The Milk Tea Book Tag

6:31 AM Gemma Fitz 8 Comments

The lovely Aimee tagged me for this mouthwatering tag. Thank you, Aimee!

If you notice, this thing has no rules. Which is good, because I perform best when not confined to such narrow things as rules. And because there are no rules, that means I get to name as many books as I want in any given category.

And there's no one to stop me! (Brownie tea points if you understand that reference.)

Tea: the foundation of your reading life

Yup. This is where I started, peeps. Which might explain why I'm so picky about books today. Nothing can live up to Tikki Tikki Tembo, after all.

Milk: a rich, smooth book

Hmm... Rich? Smooth? Lovely prose and deep themes? Now let me think...
Haha. We all knew it had to be this one.

The Silmarillion is not only rich and creamy and easy to drown in (just like milk), it is also my favourite fictional book. Ever. (Which is kinda ironic, since I hate milk.) No seriously, if you haven't read this, go do it.

Sugar: a book you love but is controversial.

I could go ahead and say Silmarillion-- (everybody says it's boring? Like, what even?)

Or I could say The Horse and His Boy-- (people say it's random? It was my second favourite of the series.)

But I already mentioned those, so I'll go with:
Now, admittedly, this is a pretty popular book, so it probably doesn't count but, hey. I know a lot of people who really dislike it-- or simply assume that it's stupid, having never read it. And it is kinda stupid, but I like it anyway.

Ice: A book just for fun.

There are kinda a lot of these, but I'll keep it to two.
This book is hilarious. Just saying.
And this one is probably one of my favourite MG books ever. It's just adorable.

Silk Stocking: a book that's much better than it sounds.

Haha... I like this category...
Obviously. It sounds just about as stupid and cliche and unoriginal as it can get, title wise. And what's with calling things "Calamity" and "Epics" and "Reckoners"? Cheeeeesyyy. But! The book was amazing and awesome (even if it made my story seem like a cheap ripoff). Totally worth my time.

Yingyang: a book with foreign influence

Can I go ahead and say Tikki Tikki Tembo again?
This one doesn't really count, because, while it's set in "New Beijing", it does NOT feel Chinese. (Actually, it feels more Japanese to me, simply because the way the author describes Prince Kai sounds exactly like a Manga character.) But I had to go ahead and put it because, well-- I haven't read much else with foreign influence? Unless British counts as foreign? Apparently I need to read more diverse books. I just haven't come across a whole lot of foreign-influenced books that look like my thing.

So that's that then! Thanks again, Aimee.

I tag: A.M, BaileyGabrielle, and Lily. Per usual, don't feel obligated to do it if I tagged you and you don't want to, and if I didn't tag you and you do want to, go for it! (And give me a link to your post, maybe?)

Have you ever had milk tea? (It's good.) Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations as to culturally diverse books I should read?


  1. Yessss I've read pretty much all of these books and I agree, especially with Steelheart. It's hard to explain.

    1. I only read Steelheart very recently, and, to be honest, I wasn't expecting anything from it. I liked the idea of running around trying to defeat super villains, but otherwise, I just thought it sounded kinda stupid. And then it blew me away with it's sheer awesomeness. *hugs book forever*
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi! It's 64K from Fan fiction here.
    I have read Tikki Tikki Tembo! I'm honestly curious, though- why is it your favourite book? I mean, I liked it, but it's not my favourite, so I'm really curious to find out why.
    I love Horse and His Boy! It's so cool seeing the other cultures in the Narnian world, even if others don't like the book as much. And yes- nothing can beat Hitchhiker's Guide. XD Except Silmarillion, perhaps- I love that one as well.
    My sister is a big fan of World War 2 fiction, and Someone Named Eva is one of her favourites. The MC is Czech, but gets forced into German culture. I liked that book, and it's fairly culturally diverse. Also, the Dear America series has a Canadian counterpart, called(surprise, surprise) Dear Canada, and some of those are pretty good. Some of the girls are immigrants to Canada from places like France or Ukraine, while others have lived in Canada all their lives, and the books are pretty well-researched. Jean Little is quite a good author, and she wrote some of them. Anyway, sorry for all the recs... Thanks for posting!

    1. 64!!!! *hugs*
      It's not my favourite book-- just my favourite kid's picture book (I exaggerate a lot, and most people don't catch on, sorry. To be frank, there are lots of things that measure up to Tikki Tikki Tembo.) And I'm not really sure why. There's some sort of really nostalgic feeling I get when I read it, because I've been reading it since I was a baby.
      I. Know. I LOVED Calormen, and Archenland, and all that delightful /not/ Narnia stuff.
      Ooooh all the lovely recs!!! I will definitely look into these!! Thanks so much!

    2. *returns the hug*
      Oh, I get it. That's probably me and Goodnight Moon- I love that book so much, and it was probably one of the first books I ever read. I get that nostalgic feeling with it, so I really understand what you mean- and there's nothing to say sorry for! :-)
      Me too- I only wish that there was more written about those places; they're all so neat, and I really love Rabadash. XD
      You're very welcome! I hope that you like them.

    3. Ah, see, I never liked Goodnight Moon, because I thought it was boring. So I think there's just something really powerful about reading a book in those really early years-- I don't reading Goodnight Moon until I was 3 or 4.
      Rabadash is hilarious. xD I wish there had been more books with him in them.

  3. As per usual you've taken a bunch of my favourites. XD For books with foreign influence, there are The Good Master and The Singing Tree which are Hungarian (although I can't remember if you liked those books); and Greenmantle is set in the Middle East. I agree that Cinder didn't have any of the cultural influence you would have expected from the setting, which was disappointing because China is really cool.
    These tag posts are really fun. I hope to see some more of them. :D

    1. Oooh, I have read all three of those books and love them. I forgot about the Good Master and the Singing Tree, but I did consider mentioning Greenmantle. I decided against it because, while it's set in Turkey and the Middle East and places like that, it's about a British guy. But yeah, it's a great book. Yeah, I was kinda disappointed by that aspect of Cinder.
      Well, we'll see if I get tagged for any more. ;)


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