“Keep it Fresh” Award

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Jasmine. (Check out her awesome blog, right now, right here.) It took me a while to find the time to do it, but here it finally is!

Keep it Fresh


  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions, explaining why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit.
  3. Part BChoose 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 CCreate 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!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

Part A

1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of thecharacters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell. The characters were just so cute, and I wanted the best for them both.



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…)

Any novel by Sophie Kinsella. They’re just the definition of a beach read.


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?

Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel. Book discussion here.


4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Chorderlos de Laclos. It’s just so much drama. 🙂

liaisons dange

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!)

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard. I know this is a very unpopular opinion, and while I didn’t hate Red Queen, I read too many novels that were too similar in a too short amount of time, so most of this novel felt like a déjà vu. And when I try to remember what this story is about today, I can’t. So, yeah. (Though I’m sure if I’d read it first in the pile of similar books I read that year, I would’ve loved it the best.)

red queen

6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot … etc.)

I’m probably not the only one who’ll say Illuminae to this! SO ORIGINAL. Book discussion here.


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.)

Hell.com, Patrick Senecal. It was just so … gross. At least for me (I’m a wimp.) I couldn’t read most of it.


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!

Sea of Tranquility, by Katja Millay. Such a great novel!


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.)

Legend, by Marie Lu. Typical dystopian where the government is corrupted and there’s a lethal virus, and the main characters are star-crossed lovers, and it’s awesome! That’s just my favourite genre, no doubt.


10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

God, so many. But I think the worst for me was All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven. I didn’t get a simple book hangover, this was book grief for more than a week. It was unhealthy. And I would do it again. Anytime.

all the bright places

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?)

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. I mean, it was so wrong. And it was so much more frustrating to read this story through the eyes of the pedophile.


12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews. His writing is so funny. And when you deal with difficult themes like A DYING GIRL, you need humour.


Part B

Create your own. I went against the rules and picked my least favourite fruit instead because my favourite is strawberry and I’m allergic now, so I don’t want to think about this tragedy.

Cherry – Name a last book in a series (or a book end) that concluded the story just perfectly, like the cherry on the cake.

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo. I heard there might be more SoC books eventually, but for now this ending suits me perfectly. I mean. This duology is just perfect. Kaz and Inej ❤

crooked kingdom

Part C

Smoothie: Strawberry + apple + orange + pineapple + blueberry.

The Harry Potter series because those are all my favourite fruits and together they’re magic and yeah HP is magic so.


And that’s it! Phew! That took a while (to pick the right books and to write the post!) And now …


  1. Shruti, from Thisislit
  2. Luna, from Bookishluna
  3. Tiana, from Thebookravenblog
  4. Kristi, from YAandwine
  5. Amelia, from Keepyourfeet
  6. And anyone else who wants to do it!

Thanks for reading everyone!

10 thoughts on ““Keep it Fresh” Award

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  1. Thanks for the nomination! This seems like a fun tag.

    Also, Sophie Kinsella is the queen of writing beach reads! I totally agree with this post. There were so many books in your post that I haven’t read yet. Adding them all to my TBR list! XD

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  2. Congratulations on the award! I read Les Liaisons Dangereuses a few years back. A great classic. Lolita is a disturbing read, but very good.

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  3. That “Legend” book and its subsequent titles are on my long to-read list… but I’ve got like 120+ books in my personal collection and I want to read through a few more of them before borrowing anything from my local library haha.

    “Lolita” left me feeling like… yikes. It was just… wrong… as you said. I don’t even know what had prompted me to read it – it was several years ago when I thought that I was into all that edgy, provocative stuff. I don’t think I’d ever read it again, although I suppose I could say now that at least I’ve read it and know what it’s about.

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    1. I really liked Legend! 🙂 It’s awesome.
      And yeah, I really wanted to read Lolita because it felt like a scandalous classic, but it just left me blehhh. I’m still glad I read it, but like you I don’t think I’d read it again.


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