I came across this book tag from Peaks and Pages, and it was originally created by BangadyBangz. I love coffee almost more than I love reading (what can I say, I’m useless without it!) so I absolutely had to do this.
1. Black coffee: a book that was hard to get into but has a lot of diehard fans
I’m sort of dealing with this right now with Strange the Dreamer. People absolutely adore this book, but I’m sort of finding it to be (don’t throw rocks!) boring. The writing is beautiful, but I don’t have that compulsive need to read like I do with most books that capture my interest from the get-go. But I’m only 37% of the way through, so maybe I just need to give it some more time before the story pulls me in.
2. Peppermint mocha: a book that gets popular around the holiday season
When you read during the holiday season, you want to read wintery books! A few that I can think of are The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (the wintery-est of all winter books, bar none) and All the Light We Cannot See. I would include The Snow Child too, although I haven’t read it yet (it’s on my TBR and I’m hoping to get to it sometime soon). I’m actually always looking for recommendations for cozy winter reading!
Side note: Peppermint mochas are my favorite.
3. Hot chocolate: your favorite children’s book
Harry Potter definitely takes the cake on this one, though I personally think of them as having an ageless demographic.
4. Double espresso: a book that kept you on the edge of your seat
Most recently, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, which was my Book of the Month pick for January. While it wasn’t anything groundbreaking in the thriller genre, it was the right kind of fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read that I was in the mood for.
You can read my full review for this book here.
5. Starbucks: a book that you see everywhere
I’m still seeing all those hype-y books everywhere, like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, 50 Shades of Grey, etc. I don’t think they’ll be going away anytime soon.
6. Hipster coffee shop: a book by an indie author that you love
I haven’t really read anything by an indie author lately. Does Angelfall by Susan Ee count? I loved that book when it came out a few years ago for the unique and quirky dystopian fantasy that it was. The last book went a little off the deep end and left me completely underwhelmed, but I still enjoyed the series as a whole.
7. Oops, accidentally got decaf: a book you expected more from
I definitely expected more from Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, since it is roughly based off The Labyrinth and the premise sounded right up my alley (I’m using a lot of clichés in this post, I’m so sorry). The first half was phenomenal, in my opinion. I fully expected it to be a five-star read until the mid-way point, when it became an entirely different book. Angsty, confusing romances aren’t really my thing. I had a hard time believing that the two main characters even liked each other.
I received an ARC of the sequel and read it, hoping that it would contain the elements of Wintersong that I enjoyed. You can read my review for Shadowsong here.
8. The perfect blend – a book with the perfect combination of bitter and sweet
I thought the ending to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab was intensely bittersweet. The entire series was a rollercoaster of emotions, and it concluded in such a satisfying but heartwrenching way. If you haven’t read these books already, do it. Seriously. V.E. (Victoria) Schwab is such a master storyteller, and all her books are phenomenal, but the Shades of Magic series is just amazing. The characterization, worldbuilding, everything.
You can read my review here.
9. Green tea – a book that is quietly beautiful
Maybe The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman? I’m not sure if this book counts as quiet, but there is a melancholic, nostalgic, dream-like quality to it and the writing is beautiful.
10. Chai tea – a book that makes you dream of far off places
I already mentioned Shades of Magic, right? So Harry Potter, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Caraval, Strange the Dreamer, An Enchantment of Ravens, The Cruel Prince, and The Night Circus.