guys sure know how to make my skin crawl.

Jumbo Lollipop – This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Looking out for hard sci-fi, I picked up Too Like the Lightning off a book rec list. I was not expecting how towering the novel would be. It is enormously complex and impressively dense. Besides, this ambitious endeavour is only the introductory first chapter to a two-parter history.

By sheer world-building, historian Ada Palmer has crammed insights on philosophy, theology, gender studies, world politics, economics and linguistics into a single book. This is no criticism! If anything, it is the most fascinating story I have read in recent years. In this case, patience pays off, delivering an interesting and rewarding experience.

Cotton Candy – Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.

Roald Dahl really ought to make the list, given how many times I have read Matilda and Rhyme Stew. But The Wind In the Willows is the warm and endearing story that has truly stayed with me since childhood.

In his enchanting adventure, Kenneth Grahame evokes endless wonder in a fantasy world seen through the eyes of a child. Just a few chapters later, Mole already feels like an old friend. Such charm is hard to find. As is inspiration that urges us to take a blithesome step out of the old life and into the new.

Thanks for getting through this hefty list. Keen to do your own list? I couldn’t decide who to nominate. So consider yourself tagged, so long as you are reading this. 😉

15 thoughts on “The Candy Book Tag”

  1. This was a great Read (excuse the pun). I have three of the Dexter books and they were great but I had stopped after finding the tv show and it drew me in.

    My eyes lit up to see you have read Neil Gaiman books as I admire a lot of his work myself..I’ve read a few such as Good Omens, Coraline, Stardust, Fragile Things and many more that tower up on my bookshelf. If you’re going to look into Terry Pratchett, I’d recommend The Colour of Magic, Reaper Man and The Hogfather of a few of his engaging stories I was fond of.

    I’ve had Book Of Bloods on my wishlist for quite some time now. I really want to read his work..I have only come across The Midnight Meat Train which introduced me to his novels but with health and time it has been a challenge. A great tag for a bookworm lover. ☺

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    1. Thanks much Sonea, I’d love to see your take on this tag! The first three are the best three Dexter books, I think. And I’m so happy you love Gaiman’s works too! He’s such a fantastic writer. Appreciate the Pratchett recommendations, I’ll start with those for sure. 😊

      I’m a fan of the Midnight Meat Train film. It’s also one of the best stories in Books of Blood. I hope you feel better soon, so you can enjoy the shorts! 🙂


  2. I love tags and this one was really fun. I had no idea about the Dexter books, I’ve just seen the TV-show. I really wish I was more of a reader, but I barely got time to watch movies these days. Brilliant post!

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    1. Thanks much, Renate! If you have some time to spare, do give this tag a go. 😊 Dexter novels are quick reads, but I wouldn’t recommend anything after the third. And about finding time to read books/watch movies, I can totally relate!

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  3. Great post. I haven’t read any of the books, but besides the last two books, I do know all of them. I can understand about the revelation of Dexter’s Dark Passenger not sitting well with you. The way you describe it sounds truly weird. Then again the last episode of Dexter was seriously bad as well, and totally ruined the series as far as I am concerned.

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    1. Thank you, Michel! 😊 The revelation’s truly bizarre. It landed the story into an entirely different genre. While I love horror-fantasy, it just didn’t fit well with Dexter’s story. I stopped watching the series midway. Seems like it might have been a good decision! 😉

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  4. Gasp! You schedule your posts! I am appalled and outraged. Except not really since most of mine are too. I have to admit, I have read none of these books. I have read Good Omens which Neil Gaimen collaborated on and it was brilliantly funny (I had reason to share the satanic version of the grand old duke of york with my parents the other week..). The one that appeals the most is Too Like the Lightning. Sounds impressive

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, John! Stay tuned for more outrageously unsurprising confessions. 😀 I do love Good Omens as well. It’s one of Gaiman’s best and my first foray into Terry Pratchett’s works. I ought to read more soon. As for Too Like The Lightning, it’s perfect for anyone who loves a sprawling story. Hope you get to read it sometime!

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  5. It’s good to know that I’m not the only blogger who schedules my posts far far in advance! =)

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and am very impressed by your blog. I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. The trouble is that I tend to forget about ever having scheduled these posts, until the notifications start coming in. 😂

      Anyhow, thanks much for the kind words, Breeny. Welcome to the community! Have fun, and keep writing. I’ve read a couple of your reviews so far, and they are fantastic. I’ll be keeping a lookout for more. 🙂

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