The Waffle Book Tag (would Nina Zenik be proud of me??)

Hello friends, and happy Sunday!

Before we get into this post and start talking about the delightful deliciousness that are waffles, I just wanted to give you the quick reminder that, amidst all of the crazy going on, I’m here cheering for you! My ears are always open for listening, and I’m happy to chat about anything you need to get off your chest. ❤️️

To be entirely frank, I absolutely love waffles. They’re so warm and fluffy, and I absolutely wish I ate them more often. Breakfast sweets (can we call them that?!) certainly don’t get the recognition that they so clearly deserve. BUT, the incredible Kat over at Novels & Waffles created the Waffle Book Tag, and Sophie from Me & Ink thoughtfully tagged me in it! A big thank you goes out to these wonderful ladies, but without further ado, let’s get straight into it!

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator, Kat @ Novels & Waffles
  • Feel free to use any of the waffle graphics in her post, just make sure to credit Kat (pretty pretty please with lots of maple syrup on top)
  • Tag as many people as you want (or don’t want) to

Note: Kat’s graphics are utterly incredible, so I can’t not use them on my own blog!

Me? Post a book tag in which I don’t even mention a book by Marissa Meyer? Impossible.

All joking aside, while I’ve been screaming about The Lunar Chronicles since I read them a few months back, how can we get more classic than these books? I mean, they’re arguably a staple in the YA genre, and they’re retellings of some of the most popular fairytales.

Considering it’s a book that centers around the AIDS crisis and takes place entirely in New York City, Like a Love Story by Adbi Nazemian is without a doubt, a very heavy book. But the thing is, the whole theme of the book is that love is powerful and critical to our experience as human beings. It’s also an incredible representation of what discovering yourself looks like, especially when you’re afraid of finding out just who you are. It’s about overcoming differences and overcoming your fears, but above all of that, it’s about love. My heart is swelling just thinking about it.

I actually didn’t like reading until I read Divergent by Veronica Roth when I was 16. Prior to that, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with books, which is pretty crazy to think about now. I was never a Harry Potter kid growing up, and I’ve still never read the Percy Jackson series; I never really found a book that was worth reading when I was little. And sure, Divergent isn’t one of my favorites anymore and I haven’t read it in actual eons (and probably won’t), but I’m always going to feel nostalgic when I think about the book that quite literally turn my life upside down.

First things first, I FINALLY READ RADIO SILENCE! I finished it about an hour ago, and my emotions are still riding a rollercoaster. But, I’ll be darned if I don’t sing my praises and state that Aled Last deserves the most amount of love, and he’s one of the absolute sweetest characters I’ve come across. The way he perceives himself is absolutely heartbreaking, and I really just want to sit him down and give him a very well-deserved hug. Someone protect him, please.

*also, I’m currently listening to She Used to Be Mine by Sara Bareilles and if this song isn’t perfectly fit for this book.

I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not exactly a crier when I read books. Yes, I’ve read countless books that have ripped my heart straight from my chest before tearing it in two, but there is only one book to have ever made me physically tear up. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a stunning book, all told from the perspective of a dog, and dog books will always get to me. Always.

I recently read All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, and it is certainly a book that’s a bit different. You’ve got miracles. You’ve got owls that dive-bomb themselves into those miracles. You’ve got saints. You’ve got giants. There’s humans covered in moss, a bride permanently wearing her dress and being rained on. There’s physical formations of darkness that threaten to kill you. There’s a secret radio station broadcasting in the middle of the night. And, at the center of it all, is a boy who just wants truck to start a moving company.

So maybe The Conference of the Birds, the most recent books in the Miss. Peregrine’s series, is still collecting dust on my shelf and I’ve yet to read it. And maybe the series isn’t even completed yet, but I absolutely love this story and will stick with it until the very end. Plus, how will I ever know what the wonderfully devious Millard Nullings is up to if I don’t finish the series?!

