I’m sure you saw Tree do this tag a couple months ago, but since I’m a coffee lover as well, I had to try my own hand at it. We found this tag on The Boston Book Reader, but don’t know where it is originally from. (Let us know so we can give credit!) As for the coffee, I actually couldn’t stand it until about half way through college. I tended to drink Red Bull when I had to pull all-nighters, because it thought it was less disgusting (it really wasn’t). To this day, I still have to drink my coffee on the sweet side because anything less than a Mocha or a Macchiato is still too bitter for me.
Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into, but has hardcore fans
Okay, don’t judge me on this, but the Harry Potter series. To be fair, I refused to pick this series up for so long because a lot of people in my life were hounding me to read and I can be really stubborn when I want to. I eventually did read the first book in 2016, but since I was out of the reader age range by then (at least for that book), it didn’t really appeal to me.
Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
I always see people reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase around December. It makes sense due to it being A Christmas Carol retelling. Basically, Holly is a ‘Failed Scrooge,’ meaning that she didn’t repent and change her ways after being visited by the three Ghosts of Christmas. Due to that, she becomes the Ghost of Christmas Past to atone for her selfish behavior. Last year I finally got around to reading it, and I quite enjoyed it. All in all, probably my favorite holiday read.
Hot Chocolate: What’s your favorite children’s book
So, I didn’t really become an avid reader until middle school, therefore I don’t really remember many books from before then. I do get flashes of picking out books from the Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series when we visited the library in elementary school though.
Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish
I got approved for the Wilder Girls arc from NetGalley (thank you!) and I wasn’t really prepared for what I got. This book is categorized as YA feminist horror (I did not know this until after I read it BTW), and that’s straight up what you. I had no idea what was going on for most of this book (but in a good way), and I was stressed out the entire time I was reading. My anxiety was on high alert. Definitely a great debut novel from Rory Power, and you should all get your hands on it when it releases July 9th, 2019.
Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere
Okay, so I hadn’t actually heard of the Throne of Glass series until the last book (Kingdom of Ash) came out and completely took over the internet. I swear this series was all I saw on my bookstagram newsfeed for like 2 weeks straight. It was ridiculous. Thankfully it’s died down quite a bit since then.
The Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout
Uh, how ‘bout an indie(ish) author instead? Mariana Zapata has too many good books for me to just pick one. She writes New Adult Romance novels and is nicknamed “The Slow Burn Queen” for a very good reason. All her books will drive you insane as the main character oh-so-slowly inch toward one another. She currently has 9 books out and they’re all self-published!
“Oops” Accidentally ordered Decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from
To quote Nick Frost in Wild Child, The Dating Game was “the souffle that didn’t arise.” I got it as an arc from NetGalley (thanks again!) and it was a struggle to get through. The premise was promising enough (three college students take a class and have to propose and build and an app that would their Venture Capitalist teacher would invest in), but the actual writing and plot points were bad. There was a love triangle trope for no good reason and the plot occurrences were unrealistic and fell way flat.
The Perfect Blend: Name a book/series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
Ahhh, The Bone Witch trilogy is such a great series! It’s whimsical and dark and takes your emotions on quite a ride. This series is told through two perspectives; Tea at the beginning of her journey to become an Asha, and Tea at the current point in her story (which is undisclosed for quite some time). The duel perspectives set up the story in such a way that you can’t see the whole picture until the last puzzle piece clicks into place. Oh, also they’re magical beasts similar to dragons, which is always a plus.
Thanks so much for reading. I tag anyone who loves coffee or wants to do this tag.