Bookish Baking #6: Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Fourth was Treacle Tart . Last week was Treacle Pudding. Don’t worry, this will be the last Harry Potter recipe for a while.
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CAULDRON CAKES

INGREDIENTS
SPICE MIX (this is essentially pumpkin spice mix)
  • ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
THE RECIPE
  • 2 tsp of the spice mix
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (115g) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • icing sugar for dusting
Sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
  2. Mix together the spice mix and place in a air tight container. You’ll only be using a bit of this mix for this recipe.
  3. Place in the food processor and blend, then repeat with the rest.
  4. By hand, mix the 1½ tsp of spice mix, 1 tsp vanilla essence and ½ tsp of almond essence.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a mixer, beat the butter, then add in the sugar.
  7. Beat for a few minutes until creamy.
  8. Add in the flour, then the milk.
  9. Spoon into baking containers.
  10. To make the sauce, in a smaller bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cocoa so well combined.
  11. Spoon on top of the cake mixture.
  12. Pour the boiling water over the sauce powder and cake mixture and place in oven.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes.
  14. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

This recipe is adapted from many I’ve seen.

Below are some great Potter candy recipes from Food In Literature, which I love!

Other Recipes:

Acid Pops

Cockroach Clusters

Pepper Imps

Peppermint Humbugs

Every Flavor Beans

Pumpkin Pasties

Rock Cakes

Sherbert Lemon

WHAT WOULD THAT VILLAIN READ? – TAG

This super fun tagged was created by Lashaan and Trang over @Bookidote!! Go check them out!

I was tagged by the ever lovely and amazing Orangutan Librarian – check out their blog, its one of my favorites!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVE villains. I’m fond of villain redemptions stories, and antiheroes tend to be some of my favorite characters. So this tag is great!


Rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

–1. Catwoman –  Six of Crows

Its about criminals, but criminals who aren’t bad people and can be redeemed and fin love along the way (from what I’ve heard at least) – she’d love it.

2. Dracula – Twilight

I don’t think he’d pick this one up on his own. Someone would give it to him as a joke to horrify him and he’d keep reading because he’d be entertained by how wrong the 21st century is about vampires. It’d be his guilty pleasure read.

–3. The Joker – The Book Thief

This book is about the depths of human depravity (holocaust) from the view of death himself. The Joker would love this.

–4. Moriarty – Murder on the Orient Express

He’d be a fan of mystery novels I think.

–5. Voldemort – They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

(yes, I did straight up google KKK books, why would I know this off the top of my head?)

I didn’t want to repeat any of the (marvelous) answers I’d seen before (like Mein Krampf) but similarly, since Voldemort is all about that racial purity, I thought he might want to see how even the muggle accomplished it.

-6. Loki – War of the Worlds

He’d enjoy living vicariously through “aliens destroying earth” stories.

-7. Dr. Horrible – Vicious

Dr. Horrible would relate so hard Victor Vale – both villains, neither a bad person, both hate the so-called hero who is dating the girl they like… It works!

-8. Hades – Percy Jackson

I think he’d enjoy reading his own story – if only to complain about everything thats “wrong” and how under appreciated he is. He’s a drama queen.


I TAG:

 

The first 5 are the same villains as the original. I added the last three for fun. Feel free to use them!

What do you think of my answers?

Do you agree?

Let me know!

 

Bookish Baking #5: Harry Potter Treacle Pudding

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Last week was Treacle Tart – Also from Harry Potter.

This is pretty much a continuation of last week’s. Well, the week before that, I didn’t have a recipe for the last week of July…Sorry, I was at Supercon.

