I’ve been seeing this tag going around some blogs recently. It’s been on my list of tags to do for a few months, and I’ve finally found time to do it. I found it here, but I’m not sure if this is the original post. A couple of blogs I follow have done this recently, including Peaks and Pages (her post here).
Plus, it’s been a couple weeks since I did my last tag, and they are so addicting! I am not a massive coffee drinker (I drink about four cups or so a week), but I do enjoy it. So, let’s get into it!
Black Coffee: Name a Series That’s Tough to Get Into But Has Diehard Fans
I’m going with the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s surprisingly dense and extremely philosophical. I have yet to make it through all the books, though I’ve read The Hobbit and started The Fellowship of the Ring multiple times.
Peppermint Mocha Coffee: Name a Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter of a Festive Time of the Year
My first thought is The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, but that seems like too much of an obvious answer. How about the Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. For those who don’t know, the Hogfather is the equivalent to Santa Claus in Pratchett’s fictional Discworld. I love to watch the miniseries starring Michelle Dockery around Christmas.
Hot Chocolate: What is Your Favorite Children’s Book
There are so many good ones! When I was really little, I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (I read that book so many times), but when I was older I’d probably pick something like Animal Farm by George Orwell or any other book that really made me think.
Double Shot of Espresso: Name a Book that Kept You on the Edge of Your Seat from Start to Finish
I have a few, but I’ll probably pick Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I read it when I was about thirteen and I loved it. As a teen, I read that book so many times. I loved every moment of it. It’s not exactly hair-raising, but it’s so interesting I couldn’t put it down when I first read it.
Starbucks: Name a Book You See Everywhere
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. It’s everywhere, polluting the good name of books, and it’s gotten worse since the movies came out. And for the record, no, I have not read it nor would I want to read it. It’s porn, simple as that, and a disgrace to good literature (can you tell I’m passionate about this topic?).
That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a Book by an Indie Author a Shoutout
I don’t read a whole lot of Indie authors, mostly because I don’t hear of them, but I do have one book I read recently. Murder and Marble Cake by Nancy McGovern is a great cozy murder mystery! It was self-published by McGovern and is available to buy on Amazon. As of when I read it a few weeks ago, it was also free, so there’s that. She’s definitely an author I’m going to read more of.
Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a Book You Were Expecting More From
There are quite a few books I could mention, but I’m going with a popular one: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Many people I know didn’t like The Hunger Games, but I actually enjoyed the first two books (though I liked none of the films). However, the third book was horrible. I felt let down, as I expected more.
The Perfect Blend: Name a Book or Series That Was Both Bitter and Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying
I’m going with one of my favorite Chinese classic novels: A Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. Some horrible things happen to characters I liked, but there were some really adorable scenes too. In the end, everything ended happily. The Monkey King learns his lesson and becomes a better person. It’s such a great book filled with so many emotions! One minute I hated the book, the next I loved it.
Green Tea: Name a Book or Series that is Quietly Beautiful
While we’re on the topic of China (and tea, for that matter), I’ll pick The Bitter Tea of General Yen by Grace Zaring Stone, published in 1930. It follows a younger woman in China and her friendship with General Yen. It’s less about the action and more about the souls of two characters. It is such an underappreciated, beautiful book. However, do not watch the movie adaptation from 1933. It is a disgrace to the book!
Chai Tea: A Book or Series That Makes You Dream of Far Off Places
My last two answers, as well as The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé. It is one of my favorite comics and made me dream of traveling the world on adventures!
Earl Grey: Name Your Favourite Classic
That is an impossible answer! How can I choose one? Aw, well, I’ll choose a couple of my favorites. These aren’t necessarily my favorite, though, but more the ones I read the most. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (a play, but it comes in book form so it totally counts) and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. One fun and one serious book.
I’m not going to tag anyone, as always, but if any of you do end up doing it, I’d love to know your answers. Follow my blog for more madness, and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,