Coffee Book Tag

I was tagged by Rachel for this one; she admits to not drinking coffee, but my confession might be worse: I don’t really like any warm beverages. Or even iced coffee. I drink maybe two cups of tea per year and otherwise just stick mainly to water. But a preference for coffee does not seem to actually be required for this tag, so I’m going to have some fun with it anyway. Here we go:

(P.S. cute font graphics totally borrowed from Romie We Deserve Love)

(P.P.S. titles are linked to my reviews, where applicable)

black coffeeA Series That’s Tough to Get Into But Has Hardcore Fans

redrisingcoverThe Red Rising saga by Pierce Brown. This is a dystopian sci-fi series set in space, and it seems like that’s enough info to turn a lot of readers away. Furthermore, the first book is the weakest of the series, in my opinion. Brown lays some groundwork, but there are some unfortunate parallels to concepts from The Hunger Games in that first book that turn even more readers away. I would definitely advise reading at least through book 2 before deciding, because once you’re hooked, you’re really hooked. The Howlers are an intense  wolf-cloak wearing fanbase that I am happy to be a part of- minus the wolf cloak.

peppermint mochaA Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter or a Festive Time of Year

achristmascarolcoverA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This seems obvious to read around the winter holiday season, but I read it for the first time last year. I was already familiar with the story, but had never actually read Dickens’s original, and it is definitely worth the read. It’s a classic about kindness and generosity during festive times of year, with a supernatural twist, and it’s not too religion-focused for those who don’t celebrate Christmas.

hot chocolateA Favorite Children’s Book

thecityofembercoverThe City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This is one of the first chapter books I remember reading in elementary school that interested me in the weird and bizarre. I didn’t know about genres back then, but I did learn pretty young that I like books that turn the real world upside down and inside out. Books that toe the line between reality and fantasy. Other favorites from this era in my life include Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Joseph Bruchac’s Skeleton Man, and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

double shot of espressoA Book That Kept You On the Edge of Your Seat From Start to Finish

darkmattercoverDark Matter by Blake Crouch. This is a science fiction thriller that constantly surprised me. I think the fact that I didn’t know much about dark matter and hadn’t read a thriller for a while probably contributed to how well this one worked for me, but I loved the otherworldliness of the twists and the exploration of “what if you had made different choices in your life?” I never knew what to expect next, and that’s exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this book.

starbucksA Book You See Everywhere

itcoverIt by Stephen King. With a new 2 part-film halfway released, this thousand page monster has been seeing a lot of fresh attention over the last year or so, and I doubt that’ll go away until the excitement from the second film dies down. This one has a strong magical/sci-fi element even by Stephen King standards, but it was the characterization that I loved most. Watching the 6 kids from the Losers Club navigate childhood fears and bullies and seeing them return to their haunted hometown as adults was absolutely fascinating, and they remain some of my favorite King characters.

that hipster coffee shopA Book by an Indie Author

aluckymancoverA Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley. This is probably not exactly what the prompt wants me to do, as this book was a contender for the National Book Award and is thus not so obscure, but it’s got less than 500 ratings on Goodreads so I’m going ahead. I haven’t even actually read this book yet, but I fully intend to, and I hope a lot of others will as well; Brinkley was one of my creative writing teachers at the University of Iowa, and at that time I don’t believe he’d had anything published yet. So it was pretty awesome to look at the National Book Award nominees this year and see a writer that I actually knew and wanted to support for that reason. Unfortunately, though he was shortlisted, he didn’t win. But I liked what I heard of his work back then, and I’m looking forward to picking this one up.

decafA Book You Were Expecting More From

snapcoverSnap by Belinda Bauer. I decided to read the entire Man Booker longlist this year, and this thriller was the first title I picked up. I’ve been looking for a really impressive thriller all year, and I thought that one longlisted for a literary prize might be exactly what I wanted- but it fell short. Though I liked some of the ideas and characters that went into this story, Snap was riddled with so many plot-holes and problems that I ended up pretty frustrated with it.

the perfect blend A Book or Series That Was Both Bitter and Sweet, but Ultimately Satisfying

emmacoverEmma by Jane Austen. This book is full of dramatic irony; it was so frustrating at times to watch the characters make choices that the reader knows are mistakes, but rewarding in the end to see them overcome their earlier failings. I have not quite read all of Austen’s novels yet, but this seems the one that best shows off her skill as a writer, while also featuring the sort of heartwarming romance that she’s best known for.

green teaA Book or Series That is Quietly Beautiful

faithfulcoverFaithful by Alice Hoffman. Though this book starts with a difficult tragedy and the main character takes a lot of time to figure out how to cope with it, it was heartwarming seeing her find her way at last. Also, she adopts a lot of dogs along the way- as a cat person, I must say that the dogs must’ve really been written well to impress even me. (Also I really love looking at that beautiful floral blue cover.)

chai latteA Book or Series That Makes You Dream of Far-Off Places

origincoverOrigin by Dan Brown. Actually the entire Robert Langdon series. I used to read these books because I liked the action and the puzzles, but even though Origin didn’t impress me the same way, it was still full of art and cultures that I would love to see in person. Particularly in this latest book, the Guggenheim Museum of modern art, in Bilbao. Looking up images of the art described was probably my favorite part of reading this book, and it’s the locations rather than the plots that have stuck with me from the previous books in the series.

earl greyA Favorite Classic

rebeccacoverRebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I love classics. I don’t read enough of them, considering how much I enjoy them. This is just the most recent classic I’ve added to my favorites shelf, a Gothic romance with an emphasis on the psychological. Other classic favorites include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, and George Orwell’s 1984 (though the scene with the rats will always haunt me).
taggingNone, actually. I’m going to leave it open to whoever likes coffee and/or books and wants to try this tag. Link me if you’re interested, I’d love to see some more answers!