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TREACLE PUDDING

Makes 2 puddings (2 cups each).
INGREDIENTS
  • ⅓ cup Golden Syrup
  • 3/4 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1⅓ cup self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Grease the pudding bowl. If you don’t have a pudding bowl, a heatproof container like a Pyrex bowl or measuring cup, will also work.
  2. Take half of the golden syrup and pour into the bottom of the pudding bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, white sugar and golden syrup until fluffy.
  4. Alternate adding in an egg, then  flour, then milk and repeating until it’s all mixed.
  5. Scoop into the pudding bowl, stopping when the batter is an inch from the top.
  6. Take a sheet of baking paper and cut a length twice as wide as the bowl and fold a 1″ pleat in the middle.
  7. Repeat the same with aluminium foil.
  8. Lay the baking paper on top of the bowl first, then the aluminium foil.
  9. Take some twine and tie around the top of the bowl to secure the baking paper and foil. If you have a pudding bowl, you’ll need to also make a handle with the string for easy lifting. If using a measuring cup, this won’t be necessary. – I copied this step verbatim from Food in Literature, from which I adapted this recipe.
  10. Cut the excess foil and baking paper and fold the edges up.
  11. In a deep saucepan, place in a small trivet or bowl.
  12. Place the pudding bowl on top then fill the saucepan with water until it reaches halfway up the bowl.
  13. Cover the saucepan with a lid and boil for about 1½ to 2 hours.
  14. Pierce with a fork to check for done-ness, should come out clean when finished.
  15. Let cool before serving. Drizzle golden syrup on top.

When I first read Harry Potter (about a decade ago…wow) Treacle was a mystical magical Harry Potter-esque thing on par with Butterbeer. Treacle isn’t a word in America.

Now I know better.

Like most of my recipes, this is adapted from various around the internet.

If you try out my variation, let me know how it goes, if you liked it, etc!

I hope you guys are enjoying this Bookish Baking feature as much as I am!

Bookish Baking #4: Harry Potter Treacle Tart

I’m really liking this series, I hope you guys are too! Its fun to put together these recipes (even if I’m crazy behind on reviews…).

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO.

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TREACLE TART

INGREDIENTS
  • Pre-made uncooked shortcrust pie crust
  • A sheet of shortcrust pastry
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • Half a cap of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • A pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 395F/190C.
  2. Heat golden syrup over stove until runny.
  3. Add the other ingredients and stir together into golden syrup.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
  5. Cut the dough of the party sheet into long strips for the lattice top (make both vertical and horizontal stripes along the top).
  6. Place onto the top of the pie and cut the excess off.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

When I first read Harry Potter (about a decade ago…wow) Treacle was a mystical magical Harry Potter-esque thing on par with Butterbeer. Treacle isn’t a word in America.

Now I know better.

Here, I have a Treacle recipe I adapted from various versions online.

If you try out my variation, let me know how it goes, if you liked it, etc!

I hope you guys are enjoying this Bookish Baking feature as much as I am!

Harry Potter Book Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful, ever patient with my terrible upkeep with tags, Icebreaker694 – go check out her lovely blog!

I was also tagged by two other absolutely amazing book bloggers Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies and The Book Corps – Thank you! And check them out!

The Harry Potter Book Tag was created by Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote and all the graphics below belong to them.


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A book you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

And

Matched by Ally Condie

Both had a really great premise (generally speaking, free will and love are gone/illegal) but both had such irritating MC’s and love triangles that I couldn’t continue on with it.


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The first book in a series that got you hooked.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Most people find the first book hard to get into, but it made me really want to continue that series to know what the hell was going on. Its so long but so worth it.


3accio

A book you wish you could have right now.

So many. just, so many.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is definitely up there though. for sure.


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A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like.

The Dexter series definitely fits this bill – for both senses.

As does Hannibal.


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A book that you found really confusing.

Not many books confuse me.

Although, I tried to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when I was about 7 and gave up after two pages because we were introduced to about 50 characters in that span and I was utterly lost.


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Your spirit animal book.

I don’t know.

Thats like picking children.

Lets just say Harry Potter and be done.


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A dark twisted book.

I don’t really read horror.

Though Misery by Stephen King is to this day the freakiest thing I’ve ever read/watched.

Because IT COULD HAPPEN.


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A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me)

I picked it up on a whim and its now one of my favorite books ever. So much more than I anticipated. And theres a sequel! (Arc Review: Nowhere Near You)

 


I Tag

Bookish Baking #1: Butterbeer (Harry Potter)

There are roughly 4 million recipes for butter beer online. There is probably even an official one.

And I’m not trying to copy anyone, but butter beer is delicious and a lot of recipes are complicated/have a billion ingredients.

This is the modified/unique recipe I’ve used in the past that I prefer – in case anyone ever wants to use it!

