Coffee Book Tag

Time for another tag!

Okay, so I don’t drink coffee all the time, but I do like a good cup of coffee every now and then. And can we talk about how amazing coffee smells? Mmmm… Just thinking about the wonderful aroma of coffee makes me want some.

*focus, self, focus* Whew. Back to the tag.


1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Lord of the Rings. I’ve got a friend who absolutely adores the series—perhaps “adores” isn’t the best word. I suppose you could say she thinks the series is “literary genius.” However, it’s just so hard to get into. I tried reading the first book, but if I’m being honest, I got quite bored reading it…

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2. Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that get’s more popular during the winter or festive time of year.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. This one’s a bit obvious, I know. “Holiday” is literally in the title. But that’s why everyone reads it during the holidays, right?

3. Hot Chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

The Witches by Roald Dahl. And every one of his other books. Because we can’t forget about Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and all his other fantastic stories. Why I picked The Witches first though was because I loved the book so much when I was younger that I reread it and reread it and reread it. Of course, now that I think about it, I reread Matilda quite often as well.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be heading to the library to check out all of Road Dahl’s books to get over this awful reading slump that has come over me.

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4. Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis. I flew through this book in one day. Every time I got to a new chapter I thought: “Must. Continue. Reading. Must. Know. What. Happens.

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Really. You must read the series. Just get past the first book and you’ll be whizzing right through. (This is the rare series where the books get better and better as you go on). (Also, just as a warning, ignore the terrible cover change for the last book.)

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

The Hunger Games. This is a pretty generic answer since a lot of people have said this, but that just means this book really is seen everywhere. And if you haven’t read it—um, have you been living under a rock?

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.

Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I’m not 100% sure if this book was written by an indie author, but it was listed under “indie” in Goodreads and I haven’t heard book bloggers or booktubers really talk about this book, so I’m just going to put it as my answer.

Anyway. Angelfall is fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing. All the other adjectives I can’t think of right now. You should definitely pick this book up. Now. Please?

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7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

Before I answer this question, I have to ask: How do you “accidentally” order decaf?

Back to the actual answer. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. I was expecting A LOT more than what it gave me… A lot more.

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8. The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

The Vampire Academy series. The last three books… Man, those were definitely bitter, but at least the series ended with sweet moments…

9. Green Tea: Name a book or series that is quietly beautiful.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. The art style, the simple color palette, the story, everything together…

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

The Falconer series by Elizabeth May. It made me dream of Scotland, yeah, but mostly about the land of the fae. Okay, I’m well aware that it’s incredibly dangerous there, I would most likely die as soon as I stepped foot there, blah blah blah… But perhaps I could go during tourist season? Visiting hours? *looks hopeful*

However, I just have to include Anna and the French Kiss here (not because I loved the book though, I actually thought the story itself was just “meh”), but because I am so intrigued by France, Paris especially. I really do dream to go there… (There’s also the upside that this is actually an achievable dream, though you never know 😉 ).

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11. Earl Grey: Name your favorite classic.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I cannot describe to you the impact this book has. It really makes you think back to when you were a wee child, imagining up millions of things that only exist in your head, lost in your version of the world.


That’s it for now!

If you want to do this tag, I tag you. (Especially you coffee lovers out there ☕ ).

Thanks for reading! 👋

My DNF Pile

 

Hi, again!

Just wanted to let you guys know that from now on, I will post a weekly quote every Tuesday, as well as another post related to books on other days (or, if I don’t have time, just the weekly quote).

I really want to stick to this new schedule because I think consistency instead of sporadic posting would be better for all of us (like, *pop* oh, a new post! 6 weeks later *pop* oh, another post! 8 weeks later *pop* oh, another new post! 7 months later *pop* *new post appears* *crickets chirping* *more crickets chirping*).

*whistles* Anyway…

So, I don’t have too many books in my DNF pile (at least, I think), but I do think listing them all would still be a bit too much. So, I’ve chosen my top five most recently DNFed books.

1. The Valiant by Leslie Livingston

I had high hopes for this one because I thought it was so cool that the main character would end up becoming a gladiator… But, alas *insert dramatic head tilt and back of hand on forehead*, I was disappointed. From the very beginning. See, the very big issue I had with the book was the fact that it started out with the main character involved in a scene with her crush… and then, *gasp* they end up kissing! (That wasn’t much of a spoiler since that happens around the first 10 or 15 pages of the book.)

Then, somehow, her crush proposes to her? Am I remembering wrong? (Not much of a spoiler either because this all happens in the first 10 to 15 pages.)

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I think I should have known I wouldn’t like the book from there, but I continued reading because I still had hope. For the rest of what I read, however, there wasn’t much of an issue with the plot or ridiculous scenes, but with the writing. I just didn’t like the writing style that much and didn’t feel connected to the story, so I decided to stop reading the book.

That said, perhaps one day I’ll give the book a chance… (yay, optimism). And many others have liked to book, so just because I DNFed it doesn’t mean you will. I wouldn’t really say there were any issues, just that I wasn’t drawn to how the story was told.

2. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

The reason why I chose to DNF this book was because of certain parts that felt especially unrealistic. And the romance that would inevitably turn out like this: “OMG you’re the first guy who doesn’t know who I am and likes me for me!” *gasp*

Pushing the romance aside, another aspect that caused me to decide to put this book down was a specific part where Bentley was talking about what she would write in her college application/essay. The way it was written really didn’t scream “I’m applying for college!” Instead it screamed: “I’m writing a journal entry and trying to make myself sound super different and special, but I’m also trying to be way too casual!”

