The Coffee Book Tag!

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Though I wasn't tagged to do this by anyone (to the best of my knowledge), I just couldn't pass on this tag. It combines two of my favorite things: coffee and books. I'm sure you have seen it around lately, and I decided I should also answer these questions while sipping on a nice hot cup of coffee. Why not iced? Because despite it being May, it's only 48°F outside in Chicago today. I also want to tag Lindsay from Have a Parade, Alice from The Book Castle, and Tina from Read the Bloody Book. Please do this tag with me, ladies! 

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

For me, this has to be The Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card. I read Ender's Game earlier this year, and it was a struggle: aside from the personal issues I have when it comes to the author, I thought Ender was hard to relate to, and the book was filled with sexism, stereotyping, and derogatory terms that are just brushed off as jokes. It's too bad, because I actually really enjoyed the movie. Definitely not a series I plan to continue reading.

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

I don't think I've ever paid attention to seasonal books all that much, but last holiday season was all about My True Love Gave to Me—I remember seeing this collection of stories on almost every book blog and BookTube channel. Personally, I haven't read it—some stories got mixed feedback, and this type of book just doesn't sound like my cup of tea. Or should I say coffee?

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children's book?

Peter Pan by Sir J. M. Barrie. I remember having a beautiful illustrated edition when I was little, and I couldn't get enough of it. I still love the story, and I actually think it's time to reread it.

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

Can I just say that I really love a good double espresso? As for the book—there are quite a few. However, my most recent intense read was Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. I could not put it down, it's such a gripping thriller! You can check out my review here.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

While there are a lot of books that are pretty popular right now, I have to go with the ULTIMATE book series that I hear about almost daily: Harry Potter. As someone who reads quite a few book blogs and watches a bunch of BookTube channels, I can tell that there is aways someone bringing those books up.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

OK, this question is a bit of a struggle, since I don't really read indie authors. However, I just picked up Wool by Hugh Howey, and I didn't realize it's something that was originally self-published. How amazing is it that this book became such a success? Way to go!

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

I would like to take this moment to express my sadness about In the Afterlight. It's not a bad book by any means, but you have to understand, I was LOVING The Darkest Minds series, including the novellas. I had pretty high expectations going into In the Afterlight, and they just weren't met. You can read my thoughts on the book here or watch my overview of the entire series here.

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

This may be cheating, because I'm only on book 3 of the series, and it's not finished yet... But I absolutely cannot think of anything that fits the definition of "bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying" better than A Song of Ice and Fire. The terrible things that happen in those books make the sweet and great things feel even more satisfying.