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2 Serving Recipe –

Adjust as needed for more (proportional ingredients)

Ingredients:

  • Cream Soda (2 cups) – Vanilla Cream Soda works best or add a cap of vanilla extract
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (1/4th cup)
  • Butter (2 Tablespoons)
  • Butterscotch Syrup (1/4th cup)
  • Cinnamon (1/4th teaspoon) – Optional to taste
  • Whipped cream – Garnish/Optional

Instructions:

  • Melt butter, and stir in cinnamon, condemned milk and syrup.
  • For cold butterbeer: stir in mixture to cream soda and chill before serving
  • For warm butterbeer: heat soda over low heat on stove top and stir GENTLY in sugar/butter mixture.
  • Serve (optional: butterbeer mugs)

There are many variations of butterbeer recipes online. Often, the best is a matter of taste and preference rather than any hard or fast rule. This is my preferred method, but remember, you can always change things up a little for taste (more condensed milk, less butterscotch, ginger ale instead of cream soda, etc!)


This is my first in a new feature of Bookish Baking I’m trying out!

Let me know if you like it, what other recipes you’d like to see, what you think of this one, etc.

Book Review: Pottermore Presents

Original Release Date:

September 6th 2016

Date I Read The Book:

January 2017

My Star Rating:

5 stars

Chronology:

3 short collections

Official Summary:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

Harry Potter is my favorite series, and I adore expanded canon books/information. There was no question on whether I would enjoy this.

These three are little e-book bind ups of Pottermore information with commentary.

I loved reading these, and seeing background on characters and places, stuff Harry never learns so we never learn. Like hints that Dumbledore felt more than friendship for Grindelwald (and I HOPE WE SEE THAT IN THE NEXT FANTASTIC BEASTS MOVIES PLEASE), and Lupin’s childhood, and more on nearly-headless Nick.

If you like Harry Potter, think about checking these out.

Books I’m Bringing On Vacation

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So, today I’m leaving for a cruise and I won’t be back until the 9th, so I won’t be posting/commenting/etc. Just a heads up.

Before I left through, I just wanted to tell you guys the books I was bringing with me! (And maybe I’ll actually stick to a TBR for once…)

Here they are:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:

I have been excited and anxious about this in turns, but I think I need to suck it up and get it done now. I have thus far avoided spoilers. I shouldn’t push my luck…

Replica:

My best friend got this for me for Christmas this year. It a dual POV Sci-fi type story and I’m super excited!

My True Love Gave To Me:

This is a book of wintery-christmas-new-years stories, so its perfect for this time of year!

Lock & Mori:

I started this book like two months ago and was loving it, but never finished because Chemistry decided I didn’t need to do things like sleep, let alone read. The sequel just came out, so I want to finish this one.

Nowhere Near You:

I got this arc a month ago, and it is one of my most anticipated 2017 releases. But life got in the way and I haven;t read it yet. I intend to read it now.

Dreamology:

This book is a cute little contemporary about a girl and a guy who share dreams, but when he meets her in real life, he acts like she doesn’t know her. It seems like a cute read to breeze through!

 

I hope you all had a great Christmas/holidays! What books are you reading?

The Ultimate Book Tag

Intro:

I’ve got another tag to do! And I was tagged by a different person! See! More than one person likes me!

I was tagged by the wonderful LivingInFiction. Check out her blog, she deserves it.

This tag took so long because I used like 30 gifs/pictures. As always, I didn’t make them.

Without further ado, lets get to this tag!


The Tag

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

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I don’t actually! (My mom yells at me when I read in the car because she thinks I will but I don’t!). That being said, I don’t read much in the car because being in the car puts me to sleep (yes, I am a toddler). I DO get sick reading on a plane, though thats more the plane’s fault than the book’s fault.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

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I don’t really compare writing styles because I’m not very good at analyzing styles. I either like something or I don’t, but I’m bad at pinpointing both the good and bad in things, including style (This will be a problem for me in AP Lang this year.)

This isn’t be copping out of answering though, it is a legitimate issue I have. To give you some perspective, I still like Twilight.

Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend yourself.

2005

Harry Potter because:

  1. Its longer, so there is more to enjoy.
  2. You don’t want to punch the main character in the face.
  3. Harry Potter practically taught me how to read (or at least how to enjoy reading), I can’t not favor it.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it? (Besides books…)

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When I’m going out places, I carry my generic-supermarket-branded drawstring bag with me, generally holding my wallet and kindle and charger (rarely anything else). either that or its my school bag which has…well…all my school stuff.

Do you smell your books?

2006

Sometimes…

Books with or without illustration?

