Pairing Delicious Books with Delicious Pancakes 🥞 ft. discussions on the Shadow & Bone Casting

We’re exploring the other side of the Pancakes vs. Waffles debate today!

Remember when I said that I was gonna do the pancake book tag “soon”? Well, here it is. Better late than never.

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Thank you so much, Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books for tagging me in the Pancake Book Tag!!


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

I’ve already gushed about Laini Taylor’s writing in my review of Muse of Nightmares, but suffice it to say that Laini Taylor truly has a gift. Every description of hers is magical and whimsical.

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All of the characters in The Dragon Warrior! The pre-teen main characters are so sarcastic and snarky, and so are the numerous Chinese gods they meet in their quest 👀 It really calls to mind the Percy Jackson series.

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Though I’m not sure about that “again and again” part because I don’t really reread books, The Distance Between Us is the definition of a comfort read. Sure, it might be a little cliche, but it is in the best way possible. Also you only need half a brain cell to read it.

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I know a lot of people hate the first book in this series. But if you stuck around until Kings Rising, I’m pretty sure you had a book hangover too. C.S. Pacat just knows how to make you care about characters, and having to part with the ones in this series was almost too painful to bear.

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I have no words for how amazingly Libba Bray crafted 1920’s New York in The Diviners. Being transported to that time of glitz and glamour was such an indulgent feeling.

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Sure, there are a plethora of characters who appear cold at first, but Zoya Nazyalensky is straight-up cruel, though I love how she’s given the opportunity to be as complex and flawed as male characters are. Leigh Bardugo really said no thank you to the book community’s double standards.

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Also, while we’re on the topic of the Grishaverse—thoughts on the Shadow and Bone casting? I haven’t read the Grisha trilogy—and I don’t care much for adaptations—so I don’t really have opinions, but I’m pumped for the show!! Also, Amita, Jessie, and Freddy are all so gorgeous 😭

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I couldn’t think of anything because I haven’t read a lot of books with slippery plots (whoops 🙈), so I decided to just go with something that had a super shocking plot twist! The Necklace is just a short story, but its ending will remain with me forever.

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I haaated Autoboyography when I first read it. Insta-love is my number one least favorite trope of all time, and the two main characters, Sebastian and Tanner had an intense case of it. But looking back, I realize that they had such an important love story. And their insta-love is kinda understandable, because some people are just instantly attracted to each other, you know?

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The Mugenese soldiers in The Poppy War make me recoil because they are fictional versions of the Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese Wars, who sexually assaulted hundreds of girls and killed countless innocent lives.


So far, The Fever King is my favorite book of the year, and I really want to write a review, but I still haven’t found a way to string my thoughts into something coherent! I just, love these characters so much, and the fact that they’re all diverse is an added bonus. The author has tweeted multiple times that none of the characters are straight. Specifically, the main character, Noam, is bisexual, and his love interest Dara is gay. Noam is also Jewish and half Latinx. I know I’m forgetting a lot of other representation too.

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I’m so thankful that I ate some instant noodles before doing this tag because if I hadn’t, I probably would’ve drooled the whole time.

I’m tagging:

As always, no pressure!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR OF PANCAKE? dO YOU LIKE PANCAKES? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE BOOKS i MENTIONED HERE? what are your thoughts on the shadow & bone casting? which are better—Pancakes or waffles?

33 thoughts on “Pairing Delicious Books with Delicious Pancakes 🥞 ft. discussions on the Shadow & Bone Casting

  1. Love this post so much! You make me want to do this tag because I’ve seen it all over haha. I haven’t read S&B either but I’ve been lowkey stalking the cast and I love them so now I really need to get to it *insert heart eyes*

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  2. what gave you the right to make me HUNGRY like this…

    also the grisha trilogy could not matter less to me but the series seems to have Potential

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      1. i read the first book in the trilogy and then DNFed the HELL out of the second…something i have only done like 5 times in my life. so. that’s my take

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  3. YOUR NEW BLOG AESTHETIC…I LOVE IT!! The pastel colors are so wonderful ❤ I haven't read Muse of Nightmares before, but I know many of my bookish friends have loved it. PLUS it's super popular in the blogging community…I think I need to pick it up sometime~~

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  4. I don’t know if I prefer pancakes or waffles, I like both. Which do you prefer? I’m glad you found Laini Taylor’s writing beautiful. I loved Daughter Of Smoke And Bone but still need to read Strange The Dreamer. I haven’t read anything by Kasie West yet either but should do soon as I’ve recently found a secondhand copy of By Your Side. I still need to read Leigh Bardugos books to but hope to ASAP. I have to get up to date before the show 😅 there are some really fantastic sounding books here (:

