(credit goes to Jax from @readingwithjax)
The lovely Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm tagged us for the Keep It Fresh Award! Thank you so much! If you love YA books, be sure to check out Kayla’s blog (she “specializes” in YA as well as middle grade books).
1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
2. Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
3. Part B: Choose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
4. Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!
1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)
Rune and Poppy shared one of the sweetest YA love stories I have ever read. This book had me bawling from beginning to end, but in the best possible way. Poppy’s grandmother gives her the task of collecting one thousand kisses from the boy she loves in a jar, writing down the way she felt and what made each kiss special. “…and my heart almost burst.”
2. Coconut – What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)
Set in Vernazza, Italy, A Place in the Sun is the perfect summer read. R.S. Grey has a way of describing places and conveying the most lovable characters in all her stories. This story definitely makes you want to go to Vernazza yourself to find your own Gianluca.
3. Pineapple – What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?
I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this story, cover, or author! This book was beautifully written, featuring a heartfelt tale. I was a tad apprehensive to read this story, since books set in Africa usually fail to inspire me. Leylah Attar knocked it out of the park with this one. She made me excited about a place I had little interest in prior to reading.
4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)
These books were the first books we buddy-read together and they deal with some very sensitive subject matter. This series is full of hope, neglect, cruelty and love.
(Ashley & Sabrina)
5. Watermelon – A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)
Although this book is a nice read for an afternoon at the pool or the beach, it’s nothing long-lasting. The 200 odd pages made the storyline and the characters feel shallow and not very thought through.
6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)
Colleen Hoover is the queen in creating unique storylines and Maybe Someday (my favorite book by her) is one of those. Not only does the male hero, Ridge, have unique characteristics, Colleen’s collaboration with singer-songwriter Griffin Peterson was unique as well. Apart from reading Griffin’s lyrics inside the book, the reader was able to listen to them at the same time. Brilliant!
7. Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)
The main female character was awful: she was whiny, selfish and annoying. And the drug use in this book is not something I approve of which is why I decided to stop reading at 49%.
8. Tomato – What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)
This is one of the most beautifully written, heart-wrenching tales we have ever read. We recommend it to everyone, and want to share Christine Brae with anyone who hasn’t read her books yet.
(Sabrina & Ashley)
9. Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)
Twenty-six-year-old female falls head over heels in love with her thirty-something-billionaire-boss. I actually enjoyed this novel, it had a few laughing out loud moments.
10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)
I read this book a number of years ago, but I still remember it as a depressing story. After reading and absolutely falling in love with The Time Travelers Wife also by Audrey Niffenegger, I was excited to read more books by this author. I was in for a shock when I found this book to be the complete and utter opposite type of story. This was a strange and depressing story, but one I found to be interesting, despite my negative feelings.
11. Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)
The characters in this book had literally no redeeming qualities, and not just one or two of them – ALL OF THEM. I enjoyed the mystery within this story, but it was hard to get really excited about due to the awful characters.
12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.
One of our most recent reads, The Foxe and the Hound, was loud-out-loud funny. Most of R.S. Grey’s books are hilarious, and this one was no exception. There were multiple quotes that had us cracking up.
(Sabrina & Ashley)
Part B: Create your own!
Blackberries – Name a dark and possibly twisted story you read and loved.
There’s no question by now that I love Tarryn Fisher’s books above all. She writes dark stories and sadness so well, while making it beautiful. Marrow is my favorite book of all-time and it also happens to be one of the darkest novels I’ve ever read.
Part C: Smoothie!
Oranges + Dragonfruit + Tomato
East of Redemption is our favorite book in the “Love on the Edge” series. Besides a second-chance love story, this novel is full of history, mystery and adventure which makes you want fly to Israel and look for King Solomon’s treasures yourself.
(Ashley & Sabrina )
We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.
Lots of bookish love,
♥ Ashley & Sabrina ♥