Books and Beverages

Books and Beverages (#14)

It’s been a struggle finding time to read lately, so here’s my latest three books for you to read about and maybe read for yourself. Let me know what you thought of any of these books if you’ve read any of them!

Books

2767793The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

This is the third and final book of the Mistborn series, and I have to say I really didn’t like the way it ended. At the beginning of each chapter was an excerpt as if from someone’s diary, and we don’t find out who until the end of the book, although it’s pretty easy to guess well before then. Each excerpt explains something about how the different magics involving metals works. This was what I liked least because I couldn’t get over the feeling that they were spoilers. The characters weren’t learning about these things themselves, but rather the reader was being blatantly told. It really spoiled any mystery and resulted in way too much dramatic irony. The first two-thirds of the book were pretty slow going, but it did get pretty exciting toward the end. I found the end of this series to be a bit of a disappointment, but maybe you’ll think differently.

1358350Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Howe

I had to read a few chapters of this book for a history class, but it’s so short I figured I’d just read the whole thing. If you want to learn a little bit more about imperialism, especially European imperialism, without being overwhelmed, this is probably a good book to read. I found it to be enlightening in some ways and I learned a few things, so it was worth it.

 

17851885I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This book was a little scary in the sense that something so horrible could happen to a young woman. In case you haven’t heard about Malala, she is an outspoken advocate for women’s education,¬†which the Taliban threatened to take away. The Taliban shot her, but she survived. I learned a lot from this book, especially about Islam and how the Taliban and other terrorist groups have perverted a religion to justify the things they do. If you’re looking to learn more about Malala’s story or looking to learn about a different culture, then you’ll want to read this book.

Beverages

Starbucks’ Chile Mocha

I figured I’d try one of these since it’s a new fall beverage. It wasn’t too spicy for me, but after every sip, a bit of heat hits you, which was really interesting. I think they also sprinkle some cayenne or something on top, but I’m not sure what exactly it was.

Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

I’ve been waiting to have some of this and now I legally can. Just add about a tablespoon of Bailey’s Irish Creme to your hot cocoa and you’re good to go. It’s really not enough to do anything and it adds a nice flavor to the cocoa. Great for those cold days!