I hope you’ve all had a great week!
I have (another) busy week ahead, but I’m excited to get the last of my stuff done for my thesis and for settling in out here! Also, completely unrelated, but a readathon I’m hosting (Fairytaleathon!) officially starts on Monday the 13th at 12am (in your time zone!). I hope some of you reading this consider participating!
This week, Amanda and I decided to do the Coffee Book Tag! I actually did this tag back in November, so if you’re interested in my original answers, you can check them out here. (I’m not going to repeat any of those ones.)
This tag was created by BangadyBangz, be sure to check out his original video below!
1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
Easily Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. I’ve been putting this one off for quite a while. Though with the final book releasing later this fall, I’m planning a dedicated month to reading all the books. I’ll have more information about that going up when we get closer to when I plan on doing it (either September or October!).
2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
For this one, I think I’m going to go with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I personally love the movie, Scrooge! My family watches it every year, along with many others (at least here in America). The book this movie musical was based on definitely gets more popular in the winter months, both in and out of schools.
3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park! I was obsessed with this series back in the day! This, Magic Tree House, and Sideways Stories from Wayside High were some of the early series that really got me into reading! (I’ll actually be doing a list of some of my early favorites, so stay tuned for that coming soon!)
4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
I think the last book that really had me on the edge of my seat was Legendary by Stephanie Garber! I was so intrigued to see where this one was going and with every new reveal I was sucked in even more. I honestly have no clue where book 3 is going to take us!
5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker! This one is coming out at the end of the month and AH I’m so excited. Honestly, once the word “pirate” gets into the synopsis, I’m sold and hyped.
6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott – I read this one for a blog tour back in February and really enjoyed it! It’s a fun fae new adult romance and was a lot better than I was expecting! I can’t wait to check out book 2!
7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky – I’m actually going to be writing a full review for this one, but here’s the cliff notes version. Where this one let me down was in the overall plot. This could have been a fun take on Greek mythology, but overall, it felt pretty safe. Our main character is a descendant of Eros and has the power to control the minds of men, but she doesn’t want to use this power. She then rebels and…everything you’d expect to happens happens. I really wanted more from this. We could have more characters from mythology make cameos. Oh, and the alien vampire thing really turned me off.
8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – This one is bitter mostly due to the subject matter (TW: rape/sexual assault, date rape), but it’s honestly one of my new favorite books. This is like Speak for the modern age. It’s heartbreaking, powerful, and is one that everyone should read (if they can handle the subject matter). Girl Made of Stars is an important book to open the dialogue on rape culture and has a unique take as the offender was the MC’s twin brother and the victim is her close friend.
QOTD: What’s your favorite caffeinated beverage (or drink to have when you read)?
Be sure to let me know below!
And don’t forget to check out Amanda’s answers!