The Dim Sum Book Tag was created by Joey (@Thoughts and Afterthoughts) and Jenna (@Reading With Jenna). Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is serves in small portions and is common during yum cha (which means drinking tea). This tags is inspired by good company and good eats.
I was tagged by Beth (@Reading Every Night). Thank you so much for the tag! I know this is up a bit later than I anticipated, but I am doing it now! This is so different from the usual tags I see and I’m excited to get into it
all this talk of dim sum has made me very hungry though.
- 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.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I was so excited when I heard the concept for this book and when I started reading it I was still thinking it was going to be what the synopsis promised. But as I continued reading I realised it was not what I was expecting, the story wasn’t going the way it was promised, I didn’t like the direction Paige took it in, and there was no character development. Overall this book just didn’t do what it promised, I wouldn’t have minded the differing plot if it had have been executed well.
Chiu Chow Dumpling: A book that features elements of land and sea.
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
It took me a while to think of a book I’d read that fit this theme, but then suddenly I remembered reading a book years ago that involved a pregnant teenage girl having to do some kind of task at the beach. I did have to google what I could remember of the summary so I could find the name of the book (my copy is at home so I can’t look at my bookshelf to jog my memory) and the sea isn’t a huge feature in the plot, but it is a significant one, so I feel it fits the bill.
Rice Noodle Roll: A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. Traits? Skills? Morally ambiguous?).
The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
Chiyoko was such an intricate character, from her families background in the games, her muteness, her disguises, fighting ability. And these tropes aren’t even what made her a multilayered character. Her opinion on killing innocent people but then doing it anyway were intriguing, and how she is portrayed as cold and unfeeling throughout the majority of the book make you want to learn more, especially when that facade is broken by one of the other players (I won’t say who because spoilers). I just really wanted to know more about her throughout the book and see her with the player who won’t be named more and more.
Shrimp Dumpling: A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter
I think the title and blurb give this book away. It’s about a teenage girl. Who is also a spy. Who falls in love. There’s not really much else to it to be honest. I did really enjoy the book and the series as a whole, but this probably isn’t the best book out of the six, they get better.
Steamed BBQ Port Buns: A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. Message? Depth? Controversy?)
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. Rowling
How could I not include this book in this tag? And this is the perfect category for it, because it does seem all fluffy, just about a small boy and his adventures into the magical world. But it copes with some very serious and in-depth themes such as death, love, friendship, hard work, just to name a few. J. K. Rowling even uses her own depression as a trope in the book. This may seem like a fluffy children’s book but I think it is a lot more than that.
Chicken Feet: A book with divided opinions.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This book has such a divided opinion on goodreads. People either absolutely love this book or just weren’t a bit fan. My opinion was divided in itself, the first half of this book I was not won over by, but it did get better in the second half and I was convinced to continue the series by that half alone.
Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice: A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.
Storm in a C Cup: My Autobiography by Caroline Flack
I was given this book by my mom as a christmas present because she thought I’d enjoy all the gossip about Prince Harry and Harry Styles
which I did. My mom and I both share a love of wrapping presents with pretty bows and ribbons so it’s safe to say that this was definitely nicely packaged!
Egg Custard Tart: A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
This is a book that I had to read for one of my university modules last semester and I really enjoyed it. It combines classic fairy tales and typical gothic tropes to make something completely different. I really enjoyed Carters takes on the different fairy tales and I loved trying to work out which one was which. I would definitely suggest it to anyone who is a fan of fairy tale re-tellings or fairy tales in general.
Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk: Any book recommendation and beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
This is one of my favourite series, I love both Percy Jackson and the follow on series Heroes of Olympus, and because of Percy’s young age in the beginning of the series I feel like I can pig out and eat things I wouldn’t have felt guilty for at that age. That is why I’m pairing it with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake!
To be honest I have been dying to make a mug cake for ages, but I just haven’t gotten around to buying the ingredients. I do feel like this is something a twelve year old would rush round the house, gathering all the stuff they need, and banging it all into a mug and waiting until the microwave dings so they can get their taste of cake without having to beg their parents to go out and buy them one or make a mess of the kitchen making. I also feel this is the exact snack Percy would love to make and is something I can really imagine him sitting down, maybe not with a book, but definitely in front of the tv and devouring.
Fried Sesame Balls: A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.
Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter
Although I may have only just brought this book, I absolutely love running my fingers over the raised writing. Although the pictures aren’t raised I do love picking this book up, running my fingers over it and staring at the gorgeous illustrations.
Dim Sum Steam Cart: The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around.
I don’t actually have a specific bag that I carry books around in. I don’t usually take my books out of the house unless I’m going somewhere with a long journey or for university. If I’m taking my books to university then they will be in my university rucksack, and if I’m taking them on a long journey then I’ll put my in whichever hardback I’m using at the time. I do try and make sure they don’t get damaged by placing them with pages up so they don’t get bent or ripped.
- Pretty Witty Words
- Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions
- Emily @The Little Book Affair
- Annalise @Annalise Books
- Brittany @The Dream Carrier
Thanks again to Beth for tagging me in this, I had so much fun doing it and I hope the people I’ve tagged have fun as well!