12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

I have now finished my project, and I will hopefully be returning back to a regular posting schedule. I decided to do a tag today, because frankly I’m tired. This is also why I am not doing LitCrit this week. But i promise, one will come text week.

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?

My all time favourite standalone  book is definitely Jellicoe Road be Melina Marchetta. The way to story is crafted, and the way it’s written, made it an immediate hit for me. I have never been able to reread it though, as every time i try, i end up crying within 10 pages.

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?

This spot will always belong to Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov from the Bloodline series by Richelle Mead. I love them. I love their chemistry. I love their development.

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?

Definitely The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, it means a lot for me personally, as i read in it a kinda dark period. But it’s also just an amazing story, with amazing characters, and fantastic writing.

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?

This will probably have to be An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir. It’s based on ancient Rome, and it has some kick-ass characters, and great villains, what is there not to love.

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?

My favourite antagonist is probably the Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Mainly because of his reasoning for doing the evil things he does, it’s actually possible for you as the reader to sympathise with his character, and i love when that happens with antagonists.

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?

This is going to sound biased but Sea Witch by Sarah Henning, and not just because it takes place in a historical Denmark. It is a fictionalized Denmark though, so i feel like I’m safe from being too  biased. It’s just so beautifully crafted, weaving the actual historical Denmark with the fantastical elements. It’s just plain beautiful to read.

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?

The moths from Sawkill Girls, I have not actually finished this book yet, but regardless i love the level og mystery they bring to the story. It’s really that simple. Also  i didn’t really know a lot of animal sidekicks from books so moths it is.

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?

Not so much food scenes, but the wine scenes in The Graces by Laure Eve, really blew me away. Both the way they were written, but also the lasting power they had. I read the book a year ago and those scenes are the ones i remember most vividly.

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?

Probably Ruby Daly from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, she went through so much yet she still came out on the other side willing to fight for other people. I love her development throughout the series as well; she went from this small timid mouse, to being so in tune with who she were.

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

How about your favourite leading lad?

I’m going to be a bit repetitive and say Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I don’t really have any in-depth reason for this other than, that’s just how i feel.

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

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

This one I had kind of hard time with, as I haven’t read many where music takes centerstage. But I’ll say Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, the main character plays the violin, which is also an instrument i myself have played.

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?

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I really love that book, and I also really love the genre of Dark Academia. The book is really spectacular in the writing style, and the characters in it, and just the overall storyline of the book as well.

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