TAG | Book Buying Habits

Is #TagThursday even a thing? If not yet, it is today!

I believe that this is the one tag that every book blogger, booktuber, and/or bookstagrammer should fill up. Hauls are a staple of any book-related media. So many books come out every month – big releases, indie published, re-releases, special editions… So. Many. Things. If I were perfectly honest, a good chunk of my budget is for books, whether I spend it or not.

I love going to bookstores and checking out the latest releases. I may not make use of them as often as others but I love going to libraries. And of course, online bookstores are awesome. I can spend a whole day just filling up the perfect cart with all the discounts and qualify for free shipping. And I hate paying for shipping.


Where do you buy your books from?

Most of them, I purchase online just because of convenience. And for some stores such as Barnes & Noble, it’s actually cheaper to buy online vs in store. It’s insane the amount of books I bought from Book Outlet. I mean, I’m not as trigger-happy as before but now with their free shipping thing, ooh boy. Thriftbooks, Alibris, and Better World Books are good sources also. I buy a lot of Japanese fiction off of Better World Books. Book Depository gets my business because they carry those pretty non-US covers. As for actual stores – Barnes & Noble, Vromans Bookstore, Kinokuniya Los Angeles, Goodwill and other thrift stores. If a store carries books, I’ll be there.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

I will only pre-order a book if it can come signed or if it comes with a perk. I have so many unread books so I’m never in a hurry to purchase a new release. And I do it online now. But my first ever pre-order was the final Harry Potter book and that one I made in person because online transactions weren’t available at my side of the world back then.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

I’m trying to be better at it – aka buying less per month – but it depends. I usually average 10 books, I should say. But I often go over that. I can control my ebook buying but I get into episodes where I just load up my cart and expect a big box of books to arrive within the week.

Do you use your local library?

I don’t… which is strange because there is a branch of the local library down the hill from where I live. However, I do have a library card that I use for Hoopla Digital.

If so, how many do you borrow at a time?

Fun fact: I’ve never ever borrowed a book from the library.

What’s your opinion on library books?

I think they’re great. I actually like buying hardcover library copies because they come with the acetate cover. I can deal with the stickers but as a kid, my mom used to put plastic cover around all my books for protection from wear and tear. Also, I love the very used, very loved look of a library book. It has character; the pages are soft, some written on and folded. I don’t mind receiving a library copy of a book.

How do you feel about charity shop/second hand books?

I love going to used bookstores because they always have good prices and you’ll never know what you’ll find. I’ve found many gems at my local Goodwill and I’m looking to visiting a Goodwill Bookstore. But what’s more fun for me is finding what’s hidden in between the pages of a book donated to a used bookstore.

Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same bookshelf or not?

Together. Especially if it is in a series. Right now, I don’t have a lot of shelf space so most of my books are either under the bed or on the floor. That’s why I have GoodReads, to separate my TBR from my read books.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?

Truthfully, no. I went through a phase where I bought complete series with the intent of binge reading them. Or if I read the first book as an ebook, I bought the whole series in hard copy. But that got overwhelming fast and I eventually realized that I wasn’t that interested in them anyway. So yeah. Lesson learned.

What do you do with books that you own and that you’ll feel you’ll never read/enjoy?

I put them in a box for donation.

Have you ever donated books?

Well, it’s not actually “donating”. I send them to my aunt so she can sell them.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

I try. I was able to go on a makeup buying ban for the whole of 2016. For books, I’m trying to be more thoughtful about it. I now only buy books that I am for sure going to read.

Do you feel like you buy too many books?

I do. Especially when the number of the books that I buy exceeds the number of books that I read for that month. But for some reason, I do not feel guilty about it. No, I do… sometimes. But I learned now only to buy books that I genuinely want and not just because I gave into the hype.


