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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!

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you liked it!

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The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

Hello readers! I haven’t done a Tag in a while, but I had to do this, because GBBO is one of my favourite shows! This tag was created by Zaheerah, but I found it on Life of a literary nerd.

Amateur Bake: A self-published book

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Dead school

I’m not really sure if this is self-published, usually I don’t give attention to this detail. Anyway, Dead school is funny!

Soggy Bottom: A book with a great start and a disappointing ending

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The lost history of dreams

The most disappointing ending of all the time.

Bingate: A book you got frustrated with and had to DNF

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Lumière

This is my last DNF: I couldn’t stand the whiny main character.

Junior Bake Off: A children’s book

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Charlie and the chocolate factory

A classic!

A Hollywood Handshake: A book that impressed you

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This is going to hurt

This book has impressed me because it was funny, and sad and comical, but it has impressed/shocked me also with all the medical procedures!

Signature Challenge: A book you recommend to your friends and family

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The one and only Ivan

My parents couldn’t read long books in English, so I bought an Italian copy!

Technical Challenge: Books you read without knowing much beforehand; rank them from worst to best

The worst: The case of the green dressed ghost.

The meh: The boy from tomorrow.

The best: Fever.

Showstopper Challenge: A book or series that’s your all-time favourite

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In the shadow of Blackbirds

I know, it’s a surprise, I never mention this book! (the sarcasm here is real)

The Finalists: A favourite trilogy

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The Stoneheart trilogy

I read a lot of standalone and series with 5 or more books, and Stoneheart is an underrated trilogy.

Extra Slice: A favorite companion book

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Arbrook Huxley & the miraculous confection

A short story companion of The Electrical Menagerie. Love it.

 

And that’s the end of the tag, hope you enjoy it!

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The Halloween Song Book Tag

Hello readers!

I recently found this tag on Chapter Malliumpkin, but it was originally created by A beautiful chaos of books.

I loooove Halloween songs, so this is the perfect tag for me! I will include some of my favourite songs!

1. Thriller: A book that was an absolute page-turner

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Despite the ending, that I hated, The Lost History of Dreams is the perfect book for this prompt.

 2. Somebody’s watching me: A book that gave you the serious creeps

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I recently finished this short story (about 50 pages), and I’m not easily scared, but something in this book, with a cursed mirror really has given me creeps.

3. Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul-sucking i.e incredibly tedious to get through

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I chose this book only for the Vampire of the prompt, because there are a lot of books that I hated. I hated this “feminist retelling” of Dracula for the disrespect of the author against Stoker, the errors and typos, and the stupidity of Mina, the main character.

 4.I put a spell on you: A book featuring witchcraft or magic

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I’m still reading this cozy mystery ( I think is my first in this genre!) and look at the cover! So witchy, perfect for Halloween!

5. This is Halloween: Your favourite treat/ snack to eat while reading

I don’t drink or eat when I’m reading, unless I’m reading my e-reader when I’m dining alone.

6. Timewarp: “Let’s do the time warp again” What book/ or books do you like to return to at this time of year?

In fall and winter, I prefer to read horror (obviously) and classic books.

 

7. Hungry like the wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured

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I devoured The Ugly Princess, and it makes me so sad to know that is an underrated book!

 8. The Addams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family

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The family of Edgar Allan Poe was dysfunctional, and The Raven’s tale shows it very well.

9. Scary monsters (and super creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up

Any Russian classic, like War and Peace, or Anna Karenina, I’m sorry.

10. the twilight zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise

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Isn’t the title itself unique and original?

And we are at the end of this tag! I tag everyone who wants to do it, but now, here’s my favourite Halloween song!

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hello readers! We are in the middle of June, and for me, also in the middle of my Goodreads reading challenge. I read 52 books at the moment, so probably I already read a new favourite book or two, right?

I found this tag on Kristin Kraves Books, please go and check her blog!

Check my Mid-Year Freak Out Tag of the last year!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz

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Just finished this book and it’s incredible! I’ve loved every character, the plot is so well done, and look at the cover!

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

Il bacio del vampiro (As shadows fade) by Colleen Gleason

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The last book in the Gardella Chronicles is the perfect ending for this series!

 

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

The boy from tomorrow by Camille Deangelis

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I still need to read for Edelweiss The boy From Tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s a new release.

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Find me their bones by Sara Wolf

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It’s curious: my best book of the previous tag was Bring me their hearts, and now, my most anticipated release is its sequel.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

La lama sottile (the subtle knife) by Philip Pullman

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It’s impossible for me to say out loud how La lama sottile(The Subtle Knife) the sequel of The Golden Compass, bad it is. I hated the main character, I hated how Lyra is treated, I hated the angels and God and whatsoever turn of the plot. I hated it so much that I refuse to read the third book of the series.

 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The Yard by Alex Grecian

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Everyone seems to dislike this book, but hey, it’s great!

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

Alex Grecian for sure, Sarah Jean Horwitz and Ross MacKenzie!

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Neville Hammersmith, the lovely and Oh_my_God_I’m_so_scared_He_will_die_in_the_next_books from The Yard.

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Grit (don’t call her Grettifrida) from Carmer and Grit and Kadka, the half-human half-orc from The Flaw in all magic.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

I’m sorry, but none of the books I read this year has made me cry.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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I’m happy because usually I don’t like hyped books, but I really liked Camellia’s story.

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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I agree with Kristin: Good Omens it’s spectacular!! I’m in love with Aziraphale/Sheen and Crowley/Tennant!

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Even if I hated the book, writing down the review of Just One Damned Thing After Another was really liberating.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

The boy, the bird & the coffin maker by Matilda Woods

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This year I’m really a good book blogger and I’ve bought only a dozen of books. This, in particular, has a shiny but a little rough cover.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

All of them?

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The Jingle Bells Book Tag

Hello! Last tag before Christmas! I found this on The Little Wise Owl, go and check this wonderful blog!

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

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Right now I’m obsessed with The Last Magician, I don’t know why, but I know that all the books I will receive this Christmas are the ones I buy myself.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time” – What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

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“Enjoyed” it’s not the word I would have used, because this book has destroyed my heart. But it’s the best of the year.

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

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“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas” – Which book has most festive look to it?

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett! I have this wonderful Hardback edition I bought in Maastricht.

The Grinch – Your favourite villain…

The Other Mother from Coraline! She’s really spooky, and with that buttons on the eyes…

The Holiday – Name your favourite TWO couples…

I don’t read romance books, and I usually don’t like the superhyped books with “famous” couples, so I will say two couples of friends: Rufus and Lin from The Twistrose Key and Harry and Luna from Harry Potter.

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

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Flights and chimes and mysterious times is such a wonderful book and it’s so underhyped.

And that’s all, Merry Christmas to all of you!