Although I was tagged at the end of 2016 it hasn’t taken me a year to get around to the Christmas Cuisine Book Tag because there are so many tags in my queue, but because by the time I reached this one it was August. It makes zero sense to post a Christmas tag in August, so I’ve had to wait until December to take part in this one. I was tagged by Kirstie at Upside-Down Books. Thanks so much for the tag Kirstie, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
- Thank the person who tagged you with a virtual hug and happy thoughts (and pixie dust if you can find it.)
- Mention the creator (Kirstie at Upside-Down Books)
- Try to eat as many of the foods as you can whilst writing this.
- Wear funky socks.
A beautiful edition of a book that you won’t touch for fear of ruining it.
Probably any one of my Deluxe Illustrated Editions of Harry Potter. I paid so much money for each of them, more than I’d like to admit paying for a book, but it’s worth it when they arrive and I see how gorgeous they are. I don’t know if I’ll ever be brave enough to actually read them, given how worried I’d be about damaging them, but they look so pretty on my bookshelves.
A book that was a struggle to read but worth it in the end.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor is one of my all-time favourite authors, and part of that is because of the epic world building in her books. Strange the Dreamer was no different, the world building was incredible, but it meant the book was really heavy. It was definitely worth it in the end but at the beginning I did struggle to get into the story.
A book you absolutely have to, with no excuse, read or stroke fondly at Christmastime.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Maybe this is a cliché answer, and I have used Harry Potter only a couple of questions ago in this tag, but honestly there was no other answer I could have chosen. I’m not sure what it is about the first book but I always think of Christmas when I pick it up.
A character that everyone else loved but you only pretended to.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I liked Wallace at the beginning but when he discovers the truth about who Eliza is, about her secret life as LadyConstellation, his attitude towards her changes. While I can understand how he was feeling I hated how he acted towards Eliza when it was obvious how much she was suffering.
The book you’re most looking forward to reading next.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of The Hazel Wood at YALC this year, and I cannot wait to get around to it (I am definitely, 100% going to read this book before the year is over that’s for sure). It’s one of my most anticipated releases and I know even without reading it that it’s going to be incredible.
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away—by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.
To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began…
A book that makes the ordinary extraordinary.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Even months after finishing A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares I still can’t say for sure whether it falls into the magical realism genre or not. The way Krystal Sutherland wrote Esther’s story made her journey – the curse her family are under and her adventures with Jonah – feel like magic.
A book that had just about everything in it…and pulled it off.
Tarnished City by Vic James
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, I had high hopes for Tarnished City and Vic James more than met them completely blowing me away and leaving me desperate for the third book in the series. It was fast-paced, darker than Gilded Cage, and took both the story and the characters to places I never could have expected.
The most popular book you read this year.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Looking back at the books I’ve read this year I’m not even surprised that City of Bones is the most popular one. Well, maybe a little surprised considering this was also the year I read the Heroes of Olympus series. According to Goodreads nearly 1,900,000 people have read this book, how insane is that number?
An intimidating book that was actually an easy read.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
This isn’t an intimidating read in terms of the size of the book, or in terms of who the author is, but in terms of the hype surrounding it. Everyone was so excited for this book and everyone seemed to love it once it was released. By the time I got around to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue I didn’t think it was possible for any book to meet my expectations, but this one managed it.
A book you were sceptical about at first but pleasantly surprised.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
There are a fair few mixed reviews for All the Crooked Saints, and add this to the fact that it took me a little while to get into the story and I was sure this would be a low rated read for me. However when I managed to get into the book I fell in love; with the story, with the world and especially with the characters.
A book that sounded like the same old plot line but did it so much better.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The blurb for this book makes it seem like a typical contemporary story, just set in space. However when I read it Lauren James took the story in a direction I never could have predicted and I was hooked. I loved The Loneliest Girl in the Universe simply because of how the plot surprised me.
A book you need right now.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
I can’t even begin to express how excited I am for the release of Iron Gold. Red Rising is one of my favourite series, it’s in a league of its own when it comes to sci-fi trilogies, and I know Iron Gold is going to be even more incredible.
They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armour red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.
A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?
And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:
A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.
An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.
And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.
Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.
Ciorba de Perisoare:
A book you bought without needing to read the blurb.
There are plenty of books I’ll buy without reading the blurb, mainly because they’re by favourite authors of mine. V.E. Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Samantha Shannon are the main four authors whose releases I will run to buy without even glancing at the blurb because I know their books are guaranteed to be incredible.
A book with a surprising plot twist.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Months after finishing Warcross I’m still not over the ending. The twists completely knocked me for a loop and while there was one I expected, one I saw coming, the other that caught me off guard has left me desperate for the next book in the series. Why must its release date be so far away?
A book you would never sell, even if you don’t re-read it.
I am a huge fan of the magical realism genre, but despite that I don’t know if I’ll ever re-read any of the books from that genre that I’ve loved so much. Bone Gap, When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty are all favourites of mine, and even if I never pick them up again I’ll still never sell them.
- Angela at Pooled Ink
- Ash and Lo at Windowsill Books
- Sophie at Blame Chocolate
- Taylor at Nerd Narration
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