I haven’t been tagged for a meme in ages which makes them kind of fun when they don’t come along often. Jess at Once Upon a Book tagged me with one that has a coffee theme and since I love coffee to the core of my caffeinated heart, how could I resist? And all you weird tea lovers, don’t worry you get your chance here too.

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans
This is a tough one because I don’t go in for a lot of series. I’m going to go with Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell books. I know lots of people didn’t like the first book and never reached the end of it. I loved it from the start and the second book was great too. When, oh when, is the third and final book going to be published?

Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
I love peppermint mochas so much! They are great even when it isn’t the holidays but I admit they are best when it is cold outside. As for a book, I don’t read according to season except for the RIP Challenge in the fall when it is always fun to read “scary” books and melodramatic gothic goodness. Rather than a specific book, how about an author? Because while Shirley Jackson is a good read any time of year she is especially delicious in October. I have already read Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, this year I hope to add another to my I love Jackson list.

Hot chocolate: Favorite children’s book
I love hot chocolate even more than I love peppermint mochas! This is a tough one because there are so many books I loved as a kid. Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, Island of the Blue Dolphin, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Swiftly Tilting Planet… how can I choose just one?

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. That’s the first book in the series and I am very glad I read it before the TV show began. It was a real nail biter and the ending was so very shocking. Sadly when I got on to book five, the whole story seems to have lost momentum and why can’t the Starks ever catch a break? Makes me wonder why Martin hates them so much or whether he just likes to rip out the hearts of his readers and eat them from breakfast. Martin must be a Lannister!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere
This is tough because on public transit most people these days are using ereaders and their phones and the people I see reading actual books are generally reading textbooks. So I am going to go with a book that keeps popping up around the internet lately: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. I haven’t read it (nor have I managed to read Olive Kitteridge yet) but it sounds really good.

That hipster coffee shop: A Book by an indie author
I am not exactly sure what an indie author is. Does it mean self-published? Or an author who publishes with an independent press? I have a Kickstarter book sitting on my reading table I haven’t gotten to yet, The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street. That surely counts as indie.

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. I know a lot of people like this book but I was expecting more since the only other du Maurier book I had read was Rebecca and I loved it. I wanted more menace and suspense and I feel like I was short changed with too much damsel in distress.

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying
I am going to go for a nonfiction title here, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. Bitter because she details all the ways we have f-ed up this planet and the horrible future we have to look forward to with climate change. Sweet because depressing as it is, and pessimistic as Klein is, she does admit it is not too late to stop the worst of it. Note, I did not say stop climate change because it has already begun, but we still have have a small window in which we can keep the worst possible outcomes from happening.

Green Tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector. This book was so astonishingly beautiful in so many ways. If you haven’t read it, you are missing out. I mean to read all of Lispector’s other novels eventually.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. What better book for dreaming of far off places than one about the imagination and stories? Plus it is a rather magical and heartwarming adventure. I have not been able to bring myself to read the companion book Rushdie published in 2010, Luka and the Fire of Life, because I am afraid to tarnish my happy feelings when I think of Haroun. Has anyone read Luka?

Earl Grey: A favorite classic
Only one? Impossible! I have a cat named Dickens so there is a clue. I have another cat named Waldo (after Emerson). If I had a girl cat she would probably be called Woolf. If you twist my arm to name a title I might yell out The Waves or possibly Mrs. Dalloway depending on what phase the moon is in.

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