Ten Characters who are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

What did William Nicholson once say about reading? We read to know that we’re not alone? I do not presume to speak for the whole populace, but I’m fairly certain this rings true with a lot of readers. A quality decidedly confirmed by the fact that we form immediate connections with characters who either love reading or are writers or work at libraries or bookstores. And having said that, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a double treat on celebrating the reading life. Here are ten fellow book nerds, arranged alphabetically by their first names:

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

Looking for Alaska 02   Fangirl   The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska)

Looking for Alaska 01

Cather “Cath” Avery (Fangirl)

Fangirl 02

Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 02

Pride and Prejudice 03   Glaciers 02   To Kill a Mockingbird 01

Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

Pride and Prejudice 02

Isabelle (Glaciers)

Glaciers 01

Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

To Kill a Mockingbird 02

Matilda 02   The Magicians 01   A Game of Thrones   All the Bright Places 02

Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)

Matilda 01

Quentin Coldwater (The Magicians trilogy)

The Magician's Land 02

Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire series)

A Song of Ice and Fire 01

Violet Markey (All the Bright Places)

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So. Ultimate question: who do you think shoud’ve made my list? Who would you push out? Do tell!

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Ten Upcoming Books That Celebrate Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

I cannot overstate this: we need diverse books. We need a reality where a queer girl can read her story in books. Where a young Indian (or Filipino or Hispanic) can find heroes that look like him. Where a Muslim is represented regardfully. Where there are published works, both fiction and otherwise, with interracial couples, with parents that are both dads or moms. We need a reality that reflects the reality. Our reality. So it’s on us, readers, to talk about diversity and diverse books. Because by having this conversation, we’re informing publishers and agents that they can actively fish for these stories. That they need to. That they will sell.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday does just that.

The prompt is to list down books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters. But I’m doing a bit of an alteration. Today, you shall have a respite from me gushing over Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda or More Happy Than Not or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Because although I think one can never talk about books he loves enough, I also think one would benefit from continuously seeking out more. Thus, I’m featuring upcoming titles with a focus on diversity. They are arranged by date of publication.

NOTE: I a opted for books with cover designs and b acknowledge that this list leans on the LGBTQIA+ side. I had a hard time looking for books with racial, socioeconomic and/or religious diversity, which is very telling of the current situation in the industry.

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George by Alex Gino (August 25th, Scholastic Press)
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (October 27th, Harlequin Teen)
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

Cam Girl by Leah Raeder (November 3rd, Atria)
Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art, and her best friend and soulmate, Ellis Carraway. Elle and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets a smooth-talking lothario who offers to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night taking off her clothes on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s all just kinky fun till a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they open up to each other intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. She agrees, because she’s starting to fall for him. And when he asks to meet, she says yes. Because she’s dying to know the real man behind the keyboard.

Even if one of his conditions is to bring Ellis. The girl who wants nothing to do with her anymore.

Now Vada must confront the past she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

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Soundless by Richelle Mead (November 10th, Razorbill)
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (January 5th, Sourcebooks Fire)
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m.
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m.
Someone starts shooting.

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (January 19th, Simon Pulse)
Henry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

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Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski (February 2nd, Greenwillow Books)
Westing is not your typical school. For starters, you have to have one very important quality in order to be admitted—you have to be dying. Every student at Westing has been diagnosed with PPV, or the Peter Pan Virus. No one is expected to live to graduation.

What do you do when you go to a school where no one has a future? Noah Falls, his girlfriend Alice, and his best friend Marty spend their time drinking, making out, and playing video games on awaywego.com. But when an older boy named Zach (who Noah may or may not be in love with) invites Noah and Marty to join his secret Polo Club, the lives of both boys change as they struggle to find meaning in their shortened existence.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (February 2nd, Balzer + Bray)
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (March 29th, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki (April 19th, Roaring Brook Press)
Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects.

Then there’s the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having two moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.

I also want to give shout outs to The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, which I excluded just because they were recently featured in another TTT. I’ve already read Fans and I definitely, definitely recommend it!

What did I miss? Give me all the recs!

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14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Robyn Schneider

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For someone who’s smart and funny and nerdy in her work, the expectations (of fans) to deliver are set high. Fortunately, Robyn Schneider in person is just that, and more.

On Sunday, the author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means (which came out last May!), together with Katie Cotugno (How to Love) and Melissa Kantor (Maybe One Day), treated their Filipino fans to an afternoon of question-and-answer and book signing, in an event hosted by National Book Store. Schneider talked about her latest novel, kissing and the inspiration behind her characters—misquoting a One Direction song along the way—as well as her House and some dream cast. If you didn’t already adore the author, here are fourteen things we learned about Robyn Schneider from #KMRinPH.

She Loves Stories About Firsts…
“Because [when I think about it in my mind] I always remember the first boy who I kissed,” the author revealed. “But, like, maybe the seventh boy? It’s like, oh that—wait, who was that? Wait wait no, you know? [It’s] not quite as impactful.”

…For the Same Reason She Loves Writing Teen Fiction
She loves the fact that someone can take a book and take away something that’s really important to them from it. “[Because you] guys are trying to figure out who you are and trying [to make] sense of the world and [I think a lot of] the answers come from stories and from songs and from things that, you know, that hit you in a big way when you’re a teenager, at least it did for me.”

Her Characters are Very Much Her in One Specific Moment
Lane (Extraordinary Means) is very much how Schneider was in her last semester of graduate school and Ezra (The Beginning of Everything) is very much who she was at twenty four. In fact, she admitted, “I have this theory though that I would’ve been like a really hot [guy, just] based on the fact that I wrote, like, Ezra’s this super emotionally autobiographical character and pulled way too much from my [own story]. And [suddenly the] internet was like, he’s so cute, and I’m like, I’ve never had that experience when I was in high school and everyone being like, you’re so cute. So, like, shame.”

The Beginning of Everything was Written When She was in Medical School
Then, she left to become a full time writer and that, for her, is the best thing she did. (Well, obviously.) “I think, having that in my head, like, it’s okay to not know where you’re going [but deciding] to leave is the first step. Like, deciding to change, you don’t have to have everything planned [out, that’s] enough for now.”

And She Wanted a Character that Doesn’t See Who He is at All
“I don’t think that people oversee themselves accurately.”

She Wrote and Produced the Book Trailer for Her Latest Novel
Extraordinary Means, and it’s directed by Yulin Kuang. Also, I’m obsessed with it.

And Has a “Dream Cast” for the Leads
In it, two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure. And she sees Chloë Grace Moretz playing Sadie and Dylan O’Brien as Lane.

She’s in the Early Stages of Writing Another Book
It’s about two very, very different girls who dated the same boy a year a part, whom many years later kills himself. And this brings them together, forming a weird, wonderful friendship where they learn you don’t have to impress this boys’s club to be true to yourself and be happy with yourself.

Writing an Authentic Guy Experience Warranted Harassing Her Guy Friends
…to dish what it’s like kissing a girl. “I was like, what kind of fireworks, but like where, but like how long,” Schneider shared. She then had to shamefully acknowledge this at the end of her book.

David Tennant is Her Favorite Doctor
But she thinks she’s Matt Smith.

Ezra was Named as an Act of Revolt
Yes, named after that Ezra from Vampire Weekend (which is also mentioned in The Beginning of Everything). She dated Ezra’s cousin and he casually informed her that she can never use the name Ezra because that’s his cousin’s name and went on to list other off-limit names, naming every single member of his extended family. So she was like, “okay. Well, not only am I not gonna listen to [you, I’m] gonna write a novel and the main character’s gonna be named Ezra. So take that.”

She is a True-Blue (Green?) Slytherin
Although she didn’t consult Pottermore’s Sorting Hat. So there’s that.

She Wants to Collaborate with Jandy Nelson…
Because she thinks The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun are both amazing.

…But Also, She Wants to Do an Experiment with John Green
Where they’d write chapters together and won’t reveal who’s written which and see if people would figure it out. Just because Schneider thinks her fiction is so often accused of being similar to his. Albeit, she’s quick to recognize that she probably wouldn’t like the book; she’d just love the experiment. A very Slytherin experiment, Cotugno pointed out.

I am not you, clearly, but if I were, I’d read Robyn Schneider’s novels. (Actually, I just reread The Beginning of Everything and loved it even more.)

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Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

Oh my dear Hyped Book. So, okay. I’m fairly certain I don’t have to pull a Sheldon Cooper here—this is, uh, pretentious; I’ve only seen two or three episodes—but in case there are people who missed the hype (yes, I’ve a waffle sense of humor thank you very much*) I’m gonna try to fill you in with a quick analogy: for years, Lady Cupcake and Lady Macaron have been the center of attention in Hypegarden (*winks twice*), until Lady Cronut arrived and, suddenly, everyone wants to wait on her and invite her for sweets and refreshments. Overnight, Lady Cronut’s braid has become everyone’s braid. She, readers, is a hyped lady.

Okay. Whatever.

This week’s prompt could easily exceed a Top 20, that is why I narrowed mine down into books I consider reading eventually. They are arranged by date of publication and, for series, I listed the first title. Also, there’s one here I wish isn’t included but it is.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

The Handmaid's Tale 01   HP and the Sorcerer's Stone 01   The Book Thief 01

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

Cinder 01   Throne of Glass 01   The Raven Boys 01

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Station Eleven 01   The Girl on the Train 01   Red Queen   A Darker Shade final for Irene

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

What made YOUR list? Do we have overlapping titles? What do you think I missed? Come on, sound off in the comments below!

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

It is time for mid-year lists! I initially intended to do my Top 3 sometime next week, but since today’s TTT is basically that and a little more, I’m gonna go ahead book pimping!

NOTE: This list is in ascending lineup and the upper three were picked solely from a pool of new releases.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

Playlist for the Dead 01   Siege and Storm 01   Vanishing Girls 02

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
A gawky, nerdy, witty narrator with a subtle undertone of snark? Yes please and thank you very much! Also, this book is a portrait of teenagers trying to balance on the precarious tightrope between wanting to find a place in the society and navigating the sea of expectations imposed upon by the various people surrounding them.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
STURM-FREAKING-HOND! (By now, you’ve probably seen this at least a dozen times, but sorry not sorry.) Siege and Storm is such a rewarding sequel. With more power play and emotional tension, it’s effortlessly entertaining and fiercely moving.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
This is more a character study, less a crime novel. Oliver doesn’t casually use the term “complex” and there’s a major WTF moment.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Not my first title on depression and mental illness but definitely the one on the subject of [spoiler]. Thoughtful, provocative and visceral.

Guardian by Alex London
Guardian, like its predecessor Proxy, blasts one stereotype after another. The action matches the emotional weight of the story and just, the depiction of unrequited love is three bars too close for me. Also, representation.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
The greatest triumph of this debut lies in its MC’s growth, juxtaposed with her quest to reach and save her mom. Her physical journey is as captivating as her emotional one is touching. Plus, exceedingly unforgettable characters, people!

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Winger by Andrew Smith
Do I even have to write something for this one? I DID A F*CKING BY-THE-NUMBERS ARTICLE.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Oh, this one’s your typical coming out sto—HOW ABOUT NO? Adam sucker punched me not once! More Happy Than Not is unrelenting and poignant and geeky and chemistry-laden and painfully honest but ultimately hopeful.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Leave it to Black to be all beautiful and lyrical; I can let her words wash over me any day. Make no mistake, The Darkest Part of the Forest is fantastical, but at the heart of it, it’s as much about family dysfunction.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
WTF ARE WORDS?!!! So, okay. I seriously think this’ll be my best book of the year. Becky nailed the character voice you guys! Her debut is sexually AND racially diverse, in a sensitive manner. It tackles the joys and complications of a close-knit family as well as the politics of friendship. It’s adorable and charming and lovely and, just, I’m in love with this novel! Hard.

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

As if the pool of new releases from the first half of 2015 isn’t loaded enough with brilliant, incredibly moving books…

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The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi (June 16th, HarperTeen)
There’s something quietly sublime that instantly jumped at me when I first came across this debut novel. Here’s me hoping it turns out to be that and more.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (July 14th, Harper)
Notwithstanding all the shady accounts circling the publication of probably the most anticipated summer release of the year, which also happened to break the internet in February, I’m really looking forward to picking this one up. There’s no mention of Jem in the bajillion articles, but I hope he’s still part of the story somehow.

Another Day by David Levithan (August 25th, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
For obvious reasons like, say, I love Every Day. In fact, I started sticking note pads on my wall after reading it.

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(Side note: look at those pulchritudinous covers in a row!)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (August 27th, Walker Books)
THIS. I mean, if “What if you aren’t the Chosen One?” doesn’t get you on board, I’m not sure what else would.

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian (September 1st, HarperCollins)
Dysfunctional family? Yes please! Plus, the synopsis reminds me of the Austin-Shann-Robby situation from Grasshopper Jungle.

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (September 8th, Balzer + Bray)
You know how the world is tired of the token gay best friend, where said best friend gets to have the extraordinary defining quality of, well, “just gay”? That and that alone. Okay, Scelsa promises to smash this archetypal ridiculousness. Also, best friend stories—especially ones that don’t turn into romance—are up my alley. So.

