Hello my lovely lemons! I’m doing a super fun seasonal tag today. As I mentioned in the title, I’ve never actually tried a pumpkin spice latte. That’s got less to do with me not wanting to try it, and more to do with the fact Starbucks makes me anxious. The cups have weird names, you have to tell them what you’re called, and it’s expensive! Maybe this year I’ll finally brave it (or perhaps a different, less intimidating cafe will start selling them). Okay, glad I’ve gotten my PSL-virgin status out of the way. I didn’t get tagged for this one, but I saw Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat do it and thought it looked really fun!
Pumpkin Spice Latte | A book that people hate on but you find delicious
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 🍋 This is by no means a widely hated book, but I do remember seeing quite a lot of negative reviews floating about when it first released. I had to go with this one because I haven’t even read any books that are majorly loved/hated *cough* SJM *cough*. Especially compared to Illuminae I know a lot of people didn’t like this one as much, and while I don’t think it was quite on the same level I did really enjoy it.
“Fall is my favourite season” | A cliche you can never get enough of
*deep breath* Am I going to say it? I’m gonna say it… I love insta-love. There we go, my controversial opinion is out in the open. Most people abslolutely slam books for featuring this trope but I’m a complete sucker for it. Maybe it’s because I do genuinely believe in love at first sight and other soppy cliches, but I just think it’s super cute! I don’t find it unrealistic, as everyone says, especially when it’s between teenagers in YA. I mean, do you remember being a teenager? Very emotional times. So, yes, I love plots about characters spending a very short amount of time together and falling hopelessley in love.
Sweater weather in the morning, t-shirt weather by the end of the day | A book you thought was one thing, that turned out to be completely different
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 🍋 I mean it in the best possible way when I say this book wasn’t what I expected. The only epic fantasy book I had read before this was A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, so I had assumed the whole genre was dense, long-winded and political. So imagine my surprise when I delved into Mistborn was was greeted with an intruiging magic system, loveable and funny characters, and a heist plot!! I might prefer jumpers to t-shirts, but I definitely prefer what this book turned out to be over what I thought it was.
Spoops | A spooky book on your TBR
Uhhhh… does Gideon the Ninth count as spooky? I really don’t have anything else that could fit this prompt on my TBR. It’s not that I don’t like horror, I just don’t really gravitate towards it. It isn’t really something I would seek out, so any spooky books I’ve read have been the result of recommendations from people. Back to the prompy, Gideon is about necromancers in space so I’m hoping it’ll have a cool horror atmosphere.
Tarot Reading | A 5-star prediction
I literally just did a post on 5-star predictions so I’m trying to think of one I didn’t mention there…
Okay, I’m going with Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall, because it sounds absolutely, utterly heartbreaking, and if there’s one thing that gets 5 stars out of me it’s making me sob like a baby. It’s about a closeted bisexual girl, whose secret girlfriend dies leaving her heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. I can’t even imagine that pain, and I’m sure reading it will absolutely wreck me. Which will probably earn it 5 stars from me.
Sephora Sage & Crystal Set | A book that meant well but missed the mark by a landslide
I really wanted this to be a feminist fantasy following strong female characters. Unfortunately, it fell flat and was riddled with so many sexist tropes I had to DNF it. From the male protagonist eyeing up every girl he saw, to the strong female warrior completely losing her ability to fight, and having to be saved and literally carried away by said male protagonist, twice in a row. I just couldn’t put up with it any longer. As much as I wanted to like this, the reality didn’t live up to the promise.
This was a fun tag! I’m really loving the spooky, autumn spirit that’s in the air at the moment. I still need to try a pumpkin spice latte, but I have enjoyed a toffee apple and made a sweet potato pie. Let’s be real, the food is definitely the best thing about this season! Do you like pumpkin spice lattes? What’s your favourite fall food? Let me know in the comments! And if you want to have a go at this, then consider yourself tagged!