Books, TAG

Blogmas Day 18: Coffee Book Tag

I am sooooo tired…
My daughter fell ill on Monday and she’s still not 100%.
Today I woke up and realized that I never finished writing this blog post (apologies), so I’m finishing it now.. It must still be the 18th somewhere, right?

Since I’m in the middle of three books at the moment and am fighting my way through (honestly, I haven’t been able to read for more than 30 minutes in one go). None of them have been able to catch my full attention but I keep trying. That also means that I don’t have any books to review right now.. So, I decided to do a book tag instead.

I found the Coffee Book Tag (creator) and well, I’m a bit of a coffee lover (addict) so it’s a match made in heaven.

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

I recently started reading The Kiss of Deception. People really seem to like that book but I’m not convinced yet. I’m not that far into it yet and not a lot has happened, it’s all still setting the scene. I hope it picks up soon so that I can lose myself in the story like many others have.

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

Harry Potter 🙂 Not that it’s not popular during other seasons but there’s this amazing initiative called ‘HarryChristmasToYou‘ where they reread the books and watch the movies every year.

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

I love fairy tales in general so any books with those in it 🙂 but the only children’s books that has stayed with me since childhood are the ones by Annie MG Schmidt. She wrote the Jip en Janneke stories and many, many others. They are amazing!

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

The Martian by Andy Weir. That was a great book! I couldn’t put it down.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

Now all the hype seems to be centered around Winter by Marissa Meyer. I haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles series so I’m not in the loop… 😉

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

I’ll give a shoutout to a Belgian author who’s translated book has been doing really well. His name is Erwin Mortier and the book is called Stammered Songbook.
Jen Campbell liked it, you can find her review here. The book tells the story of Erwin’s mother, a story of dementia. The original Dutch version was very well received here, I hope it has been translated well.

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

The biggest disappointment this year was Paper Towns by John Green. I loved The Fault in our Stars so much and this one just didn’t deliver for me. Maybe I’m too old? Or maybe I just overlooked something? I don’t know but it just didn’t work for me.
8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

Can I say it again? Am I allowed? The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Bittersweet is the perfect description for this book. It makes me sad too because I know it will take me a while to find a book as amazing as this one.

 

I’ll keep it short this time because my daughter needs my full attention.
See you again tomorrow (which is actually tonight).

Love

Ellen

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