The Coffee Book Tag


Kicking off the week with a book tag that I was tagged in ages ago. First of thank you Sue at Sue’s Musings blog who tagged me to take part in this Book Tag. And I’d like to also give a shout out to BangadyBangz who created the book tag as well. If you would like to join in please do, but be sure to tag the person who created the book tag initially.

I’m actually not a coffee drinker – I love the smell, I love coffee shops, but I just can’t stand the taste, but this was a fun tag to do!

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

There were a few I could have picked from, but for the most part I’m not daunted by series or their fans. I read what I read, and tend to stay away from debates. However, I am going to say Sanderson’s series (all of them) for this question. I have never been able to get into his books, but he certainly has some hardcore fans and there is a lot of love for his books and writing.


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

I am not a seasonal reader, and it was interesting during a recent chat on discord it seems as though many people aren’t, so this was a difficult one to answer. However, I have decided to take a little trip back in time to one of my favourites growing up and one I still remember fondly, and that is Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien


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

My first choice for this one is actually a book I read as an adult. The Last Bear by Hannah Gold came out last year, and was just such a charming and important book that I fell in love instantly, and I am really excited to check out her next book The Lost Whale which comes out at the end of this month.

Going back to books I read as a child that are favourites I would have to say anything by Tamora Pierce, I loved those books growing up and reread them regularly (in fact I will be doing so again soon as part of a new series for the blog). And if I had to choose a favourite from amongst them it would be Squire, the third book in the Protector of the Small Quartet.


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

I am going with two answers for this one because I can’t choose between them.

The first is The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty which is the stunning conclusion to the Daevabad trilogy, which kept me glued to it’s pages the day it came out because I needed to know what was going to happen and how it was all going to end. You can read my review here.

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.


The second is a book that I’ve read this week and is still very much in my thoughts and that is Travels in the Dark by Jordan Loyal Short, the third and final book in the Dreadbound Ode trilogy and boy was this the way to finish the series. I sat down and read from start to finish in one go. You can read my review here.

Lyssa is going to the Dead Place and everyone she killed will be waiting.

As the Hidden One’s twisted plan to resurrect the Deep Gods unfolds, the only way to stop him is a secret buried in the land of death.

But Lyssa has not given up. If the Deep Gods can return, so can she.

Can Lyssa find a way back? Can she delve into hell’s darkest corners and emerge with the lore to stop the Deep Gods’ rise? Or will she become a lost soul, like so many of those she loved in life?

Ancient horrors will wake. Skalds will sing. And a blind seer will see the shadows gather.

Lyssa Pedersten has tasted poison, and hell had best beware.


5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere:

There are so many, but one that sticks out and is very much at the top of my TBR Pile at the moment is Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree. This one was an instant pre-order for me as soon as I saw the cover and heard the premise, and I’m delighted to see that it’s been getting a lot of love recently.


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

Just one?

Okay, then I am going to shout out The Hand of Fire by Roland O’Leary which is one that I picked up on a whim and enjoyed immensely and has left me waiting eagerly for the next book. (You can read my review here)

The Grand Alliance has failed, its armies destroyed on the battlefield by the monstrous Ulokan horde. But the Ulokans have been defeated in turn by the forces of the sorcerer-lord Skraka Gorn. As ancient evils rise once more and new threats emerge, Gorn holds himself out as the only hope for the survival of humankind.

Tamurac, lord of the Halyas, has disappeared in the battle. Now his teenage son Danalar must accept responsibility and become the warrior and leader he has trained his whole life to be. Meanwhile, until he comes of age it falls to Charymylle, Lady Halyas, to lead the clan through this time of change – if the wardens and warband will follow a woman.

When a survivor returns with suspicions of Gorn’s treachery, the Halyas must make a fateful choice. They could choose safety and give up their free heritage to support Gorn’s imperial ambitions. Or dare to resist his expanding empire and face his devastating sorceries in a new kind of war.

Their decision leads to an adventure greater and more terrible than Danalar ever imagined.


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

I, Volcano by Eule Grey.

I loved the sound of this one and my inner-geography nerd adored the cover, but it just fell very flat in it’s execution for me and I struggled to finish it in the end.


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

The Songs of Sefate series by Sarah Chorn. One of the most stunningly emotional series I’ve ever had the pleasure to read, these books always carry me through the whole gauntlet of emotions, and the ending is incredibly satisfying.

You can read my reviews for the series here: Of Honey and Wildfires, Oh, That Shotgun Sky and Glass Rhapsody.


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