The Pancake Book Tag // ships *heart eyes*, abundance of salt + smol talk about diversity (!!)

Confession: last time I ate pancakes was about a year ago.

I’m not sure exactly when?? But for some reason I do remember that it’s a mix from Trader Joes, and I definitely did not add maple syrup. Don’t know why I know that, but hey, it is what it is. Even though I don’t eat pancakes often, if you add it with books, I’m coming to devour them.

I was tagged by the lovely Olivia @ Purely Olivia to do the Pancake Book Tag, and am I excited to do this one! Great big thank you to Olivia, my dear friend, and of course, Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic for creating this tag 🙂 Be sure to check out both of their posts, which are linked above.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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  • Link back to the original creator of the post (read it here!)
  • Feel free to use any of the pancake graphics in your post, or you can create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post and let them know you’ve tagged them.

Before I start, may I just mention how cute these graphics are?? Even though I don’t usually eat pancakes, they just make me want to. Like now. Let’s just say they look so so delicious, just simply delightful.

As always, the books are linked to their respective Goodreads page 🙂

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The Pancake Book Tag 1

I absolutely adored “They Both Die At the End” by Adam Silvera. Bottom line.

The synopsis caught my attention immediately, and it is so worth the hype for me. The writing is just beautiful – Mateo and Rufus are my children who I will protect. Overall, it just gave me a very strong imagery in my mind, and I don’t think this book is one that I will forget.

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I’m not sure if my impression of this is right, but my first thought had to be Kitty from “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series by Jenny Han. Her sass, wit, and attitude just makes the book and trilogy better by a million times, and she has got to be my favourite character there.

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Rarely are there books that I can pick up time after time, each feeling like the first time I read it. Well, “Sea Spell” by Jennifer Donnelly is one of the few. Even though it’s a middle grade book and incredibly cheesy, I still just can’t resist to not love the characters and stanning their friendships and relationships from start to finish.

“Just because you failed today doesn’t mean you’ve failed forever. Falling down doesn’t mean anything. It’s the staying down that does you in.”

The Pancake Book Tag 9

For this section, I’m just going to divide this into the “good” and “bad” hangovers, because… why not?

For the “good” hangover, it’d have to be Legendary by Stephanie Garber. The plot twist in the end was just?? My heart and brain can not handle it because it just changes everything about the series and the potential plot of the finale. I’m just so excited for the final book of the series, “Finale”, which will be released on May 7, 2019 aka less than 2 weeks h e l p

“There were shipwrecks more graceful than Tella.”*

*which is such a mood

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 4.56.10 PMHow come heavily disappointing anticipating reads are even a thing? I was SO hyped for “One of Us is Lying” because hello YA murder mystery, but I can’t even describe what I felt with that let-down. Might as well be the first (?) DNF of the year, and skipping to the end afterwards just to find out who the perpetrator was made it so much worse for me. Literally couldn’t stop ranting about it afterwards, which almost landed me into a reading slump… which we all love.

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The Pancake Book Tag 6

I’ve said it once, I’ve mentioned it twice, I definitely have talked about it too many times: I am a proud we-need-more-platonic-relationships-in-ya stan. However, “If There’s No Tomorrow” made my heart cry in happy tears and melt like ice cream on a summer day.

From a proud single, even though I don’t have an experience in that area, but to me it felt pretty authentic. Even though insta-love is occasionally sweet and nice to read, I always still find slow burn, or realistic relationship development more of my type.

“I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning. I couldn’t rewrite the middle. All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.”

The Pancake Book Tag 4

Yeah um, I’m thinking Warren from the “Shatter Me” series. At first it seemed like he was the main antagonist and enemy figure of the plot, but then life *happens* and things *happened* and everything just got weirder and weirder. By the end of book 2: “Unravel Me”, it just got too complicated for this brain of mine. I’m not going to go too much in depth with his character description because I don’t want to accidentally spoil things, but if you have read this series, you’d know what I’m talking about 😉

“Hope. It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.”

The Pancake Book Tag 5

Overall, “One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake was pretty… confusing. Not in a DNF type of way, but it’s just that the plot all in all was written extremely intricately, and there’s just sudden twists everywhere. Aside from the characters Jules that would probably be one of the main parts why I enjoyed reading it so much.

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“And because . . . you have always been the most important person to me. Everybody has that, I think. And for me, it will always be you.”

The Pancake Book Tag 7

Even though I knew where their friendship would lead to, in the end I just love love LOVE Elian x Lira from “To Kill a Kingdom“, aka my first 5 star read of the year. Their slow burn romance was too cute, and the interchanging POV between them just made it so much better. Usually I don’t stan predictable ships and couples, but this one though 😭

mY hEaRt. the ship has sailed.

