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The Burrito Bowl Book Tag
The Burrito Bowl Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Cristina @ Girl in the Pages. It is inspired by Chipotle’s burrito bowl, long lineups, euphoric food comas, and The Great Carnitas Shortage of 2015.
Here are some rules to devour this tag:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you to make your own burrito bowl, linking back to their site
- Answer the tag questions
- Tag 5 others to create their own bowl
- Food coma
The Burrito Bowl Book Tag
Rice: The Foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”
“The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey got me into blogging. If you must know, I needed to complain about Evan Walker and his creepy stalker-but-apparently-protective?-antics. I mean, I guess I sort of did (do?) ship Cassie and Evan but his actions reflect questionable behaviour.
Beans: The Filler – “A book with a whole lot of nothing happening”
“The Here and Now” by Ann Brashares. I can’t even begin to explain the tomfoolery in this book. It’s 10 times worse than We Were Liars. At least there was food porn in WWL. The Here and Now was just utter nothingness for an apparent time-travel book. Wtf, right?
Protein: The Building Block – “A book quote to live by”
“Whatever the world looks like now. That’s not always how it’s going to look. There’s more. There’s always more.” – Patrick Ness, More Than This
This is why boundaries are challenged. Not for the sake of wanting to, or needing to, or being forced to, but because boundaries will crumble and build itself up again; with or without you.
Fajitas: The Crunch of Texture – “A book with immaculate world-building”
It might be a copout to say Brandon Sandersons “Stormlight Archive” even though I’m only a quarter way through the first book. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the worthy additions in Sanderson’ Firefight, and in particular, the change of scenary after the literal steelcage in Steelheart.
Salsa: The Dance of Flavour – “A book that kept you on your toes”
“The Rule of Three” by Eric Walters is a good choice not because it was extremely well-written (it was okay in that regard) but because it’s set in a town an hour away from my home. Most of the infrastructures are vivid to me and when shit happens…it becomes that much more accessible to experience.
Corn: The Explosion of Sweetness – “A memorable scene involving friendship/romance”
When I think of friendship/romance I think of witty banter (and people calling each other out on their shit). Life seems to be more wonderful like that. With that in mind, I’m reminded of Allison Parr’s “Rush Me”. Yes, this is perhaps one of the only NAs I’ve read (circa 2013) and it had said banter. It was cool. That’s all I can really say.
Cheese: The Bond of Calcium – “Two characters from different books you wish could be friends”
I’mma say Tomasz from More Than This (Patrick Ness) and Ariel from The Alex Crow (Andrew Smith) for the sole reason that they’re both weird kids. And weird kids seem to cultivate the best kind of friendships, right?
Sour Cream: The Tangy Topper – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)”
This one’s a doozy. I guess I might have to go with Percy, a minor character in Marthe Jocelyn’s “What We Hide”. He’s a budding writer with quite the misunderstood mind. His story is told a myriad of ways; from third-person, to a script, to a cover sheet with working titles. It’s all so weird; and the ideas are messy but he makes the most of his life. It’s an exemplification of the Ness’ quote above.
Guacamole: The Cost of Creaminess – “A book you paid too much for (based on utility experienced)”
By the time I get to Victoria Aveyard’s “Red Queen”, it’ll probably be discounted or something. The impulse buys…they hurt. But I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book where I bought and didn’t enjoy. At least there’s that to look forward to.
Lettuce: The Handful of Crispness – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book”
This is difficult (why did I write such difficult questions?).
I didn’t actually read Gone Girl but I loved the film adaptation. The part when she’s “technically missing” was beautiful. The rise of anti-heroes is awesome but this book—rather, Amazing Amy—is a solid example of contemporary character-onions. Yes, there are questionable tendencies but the realistic truth in this character is scary and exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I like my Disney’s as much as the next person but the characterisations in this was a sure winner.
Chips: Le Pièce de Résistance – “A must-read recommendation if you like [this book/genre—you decide!]”
If you like time-travel, I encourage you to consider “Backward Glass” by David Lomax. It’s YA. Characters are self-aware. They travel through mirrors. It gives wonderful nods to each time period. The beginning might seem onerous but the payout is rewarding.
Tabasco: The Kick to the Face – “Your favourite fight/action sequence”
Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama. Some of the most epic and feels-inducing fight sequences I’ve seen have come from this manga. Granted, the themes in the manga aren’t for everyone. For reference to anyone who’s seen the anime: episode 21 (Team Levi vs Female Titan)…holy shit my feels for the action and music and the everything. Legitimate tsunami of feels right here.
Who I’m Tagging:
…and You, if you want to spread the delicious Chipotle love!
You know when you start running out of post ideas…? Neither do I BECAUSE THIS WAS BRILLIANT. This tag is not endorsed by Chipotle (although one can dream). Also a burrito bowl is NOT just a burrito in a bowl. Are you having cravings now? Me too. What sucks is there are only a handful of locations in the Toronto area. Sad face is sad.
Let me know what your typical burrito bowl order is! (Mine typically has white rice, black beans, fajitas, carnitas, mild-medium-corn-salsa, sour cream, cheese, gauc, lettuce, and chips.) Mmm.
Anyhoots, what did you think of this tag? It was created on a whim based off a few tweets exchanged between Cristina and myself (even if most of our convos are basically exchanges of: “CHIPOTLE?!?” “CHIPOTLE!!” …or something to that extreme).