I’ve been logged out of my own blog, so I figured it’s probably time for a new post. Alyssa created the milk tea tag
ages a while ago and – in true Vlora fashion – I decided to do it months later. You’re welcome, creators of tags who would have run their course without me bringing them up once the bandwagon has long derailed, caught fire, and crashed into a mine wall. (Why a mine? Because I was on a 4D motion ride last week and the experience imitated driving through a mine in a wagon, which made me think of Gringotts at the time, but NOW whenever I hear wagon I think of mines. I didn’t say my head makes sense.) (Also, by “derailed, caught fire, and crashed into a mine wall” I mean that it is lovingly remembered and has its own Walk of Fame star.)
Tea: the foundation of your reading life
This one’s easy. I’ve read the Harry Potter books more times than I can count (I mean I probably could count it, because despite what my old math teacher thinks I can actually count all the way up to the double digits, but let’s not go there). They have a special place in my heart; Hogwarts is home; no need to call me Sir, Professor; yadda yadda. I’d show you a picture of my HP books, but some of them don’t have a spine anymore, and we’re working on building up their self-esteem at the moment.
Milk: a rich, smooth book
Smooth makes me think of Jace from the Mortal Instruments series, the only tortured, good-looking hero who doesn’t make me want to throw up, because I also happen to find him hilarious. The Shadowhunter world is also pretty rich, despite all the teen drama, so let’s go with that.
“I don’t want to be a man,” said Jace. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.”
“Well,” said Luke, “you’re doing a fantastic job.” (City of Ashes)
At least he owns up to it. And since we’re quoting anyway, have one of my favorites. I think this is when Clary asks Jace what a Latin inscription means.
It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’. (City of Bones)
Sugar: a book you love but is controversial
If we’re talking movies I’d have an immediate answer to this (DOA – Dead or Alive: I love it but literally everyone else hates it), but when it comes to books I’m not that controversial. Ask me which books I hate that other people love next time, THEN we can talk. (Should I bring up Throne of Glass again? Probably not.)
Ice: a book just for fun
The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella! I’d throw myself off a cliff if I had to think about clothes that much, but they’re fun to read. I’m struggling with Shopaholic to the Stars though, so I’ve abandoned it for the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get back to it at some point. Also, The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire!
Silk stocking: a book that’s much better than it sounds
To Kill a Mockingbird is not actually about killing mockingbirds, so if that’s what has been deterring you, there you go. How to Lead a Life of Crime however is about how to lead a life of crime, and you should definitely read it. Finally, Angelfall by Susan Ee is MUCH more gory and banter-heavy than you’d think (that’s a good thing, trust me).
Yinyang: a book with foreign influence
Percy Jackson probably taught me more about Greek mythology than all my history lessons combined, so I’m pretty sure that qualifies. I always take in more information when it’s woven into stories as opposed to when I’m just reading facts. I’m wondering whether my professors would complain if I turned in a short story instead of a term paper…
Thanks for tagging me, Alyssa! I just realized I have to tag someone now, so here are my
Jackie @ Books & Tea because she has actual tea reviews, so there’s no escape from this//Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things because she just did the cake book tag and what goes better with cake than tea (don’t say coffee; you know nothing, Jon Snow)//Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections because she’ll probably write something funny if she does it (but no pressure)
What is YOUR book (series) that started it all? And what’s your favorite tea flavor? Do you love fall as much as I do? I doubt it, but feel free to prove me wrong.