Hi, everyone! Today I’m going to do the Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, and I’m not totally sure who the creator of this tag is, as it appears to have originally created by LizzieLovesBooks, but then someone tweaked some of the questions so they’re different from the original.
Anyways, let’s get into it!
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 favorite standalone?
Let’s start this off with a very predictable answer for me, and that is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia!
I love this book. Maybe eventually I will write a review for this. Probably not, but this book is everything to me.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two turtle doves.
Love is in the air! Who is your favorite OTP?
For this one, I’m going to go with a ship from a book I read really recently that I absolutely loved. It’s sapphic hate to love and oh so good. This ship had me squealing several times throughout the book, and that is Sana and Rachel from Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi. I love them so much. Definitely check this out when it comes out in June, and preorder it now 😉
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: three french hens.
In the spirit of threes, what is your favorite trilogy?
I kind of hate trilogies because (although lots of series just in general have finales that really disappoint me) trilogies seem like the worst offenders? Also, I just way prefer duologies. BUT there is a clear answer to this question for me, and that is: the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. I love this trilogy very much, and I enjoyed each book more than the previous one which is what I always want from trilogies.
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 favorite series?
There are a few ongoing series that are going to have four or more books but only have three out at this time, so I feel a little weird choosing one of those. Also, I wanted to fit this series in here somehow because I love it, and that is the Rigel Black books (the first one being The Pureblood Pretense). They’re a Harry Potter meets Song of the Lioness fan fiction series, and they’re super long but so so good, and there’s such a focus on friendship and I love these books, okay? I highly recommend giving them a shot.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: five golden rings.
One ring to rule them all! Who is your favorite antagonist/villain?
I was struggling to choose an answer for this, not because I don’t love villains, but just none of them are coming to mind immediately. I think I’m going to go with The Nightbringer from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir though. He’s so interesting, and like mmmm. Read A Reaper at the Gates, y’all.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: six geese a laying.
Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building
I absolutely love the world of the Abhorsen trilogy/ Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix. In the second book, there’s this huge library with dangerous creatures and mysteries there. And because it’s about necromancy, there’s a lot of going into Death, and I love Death and how it’s split into different precincts and there are different ways you have to go through them, and through the gates between them.
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 is your favorite animal sidekick?
This answer is also from the books I mentioned in the previous question, and specifically Lirael by Garth Nix. I’m very much a cat person, and just don’t care about dogs, but there is one single dog I care about and that is the Disreputable Dog from this series. I love her so much. She’s GREAT.
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’m going to go with The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi for this one. The way she describes food is incredible, just like this entire book. Definitely read it in January when it comes out. Fortunately you don’t have to wait long.
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 kickass female lead?
First of all, dancing is awesome; don’t diss it. Don’t diss feminine characters when discussing “kickass” female leads. There’s more than one way to be “kickass.” And often “kickass female leads” are the ones that do things that are typically associated with men, and that’s great and all, but ladies who dance and sew and stuff are/still can be kickass? I get whoever came up with this question is trying to make a feminist statement, but it’s actually pretty misogynistic, especially since the question below doesn’t say “kickass leading lad”.
I’m going to choose Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I see a lot of people criticizing and ignoring her for the more “kickass” (as phrased and intended by the initial question) Helene, but tbh Helene kinda sucks especially in the first book. Laia is really strong in her own way, and I love her.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: ten lords a leaping.
How about your favorite leading lad?
I’m going back to another old series with this one, and I fully blame Sakina for reminding me just how much I love him, and the character in question is Briar Moss from the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce. I just love him so much wow. He’s a soft plant boi who used to be a thief, and he’s great. Also this series has a huge emphasis on friendship that makes me very emotional.
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?
I guess this is just the tag where I dig up some older favorites? Although this one isn’t quite as old as some of the others on this list. I absolutely love Fire by Kristen Cashore. Fire is a human monster and the protagonist of this book, and she also plays the fiddle.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve drummers drumming.
Drum roll please… what is your favorite read of this year?
I think I’m going to go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was just so wonderful. I read it in January, and I still cannot stop thinking about it.
Anyways, that’s it for now, I hope you’re having a great day!