Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Coffee Book Tag!


Today I have a book tag for you! If you're not familiar with those, book tags are theme-based questions about books and bookish stuff. So today I'm doing the Coffee Book Tag, created by BookTuber BangadyBangz (best name ever?). You can check out his YouTube channel and the original Coffee Book Tag video here:

Now, you probably already know that I'm more of a tea person but this tag looked so fun that I just couldn't resist. So without much delay, let's get started!

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


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Oh, shame). I actually own the first book but I never got to finishing it. Why? Because the characters sing ALL THE TIME. I'm not kidding. They just keep singing as they go about their journey. Not only is it distracting as hell, but it also takes the seriousness out of the story. Well, at least it does for me. I do intend to finish this series one day but for now, I think I'll stick to the movies. 

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


Harry Potter is for me the ultimate Christmas book. Not only do those books have gorgeous Christmas and winter scenes, but I also happen to have discovered Harry Potter on a Christmas morning, many years ago. I remember being eleven, the same age as Harry in the first book, when I first held this book in my hands. I was so fascinated by it, that I started reading the book right away, still wearing my PJs with torn gift paper scattered around me, the other gifts pretty much forgotten. Best Christmas ever.

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


The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I remember taking this out of my school library whenever I had the chance, never tiring of re-discovering this story. It's about some kids who befriend the magical creatures that live in a huge tree, with whom they go on adventures in the various lands that appear at the top of the tree. Each time they visited, they would discover a new land above the tree, each with its own share of amazement and adventures. Another thing that I loved with this book? The food! Enid Blyton did such a good job describing food that reading about all these honey pop cakes, cherries, plums and toffee would often actually make me hungry. Damn, I miss that book. 

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


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This book is about Agnes, a woman who is accused of murder and sent to live in at an isolated farm while awaiting her execution. At the beginning of the book, the family under whose charge she is put is horrified by this situation. With time though, they start to realize that there might be another side to the story they were told. Reading this book was a roller-coaster of emotions. On one hand, you want to know more about Agnes but at the same time, you are almost scared of reaching the final page as the ending could easily go either way. Will she make it? Will she be executed? These are the questions I kept asking myself throughout this book and it's really in the last page that the answer is finally revealed. Kept me on the edge of my seat for sure! 

5. Starbucks - Name a book that you see everywhere


Here, in Mauritius, one book that I keep seeing in bookstores is Revival by Stephen King. I know this book was published last November but here, it's still being displayed in the best-selling section of bookstores. I don't know much about this book other than it's supposedly one of the best, and arguably the darkest, horror stories of Mr. King. I've been super tempted to get my own copy of this book but given my recent book hauls, I'm trying very hard to keep my book buying in check. I might get my copy of Revival this Halloween though. We'll see.  

6. That hipster coffee shop - Give a book by an indie author a shout-out


Wake (Watersong #1) by self-published author Amanda Hocking. Okay, this is something that I read eons ago, back in my teen days, and while I never even completed this series, I did remember enjoying this book. My mom had brought back this book for me from a trip abroad, which is why it has an extra special place in my heart. I do remember it being about mermaids, although it's been too long since I read this book to remember much else about it. The author has since then written several other books including the quite well-known Trylle trilogy. If you like fantasy YA, do check her books out. 

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


The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan, is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series. While I did enjoy it, I felt like the ending could have been executed better. As compared to the progressive build up of the series, the conclusion kind of fell flat. I had the feeling that things were concluded too quickly and too easily. Also, I personally think that Gaia failed to deliver as the supreme villainess she was supposed to be. If you've read this book, do share your thoughts in the comments! I'm very curious to see what other people have thought of it in general.

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

Okay for this one, I'm going to cheat and name two books. The first is Clockwork Princess, the conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy and the second is City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in the Mortal Instruments series, both by Cassandra Clare. Both books were emotionally-loaded, action-packed and highly satisfying conclusions to their respective series. Awesome story, great characters... Very much the perfect blend indeed. 

So that's it guys for this tag. If you've enjoyed it, do check out the original video linked above, as well as Bangadybangz's channel. If ever you do this tag on your blog, link your post in the comments below. I'd love to see the books you'd pick for this tag! 

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25 comments:

  1. I agree with you regarding LOTR. I actually own the whole set but I only got through three chapters of the hobbit because, for one, the writing is a bit odds since it was written decades ago. I think I'm gonna pick it up again later this year. Also, The blood of Olympus' ending was disappointing. I was hoping for something more.

