Keep It Fresh Award

About a month ago I was nominated for the Keep It Fresh Award by Embuhlee Liest. Yes, I know that I am a horrible person for not thanking her earlier and I am sorry that it took me so long to write this post, but I am doing it now. Thank you so so so SO much!


  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 (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

download (4)1. 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.)

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. The truth is that I haven’t read very many sweet books. But when I read that question, this was the first book that I thought of and so this is my answer. And to be fair, it is a very sweet story. I will post my review on it very soon.25573977

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory.

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

images (1)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…)

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. This is the perfect book to take on vacation with me for several reasons. Firstly, because it is HUGE! It would take me at least 4 days at the beach to finish it. Secondly, it is one of those books that I want to read,
but never really pick up when I’m at home, so by taking it with me on my vacation I am passively-aggressively forcing myself to read it if not f13097686or any other reason, then just because I have no other option. Finally, this book is heavy. It would make the perfect weapon against any thief or attacker. Thumbs up for multi-tasking! 😉

The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are plagued by civil war, while the Night’s Watch mounts a reconnaissance force to investigate the mysterious people known as wildlings. Meanwhile Daenerys Targaryen continues her quest to return to and conquer the Seven Kingdoms. All signs are foreshadowing a terrible disaster that is to come.

pineapple3. 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?

Μάτια στο Καρφί by Olga Patsoura-Leni. When I bought this book I was almost convinced that I was not going to like it. I had only bought it because the author was coming to my city for a signing and I thought it would be nice to meet her and actually know a few things about her book.
The author never actually came, but I did buy the book and I did like it a lot despite my original feelings about it. This is a tiny collection of very short stories.The book itself is only 79 pages long and smaller than my palm in height. Still it is a very good book and if any of you reading this post knows Greek, then you should read it.25603541

Ένας δάσκαλος, ένα κορίτσι που ψάχνει πατρίδα, μια μάνα με την κόρη της στο χρόνο, η ερωτευμένη, μια αινιγματική φιγούρα, ένας αλλιώτικος καθηγητής, μία γυναίκα με χιούμορ, ένας σωστός σύζυγος, ο μοναχικός άντρας, μια γυναίκα με αυτοεκτίμηση, μια ηλικιωμένη, η Ελίζαμπεθ, που θέλει να ξεχάσει… Πεινασμένα μάτια κοιτούν στο καρφί. Άνθρωποι που συναντήθηκαν επάνω στο χαρτί. Διαφορετικοί, κι όμως, τόσο όμοιοι. Ζουν, αγαπάνε, πονάνε, ελπίζουν, υποφέρουν, πεθαίνουν, ξαναγεννιούνται…

orange-king-of-fruits4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

Pursued by Evangeline Anderson. This book is one of my favorite in the Brides of the Kindred series and it is indeed very juicy. There is fighting and adventure and romance and broken hearts, what else could anyone ask for from a book?14744463

Elise is fractured inside, stained by a past she refuses to remember.

Merrick is scarred both inside and out, a half-breed with a brutal background, at home nowhere in the universe.

Now they are tied together by an unstable bond which could kill them both.

Their journey will take them to the lawless planet of Rageron—the wildest of all the Kindred worlds. There, in the deep blue jungles of an alien world, Elise must bare her soul and relive the horror that nearly killed her. Can she and Merrick make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain?

If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her…Elise is being Pursued.

download5. 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!)

Me and the Marquis by Tyburn Way. This book was exactly like a watermelon. There was this woman, who was having all these experiences that she was getting no satisfaction out of, but who refused to change just because a misogynistic a**hole had once said that this was what she should do. Up until the very end, nothing happens and nothing changes with the exception of her losing the most important thing in her life (and doing nothing about it).22623439

“To chase her true destiny, a woman must be wanton.” – Marquis de Sade

Imagine – you’re a woman who has never met a man you could really respect or love.

You begin reading one of the Marquis de Sade’s books. You are surprised. There is a lot of sex, to be sure. It’s pretty extreme, but also repetitive and after a while, boring. More importantly, you discover the Marquis de Sade’s philosophy. You discover the man – and what a man!

There is, however, another side to the Marquis which is very hard – impossible – to accept. He was also a demon of a man, capable (at least in his writing) of barbaric and inhuman atrocities.

Is it possible to emulate the Marquis’s philosophy and life? Is it a good idea to even try? Can the Marquis’s two sides be reconciled?

This is the story of one woman’s attempt to find that out!

10-Dragon-Fruit6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

Αφού Μεγάλωσες…Καλά Να Πάθεις! by Petros Venetis. I think I’ve talked about this book a bit in a previous post. It was a gift to me from my aunt and it is a very unique book. This book was originally written by Petros Venetis to his son as a ‘guidebook to living’. It’s written in very small quotes, bulleted lists, and very small passages that each teach how a person should strive to liveb176533 his/her life. It provides the reader with insights and advice and it is all written in a very unique style. I just wish there was a translation of it available so that all of you could read it.

H εσωτερική αναζήτηση, η εξέλιξη και η προσπέλαση των εμποδίων δε γνωρίζει όρια ηλικίας. Eρωτήματα που εμφανίζονται μπροστά μας σε κάθε στάδιο της ζωής μας προσεγγίζονται από τον Πέτρο Bενέτη με έναν άμεσο και χιουμοριστικό τρόπο. O συγγραφέας μάς παρακινεί ν’ ανακαλύψουμε και να φέρουμε στην επιφάνεια όλα εκείνα τα θετικά στοιχεία που κρύβουμε μέσα μας. H αυτογνωσία και η εξέλιξη δε χρειάζεται ν’ ακολουθούν δύσκολες και περίπλοκες διαδρομές και το AφOY MεγαλωσεΣ… KαλΑ να ΠΑθειΣ! αποτελεί την πιο αισιόδοξη κι ευχάριστη απόδειξη.

download (1)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.)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I really have very strong opinions when it comes to suicide. So, this book left a really sour taste in my mouth even after almost 3 years after first reading it.1217100

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

images8. 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!)

Transcendence by Shay Savage. I’ve only heard a handful of people discussing this book, but even if the entire blogging community had been raving about it, it still wouldn’t have been enough. Even though there are no dialogues and the book only has description, it is still a very intense book. It captivated me from the very first page. I cannot really describe it, but you should give it a try, because it is a great book.cover

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

download (2)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.)

To Wed a Wicked Earl by Olivia Parker. This book is a historical romance and no one could ever say that it belongs in another genre. But it is also very very good and soooo funny! It is a stereotypical historical romance, yes, but-just like an apple- it is good for you.cover

He’s on the hunt for a bride…

Adam Faramond, Earl of Rothbury, needs to find a wife—immediately!—or his beloved grandmother will leave him penniless. But Adam, an unrepentant rake, would reform for only one woman, the woman he’s lusted after—and loved—for years. It’s rather unfortunate, then, that Miss Charlotte Greene would never consent to be the blushing bride of a rogue… or so he thinks.

Charlotte believes that the earl, the only man whose touch leaves her trembling, would never want a woman like her. Weary of her wallflower ways, Charlotte decides that a friendship with the earl just might give her the excitement she desires. Keeping their true feelings hidden, she and Adam plan a sham ceremony to placate the dowager. But when the “marriage of convenience” takes an unexpected turn, will Charlotte and her wicked earl finally reveal their irresistible, unforgettable love—and delight in a lifetime of passion?

images (1)10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

I can’t think of one. There are books that have made me feel frustration, there are books that have made sad and there are books that make me cry for hours and hours every time I read them, but there aren’t books that have made me feel blue. I don’t like reading depressing books. And if I find one then I simply DNF it and that’s it. Now, I have read sad books, but the fact that I have finished them means that I liked them and because I liked them they didn’t make me feel blue afterwards.

download (3)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?)

