The Bookish Baking Tag

Fun fact: my step-dad’s actually a super talented chef. It’s a pretty sweet deal – what with all the cinnamon cookies he bakes me. Still waiting on that next batch, Wayne. I’ve been very lucky because my step-dad taught me everything I know but no one – and I mean no one – bakes like he does. [Just try his house made tiramisu with frangelico *drools*].

Anyway, get ready to start salivating because today I’m doing The Bookish Baking Tag which combines two of the best things on earth: sweet treats and books. Honestly, is there anything better than a piping hot cup of tea, a cinnamon cookie and a good book? This is an original tag created by my bookish bestie, Kay from Hammock of Books. In true reading by Starlight fashion, this tag is WAY overdue. You know what they say – better late then never right?

So, thank you so much for tagging me to participate in your amazing [and seriously drool-worthy] tag, Kay – sorry it’s taken me so long! 💙 Be sure to check out Kay’s blog – I never miss a post and neither should you!

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☆ Thank whoever tagged you
☆ Link back to them and the original creator (Kay @ Hammock of Books)
☆ Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics
☆ Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness 

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Right off the bat, The Queen of Nothing thrusts us straight into the action. Before we even find our footing we’re caught up in Jude’s new normal – living as the exiled Mortal Queen of Faerie. This girl’s got some serious gumption and I freaking live for it. Let’s just say Jude’s more than willing to play dirty in order to survive on the outside.

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I re-read The Afterlife of Holly Chase every holiday season – it’s the perfect festive mood read. Holly Chase is selfish, vain and vindictive. She’s also dead. Now she serves out her eternal punishment at Project Scrooge, working as the resident Ghost of Christmas Past. Set against a backdrop of snowflakes and sugarplums, The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a heart-warming story about redemption, hope and the power of second chances.


Fact: if you look up the phrase “cinnamon roll” in the dictionary you’ll find “see; Abraxos”. True story. In Heir of Fire, the general scope of the series expands and we’re introduced to some key characters. One such character is the lovable wyvern, Abraxos. Abraxos is actually the definition of a cinnamon roll. Despite his violent upbringing as a “bait beast”, Abraxos is fiercely loyal and loves wildflowers.

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In my opinion, Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty is the holy grail of summer contemporary novels. It’s also better that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. There’s just something about Jenny’s writing, the way she captures Belly’s voice, that’s so nostalgic – it just screams summer. My go to destination read, this book feels like driving along the coast with the windows rolled down.

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I’ve been re-reading Erin Hunter’s sprawling Warriors Saga for the past eleven years so I think it’s safe to say that these books are pretty darn nostalgic to me. The Warriors books are a feline fantasy series – think Watership Down but, you know, just with feral cats. Consisting of over seventy books, there’s plenty of action, violence and bloodshed as the cats literally fight to survive.


I haven’t shut up about Lolita since I read it last year. Honestly I was just blown away by the confronting, deeply poignant plot and Vladimir Nabokov’s unnervingly romantic prose. That being said, Lolita is not for the faint of heart. Basically the jail cell confession of a pedophile, Lolita is the story of Humbert Humbert’s obsessive infatuation with his teenage step daughter. If you want to study English, if you want to write than Lolita is a must read.


I honestly can’t understand why more people aren’t talking about Song of the Current. I mean, it’s criminally underrated and I will never stop raving. If you like a good jungle setting, if you like sexy swashbucklers than do yourself a favor and pick this fantasy duology up stat. An epic adventure with a sensory, watery setting, Song of the Current boasts a feisty, independent heroine more than capable of setting her own course.


The Selection is pure fluff but in the best possible way. I mean, The Selection’s basically a dystopian version of The Bachelor. Okay, so it’s not the most sophisticated book on the market. The plot’s riddled with overused tropes and there’s a seriously forced love triangle but The Selection’s a certified guilty pleasure, guaranteed to save any reading slump. There’s plenty of romance, drama and angst to keep you fully invested.


Pumpkinheads is a surprisingly deep story about the paths not taken and last chances masquerading behind a cute, quirky graphic novel. Deja and Joise are seasonal best friends working their last shift at the Pumpkin Patch. The novel follows their misadventures across the Patch as they vow to have the best night ever. Pumpkinheads perfectly captures that feeling of anticipation as you leave childhood behind – it teaches us to live with no regret.

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Can you believe I was introduced to Jane Eyre through Netflix? It was a gloomy, rainy day, I was flicking through my library, looking for something to watch when I stumbled upon Jane Eyre. Afterwards, I was hooked. I also may or may not have fallen in love with Michael Fassbender. Naturally, I rushed out to buy a copy but fast-forward six months and I still hadn’t read it yet. Suffice to say, I was seriously intimidated – you know how it is with classics. Anyway, I finally swallowed my fear and dived in. Spoiler alert: it’s now one of my favorite books.


I’m 99.9% sure that The Sun is Also a Star rears it’s head in every tag I do – and for good reason. Not only does it feature an amazingly diverse cast of characters but it’s a deeply philosophical novel about fate grounded in scientific fact. Natasha is an illegal immigrant and she only has one day to save her family from being deported to Jamaica. It’s about cause and effect and the gathered consciousness of the universe


Serpent and Dove was EVERYWHERE when it released late last year. EVERYONE was reading it. So naturally, I avoided it like the plague. Big Mistake. Big. HUGE. This book was freaking phenomenal – it definitely lived up to my Brendon Urie high, high hopes. Deliciously dark and complex, Serpent and Dove features an enemies-turned-lovers romance between a witch and a witch hunter with a serious Hunchback vibe.

