Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I worked yesterday, and it was so nice to be back in my own store again. I didn’t hate working at a different location, but the vibes are just different. Also there were like, three people in the store at any given time which meant that I didn’t even have to work hard.
Anyway, enough work talk. Today I have a book tag on the schedule for you. Usually when I want to do a tag I just go to my good friend google, and so I found this one! The Holiday Drinks Books Tag is originally from Waves of Pages, but I found it on We Write at Dawn. It looked super fun to do, so read on for my answers!holiday drinks
HOT CHOCOLATE: MARSHMALLOWS AND CHOCOLATE AND WHIPPED CREAM, OH MY! RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S SWEET THROUGH AND THROUGH.
Hmm, there aren’t that many books I’ve read that are actually sweet. As an SFF reader you’ve a bigger chance of me recommending a book where half the cast dies. Sharing the pain, I call that. But, one series I have seriously been enjoying is the Polar Bear Explorer’s Club by Alex Bell. It’s a middle grade series set in a fantasy world where there are many types of explorers clubs. We follow Stella and her friends as they trek to the Arctic. The first book was so lovely, I just had to give it five stars.
PEPPERMINT MOCHA: THE FLAVOR OF PEPPERMINT IS STRONG AND DISTINCT. RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF STRONG EMOTIONS.
I’m probably going to say Muse of Nightmares here. I love the Strange the Dreamer duology, but man, did I spend those last chapters of Muse sobbing. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, and the whole situation was just so heartbreaking for everyone involved. So if you enjoy crying a lot over fictional characters, I definitely recommend reading Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares.
APPLE CIDER: IT’S SO GOOD IT CAN’T BE GOOD FOR YOU, BUT IT’S FROM APPLES—THAT MEANS IT’S HEALTHY, RIGHT? RECOMMEND A BOOK FULL OF CHARACTERS WITH QUESTIONABLE MORALS.
The first book I thought of for this question is These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. Probably because I’m currently reading Our Violent Ends and highly enjoying it. I don’t think there’s a single character who hasn’t straight up murdered someone, and yet… They are all very likable. Let’s hope none of them is dead by the end of the book, though…
EGGNOG: IT’S CREAMY AND SMOOTH, WITH A LITTLE SPICE, AND SOME PEOPLE EVEN ADD ALCOHOL TO IT. RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S MOSTLY FUN, WITH JUST A HINT OF DANGER.
Ooh I have to go with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet for this one! This book is such a great character-driven read. I loved reading about all the characters and how they viewed the world and came to be whoever they are. The hint of danger is that they basically tunnel wormholes through space (in itself not quite safe), and that this time they got the assignment to create a wormhole to a distant, quite angry planet. I have not read the rest of the books yet (shame on me) but I’m sure they’re going to be just as fun!
GINGERBREAD LATTE: A DRINK WITH A VERITABLE EXPLOSION OF SPICES. RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF ACTION.
The first book that came to mind was Red Rising. Honestly, the whole series has a lot of action. I’ve been itching recently to step back into the world, as I haven’t yet continued with the books that come after the original trilogy. Low key I’m hoping to find a box set under the Christmas tree this year lol. Anyway, these books have plenty of action and are probably one of the only ones that include battle scenes I actually enjoyed reading.