Awakened by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. Well, it’s actually almost the entire House of Night series. And no I’m not talking about the books as a whole, but about Neferet. She’s the embodiment of what I hate most in bitter people. She had had some really bad experiences in her life that made her bitter. So, she took her bitterness and wrapped it around herself and used it as a blanket to ‘protect’ her from the world. But in the process that bitterness blinded her to all the good things that had happened to her and all the blessings that she had received, so what did she do? coverShe took all of these good things she had been given, twisted them around into something bad and threw them away.

Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over her immortal consort Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either… And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

open-jackfruit-showing-bulbs12. Jackfruit – Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)

Okay, I’m not going to talk about my textbooks because I really cannot decide which one of them is the heaviest. So, instead I will have to choose Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. 1,100 pages are good for many things: reading is the obvious answer, but you could also use it as a weapon against any burglar who is foolish enough to invade your private space while you reading this mammoth, or maybe as extra weight if you can’t afford to buy any sports equipment, or to the most inconsiderate of you out there it can also be used as kindling for the fire or as a stepladder.

Yeah, I know. I’m being ridiculous, but I actually love this series and you should read it.15735320

It began with Eragon… It ends with Inheritance.Not so very long ago, Eragon — Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider — was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

download (4)13. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

I think I’m going to pick Midnight’s Bride by Sophia Johnson. It’s not that it’s a hilarious book, however the humorous situations that the protagonist gets into along with her innocence make for a really sweet combination that adds a really nice flavour and makes the story perfect.cover

The Heart Of A Warrior
Mereck of Blackthorn has vowed never to love-for he is cursed with baresark blood and it runs hot. But he must take a wife. When he meets Netta of Caer Caldwell, he is willing to spirit her away from her father’s violence, even if he refuses to give her his heart.

The Soul Of A Lover

With her father determined to be rid of her, spirited Netta cannot escape marriage to the heathen Mereck. But she soon learns that he is not the barbarian he believes himself to be-and his kisses fire her blood with a passion she longs to claim.

Part B

Choose your favorite fruit and then choose a book that would correspond the best and if your fruit is already taken on our list, make up your own question and answer it.

download (5)14. Mango – It is very hard to find ripe mangos here in Greece and when I do they too expensive for me to actually buy them. So, the question here is this: Name a book or series that you wish you could get more of.

The Wild About You series by Vicky Lewis Thompson. I swear I don’t care how many books she adds in this series, I’m going to buy all of them and I’m going to read all of them and I;m going to love all of them. There is no doubt about that last one.cover

Emma Gavin writes about werewolves, but that doesn’t mean she believes in them-not until a pack of real-life New York weres decide to investigate the striking accuracy of her “fiction”.

When Aiden Wallace, son and heir of the pack leader, tries to sniff out Emma’s potential informant, he discovers something even more dangerous- an undeniable attraction to her.

Part C

Finally, choose a book that was a mix of some of these fruits to make your own smoothie. (e.g. A strawberry blueberry lemon smoothie would correlate to a sweet and sad but sour book.)

Tomato, apple, mango (which is actually not that bad):

For this smoothie I would have to choose Grounds to Kill by Wendy Roberts. It’s a book that is not very widely known that is definitely a mystery and I really wishcover it had a sequel.

Barista Jen Hanby’s coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café—but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father.

She’s also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That’ll get her Employee of the Month.

When she finds herself scrawling your boyfriend is cheating on you! to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling—who just happens to be her half sister—turns up dead, and suddenly Jen’s homeless father is the prime suspect.

Jen knows he is being framed and must take matters into her own hands to protect him. But will anyone believe that the crazy old man is innocent? Or that his spirit-writing daughter holds the truth?

So thanks again for the nomination.

I’m going to nominate:

By the way I haven’t checked who has already been nominated or not I just didn’t have the time to do the research.


2 thoughts on “Keep It Fresh Award

  1. Gosh, what great answers! I read the descriptions for some of the fruits and was like “um, crap, I don’t know!” but yours all make perfect sense, and I got some good recommendations! Can’t wait to do it, myself. Thanks for the nomination!


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