Hi! I’m here to yell some more about some books I really love. It’s nearly Christmas so I’m doing a Christmas themed tag. Created by Lizzie Loves Books.
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?
My favorite standalone is Wing Jones by Katherine Webber. This book is so underrated, but I think it’s a wonderful story and I love that Wing’s family plays such a large part in the plot.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?
Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless. I just reread Deathless and I fell even deeper in love with their love-story the second time around. Yes, it’s dark and full of angst. But it’s also thrilling, wild and full of magic.
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?
I love everything about His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. The world, the plot, the characters. It’s all so richly detailed and well crafted.
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?
I try to be a little bit creative with my answers. But sometimes you have to go with the obvious choice. My favorite series always was and always will be Harry Potter.
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?
Marisa Coulter from His Dark Materials is my favorite antagonist and one of my all time favorite characters. She’s such a talented liar and manipulator that it can be hard to guess who’s getting played and that unpredictability makes her an interesting antagonist to read about. You’re never quite sure what she’s going to do next.
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?
In Catherynne M. Valente’s alt-history space-opera noir Radiance every planet in the solar-system has been colonized by mankind. The moon is home to a silent-film industry. On Uranus the cities are made up of towers grown from pink and green and yellow anemones. Pluto is covered in fields flowers and connected to it’s moon by a bridge of blooms. This book left the most vivid images in my mind.
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 To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?
I have a strange fondness for the talking, flesh-eating demon horse who keeps trying to sneak a nibble of our protagonist in The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.
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?
I don’t want to say Harry Potter twice in one tag, but who hasn’t dreamed of attending a feast in the great hall, drinking a Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks or buying Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans at Honeydukes.
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 Favorite Kickass Female Lead?
Vasilisa from The Bear and the Nightingale. Because she is fierce, brave and a little wild. (I knew I couldn’t get through a tag without mentioning this book.)
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?
My soft, precious dreamer Lazlo Strange from the wonderful Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music?
Just Kids by Patti Smith. While this memoir is more about a friendship than anything else, it was written by one of the coolest women in music. So I think that counts.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please… What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?
I think ya’ll know by now. It’s The Bear and Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that Santa brings you some wonderful books, if books are what you wished for.