Teeny-Weeny Life Update + Coffee Book Tag

Dear fellow Babblers,

A moment of silence for books. Yes books.

I love books and I know that all y’all do too. If you don’t, why you’re reading or following my blog remains an enigma if ya ask me. I really have no reason to be writing this right now, given the fact that this is not supposed to be a discussion post but rather a tag. But we’ll get to the tag after a short babble on the magic of books. I’ve been having a number of personal issues lately that have been putting me in a teary eyed and upside down mood lately. Reading has been my escape and solace. It’s only during reading (and my long, excruciating morning runs, but lets not get into that) that I finally find hope and make a return to joy and the hopeful possibility that theres a whole world out there just waiting to be delved into. It’s really hard for me to deal with sadness and pain so I’ve been hiding out at home and reading from early morning into the late evening only leaving the house for doctors appointments, job interviews, and to throw out the trash. If it wasn’t for books I don’t know how I would cope. Lazlo Strange, Eliza Mirk, Lara Jean Song – all my favorite characters remind me that, despite everything, there’s still hope and maybe, just maybe, things will get better. I’m sure we’ve all had some pretty low lows and I know a lot of my readers know exactly what I’m talking about when I say books save lives, in the most literal sense of the word. That’s all for now. Let’s get to the real purpose of my rambles, the Coffee Book Tag

I was tagged by the bright and sunny darling, Lola over at bookfandom1001 to do the Coffee Book Tag. I really hope y’all can spare a few moments to read through some (or all *highly recommended*) of her post, they never fail to bring some rays of joy into my life, which is one of the best feelings. With a selection of book reviews, tags, memes, and fun and highly relatable bookish discussions, Lola’s blog is definitely worth a million follows and I promise, pinky-promise-swear that you’ll discover some wonderful new reads to add to your ever-brimming TBR.

               Black: Name a series that’s touch to get into, but has hardcore fans

I think I’m going to have to go ahead and go with the Shades of Magic series. I know just about all my readers are definitely shaking their heads and wagging their fingers at my answer. Truth is folks, the trilogy has been sitting on my fantasy shelf for months now. No matter how many amazing reviews I read, and I mean, every single review I come across says nothing but good things about the book, I just cannot be tempted to read it! I only want to read it so I can take part in the growing hype and it seems like every single one of my blogging buddies has read this book, so it’s safe to say I feel pretty left out *boo hoo.*

               Peppermint Mocha: Book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive    time of year

The Harry Potter series is popular no matter what but I definitely notice an increase in discussion and movie reruns on ABC Family around the holidays. I don’t know if it’s that Hogwarts, despite the dangers that happen at the school, just leaves a warm fuzzy feeling inside all of us, or that Pumpkin Juice and Butter Bear are involved but Harry Potter just seems to be the most appropriate for Christmas morning movie-lounging. Last Christmas my sister and I managed to watch every single one of the Harry Potter movies between Christmas Eve and Christmas and let me tell ya, I’m pretty sure my hyney grew three inches from all that sitting.

               Hot Chocolate: What’s your favorite children’s book:

Mention children’s books to me and I automatically escape into the imagination of Roald Dahl. My childhood was basically built off of his short stories and creative novels. My favorite remains, of course, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. My heart fills with love and nostalgia every time I think of this book. And the fact that I can still walk into a vintage candy store and come across a Wonka Bar or Gobstoppers makes the book all the better. That is, the feeling that books really can enter the world and change it. I know I’m just talking about candy here but there’s so many other examples I’m sure you guys can come up with on your own.

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

There’s many but the first that came to mind for me was Eliza and Her Monsters. I think it’s that when you relate to a character and connect with the premise in one way or another, it becomes impossible not to feel totally sucked into the book – mind, body, and form. Eliza was that character for me. I’m not an introvert in any measure of the word – I’m blunt and up-front as hell but, believe it or not, I’d rather be alone any day than around people. I feel protected and no harm can come my way. Anyway, that’s what made Eliza and Her Monsters a big page-turner for me. The writing made me feel as though I could enter into Eliza’s find and experience all her pain and internal conflicts as they were happening.

               Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere:

Holy moly guacamole. When Dimple Met Rishi. Okay, I fall in with the rest of y’all given that I fell victim to the hype and read and reviewed the book too. I’ve read so many reviews and still see it around so much that I’m getting kinda irritated just at the site of the book. *ouch, that was harsh, sorry* *not sorry.*

 

 

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

I know. Painting Sage. I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was expecting an accurate panorama of a girl’s recovery after her attempted suicide and her following struggles with bipolar disorder. What I got instead was a scattered mesh of family conflicts, relationship drama, and character developments – many of which had no relevance to the overall plot to begin with. This book was so inaccurate that I fear it could do some serious damage to peoples understanding of mental illness and could be offensive to those suffering from it. I mean, I’m sure there’s many people who enjoyed the book, but let me just say: you’ve been warned.

