Thanks to my coworker, friend, and fellow blogger, michelinam06, for this tag!
BLACK: NAME A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS.
(I’m stealing your answer for this one Michelina, sorry!) A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. As previously mentioned, I’ve only read the first book. I really enjoyed it, but the series is such a commitment. Each book is very long, and most people would much rather watch the TV show. While I am not one of those people, I still have found it hard to get into the series, though of course it does have hardcore fans.
PEPPERMINT MOCHA: NAME A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This is the first book I think of when I think of “festive winter books.” Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the story is universal – come to think of it, Christmas has very little to do with the actual story! But it’s definitely the classic.
HOT CHOCOLATE: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK?
This one is difficult for me because I have so many. Right now I’m going to say The BFG by Roald Dahl, because it’s definitely on my list. It captivated me as a child; it made me laugh, it drew me in with its mystery. It is a wonderful book.
DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: NAME A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH.
I’m going to actually repeat myself for this one and go with The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I read it in high school; it’s an adult historical thriller (and involves Dracula). It’s intense and exciting, and it was one of those books that I could not put down.
STARBUCKS: NAME A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE.
Absolutely 100% Binge by Tyler Oakley. I watch a lot of YouTube (and read a lot of books), so the big release of this book has caused it to come up on my Instagram feed constantly. Tyler sent fancy gift boxes of his book (and other trinkets) to his YouTube buddies, who then all posted pics of it on social media. Of course, it’s also on prominent display in many bookstores now as well. Tyler Oakley’s face is EVERYWHERE.
THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: GIVE A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR A SHOUT-OUT
The Middle Stories by Sheila Heti (published by McSweeney’s) is a book I read as part of BookTubeAThon this year. It’s a book of existential fairy tales, and it is very hipster. Some of them make you think, some of them make you confused, some of them make you laugh, most of them make you question existence (or at least question the genre of fairy tales).
OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: NAME A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. This book is just plain weird. It had a charming narration style at times. I read it because it’s considered magical realism, and I was intrigued. But it ended up being a disappointment because it was just too weird. And the weirdness didn’t really seem to have a satisfying end or message. Like, (SPOILER) the brother turns into a chair. Huh!? Call it over my head, but I just thought it was dumb.
THE PERFECT BLEND: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING.
I feel like The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak fits this definition to a T. It is moving and well-written. You feel incredibly happy at times reading this book and at times incredibly sad. The end is ultimately satisfying and gives the reader a sense of closure that is the very definition of bittersweet.
Feel free to do this tag and link it to me if you do so I can read your response!