Book Nerd Bites #1 | Me Before You + Pecan Pie = ALL THE ❤️❤️❤️

Welcomeeee Ladies and Gentlemen, to the original monthly feature: Book Nerd Bites! And let’s not forget the creators,  the wonderful Cyra, the lovely  Kristie, the magical Natasha, the bodacious Valerie, and me, Becca (!) as part of the Book Blogger Creativity Project hosted by Nori of ReadWriteLove28. Every month we’ll be sharing recipes to the most savory dishes inspired by our favorite books. Join in, chums! Just make sure you link back to our post and use #booknerdbites on social media 🙂


Pecan Pie = The ultimate comfort food.

Basically, after the truly cruel read that Me Before You is, you need a food to cry with, a food to comfort you. You need Pecan Pie!

Don’t you fret, I’m here with the very best recipe 😉

  • 1 sheet (1/2 of 15-oz pkg.) refrigerated 9″ pie crust dough
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz. pecan halves, about 1 1/2 cups
  • Sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon, optional

  • Preheat that oven right up to 325 degrees
  • Fit dough into 9″ pie own, fold edges under and flute
  • Freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes
  • In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs; stir in sugar, light and dark corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt until combined. 
  • Stir in pecans
  • Pour mixture into pie crust, bake 50-60 minutes or until center is set (Loosley cover edges of pie with foil if they brown too quickly)
  • Cool on rack 1 hour before serving
  • Garnish with whipped cream and/or cinnamon if desired

And now, chums, you’ve got a D E L I C I O U S pie to eat your feelings with. It’s a friend. It’s a pal. It’s a shoulder to cry on.

Share your recipes! Tell me, what does Me Before You make you think of in terms of food? Have any secret family recipes? Will you be joining the feature?


Feeling Greedy? Proud? Envious? Then Read These Books! | Top Ten Tuesday

Original Top Ten Tuesday Prompt: Ten books to read if you’re in the mood for _____

Revised Prompt Because I’m an Obnoxious Little Rebel: Books to read if you’re feeling one or all of the seven deadly sins (you are don’t lie). Basically, for each sin I shall select a book parallel. Basically, this post has nothing to do with the original Top Ten Tuesday prompt. Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing. 

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Warner is a CRAZY little pumpkin in this book. I mean, he seems like the creepiest, most atrocious, most disgusting little villain. The whole lust thing? Not a good look for him.

BUT—are things really as they seem? Is this deadly sin even present, or is it all in Juliette’s perception? I suppose you’ll just have to read it to find out.

(Would I kill it as a car salesman or what)


2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This book takes breaks from plotting against evil monsters and murderers in order to eat and talk about eating and to describe the eating.

Not going to lie, this pleases me. Immensely.

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Thieves & heists & money OH MY! 

Though there are a few other motivations sprinkled across these pages, characters generally launch an epic heist for the money. Just saying.

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

While the official definition of sloth is: Laziness, unwillingness to work, the protagonist in this book features another form. 


Let’s take a step into our MC’s mind: Should I choose to marry this prince who is lovely and rich and powerful and kind or should I marry this poor boy who’s a pathetic jerk? You know what, I’ll just take three books to MAKE UP MY MIND.

Good heavens.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Basically, Sharzhad marries the king so that she can kill him in his sleep as revenge. No biggie.

I mean…it’s called The Wrath and the Dawn.

6. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Where there is professional ballerina-ing, there is envy.

A rough summary of this book: Your pirouettes are better than mine? I am envious let me back stab you. You have a better arch than mine? I am envious let me back stab you. You get the lead part and I didn’t? I am envious let me back stab you. And so on.


7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena’s pride can triumph through anything. 

Slaving away in Endovier? Memories of the many innocents killed? Not taking a shower for a year or two? 


Which of the seven deadly sins have you committed today? Let’s have a blogging confessional in which you tell me ALL YOUR SECRETS.

While We Wait For Queen of Shadows | Book Tag

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been eagerly awaiting Queen of Shadows, which will be released tomorrow. I mean, I did dedicate this entire post to describe the agony of the wait. Which is why I was delighted to find that Kelsey over at Don’t You Shush Me not only created this lovely tag, but also tagged me! Thank you, Kelsey! 

Favorite Book by Sarah J. Maas and Why?


WHAT THIS IS TOO HARD. I’m going to have to go for a tie between ACOTAR and Heir of Fire. I loved both of these books so much, ACOTAR because I love both fae and retellings and Heir of Fire because fae, once again, and Rowan. Rowan was definitely a high point. 

