This tag was originally created by Azia at The Uncharted Word and I was not tagged but I found this tag on Sofii’s blog A Book A Thought and I cannot tell you how much I want to drink a pumpkin spice latte! It’s the one drink I always buys at Starbucks every year, sometimes the only reason I have to go into it all year (let’s be honest, it’s damn expensive and there’s only like 4 in my district and all very far away from my home). I even tried making one at home – 100% a disgusting failure that went down the drain immediately.
Small life update: I miss going into bookstores, museums, cinemas, beautiful gardens sooo much right now. I’m staying home and safe, I only go out to go to the gym, occasionally the supermarket or a restaurant and nothing else. I’m very happy with my bookstagram, it’s been a renewed source of joy and support and I’ve been talking about books with other people again, it’s lovely. I’m also journalling a lot and thinking about making bookmarkers and even writing again. Plus, I’m finally starting to feel less anxious about/feeling better about pushing my masters back a semester because the number of new cases in Portugal is rising and that’s so scary because public transportation is thought to be the main cause and I would’ve spent a significant amount of time commuting. Sooo, life is surprisingly good right now.
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I tried doing something a bit different with this tag by focusing on books I’ve read two and three year ago because I just feel like I don’t hype those enough.
🎃Pumpkin Spice Latte 🎃 A book you didn’t think you’d love
The Truth About the Henry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker is probably one of the first thrillers I enjoyed – and by that I mean that I picked up from the library on Saturday and devoured it that weekend. It was just soooo good, I couldn’t put it down! I haven’t finished the tv adaptation of it and I really don’t recommend it, it was just meh, but please go check out this book! I’m very excited to read Joël Dicker’s new book, The Enigma of Room 622 (as soon as it gets a bit cheaper than 22€)!
🎃Hot Apple Cider🎃 A book that got you a bit hot under the collar
I’ve already hyped plenty of steamy romances I loved this year, but as I said looking back, Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman definitely meets this criteria. Also, how come I never talk about this book!? I LOVE IT, I LOVED THE MOVIE, THE SOUNDTRACK, THE ACTORS, THE SETTING, IT’S ALL JUST PERFECT!!
🎃Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate🎃 A book that felt like a warm hug
The Raven Boys (and the rest of the series) by Maggie Stiefwater is such a perfect fall read, and it does feel like a warm hug. It makes you want to explore your local woods, makes you want to have a messy collage journal like Gansey, it makes you want to learn about myths and stories, and it’s absolutely beautifully written!
🎃Maple Pecan Latte🎃 A book you enjoyed that was hard to get into
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde is a somewhat interesting book with a few flaws that was hard to get into it because of the way it is told through 3 point of views from 3 different periods in time. At the time that I read it I mostly enjoyed it but had some issues with several aspects and reading my review from that time I’m not sure I feel the same way about this book. I just seem to appreciate it more now for some reason? It’s a book with an interesting premise so I recommend you check it out!
🎃London Fog🎃 A vanilla character
Vanilla characters are bland characters, yes? I never liked vanilla to be honest, it’s too sweet and a just not a flavor I enjoy at all (good for scented candles thought).
I feel like at this point there are so many ‘strong badass female heroine’ type of characters out there that it’s almost starting to feel a bit boring? Like give them some real flaws, please. I don’t usually remember characters I don’t like but, for instance, Maya from Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim might be one of these vanilla characters. I enjoyed this book and this character while I was reading but looking back I really can’t think of her as particularly amazing personality-wise.
REVIEW: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
🎃Hot Buttered Rum🎃 A book that was velvety smooth to read
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor or Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor! (Any book by Laini Taylor, really!) Laini Taylor has such a beautiful writing style that really touches you and such unique stories! If you still haven’t read any books by this author, please take this as your sign to go do it!
🎃Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew 🎃A character whose temperament is icy cold
I have to follow in Sofii’s lead here and say Zoya from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo because I honestly never liked Zoya at all! I was glad to get to know her a bit more in King of Scars, it made me understand better how she became the way she is and I even started liking her a bit more. And she’s def a character with an icy temperament!!
🎃Salted Caramel Mocha🎃 A book that you’re salty about
Is this a book that I’m very annoyed by or hate? Anyway, I think I’ll say The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. It had such an interesting premise, setting and characters and yet the story didn’t really go anywhere and it didn’t feel like there was any real conflict to overcome. It just felt very lacking in those aspects and I couldn’t really enjoy it that much. I actually ended up unhauling this book earlier this year so I can’t actually recommend it.
🎃Honey Bee Latte🎃 A character who is sweet
Alex from RWRB!! Alex is just one of the sweetest, most clever and determined realistic character you could meet. (He could also be the question to my answer below tbh.) Henry is so sweet too, and THIS BOOK IS SO SWEET AND I’M so glad I read it 💗
🎃Gingerbread Latte🎃 A character you’d take home for christmas
Gansey from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefwater. I mean it’s Gansey, do I need to say more? He’s sweet, brilliant, fascinating but a bit haunted by his dreams and expectations and you want to do is hug him!