“The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmering that rolled around the vaulted chamber like the soft gabble of geese.”First line in The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
I might be a day late but this week’s post is a book tag! The Joy of Christmas Book Tag to be exact which I was tagged by Maria @The Character Study to do. I had been looking for a Christmas tag and also needed to procrastinate watching the new Wheel of Time episode (I don’t like it), so this was the perfect time to do this tag. It was originally created by Sam @ Sam’s Nonsense.
Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
There are a few books coming out next year that I am beyond excited about. My top 3 are To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara, The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley and The Hourglass Throne by K. D. Edwards.
Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?
Again, there are a few I can’t shut up about so I tried to think of something I don’t mention in every single tag I do so I’m going to say Megan Whalen Turner and her Queen’s Thief series. It’s a very divisive series and it’s definitely not one everybody loves and that’s fine, but I’m obsessed with it. Turner is such an expert on subtlety in her writing and that just makes this series so damn interesting.
But my answer is also Winternight Trilogy.
Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world-building?
Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman. The whole idea behind this trilogy is so fascinating to me, and in a world where people can’t die naturally, it was so interesting to explore the societal changes that come along with that. I didn’t even need these books to have a plot, just tell me about how the people live their normal lives.
A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read
I don’t think I’ve read enough classics to truly name a favorite, so one that I want to read is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. All I know about is that there are books involved and that means I’m reading it.
Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?
I don’t usually wish for books for Christmas because my parents would rather buy me something else, but this year I’ve actually wished for Sistersong by Lucy Holland. I desperately need it so I hope my parents come through.
Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I reread it this year and it gave me even more of that warm fuzzy feeling than the first time. I think it’s that we follow a fellow reader in this book, one who checks wardrobes for passages to Narnia and who loves exploring grand underground libraries, that does it for me.
Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?
The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith, Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. I don’t think I can say from those that I have a specific preference when it comes to book covers, but I do like it when they do something different.
Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas?
Well, maybe I’m a bit weird here, but my favorite thing about Christmas is the lead up meaning December 1st to 23rd. I love all the traditions you do throughout December, from opening my advent calendar every morning to making and eating Christmas cookies while listening to Christmas music. It’s the best, while Christmas Eve itself for an introvert with social anxiety is the most exhausting thing I’ll do all year. It’s still great, of course, but I want to sleep for a week afterward and I can’t.
I didn’t actually mean to post anything this weekend so if this looks like it’s filled out rather quickly, it’s because it is. But Maria tagged me on Friday so I figured I might as well do it. We’re so close to Christmas now that I don’t want to tag anyone else but feel free to do it if you want to, and also don’t forget to check out Maria’s version.
Let me know what you thought of my answers and whether you’ve read any of the books.