Coffee and books go so well together. I'm also that person who needs to drink half a pot of coffee to function in the morning. I saw this book tag based on different ways to drink your coffee and thought it would be fun to link my caffeine addition with my reading addiction. :)
This time around you can tag as many people as you would like. There is no set number. But please make sure to link to whoever tagged you in this post and the original creator of this book tag!
1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans:
There are a few that come to mind, but the one that I think will be the most relevant right now would be The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. And I tried folks I really did. I made it a large way through the series, but gave up.
I enjoy high fantasy works, but when characters have a few different names they go by and there is a large cast of characters to begin with, my brain can't keep up. I'm also one of those readers that does not want extremely detailed descriptions that can last for pages. I need stories to move along and have exciting plot points evenly distributed through the plot.
2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year:
This one is a little tough to answer because I've never read a certain book during the winter time. I know I see a lot of Christmas books floating around, most not fantasy themed so I pay little attention.
I can say that one book does always come to mind though I have never read it during the winter. Holidays Are Hell is a compilation of winter theme short stories from fantasy authors. Back when I worked at Borders I made sure this one always made it onto the holiday display because I'm a huge Kim Harrison fan.
3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?
Oh this one is easy! It would have to be The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate. These books launched my obsession with reading. I drove my parents nuts constantly asking to go to the bookstore as soon as I finished a book in the series. My allowance went straight to these books and I still own my collection.
And I'm sure I confused a bunch of adults when they asked what I was reading and I tried to explain about people who were taken over by alien slugs. But at the time I was so enthusiastic about the series anytime someone asked I went on a whole spiel about the series.
4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish:
Most recently it was Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine. Talk about none stop conflict and tension! The Weather Warden series is so unique and the magic system is top notch. Rachel Caine puts her characters into situations that seem to have no way out unless they think outside of the box.
5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere:
There are a few, but the one that keeps peeking my interest is The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne. I see so many great reviews about this book and I still haven't had a chance to pick it up!
6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shutout:
Absolutely! I'm going to give a shout out to An Altar on the Village Green by Nathan Hall. He is such a phenomenal writer and more people need to read his book! If you enjoy grimdark fantasy, seriously go buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from:
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin was my biggest let down of 2021. After reading Serpent & Dove and witnessing the character relationships I expected to see more of the same thing in book two. Unfortunately, certain characters did not have the same amount of page time in book two and the development fell short.
8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying:
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. The first book was ok, but a bit too repetitive for me. My book club assured me book two would be better, and yes I was stunned by the dramatic shift in A Court of Mist and Fury. I devoured each book until I hit A Court of Silver Flames.
While there were parts of the story I enjoyed in A Court of Silver Flames, it was not the story I was expecting. It went way too far into steamy territory, leaving the main plot far behind. But I did enjoy seeing the way Nesta was explained and the character growth.
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