All that said, while I was rereading the college application part of the book for this post, I actually read a few pages further and felt the urge to continue reading the book.

So, I might actually give it another chance. We’ll see. 🙂

3. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Ah… This book. I can’t think of any other way to describe how I felt when reading this book other than… odd. I really thought I would love this book at first because the writing was sophisticated and I enjoyed the style, but then we got to the statue part. The part where the main character was attracted to the statue. Very, very attracted.

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No words. My full review can be found here. Did you know there’s a name for when a person is attracted to a statue?

Yeah… I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are willing to push aside the questionable romance (which would be hard since the romance gets pretty overwhelming at quite a few points).

4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I was really enjoying this story and the tiny sparks of a romance until I hit a love triangle. And this love triangle didn’t even try to be a good, slightly-less-annoying love triangle. No—we went straight into (this is a reenactment):

*huff, huff* “Wanna fight?” “Yeah, I wanna fight!” “She’s mine!” “No, she’s mine!” “I’m way manlier!” “No, I’m manlier!” *drawing of giant weapons and ultimate manly man battle*

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As you can clearly see, I am not a fan of ridiculous love triangles. And this book included a prime example of a ridiculous love triangle.

I’ve already expressed and elaborated more upon my intense frustration and annoyance on this love in a post, so you can find that in my post Love Triangles. Heh, heh… Be prepared for a looong rant.

However, to make clear my thoughts on terrible love triangles (I don’t mind “good” love triangles as much), here is this wonderful quote I found:

Dear Authors – Pointless love triangles waste everyone’s time. Seriously.

So, I think you can understand why I abandoned this book. I do know some people really love not only this book, but the entire series, so don’t think you shouldn’t give this a book a chance if you’re a lover of love triangles or don’t mind them (though if you *dislike* love triangles as much as I do, reading this book would not be recommended).

5. Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

… *sigh* Interesting premise, very disappointing execution.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this book at all… *cough, cough*

See, this book didn’t work for me. I thought I would like it, but really early on I was hit with two big issues.

First, very big issue: As soon as the main character met her “knight in shining armor,” she didn’t have to worry anymore. She was the damsel in distress and her savior had come to solve all her problems. *very long sigh* *starts banging head against desk*

Whyyy did such a terrible message have to ruin the story?

Second issue: The story felt like it dragged on and on… I’m not sure of the actual page number until things finally started happening is very much, but it just felt like such a long time… I was really excited for the thriller aspect of the story, but all I read about was the beginning of the romance until I gave up. (Yes, as soon as I hit the unfortunate romance I knew I could not finish the book.)

*blinks* Anyway. I explain in much more detail on the issues I had with the book, so I suggest you check out my mini-review here. *smiles innocently*


I’m sure the conclusion you guys can make after reading this post (if you’ve made it this far 😅) is I’m picky with my romances. Now, I used to love all romance, but as I’ve grown as a reader, I’ve realized that the unrealistic romances are a bit pointless since they just create unrealistic expectations (although I’ll admit sometimes the cheesy or adorable romances are fun to read), and I’ve developed *opinions* on what makes a good romance.

Despite all my romance opinions, I wouldn’t say I don’t enjoy a sappy or cute romance now and then. 😉

Sooo, that was my DNF pile. Thanks for reading! 😊👋

 

How My Blog’s Name Came to Be

Hiiii!!!

Thanks to a post from Cait @ Paper Fury, I have decided to be unapologetically myself.

See, I’ve been holding back a bit of my craziness (everybody’s got a bit of crazy in them, right?)

Just thought I’d let you know I may seem a bit crazier now. And also, did you notice a change in my tagline? *winkety-wink-wink* And I’m trying out using caps in the blog name… Hm. Tell me what you think. It’s growing on me.

Anyway. Back to the original topic of this post. How I chose my blog’s name.

It’s very simple. I like books. I like clouds. And adding “poems” in between sounded good. Oh, and I’m getting a bit more into poetry now.

Err… Well. That wasn’t a very long explanation was it?

I suppose I could mention why I spontaneously decided that here we would all be part of Cloud Kingdom.

Clouds are wonderful. Clouds float high above ground, mostly untouchable. The best place to be is sitting on a cloud reading a book, separated from reality and blissfully feeling a certain freedom from being up in the air.

And clouds are fluffy.

So, yeah. Cloud kingdom. Here, everyone has their own personal cloud. And the cloud kingdom castle is filled to the brim with books for everyone to add to their stacks.

Oh, and obviously locals of Cloud Kingdom must spontaneously spout poetry because we cannot leave out that part of the blog name. 👍

Thanks for reading! Byeee! 👋

 

 

Weekly Quote #1

Hi!

So, the lack of posts has been because of lack of inspiration, but inspiration finally came to me today! ✨

I’m going to be posting a weekly quote. Most of the time it will be from a book, spoken or written by an author, or somehow relates to books, but sometimes I’ll include a quote that really touches me or stands out to me.

This will also ensure that I at least post once a week. 🙂

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble.

This quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, This is My Story. This quote means a lot to me because I think it’s so true. When I was younger (even now), I let other people’s comments and achievements make me feel inferior. But I didn’t have to. And neither do you.

What are your thoughts?