Top Ten Tuesday (Books That Make Me Hungry)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Books that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.)

1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I cannot get enough of this book with it’s gorgeous descriptions of spicy foods that the main character Emoni instinctively puts together. One of my fave books of 2019, this one is a must read for any food lover.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Honestly this one is full of cinnamon roll mentions and it’s got to be my favourite pastry. The main character, Hannah, loves them a lot and they’re a key feature in the story, where Hannah’s life is told in two parallel worlds based on one decision she makes.

3. Sourdough by Robin Sloan. It has food in the title, right? Love this book set around sourdough and the tech world. It even fits with my blogs bread theme. It is a short read but wonderfully cute and inspiring. Go after your dreams like the main character, Lois.

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. This is one of my favourite YA fantasies, and it definitely has some excellent descriptions of the local food. It centres on Shahrzad, a young girl who sacrifices herself to the boy king known to murder his wives after one night. What follows is one of my fave love stories – definitely a duology that you must check out.

5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Who wouldn’t want a Kitchen that could make everything you asked for? Also, you won’t ever find a Kitchen as cute as the one in The Starless Sea. You can see my review here to find out more about this perfectly mind-boggling story full of stories.

6. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. I just finished an eARC of this beautifully sad mother-daughter story. A book full of mysteries, I was gripped from start to finish. It also has amazing descriptions of Korean dishes that makes me really want to try them! This book is published today, you should check it out.

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. In this book, Rachel Chu meets her boyfriend Nick’s family for the first time. Only thing is, he forgot to mention they are super rich. They spend the summer in Singapore, amongst all the family gossip – but will their relationship survive? There are some great food descriptions in this book – especially the street food in Singapore!

8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. You’d think a book about a poison taster would make you anything but hungry, but in this book a sweet called Criollo plays a big role, and it’s based on chocolate! Even with the threat of being poisoned, a book where chocolate has such a big presence is enough to make me crave it.

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Another weird choice but Celaena Sardothien has such a sweet tooth and has a great love of cake – particularly the chocolate kind. This series is really popular, and only gets better in future books so it’s best to persevere!

10. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. Finally, we’re left with one of my favourite contemporary romances, Ayesha at Last. In this book, Ayesha’s Nani teachers her and the love interest, Khalid, to cook. It’s adorable and definitely a beautiful story about Muslim characters with very different perspectives on life. If you like romance, definitely give it a go and fall in love just like I did.

There we have it, books that made me feel hungry. Have you read any of these books? Some of my favourites are definitely in this list and I’d encourage you to check them out.

Book Review: The Starless Sea

My friends were reading this, some for the second time and some for the first. I decided to join in with a re-read of a book that blew my mind last November. A second read hit differently – it was just as good, just as unique, but some of the things I missed the first time became super clear. I am sure a third read will reveal even more! Now I wasn’t so focused on what was happening, I noticed the little details that make this such rich storytelling.

Star rating: 5 stars

The Starless Sea is a book of stories within stories – the short stories are all somehow related to the main story which can take a bit of figuring out. Remembering what the small stories are about helps! It is one of the most bizarre things I have ever read, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is the star of the show – he’s a college-aged protagonist, studying some sort of Game Design as a post-graduate in Vermont. He is introverted, doesn’t have many friends, but appears confident when he knows what he’s talking about. Zachary, never Zach, is absolutely the kind of character that I can really get behind. He is curious, gentle, and often sarcastic. I love a character with a great sense of humour.

There are several other characters – Dorian, Kat, Mirabel and the Keeper. It doesn’t feel like there are good and bad characters – they all have drivers and things that motivate them that feel legitimate. I really enjoyed the extracts of Kat’s diary and the dynamic between Zachary and Dorian.

The descriptions are lyrical and the sentences have a nice rhythm, I can imagine it is exceptional when read aloud. Despite the detail, it never feels like a chore to read.

With the chaos of the plot, I was really worried that the ending wouldn’t live up to the rest of the book. I shouldn’t have been! It is bittersweet, though wrapped up enough to satisfy, but definitely leaves room for more which I definitely wouldn’t say no to! Erin Morgenstern did a fantastic job and if you love dreamy, weird and wonderful books then this is not one to miss.

This is one of my friend Meaghan’s favourite books – you can check out their review at Paragraphs and Pages.

Have you read The Starless Sea? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday (26th August 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern for the second time. It’s one of the most unique books I have ever come across, and is such a beautiful novel full of stories within stories. I highly recommend it if you like Strange the Dreamer and books written like it, because it’s so dreamy and whimsical with gorgeous writing.

What did you recently finish reading?

Only the best book I’ve ever read? The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, which I was very lucky to receive an eARC of recently. It has some of the most beautiful quotes ever, made me feel things no book ever has, and broke my heart over and over. This is not one to miss and is Schwab’s best work in my opinion!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I got sidetracked with my re-read of The Starless Sea, so I’m thinking that Ace of Shades and King of Fools will be next so I can go in fresh to Queen of Volts. I can’t wait to see how Amanda Foody ends this trilogy!

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.