Thoughts on Thursday: The Candy Book Tag


The Candy Book Tag is a new book blog tag started by Samantha @ Bookish Serendipity. This is a list of candy . . . and we have to match them with books.! I saw Laura’s candy books over at Laura Plus Books, which inspired me to do my own candy book tag.

As you guys know, I’ve been super stressed about work in recent months. There has been a district initiative to provide more support our language learners AND the big push for our state standardized testing is upon us. Because of all of this, I’ve missed two Feature Follow Fridays and a Sunday Post entirely.  I haven’t had hardly any Thoughts on Thursday discussion posts, and my Top Ten Tuesday posts that I’ve had prepared and scheduled have run dry. Review posts and other promotional content has waned as well. I don’t even want to talk about my absence from link-ups and visiting and commenting on blogs. And then I saw Laura’s Candy Book Tag and I thought how perfect it would be for a discussion post!

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

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer has been a recent rage. It has won several awards, but I just can’t buy into the storyline. It seems too outrageous to me and in my opinion a coat-tail follower on some previous authors.

200px-Outlander_cover_2001_paperback_editionMILK CHOCOLATE: This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is my hands-down #1 pushed book. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I read it at a very young age – 7th grade – and I have re-read it many times. I love Claire and Jamie’s story and the life they have started together with all of its unpredictable turns.

BLACK JELLYBEANS: Why do these exist?

Scornfully YoursI’m jumping on a bandwagon here! “Romantic Erotica” that is domestically abusive with trashy writing. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. That’s right, those Fifty Shades.

One that I read myself that turned into this category of writing was Scornfully Yours by Pamela Ann (review). I was expecting an interesting plot from this book and it turned into an abusive and manipulative love triangle where the MC compromised all of her morals and what she stood for. There could have been so many other ways this book went without this negative, bring-down.

CHOCOLATE KISSES: Awww. This novel had the best romance.

I adored the respect and love that both the love interest character’s paid to the late husband and brother, respectively, in Just Not Ready Yet by Brooklyn James (review). They were both so sensitive to those relationships they had to Cash that they fought their feelings that blossomed so beautifully. I loved the story and the history of all of the characters and how they each had a part in pushing these two together. Plus, she wrote a song for him!!

18759482GUMMY SPIDERS: Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

Enough Rope by P.L. Doss seriously drove me to be a little panic paranoid for a while. Ironically, it also created the need to read more crime fiction. I suppose to continue to feed the slightly panicky fear. My review of it went up at the end of last spring, which is really already summer in Texas!

JUMBO LOLLIPOP: This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

PatriciaBurroughs_ThisCrumblingPageant_800px    8125716

This is a toss up between This Crumbling Pageant by Patricia Burroughs and Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews. I seriously struggled to get through both of these books, and I talked about my struggle to get through Love Amid the Ashes in a WWW Wednesday post.

Review: This Crumbling Pageant | Review: Love Amid the Ashes

77767COTTON CANDY: Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). 

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read and re-read the entire series several times and even read the spin-off series books from The Rose Years. Anything Laura Ingalls Wilder related, I read from about 4th grade through 6th grade.

I’m tagging YOU! I welcome everyone to share their book candies. 

Tell me, what is your milk chocolate? 🙂

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