I saw this post over on Meeghan Reads’ blog and couldn’t help but do the tag! I love everything to do with autumn, especially autumnal drinks, so this was a perfect post for me!
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- Do the prompts below
- Tag some friends
- Most importantly – have fun!
Pumpkin Spice Latte: A book you didn’t think you’d love
I fully thought this book was going to be a 3 star read for me and that’s because the first part of the novel is quite slow and a tiny bit confusing so I wasn’t really sure where the plot was progressing. But when the second part of the novel starts … holy shit! The book gets SO MUCH BETTER and this became a 5 star read for me. Not just a five star read, but it’s easily one of the best books I’ve read of this year. And I will do anything to get a sequel, please Bridget Collins!
It’s about a young man named Emmett who lives in a world where books are memories that have been taken from someone — with their consent — so they can’t remember a specific event in their life anymore. One day, Emmett is suddenly summoned by a book binder to become an apprentice.
Hot Apple Cider: A book that got you a bit hot under the collar
Oh boy, this book! Y’all this book had me blushing like crazy and as someone who always reads erotic romance novels that’s saying something! This book is so hot and romantic and sexy that it will drive you wild! The sex is amazing, as is the chemistry between the love interests. Also, this is the very best friends to lovers book I’ve ever read (and I don’t enjoy that trope so much!)
The Winter Quarters is about reality star Kai who flees from his stressful life and the expectations everyone places on him for his best friend Hiro’s hot springs lodge in rural Japan. Kai and Hiro have been in love with each other for years but neither have told the other, but now that they’ve got most of winter to spend together, they finally have some time to be together.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: A book that felt like a warm hug
Definitely Red, White & Royal Blue! Holy hell, is this book cute! I just felt so happy reading this book and had a big smile on my face from start to finish. Alex and Henry are the sweetest couple I’ve ever read and I will take a hundred short stories of just them hanging out and talking please!
This book is about the son of the female president of the United States and the prince of England accidentally causing a ruckus at a wedding and being forced to become friends … but pretty soon they go from friends, to friends with benefits, to falling in love. Seriously so sweet!
Maple Pecan Latte: A book you enjoyed that was hard to get into
I ended up absolutely loving Ninth House, but it was quote difficult to get into at the beginning. I think Leigh Bardugo just word-vomited a bunch of world building in the first 120 pages of the book, and then after that the plot really started to roll. Which was a bit frustrating, but the rest of the book was just so good so I didn’t mind in the end!
Ninth House follows Alex Stern who receives a scholarship at Yale because she can see ghosts and Yale has a secret society where rich people make contacts and secretly shape the world. Then a murder happens on campus and Eleanor suspects one of the secret societies.
London Fog: A vanilla character
Probably Hermione, but here me out! I don’t mean vanilla in a bad way, but in a way that she constantly follows the rules and doesn’t like to get into trouble. She likes doing things the proper way, probably because she’s worried she’s going to get sent back to the Muggle world if she makes to many mistakes.
I still adore her though! And in the later books, she definitely loosens up — would be hard not to with Harry and Ron as friends.
Hot Buttered Rum: A book that was velvety smooth to read
I love The Starless Sea so much, it is a new favourite novel of all-time for me. This book is so beautifully written, I was in awe. Erin Morgernstern’s writing is stunning and evocative and just so damn good. How is she so good?!?! So yeah, definitely a velvety smooth read.
The Starless Sea is a book about books. It follows Zachary Ezra Rawlins who finds a book with a scene from his childhood on it, and is then caught up in a magical world of underground libraries, tongueless acolytes, and Fate and Time. So beautiful, read this book!
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew: A character whose temperament is icy cold
The love of my life, Laurent VI of Vere! Now, he has a definite icy cold temperament, but inside he’s sweet and warm and lovely. But he hides that side of himself from everyone, aside from Damen who is the only person he’s comfortable around. Laurent’s had to put on this cold exterior for years because living in the court of Vere was dangerous for him, with his uncle who (not only abused him) but was also after his throne and attempted to kill Laurent for years.
Laurent is from the Captive Prince series! In the book, Prince Damianos of Akeilos is sent as a slave to Vere, his country’s enemy, by his half-brother after he seizes power and the throne. Damen meets Laurent, Vere’s prince, and his enemy as Damen killed his brother — but they have to work together to prevent Laurent’s uncle from killing him.
Salted Caramel Mocha: A book that you’re salty about
I am still so salty about XX by Angela Chadwick that its ridiculous lol. Basically, this book is about how two women can create a child together — they no longer need a man — and its basically a gross, transphobic and homophobic mess. First of all, it doesn’t acknowledge anyone outside of cis women as being able to have children; second, the book also doesn’t acknowledge bisexual or pansexual people; third, the main characters are horrible, horrible people.
One random thing I’m super salty about: the fact that the main characters don’t have any female friends. IN WHAT UNIVERSE DO TWO QUEER WOMEN NOT HAVE ANY QUEER FRIENDS?? SERIOUSLY — both Jules and Rosie have a male best friend … and that’s it. That’s just so unbelievable. I can suspend my disbelief for Jules (she’s a lone wolf kind of person) but not Rosie. I know this probably sounds like a strange complaint, but if you’re a queer person you’d know how unrealistic this is. Like at one point, Jules is offered help from a young female reporter and Jules can’t understand her reasoning for help …. IF YOU HAD ANY FEMALE FRIENDS YOU’D KNOW WHY WOMEN HELP EACH OTHER?? ahfgjahgk
Honey Bee Latte: A character who is sweet
Fen from Proper English is seriously so sweet and lovely, I just want to give her a big hug! She feels that people take advantage of her a lot and don’t think she’s intelligent, but she is and she also has an incredible inner strength. I adore her, and so does her girlfriend Pat.
Proper English is about Pat who gets invited to her friend’s home to celebrate his engagement to the lovely Fen, but while there a guest — whom everyone had cause to hate — is murdered and its up to Pat and Fen to figure out who killed him.
Gingerbread Latte: A character you’d take home for Christmas
Definitely Eadaz du Zāla uq Nāra from The Priory of the Orange Tree! Ead is not only a badass, I think she’d make a wonderful girlfriend. She’s just so loving and warm and would kick the ass of anyone who hurt her beloved. However, I wouldn’t want to break up Ead and Sabran, because I ship them so much!
The Priory of the Orange Tree is about three different women: Ead, a mage of the Priory Tree sent to protect the Queen of Inys; Tane, a dragon rider; and Sabran, the Queen of Inys who’s royal bloodline prevents an apocalyptic dragon from waking up and destroying the world. These women are drawn together in a world of Western and Eastern dragons, where the Western ones are rising and want to wreak havoc.