    Followed you back. :) Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Danna @ A Reading Habit

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    1. I hope to try reading LOTR again one day. We'll see :) Thanks for following ^_^

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  2. Great tag! I love the TMI series, so I know that was a book which was bittersweet for me as well. I would like to read Burial Rites now, especially if it kept the suspense up and made you want to read more all the time. I have also seen a lot of Stephen King books around, but still need to try one of his!

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    1. Oh definitely read Burial Rites. We seem to have quite similar reading taste so I think you'll enjoy it too. If you want to try out a Stephen King book, start with Carrie. Not only is it his shortest but it's also quite fast-paced too.

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  3. I completely agree with you about The Blood of Olympus... It was a disappointing end to what I thought was a brilliant series. However, I am a firm lover of The Lord of the Rings, and have read it at least five times.

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    1. Yeah overall the Heroes of Olympus was quite good as a series. Regardless of the ending, the series was a blast to read. I've made up my mind to try reading the LOTR again one day. It just needs to happen. On the other hand I did read The Hobbit. Twice actually, and found it quite enjoyable.

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  4. Oh man, Fellowship. I COULDN'T DO IT. I've tried to get into it twice and have failed both times. It's just so sloooow. It's basically just them walking around the whole book.
    Burial Rites! I've been meaning to read that at some point. It's good to know that it's quite the rollercoaster- I like books that toy with your feels ;)
    lol to be honest, I have literally never seen or heard of Revival before. This is the first time I've seen it even mentioned :P
    Blood of Olympus- I feel like things could definitely have been tied together better in terms of how the characters were left. I wanted to see a Calypso-Percy showdown! I think I would have been a lot happier with the book if we got to see all the characters together at the end one more time.
    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS AKJSDLHFAJWLEF Now that's how a series should be ended! I'm really excited to see all the characters in the other series Clare is going to be writing! I love how they all tie together :D

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    1. Oh yeah, Burial Rites totally toyed with my feelings. The descriptions are so vivid that you only need to look up from the page to envision yourself with Agnes in the freezing, isolated Ireland landscape. I did forget to mention it, but the book is a historical fiction set in Ireland. And now, talking about it makes me want to read it again :p

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  5. This tag seems really fun! I totally agree with you on The Blood Of Olympus. While I did give it 4 stars, I was expecting more awesomeness, like what we got from the books before. Nice post :D

    New follower by Bloglovin and GFC :)

    ~Cari @ My Addiction: Books

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    1. Thanks for following Carina ^_^ You could do this tag too if you want! It could be fun ;)

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  6. This looks like a pretty fun tag! I've seen a few videos on booktube and I've been thinking about doing it on my blog. And I've been seeing the same Stephen King book everywhere too! It's still pretty popular.

    Anissa- www.thebookwormcentral.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh you should totally do this tag. If you do, don't forget to leave a link here ;) I'd love to see the books you'd pick. And don't be surprised if you see me haul Revival this October :p

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  7. I hear ya on the Lord of the Rings one, Soudha. I can't get into it either. Great tag! I'm going to work on my responses and post it on my blog within the next couple of days. I will link back to your post as well.

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    1. Sure Melissa :) Looking forward to your post!

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  8. Darling, I like your blog very much! I like your style of writing and your photos! Everything is so beautiful!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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    1. Thanks Diana :) Your blog is awesome. Just checked it out. Thanks for dropping by ;)

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  9. Omg, The Faraway Tree is my favorite childhood books too! I still read it now and then. :P
    I want to do this book tag too, if that's okay!

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    1. Enid Blyton wrote superb children's books! Sure, go ahead and do the tag too. Leave me a link so I can read your answers ;)

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  10. I just posted my response on my blog. I linked back to your post as well. :)
    http://mlsmanyreads.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-coffee-book-tag.html

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  11. I loved!!!!!!!!!!
    Could I use it on my blog, and translate for portuguese too, because it's bilingual?
    TKS

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    1. Definitely do the tag! I'd love to see your answers if you're going to have them in English as well ;) Just don't forget to leave me a link to your post!

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  12. Completely right about the hardcore series - I am trying to read the LOTR series now and it is so hard, but I know so many who love them and I am getting into them! Definitely recommend the series if anyone wants a challenge :)
    Thanks for the tag...I'll try and do it soon :) x

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    1. Sure! Leave me a link to your post whenever you do it :) I'm sure you'll have interesting choices for the different questions ;)

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