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  • Writer's pictureKristina Elyse Butke

The Coffee Book Tag

Cup of Coffee- The Coffee Book Tag
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Today's post comes from Beneath A Thousand Skies. Now, I don't actually drink coffee but hey, I do book tags, so I thought I'd give these coffee-themed book prompts a try. After all, I love a good themed tag. Join me for an aromatic book-reading journey!

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

Blank white book on white background
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I can't think of a specific series, but I can think of an author who I'm going to leave anonymous because I'm basically going to slam him. He has an incredible legion of fans but I'd say he's hard to get into because I've read criticisms of his authorly behavior, his fetishizing and cultural appropriation, and the objectification of women (some who are still teens) in his work. He's a solid "no thanks" from me--I've seen enough excerpts and discussions to know that even if he is a talented writer, it would be hard for me to get into his writing (although I did buy one of his books on sale before I heard about all this). His fans are definitely hardcore, though. On that note, good for him. He's got enough loyalty to keep his career going.

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

Nutcracker novel adaptations

Nutcracker adaptations, and of course, The Nutcracker ballet, seem to be popular during the winter months. There are several out there, but I can think of two off the top of my head that I own: Winterspell by Claire Legrand and Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar.

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

the cover to scary stories to tell in the dark

This is hard for me to pick because I have several go-tos, but I'd say Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and illustrations by Stephen Gammell. These books introduced me to horror at a young age and the art genuinely bothered me. The book (well, basically the series) definitely shaped me over the years and I can still remember some of the stories even today.

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

the cover to the bright and the pale

The most recent page-turner I read was The Bright & the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski. I think I read that book in a day and a half. I've read other books since then but my concentration's been a little off and things have been taking me longer to get this is the last one I whizzed through.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere:

the cover to a deal with the elf king

Since I can't get English books at the bookstores here in Japan, I've been relying on Amazon to get books in English, and I see the same book advertised all the time: A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. I saw it so many times that I was like, "Fine! I'll buy it!" but I haven't read it yet.

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

the cover to the faerie hounds of york

I don't truly know if this is an indie author, but I couldn't find publication information to confirm whether this went through a house or not. I couldn't find any details, so I'm going to assume this was self-published or went through a small press/independent publisher.

I want to shout-out Arden Powell's The Faerie Hounds of York, a haunting, gothic M/M love story set in the 19th century. Beautiful descriptions, tragedy, gorgeous faerie imagery, and a bit of creepiness in there, was a lovely book that I can't recommend enough.

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

blank white book on blank white space
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There was a YA novel that dealt with werewolves (though not outright called that) with a bizarre family and someone who may or may not have been a siren? I don't know. In a family of monstrous people, no monsters were actually clearly named. Things were kind of danced around. The pacing was slow and the conflict slower. It wasn't a bad book, but I expected more from it. And it had a gorgeous cover too that seemed to promise a lot. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but honestly, I'm pretty sure we all do that anyway. Anyway, the cover was beautiful and the book inside, not so much. It was full of mystery but not entirely satisfying.

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

the cover to dark and shallow lies

I recently read Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain that, while I don't know if I'd call it bitter, mixed sweetness, darkness, and tragedy together. It definitely filled me with tons of feelings, and the ending was sad but hopeful. It was a book that generated a lot of ups and downs emotionally for me, but it all worked. It's going to haunt my memories for a while.

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You know the drill! It's tagging time, and as always, I'm going to tag YOU! Fill this out on your own blog, or answer the prompts in the comments below. I'd love to see your thoughts on my books or the ones that you have read. And as always, thank you for reading!


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