Christmas Cuisine Book Tag

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.

Christmas Cuisine Book Tag


  • 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.

Yule Log:
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.

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Gingerbread House:
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.

Strange the Dreamer

Roasted Chestnuts:
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.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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.

Eliza and Her Monsters

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.

The Hazel Wood

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 Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Christmas Cake:
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.

Tarnished City

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?

City of Bones

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.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Vitel Toné:
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.

All the Crooked Saints

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.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

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.

Iron Gold

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.

Christmas Cuisine Book Tag (1)

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?


Mince Pies:
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.

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My tags:

And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part consider yourself tagged. Just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.


38 thoughts on “Christmas Cuisine Book Tag

  1. This is such a lovely tag, Beth! I’m actually a bit sad I didn’t get to do it in time for Christmas but hey, there’s always next year so thank you so much for tagging me ❤ ❤
    I love the idea behind this tag and it actually made me pretty hungry and nostalgic just reading it hahaha If only we could have Christmas more than once a year!!
    Glad to see so many more positive answers than negative ones, and how you mostly loved and/or were pleasantly surprised by these books. I have yet to read any of them (with the exception of HP of course) but I already have them on my TBR so it shouldn't be long!
    Adored this post ❤ Keep up the wonderful job, hon!

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    1. Oh that’s all right, and yes there is always next year. I already have a Christmas tag I was tagged in this year for next year! 😀 That’s all right. ❤
      Christmas more than once a year would be pretty epic, and yeah it made my hungry writing my answers as well. Christmas food is the best food in my opinion. I really hope you enjoy the books you still have on your TBR list, and that you manage to get to them soon as well. Thanks so much Sophie. 🙂 ❤


  2. The deluxe illustrated editions of Harry Potter are simply gorgeous!! Sadly they are too expensive for me to get them. And I completely get not wanting to actually read them, I would be afraid I would damage them as well.
    The Hazel Wood sounds amazing and very intriguing! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it, once you get around to reading it. Plus the cover for that book are beautiful as well! 😀
    I just recently got my hands on Warcross and I’m BEYOND exited to get around to reading it. I love Marie Lu’s writing style and this book sounds like something I would love. I really hope that I will be able to read it some time soon. 🙂

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    1. They really are, for me they’re definitely worth the money I paid but they’re so expensive as well so my bank account always cries when it sees so much money leaving my account every so often. 🙂 It really does, and it has some good pre-release reviews so I’m sure it’ll be as amazing as it sounds.
      Ohh, I hope you love it Anna, so far Warcross is my favourite of Marie Lu’s books so I can’t wait to see what you think of it, you’ll have to let me know ASAP! 😀 ❤

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  3. The logo is really lovely for this! And what a fun tag! I love those HP illustrated editions! And yes HP is perfect at Christmastime 🙂 And I like the sound of Hazel Wood 😀 Well done on getting an ARC! So keen to read Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, Gentleman’s Guide, and all the Crooked Saints. And of course I can’t wait for Iron Gold too!! Those are such pretty books- and I get what you mean about magical realism- I have a few like that which I’ll never give away, but probably won’t read again. Great post!

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    1. Thanks, yeah those editions of HP cost a lot but it’s always worth it when I see how gorgeous they are. 🙂 The Hazel Wood sounds amazing so hopefully it will be when we get around to reading it right?
      A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, The Gentleman’s Guide, and All the Crooked Saints are incredible books in my opinion, and oh Iron Gold is going to be amazing I can tell. 😀
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Ah, I so agree with your choice for the books to never give away! I’ve been thinking about rereading Bone Gap, but I feel like magical realism is one of those things where the magic disappears a little each time you read it? I don’t know. 😂 And oh yes, I loved Wallace & understood where he was coming from, but he was kinda selfish when it was obvious that Eliza was suffering!!

    And yeah, I totally agree with you about it being hard to get into Strange the Dreamer. The writing was super flowery & everything was heavy, so it definitely took me a long time to get into things.

    Great post! ❤

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    1. Oh that’s a brilliant way to describe the magical realism genre May, and I think it fits as well because there’s something about those books that stays with you so they’re not necessarily stories you need to re-read or anything. 🙂 Yeah I could understand where Wallace was coming from as well but he just seemed to think of only himself and not how Eliza was feeling, and that’s not great to see in someone who was supposed to be Eliza’s love interest.
      It takes a while but it’s worth it in the end I guess. Strange the Dreamer ended up being one of my fav reads of the year. 😀
      Thanks so much May! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Dani! 😀 ❤ The Hazel Wood seems to be a highly anticipated release, here's hoping it lives up to our expectations, and yeah I liked Wallace up until he acted like a selfish jerk when Eliza's real identity was revealed. It made me hate him because he seemed more concerned with himself than her feelings when she was suffering so much.

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  5. Fantastic answers for this tag, Beth! I can’t wait for you to read The Hazel Wood, I would love to know what you think of it. It is one of my anticipated reads of 2018 as well, it sounds really good and I heard good things about it so far… I hope you will love it and convince me to read it even more, ahah 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! 😀 ❤ I have only one more book on my to-read list I need to get through and then I'll be starting The Hazel Wood, so I'll be sure to let you know what I think once I have read it. It sounds incredible and I feel like it'll end up being one of my fav books of 2018 as well! 🙂 ❤

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  6. There are so many books here that I am dying to read!!! For example: Strange the dreamer, cinder, A gentleman guide, Crooked saints, ETC. There are so many books that I never got to reading!!!
    I felt the same way about Wallace!! I felt that it was a bit. . . unnecessary??
    NAF FFK WARCROSS. What an ending!!
    I loved this post!!

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    1. Oh in that case I hope you manage to get around to them soon Lu. 🙂 All the ones you mentioned are pretty much all-time favourites of mine, especially Strange the Dreamer and Cinder! Definitely pick those up as soon as possible! 😀
      Yeah on one hand I can understand how he felt having been lied to but he put his own well being before Eliza’s and that kind of killed his character for me.
      I can’t wait for the second book in the series, I need to know what happens next.
      Thanks so much! 😀 ❤

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  7. Thanks for the tag! We loved hearing your answers! We haven’t read a lot of the books you chose so we will definitely have to check them out! And we can’t wait to read Hazel Wood too! It sounds great!

    Hopefully, we will get around to this tag asap because these questions were super fun!

    Happy reading, friend!

    -Ash & Lo

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    1. That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to seeing both of your answers for this one. 🙂 Oh I’d highly recommend a lot of the books I picked for this tag as well. Some of them are all-time favourites of mine but all of them are great stories either way.
      The Hazel Wood does sound amazing, I feel like it will be one of my top reads of next year that I recommend to a lot of people as well.
      Thanks so much! 😀

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    1. That’s all right. 🙂 I’ll look forwards to seeing your answers for this one. 😀
      Yeah Strange the Dreamer was hard for me to get into at the start as well, I think because it has such heavy world building, but it ended up being one of my favourite reads of the year so it’s well worth sticking with. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as well. 🙂

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