I’m a long-time barista and absolutely love coffee, so when I found this tag on Anna’s Book Nook, I knew I had to do it! This tag originated at Sumedha’s blog The Wordy Habitat. I just got an at-home espresso machine and I’ve been experimenting with making the perfect latte, so this post couldn’t be more timely!
Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into, but has hardcore fans.
Okay, I’ll admit it, before I read it, I mocked this series relentlessly for how literal the titles were. And there were a lot of goofy made-up slang words in the books like “bubblies”, “crumblies” “littlies”….but all in all, I really think Westerfeld nailed creating a world. It’s a simple world, but really leaves room for the characters and relationships to shine. I think it would actually make a really fun TV series!
Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or festive time of year.
I really loved Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone, which is set in a snowy, glacial kingdom. And it’s been a while since I read it, but I really love Kate Constable’s The Singer of All Songs, about a girl who sings enchantments to maintain the ice wall that protect the women that live within its walls. Both are all about girl power and finding your voice set in a chilly landscape.
Hot Chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
I really loved reading Roald Dahl growing up because his books were so subversive. They were all about cruel adults and clever children, which I think really appealed to me as a child who sometimes felt powerless or unheard. I also loved how playful and silly Dahl was with words like “swishfiggler”, “snozzcumber” and “whizpopping”.
Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
I really love a well-written, fast-paced thriller. There seem to be a lot of prolific murder mystery writers, but not all of them have the craft to back up the plot. These are three authors whose books I always devour.
Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
I’ve seen these books on bestseller lists and my friends’ coffee tables. I read and loved the first two and the third is on my to-read list, so maybe there’s something to be said for popularity.
That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an Indie author a shout-out.
Two of my dear friends who have self-published (and coincidentally both Irish fellas) have written brilliant books…If you can, consider pitching a few bucks to them (Ezekiel) and (Why We Do It?) on Amazon 🙂 You’re in for a treat!
Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
Maybe it’s just the dreaded sophomore book of the series (or in Stiefvater’s case 4th book), but these series all had a great start and a great premise, but fell flat of my expectations.
The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that has both bitter and sweet but is ultimately satisfying.
Two of my most beloved bittersweet books. Both set during World War II. Both perfectly heartbreaking.
Sorry I didn’t do an “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR” post this week. I actually didn’t read anything this week! I’ve been bingeing television and trying to stay indoors in the air-conditioning as I generally hate the summer heat.
Hope everyone’s doing well and enjoyed this tag. I’m not tagging anyone, but if you enjoyed this, consider yourself tagged and tag me in your post so I can see your answers!
What have you all been reading/watching this week? Do you disagree/agree with my answers to this tag? What’s your favorite caffeinated drink?