“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

The Pancake Book Tag 8

Definitely 100% hands down Audrey and Brook from “Nothing Left to Burn“. Wow. The salt has resurfaced.

I know my thoughts about this book is an #UnpopularOpinion, but I don’t really care at this point, because again: the salt!! To me, Audrey’s character just felt underdeveloped overall, and Brook. Don’t get me started on him. Like I said, character development for me was off, but the plot made it so much worse.

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Well why hello there, “The Sun is Also a Star“.

The main two characters are teenagers, one that is an undocumented Jamaican immigrant facing deportation, and the other a first generation Korean-American boy dealing with stereotypes and struggling with his own heritage and background.

“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.”

As a smol side note, I just recently found out that the movie adaption is going to be released on May 17, 2019. The film stars Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton as Natasha and Daniel. Usually teen romances aren’t my thing, but I’m very excited for this one. In case you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out here 🙂

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 4.56.10 PMEven though I *technically* didn’t finish “Six of Crows” (which I plan to do so very soon), one thing I absolutely LOVE about it was the amount of diversity, which is something we need more of still. There are several POC, LGBTQ+, physical/mental illness representation, and much more.

“The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.”

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 4.56.10 PMI read “This is Where it Ends” awhile ago, and it truly, is an unforgettable read for the better or worse. Confirmed: almost cried. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of various types of diversity (Afghani, Latinx, lesbian that are closeted) which I so so appreciate.

“We’re more than our mistakes. We’re more than what people expect of us.”

To top the whole thing off about diversity and representation in books, I’m always so thankful and happy when books I read have them, whether if it’s correlated to me or not. I love learning about different cultures and religions; our differences should be celebrated, not discriminated. Even though my surname may seem so otherwise and despite this is something I haven’t talked at all about here, in truth, my ethnicity and background is actually not represented very often. When it does, it mostly is stereotyped, so I rarely do see real, authentic characters with my ethnicity and nationality. In short of this little sudden random fact about this child being me, I hope that, more and more people of various backgrounds, religions, beliefs, sexuality, illnesses, and many more are able to see themselves correctly and positively represented. Sadly, in today’s time, discrimination of all kinds are still a prominent issue, and it’s upsetting this isn’t something that has changed.

I hope that with more diversity and representation in YA books, it will be another form of education for us, this generation, so we can change and stop discrimination for everyone, where all can live in a world where they don’t have to fear about just simply being themselves.

borderAs always, if you’re tagged below, please don’t feel obligated ☺️ Also, feel free to do this tag as well if you aren’t tagged – I’d love to read all of your posts! Just be sure to pingback it so I can read them!

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink // Ryry @ OMG Ryry // Rhiana @ Marshmallow Harmonies // Cailin @ Rose Petal Pages // Annie @ Blossoms and Bullet Journals


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are you a pancake or waffles person? fav breakfast foods? what book(s) made you feel extremely salty? one book that made you melt into a puddle? thoughts about the amount of representation and diversity in YA? let’s rant, y’all ♡

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featured image: special thanks to Le Buzz on Unsplash

7 thoughts on “The Pancake Book Tag // ships *heart eyes*, abundance of salt + smol talk about diversity (!!)

  1. I’m so happy you did this!! I loved reading all your answers.💓Oh my gosh, Mateo and Rufus, I can’t help but actually begin to sob when I think of them. I wanted to reread TBDATE, but then I honestly don’t know if I can. This is random, but I liked your The Office gif, and I was wondering, have you watched The Office? (I’m watching it right now and I’m pretty obsessed.) I LOVED YOUR DIVERSITY TALK. Yes yes yes. Great post, Kimberly! 🙂

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  2. Thank you so much for doing my tag!! This made me SO happy you have no idea, and I loved reading all of your answers and I’m still chuckling at the parrot gif.

    I think Jenny Han is a great choice for a sharp character, she’s so sassy in an understated way, I love it!

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom so much, I’ve been really curious about that one. I’m tempted to give it a go now! 😀

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  3. first of all, i have already decided what to say first but i got distracted by your questions about food – and NO, i am not skipping that part for the life of me. I love both pancakes and waffles!! AKA im craving for it right nowwww and my favorite breakfast foods are so boring but i really really love a good old egg meal (sunny side up 😭💘), ham, or dried fish!! Idk if it’s a thing in other countries but dried fish is one of the BEST breakfast foods here in the Philippines. Oh i forgot, this was supposed to be about the book tag 😂

    Anywaysss, i haven’t read most of the books you’ve mentioned except for TBDATE, TATBILB, ITNT like #wow from what rock have i been hiding? but i really hope i could go back to reading books (when i have the time) so i could finally do this tag soon 🙂 i sooo agree with kitty though – i need a friend like her 😂 great post! will be sure to check out some of the book you mentioned that made me feel like i NEED to give them a read ❣️

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