Hello again! I’m bringing you another tag because I’ve been in the mood to just relax a little after my first full month of midterms. It feels good to breathe… I know I wasn’t tagged, but I loved seeing Melanie (@meltotheany) do it and knew I had to borrow it from her.
I love coffee and lately I’ve been craving different coffee drinks. It’s a mix between the weather being very rainy, me being busy working and studying, and associating a good cuppa with coziness. And I’m ready to drink as many cups as I want even though I give myself the shakes right after!
a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans
I tried getting into The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater two times already. I would read the first chapter, feel super confused, try the second one and then just give up. I don’t know what it is about that book and me…
Is it the writing? Is it the vibe? Is it that I just wasn’t in the mood to read it? I know it can’t be options 1 and 2 because, from what I read, I loved it. I adored the magical realism vibe (even though it’s not from this genre) and the writing was just flowery enough for me. I’m sure I just wasn’t in the right mood to pick it up.
What do you think? Should I give it another shot? I have heard nothing but good things about it and this series has a biiiiig fanbase. Plus, I really want to read more YA fantasy!
a book that gets more popular during the festive season
To change things up a bit, I’m going to pick a classic: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Even though I’m a self-proclaimed book lover and an English major, I have never read this book. But I have no shame! There are so many books in the world and I still have many many years to get to this one. Hey — I might even give it a shot this Christmas!
I feel like every Christmas this book makes its rounds on Booktube and on bookstores. And that’s probably a sign that this book is amazing! I have only ever seen the movie adaptations and I loosely know the plot, but not well enough.
I have yet to read a Dickens, so maybe I should start with this one. You know I love short books…
a favorite childhood book
Growing up, I loved this book. My fourth-grade teacher actually read it to us as a class for a few minutes everyday during recess for the entire year. I remember getting to sit on my desk and listen to her read this scary and intriguing story. Only a very small selection of books will be as important to be as The Witches by Roald Dahl was.
At the end of the school year, in mid-June, we all got to go to a special room in the school, sit on the desks, eat a snack from home, and watch the 1990 movie adaptation of The Witches. I remember being so scared of the witches! I even remember memorizing what the “tell-tale signs” of a witch was (very sharp nails, cold skin…) and trying to apply it to people I saw in the street.
The memories I have from having heard this book read to me are super precious to me and it makes an already fantastic book even better.
Double Shot of Espresso
a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish
Missoula by Jon Krakauer is definitely one that kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s a non-fiction investigative narrative on the many rape case allegations of college town Missoula, Montana. The author talked to the victims of the alleged rapes, went to extreme detail about the series of events that lead to the alleged rape, and analyses how the police department and court handled the charges.
Since it deals with such a vicious topic, it made me very anxious to hear how the case played out. It also made me beyond angry at the way authorities in Missoula (and many other US towns and cities) usually deal with such allegations. I’d say that this book isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re sensitive to descriptive scenes of brutality. But it’s definitely worth thinking and talking about. I found that I kept asking myself “How can this happen in a country like the US?” and “Could this happen where I’m from” — and unfortunately, I believe that yes, it can happen here too.
a book you see everywhere
Lately I’ve been seeing An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green everywhere. I loved John Green when I was in middle school and since then I’ve fallen out of love with his books. But maybe Hank Green will become a YA favorite of mine, who knows!
I have no idea what this book is about. I didn’t even know Hank wrote too! I’m itching to get my hands on a copy as soon as I can. At least I feel like it would be a good Christmas read to relax from academic readings!
That Hipster Coffee Shop
a book by an indie author
I’m not too familiar with indie authors, so this is a hard one. The bright side is that you can always recommend indie authors to me! If there’s an author you love that is indie, then I’d love to try checking their work out.
Oops I Accidentally Got Decaf
a book you were expecting more from
A few years ago, picking Winger by Andrew Smith would have been a heresy. Now, I’m not so sure because I don’t think the book lived up to the test of time, but I could be wrong.
I remember going into it thinking it would be a killer book and leave a huge mark on me. After all, circa 2013 this book was e v e r y w h e r e. It was hard to read a blog post or to watch a Booktube video without this book being mentioned! Plus, the plot seemed to have a lot of the things I liked in a book back then: 1) set at a boarding school, 2) teenage boys [trust me I know lol], 3) “complicated” teen relationships.
But was it a success? Definitely not. It wasn’t terrible, I did end up reading it. But it wasn’t good either. If you ask me what this book is about I’ll tell you that a) a teenage boy plays rugby, 2) rugby boys are low-key violent, and 3) boarding school boarding school boarding school. Y e a h…
The Perfect Blend
a book series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
I’m going with The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare for this one. This series was a huge rollercoaster for me. I read the three books in the span of three years because each book would just throw me on a reading slump bigger than life itself. I remember feeling so conflicted every time I read these books, but in a good way!
I thought the characters were vibrant and dynamic enough that my opinion of them changed with every book. I went from hating Will’s guts to being a die-hard Will fan in just half a book (I know I’m not alone! Let’s all think back to book two…)
Funny enough, it’s the only Cassandra Clare series I managed to finished. I started The Mortal Instruments and bawled with the first three books. Then, I just began to not care so much… The only book I have yet to read in the series is the last one, but honestly? I have no clue what happened in book five nor do I really feel like committing to such a tome at this point in my life…
a book that is quietly beautiful
The most beautiful and quiet book I have ever read is Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. Even though it is centered around World War Two (a very un-quiet setting for a story), Vonnegut’s prose and characters are so subtly beautiful that it all becomes a background.
When someone asks me what war novel they should read, I always point to this one. It’s been a few years since I’ve read it, but I feel like I want to revisit this painful world again. So many quotes and points of view stayed with me that I feel like I think of Slaughterhouse 5 every month. It’s such a shocking and subtle portrait of the horror of war, I don’t know if I’ll ever read another war novel I adore as deeply. If you haven’t yet read it, do it.
a book that makes you think of faraway places
I feel like I’m nailing this prompt by choosing The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. This is a who-dunit novel set in no other than Bombay, India in 1921. I mean, India is the birthplace of chai! I’m giving myself little brownie points for choosing this one.
But in all seriousness, I adore this book. It’s part of a book series called “The Perveen Ministry” and it has some amazing female leading characters. Perveen is such an interesting character to read about and the setting is just fantastic. It’s completely different from what I’m used to reading, so that was a very pleasant surprise!
Also, did you know that the sequel to this book is coming out pretty soon? The Satapur Moonstone is coming out on May 14th, 2019 and I’m beyond excited to read it and review it. I’m hoping that it’s not just The Widows of Malabar Hill but set in 1922, India. We shall see…
I don’t really read as many classics as I would like to. Because my major is almost completely centered on North American literature, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, David Copperfield, and Pride and Prejudice are usually out of my scope. That said! There are a lot of amazing American classics that I just haven’t gotten to yet.
I’d have to say that my favorite classic is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m not sure if it can be considered a classic, but I’m still choosing it. I remember falling in love with the writing, the mood, the underlying themes, and the characters. I then watched Baz Luhrman’s adaptation and fell even harder in love. It definitely warrents a re-read some day.
And that was it for my take on the Coffee Book Tag! If you want to answer these questions like I did, feel free to! Don’t forget to pingback to this post or comment down below if you’ve done the tag so I can read your answers 🍂