I’m a bit late on this one, it seems, since Christmas and New Years have come and gone, but it’s still January and therefore close enough for me. I initially thought that the Holiday Drinks Tag would be primarily alcoholic–don’t ask me why–so that just goes to show how far off my picture was. But this is still a really fun tag worth putting some time into and I’m going to have fun with it.
Hot Chocolate: Marshmallows and chocolate and whipped cream–as an aside I’ll say I usually drink this with no whipped cream–oh my! Recommend a book that’s sweet through and through.
Honestly, for me, this one is This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I just adore the book so much and I really don’t believe that you can think of Dexter and Remy as anything but sweet. Especially Dexter, honestly. He’s such an adorable and clumsy character and at the end of the day everything about him really is sweet.
Peppermint Mocha: The flavor of peppermint is strong and distinct (and in my opinion the only good thing about this drink; I hate coffee). Recommend a book with lots of strong emotions.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill basically broke me apart into a bunch of tiny pieces and didn’t even leave me with two seconds to patch myself up. I felt a lot of emotions while reading this book and while prior to this I might have chosen Me Before You, Terrill just manages a story that pulls at your heartstrings in all of the best and worst ways. And, to be frank, it’s pretty impressive.
Apple Cider: It’s so good it can’t be good for you, but it’s from apples–that means it’s healthy, right? Recommend a book full of characters with questionable morals.
I can’t imagine a book more befitting for this category than Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I mean, it’s a school for assassins, to start with. Everyone has their own motivations for why they do what they do and both the villains and the heroes–of which it’s never expressly clear which people are actually heroes–have a plethora of questionable morals in so many distinct ways. It’s definitely a book to keep on your radar.
Eggnog: It’s creamy and smooth with a little spice, and some people even add alcohol to it. Recommend a book that’s mostly fun with just a hint of danger.
There are a lot of fun stories out there, but one of the most fun novels I’ve ever read was Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. He just has such a whimsical tone to his writing and the tale that he weaves is very fairy-tale-esque in all of the best ways. And of course there’s a little bit of danger thrown into the mix. But honestly, if you haven’t read this story yet, you really should.
Gingerbread Latte: A drink with a veritable explosion of spices. Recommend a book with a lot of action.
Had Sherwood by Meagan Spooner ended differently, this book would be literally perfect for this category. As it stands, it’s only about 90% perfect because that ending was perhaps the worst one I’ve ever read. I’m still bitter about the unnecessary and ridiculously idiotic romance. But other than that piece, this story is actually quite exceptional.