The Coffee Book Tag!

The Coffee Book Tag

Thank you Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Coffee Book Tag!

I don’t exactly loooove coffee. I mean I can drink the occasional cappuccino and I love Starbucks fappuccinos, though they’re really expensive, but I love hot chocolate!

Anyway, let’s just get right into it!

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I mean, I’m not one of those hardcore fans, but I know a lot of people who absolutely love this series. For me though, it was a little hard getting into, but I hope to revisit it soon.

Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter of a festive time of year

Oh well duh, it’s a winter book! I still haven’t read the summer one that Stephanie Perkins made, but I’m hoping to get to it by the end of the summer.

Hot chocolate: A favorite children’s book

Hot chocolate is for all ages, hmph, I’ll be drinking hot chocolate when I’m 80. Cam Jansen was the bomb when I was younger. I still have two of them in my room actually and I just remember always being jealous of Cam’s memory.

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish 

A lot of books can qualify for this one, but I’m going to have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was simply amazing.

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

This book came out a few days ago on Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s birthday and I’ve seen it everywhereeeee.

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (A shoutout)

One of my favorite self published books actually

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

This book was blurbed by Sarah J. Maas, one of my favorite writers, so to have it flop for me made me sad because I so badly wanted to like it.

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying


I couldn’t decide between these two trilogies. They were both pretty great, despite Captive Prince being a 5 star trilogy and The Winner’s being a 4 star.

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

I dont’t know, it was just poetic almost.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

Just all of the new setting made me want to go off somewhere for magic boot camp and meet a beautiful person named Rowan.

Earl grey: A favorite classic 

This has always been one of my favorites and will continue to be for a while I think.

I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm

Casey @ adoptabookaus

Aya @ Book Lover Babbles

Lucia @Reading with Lucia

Sam @ River Moose Reads

And YOU!

If you want to do this tag, just let me know in the comments, or just link back to me when you do it, and I’ll add you to this list!

And that is all! Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. I have quite a few followers now, so it’s not that easy to be able to follow back everyone who follows me automatically, but if you post a comment and interact with me, I’ll become curious to check your blog out and maybe give you a follow if I like what I see 🙂


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Book Review

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016

Page Number: 400 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book! The events that occurred throughout were so tragic and felt so heartbreaking! It was so interesting learning about new things in history and that there was a ship sinking even worse than the Titanic that isn’t even as well known.

You really start to feel attached to all of the characters and want them all to make it through the war.

One thing I found incorporated really well was the romance and the air of mystery and secrets. Like despite the horrible situation happening and people being killed, the plot and story was still propelled by the secrets and romance.

And those things helped make the story more interesting and want the reader to keep turning the pages.

At first I thought the multiple character POV’s would turn me off the story and I would get confused, but after three chapters, I was perfectly fine since each character was really diverse.

The only person whose chapters I kind of skimmed was Alfred. He just freaked me out in general. When we found out what really happened to his love back home, I was shocked. Like how does one not understand that they’re giving someone they love a death sentence basically??

And poor Emilia! I found her such a strong girl given that we’re practically the same age. I couldn’t imagine being on the run from Hitler while pregnant and Polish.

I think my favorite character was probably Joana, but I loved all of them too.

I definitely loved this book more than Between Shades of Gray and didn’t know much about it going into it so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Salt to the Sea took place during the same time era nearly as Between Shades of Gray.

I’m excited to see what Ruta writes next!


A historical fiction book with characters that brought the story to life and a plot propelled by secrets.

My Rating:

4.5 stars

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. This will probably be my last post for July, apart from my July wrap up since I’m leaving today for a sleep away journalism camp!

This or That Book Tag

 This or That Book Tag

Ayunda @  Tea and Paperbacks has tagged me to do the This or That Book Tag!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

One: Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Definitely bed. Beds are versatile in that you can read laying on your stomach or sitting up

Two: Male main character or female main character?

Female main character, mainly because I’m a  female, though it’s always refreshing and interesting reading from a male main character

Three: Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Sweet! I’m a sweet addict!

Four: Trilogies or quartets?

Probably quartets because sometimes trilogies think that they need to cram for the last book so a fourth book would tie up some loose ends.

Five: First person point of view or third person point of view?

First person probably, because again, the majority of books I read are in first person.

Six: Reading at night or in the morning?

I get most of my reading done at night so night is my answer.

Seven: Libraries or bookstores?

Libraries! Free books, I can check out as many as I want!

Eight: Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Laugh! I love funny books and what’s even better are books that aren’t meant to be comical like Harry Potter, but certain characters just make you laugh anyway, like George and Fred. And Percy Jackson is also hilarious.

Nine: Black book covers or white book covers?

Black, that way my fingerprint smudges or anything else won’t ruin the book too much.

Ten: Character driven or plot driven stories?

I feel like the characters make the story more than the plot for me.

I tag:

Veda @ Crown Print

Mariana @ Fireheart Books

Lauren @ Comma Hangover

Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Top Ten Tuesday- Books Set Outside of the U.S.

Hello! Welcome back to another top ten tuesday! It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I couldn’t resist when I saw the topic, which is books set outside of the U.S.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish !

1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

This books is set in in many different places, France being a large part of the book. This was my first Gayle Forman book too.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Obviously this book takes place in France, and it’s also one of my favorite contemporaries

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The majority of this book takes place in Germany and is another favorite of mine.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Majority takes place in Scotland! I love this book and it’s my favorite adult historical fiction book.

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Okay technically there is some American setting, but the majority of the book takes place in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I had to read this for English this year and I really loved it!

6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The U.K. Obviously I absolutely love Harry Potter.

7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

In Europe, largely Germany I think. I just finished reading this book and thought it was amazing, much better than the previous book I read by Ruta Sepetys, which is actually below!

8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I think it was Lithuania, or one of the Slavic states. While I did like this book, it wasn’t exactly wow like Salt to the Sea was.

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The U.K. This book was really good, and I think the movie fell short largely because of the lack of chemistry, but moving on to the last book…

10. The Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer

Austria and then later France. This was my first Carolyn Meyer book and the reason why I love history so much and the history of European monarchs. Carolyn Meyer was my historical fiction queen growing up and I’ve read nearly all of her many books.

Have you read any of these? What other books did I miss that take place outside of the U.S.?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser