12 Days Of Christmas Book Tag

I don’t do these very often. My blog posts are usually written well in advance and I always forget about them. But I haven’t done one in a while and this certainly seemed like fun, so I wanted to give it a go.

I was tagged to do this my good friend Ari Meghlen. I don’t normally tag people in these things, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged. Or feel free to play along in the comments below.

Also, I’m going to go through the books I read in 2018 to narrow my choices down a bit. Though I might branch out a bit depending on the prompt.

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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?

One book I read this year and absolutely loved was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I read it in one sitting pretty much on Christmas Eve last year. (Yes, I said I was going to look at 2018 but I technically reviewed the book in January, so there.)

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?

Shawn and Gus from the Psych series. They’re not a couple, but they have the best relationship.

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 don’t read trilogies that often and I honestly couldn’t think of one. I did read a manga trilogy this year which I enjoyed a lot called Your Name by Makoto Shinkai. So, I’m counting that one.

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?

Does this need to be a question? Warriors by Erin Hunter, hands down.

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?

Voldemort from Harry Potter. He’s scary.

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?

I’m saying Harry Potter again. I want my letter!

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 favorite animal sidekick?

O’Ryan the cat from Carol J. Perry’s Witch City Mystery series. That cat is awesome and totally knows what’s up.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Honestly, I guess I could say Harry Potter again? Chocolate frogs are good. Unless cookbooks count and then I’d say the Nerdy Nummies cookbook by Rosanna Pansino.

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?

Nora White from the Nora White story by Yecheilyah Ysrayl.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favorite leading lad?

Looking back on books I read this year, I enjoyed Davis from Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. He wasn’t necessarily the “leading” character, but I enjoyed him all the same.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipers piping.

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with a musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot, etc.)

Believe it not, I haven’t really read anything that has to do with music. Or, not that I can recall, anyway. So, I’m going to go with El Deafo by Cece Bell, a graphic novel memoir about the author who got ill and lost her hearing and goes through the struggles of that.

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 really enjoyed Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. I thought it was very inspiring and true to life.

And there you have it. The 12 days of Christmas book tag. Thanks again to Ari for tagging me! Feel free to do this tag on your own blog. If you do, send me a link. I’d love to see your answers.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What are your answers? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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The Reader’s Confession Tag

Here’s another tag for all you lovely people!

I was tagged by the awesome Jen from Combustible Reviews. She’s a wonderful person and loves to read books. So if you’re not following her blog already, please go ahead and do so.

Without further ado, here’s the tag…

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1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Of course I have! Who hasn’t? I mean, I take care of my books and I love them with my whole heart, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t clumsy. I’ve dropped my book in the bathtub before. I’ve dropped it in the snow (that was a borrowed book too). I’ve bent back the spine so much that it cracked. I’ve crinkled the pages. But this is all because I’ve used them so much.I’ve dog-

I’ve dog-earred them before, too. I don’t do that anymore, but I did want I was little. I collected bookmarks, I never used them for their actual purpose.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

No (or not that I can remember), unless you want to count the book I dropped in the snow. But even then it just got a little wet.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends on the book and how many pages there are… and what I have to do that day. I can read a 300-page book in a day if I really put my mind to it and have nothing else to do, no where else to go. If I’m not a fan of the book then it’s going to take me a lot longer. Mostly I read about a book a week. I’ve stuck to that for over a year now.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. I try to finish every book I start, but that one… I just couldn’t.

5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

Game of Thrones. I read the first book and it was not for me. Not at all.

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Fifty Shades of Grey. I can honestly say that I have never read it. I probably never will. Though I am curious about it because people either love it or hate it.

7. How many books do you own?

Too many to count. I mean, I could count them. But I’m too lazy for that.

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

Slow. I’ve gotten faster because I’ve been reading more, but… I’m still pretty slow.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve never done this. I don’t even know what it is. I assume it’s along the lines of a book club?

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

In my head. I forget to breath when I read out loud.

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

One book? That’s it? I’m sure most people who do this tag will answer this, but… I would probably take one of the Harry Potter books with me. Please don’t make me choose which one.

Do you like to read? If you do, then I tag you to answer these questions.

Have fun!

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The Desert Island Book Tag

I was tagged to do this by the lovely Jen from Combustible Reviews well over a month ago. I’m finally getting around to doing it now. Thanks Jen!

1. Water: A book you simply cannot live without.

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter. I started reading this series when it first came out when I was very young. I’m still reading it to this day. Though I’m trying to catch up in the series… There are just so many books!

2. Food: A book that is a close second on your favorites list.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen does amazing work. Enough said.

3. Shelter: A book that makes you feel at home and safe.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I only just read this book recently, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Peter Pan and Neverland. Neverland is a place I would love to live if given the chance.

4. Flare gun: A book you would recommend to a person who doesn’t read.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book is just so close to the heart that anyone could read it and enjoy it.

5. Fire-matches: A book that warms your heart.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I could read those books over and over again. There’s always something new to discover with that series. I love each and every character as though I know them in real life. I wish I knew them in real life.

6. Compass: A book that directed you towards your love for reading.

Is it cheating if I repeat books? Probably, but I’m going to do it anyway. The Warriors series (again) by Erin Hunter. I didn’t read much as a kid. I liked the idea of reading, but would rather play video games. The first Warriors book came out when I was in sixth grade. The series is still going on and I’m still reading it after all these years.

I feel as though most of my “books” were entire series, but no one said I couldn’t take more than six books with me on this desert island. Plus I reused a series.

Thanks again Jen for including me in this tag! If you would like to be a part of it, feel free. If you participate, let me know in the comments. I’d love to see your answers.