There I was!
I had plans for a celebratory post for NaNoWriMo.
But then, as I went through my email (which I hadn’t touched during November) I found a tag: the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag.
And suddenly, I found that I wanted to do it. I mean, it’s Christmas. It’s books. It’s great.
So… um… sorry, celebration. *cough cough*
Note: there are links to each book I mention, so if you want to check them out, you can! But this post is in no way sponsored and I am not getting paid for this.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree.
The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?
Oooooooh. I actually had 2 jump to mind for this. But I’m going to have to say Entwined by Heather Dixon.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two turtle doves.
Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?
One that came to mind for me are from some books that my family and I have listened to many, many times on audio: Taran and Eilonwy from The Chronicles of Prydain.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: three French hens.
In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?
Two came to mind for me, but I haven’t read either for a while. So I’m mostly relying on old memories to attempt to decide which one was the better one (meaning there’s room for error)
But anyway! The one I thought of was Masterminds, by Gordon Korman.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: four calling birds.
Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?
After some consideration, I’ve decided to go with Five Kingdoms. It has such incredible world building, and although I haven’t gotten to hear the last book yet (my family has been listening to it on audio book, and it’s not available in North America yet after almost a year) I’ve enjoyed the first four.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: five golden rings.
One ring to rule them all! Who is your favourite villain/antagonist?
I personally like a villain with actual personality and internal conflict over their actions, and most of the people coming to me are from movies…
So instead, I’ll go with the best written villain. As in, the one I hated most:
Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: six geese a laying.
Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?
Hands down, The Rithmatist. I found the world fascinating with their chalk. (basic premise if you haven’t read it yet: people in the world called Rithmatists draw things with chalk and they come to life)
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: seven swans a swimming.
Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?
I don’t read many books where the main characters have animal sidekicks; most main characters that I could think of that had one were Disney princesses. 😂
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eight maids a milking.
Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?
I was thinking about Harry Potter, but I’d already mentioned it, so…
Keeper of the Lost Cites, by Shannon Messenger, includes a lot of foods that sound really good.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: nine ladies dancing.
Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite epic female lead?
I was writing down all the leads I could think of so I could choose from them when I remembered that it was supposed to be a female lead. 😂
However, I would say that Spensa from Skyward by Brandon Sanderson fits the bill. She’s a pretty fierce character, and I like her even better because she has character development. *cheers*
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: ten lords a leaping.
How about your favourite leading lad?
Suddenly wishing I hadn’t deleted all those male names on my list.
I do really like Owen from Story Thieves, so he gets the title.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eleven pipers piping.
What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot, etc.)
There was only one book containing music that I could think of, and that was 100 Days of Sunlight. If you’ve been around for the past couple of months, you’ll remember how I was part of her book launch tour, and got to review the book (in a way) and interview the authoress herself right here.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve drummers drumming.
Drum roll please… what is your favourite read this year?
I actually read a lot of good books this year. There’s no way that I can choose one favourite. 😂
It’s been quite a while since I did a post entirely focused on books, instead of writing. I hope you enjoyed this! 😉
And since the next time I post, it will be December 30… Merry Christmas! 🤶
Have you read any of these books?
What were your favourite reads of the year?