Spicy Pumpkin Latte Book Tag

Leelynn tagged me in a holiday-themed drinks tag (tag created by Meeghan Reads) so I’m really happy to be able to get to it while it’s still fall! This is a fun tag with amusing descriptions, so I’ve been enjoying finding books to fit the prompts. Thanks for the tag, Leelynn!

(Edit: I mis-read Leelyn’s original post, so I had linked to the wrong original post before. It’s fixed now!)


  • Link back to the original post
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Do the prompts below
  • Tag some friends
  • Most importantly – have fun!

Pumpkin Spice Latte:

(a book you didn’t think you’d love)


Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame! I mean, it’s a McGuire book, so I suspected I would at least enjoy it. But it sounds a bit creepy, and yes, that is a hand of glory on the cover. I had also heard it was maybe closer to her horror pseudonym Mira Grant’s work, so I thought it might be too creepy for me. And yet I loved it.

Hot Apple Cider:

(a book that got you a bit hot under the collar)


Um, I guess Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex? It has a nice steamy janitorial supply closet scene. And the main character has a fire superpower, so can get very literally hot under the collar.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate:

(a book that felt like a warm hug)


First off, I’m not sure that I would go for peanut butter hot chocolate at ALL. That does not sound like a drink I would enjoy. But as for a book that felt like a warm hug, I’d have to go with Ashley Poston’s The Princess and the Fangirl. The brother-sister relationship especially gave me all the fuzzy feelings.

Maple Pecan Latte:

(a book you enjoyed that was hard to get into)


I’m going to have to go with Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog for this one. I loved that book — but it started out confusing, and I had a hard time figuring out what was going on. (You may have better luck knowing what is happening if you’ve read other of Willis’ Oxford Time Travel stories before. This was my first, and so I was completely new to the world even though it’s the second book.)

London Fog:

(a vanilla character)

Diggory Kirk in C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew is about as vanilla a character as I’ve read lately. He’s not especially brave, or good, or bad, or smart. He’s just an average boy who ends up in extraordinary circumstances. (I would argue that he becomes an extraordinary man by the time we see him in other Narnia novels, but at this point he’s remarkably average.)

(Also, I really wanted to find a male character to use for this prompt. For some reason I usually see female characters described as vanilla even when they are no less “normal” than their male counterparts.)

Hot Buttered Rum:

(a book that was velvety smooth to read)


Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree! It’s not my favorite recent read, but man, Mr. Bradbury could write. The descriptions in this book fit the description of velvety smooth.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew:

(a character whose temperament is icy cold)

Nik Kos in Rachel Aaron’s Minimum Wage Magic is a good example of an ice cold character — or at least we’re meant to think he is. (You get hints that he’s got a softer side to him, but you don’t really see it in this first book. You see a lot more of it in book two.)

Salted Caramel Mocha:

(a book that you’re salty about)


I really wanted to love Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning. So many people I’ve heard from love it! People whose opinion I trust love it! Authors I love love it! But I couldn’t. And that annoys me to no end.

Honey Bee Latte:

(a character who is sweet)

Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. I’m not sure that Jane Austen specifically used the word “sweet” to describe the eldest Miss Bennet, but she certainly could have.

Gingerbread Latte:

(a character you’d take home for Christmas)

Velveteen from Seanan McGuire’s Velveteen vs. series! I’m trying to branch out and use other authors, but I had to use Velveteen for this one. Think about it! She could make all the toys come to life underneath the Christmas tree! Think how much fun that could be!

I tag:

That was a fun tag! Did any of the prompts jump out at you with perfect books or characters to match up with them?

(Side note: I will accept that vanilla is — and has been for a long time — a slang term for plain, but I have always hated it used that way. I mean, have you ever tasted vanilla extract, or even smelled it straight out of the bottle? If you decide to, be careful. It packs a punch. It’s only seen as plain or boring because it is so good that we use it in everything, and so we have become accustomed to it. As someone said on on a reddit thread I read once, vanilla is the best selling ice cream flavor for a reason.)

15 thoughts on “Spicy Pumpkin Latte Book Tag

  1. This is a fun tag! And yes- Jane Bennett is definitely sweet. Too sweet for her own good.

    Also this: “nice steamy janitorial supply closet scene” made me LOL!

  2. Ooh, fun! I might give this a try in a day or two. I agree regarding A Curious Beginning. I mean I didn’t hate it. It was OK, but I wanted to like it more than I did. Also, I loved that you chose a male character as “vanilla.” I don’t know why it’s always used to describe female characters…

    1. Right? I wanted to love A Curious Beginning, so thinking it was OK was such a disappointment. There are books lately I’ve read that I liked a lot less, but since I had no expectations I didn’t care.

      And thanks! I didn’t want to use a female “vanilla” character since I couldn’t think of ever hearing the term applied to a male.

  3. Fun tag, thanks for hitting me with it 😉 I love your character answers! I don’t know all of them but I just love reading about what makes a reader love a character. 🍩 And so true about vanilla! I love a natural vanilla bean, so yummy! It’s really underrated and you’re so right, not plain.

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