I thought June was going to be a good month for book buying. I survived the first 10 days with only one Kindle book purchase. But then I found the signed book section at Vroman’s Bookstore. Three full-priced signed books. And I thought that was the end of it. Nope. Book Outlet decided to have a sale. Sure, later this month. But I saw the whole Girls und Panzer manga collection on there so I couldn’t wait for the sale because Volume 1 was about to sell out. Good thing I had a $5 coupon bookmark from a previous order. 😉

One of these days, I’m just going to have to accept that book buying is tantamount to stress-relief. XD

New Year Resolutions Book Tag

Can you tell that I love these tags? I can dedicate a blog for all of them but where the fun in that? 😉

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This is another fun one from Thrice Read. I love these resolutions posts and videos even though we’re halfway through January already. And I know, I keep on saying that I’m not much for TBR lists so this is my way of going around that. Listing down as many books as many times may actually have me want to read them. And oh man, 2016 was a good book-buying year for me. And that’s not counting my digital books.

So really, I’m doing this more for me. LMAO! But please see it also as a recommendations post. I hope it inspires you to read the books you already have. If you’ve read any of these, please feel free to push me to read them.

Feel free to do this yourself. Let’s all try to have an awesome reading year!


AUTHOR YOU’D LIKE TO READ (THAT YOU’VE NEVER READ BEFORE)

How much time do you have? A good chunk of my TBR is from new-to-me authors. I have whole series from new-to-me authors. But if I have to choose, I would love to check out the works of Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater. Blame it on the overly YA saturated book tube. I keep hearing about Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle but to be honest with you, I’ve only ever held these books in my hands. I never read the blurbs nor flipped to page 69. Yup, I know absolutely nothing about the books by these women but gosh dang, I’m curious to read them.

A BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO READ

Again, how much time do you have? I sure don’t have much. These books take priority though: The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder (I even bought a better copy of this book because the first one I got was a beat up mass market paperback), And then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino (I actually plan to buy that signed copy that I found at a used bookstore near me).

A CLASSIC YOU’D LIKE TO READ

No… it’s not Jane Eyre this time. I have to go with Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. It’s been too long since I last read this book. I’m still waiting for a pretty edition to come my way.

A BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO RE-READ

This is a sure thing. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. This book is turning 20 this year. Can you imagine that? How old were you when you first read this book?

A BOOK YOU’VE HAD FOR AGES AND WANT TO READ

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I think this was my first Japanese fiction book. I got the older translation. I may pick up the new one after I read this one just to compare.

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A BIG BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO READ

In the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. If reading Brandon Sanderson late last year proved anything, it’s that I can read epic fantasy easily. I actually do love this genre. I do have a copy of this book but it’s a very well-loved mass market paperback. I’m on the hunt for a trade paperback… or a pretty cover.

AN AUTHOR YOU PREVIOUSLY READ AND WANT TO READ MORE OF

Definitely Ryan Graudin. After reading the Wolf by Wolf duology, I was so entranced by her writing that I simply wanted more. I do have her novel The Walled City so hopefully, I can get to that this year too.

A BOOK YOU GOT FOR CHRISTMAS AND WOULD LIKE TO READ

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I didn’t buy the pretty illustrated edition for nothing. I listened to about 25% of this book until I realized that I’ll enjoy this more if I read it. At the same time, the illustrated version was about to come out so I bought it from Book Depository when the price dropped enough.

A SERIES YOU WANT TO READ (START AND FINISH)

I have a handful: Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini TaylorThe Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Anna Dressed in Blood duology by Kendare Blake. The Black Butler manga. Really, I have so many.

A SERIES YOU WANT TO FINISH (THAT YOU’VE ALREADY STARTED)

Definitely the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. At least the first trilogy. And also the Ring series by Koji Suzuki. I finished Spiral yesterday and it was amazing.

DO YOU SET READING GOALS? IF SO, HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU WANT TO READ IN 2017?

My goal is always 25. I’m 10 books in as of this posting. Thanks to manga. I don’t think that’s cheating at all. 😉


Speaking of manga, do you read manga? What’s your favorite? How about anime?

