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12 days of Christmas Book Tag

And On She Reads has made this beautiful tag and graphic (look how cute!!) for Christmas, and I decided to do it. All credit goes to her. I’ve tried to nominate only books I’ve read this year.

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 favourite stand-alone?

My first read of 2021 was a stand-alone: Allowed to grow old tell us the story of farm animals free to live their lives without fear or pain, all of them allowed to grow old in peace.

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?

Byron and Mira from Constantine Capers! I don’t read a lot of books with romance in it, it’s not my genre, but I really like if historical fiction has some romance. Byron suffers from amnesia, it’s painful and bittersweet to see him fall in love with Mira.

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?

This year I’ve read a lot of series with more than 3 books, or standalone! Ra the Mighty Cat Detective is the first of a trilogy I already own.

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’ve read a lot of new favorite series this year, but I think The Time Hunters was the one I enjoyed the most.

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.
One ring to rule them all! Who is your favourite Villain/Antagonist?

The dragon from Guards!Guards! by Terry Pratchett!

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?

Empire of ruins has the best world-building this year: a steampunk world, travel around the world (this volume is set in Australia), evil villains and spies.

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?

Khepri is the beetle friend of Ra, the cat detective, so is an insect sidekick of a pet! But they are hilarious together!

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?

It’s impossible not to mention here the famous Beresford’s plum jam. Read this series, you won’t’ regret it!

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?

Lady Darby was my favorite, with her tragic past, painting skills, and Scottish setting. Love it.

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.
How about your favourite leading lad?

Captain Redmond from the Redmond and Haze series is my fave, alongside Lord Beresford from The Lady Jewel Diviner. Redmond is an American heir of a fortune and a noble title in the UK with a tragic past and medical knowledge, together with Haze they made a great couple of detectives.

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.)

I can’t think of a book with music in it! Maybe A ghost in the theatre, but I can’t remember!

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?

Basically, all the books mentioned above are my favorite this year!

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Christmasathon TBR

Hello readers, we have made it to December!

Today I’m here to show you my tentative TBR for the Christmasathon a readathon that runs from 1st of December to 31st December.

You can find all the informations on the Twitter profile, I will participate for TEAM ELF!!! I was in doubt, because I love both Elf and The Grinch so much, but I think I have more books suitable for the prompts of Team Elf.

If you see more than one book for prompt, is because I can’t still decide.

Read a book with a Christmas Theme:

Read a book with red or white on cover:

Read a book that was gifted to you:

Read a book with an animal on the cover:

Read a book you recently purchased:

A lot of colorful covers! What’s your favorite?

Tell me in the comments below!

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Christmas Stocking Bookish Tag

Hello everybody! I’m back from my little vacation in London, and I’m ready to post some cute Christmas Bookish Tag!

This one I found it on Jenniely, but it was originally created by Kate at Reading through Infinity.

Rules

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to Kate, as she’d love to read your answers
  • Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme
  • Tag five people to do this

You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…

An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

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I mean, it has Ice Cream on the cover. It’s refreshing, right? Maybe it’s not Chrismas related.

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?

The Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban. It’s just wonderful.

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.

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All the books in this series have a lot of action scenes, and to me, it’s the best series with Vampire Hunters. The scenes about the hunting, the searching and the killing of the vampires are really well written.

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?

The Hermux Tantamoq series by Michael Hoeye. It’s a middle grade story, with beautiful vintage inspired covers, and I love it so much.

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

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Probably every hero in their own story is a symbol of hope: from Katniss to Percy Jackson, but this quote always strikes me. So Harry Potter is my choice.

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

The Twistrose Key has all the distinctive tropes: a magical land, talking animals, magic, a villain, hope and love. It’s a wonderful fantasy middle grade.

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

Uhm, that’s a tough question. I visited Oxford this summer, and there was an exhibition in honor of Tolkien: it was so interesting, all the researches, all the maps and words he created.

To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen. Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

The Hobbit: I love it, but frankly, the ending just broke my heart. In my mind and my heart, they are happily live and well.

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

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The ugly Princess was on my Kindle for at least a couple of years. I was captivated by the plot, but I don’t know why I picked it up only this year. This book surprised me, and I totally fell in love with the characters.

Your pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realise there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.

I just finished The Sherlockian, and Wow, that book surprised me! I think it was a crime/thriller with Conan Doyle, but in fact, it was really good. The GR rating isn’t good, btw.

Tagging everyone who wants to do it!