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Stand-Off by Andrew Smith (September 8th, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Um, DUH?

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (Semptember 22nd, Katherine Tegen Books)
Maybe it’s that I am not close with my elder brother, maybe not, but narratives with a focus on siblings relationship are four-point-five-out-of-five in the Things Shelumiel is a Sucker for Rating System.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (October 6th, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Rainbow Rowell Rainbow Rowell Rainbow Freakin’ Rowell! (And again, cover score!)

The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari (October 20th, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
This will be the Underdog Anthem! Or whatever the bookish equivalent is. And just, for a minute, drool over that cover!

So now you know that when I told you last week that I have an affinity for HarperCollins titles I’m not giving you BS. And allow me a moment to call myself out; I have only one (1!) POC author. And while women writers are up on 70%, I still feel terrible because I can do better. I should do better.

What’s on your list? Are there titles I missed?

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You Cut Me, I Bleed Coffee

The Coffee Book Tag

FINALLY. The Tag created just for me! Except. This list is hurting my organization-loving, system-embracing, pattern-revering brain. I’m just saying. You’ll see what I mean in a while. But as I often tell people: you cut me, I bleed coffee. So massive thanks to Awesome-Cait of Paper Fury for tagging me, ergo, bringing this thing to my attention! (You can check out hers in here.) Let’s get brewing:

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A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

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First item and I’m replicating Cait… I am. You know. Such a loser.* But, no, really. ASOIAF is probably the ONLY series I had to push through because I both love AND hate it. It’s political and has tons of family drama and scheming, which I absolutely adore, but it’s also choke-full of exorbitant details. I mean, what do I care about the grooming of a lordling nobody’s destrier?

A Game of ThronesA Clash of KingsA Storm of SwordsA Feast for CrowsA Dance with Dragons A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

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I’d say Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle but that’s copying (yet again) from Cait, so I’ll go with the next title that comes to mind: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Although, in all snowy honesty, the former is much more fun than the latter.

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A favorite children’s book.

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Le Petit Prince is a children’s book, right? ‘Cause I read this on my 20th birthday! But I’d loved it longer than that . . . for no reason besides me being a Francophile.

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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I’d say Ness’s More Than This? Just because it continuously flips everything on its head and it also happens to be my first really-really weird read.

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

A book you see everywhere.

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So a I need me a Taylor Swift gif, and b “got a long list Starbucks lovers,” right? How awesome that Starbucks gets to have its own category! And oh, Percy Jackson actually has a line for this: “Hercules, huh? That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn—there he is.” HA! The Fault in Our Stars is my initial choice. But, well, Cait. Hence, I reap the next elite tribute (see what I did there?):

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

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I haven’t really read a self-published work, so my best friend gets to have this spot because why not? She’s a local writer, too.

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The Bet by Kimberly Joy Villanueva

A book you were expecting more from.

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Did you ever, after closing a certain book, feel like you’ve read it at the wrong time? Not due to sex and violence like you’re in middle school. Just—you get the idea. The Interestings seemed that to me. In fact, it left me with a reading slump. Sad, sad summer story of my life. Disclaimer: the novel isn’t objectively terrible. It’s not you, Meg; it’s me.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

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Easily Erin Morgenstern’s debut. I. freakin’. love. this. to. bits. and. pieces.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

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Last time I checked, green tea isn’t coffee? And, yes, that’s coffee Thor demands. But, um, Sáenz’s multiple award-winning Aristotle and Dante is one of those books I want to shove in people’s hands because it’s so beautiful that I can’t even. Seriously.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

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What are we proving here? Chocolat is very atmospheric in that it brings you to South-Western France and leaves trails of chocolate in your fingers and the smell of burnt sugar and candied fruits in your nose.

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

But if we’re talking out-of-this-world far off places, nothing beats Lev Grossman in that score.

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The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

Favorite classic.

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Okay, I give up. I even cheated with the gif, but this is The COFFEE Book Tag? As for my pick, DUH.

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Or if you think earl grey doesn’t go well with To Kill a Mockingbird (take lemonade instead), here:

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Now I want my iced caramel macchiato! Tagging the following coffee beans:

Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
Cristian @ The Bookish God
Joe @ Thoughts and After Thoughts
Kate @ The Magic Violinist
Levi Isaac @ Levi Isaac’s Blog
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader
Summer @ Xingsings
Wesaun @ Oreo and Books

What is your favorite coffee and book pairing?

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