BOOK ADAPTATION WISHLIST TAG

I was actually tagged to do this. Thanks so much, Lindsey @ Paradis Books! The original tag is by She Might Be Monica.

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When a new book comes out, two questions immediately are asked: Is it any good? Will it be adapted to a screenplay? Not too long ago, it was exciting to hear that your favorite book will eventually become a movie or TV show. Now, you almost expect it. It becomes a movie or show even before it becomes your favorite. I don’t particularly have any strong opinions on this. I try not to overthink it. I was fortunate that the Harry PotterLord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games series were done right, the last being actually better than the books in my opinion. I love Outlander; the books are definitely a guilty pleasure. And for those that were disappointing, I let it go and try to forget the movie exists.

Here are some titles that I wish would have non-book adaptations. True story: I put the Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin on all. LMAO. But then I realized that 80% of the first book is just them riding on motorcycles. As much as I love Hidalgo (because Viggo Mortensen), I don’t think that’ll make for a compelling stage play, musical, or TV show. So where did I ultimately put that title? You’ll see…

MOVIE

The first thing that came to mind is Vicious by VE Schwab. That read like a screenplay even. The flashbacks worked really well. And it wasn’t very complicated that you’ll have to dedicate 1.5 hours just to set up everything. A perfect book to turn into a summer rom-com is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I’ve never watched a rom-com through a guy’s POV. It’s quirky and fun and I really think it’ll be a cute film, maybe starring Colin Firth. I also threw in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. You would think I’d put it under “musicals” ala Rock of Ages but majority of the book was just spent sitting down in the car listening to music. Might as well make that into a movie, having their route in the book as filming locations.

And oh, if Dan Brown‘s Robert Langdon series was made into movies, why not Sigma Force series by James Rollins? I really want a physical representation of Grayson Pierce.

TV SHOW

The Parasitology trilogy by Mira Grant is like The Walking Dead and The Strain combined. I can totally see this working as a 12-episode series, each book as one season. AMC, take note. Another one is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Hey, with Game of Thrones coming to an end, this can be a perfect successor. HBO definitely has the $$ to do this.

CARTOON/ANIME

I’m including anime because I don’t really watch cartoons anymore. But I wish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was made into an animated film instead. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the movie. But Tim Burton looked like he had too much fun with it. It was okay but nothing to write home about. As for anime, the Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I’m currently watching Black Butler and I totally saw a bit of Lady Dela in Grell Sutcliffe. Surely, Lady Dela is not as flamboyant as Grell but it wasn’t hard to imagine. With this book set in a very East Asian setting with dragonlore and magic, I want this as an anime.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

I did tweet VE Schwab (or was it an Instagram comment) if there are any plans to have any of her books as graphic novels. The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu also has graphic novels and I enjoy them immensely. I wish A Darker Shade Of Magic would have one too. Imagine the art and colors in that!

And did you think I’d forget? Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. Yes, I put it here. Like with ADSOM, I can imagine the line art and the soft sand color that would probably be in this. While I do prefer manga over graphic novels, I am really interested to see this in panels.

PLAY

I’m not much of a straight plays person but I like dinner mysteries. Coincidentally, my choice for this is The Dinner by Herman Koch. It’s dark and you only need a handful of actors.

MUSICAL

If you know me at all, you’d know I love musicals. And I’m not talking about “Oh, Hamilton is the shiz – I LUV ALL MUSIKULZ!” I’m not one of those who jumped on that bandwagon. But In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the best things I ever watched… front row and very center on Broadway on the shows final weeks with LMN as Usnavi. That, and American Idiot. But I digress.

My choice for this item is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Space opera taken quite literally. I don’t know how they’ll do it but in my head, it works! XD

If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged. Would you watch these books if they’re turned into movies or shows? I would.

End of the Year Survey 2016

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Three days into the new year and I’m already being lazy. Oh well. Let’s shake off the long weekend cobwebs and hit the ground running!

