Thank you so much to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me in this great post. Few things go together better than books and wine (or tea/coffee).
Box Wine: A book that people will judge you for liking but you like anyway | The Host
Many people hate Stephenie Meyer for what I deem no good reason other than the movie adaptations sucked. While in hindsight the Twilight Series wasn’t that great, I did enjoy it at the time. The book by Meyer that I loved then and still love now is The Host. Again, many people hate this book, but as a Sci-Fi lover, I really enjoyed the idea of an alien falling in love with a human against everything they were taught. It was also a different take that the alien species viewed themselves as helping, rather than trying to destroy and colonize.
Organic Wine: A book that doesn’t have any added crap and is written perfectly | Fangirl
While I enjoy contemporary romance, there are very few where I become wholly entwined with the story of the main character. Fangirl was a book that drew me in the way a fantasy novel does, painting a complete world full of diverse personalities. I love all of the main characters little ticks, and I wouldn’t change anything about this book.
Gluehwein: A really spicy, wintry read | Outlander
The most spicy read I can think of involved a certain Scotsman. Jamie Fraser is the epitome of a spicy wintry read (and he goes down like a fine wine). I absolutely love the Outlander series, both on television and in print. The world is so immersive, you can definitely get lost in it on a long winter night.
Sauvignon Blanc: A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down | The Daughter of the Blood
The Black Jewels Series is very dark and horrifying in some parts, but it is a series that I could not put down. The world and the characters are so entrancing. It’s also a unique spin, because the story about the “chosen one” is told throughout her life by the family that surrounds her rather than her own point of view. This adds another lens on it, because adult males are viewing the tortured life of a girl from youth to womanhood. Plenty of death and maiming (in the first chapter someone gets their balls chewed off by rats), but an amazing story underneath it all.
Pinot Noir: A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away by | Six of Crows
I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, which occurs in the same universe as this series (events in this series are also mentioned multiple times in the Six of Crows Duology) and although I enjoyed it, I did not feel the need to continue on. I own all of the books but I never finished them, which is why I was hesitant when I first picked up Six of Crows. Man, did this book blow me out of the water. Bardugo really reached into the depths of her mind for the mischievousness and planning found in this book. Recommend to anyone loves a good heist story.
Chardonnay: A good summer read that was super zesty | Bad For You
I love Abbi Glines and have been reading her books ever since she self-published Breathe so many years ago. One of my favorites comes from her Sea Breeze series, Bad For You. Who doesn’t love a sexy rocker finding out about love for the first time? A great read, perfect for a beach day and full of delicious drama.
Rose: A book that has a little bit of everything in it | Cress
I know it is a little unfair to start in on this one with the third book in a series, however I believe that this book provides the best mix of themes. There is a lost princess and a lost daughter, government conspiracy and kidnapping. A false queen is on the throne and aliens have been hiding among humans, spreading disease. There is an outlaw helping them, discrimination against cyborgs, magic mind control abilities. I could keep going on but it might give away some major plot points.
Shiraz: A full bodied book that is dark and juicy | Dark Lover
I absolutely love J. R. Ward’s books, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favorite full of vampires and delicious men that provide all the dark juicy romance a girl could ask for. Definitely go and check this series out! It’s one of my favorites!
Merlot: A smooth easy read with a soft finish | Again the Magic
Again, a favorite romance series. It seems that there are quite a few appearing on this tag. I love regency romances and this book wasn’t an exception. There was a beautiful romance full of misunderstanding but above all love, and the happy ending. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance novels, and I highly recommend books of hers. The Wallflower Series, which this is technically a part of is absolutely marvelous.
Champagne: Your favorite book | Heir of Fire
I’ve said it once, I will say it again. Heir of Fire is my favorite book, especially by Sarah J. Maas because of the awesome character development and tackling of depression after major events. Not a lot of books tackle mental issues, and the description in this book really connected to me, as someone who was having a rough time in High School when these books came out. The Throne of Glass series is always my first recommendation to others looking for new reads, with A Court of Thorns and Roses series a close second (I just love Sarah J Maas).
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