The Dim Sum Book Tag

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The Dim Sum Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

I was tagged by both Joey and Jenna! 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.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.

I read this for Christmas recently and I absolutely loved the first few chapters, but after a while it just got boring, the characters less interesting and imaginative.  It’s really too bad because the start of the book was definitely five-star material for me, while at the end I was hovering between a two and a three (I settled on three).

“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”

Chiu Chow Dumpling: A book that features elements of land and sea.

This is not at all a popular book, but Ingo by Helen Dunmore.

It’s a Middle Grade/Fantasy novel about a girl whose father mysteriously disappeared into the sea and is just now discovering she, too, hears the call of the ocean. The later books focus on her struggle between her love for the sea and her attachments to the land.

“I wish I was away in Ingo
Far across the briny sea
Sailing over deepest waters
Where neither care nor worry trouble me.”

Rice Noodle Roll: A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. traits? skills? morally ambiguous?).

And a slice for you

Howl from Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. I’ve both read the book and watched the movie, and while the movie is personally the better story of the two, Howl remains a strong character in both media: self-centred but caring, cowardly but courageous, vain but able to see beyond appearances.

Shrimp Dumpling: A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.

Tons of romance novels are honestly quite predictable, but I’m going to go with Staci Hart’s With A Twist here. You just know what’s going to happen by reading the following blurb from Goodreads:

Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker — Lily’s long time crush — is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice.

Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.

West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.

That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns: A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. message? depth? controversy?).

Any Sarah Dessen’s books? I feel like they’re the quintessential coming-of-age Young Adult novel. My favourite is Just Listen, but I’m going to go with This Lullaby this time. Here’s a quote:

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater…The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key. It’s like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.”

I actually don’t believe that love conquers all (hello mortgage, financial difficulties, infidelity and all those depressingly ‘adult’ issues) but it’s a nice message. No relationship is perfect, and love can make up for quite a bit–not to be preachy, of course. 😛

Chicken Feet: A book with divided opinions.

Probably not divided as much as I’m being contrary, but I’m gonna go with Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass. The overwhelming majority loves this book but I did not like it AT ALL because:

  • Celaena is a Mary Sue of the highest order and isn’t believable as an assassin.
  • The love interests aren’t very interesting people.
  • It reads very much like a ‘wish fulfilment’ kind of book–very self-congratulatory. :/

Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice: A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.

Secret Santa 2015Soundless by Richelle Mead!

I received this from my Aus YA Secret Santa–unfortunately I still have no idea who it is–and it’s super nicely packaged. If you’re out there, thank you so much! It was such a pleasant surprise, and it really, really made my whole week. ❤

Reviews are generally bad unfortunately but I haven’t read it yet and I still stand by my opinion that the cover is really, really pretty–and so is the packaging, haha!

Egg Custard Tart: A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

The story isn’t at all complex–a man and a woman fall in love–but Simsion managed to make it just so heartwarming, engaging and just overall unique. It’s reading a romance novel without all the cliches, and it’s definitely one of my favourite books of all-time.

“I haven’t changed my mind. That’s the point! I want to spend my life with you even though it’s totally irrational. And you have short earlobes. Socially and genetically there’s no reason for me to be attracted to you. The only logical conclusion is that I must be in love with you.”

Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk: Any book recommendation + beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and oreos!

“What’s a dementor?”

I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”

“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”

I’m not super big on oreos although I love oreo-flavoured anything else, and it can’t get any better than that! My review banner for this book even features an oreo, haha. 🙂

Fried Sesame Balls: A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.

Oh goodness, I am the worst at this because I read tons of ebooks to save space and go to the library when I want to read print books, so I hardly have the chance to appreciate books by their design.

“Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.”

The one title that floats in my mind is the box set designed by John Gall for Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. This was given to me by an ex and I absolutely love the feel and texture of the paper–I have literally put my cheek to it numerous times throughout the years!

Dim Sum Steam Cart: The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around.

As I mentioned, I’m a traitor to the print books industry and mostly read on my iPad or iPhone (and yes, I use a Mac). I’m messy so it really helps to not have clutter; plus, it saves shelf space–my bookshelf is the floor, literally. Oops? 😛

My Tags

… and whoever else wants to do this tag! I’d love to eat dim sum with you all. 🙂

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29 thoughts on “The Dim Sum Book Tag

  1. Thanks for the tag 😀
    I’ve never tried Dim Sum before, is that weird? I feel I should really try some at some point in my life.
    But great picks, I’ve loved pretty much all of Sarah Dessen’s books, and Throne of Glass is next in my to-read list 🙂

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  2. I love dim sum! I simply must do this tag! 😄 I haven’t read Simon v.s. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but that quote is hilarious!

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  3. This has successfully made me hungry despite my two plates of dinner not even an hour ago. LOOK AT THOSE DELICIOUS QUESTIONS. I’m drooling!
    On other things: YES TO HOWL. I still don’t fully understand him but I think he’s a gorgeous character…and yes to all the Studio Ghibli movies (I really need to go on a Ghibli-movie-marathon someday). Favourite Ghibli movie is probably Whisper of the Heart!

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  4. I love Howl’s Moving Castle ❤ it's one of my favourite movies/books of all time! I do think I loved the movie a bit more though. 😀 I seriously need to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I already own the book – just have to read it. Thank you for tagging me! 🙂

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