Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag | I’ve never tried the drink, but I’m going to try this tag!

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!

This tag was originally created by The Book Pusher over on BookTube. You can watch the original video here.

This beautiful boy got some tiny squeaky tennis balls as a present!

Pumpkin Spice Latte | A book that people hate on but you find delicious

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff πŸ‹ 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 UK book cover

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson πŸ‹ 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

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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…

Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall

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

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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!

Love and lemons, Abi

10 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag | I’ve never tried the drink, but I’m going to try this tag!

    1. Yeah, I heard so many good things too so I definitely wasn’t expecting what I found! It just really irked me when the strongest female warrior in the academy got instantly injured in two fights and had to be carried to safety by the male protagonist both times. 😬

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  1. So happy to see you do the Tag, I loved reading your answers! πŸ‚ I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Aurora Rising, I also saw a lot of mixed reviews by fans who loved Illuminae, which made me nervous. However, I still want to read the book as it sounds like so much fun! πŸ₯° Omg, I felt like I was the only one not liking An Ember in the Ashes, as it’s so beloved πŸ˜… I never connected with the characters and was also tired of the sexist tropes.

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    1. Yeah, I was a bit nervous about Aurora Rising too but I did really enjoy it! I think it felt a bit “younger” than Illumimae did but once I got past that I really liked it. You’re the first person I’ve seen agree with me about not liking Ember! Glad I’m not alone πŸ˜…

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  2. I hope you’re able to try a PSL soon, because for me they’re a vital part of fall! I found a recipe online to make it at home, so it’s all over for Starbucks.

    So glad you were pleasantly surprised by The Final Empire! And I’d say Gideon the Ninth counts as spooky β€” it isn’t exactly scary, but it does have that creepy, macabre atmosphere.

    I definitely agree that the food is the best part of fall. I’ve been having a great time baking pumpkin-flavored everything πŸ˜€

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    1. Ooh, I never thought of making my own PSL! That definitely sounds way more appealing than venturing into a Starbucks πŸ˜‚

      The Final Empire was definitely a game changer for me. I was ready to give up on the epic fantasy genre until I read it and found out not everyone writes like George RR Martin πŸ˜…

      I really want to bake more pumpkin themed things but it is literally impossible to find canned pumpkin (or even cooking pumpkins) in the UK. When will my country catch on to the glory of pumpkin pie??!? 😫

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  3. OH MY GOSH I’M NOT THE ONLY PERSON OUT THERE WHO HASN’T TRIED A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE! I have never felt more validated. But seriously, I agree with you 100% about Starbucks. It’s so expensive! My wallet can’t handle it!

    But anyways, this was such a fun tag! I was surprised to hear that you love the insta-love tag; as somebody who is emotionally dead inside, I’m such a party-pooper when it comes to romance in books. I’m all, “yeah, wow, that was unrealistic.” hahaaha but it’s great that you enjoy it so much!

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    1. YOU’RE NOT ALONE! You are totally valid for never having had a pumpkin spice latte. Starbucks is intimidating!

      Nooooo, open your heart and embrace the cuteness of insta-love! πŸ˜‚ Nah, I get why people hate it but I’m just super cheesy, haha.

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  4. I love all the Halloween related content on book blogs right now, and I love this post. You’re not alone – I’ve also never been to Starbucks, in part because of the reasons you mentioned, but also because I don’t like coffee, so what’s the point of going. (I know they have cookies and such, and I guess hot chocolate kind of things, but I don’t care enough to go.) I agree with you about The Final Empire – it was actually my first adult high fantasy, so I was quite surprised by what it was like and I loved it a lot.

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    1. Yesss it’s one of the best times of year and I love all the spooky autumn content that everyone makes! Yeah, I’ve really never been bothered about Starbucks – I’d much rather find a quiet little cafe instead. Final Empire is definitely a good introduction to that genre. I really wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did.

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