Hi everyone, Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you’ve all had good weeks since I last did one of these, I went to the Edinburgh Christmas Market with my friend Nicola yesterday, which was great fun, we hadn’t seen each other since graduation, so it was nice to get a chance to catch up after so long.
Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week was meant to be Books We Hope To Find Under The Christmas Tree, but as Santa spends all year telling me I have too many books, I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting many of those! Instead, I’m going to be doing the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag, which was created by Falling Down The Book Hole, since I haven’t done a Book Tag in a while and I wanted to still be Christmassy!
1. On The First Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me: A Partridge In A Pear Tree.
The Partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite standalone?
As a general rule, I tend to prefer series, as I love getting to know characters and worlds over the course of multiple books, but if I had to pick on favourite standalone, it would definitely be The Book Thief. It’s such a beautiful story, told in a unique way, with characters I completely fell in love with.
2. 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?
Long time followers of this blog could probably have guessed this one pretty quickly but my OTP is of course, Percabeth! They have such a sweet relationship and it’s actually a loving and healthy one, which is far rarer than it should be in fiction!
3. 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?
In a surprise to exactly no one, my favourite trilogy is of course VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic Trilogy. So well plotted, one of the few trilogies I’ve read that doesn’t have a middle book slump, it has brilliant world building, wonderful characters and is just one of my favourite fantasy series of all time.
4. 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 favourite series?
I might get more and more disappointed every time JK Rowling tweets anything (seriously someone needs to take away her Twitter) but I still love the Harry Potter series, it’s the series I grew up with, the books that made me the reader I am today and it will always have a special place in my heart.
5. 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?
Going with a more recent one here, Vianca Augustine from the Shadow Game trilogy is one of my favourites of the last few years. I love female villains and definitely think there need to be more of them and Vianca is a truly terrifying villain, whose power strips people of their free will.
6. 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?
I reckon pretty much everyone could have seen this one coming, of course my favourite world/world building is the Londons from VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic Trilogy (yes I still love Hogwarts). I love how each of the Londons becomes a character in its own right and they are all so different in feel but the world still feels like one cohesive thing? Truly masterful worldbuilding.
7. On The Seventh Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent To Me: Seven Swans Are Swimming
Who needs seven swans when all you need is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?
I could have gone for several for these but I decided to go with Buckbeak from Harry Potter. I mean who wouldn’t want a Hippogriff, flying one looks like so much fun!
8. 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 food/beverages to another level?
I couldn’t pick anything else for this, Heartless is definitely a foodie’s dream! Cath bakes so many delightful sounding things in this book and I would like to try them all!
9. 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?
She would definitely not describe herself as a Lady, but Lila Bard is definitely my favourite kickass female lead! I wish I had half the confidence that she does.
10. On The Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Sent To Me: Ten Lords A Leaping
How about your favourite leading lad?
In a surprise to once again, exactly no one, my favourite male protagonist is of course Percy Jackson. He’s sassy, slightly dorky, incredibly loyal, what is there not to love?
11. On The Eleventh Day of Christmas My True Love Sent To Me: Eleven Pipes Piping
What is your favourite book or bookish thing with a musical influence?
Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology not only have musical themed names, but the Sunai (a type of monster in the books) steal souls through using music. They’re also structured like music with a prelude, several verses and an elegy.
12. On The Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Sent To Me: Twelve Drummers Drumming
Drumroll please…what is your favourite read of the year?
Okay this is a cruel question as I’ve read so many books I’ve loved this year, but if it had to pick one favourite, it would be VE Schwab’s Vengeful. It took everything I loved about the first book and made it even better, I loved the new characters, the story was so compelling and it was definitely some of the best writing I read this year.
So there we go, that’s the Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag, thanks to Falling Down The Book Hole for creating it, and PaperFury for giving me the idea to do it!
What books are you hoping to get for Christmas? Any other presents people are hoping for? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with my final TTT of 2019, talking about my favourite books of the year! In the meantime, I’ll be taking a bit of a break from the blog for the rest of this week over the Christmas period, so Merry Christmas to everyone and I’ll see you all next week with various end of year wrap up lists!