Hey all, Dani here
Happy National Coffee Day! In honor of today, I have decided to do the Coffee Book Tag. Originally started by BookTuber BangadyBangz over on YouTube, this tag has grown to include more categories, and has also spread over to a number of book blogs. I most recently saw this tag over on Flavia’s blog, so here we go.
Black: a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans
Okay, so for this I’m actually going with the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. I have heard so much about these books from so many people and I own the first three but I just haven’t started reading them yet. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it when I start reading but right now it’s just tough for me to open the books. I guess I’m just always a little wary when it comes to fairy tale retellings.
Peppermint Mocha: a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
I had such a hard time figuring out something for this. I don’t often go for seasonal-type books, but I eventually decided on the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, merely because there is such a great focus on festivities such as Halloween or Yule, etc. But really, Harry Potter can be read at any time.
Hot Chocolate: favorite children’s book
There were so many books I read as a child that it is difficult to pick favorites, but I really loved reading the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I also greatly enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Double Shot of Espresso: a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish
This may have been the easiest category for me to select a book, and I just had to go with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. When I read this book, I technically listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Wil Wheaton, but when I wasn’t listening I was thinking of what had happened and what I thought could happen next. I was basically obsessed with finding more listening time so I could finish the book.
Starbucks: a book you see everywhere
Right now I totally see A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir everywhere. It’s weird because my local grocery stores aren’t even carrying Empire of Storms right now; I’m a little flabbergasted about that. Of course Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also everywhere currently.
That Hipster Coffee Shop: give a book by an indie author a shoutout
My go-to shoutout book is Colorworld by Rachel Kelly. I’ve written up reviews for all four books out currently, and I’m anxiously awaiting the digital copy of Dreamworld, the fifth book in the series, since I am one of Rachel’s copy editors. I absolutely LOVE this series and think everyone should read them.
Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: a book you were expecting ore from
For this one I had to pick Soundless by Richelle Mead. I have loved every book of hers I have read, and I just felt like this book was just a bit short. I would have enjoyed it more if there was more expansion on the world and the mythology, and a deeper exploration of the characters.
The Perfect Blend: a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
Watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries was such a great adaptation with plenty of heart and I enjoyed it enough to get The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, which expanded on things that happened in between episodes and such. But what was really amazing was how much the show and book made me care about Lydia Bennet and wonder what would happen to her next. Thankfully, they decided to write The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, which was just that. It was that perfect blend of emotion and fun and growth, and I was just so satisfied with how Lydia’s story wrapped up. Now I kinda want a book with Jane Bennet, just because.
Green Tea: a book or series that is quietly beautiful
The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal has to be my choice for this category. This series is sort of a magical retelling of Jane Austen’s works but is still quite original and the description and execution of the books is just stunning. I was completely drawn into the magic of the story and into the lives of these characters. I still need to finish the series (I don’t own the last book yet), but these books are just beautiful.
Chai Tea Latte: a book or series that makes you dream of far off places
Or not so far off places. For this category I chose the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman, which jumps between modern London and an alternate version of Italy known as Talia. There’s a little bit of magic/time travel/etc in this series, but I just loved getting to know the cities in Talia, which was made even more special since I did a spring break trip to Italy and I could easily see some of the elements of Florence and Venice that were altered for their alternate versions. It was really cool and it makes me want to do a Stravaganza vacation where I travel to the real world locations for each book; it would be kind of fun to explore the books in a tangible way.
Earl Grey: your favorite classic
Based on a couple of my previous answers this choice should come as no surprise to anyone…my favorite classic has to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is a book I reread probably more than any other.
So, there you have it…the Coffee Book Tag.
If you would like to do this tag yourself, then please consider yourself tagged. And if you do decide to participate, let me know. I would love to see your answers to each category.