“The Dim Sum Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna at Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.”
I was tagged by Beth at Reading Every Night. Thank you for the tag, you know I love doing these 🙂
Sorry it took an eternity for me to write this!
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.
A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.
‘Matched’ by Ally Condie.
I liked the original concept of this book – in their society you get matched with a partner and that’s who you’re with for life, everything else is controlled too (what you eat, what you do, etc).
Unfortunately, it was ridiculously poorly executed, and the book ended up so boring I felt like I was being forced to read it for school.
This book is a dumb white girl romance if ever I read one, and the plot was agonisingly predictable. Not to mention, they weren’t nearly as oppressed as I was expecting them to be.
I apologise if anyone reading this is a fan of the series, but personally, I couldn’t get past the first book.
(Side note: Sorry to start on such a sour note).
Chiu Chow Dumpling:
A book that features elements of land and sea.
‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy.
In this series, the Elemental sorcerers wield the four elements. That includes earth and water, obviously, and I’m going to count that as the story involving ‘elements of land and sea’.
Rice Noodle Roll:
A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. Traits? Skills? Morally ambiguous?).
‘Fairy Tail’ by Mashima Hiro (Hiro Mashima).
Erza is very multilayered and that is why she’s my favourite character from this manga (yes, I count manga volumes as books. Bite me.)
On the one hand, she’s badass and terrifies people, on the other, she’s a weirdo obsessed with strawberry cake. She’s also crazy loyal to her friends, and her backstory is amazing. She just has a very developed personality and backstory and man I love well written characters.
A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.
‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass.
In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels THE SELECTION is the chance of a lifetime to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize a prize she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she’s always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?
As you can clearly tell for yourself, the series was a YA novel with a white chick in a love triangle. It was pretty obvious from the start that Maxon was going to win because duh – he’s the prince.
Side note: The Selection series was complete and utter white trash, but I loved it.
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns:
A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. Message? Depth? Controversy?)
‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness.
The blurb of this book describes it as a book about a main character who is just an ordinary bloke – not the chosen one. I adore Patrick Ness and I thought that it would be a cool book in which a talented author kicks the ‘chosen one’ trope in the behind.
However, it turned out that the main character was suffering from OCD and that his sister (another important character) was fighting eating disorders.
I was SO happy when I realised that this was the direction of the story. Patrick Ness isn’t afraid to be real, and in this book he was able to accurately express mental illnesses so complicated that most people can never find the words.
As someone who suffers from anxiety, this book was everything.
A book with divided opinions.
‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness.
(Side note: I was really confused for a while before I realised that it meant divided opinions amongst the readers, not divided opinions expressed through the book.)
More Than This (sorry to have done two Patrick Ness books in a row but aaaaaah he’s such a good author) is the kind of book that you either love or hate depending on how your brain works.
If you are the kind of person who needs answers and who likes it when things wrap up neatly (like in a well executed mystery novel), then this is not the book for you.
If you have an open (and a little philosophical) mind, then you very well might love this book. It’s not, like, one big long existential crisis though. I mean, kind of. Just read it.
Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice:
A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.
‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling.
My parents had always owned the Harry Potter books, so I had of course already read them, but on my eleventh birthday my parents bought me my own copy of the first book. It was wrapped in Harry Potter themed wrapping paper and the best part was that there were a bunch of chocolate frogs and a toy wand wrapped in with the book.
Egg Custard Tart:
A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.
‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard.
Red Queen uses a lot of YA tropes – a dystopian society, love triangles, etc. However, it uses them in a completely different way than you would expect.
Basically, the author leads you down the road of the cliché and you’re thinking “alright, here we go again” but then she does it in a completely different way than what is expected. In the end, the clichés end up not being cliché at all, the love triangles aren’t love triangles (thank God) and things just don’t go the way you expect them to.
Red Queen is a really good book (as is Glass Sword, the next in the series), and I would definitely recommend it.
Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk:
Any book recommendation and beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.
‘Winter’ by Marissa Meyer.
I absolutely love to read Winter with some warmed milk with cinnamon in it (because a maid makes that for Winter early on in the story and it always makes me crave it), and a rosey apple lollipop (because it’s the closest thing I can get to the sour apple petites from the story, which sound AMAZING, btw).
The rosey apple lollipops^^^
Fried Sesame Balls:
A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.
Oh fudge, I really can’t think of one for the life of me.
I’ve never really been a big fan of the feel of embossed designs, to be honest. I mean, it’s not like I dislike them but…
Dim Sum Steam Cart:
The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around
I’m still in school, so I just carry it in my bag.