I was inspired to take part in this Coffee Book Tag by the fabulous Witty and Sarcastic Book Club.

I have what you might call a love-hate relationship with coffee. I love coffee! I love coffee in any form, whether it be cold, frozen, hot, iced, or flavored. If there is a cup of coffee within reach, you can bet I will have some.

However, recently, I experienced espresso for the first time. It was beyond delicious, and boy did it give me the boost I needed to get through the day. I decided right then and there to go buy myself an espresso machine.

Well, fast forward about 3 hours, and you will have seen me lying on the couch with the worst headache I had ever had. I could not move my head hurt so much. This is, what I am told, the crash portion of the delicious demon called espresso.

Thus, I have not had an espresso since. Now, to be fair, this was my first time, and I ordered 3 shots. I do believe I will experience the delicious demon again, but maybe work myself up to the full three shots.

Onto the tag portion of this post…

Black coffee: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans:

The Lord of the Rings is a phenomenon that I don’t understand. I have never had any interest in this series, though as part of one of my college courses, I chose The Hobbit as one of my selections to read. It was just okay and gave me no inclination to run off and read the rest of the series.

Peppermint mocha: A book that gets more popular during winter or a festive time of year:

I must choose A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This book was my first foray into Dickens, and I love it to this day. It is the perfect amount of spooky and delight.

Hot Chocolate: Your favorite children’s book:

My most beloved children’s books are now and will always be the Harry Potter series. There has been no other book or series that has affected my life so profoundly.

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish: 

This category goes to The Bourne Identity. I was literally on the edge of my seat, and it was so intense that I couldn’t bring myself to read any more in the series.

Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere:

Where the Crawdads Sing is a book that I see everywhere, I go. It seems everyone in America has read this book but for me. I can’t bring myself to read a book with that much hype because I am terrified of being let down. I might pick it up in about 10 years and see if it is good then.

The hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shout-out:

Indie authors are what I read the most, and I have so many favorites, but I will go with Dragons in the Clouds by David Blair. It is an excellent YA fantasy about dragons who are driven from their homeland into the clouds with the help of a powerful sorcerer. I reviewed it not long ago here: https://mybookishbliss.com/dragons-in-the-clouds-blair-review/.

Oops! I accidentally ordered decaf: Name a book that you expected more from:

A Stranger on the Beach is the one that got me. I chose it based on the description, but it ended up being terribly confusing and predictable.

The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying:

The Green Mile, hands down, wins this category. Stephen King is a master storyteller, and this is my favorite book authored by him.

Chai Tea: Name a book or series that makes you dream of far off places:

The Color Purple always has me dreaming of visiting Africa.  This book is the epitome of hope to me.

Earl Grey: Name your favorite classic:

Anything by Jane Austen, but I will choose Sense and Sensibility since it was my first Austen novel.

No tagging from me, but if you feel the urge, please let me know so I can check out your list!

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