Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Coffee Book Tag


I was tagged by the lovely Pokepixie to do the coffee book tag.  It looked fun & I happen to be a big coffee drinker, so, here we go! 

Black Coffee:

 A Series That is Tough to Get into, but has Hardcore Fans

The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes


There are quite a few well loved series, with hardcore fans, that I am not at all interested in (Throne of Glass, The Darkest Minds, Lux, ect...).  But I am choosing the Falling Kingdoms Series because I am interested in reading it.  

It is super well loved, but I have had a terribly hard time getting into it.  I have not gotten sucked in by this story, as many other readers have


Peppermint Mocha:

A Book that Gets More Popular During the Winter or a Festive Time of Year

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling


I love re-reading Harry Potter, and watching the films, in the winter.  Especially around Christmas time.  I love the imagery of Hedwig flying through the snow, and of Hogwarts decorated for Yule.  There's fires burning, and presents being exchanged.  It's all very magical.


 There are so many wonderful scenes which occur in the snow.

Like Hagrid dragging the tree:


 Or the laughing scene from Prisoner of Azkaban:


 Then there's that emotional scene from Deathly Hallows:



 And let's face it.  Everyone hears this phrase in their head in Ron Weasly's voice only.


 Images and Gifs Sourced Google Images

 

 

Hot Chocolate:

A Favorite Children's Book

The Ship of Dreams by Dean Morrissey 


I have a lot of favorite middle grade and children's books, but the earliest favorite book that I can remember is the Ship of Dreams by Dean Morrissey.  I liked going on the nighttime adventure with the little boy, Joey, as he boards the Sandman's airship.


Even as a young kid, I remember thinking that the artwork was pretty.



Double-shot Espresso:

A Book that Kept You on the Edge of your Seat From Start to Finish

Daytime Shooting Star by Mika Yamamori 
[Hirunaka no Ryuusei]


I read all 12 volumes of this manga within 2 days.  Its a shoujo.  There's a love triangle.  One of the romances is forbidden.  And there's plenty of friendship and humor as well.  All of that sounds like your ordinary, everyday, sorta shoujo, but it just isn't.  

This story really got under my skin.  And the reason it was able to do is because the mangaka expertly wove all of the story elements together.  

The characters are earnest but they struggle with being honest to themselves and others.  


Ultimately, the entire outcome of the plot rests solely on the decisions these characters make (not outside influences and pressures) so I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation the entire time.

At the end of it all, I just sat there--with all my feelings. 


It was a roller coaster of a read.


Starbucks:

A Book You See Everywhere

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I see it everywhere.  I own it.  I will read it some day.


Oops!  I Accidentally Got Decaf:

A Book You Were Expecting More From

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon


I had just finished reading and watching Outlander before I decided to pick this up.  It was not the story I had expected to it to be  Also, I am not sure how to correctly express this idea, but, the the characters felt very retro in this series.  They reminded me of characters one saw in books from the 80s/90s, like the Babysitters Club.  This feeling threw me off.

I liked the idea behind this story, and conceptually, I did like the plot.  But I needed way more from it.  I ended up not finishing the book.

 

The Perfect Blend:

A Book or Series That was Bitter-Sweet, but Ultimately Satisfying

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Nimona!  I was not expecting the feels!

I read Nimona on a whim.  I was in Barns and Noble before a road trip, and it caught my eye. Then I told everyone I know to read it.  This story is essentially about three characters who are very much alone.


They come together for a short time as the result of circumstance, but then break apart--again, due to circumstance.

I just want them to be happy!  Together!  Uhg--


It is so bitter-sweet.  Yet, so satisfying!



Green Tea:

A Book or Series That is Quietly Beautiful

Snutt the Ift by Helen Ward



This beautifully watercolored children's book about a tiny creature exploring the universe will make you feel both wondrous and insignificant compared to the vast otherness.  


There are few words in this book (quiet, eh? right?) but the message comes across loud and clear.  Appreciate the world around you, and value your companions here on Earth.


"A Small but Significant Chapter in the Life of the Universe"  Indeed.



Chai Tea:

A Book or Series that Makes You Dream of Far Off Places

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


I was twelve when I was first exposed to LOTR and it has had a huge effect on me.  I daydreamed of being in Middle Earth for many years, and still do sometimes today.  When I was younger, I used LOTR as a topic for various school assignments, and I even wrote fanfiction.

Anything that would allow me to stay in that far off daydream.


 Lord of the Rings Concept Art | Source: Google Images


Earl Grey:

Name Your Favorite Classic

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare



At the moment, I would say that my favorite classic is A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare.  However, my answer to this question changes depending on my reading mood.  I think that's alright since "classics" is a huge category, with many varying genre's within it.  

AMSND is always near the top of my list because I love the whimsy and the wackiness of the play.  I also love all the imagery which has come out of it, whether it be from live performances, movies, or art.

 A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) | Source: Google Images

 The Reconciliation of Oberon and Tatiana by Joseph Noel Paton (1821 -1901) | Source: Google Images


Thanks for reading!

Amanda