The Dim Sum Book Tag was created by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna, while I was tagged by Red @ She Latitude. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats. Personally I don’t think I’ve ever had Dim Sum but it sounds like something I’d, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for some!
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
- Food coma
Tea: A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.
If there’s one way to get me interested in a book it’s to mention dragons. I love dragons and I am willing to forgive a lot of things if the dragon lore is done well. But this was not the case with Firelight by Sophie Jordan. This book is a mess, the MC is extremely frustrating and very forgettable once you finish, she thinks the entire world is against her and risks quite a few of her kin simply to see a sunrise (which she could do in human form, mind you); not to mention the love interest is one of those ‘he was never interested in anyone until you came along’ guys. This review actually does a very good job of summarising my feelings for the book.
Chiu Chow Dumpling: A book that features elements of land and sea.
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke, the second book in the Assassin’s Curse series, sets its action both on land and in the sea but the reason I chose this book her is because the MCs each embody the two aspects in this question: Ananna has been a pirate her entire life, while Naji is an assassin who’s spent his life on land.
Rice Noodle Roll: A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. traits? skills? morally ambiguous?).
But I love multilayered characters, especially the morally ambiguous ones! Must I really choose just one? Yes?
If you insist: René Hasard from Sharon Cameron’s Rook; as his name suggests the first impression you get of his personality is random, but there is so much more to him than just the facade he wears.
Shrimp Dumpling: A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.
I recently reread The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler and realised the blurb in the english edition pretty much gave the entire story away (I have the greek version, which maintains a bit more of the mystery to the story):
“Emily Windsnap lives on a boat, but her mother has always been oddly anxious to keep her out of the water. It is only when Emily has her first school swimming lesson that she discovers why: as soon as she gets into the water, she grows a tail! Soon Emily discovers a glorious underwater world of fishes, coral, shipwrecks and mermaids, and, best of all, she finds a best friend! With mermaid Shona Silkfin by her side, Emily uncovers a surprising family secret and embarks on a quest to reunite her mum and dad. This enchanting fantasy deals with universal themes of family, friendship, love and justice – all handled with the lightness of touch for which Liz Kessler is so well known”.
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns: A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. message? depth? controversy?).
I have to go with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for this one because J. K. Rowling manages to pack so many important messages in just 200 pages.
Chicken Feet: A book with divided opinions.
Apparently V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. A book can never appeal to everyone, but I was surprised to read the reasons behind the negative opinions; most of the time, these reasons were exactly what I found charming about the book.
Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice: A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.
I gave Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige to my cousin for christmas and I like to think I did a nice job on the packaging
Egg Custard Tart: A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.
No tag of mine is complete without me mentioning Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles (I promise I will get over my excitement for this book one day, but today is not that day).
Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk: Any book recommendation + beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.
The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare + your comfort food of choice (mine is hot chocolate)
If you’re like me, and you tend to get attached to characters easily, you’ll need something to make you feel better while getting through this book. I’m only 200 pages in and it’s only heartbreaking every other other page.
Fried Sesame Balls: A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.
I mainly read ebooks because my mother has this annoying habit of giving away “unused” books (read: books that are not hers) to make space for her own books (I even tried putting my name on them, it didn’t work), so I don’t own that many books in physical format.
However I recently acquired the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare with the new 2015 covers, which are stunning (excuse me while I go run my fingers all over these gorgeous books):
Dim Sum Steam Cart: The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around.
Since I read mostly ebooks, they’re all on my phone or pc, otherwise I usually just use a tote to carry books around. I prefer roomy bags anyway so adding a book or two isn’t really a problem.
Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much
Percy @ Percy Reads
Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf
Claire @ Art and Soul
Daniela @ Daniela’s Bookshelf
As well as anyone else who wants to join in!