Favorite Character in the Throne of Glass series and Why?

Uh, Rowan. I thought I made this clear. Why? He is a faerie. A faerie. Also Nehemia, but uh…

Which Team are You On? (Dorian, Chaol, or Rowan)

Oh, hmm, let me see, ROWAN. 

Guys. Come on. Keep up. Though it was originally Chaol, but he was really getting on my nerves in Heir of Fire and Rowan was there being a faerie and all. Guys, a faerie. 

How Long Have You Had to Wait Between Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows?

I’m luckier than most, actually. I read Heir of Fire back in April, so I’ve had five months to wait, which is significantly better than a year, I’ll admit. But still. It’s been excruciating.

What are your favorites out of the books that have helped you pass the time waiting for the next Sarah J. Maas release?

Wow, this is a hard one. Well, my favorite books that I’ve read since Heir of Fire would be The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I would definitely recommend those two books!

When do You Think You’ll get a Chance to Read Queen of Shadows?

Tomorrow. As soon as it comes out. Please, I’m not an amateur. 

What Would You say to Recommend Sarah J. Maas books to Someone who has Never Read Them?

Assuming I can form coherent sentences, I might say this:

“Her writing is so addicting and all her characters are just—UGH I LOVE IT ALL SO MUCH.”

Hmm, no, I don’t think I would be able to form coherent sentences. 

Since I’m not exactly sure who’s a fan of the series or not, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if the wait for Queen of Shadows is agonizing you, do this tag!

Goodreads: Becca and Books


Mailing Address: P. O. 86907 

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Most Likely To… | Bookish Edition [TAG]

From Yearbooks to middle school slumber parties, everyone has tried to decide who they know is most to succeed, get arrested, etc.

It’s time for the bookish version.

Since I’ve never seen this before, I thought it might be fun to turn this into a tag. So here’s how it’s going to work:

1. Put 18 book characters into a jar and shake it up. 

2. Have the first three most likely to… categories ready. Pick three names from the jar and apply them to the first three categories.

3. Keep going until you have none left!

Round One

The Most Likely Tos:

1. Get arrested (going straight for the cliches)

2. Cry in a movie 

3. Have kids first.

The characters:

Warner from the Shatter Me series

Cather Avery from Fangirl

Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series.

Well. Okay. Since she already has a record, We’re going to put Celaena in the get arrested category. Since I think Cath would be the most likely to have kids first, maybe after her first best-selling novel, I’ll put her there. Which leaves Warner for the crying during the movie. Which I can actually see. Which is actually completely hilarious.

Round Two:

4. Become a multi-millionaire 

5. Write a best-selling book

6. Give all their money to charity.

The characters:

Reyna from Heroes of Olympus

Sharzhad from The Wrath and the Dawn

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles

With Reyna’s powerful personality, I can see her as a snazzy businesswoman who becomes a multi-millionaire. Sharzhad has a strong sense of justice, so I can see her giving all her money to charity. Cress is already a genius with all her hacker skills, and with her interesting past she could certainly write a fascinating book!

Round Three:

7. Join a cult

8. Beat Donal Trump in a presidential election 

9. Be a closet nerd

The characters:

Four from Divergent

Raffe from the End of Days trilogy

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses

WOW. Oh my gosh. Rhysand is totally a closet nerd. I can totally picture him being all buff and manly in public and then returning to his little home and having a Star Wars marathon. OH MY WORD THAT’S FUNNY.

Four could totally run for president. I just hope he doesn’t kill Donald Trump in the process. As for Rafee, I can see him in a little fallen angels cult.

Round Four:

10. Have the most piercings 

11. Get a stalker, or have a stalker or whatever

12. Open an orphanage

The characters:

Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Insturments

Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy

First of all, the Darkling’s probably going to have a stalker because it’s probably going to be me. Just making that clear.

Isabelle Lightwood will definitely be the one with the most piercings, and I can certainly see Annabeth opening up an orphanage with Percy!

Round Five:

13. Become an actress

14. Join a gang

15. Open a bakery

The characters:

Han Allister from the Seven Realms series

Rowan from Heir of Fire

Effie from the Hunger Games

EFFIE WOULD BE AN AMAZING ACTRESS. Hollywood would be a fantastic place for her! As for the gang, I can’t see Han going back to his old ways, but I can sort of see Rowan joining the dark side, just not for long. I can see Han settling down and opening up a bakery with his tiny little children. Aw, it’s all too sweet. 🙂

Round Six:

16. Go Christmas caroling

17. Go through a goth phase

18. Murder someone

The characters:

Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter books

Sam Cortland from The Assassin’s Blade

Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices.

