Cake Flavored Book/Movie Tag

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges

I came across this book tag on Twitter at Zezee With Books, Life Of a Female Bibliophile, and PaperFury. I wanted to write on it, but somehow couldn't and my sister was searching for prompts to write on and happily took this one up. So over to my sister- Samikshya Mishra, as she shares her bookish savory delicious indulgences.


I love doing recommendations. When I chanced upon a few posts talking about books and relating them to delicious desserts, I wanted to write one too. So here’s a list in which I’ll tag books and movies with a flavor of cake. All the tags I read before writing this made me imagine delicious cakes in a small café in a countryside, a sweet old lady baking bread and cookies, the warm aroma wafting through the air and I am hungrier than ever.

CHOCOLATE CAKE (a dark movie)

The absolutely pure ‘dark’ genre is not my cup of tea. Not one bit. Thinking back, I haven't read any such books or watched a movie of this kind. Except one - an Asian movie called Confessions. It narrated the story of three young teens, barely fourteen. One of them is tricked by his classmate to killing their teacher’s little daughter. The classmate is a genius who wanted to blow up his school and himself just to get his mother’s attention, and there's also a girl who had killed her entire family at the dinning table. Though I successfully completed watching the movie, it left me disturbed for a day or two. The cake may be sweet, but unadulterated chocolate is bitter.

VANILLA CAKE (a light watch/read)

There are many. I absolutely love movies and books that do not make me go through an emotional turmoil. No matter how much I love tragedies or enjoy the roller-coaster rides in thrillers, I am always going to fall back to those with a sweet, simple, unpretentious and seemingly mediocre story-line like Wild Child and Princess Diaries. Just like you choose vanilla when you’re tired of the rich and scrumptious flavors. The Dashwood Sisters, Fangirl and Glitter and Gloss are a few vanilla flavored books to read.

RED VELVET (a book that gave you mixed emotions)

I’ve never tried red velvet but there are quite a few books and movies that gave me mixed emotions. If I’m honest with myself, almost every literary or artistic work has good points as well as bad, only the ratio varies. One such book is 13 Reasons Why. While I loved the idea of a suicide note via tapes and how the author successfully kept the audience (at least, me) glued to the book till the end, some of the reasons were just too unconvincing and not strong enough to contribute as a major factor that lead a teen to commit suicide.

CHEESECAKE (a movie you would recommend to anyone)

There are some movies that touch you so deep and move you unexpectedly and in an imperceptible manner that you can’t help but recommend it to everyone. Kapoor and Sons is one such movie that speaks about the love-hate relationship among family members through good times, hard times and misunderstandings. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you see the beauty of a family as a whole. Yet another movie that I cannot help but recommend everyone is Up! - a scenic and delightful movie that is sure to please anyone who watches it.

COFFEE CAKE (a book/movie you started but never finished)

Pride and Prejudice introduced me to the world of classics and I was so impressed by the narration, the characters and the story that I never got bored of reading it again and again. With high expectations, I tried almost every other book by Austin but I never could finish any of them. Be it Sense and Sensibility or Northanger Abbey or Mansfield Park, none could come up to the level of Pride and Prejudice in terms of characterization or plot. But then, I can finish a coffee cake anytime.

CARROT CAKE (a book with great writing)

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri made me fall in love with the words, the sentences, and the writing itself. Though it’s a long way before I complete it and it is only the translation of the Italian work by the author, it is a masterpiece. It only makes me wonder how much more I would be in awe of the writing if I could read her original work. Sigh that I don’t know Italian!

TIRAMISU (a book/movie that left you wanting more)

This is a coffee flavoured Italian dessert with generous amount of cocoa. Now I can imagine why it would leave one wanting for more.

I wanted more of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I wanted more of the two sweet and crazy characters - Finch and Violet. I wanted more of their time together discussing The Waves and also other books. I wanted more of the places that they visit together and leave a small token, that is, a part of themselves behind everywhere they went. I wanted more of the sweet compliments by Finch that made Violet feel lovely. I wanted more perfect days for Finch. I still do. A lot more!

CUPCAKES (series with 4+ books/movies)

Harry Potter is undoubtedly one of them. I don’t feel the need to say more about this particular series. Let’s just say it is perfect. Unfortunately, I cannot remember any other series I have read that has four or more books.

FRUIT CAKE (a book/movie that wasn’t what you anticipated)

I expected Mohenjodaro to be a timeless epic but it only turned out to be a waste of time. I was thoroughly disappointed. And a few animated movies that I had expected to be just a light watch, not as gripping as a Scooby Doo, Disney’s fairy-tale movie, or a creation of Pixar, managed to leave me amazed and astonished. Liking How to Train Your Dragon was unanticipated but inevitable.

LAMINGTON (favorite Australian books)

This cake is a sponge cake coated with chocolate shreds, chocolate sauce and coconut flakes. Sounds yummy, doesn't it?

Sadly, I’ve never read any Australian books but I would like to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Being the foodie that I am, it was such an ordeal to continue writing despite not being able to taste any of the cakes. It was interesting to write, nevertheless. So, go ahead and try the works under the tag of your liking and do comment which tag you liked the most and any books or movies you would give it to.


You can join in too, with your own post about books or movies. I couldn't find a linky for this. Add or subtract any cake flavour if you like. Leave me a link so I can read your choices. :)

Linking with KohlEyedMe and EverydayGyan #FridayReflections.


  1. Great recommendations. I am watching 13 reasons why in netflix. I will add Kapoor and sons to my wishlist.

    1. We have watched Kapoor and Sons twice! :D You'd really like it.

  2. Such a delicious post this is! You've helped me add a few book to my TBR . Agree with you on Mohenjodaro, such a disaster it was. Do read The Book Thief, it is amazing!
    Loved reading this post, Pratikshya!

  3. Never thought of books as cakes but they are two of my favorite things. I was able to buy duck eggs in the farmer's market today. I haven't had them in nearly 30 years and I can't wait to bake a cake with them!

    1. That's awesome. :D 30 years is a rather long time!!

  4. Loved your classifications. And I love lamingtons - the cake not the books that is :)

  5. Some brilliant recommendations there. I confess, I couldn't read any other Austen books as well :P Thanks for joining in Friday Reflections. Hope to see you around.

  6. Books and cake, what a delicious combination! This post was quite literally a mouth-watering treat to read.

    As far as Austen books are concerned, have you tried reading Persuasion? I really liked that one.

    1. We haven't tried Persuasion. Would check that out. :D

  7. Commented already on this, but I have to say this is a BAD way to start out a new day! I'm already craving just about all of these delicious looking cakes! Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip! Loving my Fitbit

  8. Great recommendations! And I love this book tag - I think I may take it up too, soon! Although first, I think I need to find myself some cake! ;-)

    Modern Gypsy

  9. Ah. All the bright places. In my top three for so obvious reasons.

  10. What a fun and delightful system to categorize books and movies - quite delicious! I think this is a genius idea and would love to see a bakery/bookstore with this theme. The best of all worlds - sweets and books and movies. Yum!


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