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

I don’t normally choose classics as I’m primarily a YA blogger but for this one I just have to go with Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. This book is satisfying in the sense that there’s so much heartbreak and growth that goes on in this novel that one is almost automatically inclined to anticipate the worst of all possible endings. This is indeed how it seems up until the very final pages of the book where love prevails, as it should in a perfect world, and your heart is sent fluttering up to the skies.

 

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

My screaming, thumping, fighting mind has no idea what quietly beautiful even means. I’m just going to take it as meaning a book that is written incomparably well and just sends you over the moon in reverie. For me that would have to be Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I love Murakami’s writing. A little intense and mind-churning at times but his words have a mesmerizing affect, more than any other author that I have come across to date. The plot of this book and its twists are pretty creepy, believe me, I know, but the world Murakami creates with cats that speak, sons who have sexual relations with their mothers and a library that guards a family secret blew me away that it made up for all the moment I found myself stumped, trying to make sense of the lengthy descriptions and pauses in narration.

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

The Bear and the Nightingale. Any book that manages to fuse Russian folklore with heartfelt allusion never fails to entrance me. This is one of those books that keeps you thinking and living in the fictional world long after you finish reading it. It was difficult for me to stop reading and do something else (EAT) because I still felt as though I was in Vasya’s world where house spirits and winter is a living, breathing being. Just goes to show what books can really do to us, now doesn’t it.

 

I hope y’all were able to keep your tushies at least somewhat interested in my ongoing book tag, not to mention my pre-depressing life update. I’m not going to tag anyone here mainly because I doubt anyone read this tag all the way through as my jokes and giggles have gone into ultimate *non existent* mode. Welcome. Meet the true Delphine. </3.

Yours Truly,

(Book image credits go to Goodreads)

47 thoughts on “Teeny-Weeny Life Update + Coffee Book Tag

  1. Darker Shade of Magic had an amazingly unique plot, but I did not understand the hype until the very last book. But I’m super glad I read it, just because of the uniqueness. I really want to read When Dimple Met Rishi – it’s a little like you said about Darker Shade of Magic – everyone loved it, and I’m worried I might not agree with the hype which happens quite frequently. But I’ll try it anyway, just to see how it works for me.

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    1. Wowie – so I’ll have to keep building anticipation until the third?! Not so sure I want to take on the challenge -lol.
      I really only read When Dimple Met Rishi because of the hype, as it’s definitely not the sort of book I would typically pick up. I gave it 4.5 stars but looking back I wish I would have rated it a little lower because it’s not like anything fabulous happens. It’s just “cute.”

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      1. That’s only me. I had a hard time, clearly I was in the minority with that problem.:D
        I get the whole hype thing, and looking back I’ve had a few books I would have rated lower too, after a night’s sleep. I like cute. I’ll be listening to the audiobook, hope it’s engaging and captivating. Audiobooks usually make it a little easier in that regard. Thanks for the heads-up!!

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  2. My favorite Roald Dahl is The BFG but that is probably because I read it first! I love Charlie too! ❤ I hope your reading helps you weather these times in your life… I love that about books, that they help us escape and not feel so alone (even when we know we have people who love us in our lives.) BTW I read all the way to the end! LOL,

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    1. I was actually caught between those myself. I think I chose Willy Wonka though just cause I love candy.
      Aww thank you very much – your comment means the world to me. Exactly, it always amazes me how much love a book can offer.
      Hahaha- YAY!! 1 amazing reader! 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet words Dani! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Sending positive thoughts, hope you’ll feel better soon! 🙂
    Roald Dahl’s Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite children book too. I’ve been trying to get my kids into it too but at least not yet they aren’t getting it. 😀

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    1. OMG I know exactly what you mean. When I finally think I’ve caught up in my reading and then I turn around and BOOM – another 9849328592380 I want to read! 😀

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  4. I hope you start to feel better soon! I definitely understand how books are such a solace during hard times…we need that escape.
    I also agree with you about Dimple and Rishi, lol. I read it, reviewed it, read a trillion other reviews- time to move on, haha.

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    1. Books have definitely given me lots more hope and have at the very least shown me that the world can be beautiful.
      Jee-luis it’s driving me bonkers already! I feel like I know that book like the back of my hand now I like never want to see it again -lol.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the comment Laura Beth ❤ ❤ ❤
      Ahhh – I completely forgot about Matilda, not sure how as I loved it growing up as well!