Crap, this is hard. See, Sam is an assassin. Was an assassin. *sobs* So, he’s got to be the one most likely to murder someone. Draco through a goth phase? That is hilarious, and I can totally see that. 

And of course, Will would to Christmas caroling. Because he’s hilarious and perfect and beautiful. I’m not sure if those count as reasons, but we’re going with that either way.

I’ll tag:

Analee @ Book Snacks

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Anjie @ Love Thy Shelf

Carolyn @ A Hundred Thousand Stories

Silanur @ Aloof Books

Dimple @ Enthralling Dimple

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Summer @ Xing Sings

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

And anyone else who wants to give it a try, it’s an insane amount of fun!

Do you agree with my choices? Have any requests or questions? Let me know in the comments!

Goodreads: Becca and Books


Mailing Address: P. O. 86907 

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

One Lovely, Lovely Blog Award

As I’m sure some of you wonderful bloggers who tag me in all these awards and tags know, I’m absolutely awful at keeping track of them. I will generally tell myself I’ll do it later…and, well, you know.

This will change!

Okay. Fine.

I will do my best to change this!

Matt over at Matt and his (adorable) Cats tagged me for the One Lovely Book Award. THANK YOU MATT (and your cats)!


You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

You must list the rules and display the award.

You must add 7 facts about yourself.

You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

1. My passion (other than books, of course) is ballet. You can tell by my feet, which are becoming uglier and more scarred every day. I’m so proud.

2. I have a pretty unique heritage. My mom is Indian and my dad is half Scottish, half Irish. Though when people see my tan skin and dark hair, they generally assume I’m Hispanic. Which really bothers me, because my facial structure is completely different.

Then again, it can be an advantage. If I commit fraud of some sort. See, my older sister (wonderful role model she is) told me I could apply for Hispanic scholarships in college. My mom’s maiden name is Fernandez (Portugese missionaries in Southern India), and I look Hispanic-ish enough that I could get it.

But lying is bad. Don’t lie. 

3. My favorite color is puse, mainly because most people have no idea what it is.

4. I am a grammar nazi. Whenever I thank someone and they reply, ‘your welcome,’ I have to meditate.

Which is totally me being a hypocrite because I find spelling errors on my blog weeks after the post has been published…

5. As much as I love cats, dogs are my favorite. Mainly because dogs don’t make my eyes water and my nose sneeze. Oh, and they don’t make me stop breathing either. That too.

Sneaky, sneaky kitties.

6. Until recently, I never watched any foreign films. Now, I realize many of them are actually a billion times better than American movies. Such as Queen, which is a Hindi movie that actually doesn’t involving constant dancing and ear-shattering music. In fact, there’s not even a romance. I know. Independent woman traveling on her own? Truly scandalous.

7. My favorite music genre ranges from the Four Seasons and Elvis Presley to Wicked and Les Miserables. Actually, it doesn’t really range. Pretty much just those four things.

And now I will greatest pride and deepest pleasure, I nominate the following blogs:

Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Aloof Books
Josie’s Book Corner
My Tiny Obsessions
Book Enthral
Enthralling Dimple
Summer @ XingSings
A Hundred Thousand Stories

Yes, I didn’t nominate 15 blog’s. Feel free to rant about what a terrible person I am in the comments.



Bath and Body Works Book Tag!

Stop. Everybody stop what you’re doing and go check out ReinReads. Her blog is awesome and she was kind enough to tag me!

And also a thank you to Summer over at Xingsings, your photography skills are amazing, I hope you don’t mind me using your awesome banner above!

1. Pure Paradise: A book that was simply perfection


Perfection. Well, I don’t know if there’s any book that is PURE PERFECTION. I mean, perfection? But I’ll go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. From being amazing relatable to hilarious and quirky, it’s one of those books that’s the closest to perfection you’ll ever find.

2. Sweet Pea: A romance/contemporary novel that you really enjoyed.


Though I could just use Fangirl again, I’m going to go for a little diversity. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This book was also insanely relatable, and I loved watching Emily’s journey to independence and self-discovery. The romance was more on the sidelines, but I loved it that way.

3. Fresh Strawberries: A book you really enjoyed that came out this year.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renèe Ahdieh lived up to the hype! You can check out my review here!

4. Warm Vanilla Sugar: A character and/or book that made you feel all warm and smiley


Okay, I cheated. I went straight from Anna and the French Kiss to Isla and the Happily Ever After. I know, I KNOW. But this was the only one available and I needed that Stephanie Perkins gooey warm happiness!

