Coffee Book Tag

I saw this tag done on Bits ‘n’ Books and thought it looked like fun. I love coffee and I love books, so it’s a match made in heaven! So, let’s get started!

Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

I’m going to go with Twilight for this. I tried. I was hugely into vampires when it came out, and I knew the dynamic between Bella and Edward was one that I’d be into. But I couldn’t get past two things: the writing and the fact the vampires kept going to high school. I can’t with that idea, that not only would anyone willingly subject themselves over and over to high school, but that it was any way feasible for them to do so. It was too much of a stumbling block for me.

Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

I really don’t know. I mean, I guess anything seasonal, especially romances. Like Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan. I think I may have started rereading it this winter, in fact.

Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. It’s about a woman who, when she’s a child, vows that when she grows up, she’ll travel to far away places, have a house by the sea, and do something to make the world a more beautiful place. And she does just that. It’s a beautiful little book; I read it twice a year to my students.

Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles had me on the edge of my seat. It starts with the main character under a spell that forces him to almost kill himself and doesn’t let up on the tension. It’s also very sexy and romantic.

Starbucks: Name a book that you see everywhere.

Right now, it’s Priory of the Orange Tree. Everyone seems to be talking about it. That, and Girl, Wash Your Face.

That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shout-out.

Is Jordan L. Hawk an indie author? If they are, then the Hexworld series.

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer, but Muse was just too… irritating to me. I hated the romance an the intimate scenes between Sarai and Lazlo, I hated how the antagonists were so over-powered. I felt helpless during the book. I only liked the beginning and the end; the middle was agony.

The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

I’m going back with Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles. There were moments that were sad and bitter, it was sweet, and it was so, so satisfying. I like how it ended, but I want more of the characters. Still do. I hope they appear again, but I doubt they will.

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