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Top 5 books with cheese

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with cheese!!

You know, every week when I start drafting these posts I sit there and think… why the hell did I think this topic was a good idea?? And every quarter when I write the topic posts I’m always like “wow! that topic is so inspired. i’m a fricking genius!” Friends, let me tell you now. I am about as far from a genius as you can possibly get. I would question whether I was drunk or on drugs or something… but I can’t drink and I only take what my Doctor tells me. I am a very stable little nerdy bookworm introvert. The most exciting thing I’ve done lately is go on a work trip. So anyway, let’s talk about… cheese?!

Gif from film She's the Man where Channing Tatum's character is on a date and he says
Bring on that cheesy goodness

Not surprisingly, I super struggled with this topic. Which is odd considering how many fantasy books likely have the main characters running off into the wilderness with only some hard cheese and jerky in their packs. And how many of those books that I have read!! In saying that, I’m not entirely sure I could name a single one right now without guessing. Except The Hobbit. But that was more Bilbo in his house before leaving The Shire. However, I persevered and, hopefully, it paid off.

I did say in the prompt that you were also welcome to do cheesy books, as opposed to literal cheese, so I hope some of you went down that path.

The April to June 2024 topics are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted (albeit very terribly) here @ Meeghan reads.

Let’s look at my top 5 *sigh* books with cheese.

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top 5 books with cheese

Some Girls Bite — Chloe Neill

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood

NOTE: Unbelievably, I have actually read a book where the main character loves cheese recently. Maybe my subconscious was channeling  Elsie when I wrote this prompt. Who knows how my brain works. But, this is at least ONE book.

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.

Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and broody older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And that same Jack who now sits on the hiring committee at MIT, right between Elsie and her dream job.

Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but… those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?

Some Girls Bite — Chloe Neill

NOTE: OK, so our main girl Merit is probably more of a general food fan — however, the length she goes to in describing a cheesy pizza in these books made me sad that we didn’t stop at Chicago on our US trip last year purely for the pizza.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately, he expects her gratitude and servitude.

But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war and there will be blood.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

The Hobbit — J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

NOTE: Bilbo’s stockpiled pantry with cheese and bread and jam makes me so happy. That’s really it. I could probably live with the grumpy bastard so long as I could stay at one end of the hobbit hole and he at the other, with minimal interactions unless it was to ask if the other would like a tea refill.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.

Tweet Cute — Emma Lord

NOTE: Cheese toasted sandwiches absolutely counts. I will die on this hill. Hopefully with the most delicious grilled cheese in existence in my hand. And my stomach.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Wrap It In a Bit of Cheese Like You’re Tricking the Dog — David Thorne

Wrap It In a Bit of Cheese Like You're Tricking the Dog by David Thorne

NOTE: OK, I fully just gave up at this point. BUT, I do own this book (I own most of David Thorne’s books to be honest), AND I have read it. Plus it has cheese in the title. I do not remember the cheese story in this one though. But that’s probably because I read it in October 2019. And who remembers anything that happened pre-COVID? No one. That’s who. Also, this book has the worst blurb I’ve ever seen on Goodreads, so you just get me writing crap here to fill up some space. Sorry. David Thorne IS hilarious though, so that’s a solid plus.

From the New York Times Best Selling author of The Internet is a Playground and the creator of the website 27b/6, comes a brand new collection of never before published essays and emails.

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 The Punk Theory 
 Let’s Read 
 Books Are 42 
 Chasing Destino 

What are your top 5 books with cheese?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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