It’s time for another tag!! I just love tags, but sometimes they take me awhile to get to. This one is the Coffee Book Tag, and I was tagged for this awhile ago by the fun Ashley @ dreamingthroughliterature. What a creative tag! And this one requires a lot of thought!! Let’s begin!
BLACK: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans
This one is going to be the Throne of Glass series. I found book one incredibly hard to get into, and I almost gave up on it! But the series gets better as it goes along, and I’m glad that I stuck with it. Even if Chaol is really irritating. (Sorry, I keep bringing his name up, but c’mon Chaol! Get it together!) Read my review of book one here.
PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
This one for me is the Harry Potter series, and the festive time of year is fall. There’s just something about the weather turning into a crisp fall, and a crazy wind in the air that makes me want to visit Hogwarts again. Every fall I get the urge to read Harry Potter! Sometimes I cheat and just watch the movies instead (shhhh).
HOT CHOCOLATE: A favorite children’s book
I loved Roald Dahl’s The BFG. I’m really looking forward to the movie!
DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien. One young girl is alone after a nuclear war, and suddenly someone appears in her tranquil valley. Powerful cat-and-mouse tale, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Plus it’s short and it moves quickly, so you can read it in one sitting. Read my review of the book here and my review of the horror of the movie adaptation here.
STARBUCKS: A book you see everywhere
So many books! There are a lot of popular YA books I see everywhere (Wink Poppy Midnight, the Shatter Me series, and Eleanor & Park to name a few), but there is a classic that is screaming my name, and that is George Orwell’s 1984. I hope to get to it sometime soon!
THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A book by an indie author (a shoutout)
Well, I’m not exactly sure this qualifies, but shoutout to Kiana Davenport, who wrote the amazing Shark Dialogues, which traces Hawaii’s history through one family. I had never heard of her nor this book before one of my friends recommended it to me, and her writing is outstanding, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her works!! Read my review of the book here.
OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: A book you were expecting more from
The classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I just did not connect with Jane, and I didn’t really care for Mr. Rochester. I read this fairly recently for the first time, and I was expecting to fall in love with this book, and I just didn’t. I think that if I had read this when I was a lot younger I would’ve really loved it. And my review is here.
THE PERFECT BLEND: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. This is Christian historical fiction, set in ancient Rome, and it was one of the first historical fiction books I ever read. The characters come alive on the page, and there is a lot of sadness in this series, but they have such a powerful statement about love, they are really wonderful books! I really want to re-read these sometime soon, as I haven’t read them in probably 15 years or so. And I have a feeling that George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire will also fall under this category, as so far it has nailed the bitter and the sweet, but it’s still a work in progress, so verdict is still out.
GREEN TEA: A book or series that is quietly beautiful
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. The first three books in the series were my favorite books that I read last year, and they are short, beautiful little fantasy books that have influenced many writers. I keep thinking about certain quotes and scenes. Read my review of book one here.
CHAI TEA: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places
Anne of Green Gables. I really want to travel to Prince Edward Island! It sounds so lovely! And here is my review! My review of Anne of Avonlea will be coming soon.
EARL GREY: Favorite classic
Oh this is a tough one. I suppose I would have to choose the first classic I ever read and fell in love with. And that is Macbeth. I love it. I love the characters, the plot, the atmosphere, I just love it.
And there you have it! What a fun tag this was! I won’t tag anyone specifically, but if you want to do this one, have at it!