1. Black coffee: a book that was hard to get into but has a lot of diehard fans
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I couldn’t get into this book no matter how much people seem to like its uniqueness. I never achieved the natural flow of reading I usually do and found the plot confusing. Gave up after a couple chapters. Black coffee is what I usually drink btw, just because that’s what is around.
2. Peppermint mocha: a book that gets popular around the holiday season
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is the obvious answer, along with the movies. I don’t know why so many connect it with winter. Is it the childhood and family, nostalgia aspect? Holidays are when people have time to read or watch it?
3. Hot chocolate: your favorite children’s book
“Gravbøygen våkner” by Sigbjørn Mostue, it was an exciting fantasy story, set in nature like the one I grew up in, in Norway (but it also isn’t translated from norwegian).
An english one would be Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, also a fantasy story with police fairies and a millionaire criminal 12-year-old genius who outsmarts everyone.
4. Double espresso: a book that kept you on the edge of your seat
Ps: this is my type of coffee. I didn’t drink coffee, then a couple years ago I was in Firenze in Italy with four/five hours sleep each night and guess who suddenly shotted espresso. Some cappucinos is good too, but mostly I take my coffee out of necessity.
Back to books – The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson is the last book of the original Misborn trilogy. It’s a perfect example of a last book where shit goes down and the ending is up in the air until the very end, which made me tense up and so so excited.
5. Starbucks: a book that you see everywhere
Lately it’s been Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It has just been published and I need to read it soon, it’s been getting such good reviews and sounds like an exciting unique fantasy book, which is rare.
6. Hipster coffee shop: a book by an indie author that you love
I’ve read some indie books, but none that I’ve loved as far as I know. I don’t really realize when they’re indie either?
7. Oops, accidentally got decaf: a book you expected more from
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (review linked), I liked the first book Lady Midnight, but the second was just okay and I’m in no hurry to pick up the third book in the series. All the Clare series seem to become more similiar as time goes. I do have a soft spot for Julian Blackthorn and his children though, which was maybe why I disliked the ending of this.
8. The perfect blend – a book with the perfect combination of bitter and sweet
I’m not sure what this means entirely?? Then I saw The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz on my goodreads list and it just fits. Life is a combination of bitter and sweet, and this book reflects that so well. People who has unfortunate things happen in their lives, losing people they love, sometimes struggling through each day, loving each other, creating and redefining family. The gay adoptive mexican dad of the main character is the best, a person the world needs more of .
9. Green tea – a book that is quietly beautiful
Upstreams by Mary Oliver, a collection of eighteen essays. Mostly about nature, growing up in a small american town, on poets like Whitman and Poe and what inspires her to write.
10. Chai tea – a book that makes you dream of far off places
Nearly every book, especially fantasy. A picture can make me dream of far off places, I just want to travel more. Norwegian wood is a weird choice, it’s not about the place as much as the people. But all of Haruki Murakami’s books I’ve read makes me want to go to Japan.