the holiday drinks book tag! books that make me seasonably thirsty

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I love holiday drinks so much, especially frozen hot chocolate c: So, I spiritually connected with this tag && tysm to my sweet friend Carolina for tagging me!!!!!

The only holiday drink I really don’t like is eggnog. It’s too soft to be acidic! Let’s be real, it tastes like soap. I was one of those kids who tried soap, it’s not something I recommend at all.

but without further ado soap eating, here are my seasonal drinkable reads!

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1. Hot Chocolate: Marshmallows and chocolate and whipped cream, oh my! Recommend a book that’s sweet through and through.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills!

Emma Mills books are generally fluffy and sweet and made of gingerbread marshmallows. But Foolish Hearts is especially adorable because of Gideon!!!!??????? HE IS A CHERUB.

You can’t stand in his presence for too long, else you could experience an adorableness overdose.

Foolish Hearts

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2. Peppermint Mocha: The flavour of peppermint is strong and distinct. Recommend a book with a lot of strong emotions.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

I listened to the audiobook for this and it was SO GOOD?? AND EMOTIONAL??? Not only does it take place over the Christmas season (appropriate af, i’m v proud of this selection) but it’s about grief, love, and assorted unhealthy snacks. I just wanted her to be okay and meet a cute girl, but she consistently did not slkdfjlskdj

We Are Okay

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3. 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.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

They full-on murder their best friend. No one is especially sorry about it.

“go to the corner absolutely right now.”

The Secret History

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4. 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.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

This was such a great audiobook!!!????? I was mostly exasperated and entertained by the characters’ profound stupidity in all situations. they are such cute idiots??? But in true Holly Black fashion, this story is dark and violent and everyone’s mean.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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5. Gingerbread Latte: A drink with a veritable explosion of spices. Recommend a book with a lot of action.

Evenfall (In The Company of Shadows #1) by Ais and Santino Hassell

I know this book is v controversial, because Santino Hassell is problematic?? I haven’t yet looked into the drama. BUT THIS BOOK IN ITSELF IS SO GOOD?????

It’s a m/m romance involving spies & deadly assassins & dystopia & feelings.

Evenfall (In the Company of Shadows, #1)


What is your favorite holiday drink?
What are you currently reading??? IS IS COMFORTING AND FLUFFY?
also, as it’s so close to Christmas, I’m just tagging everyone c:



30 thoughts on “the holiday drinks book tag! books that make me seasonably thirsty

  1. air1999 says:

    Sorry I’m so late to the party, but thank you so much for doing my tag!! I’ve heard a lot of good things about most of these books, but I actually haven’t read any of them before (bad reader, I know).

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  2. Brianna says:

    I haven’t read Foolish Hearts yet (IDK WHY! I’ve been meaning to read it for ages) but I kind of really need to meet this Gideon!! I’m prioritizing this book now. I need all the adorableness


  3. Nimika @ wordhaven says:

    Listen, I’m getting to Foolish Hearts, okay? I’m stalking your blog and I feel attacked by that book everywhere I go and I GET IT IM GONNA READ IT V SOON.
    soz just so you know, I’m usually very chill (she lies, expertly).

    I read We Are Okay in one night when I was feeling really stressy and depressy (I’ll pause while you block me) and it was sad but also so soft and cute and warm and there was lots of food and art. Do you remember that scene where they discuss that painting? I loved that scene so much, Mal.

    Also, that m/m romance with spies and dystopia and murder sounds very good, I’m going to look it up. ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OMG NAMIKA I ADORE YOU, &&& because i love you i demand that you read Foolish Hearts as soon as humanly possible, i’m here to cruelly tell you that you HAVEN’T yet discovered Emma Mill’s cutest boy. bc Gideon is Emma MIll’s most adorable sunshine boy in this world

