The Keep It Fresh Award!

Thank you to Zezee @Zezee With Books for nominating me for this one!

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The rules:
  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  3. Part B: Choose your favourite 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 C: Create 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 but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh! 😀


Part A

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


Maybe not the sweetest book I’ve read, I don’t think there’s just one book that tops them all, but Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, which I just found out has a sequel coming out this year? Awesome!

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…)


Although I’ll bring absolutely any book anywhere, regardless of where it is I’m going, I think I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson would be a good one to take to the beach, since they talk about sand a lot and live in California.

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?


I had to read this for a class a while back, and I had thought I was going to hate it, but once I pushed through the first couple of chapters I fell in love with the story of A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith and the journey it took me on.

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



I’m definitely going to have to go with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith for this one. Which… HAS A SEQUEL THAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT. THAT I STILL HAVEN’T READ SINCE FINDING OUT ABOUT IT.

(I’m very mad at myself over this.)

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!)


For this one I chose Soundless by Richelle Mead. There just wasn’t enough to it for me, I needed more and I got less. Still a good story, but just… not enough.

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


I had to chose The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for this one, because I’ve never read a book quite like it before.

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.)


I can’t remember what it was I disliked so much because it’s been years since I read Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause, but I distinctly remember being upset with it enough to give it to a friend, which I never did back then.

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!)


Dark Souls by Paula Morris, or just Paula Morris in general. I love her writing so much, it’s so easy to read and really captivating.

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.)


Divergent by Veronica Roth is what I pick, and it was a good book. It’s the two that followed it that weren’t quite as good and just… no, respectively. (Even though I’m currently rereading Allegiant anyway, I’m still not really enjoying it. Divergent on its own, though? Fantastic.)

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


Stories from WWII tend to make me sad as a whole despite how much I love reading them, but The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy just left me cold. A fantastic book, and a real jab to the soul.

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?)

I’m going to have to agree whole-heartedly with Zezee on this one. Especially with Umbridge. That woman can go jump off a cliff, ugh.

In addition, I’m going to add in Ramsey Snow from A Song of Ice and Fire. I want to personally throw him off of a cliff.

Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)


I had to go looking for this one, but my heaviest book is The Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.

… I think.

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


My Fair Godmother by Janelle Rallison is downright hilarious. I adore the humor in this series so much that I recommended it in one of my monthly recs. I want to reread it at some point, too.

Part B

Peaches: Name a book that gave you the warm fuzzies. (Get it? Peach skin? Haha I’m so clever.)


Unsurprisingly, I went with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, because I love this book. So much.

Part C

My smoothing: strawberries + pineapple + dragon fruit + blueberries = A book (or series) that was a little wild, a lot exciting, and had an ending you enjoyed thoroughly (because I love super sweet berry smoothies with a little kick to them).


The Immortals is my favorite series of Tamora Pierce’s books, and the fourth book, The Realms of the Gods, is by far the absolute best one in the series. I was so happy with it and the way it wrapped up, and watching Daine grow up from book one to book four was just so satisfying. I adore this series.

My Nominations

Book Adventures

Adventures of a Bibliophile


Fall in Love with the Sound of Words

Story and Somnomancy

Trust in the Words

That was a lot of fun, omg. Now, onto more reading so I can stop looking at my “you are so-and-so books behind schedule” on Goodreads.

Thanks for reading!


6 thoughts on “The Keep It Fresh Award!

  1. Looks like you had fun doing this! 😀 I love your enthusiasm for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I can’t wait to read it. I loved the movie. I’m reading The Night Circus right now and I agree. It’s a bit odd and I can’t really put my finger on why. I think it must be because of the circus itself and it makes everything around it, including the story, weird.
    Lol about Umbridge and I agree about Ramsey. He pissed me off for what he did at Winterfell.
    Oh I loved the Immortals series too but my fav Tamora Pierce series is The Song of the Lioness.

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    1. I had a ton of fun with it! Thank you again for the tag 😀
      I definitely agree with the whole idea of the circus making everything in The Night Circus have a weird feeling to it, I definitely felt that when reading it! Then again, I felt it was appropriate considering the era, because I definitely get the same feeling when I see circuses set around the same time period featured in other settings, such as movies. I can’t recall the title of another book at the moment (I’ll probably remember it later and poke the title in), but there is another story with a circus where something about it seems a little *too* magical, and I got the same feeling reading it. That could very possibly just be my reaction to circuses of the like, though. Not sure!
      I love The Song of the Lioness, I need to reread those! It’s been so long since I have, and I adore Pierce’s books. I need to get my hands on them again.
      Sorry for that scattered reply, and I hope you enjoy The Night Circus!


      1. Thanks! I’m enjoying it so far. I don’t read many stories with circuses in them. Actually, I think this is the first. I also have Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, which I hope to read later this year. Is that the other circus book you were trying to think of?

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      2. It wasn’t, I didn’t know there was another book of the same name actually. I think I might have been thinking of Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan, which is odd as I’ve not read that series in over 10 years, but I can’t think of what it might be I’m thinking of!


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