I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again, 2016 was an awesome reading year for me. I read a total of 80 books, rediscovered manga, realized I like listening to mystery/thriller audio books, I acquired a crazy number of physical books, read a good amount of physical books vs e-books, and so much more. This time last year, I posted my Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. This year, I’m doing something different. But that’s for another post. 😉

Once again, thanks to Perpetual Page Turner Jamie for this tag.


2016 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 80
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (whoa!)
Genre You Read The Most From: manga (format) and fantasy.

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2016? I keep going back and forth among three books but if I really think about it, my favorite is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Every one told me I was going to enjoy it… nope, quite the opposite.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Manga in general. I knew I didn’t like graphic novels that much so when I started reading a couple of manga, I was surprised at how easy I fell back into it. Also, I watch a lot of anime with manga adaptations or manga as source materials. It’s not like with books-to-movies where you tend to not enjoy one or the other that much. I enjoy both anime and manga quite equally.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Confessions by Kanae Minato. I recommended it to anyone who would listen.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? Started (and finished): Legend by Marie Lu. Sequel: Symbiont by Mira Grant. And the best series ender ever, Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? VE Schwab. I’m looking forward to completing her existing work in 2017.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Same as last year, short stories. Zoo by Otsuichi scared the living hell out of me.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I inhale-read that book. As well as Eon by Alison Goodman. I remember many late nights and early mornings because of those books.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Not too sure about re-reading but I tend to re-read manga. Although, I do want to marathon Red Rising trilogy.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? Probably any of the Parasitology books. They look like those pill blister packs. Continue reading

The Bookish Book Lover Tag

I might as well squeeze in another tag before we say goodbye to 2016. I can’t do a month/year wrap-up yet since I’m still working on a book and a couple of manga volumes. Who knows, I might just call it where I stand right now and reserve that one book for next year. It’s the end of a long and tiring year… we all deserve a break.

Anyway, I’ve always wanted to do this tag. I guess now is as good a time as any to go for it!

  • Rules:
    Use the Banner (Check!)
    Answer the Questions (I will.)
    Use Lots of Book Covers *smiles* (We’ll see.)
    Tag Your Bookish Friends! (If you’re reading this, consider yourselves tagged.)


wp-1483039612515.jpgWhat book are you currently reading?
Technically, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. If you remember my End of 2016 goals, I wanted to read just three more books. I finished two already. And I’m a bit over halfway done with The Final Empire before putting it down earlier this year. It’s not because it was bad. My original copy was the mass market paperback. I tried keeping up with it as much as I could but I just can’t with that format. I bought the UK trade paperbacks off Book Depository and they’re so beautiful, I’m afraid to touch them LMAO.

And I’m also trying to catch up to One-Punch Man manga. At least those are easier to read. Not to mention other manga titles just waiting to be read. 😉

What’s the last book you finished?
Ring by Koji Suzuki. I finally got to this. And it was so worth it. I might prioritize this series for January 2017. I loved the original Japanese adaptation and for a change, I didn’t mind the Hollywood one. (Samara, though? No.) I know the rest of the books don’t follow the movies but that’s okay. I have Spiral, Loop, and Birthday waiting already so I hope I can knock them out early in the year. I also have other Koji Suzuki books. And a bunch of other Japanese fiction.

Favorite book you read this year?
I can’t really tell. I liked a lot of books this year for different reasons. But one title jumps up at me: Vicious by VE Schwab. I read 3 of her books this year and this is definitely my favorite. I can’t stay if it’s my favorite of the year but out of all the books that I liked A LOT this year, this title enters my mind first. While this can be a standalone, a would not say no to a sequel.

I also liked Morning Star by Pierce Brown but I already knew that I was going to like it because I loved the previous book, Golden Son. I went in to VE Schwab’s books almost completely blind. As for Eon by Alison Goodman, I think it’s because I read a lot of fantasy before getting to that so I was a bit conditioned to it already.

What genre have you read most this year?
Let’s see… general young adult. And fantasy across the board – adult, YA, and even middle-grade.

