Today’s post is my first festive book tag of the season. I really enjoy doing tags this time of year as they make me feel excited for the holiday season and some tags are a great way to look back at the reading year you’ve had and discuss some of the books you’ve been reading.
This is my second time of doing this tag and, according to last years’ post, I found it over at Dee Reads Things.
Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
I don’t want to be boring and say Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (which is actually the answer), so I’m going to pick Out Now: Queer We Go Again! edited by Saundra Mitchell. All Out was such a brilliant anthology of queer stories by a great collection of authors. I hadn’t read from a lot of those authors prior to picking up All Out, but immediately wanted to check them out after reading some of their stories (see: Anna-Marie McLemore). So with that said, I’m am so excited for another queer anthology to discover new authors. Not all the authors have been announced, but the ones that have been so far, I have only read a few of. This anthology comes out in May – the month where most of my anticipated releases come out!
Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its/their praises?
For this one I’m picking Music and Malice In Hurricane Town by Alex Bell. I can’t quite pinpoint what I enjoyed so much about this one, but it’s really stuck in my head since I read it for the Reading Rush back in July. The romance in this is probably my favourite guilty pleasure. I’m hesitant to call it a romance as it’s very subtle and slow-building and mostly non-existent, but that just makes me ship characters more! It’s a romance with a phantom-esque type of character who is actually known as The Phantom of Moonfleet and I am such a sucker for those tortured, self-loathing characters. I read all 400 pages in the space of a few hours – it was highly addictive. I’m really hoping there will be a sequel, but nothing has been announced yet, so fingers crossed!
Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?
This one has to be Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone. If you saw my wrap-up for November, then you already know how much I loved the world-building for this wonderfully-imaginative children’s book. It’s so unique and whimsical and nonsensical. It made me feel excited to read on and see what weird yet wonderful element of world-building I was going to find out about next. It’s not so out-there that it doesn’t make logical sense – it fits perfectly and makes sense within the context of the story. Truly some of the best world-building I’ve read for a while.
A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read.
My favourite classic I’ve read this year has to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I distinctly remember listening to this on audio and physically swooning over the romance, which I really wasn’t expecting. I’m not the biggest reader of classics, so finding one that I felt so strongly towards and easily gave 5 stars to was a pleasant surprise.
Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?
Top of my list this year for Christmas is Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve decided to give into the hype and see how I feel about this one. Although the content warnings have been putting me off, the story itself and the high praises of it by reviewers I trust has made me cave in and ask for it this Christmas. I’m really interested to see how I feel about a Leigh Bardugo book that isn’t Grishaverse, too.
Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?
I’m choosing The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson for this question. It’s set in a wintry forest which, for me, automatically makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I think the combination of this book being inspired by fairytales (and having numerous short fairy tales interspersed within) and it covering topics of belonging and finding your own ‘herd’ of people is what made me feel all warm and gooey.
Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?
There were some seriously gorgeous book covers that I read this year, but these were some of the prettiest (Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy and The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi). I really like bold colours on covers. The font is usually what my eyes go to first and the fonts for all of these covers is very eye-catching
Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas and/or some of your favourite Christmas memories?
One of my favourite things about Christmas at my house is the back room. It’s where I will usually read during the festive season as it’s where we keep the fir tree. It’s always very cosy in this reading spot and I love having the time to just sit down with a giant cup of tea, a mince pie and a good book whilst having an ASMR Rooms video playing in the background. If you’ve never seen one of Claire’s videos, she just posted her festive Harry Potter one today here!
So that’s it for this book tag! What are some of your favourite book covers that you’ve seem this year?