ThursTag: The Pumpkin Spice Latte Tag

It’s another autumnal Thursday, so it must be time for an autumnal tag. I must be the only person who does not like Pumpkin Spice Lattes; I like my coffee black and unadulterated, and absolutely definitely without any pumpkin in it! This tag was suggested to me by the lovely Meg from Meg’s Magical Musings (thank you!)

Pumpkin Spice Latte – a book you didn’t think you’d love

Oh! This month Birthday by Meredith Russo was my “book I’m not sure I want to read any more prompt”. I took it to the hospital when S hurt his hand and was waiting for an x-ray and ended up reading it in one sitting. Partly because a and e is a dull place to be, but also because I really enjoyed it.

Hot Apple Cider– a book that got a bit hot under the collar

I do not know how to answer this since most of the books I read are Middle Grade and Young Adult. I guess most recently I read Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters which might fit the bill.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate– a book that felt like a warm hug

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. This book was just so lush. I adore Emoni, her friends, and her little family. I loved her ambition to be a chef and the way the book was packed with food and emotion. Just a gorgeous, gorgeous read.

Maple Pecan Latte– a book you enjoyed that was hard to get into

This may be controversial but The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. I found all three of these books slot to start, but particularly struggled to get into this one. Once I did, I really enjoyed it.

Hot Buttered Rum– a book that was very velvety smooth to read

Again, I’m unsure how to answer this. So I’m going with a book where I just adored the writing, even if the story left me an emotional wreck. Afterlove by Tayna Byrne. I recently re-read this and am in awe of Tanya’s storytelling.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew– a character whose temperament is icy cold

Hazel from The Bewitching of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes. She has some valid reasons, but definitely has an icy cold temperament.

Salted Caramel Mocha– a book you’re really salty about

Okay, it’s been a while but I am still salty about Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus. I wanted so much to love it but that reveal was just a hard no from me.

Honey Bee Latte– a character who is sweet

Julia from Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and Tom de Freston. Julia is the most adorable, sweet girl, who gets herself into a tricky situation by trying to make others happy. She is lush.

Gingerbread Latte– a character you’d take home for Christmas

I wouldn’t take anyone home for Christmas because no-one needs to be tortured like that. However, I would love to invite Caro and her dads from The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven to have Christmas round my house because I think the dads would be an absolute riot at the dinner table.

Which character would you want to bring home for Christmas?


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