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  5. oh girl, i am taking you into a big virtual hug now and sending you lots of love! ❤ everything will be alright, really. i know what i am talking about. just use your reading escape and at some point you will come out. i am sure of it! it's just a phase. 🙂
    and of course everyone is reading! i am a little bit upset, that you didn't tag the coffeeloving_bookoholic with the coffee tag? what is wrong? :O 😀 😀 just kidding! 😀 hope, i could make you smile a little bit! :*

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    1. HAHAAHA – your comments are always such a delight I love them so much! ❤ ❤ You're so right but DAYUMMMM *mini panic attack.* You're so right though, life's too short to be too fussy and down in the dumps for too long.
      LOL – I though about it, don't think I didn't but I wasn't sure my post would be read given there's like -3384% of my usual humor.
      Thank you – you always make me smile! Have a love beginning to September! 🙂

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  6. I hope life gets better for you soon, Delphine, but I’m glad you have books to turn to. Think of the people who don’t read, how much worse their mental state must be! Poor, poor souls.

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    1. I so agree with you! It’s mind boggling how there’s so much beautiful books out there that people could turn to but don’t. *shame, shame, shame.*

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  7. Great tag, a part of me wants to read the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy but another part is really skeptical about it because of all the hype. I always reread the Harry Potter books at Christmas and rewatch the movies there’s just something about Christmas that puts me in the mood for Harry Potter 😀😀. I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Yes! That’s exactly my problem too. I feel as though I’m going to set my hopes to high and either way I just won’t be satisfied.
      Same! Harry Potter is like a HUGE tradition with me and my sister during the holiday.
      Thank you. Just with all these “get well” comments I’m already feeling so much better

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  8. Here’s to hoping September will be a much better and more positive month!!🥂 I hope that every book you pick up is a 5 star read and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As for V. E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series, I haven’t picked it up yet either. I plan to some day but, like you, I’m not really drawn to it. Oh well. I have not read “When Dimple Met Rishi” either, and I’m not sure I’m interested. “Eliza and Her Monsters” on the other hand, I do plan to read! I’m glad to hear you really enjoyed it!!

    Well, now, see! You didn’t think people would read the whole tag, but we did!! It was good, and you are really great with words! And I like your sense of humor!!! So thanks for putting a smile on our faces! I hope our comments helped a little to put one on yours!😊

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    1. Awww – that was beautiful – you’re comment just warmed me up inside-out. ❤ ❤ ❤
      I've been reading a lot of amazing books so far so I'm definitely confident for this month in terms of 5 star reads. Exactly, I'm just not sure whether or not it's really my thing. I used to think I was really into fantasy but I'm still on the edge. Yeah, if I had to do it again I definitely would just pass right by When Dimple Met Rishi at the book store without a second glance. OMG please read Eliza and Her Monsters – it's soooo worth it, I just didn't want it to end!!

      Haha- I'm definitely pleasantly surprised by all the love I'm getting. Things are looking up thanks to all of you ❤ Thank you! I put in a lot of effort to at least not be boring as pete so it's good to be acknowledged for it.
      Thanks again for the booster darling – I really needed that ❤ ❤ ❤

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  9. I hope you start to feel better! I totally understand what you mean. It’s been a rough week here too but all the reading I had to do for work has helped (even if I’d rather be reading books).
    I just read a Darker Shade of Magic, and while I enjoyed it, I don’t totally understand all the hype, so don’t feel too pressured to start it! And I agree about When Dimple Met Rishi! I’m happy that such a diverse book is getting so much attention, but I feel like it’s the only YA book I’ve seen all summer lol. And I still haven’t read it, and honestly don’t know if I will at this point

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    1. Thank you – oh dear – I hope things look for you too this month! (I totally know what you mean!!)
      Really? Wow – thanks for the warning there , I’m definitely going to step away for a little while longer from it then. Right?!? I feel the diversity aspect is the only real original thing about the book. Aside from that it’s your typical coming of age romance and that’s that. Like please guys, MOVE ON! It was definitely a fun read but nothing to be all WOW and googly eyed about.

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    1. Thank you. I’ve been getting lots of love the past few days from my blogging buddies so it’s made coping a whole lot easier ❤ *virtual hug back*
      I know! I'm just so intimidated because each of the books are like over 400 pages and I'm scared my expectations will be too high and it won't end up living up to the hype for me.
      Oh I really hope you do, it's one of my favorites from Murakami! ❤

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      1. I’m really glad ❤
        Don’t be intimidated by the number of pages. The third book has 624 and I read it in two days. That’s how good it is! The other two took me longer because I was studying for exams at that time, otherwise, I’m sure I would’ve read them in no time as well!
        I definitely will ❤

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  10. Love Dahl’s children’s stuff. It’s just perfect 🙂

    And good choice on Great Expectations. When you get a chance, I highly recommend getting a copy that has both endings. The one that Dickens’ originally wrote and the one that the publishers made him write for the happy ending.

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