What genre have you read least this year?
Middle-grade. I bought a couple of MG books last year but only managed to read Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. I will definitely remedy that next year. They’re fun, not always light-hearted, adorable, and easy to read. I actually managed to read 4 non-fiction this year. It’s not really my thing with the exception of some military history and WWII.

What genre do you want to read more of?
Epic fantasy. I know it’s daunting but I love those Lord of the Rings-like immersive worlds with rich magic systems and 15,000 characters and relationships. I have a couple both on my physical shelf and Goodreads. I am very interested. A little intimidated but I would like to try one of those.

How many books have you read this year and what’s your goal?
At this moment, I read 77 books out of my goal of 25. I always set my goal to 25 and I passed that mark in June. I just keep going. Once I get that 25, I can breathe easy. Everything else is extra.

What’s the last book you bought?
It’s still on its way but it’s the Blonote by Tablo both the Korean and English versions. I also have two Book Outlet orders coming my way. Hey, it’s the last days of the year. All these might count for 2017 book haul. 😉

What book are you saving up to buy next?
I don’t really save up to buy books because I’m a book bargain monster and I can wait for a better price. But one book that I’ve eyed for a good handful of months is the Text Publishing edition of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. It’s on Book Depository for $20. I got the first book for $1.99 so you see the difference?

How many books did you check out last library visit?
One. Well, I don’t really visit libraries or check out books. I use the Hoopla app and I just borrowed the Subterranean audio book by James Rollins.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I wanted to read that this year but I never got to it. With the 3rd and final book in the trilogy coming out in February, I definitely have to read this one and soon.

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What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?
I’m glad to say I finished a couple of series this year. Mostly duologies. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I encourage you to pick up both books and read them back-to-back. As for series I haven’t finished yet, pick up One-Punch Man manga for all the LOLs.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?
I want more Ryan Graudin stuff. VE Schwab is writing plenty already.

A few books that your heart adores?
Saga by Brian K. VaughanGekkan Shoujo, Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki. And everything pictured here:

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?
I’m usually okay when a series ends. I was sad when the Red Rising trilogy wrapped up this year but upon hearing news of a new trilogy in the same universe, I was excited again. I don’t know what to feel about Shades of Magic ending. I liked it but I don’t have a real Harry Potter-like connection with it. Plus, she has many other books I can read.

What books are on your wishlist?
It used to be the UK illustrated version of American Gods by Neil Gaiman but I bought it for myself for Christmas. Mainly a bunch of Japanese fiction… I prefer having a physical copy of them. The #1 on my list is a physical copy of Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. I was scammed on Alibris by a 3rd party seller. I wish that seller all the best in the world but I’m just saying that karma, no matter how small, is a bitch. I recently saw Honeymoon to Nowhere by Akimitsu Takagi at Kinokuniya Los Angeles and I’m already looking for used copies for cheap. Yeah, mostly Japanese fiction books. And oh, the Jane Eyre Fine edition.

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Consider yourself tagged! 😉

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

I need a break. I have time. Let’s do this!

Photo from Pinterest

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I was scrolling through the WP Reader and came across this tag from Thrice Read. Feel free to do this too. The image above is from one of my very favorite anime of all time: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. It pretty much ruined me for every other anime out there. Go watch it. It’ll change your life.

GREED: What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
I’m a bargain book monster. I think even my most expensive book that I physically own right now was bought on discount. It’s the illustrated editions of Harry Potter. But then again, they’re marked down if you buy from Barnes & Noble and then I use a coupon on top of that. I never paid more than $20 for either of them. Also, I still have to receive it but it’s Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. It’s out of print but I found one that agreed with my budget. It was $35 including shipping, I believe. As for most inexpensive, I got books for free and for as little as 10 cents at one time.

WRATH: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
JK Rowling. I love Harry Potter but her works outside of the wizarding world effectively put me to sleep.

GLUTTONY: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
Generation Kill by Evan Wright. I actually just received a physical audiobook copy of this yesterday. I think I only have one cover to go to complete my collection. Yup. I’ve lost count of how many times I read this book and watched the mini-series.

