Hey hi, happy holidays! Hope you’re in the mood for another book tag, because that’s what I’m bringing you today (inspired in no small part by my part-time job as a barista). And as a bonus, I’ve opted to feature books with Christmas-colored covers — enjoy!
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Hot Chocolate: a book that’s great for all ages
The Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente might just be my go-to all-ages recommendation, because although it’s apparently marketed for the 10-14 age range (as noted on the back of my copy), anyone of any age can enjoy the whimsy and wonder of a magical adventure. And I’m sure you’ll get different takeaways depending on your life experience, so it’s a particularly good one to share with your loved ones.
toasted white mocha: A book that reminds you of a(nother) favorite
Because Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell seems to have done it first and possibly best (but most importantly first), I am doomed to hold it up as a benchmark for books about fandom, particularly when they also center on the protagonist’s mental health. That is almost certainly a disservice to Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, which is a very good book on its own merits, with an imaginative in-book webcomic and delightful in-book fandom.
peppermint mocha: a book with a twist on a classic narrative or trope
When you think of mermaids, you probably don’t think of hostile scaly deep-sea creatures out to get (and literally eat) a crew of scientists and filmmakers. Well, think again, because that’s what you get from Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. This book is awesome in both senses of the word: it inspires awe (and terror), and it is an excellent read that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
caramel brulée steamer: A book that was adapted from
or adapted into a movie or TV show
I only recently discovered, as I was scrolling through Prime Video, that The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was made into a movie! (It’s on Prime Video through the end of the month, if you want to check it out; I’ve only watched the first 20 minutes or so and it’s very different from the book.) In any case, the book has a special place in my heart — my mom read it to me as a child, and I was gifted my copy by a favorite elementary school teacher.
sugar cookie latte: A book with a sweet aftertaste
Around the time I got into my first serious relationship, I came across Catana Comics on Instagram and instantly fell in love. The relationship has since ended, but I still follow the account; I’m especially fond of Catana Chetwynd’s Little Moments of Love, the first of her comics collections published as a book.
eggnog: A book with rich worldbuilding
My first response was Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco, but in an effort to diversify my recs at least a little bit, let’s talk about the Genie Lo duology by F.C. Yee, with its fantastic representation for both classic Chinese mythology and the modern Chinese-American experience in the SF Bay Area, which for me completely hits home
(pun intended, I’m sorry). And as always, shoutout to Soph for putting the duology on my radar and to Clo for gifting me a copy of the first book.
caramel apple spice: An underrated book you love
There are many candidates for this prompt but I’ll go with The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Lenore Appelhans. It’s been a couple of years since it came out, yet — with the exception of Sam, who was my buddy read partner for this ARC — I still haven’t seen anyone talk about it. And that’s a shame, because this was such a fun read: very meta and very cute.
anyone who wants to participate!
THE holiday beverage BOOK TAG – PROMPTS
- Hot Chocolate: A book that’s great for all ages
- Toasted White Mocha: A book that reminds you of a(nother) favorite book
- Peppermint Mocha: A book with a twist on a classic narrative or trope
- Caramel Brulée Steamer: A book that was adapted from or adapted into a movie or TV show
- Sugar Cookie Latte: A book with a sweet aftertaste
- Eggnog: A book with rich worldbuilding
- Caramel Apple Spice: An underrated book you love