      +++you are so right, We Are Okay was sad and soft af but also i was so hopeful bc i JUST KNOWWW one of these days she is going to find a really pretty girl and they’ll fall in love and they can shop for assorted snacks together. & i remember the painting scene and I was like, OH MY GOD, THEY’RE DISCUSSING MY QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! i underestimated their ability to be any cooler. i nearly fainted. & then they discussed BBC’s Jane Eyre????? it was all too much too soon

      also i am so happppppppppy and OVERWHELMED at the mere possibility that you might read Evenfall! Hsin Vega is forced to be an assassin and he’s like, the most murderous person & the government forces him to do astonishing murderous spy shit.
      but all Hsin really wants is to be soft? bc he’s had a really bad childhood and everyone keeps saying he’s a psychopath but really he’s just lonely and bewildered, AND V PRETTY
      I read the entire thing for free online on the author’s website, bc they sadly don’t have published physical copies &&&& i think i finished all 1,000 pages of the first book in one weekend.

      i will shelter and defend Hsin Vega against all things,his tumblr aesthetics = how i spend my time

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      • Nimika @ wordhaven says:

        I cannot wait to meet Gideon, it’s gonna happen soon, Mal.
        Catch me not leaving my hole for a month because I’m busy reading all these books and crying over all these characters.

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh I had no idea We Are Okay takes place during the Christmas season, I already have Nina LaCour’s books on my TBR list but I’ll definitely keep this one in mind if I’m looking for a Christmas book to dive into (there don’t seem to be as many YA books set during the winter, certainly not compared to how many are set during the summer!)
    Great picks for this tag Malanie. I’ve seen The Secret History around a lot (on Tumblr and the like) so I may have to check that one out, and you’ve also given me some more ideas as to audiobooks I can check out too (I listened to Sadie as an audiobook and now I’m hooked!)
    Great post, and again great picks for this tag. 🙂 ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      it sure does, and i was SO SURPRISED bc i hadn’t planned to be so seasonably appropriate with my book choice?????? but the MC is alone at college during the Christmas holiday, while everyone else has gone home. it was so quiet and sad ldkfjgldkfj. but also lowkey hopeful
      + that’s so true, so many YA books are set during the summer!!! but there is so much potential for contemporary fluffiness during wintertime, authors need to cash in on this idea c: c: c:
      also, all my feelings have been piled upon me from reading The Secret HIstory, i’m so confused?????everyone in that book was such a horrible human being, and yet i wanted them to live happy and fulfilling lives ldskjfldsjflkjdslfkjs

      ++++ i’m so hooked on audiobooks at this point, and it’s such a new development! up until a few months ago I couldn’t really get into them/retain the story, but now i’m a changed person. whenever i’m anxious I calmly listen to an audiobook and it’s so soothing

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        I feel like I’m desperate for some Christmas-time fluffiness from the YA contemporary books I read simply because there’s such a gap in the market. Also now we’re in the winter season I sometimes want books set in the same season I’m living in. 😀 I’ll remember We Are Okay for this year/next year.
        Sounds like they were interesting characters at least, and I do like books with interesting characters.
        It’s a new development to me too, I started with Sadie which was amazing so now I need to work out what one I want to try next! 😀 ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      omg I almost didn’t read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, bc i thought to myself,,,”let’s be real, can it really be better than TCP?”
      but i ended up loving this EVEN MORE than TCP,
      & I was surprised but still happy c: c: :

      ++ THE ENDING TO IF WE WERE VILLAINS!!!!!! IT’S STILL DRIVING ME CRAZY, I HATE IT SO MUCH (just,,,,,,,,,i need james and oliver to be okay)))))))))
      (((+ i’ve read the secret history, imao IWWV is sm better))


      • tasya @ the literary huntress says:

        IKR. at first i didn’t understand the ending then i read some answers in the forum and i am b l o w n a w a y. thanks for letting me know about the secret history, it’s sooo huge i’m debating myself whether to read it or not, but now that you mentioned villains are better, i don’t think i will 🙂


    • malanielovesfiction says:

      lskdjfslk i love hot chocolate with my entire heart, but tbh i prefer frozen hot chocolate c: c: c: it’s so delicious, especially when it’s made w cream instead of milk????????

      + i recommend We Are Okay so much, it was a pretty fast read and the MC was so highly relatable. i want a sequel!!! (i’m probably the only person demanding a sequel but i’m staying strong)


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