February 18, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon: Delectable Delights

The Love-a-Thon is an annual event that has been running since 2012, and it's continued to grow in the five years since then. It's meant to encourage positivity, form and strengthen relationships and to just be a whole lot of fun. This year, I'm co-hosting with Cee of The Novel HermitKristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy! (P.S. If you're only discovering this event today, please know that you're still welcome to sign up to be a part of it!)

While we certainly share a passion for stories, I'm always interested to discover the other things that my fellow booklovers are interested in. When Kristin decided she wanted to bring back the hobby mash-up challenge this year, I was ecstatic! All you need to do for this one is to find a way to mash-up your love of books with another one of your hobbies. You can get as creative as you'd like to in terms of how you'll be sharing about it!

P.S. If you want to be entered in the giveaway for this challenge, please link us to your post for the challenge over at Super Space Chick. Don't fret if you're not awake yet, as the linky will be open through February 20!

Last year, I mashed up books + pretty dresses + places I'd like to go, since I love finding adorable dresses and I always want to find new places to add to my travel bucket list. If there's one other thing that I am extremely passionate about but haven't really talked about on this blog, it's dessert. I've got a massive sweet tooth and always crave my favorite sweets! Today, I'll be sharing my five favorite types of dessert (though I'm a big dessert eater in general and will try anything sweet at least once) and books that reminded me of them in a variety of ways.

I'm a huge fan of chocolate in all its forms, but particularly the really good stuff that you can get from chocolatiers. I've still not lived out my dream of having chocolate from a proper chocolatier in Paris (one day), but I indulge in chocolate whenever I can on a regular basis. The Chocolate Thief is a really fun read that centers around two rival chocolate lovers who engage in seduction and subterfuge.

I love ice cream! It's my favorite sweet treat, mostly during the summer though I'll take it at any time of the year. (Also, Rachel has been taking me along on her visits to a variety of ice cream places in New York and it's been fun.) Now, let's be real: Morgan Matson mentions ice cream in all her novels (as far as I recall), so I had to choose one of her books to pair with it. I went with Second Chance Summer, which is a story about family, friendship and love.

I'm a cookie monster! I keep a stash of cookies at home, at my office, in my bag... You get the gist. I'm particularly fond of chocolate chip cookies, especially when it's crispy around the edges and soft in the middle. Y.U.M. Of course, the perfect match for this dessert is To All the Boys I've Loved Before because Lara Jean Song loves baking cookies (and I'd be the perfect friend if she wanted someone to taste test her baked goodies).

I'm big on donuts, whether for breakfast or for snacks, so thank goodness, New York has a variety of donut places I can buy them from! I'm particularly fond of glazed donuts and donuts with chocolate icing, though I'm pretty much willing to give most donut flavors a try. I decided to pair this dessert with The Careful Undressing of Love because, if I recall right, there's a donut shop mentioned in it that means something special to the characters.

Macarons are delicious little bundles of joy, and it is thanks to my friend Danica that I'm now obsessed with them. But seriously, they are light and flaky and flavorful and wonderful. I definitely had to pair it with Paris My Sweet, which is all about Paris, New York and dessert.

What's your favorite dessert or sweet things? Any book recommendations for books with sweets mentioned in them? Also, don't forget to link up to your post over at Super Space Chick in order to be entered in the giveaway! 


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