5. Paris Amour: A couple you majorly ship together




Just kidding I love you all, even if you have a small mind that actually believes Tessa could belong with someone other than Will.

6. Dancing Waters: A book that takes place on a beach/perfect beach read.


So In Honor by Jessi Kirby doesn’t take place on the beach, but it does take place in summer. I’m currently reading this and having a lot of fun, though it’s definitely more thought provoking than your average beach read.

7. I ❤ Cake Books: Favorite book/character



I have an undying loyalty to Rick Riordan. Every book he publishes, I will love. It’s been decided. 

But Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson surpasses everything. Ever.

8. Winter Candy Apple: A book set around Christmas or during winter.

I’m going to go for the same answer, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins.
This book was really fun and whimsical, and I loved most of the stories.

9. Beautiful Day: A book with an unusual/ interesting/ appealing setting


Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard is one of the few books in YA with traveling involved. It’s set in South America, which sounds so exciting and appealing to me, I can’t wait to read it!

10. Dazzling Diamonds: Gorgeous cover(s).



And now, I shall tag:

Partners in Books
Josie the Bookworm
And anyone else who spends their free time either reading or compulsively smelling all the Bath and Body Works candles! (And smelling books, let’s be honest.)

Goodreads: Becca and Books


Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907 

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello, fluffy little unicorns.

The lovely Tash over at The Bookie Monsters nominated me for this tag! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Tash!!!! Check out her blog, it’s full of so many fun posts!

Tash has asked 11 questions which I shall answer. Then, I shall proceed to ask 11 questions of my own for the 11 bloggers I nominate.

Get it? Got it? Good!

1. What song can you not get enough of at the moment?


Colors of the Wind will forever and always be my favorite song.

2. If you could go back in time and meet anybody, who would it be and why?

Gandhi. Because he’s awesome and the one of the only people in history who made a significant difference without any fighting. Also, #indianpower. We’ll forgive the fact that he was from North India. #southindianprejudice 

3. Where is the one place in the world you would love to travel?


Since I have recently been to Paris, that leaves Tahiti. Just look. Those huts over the water, that crystal clear blue, it’s beautiful and it’s paradise!

4. You’ve won the lottery! What’s the first thing you do with your winnings?

Um, books. Duh.

5. What’s your biggest comfort?

Food. And books. And food. But only the kind that isn’t good for you.

6. There’s a zombie apocalypse happening right outside your house and you can only grab three things from the room you’re in right now to protect yourself! What things do you grab?

A pair of scissors, a blanket, and coffee. For obvious reasons.

7. Favourite movie of all time?

Queen. It’s partly in Hindi. It’s about this girl who’s fiancé breaks up with her a day before the wedding. So, she goes on her honeymoons by herself and has some hilarious adventures! I would absolutely recommend this movie to those who love to travel. It’s on Netflix!

8. What’s your favourite thing to do apart from blogging?

Well, reading. Of course. Also ballet.

9. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall?

SUMMER! Always, always summer. No school, the pool, and plenty of time to read!

10. Your go-to book recommendation?

Percy Jackson series. This is the first series I fell head-over-heels in love with, and I have had a obsessive, slightly insane attachment to it ever since.

11. What got you into blogging?

My reason isn’t going to be very exciting. I was bored one day. I had had a reading slump that had lasted nearly a year. I wanted something to do. I started blogging, and I fell in love.

My questions:

1. What book do you recommend to the non-readers?

2. Favorite ethnic food?

3. Describe your dream reading room/nook/place.

4. How many books do you have?

5. You can only keep 3 of the books you own. Which do you choose?

6. What would the Sorting hat choose for you?

7. What’s the best beverage and snack to drink and eat while reading.

8. Hobbies beside blogging and reading?

9. Attach your favorite bookish decor item.

10. If you could have a bookish superpower, what would you want it to be?

11. What’s your 2015 Reading Challenge and how much of it have you completed?

And now for my fabulous nominees:


Books and Feathers
Love thy Shelf
Lekeisha the Booknerd
The Worn Bookmark
And I nominate YOU! Officially and everything. Give this a try, if you’d like!

Goodreads: Becca and Books


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

The Bedtime Book Tag!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to thelittlebookaffair for tagging me!

1. What book kept you up all night reading?

Though I loved The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, the second book in the trilogy, The Winner’s Crime, brings things to a whole new level. With political intrigue and forbidden romance, this book is impossible to put down.