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25 thoughts on “The Bookish Baking Tag

  1. Oh my god, this seems like such a fun and original tag! Thank you so much for tagging me, Alexandra!!🤗

    I personally can’t bake to save my life (probably should start learning tho😂) but I love baked foods and reading so this will work perfectly!
    (Also, reading, tea and cinnamon cookies. You spoke to my heart!)

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  2. Ahh I’m so happy you did this tag Alexandra! I loved reading through your answers ❤

    The beginning of Queen of Nothing is PERFECTION! absolute perfection having her just sitting chilling in the mortal world like in the beginning Cruel Prince but as the QUEEN and also being a badass fighter adsfkljdsf now I want to go reread that book just saying…

    Serpent and Dove definitely has a lot of hype… and I am vaguely ashamed that despite all the hype I still have not read it… I will soon I swear! The Selection is definitely air and fluff in the absolute best way; I definitely always go for it and pick it up when I'm looking for a good time, an easy read that can 10/10 make me in a better mood, and honestly just let's close my eyes and pretend I do not see all the tropes and cliches and bad parts of the book and enjoy the fluffiness lmao.

    I agree that The Summer I Turned Pretty has total summer vibes—but I dISAGREE how can you say it's better than To All The Boys??? Belly annoyed me so much agh, although tbh I think if I had read it when I was younger, like when I was a smol baby reading The Selection, I might have liked it, but Belly felt mind gratingly childish and annoying as I was reading it a couple years ago.

    thanks for doing this post! craving cinnamon cookies now… ❤

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    • I actually had the BEST time writing this post [even if I was drooling and craving cookies like 99.9% of the time – I’m blaming you when I put on cookie weight! 😂]. Sorry it took me so long to get around to it – you know what they say: better late than never, right? 😉

      Fun fact, you were actually one of the people to inspire me to give The Cruel Prince another chance! And I’m so glad I did because holy heck – I’m OBSESSED! I think the Queen of Nothing was my favorite book of the series because it was just so unpredictable. I was SHOOK for the most part.

      You know what, please don’t let the hype train put you off Serpent and Dove – it’s actually SO good! Okay, it’s not a perfect five star book. I had a few minor issues with the world building but the romance and Hunchback vibes are just *chef’s kiss*. I’m not one for witches but consider me 100% hooked.


      That being said, I read TSITP when I was fifteen so I think I was a little closer to Belly at that age. Yes, she’s immature and dramatic but that was literally me way-back-when. I think that Belly captures the angst and mistakes we make as teenagers.

      Thank you so much for creating such an amazing tag [and tagging me!] 💙💙💙


  3. This is such a fun tag, Alexandra! As always, I loved reading your answers. The Queen of Nothing was truly amazing, as was the Folk of the Air trilogy as a whole! The Afterlife of Holly Chase is my go-to holiday book, and I love how forgiveness and redemption are such strong themes in the story. I’m so excited to see another Warrior Cats fan in the book-blog-iverse! The books are so nostalgic for me as well, and as a crazy cat lady, I find all of the cat fights/battles so epic! I’m so glad you recommended Song of the Current, as it sounds absolutely amazing! You and I have such similar tastes, I think there’s a good chance I’ll love it. I just added it to my TBR! So happy to see The Selection on this list as well! Sure, like you said, it’s no fine literature, but it’s just so fluffy and wonderful ❤ And yessss, Serpent & Dove is incredible as well! Like you, I avoided it for quite a while since it was so hyped up when it was initially released (let's face it, though… the hype never really died down 😂). But I'm glad we both picked it up, because holy crap… It was so good!

    Anyways, wonderful post! Sorry for the super long comment!

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    • OKAY HOLD UP – YOU LOVE THE AFTER LIFE OF HOLLY CHASE??? I host an annual holiday read-a-long at Christmas so you really MUST join this year! [Maybe we could even co-host…]. I love how TAOHC just captures the essence of Christmas – it’s so warm and wholesome but also super deep and poignant?

      AND WARRIOR CATS TOO – sahdgoeraisdjbf;saldhfvbaLSJDFVGOASIkjsd’f;ilhsbaODJFHBL

      Literally no one in the community still reads Warrior Cats so I’m so happy I can gush about all the kitty drama with you! These books are the epitome of nostalgic – I don’t think I’ll ever stop re-reading them!

      And girl, Song of the Current is RIGHT up you’re alley! Okay, there aren’t any mermaids but Pirates! Frogmen! Rivers! There’s so much action and a little mystery with some amazing river mythology. You HAVE to pick it up! [That’s an order! 😂]

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 💙💙💙

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      • Yes, ma’am! I’m bumping Song of the Current up on my TBR because out of everyone in this community, I trust your book recommendations the most! Can’t wait to read it!

        Warrior Cats is such an underrepresented series in the book blogging community, so you have no idea how excited I am to find another fan! I’m so here for all that kitty drama.

        And I will happily join/co-host your Holly Chase readathon this year! That sounds like such fun, and I’m definitely due for a reread!


    • The Afterlife of Holy Chase is the PERFECT book for the holiday season. In fact, I host an annual Christmas read-a-long – you’d be very welcome if you wanted to join this year! 💙

      I would also highly recommend Pumpkinheads for October. It’s so nostalgic and wholesome with the perfect Halloween vibe!


  4. I love this tag, it’s combining two of some of my favorite things! Haha, yess The Selection series is totally a dystopian bachelor but I love it! Did you hear there going to make it into a movie?
    Lovely post ❤️

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