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The Coffee Book Tag

It’s been a long time since I did any tag, and I’ve been itching for one haha.

I found this tag over at This Splendid Shambles and it looked really nice. Bring on the coffee vibes!

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

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

It’s tough to get into because there are SO MANY BOOKS in the Shadowhunter world now. Not to mention, the original series is quite cringey to read if the reader has grown older. I liked it when I was 15, but really disliked it when I tried to reread at 19.

But whoever did read it and loved it, continued to love the rest of the books. All the Shadowhunter books have hardcore fans who have read every single book (including the novellas) and have as many Shadowhunter merch as they can get.

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

Harry Potter books by JK Rowling.

Okay I never understood why but TONS of Harry Potter readalongs occur during the Winter, especially in December. I’m not a huge HP fan so I’m extra skeptical. Suddenly several people start rereading the books in December for no reason. It doesn’t make sense lol.

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

I quite like Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. It’s the one children’s book I can reread even now.

It’s actually a Middle Grade book, but yeah. While the movie starring Anne Hathaway is good, it doesn’t do much justice to the book. The book has a much bigger and more interesting plot with better twists and character development.

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

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer.

My overall rating of the book isn’t that great because the ending ruined things, but the suspense of the book is amazing. I was gripped from start to finish and my mum laughed at me for being so out of the real world. All of Jeffrey Archer’s books are like that but this was the one I read last. My review talks more about the book in detail.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is, by far, the most popular classic and the most recommended one. It also has the most pretty versions because, daamn. Some of the versions look SO GOOD. I want them all.

P. S. I was going to say Harry Potter for this as well because those books haunt me everywhere, but decided to not give the same answer for two questions.

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

Penny Reid!

I absolutely LOVE Penny Reid’s books. Her book Neanderthal Seeks Human got me more excited to read the romance genre and explore it. It’s one of the few books I had read back then which had a great plot and had characters.

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

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

The hype really did me dirty for this one. Everyone was RAVING about it, that I even got a paperback instead of an ebook. I trusted the hype, and was highly disappointed. I hated it so much that I started annotating m frustration around 50 pages in. Mine is an unpopular opinion, and I don’t understand why most people love it.

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

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I absolutely loved the first book, and liked books 2 and 3 enough. Book 4 was bad but book 5 saved the series just barely. It’s a roller coaster, but I like the series in the end. It’s my go-to when I want to reread a series.

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What would be your answers to these questions?

35 thoughts on “The Coffee Book Tag”

  1. I think Harry Potter becomes more popular during winter because it’s just cosy. And for a lot of people, it’s very nostalgic. So it’s perfect for long winter days. 😀

    I totally agree about Children of Blood and Bone. That book was a mess and the only reason it was as popular as it was is because of its diversity. Which is great. I was super excited to read about some cool African folklore. But diversity does not a good book make.

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    1. I just can’t hop on the HP train haha. It’s a personal choice though.

      I’m not sure if you read the negative reviews on Goodreads by Africans, but apparently the author got the diversity ALL WRONG. Two of the people from that tribe were fuming about it. I quoted them in my review, if you want to see it.

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      1. That’s fair enough.

        Oh really? Even though the author is Nigerian? I haven’t looked at any Goodreads reviews. But that makes it even worse. It was also such a blatant Avatar: The Last Airbender ripoff. As a long time fan of Avatar, it was so obvious.

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      2. Really? It was even marketed as “for fans of Avatar” so I was expecting some similarities, but this was too much. Somehow, this book managed to take all those cool things about Avatar and make them lame.

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      3. I guess I just didn’t notice it, then? That’s so sad! I mainly didn’t like it because of the characters but I had no idea the plot was kind of a rip off.


  2. I couldn’t agree more with you on some of these i always love Harry Potter so much more in the winter, it’s just the perfect book to sit down and to chill with. I also agree with the mortal instruments at 24 I don’t think I could read them back now hahaha x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌟

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  3. This is such a fun tag! Ella Enchanged is one of my all time favorite books, but I haven’t read any of the other ones. I’m on book 4 of the Harry Potter series (I think the reason they’re so popular in the winter is because they’re set during the school year, so fall/winter mostly? and by the time it gets to spring in the books they’re doing whatever adventure they’re doing so it’s not really described anymore) and the Selection series has been on my TBR for a while, I just haven’t gotten to them yet 🙊 I’ll have to check out some of the other ones you’ve mentioned though!

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  4. Oof this tag is loads of fun and I’m so totally doing it! Your answers are so APT, especially TMI one because I simply couldn’t get into it. I’m surprised at P&P though, it was quite unexpected!

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