2. What book made you scared to go to sleep?
I know you die-hard horror fans are all laughing at me, but as an amateur to the horror genre, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was pretty scary. It includes all sorts of skin crawling mystery and creepy hallucinations, making it hard for me to sleep.

3. What book almost put you to sleep?


There were a lot of things I liked about Eleanor and Park, but it was just so slow for me.

14. What book has you tossing and turning in anticipation of its release?



5. What book has your dream boy/girlfriend?
Guys. Will HERONDALE. C’mon son.

British accent? Check.

Beautiful? Check. (I’m a little vain, okay)

Witty? Check.

Surprisingly emotional interior? Check.

6. What book world would be your worse nightmare to live in?
I’m not good at fighting. Or running. Or moving in general.
7. What book cover reminds you of nighttime?

Though These Broken Stars was a DNF for me, the cover is inarguably gorgeous.

8. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

I must use this once more. I must.

9. What book have you actually dreamed about?

I had a dream about the Cyclopse. Not a big fan.

10. What book monster would you not want to find under your bed?
See question 9. I don’t want to talk about it.

And now I shall officially tag:

Give it a try!
Goodreads: Becca and Books


Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

Around the World in YA | Book Tag!

The best part about reading is traveling somewhere else while staying right where you are.

I have created a tag in which I list a country, and then tell you what my favorite book that is set in that country is.

Get it? Got it? Good!


For this I must say Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Okay, there’s just one day that’s actually spent in Paris, but it’s the most important day of the book. This is actually one of my favorite books of all time, and I enjoyed it so much more than If I Stay.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I mean, did you actually think I would pick anything else? This book doesn’t give a description of modern day Germany, but it’s certainly a blast into the past.


The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. BECAUSE WILL HERONDALE FOREVER AND ALWAYS.



Cinder by Marissa Meyer sends us into the future. Who knows if future China will really be teeming with cyborgs and androids!


Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis is one of the rare YA books set in India. I really enjoyed this one, and I think anyone can get a good feel for India through it.

I tag: 


Josie the Bookworm
Love thy Shelf
The Worn Bookmark
You can use the countries I used, add your own, or use completely different ones!


Goodreads: Becca and Books


Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

Rip It or Ship It| Couples from Different Books [TAG]

Hello, friendly little donuts.

I’m a little hungry. Can you tell?

Anyway, today I’m going to be doing the Rip It or Ship It tag. I saw this over at Josiethebookworm, as well as all over booktube. It looked absolutely hilarious, so I thought I’d give it a try.

In case you didn’t know, basically you put the names of different book characters in a jar and take out two at a time to see whether you ship it or rip it!

Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer trilogy and Laura Jean from To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Well…*burts out into obnoxious laughter*

Laura Jean is very innocent, and a little naïve. Noah Shaw is, well, the exact opposite of that. He’s a daredevil and is constantly putting himself in danger, and he loves risks and adventure. I think Noah would get bored with Laura Jean, and Laura Jean would probably end up peeing her pants with Noah. So, I rip it.

Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices and Feyre from ACOTAR

This might work, actually. Feyre is very stubborn and determined, while Will is a little more carefree and humorous, at least on the surface. You know what they say, opposites attract. I ship it!

Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter Chronicles and Mara Dyer from the Mara Dyer trilogy 

Oh. My. Goodness.


Okay, I think this would be a mutual hatred. Magnus would scorn Mara while she would be like, “Ew, why is there so much glitter.”

Rip it. Just, rip it.

Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter and Penryn from the End of Days trilogy 

This entire tag has consisted of me dying of laughter.

But seriously guys, can you even imagine? Penryn is kickbutt with a strong sense of morals, while Draco is a jerk and a dweeb.

Okay, you might think I’m crazy, but I kind of ship it. I feel like Penryn would knock some sense into Draco, and of course he would fall hopelessly in love with her. 

Ship it because I am clearly mentally unstable!

Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy and Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Insturments

Talk about power couple. Warner is very protective and possessive though, and Isabelle craves freedom. I don’t think it would end well. Unfortunately, rip it.

Captain Thorne and Cinder, both from the Lunar Chronicles


Percy Jackson and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games

What in the actual heck.

Percy Jackson is a demigod. (Newsflash). Effie is a little insane. And high matinence. I think this relationship would consist of Effie driving Percy insane while he sassed her. Which actually would be pretty funny. Ship it, because it’s hilarious. Also, as previously mentioned, I’m clinically insane.

That was seriously so much fun. Please tell me what you think of these couples in the comments, and feel free to do this tag, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Au Revoir!