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17 thoughts on “Coffee Book Tag”

  1. No warm beverages!!! I wouldn’t be able to survive without tea. I loved reading your answers! I LOVED The City of Ember when I was a kid. And I really really need to read Dark Matter! I got it as a BOTM extra ages ago but haven’t gotten around to it.

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    1. I know, I’m so weird with the warm beverages! Even hot chocolate, I love chocolate in general but just can’t stand to drink it for some reason. (This was a fun post to put together though, thanks for the tag!) And I know exactly what you mean- catching up on old BOTM books was one of my top reading goals for this year and instead I’m barely keeping up with my 2018 selections. Which is sad because I think I would probably like some of my older choices more than what they’ve had this year.
      Anyway, I hope you like Dark Matter whenever you get around to it!

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      1. I actually don’t like hot chocolate either! It’s way too rich for me. But I love regular chocolate. Dark chocolate anyway, I don’t think milk chocolate counts.

        I think I only have like…. 5 or 6 unread BOTMs?? But I REALLY need to prioritize those – it’s hard to decide where I stand with BOTM going forward when I’ve still got these nagging at me!!

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      2. Haha I agree! Milk chocolate is fake chocolate.

        I still have 8, I think. I had too many multiple-selection months in 2017 to keep up with and I’m so bad at skipping months that I’ve basically just spent 2018 treading BOTM water. I feel the same though- I want to catch up before I can decide for sure how long I’ll stay with BOTM. There are still a few older titles I’d like to grab, but I hate adding even more to my unread stack!

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      3. I’m torn between Severance and The Far Field. Both of the thrillers actually look really good to me as well, but I always think that and I haven’t been having great luck with them this year (though I did like The Lies We Told, so maybe I’m writing off BOTM thrillers too quickly). I might check out the thrillers from the library later on. Do you know what you’re going to choose?

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      4. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this month but I’m torn between Severance and skipping!! No Exit looks really good but I almost never buy thrillers, so I’ll definitely have to get that one from the library. Severance is one I REALLY want to read but I already have a library hold on it and I’m third in line out of 3 copies, so that shouldn’t be too far away… but I always like it when I can just read a book at my leisure and not by a set date. But I can’t decide if that security is worth the price of the box. I’m torn. If you get The Far Field I’ll be interested to see what you think, that was the only one I hadn’t heard of!

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      5. I’m also pretty happy with these selections! I had not heard of Severance or The Far Field or No Exit, and I only vaguely knew that there was another thriller coming from the authors of The Wife Between Us. They all seem fairly interesting, but Severance looks the weirdest (in a good way) and that’s to my taste. But The Far Field also seems like the kind of longer, farther-outside-my-own-experience read I like in winter, and I have no self-control so maybe I’ll end up with both. The only one in my library’s system so far is No Exit, so I’ll go that route. (The small size of my library is definitely a contributing factor in how many books I buy. As is my indecisiveness…)

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      6. My hometown library is ridiculously tiny, but I’m lucky because I have a friend who lives with me who’s from Seattle and I use her Overdrive account to get ebooks and audiobooks from her library back home. But before I had that option, I totally felt your pain. Severance has been making it onto a ton of best books of the year lists and one of my friends has been begging me to read it, so I’m excited. Did you read The Wife Between Us? I feel like I should read that at some point before I read their new one.

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      7. Oh wow, I hadn’t seen Severance anywhere, but I wish I had because it definitely sounds appealing.
        I did not read The Wife Between Us, I was partially spoiled before I could pick it up and based on what I heard I just wasn’t as interested in the story. An Anonymous Girl seems more intriguing to me so I’ll probably just skip the first one. :/

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      8. Do you follow the Tournament of Books at all? Severance is on their ridiculously huge longlist. I made a list of all of the TOB books I’d like to try to read in the upcoming months and I think it’s like 22 or something… I will never be free of lit prizes. The Wife Between Us didn’t appeal to me at all when I read the summary but I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of good things so I kind of want to check it out… An Anonymous Girl sounds good too though!

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      9. I’ve checked out a couple of the longlists but not followed the actual tournaments. Maybe I should change that… 22 books sounds like they must have a lot of interesting titles this year! I’ll have to take a look. And if you do end up liking The Wife Between Us, your review could definitely sway me.

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      10. Thanks for the link! I’ve only read 10 so far but a lot of the titles are familiar to me this year. I just added a bunch more to my TBR as well. 🙂 I will have to try to read some of them before March and pay more attention to the tournament this year!

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      11. This will be my first year following the tournament, I’d been aware of it for a while but now I’m a part of a Goodreads group that’s obsessed with it so it feels compulsory to follow along. It seems like it’ll be fun! A bit different from all the other lit prizes, anyway.

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