You may remember that back in June last year I did the Coffee Book Tag, rather impromptu and without being tagged. This time around I have been tagged, and as I am rarely tagged, I felt the need to do this post again (despite having done it before!). I am therefore going to christen this ‘The Coffee Book Tag Mark II’, and will choose a completely new set of answers! If you want to check out my last Coffee Book Tag, you can find it here.
A series that’s tough to get into, but has hardcore fans.
I’m going to go with ‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare. The first book is definitely not the best, especially as it exclusively follows Clary’s story arc, who at that stage especially is a very infuriating character. As the series progresses, other characters such as Izzy, Simon and Alec get more focus, and less time is spent on Clary and Jace, so I found it a lot more enjoyable later down the line. This series definitely has its dedicated fans, and I suppose I might call myself one despite my conflicting emotions for Cassandra Clare’s books.
A book that gets more popular over the festive period.
I may be pinching Jenna’s choice here, but it is a very good one! I love ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – you can read my review here (bearing in mind it was one of my earlier ones, so is not very good!). Even though I have just chosen it as my festive choice, I didn’t read it over the festive period – I actually read it in the summer holidays!
Your favourite children’s book.
Still avoiding ‘Harry Potter’, I am going to go with a classic children’s book, and say ‘The Railway Children’ by E. Nesbit. This is my absolute favourite children’s classic, and I have very vivid memories of reading this, and then watching the film on TV with my mum.
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A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to end.
I think it is pretty obvious as to why this one had me on the edge of my seat. While I think the recent film has a much bigger appeal than the book, I was still spooked by this one, and the set-up and devices used throughout are very effective.
A book you see everywhere.
‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer. Everyone seems to adore this series. It is in all the shops, everyone is reviewing it, my best friend adores it. To be honest, I just couldn’t get into it.
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Give a book by an indie author a shout out.
‘Candyfloss Guitar’ by Stephen Marriott. I reviewed this one on request last year and enjoyed every minute of it – check my review out here.
A book you expected more from.
So, so many books! I’ve settled on ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray. The premise is really interesting, the execution let it down big-time. I had really high expectations for it, and was bitterly disappointed.
The Perfect Blend
A book that was bitter and sweet and ultimately satisfying.
‘The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry’ by Gabrielle Zevin is my definition of a perfect blend. I truly believe that this book has everything; humour, heartbreak, mystery, romance, family, tension, books! This is an all-time favourite of mine.
A book which is quietly beautiful.
I never hear anyone talking about Clare Furniss’s ‘The Year of the Rat’, but I think it is a great book. While I had some minor niggles with it, it is emotional and handles some serious issues without dressing them up or wrapping the reader in bubble wrap.
A book that makes you dream of far off places.
Do these far off places have to be real ones? I’m going to say no, and choose ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. It begins with an unexpected journey, and is focused around Bilbo Baggins exploring to lengths he has never been before – I have always wanted Gandalf to come and whisk me away on an adventure of my own!
Your favourite classic.
Often overlooked by its ancestor, ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell, I’ve always thought that ‘We’ by Yevgeny Zamyatin simply does the shared story far more justice than Orwell does 30 years later. I am a massive fan of this book, and I wish it received a little more attention.