Ben & Jerry’s Book Tag

ben-and-jerrys-book-tagI saw this tag over at That Wild Soul and I thought I would give it a try since its ice cream season!

Honestly, we have the most awesome creamery here that has flavors that rival Ben & Jerry’s. It’s only open from April to October so we gorge ourselves on our favorite flavors.

Pick a light, fluffy contemporary

One of my favorite contemporary reads is In the Bag by Kate Klise. It’s a light read with a simple premise about what happens when bags get mixed up at an airport.

The story is told from four alternating points of view between two sets of travelers: a teenage boy and his father, and a teenage girl and her mother. The result is a story with tremendous appeal that won’t just inspire your wanderlust, but it will also warm your heart.

A new release that you wish everybody would read

I really enjoyed I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh! This is the U.S. release of her first book and it was a great mystery. The story revolves around a hit-and-run that kills a young boy, but follows both a grieving mother and the cops investigating the case.

An ending that was bittersweet

Bittersweet endings make up about 90 percent of what I read. Seriously, I can’t recall the last time I read a book that you might describe as happy off-handedly, but I love Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.

This book made me laugh, cry, and sob, all at the same time and the ending was definitely bittersweet.

A book containing your OTP of OTP’s

I don’t normally ship OTPs in books. (TV shows, that’s another story!) The one OTP I have for a book, is a friendship, and that’s between the heroines of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

I love these characters and I love this book! It’s definitely not a friendship I would immediately associate with Strawberry Shortcake, because the tone of the book is dark, but the friendship Wein captures is perfect in every way.

Two authors that if they collaborated, they would go perfectly together

I loved both Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley and Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. They both write with a deadpan sense of humor and really fleshed out and believable relationships.

I think that if they were to collaborate on something, the result would be just magical. I realized recently that they are friends so this could potentially happen one day. I mean look…their books even color coordinate.

A book that had you turning the pages late into the night

A lot of books have snatched hours of sleep from me with the old saying of: “Just one more chapter!” The most recent culprit of this crime is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Strictly speaking I didn’t turn the pages late into the night, but I did enjoy Clare Danes’ narration enough that I would push myself for one more chapter until her words made absolutely no sense.

What really struck me about this book was the writing. Margaret Atwood gives Offred a visceral tone that I found infectious. It kept me engaged with her character and I liked that.

I haven’t even finished this book yet, but my review should come in a few days.

A book that makes you feel better after a long day of life

Landline by Rainbow Rowell is a book that made me feel much better after a long day of life. It’s about a woman who’s marriage is falling apart but it is presenting in a bittersweet and yet funny way.

When she discovers that she has a magical phone in her possession her reaction is very human. She’s not a scientist or a physicist, she doesn’t pull apart temporal mechanics. It’s not interesting in justifying how the events of the novel are happening.

Instead, Georgie thinks what any everyday person would think: “I’m having a breakdown…or a schizophrenic episode.”

A book not yet released that you can’t wait to get your hands on

I saw Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney on NetGalley and I was immediately excited for it. It sounds so interesting. Here is the cover blurb:

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk.

As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be—in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.

A love letter to city life—however shiny or sleazy—Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Anyone else have a sudden desire to visit their favorite ice cream shop, parlor, or stand? I’ve salivating! And I am tagging a couple people to keep this amazing thing going! 

Sarah @ Reviews and Readathons
Monique @ Land of Literature
Emma @ The Terror of Knowing
Arianne @ Beyond Chapters
Grace @
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews
Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

13 thoughts on “Ben & Jerry’s Book Tag

  1. I’m so excited for Lillian Boxfish takes a walk! I also saw it on Netgalley and I was immediately interested in it. Also, sweet tag. I need icecream now 🙂


    1. I know! Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk sounds like such a dreamy and yet rich read. I love the cover, I love the jacket copy. I put my “wish” in on Netgalley because it just seemed so interesting. This tag made me hungry! I will not lie about that. What is it with bookish tags and food?

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  2. Wow, two of my favorite things: ice cream + books! Also, I heard they made The Handmaid’s Tale into a tv show. Any thoughts on that?
    Thanks for the tag, and I can’t wait to do it 🙂 I’ve changed my blog name to for a fresh start with my return. Can’t wait to catch up on all your recent posts!!


    1. Hi Grace!! I am so happy to hear from you! I’ve been absent quite a bit myself. I am working on some new content now. As for The Handmaid’s Tale…yes! Hulu produced it, and it is a well-done show. I haven’t finished it so I can’t say my complete thoughts…but it’s definitely a thought provoking piece. I can’t wait to see your picks!


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