The Cake Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Books and Big Ideas, and I thought that I would give it a try. Fun fact, I used to work at a bakery, and I love looking at gorgeous cakes.

A dark book you absolutely love


I am going to say Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Anyone who knows my literary tastes knows I like dark and twisty books, but I recently listened to this, and I think that there is honestly nothing more terrified than what the “anonymous” narrator goes through. I get the feeling this book will be on my mind for quite a while.

A light read


When I hear something is a light read, I often think: “Oh god, it’s going to ask me to suspend my disbelief to an unreasonable level!” That wasn’t the case with Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

While I have no doubt that this book can carry itself on paper, if you’re going to read this book, I highly recommend listening to it on audio!

Why? Because the back and forth in with the suburbanites is worth every second and will have you laughing until it hurts. Okay, there are dead serious moments too, but the laughter definitely made up for it.

A book that gave you mixed emotions


I am probably coming at this book as a 2017 reader, when this was published at the tail-end of 2016. It’s not that I don’t like The Sun is Also a Star, it was just that by the end, I had flagged a bunch of quick one-liners about immigration in the United States.

While I liked the quotes I felt like there was never really a conversation about the avenues that Natasha’s family could have pursued. I am not sorry I read it, I just wish there were a few more hopeful discussions about immigration. In the end, this might actually be a good thing in the long run, but dang I wanted more.

A book you would recommend to anyone


The book I keep recommending to absolutely everyone, without fail is City of Thieves by David Benioff. It’s a real page turner, it has some great action sequences, a subdued love story, and a great sense of atmosphere. I really love it and every time I’ve given it so someone they come back really loving it.

A book you started but never finished


I am convinced there is something I am missing with See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. I read a third of the book and every time the subject of pears comes up, and that makes me think of Doctor Who, and then that makes me laugh, and then I can’t get back into Lizzie Borden and ax murder mode! Now, whenever I think about this book I think about pears! Then pear tarts!

A book with great writing


I can’t begin to tell you how much I love Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. Yes, I realize the name of this book is a little too appropriate to put in a cake book tag, but the writing in this book is amazing. Something about it follows the narrative flow of an eleven-year-old very well. For example, one line I love:

They had connected on Craigslist, the same website where we sold our moth-eaten couch.

A book that left you wanting more


It’s going to sound odd since I gave Yesterday a 3.5 star rating, but I really wanted more of this world. The sci-fi mystery was a juicy read with a psychotic antagonist, and I thought the questions posed by the world were really interesting.

I really wanted to just know more about what it means to live in a world where everyone is divided by how much memory they retain, and therefore how the information is stored into facts.

A series with 4+ Book


I dread this question since I usually read trilogies, and I usually default to Harry Potter because that is the only series I can think of that’s four or more.

Recently, I remembered reading this series in middle school called Daughters of the Moon, which is about a group of girls who are descended from the goddess of the moon and who are destined to fight an evil known as the Atrox. They all have a different power: Vanessa can read minds, Jimena gets premonitions, Catty time travels, and Serena reads minds.

A book that wasn’t what you anticipated


I absolutely loved this book, but it had the most deceiving title! Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a great book about the growth of a chef but through the perspective of all the people that have influenced her along the way.

It’s definitely not what you expect from a book with that title, but it is very well written and conceived. I really liked it, and I would definitely recommend it.

That’s it for the cake book tag! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my choices. I am going to tag a few people to keep this fun tag going! 

Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts
Clara @ The Book Goddess
Kat Impossible @ Life and Other Disasters
Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf
Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek
Taylor & Missy @ Frayed Books
Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower
Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm



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.

14 thoughts on “The Cake Book Tag

    1. Oh, trust me! I know all about the tag backlog! (You should see my draft section of WordPress!) I am still excited to see your answers when you get a chance! But, yes this tag made me want to bake cake! Thinking Madiera cake!


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