Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!
In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!
Give a big welcome to Sam from The Nighttime Novelist!
Name & Blog Name: I’m Sam from The Nighttime Novelist!
Tell us a little about your blog! Well, I mostly review YA fiction, with some memes and discussion posts tossed in. I love fantasy (witches especially), espionage, and pretty covers, and in 99% of my posts you can expect flailing, odd humor, questionable grammar, and colorful swearing.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Ugh that’s impossible! Pretty much everything I post is about something I love. I do particularly like Stacking the Shelves, because the visual of all those books on one screen makes me happy.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Well, I’ve had to take a bit of hiatus, but I have been reading a fair bit so I’m looking forward to posting some reviews of some books that I’d been meaning to read for a while.
Whatcha reading? I’m reading Splintered by A. G. Howard, which I’ve heard fantastic things about.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) Barnes & Noble. I’m not a very creative buyer haha.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Honestly, I considered pulling one of my cooler-looking, lesser-known books off the shelf, but Splintered is what I’m reading at the moment, and it has an awesome cover.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I’m only about 100 pages in, and I like it so far, but to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the protagonist. She’s not doing much to earn my affection or my respect, but I will say I love the “moth boy” to pieces. I’ve always adored mysterious characters, so I can already tell I’m going to like him. As for my recommendation, I’m not sure yet. So far I think some of the hype was unwarranted, but while the book hasn’t hooked me and my face isn’t glued to the page, I am interested to see where it will go, so we’ll see if I’m a fan by the end of it.
Whatcha drinking? See, what happened was, I had the barista put the drink in my cute mug for a picture, and when I got home I forgot to take a picture and ended up drinking all of it without photographic evidence. But here’s what it is: my best friend is a barista and she basically forced me to try this drink. It’s hot passion tea, but instead of steamed water, I asked for steamed apple juice instead. The end result is absolutely heavenly. It smells like paradise in a cup, and for crying out loud, it’s pink!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Tea is the perfect reading drink for me. A mug in one hand and a book in the other = perfection.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! *squeaks* I have moral objections to this question! Okay, well I love tea of course, but none of that posh herbal nonsense; give me good plain black tea any day (with the exception of passion tea). But then it’s a toss-up between apple cider and Pimm’s (because cider smells positively divine, but Pimm’s is just really freaking yummy). Also butterbeer from Harry Potter Studios is perhaps the greatest beverage of the modern age. I JUST CAN’T CHOOSE!
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? I adored My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger (read it or face my wrath), and I would have to recommend the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter because SPY SCHOOL YES PLEASE. And obviously, because to do otherwise is sacrilege, everyone (and I mean everyone) simply must read Harry Potter. It is law.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Probably talking to other bloggers. I’m rather shy and taking the first step to talk to other people isn’t my strong suit, so I’m proud that I’ve been so outgoing on my own blog and other blogs as well.
Anything else you’d like to share? I think I’ve rambled enough for today, but thank you so much for having me! I love this feature and I’m so glad I got the chance to participate!
Thanks, Sam! So nice to get to know you better. That tea sounds absolutely delicious! I think I’ve had it once (with regular water, not apple juice) but the substitution sounds amazing!!