Top 5 Tuesday: Drink For Reading

Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! Today’s topic is a fun one. Instead of focusing on books, we’re talking about my top five drinks for reading! Personally, I don’t usually drink when I’m reading. Not because I have anything against it, but because I am a giant klutz. I can already see myself spilling a beverage over one of my beloved books and it makes me wanna cry. So I figured I’d do something a little different. Why not pair my favorite drinks with some of my favorite books?

That being said, let’s jump into today’s post!

#1. Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa

I’m a woman with a giant sweet tooth, so hot chocolate (or hot cocoa) is probably my favorite beverage. I even drink it when I’m roasting in the summer time! Ever since I read Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James I can’t think of hot chocolate without thinking of this book. There’s a cute café in the bookstore where Tilly lives and there’s a description of the hot chocolate served there that made my mouth water! Also, this book always makes me feel cozy, as does my favorite beverage.

#2. Cherry Slushies

Cherry slushies are one of my weaknesses. They aren’t good for me in any way, but I loooove them! They also make me think of the summer and sitting on the porch sipping a cool, sweet drink. One of my favorite books that makes me think about summer is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. This humorous non-fiction follows the author and his friend as they attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. I can’t remember when they make their attempt, but hiking always makes me think of summer. And I bet they coulda used a nice slushie to cool them down out on the Trail!

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Book Blogger Hop: Oct 1 – 7

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

Hello, reader!

We’re on the cusp of a brand new week and I thought this would be a great time to check out the new Book Blogger Hop question! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy doing this meme because it’s a chance to just ramble about whatever bookish topic is on the table. And some people come up with the most interesting questions! The one we have this week is case in point…

This Week’s Question

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Which book series make you crave chocolate?

Submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stones Book Reviews.

This is actually a tough one! There have been quite a few books that have made me crave food, but chocolate in particular? The obvious answer would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, but I’ve heard some dubious things about him lately, so I decided to dig a little deeper into my read books. And that’s when I remembered the wonderful book Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James!

Though this book doesn’t focus around a magical chocolate factory, it does take place in a magical bookstore. And that bookstore has a cafe that sells some incredible treats! The descriptions of the pastries that Tilly gets to sample honestly had me drooling. Why this book popped into my mind for this question, though, was the hot chocolate. The hot chocolate sounded so good! Just thinking about it right now makes me want a mug 😋

Now I haven’t continued this series, so I don’t know if the wonderful food descriptions are in the later books, but I certainly hope so! I love a book that has such descriptive writing that you can almost taste the brownies as they are described.

And now I want a brownie…

Are there any books or book series that make you crave some chocolate?  Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Mini Reviews: Audiobook Edition

Mini Reviews: Audiobooks

Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a mini review, right? I’ve been doing quite a few blog tours and I’m really loving the experience! I have also been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately as I drive to work, so that seemed like a perfect theme for this edition. I feel like I go through phases with audiobooks. I’ll go through a stretch where I listen to them constantly and then I just… stop. I’m taking advantage of these current stretch by listening to as many as I can! And, today, I’ll be talking about three I’ve finished recently. Let’s get to it!

Title: The Poet X

Author/Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Borrowed (Scribd)

Rating: ★★★★★

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I was recently talking about this book because I did a whole post about books written in verse. It’s been on my radar for a minute, but I was always hesitant about picking it up. I’m just not a poetry person, it’s not my thing. But I had heard so many rave reviews about this coming-of-age story centered around a young, Dominican girl discovering slam poetry and her place in the world. I had also heard that the audiobook was the way to go to read this one, so, when I found it on Scribd, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Y’all… I’m mad. I’m mad at myself for waiting SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK! I find it hard to put together words to describe how good this book was! It’s so powerful and raw and poignant. It wraps you up in Xiomara’s world and you feel all her fears, all her anxieties, and all her joys. It’s just so damn beautiful 💕

I feel part of my visceral reaction to this book is due to listening to the author perform her work. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the audiobook and it’s just *chef’s kiss* She is an award winning slam poet and it is easy to see (or, rather, hear) why! She puts so much emotion into her performance. It absolutely takes your breath away as you listen!

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