SLOTH: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Hmm, I don’t know about lazy but more like taking a break from the series… The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. It’s the 5th book in the Outlander series and I read books 1 to half of the 5th one back-to-back. I got a bit tired and put it down. That was two-ish years ago. A current one would be The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey. I… got bored and put it down. I told myself I’ll finish it within the first week of December but I never got the desire to pick it back up.

PRIDE: What book do you talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I looked through my “read” shelf on Goodreads and I realized that I am not an intellectual reader. LMAO. I mean, I’ve read my share of Classics and longer books but… erm, I guess I tend to surprise people with what I read and how much I read.

LUST: What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
I like the nice guys like Peeta from The Hunger Games and from what I read of Mather in Snow Like Ashes. But then, I also like the “bad boys” like Luka from Wolf by Wolf and Day from Legend.

ENVY: What book would you like to receive as a gift?
One thing: American Gods illustrated edition by Neil Gaiman and Daniel Egneus. I started the audio book and fell in love with it. So I stopped and decided that I want to read it. And I want this edition. I might end up buying it myself.

Okay. That’s my break. Back to work!

The Coffee Book Tag

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I’m such a nerd. I first saw this tag a few months ago and wrote it down – on paper – and answered it. On paper. Color-coded and all that. I then attached this scrap of paper to my journal and stayed there. Until today. Months later.

I wanted to wait until I order a Starbucks coffee in the new special edition cups but I don’t really get hot drinks from Starbucks. Except chai tea latte. I don’t feel like a hot drink lately. I’m more of a trenta black tea lemonade sweetened. Or the good ol’ green tea frappuccino, no whip. Yeah, just those three.

Anyway, I get coffee from work. I have a Keurig mini. Needless to say, I love coffee.

BLACK: A Series that’s Tough to Get Into but has Hardcore Fans
Any fandom with a lot of hardcore fans are tough to get into, to be honest. Especially if it’s a long series and you’re going into it after it’s over and social media is already chock full of spoilers, fanart, and fanfiction. Anything Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare. I tried many times to start their books but either the fans turn me off or it just wasn’t for me.

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A Book that Gets More Popular During the Winter or a Festive Time of the Year
Horror novels. Yep, festive for Halloween. I can rear horror novels any time of the year but for others that are unfamiliar with the genre, they choose October-November to try them out. And Harry Potter is always popular but I find more and more people talking about them around the fall or winter. Maybe it’s when people are snuggling in with something they’re familiar with.

HOT CHOCOLATE: A Favorite Children’s Book
As a kid, I loved fairytale collections. As an adult, my favorite children’s book is The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A Book that Kept You On the Edge of Your Seat from Start to Finish
I have two. Months ago, it was just Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Now, I’m adding Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman to that list.

STARBUCKS: A Book You See Everywhere
It used to be Rainbow Rowell everything. But now, I think it’s VE Schwab everything. Not that I’m complaining. 😉

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALY GOT DECAF: A Book You Were Expecting More From
Easy. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. Such a disappointed.

THE PERFECT BLEND: Name a Book or Series that was Better and Sweet, but Ultimately Satisfying
The first thing that comes to mind is the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. The first book was tough to get through but I continued on with the series anyway. Golden Son totally changed my opinion. Morning Star completely and utterly destroyed me.

GREEN TEA: Name a Book or Series that is Quietly Beautiful
I first put in The Night Circus as my answer. But now, it’s Another by Yukito Ayatsuji. It’s a Japanese horror novel that is creepy and atmospheric and just so beautiful. There’s no shock or jump scares. It just tells the story in a steady pace and it’s just so beautiful.

CHAI TEA: Name a Book or Series that Makes You Dream of Far Off Places
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I mean, have you seen the TV series? Scotland is a beautiful place.

So what’s your favorite drink? What do you usually order at Starbucks or Coffee Bean or those kinds of places? Jamba Juice, maybe? Let me know so I can try them too.