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    1. I prefer waffles, but only a smidge more—just because they have holes to carry all the syrup and toppings :”) Other than that, they’re both delicious and I love them!
      I seem to be in the minority bc i hated dosab when I first read it, but my reading tastes have drastically changed since then. i still think that Strange the Dreamer is better though, even if my opinion may be a little biased! Oh, don’t worry, tdbu is the only Kasie West book I’ve ever read! Honestly I don’t think I’ll read any more from her bc her other books don’t sound appealing and romance isn’t my preferred genre, but I hope you enjoy By Your Side. I hope you can read Leigh Bardugo’s books soon! Her books are slow paced (especially the ones post shadow and bone), but the hype around her is so well deserved!

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      1. That is true and I do quite like the tastes of waffles :L I don’t think I have a favourite though. I think both work better with different toppings. I know a lot of people do really love Strange The Dreamer so I can’t wait to read it. I hope I get to it soonish as I do own it on my Kindle, I’m just focusing on library books atm though as I have a fair few out. Thank you (: I don’t read much contemporary lately so I’m really hoping I’ll like it. I’m really hoping that I’ll manage to read them soon. I own most of them, yet again as ebooks, so I have no excuse not to. I can even get her short story collection from my local library as I’ve seen it there before :L so I’ll definitely make an effort to catch up on her books soon. I hope you enjoy whatever you’re reading atm.

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    1. Ah, I’m so sorry about the late reply! Your comment went to spam for some reason! YES. She truly has a way with words, and I could just bathe in her writing, haha. Oh, you really have to! It’s truly one of the most unique and good books I’ve ever read ❤

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  5. I looooove pancakes and now I’m craving them! Pancakes with blueberries, cinnamon roll pancakes, grain and nut pancakes, red velvet pancakes – I love them all!

    I’m looking forward to the Shadow and Bone adaptation but I’m not on pins and needles about it. I really love who they chose for Alina but I’m just a little iffy about how they’re combining Six of Crows into it. I wish the two would be kept separate. But I’m sure I’ll enjoy it!

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    1. Ahh, same. They’re just so delicious!! I’m weak for anything sweet!

      Exactly my thoughts! I’m interested to see how it turns out, but it won’t be the end of the world if it’s bad or something. Oh yeah—I really wonder how that’s gonna mess with the series’ timeline. Fingers crossed that they’ll be able to combine the two plotlines well.

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  6. Yay I love this tag because PANCAKES!! And ahh.. your blog is so beautiful *whispers I love the green*!!
    I think my favourite flavour pancakes is raspberry and chocolate haha!! (I do think pancakes are better than waffles, 😉 )
    YES Zoya is perfect for that category, she fits so well!! She is complex and I felt like she had more to give in the grisha trilogy and then we got it in KoS so yay I was happy!! I think Amita is an amazing cast for Inej and the whole cast I am happy with and the bits that I’ve seen of them, they all seem wonderful and I’m so excited for this show!! i can’t wait to see Wylan though!!
    The soldiers in The Poppy War are horrible and the fact that they were based on real life is really scared and horrible.
    Ah… I NEED TO READ THE FEVER KING!! It sounds incredible!!
    I loved this tag and seeing all your answers Caitlin!! ❤

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    1. YES, PANCAKES AND BREAKFAST FOOD ARE LIFE! AND THANK YOU ❤ (Hihihi I love it too, and I physically cannot design a blog without using green.)
      Ohh, that's a great flavor! Chocolate on pancakes taste so good.. at least from what I remember. It's been a long time since I've eaten a pancake, and I don't think I've tried nearly enough flavors.
      Unfortunately, I haven't read the Grisha trilogy (tbh don't plan to anytime soon), but when I saw that prompt, I just knew that I had to answer Zoya. I know that she was the typical mean girl character in the trilogy, and I love how Leigh Bardugo explored her character way more in KoS. Right?! Amita looks like the perfect Inej Ghafa. Me too! Wylan is such an underrated character, and I'm gonna be so mad if his casting isn't good 😦
      YES. that's what makes them more horrible.. the fact that they're based on real life.
      IT IS IT IS! ok.. the plot is.. nonexistent. but the characters?? I loved them so much that I just had to give the book five stars!
      thank you so much, Sophie ❤

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