As I’m sure a lot of you can agree with me, I take my books just about everywhere with me. And, while I do adore the look of a well-loved book, I still try to take care of them when I’m lugging them to every place I visit. That said, I’ve recently fallen head-over-heels in love with Book Beaus. I have three of them now, and they’re quite honestly one of my favorite things I’ve ever purchased. Essentially, if you don’t know what a Book Beau is, it’s a padded envelope-of-sorts made out of patterned fabric that you just slide your book into. So, when you’re throwing your book in the backseat in preparation for a road trip or you’re throwing it into a bag with who knows what else, the corners of your paperbacks don’t get bent back. Highly recommend.

Okay. Is it acceptable to make waffles at 8:30 at night? Asking for a friend.

Another big thank you to Sophie for tagging me; I had an absolute blast with this one! And, speaking of tagging…

I tag:

Absolutely no pressure for you to complete this tag, and please accept my apologies if you’ve already been tagged/have already done this one!

So, what do you think? Who’s the sweetest character you’ve ever met? What book(s) bring you nostalgia? And, most importantly, how do you prefer your waffles?

12 thoughts on “The Waffle Book Tag (would Nina Zenik be proud of me??)

  1. Omg I want waffles now. (Also yes, Nina Zenik would absolutely be proud of you.)

    Your description of Like a Love Story as “love is powerful and critical to our experience as human beings” is SPOT ON 😭 Now MY heart is swelling just thinking about it! AND YES ALED LAST DESERVES SO MANY HUGS AND WORDS OF AFFIRMATION. I love that boy. ❤

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  2. Yes we love the waffles here!! And I LOVED reading your answers!! Cinder really is a YA classic!!
    Ahh.. I’m the same as you I didn’t really get into reading until I was 15 like I read the occasional one but it was nothing like it is now! But then I read Beautiful Creatures and became a massive book lover!! But I wasn’t a Harry Potter kid and I still haven’t read Percy Jackson (but that is meant to change soon)!!
    AHH… you’ve read Radio Silence and you loved it, it is soooooo good and Aled is precious!! He deserves all the hugs! He is amazing!! And Yes I love She Used To Be Mine!!
    All The Crooked Saints does sound different (I haven’t read it yet) but it also sounds like classic Maggie to be honest!! haha!!
    Yay thank for you doing this tag, I loved your answers!! And I probably have my waffles with fruit and cream!! ❤

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    1. That’s actually so interesting that one book can turn you into a reader! It’s almost as if one story has the power to show you that reading is worth it and there are even more stories out there. But that initial story had to hit you a certain way, if that makes any sense.

      I FINALLY READ RADIO SILENCE! I feel like I need to shout that from the rooftops. I’ve been yelled at to read that book for so long that it’s kind of strange to think that I’ve officially read it now. And Aled Last deserves the best possible life, and I really just want for him to be okay.

      It definitely was classic Maggie! The writing was very lyrical and descriptive but still so, so different from The Raven Cycle – very interesting!

      Fruit and cream sounds delightful! I’m pretty boring and only ever have waffles with your usual butter and syrup, but now I feel like I need to broaden my horizons!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Sophie ❤

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      1. Yes it reminds me of that quote “If you don’t like reading, you haven’t found the right book yet” and it did make sense, don’t worry!! 🙂

        Ahh… yes shout it from the rooftops because it is the best!! Yes Aled does deserve the best!!

        Haha I do love her writing so much and I can’t imagine any of her books being the same, I need to try out more!!

        Yes I love fruit and cream (or chocolate. or all three!!) Syrup is a classic but I’ve never loved syrup that much so I actually tend to avoid it!! I hope you enjoy new waffle flavours if you try them!! ❤

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  3. It’s been so long since I read Divergent, it certainly fits the nostalgia criteria! Honestly, I was obcessed with it back then, but I don’t know if I’d like it if I re-read the trilogy now. Cinder is a perfect book for a total classic! I loved The Lunar Chronicles!! I loved reading your answers!! 💕


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