Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

Open book.

The last Christmas book tag (at least on this blog)! I was sort of indirectly tagged by Kat at Life and Other Disasters – she tagged everyone – and this tag looks really interesting (and I didn’t really have a post planned for today, so I was looking for a cool Christmas tag). So, let’s get to it!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree. The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

I feel like everything is a series now, but I love stand alones! One of my favorites is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves. Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Definitely Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Always.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens. In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

My absolute favorite trilogy right now is Red Rising by Pierce Brown, but since the final book hasn’t actually been published yet, I’ll pick something else. Looking back on it, I haven’t actually finished that many trilogies. But two I really enjoyed are the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds. Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

My favorite series is… wait for it… Harry Potter. Was that even a question? I’ve read them all at least twelve times, and actually have multiple copies. So, yeah.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings. One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Don’t hate me, but I’ve got to say Voldemort. Not because I actually like him, but he’s such a well-crafted, complex character. I like villains I can understand, even when I really don’t agree with them.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying. Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

A recent read that has wonderful world-building is the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. So far, I’ve read three of the five published volumes, and I love them!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent 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?

Oooh… this is a difficult one! I’m going to have to say Hedwig from Harry Potter. (SPOILER AHEAD) I definitely sobbed when she died.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking. Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The food is literally part of the atmosphere of the book. I actually have a candle that’s supposed to smell like the caramel apples and popcorn at Le Cirque des Rêves.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing. Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Every character that came to mind immediately is not a main character. And most of them are from Harry Potter. I guess I’m going to go with Katniss from The Hunger Games. Actually, wait! I just thought of a good one! Liesel from The Book Thief.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping. How about your favourite leading lad?

Either Darrow from the Red Rising trilogy or Wade from Ready Player One.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

One I really enjoyed is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved the subtle integration of music into this book – I didn’t even realize it until the very end.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

I have so many favorites! The first two that come to mind are Golden Son by Pierce Brown and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This was a great year for sci-fi for me!

And that’s the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed this post. Since Christmas is tomorrow, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do this tag, go for it! I had so much fun with all of the Christmas book tags this year! Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

In the comments, I’d love to hear what books you’re gifting others this holiday. I just wrapped up two: I’m giving my grandmother a book about the making of Downton Abbey, which she loves (and some Downton Abbey tea I found), and I got my cousin an ArtFolds copy of her favorite Jane Austen book, Sense and Sensibility.

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