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Depends. I don’t particularly have a preference.

What book did you love while reading it but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

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Twilight. But that isn’t an uncommon answer to this question…

Do you have a funny story involving books from your childhood?

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Well…

In the fourth grade the teacher called my parents because I was reading Twilight, asked her  what something meant, and she wanted to make sure my parents knew I was reading it because it was “age inappropriate”. My parents did not care.

In second grade I wanted to read Harry Potter because I had watched the first four movies (all that were out at the time). The librarian didn’t let me check them out because the reading level was too high for me. My grandma bought me the box set for my birthday and I stubbornly read all seven books (which are at a range of 6th to 10th grade reading level for difficulty) when my reading level was roughly that of the average first grader (I was a poor reader). It took me all school year (like 8 months) but I read them all just to prove the librarian wrong. My reading level progressed so quickly and I so constantly had a Harry Potter book in my hand that my teacher once accidentally called me Hermione when I raised my hand (and I answered without a second’s hesitation).

In 8th grade I was reading My Sister’s Keeper under the desk instead of doing my actual work. Finished it and started crying hysterically in the middle of class. My friend sees that I’m reading a book and starts laughing at me. Literally no one in the class cared but the poor substitute teacher freaked out.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

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Fly On The Wall by E. Lockhart at 182 pages.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

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I have “The Complete Plays Of William Shakespeare” at 1194 pages. Though if that doesn’t count as a singular book I have Under The Dome by Stephen King at 1072 pages.

Do you write as well as you read? Do you see yourself being an author?

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Yes, I do write. (I’m bad at it, but I do enjoy it)

I do WANT to be an author one day.

When did you get into reading?

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Age 7 or so? Maybe age 8.

What is your favorite classic book?

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^My stance on classics.

I haven’t actually READ many classics. I like adaptations of Pride & Prejudice, but I haven’t read it. (I tried when I was ten, then gave up.)

I LOVE Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Though I’m not sure they count as classics…

In school, is your best subject English/Language Arts?

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Usually, yes. This past year? I somehow got a better grade in AP Biology of all things than in English. Huh?

If you were given a book as a present that you’ve read before and hated, what would you do?

Do what my mother taught and tell the person I love the present while smiling (and lying through my teeth).

I’d then either sell it or re-gifted it to someone I knew would like it/wants to read it.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

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Nothing is coming to mind no.

I really like The Gallagher Girls series. Which I guess is similar to Harry Potter because they are at a boarding school (for spies though not magic) and all the characters are great.

What is a bad habit you do (besides rambling) while filming?

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I used to have a booktube channel, but a poorly equipped computer drove that to die prematurely. So as it stands, my filming bad habit it not actually doing it.

What is your favorite word?

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^When people don’t understand the words I use.

 

I really like “defenestrate”, “flyting” and “apropos”.

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb?

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^Me whenever someone at school tries to argue that they know better than I do.

Nerd. Definitely.

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The following gif applies to the rest of these questions:
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Now to actually answer them.

Vampires or Fairies. Why?

I like both. But I’ll say fairies just because I haven’t read enough fairy books, I’ve read a lot of vampire books.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

For sure spirits. Werewolves can be hit or miss but I LOVE a good ghost story. (I was the kid who watched Silent Hill at age five after all).

Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires. I don’t really love zombie books, I have to be in a specific mood. I did like Warm Bodies though, and I plan on reading World War Z.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

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I really can’t choose on this. It varies by book and by my mood. Sometimes I LOVE love triangles (when they are done well, i.e., Throne of Glass) but sometimes they annoy me (Matched, ugh). I always love Forbidden romances though (Raven Cycle anyone?).

Full on romance, or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

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I like both action books and romance books. And I will say I wish we had more YA action-y books without the romance. That being said, it depends on my mood which one I’ll reach for, but I have always loved “action-packed with a few love scenes”, I only started reading full-on romance/contemporary about two years ago.

 

 

And that was The Ultimate Book Tag!

I tag: 

AdoptABookAUS

Icebreaker694

RakioddBooks

TheOrangutanLibrarian

Calliopethebookgoddess

 

 

Hope you liked this! Let me know you agree with my answers or why you disagree!

To those I tagged, sorry if you’ve already done this, but have fun to those who haven’t!

If you’re not tagged but want to do this, feel free to consider yourself tagged!