The 12 days of Christmas take me back for secondary school days, when, during the Christmas assembly on the last afternoon before we broke up for the Christmas holiday, we would all stand and belt this out at the top of our voices. One year, someone made frisbee gold rings to throw every time the line ‘FIVE GOLD RINGS’ was belted out. Ahhh good times.
So, I was looking for some festive tags to sink my teeth into during Blogmas, I stumbled on ‘The 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag’ on Analee’s Blog: Book Snacks, and Joey’s blog: Thoughts and Afterthoughts, and thought that this would be ideal to do the week before Christmas, because yes, we are less than a week from Christmas. Please have a read through my answers, check out Analee’s and Joey’s blogs, and also consider yourself tagged, I’d love to read how you have answered these festive questions.
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 favourite book ever is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which until recently was always a stand-alone. Obviously Go Set a Watchman has changed that somewhat over the years, so maybe now Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
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?
I don’t really ship people as hard in books as I do in movies/TV, but this year, Shades of Magic has produced some ships for me to invest in, namely Alucard and Rhy. Kell and Lila.
I ship Kaz and Inej as my OTP, not in a romantic way but in a ‘these guys have been through hardship and have found ultimate companionship with each other’ kinda way. Does that make sense? I hope it makes sense.
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?
Trilogies, hmmm, I’ve read a fair few of these, and just like film trilogies, one often lets them down. I am a big fan of Shades of Magic by V E Schwab, that was my series of 2017. I do like a big of Hunger Games, although I do think they taper off and are less good near the end.
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 mean, there is surely only one answer when it comes to our favourite series. It just has to be Harry Potter. I am not sure that any other series will every come close. I mean I hope it does, but I can’t see it happening.
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?
I haven’t actually finished reading The Grisha Trilogy so my opinion on The Darkling might change, but, you have to like a guy who is so unabashedly bad that they have actually called themselves ‘The Darkling’. I also really quite like President Snow from The Hunger Games, who is so manipulative and evil that he is fascinating.
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 think we all bow down to the world building capabilities of J K Rowling. The literal and figurative magic within the Wizarding World is just immersive and wonderful, and everything. For me, Roald Dahl is a close second, as his stories and places have a rich depth that very few children’s novels managed to achieve.
Neil Gaiman, Leigh Bardugo, and V E Schwab have also all built incredibly detailed and fascinating world’s and platforms that I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this year.
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?
Favourite animal sidekick? Hmmmm. Harry Potter has a few…Fawkes, Hedwig, Fang, Buckbeak. In A Song of Ice and Fire, Ghost the direwolf, and of course the dragons Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion are all pretty badass sidekicks. I’m not sure where Pantalaimon the dæmon from His Dark Materials counts as an ‘animal’ side kick, but it definitely counts as a favourite.
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?
I am desperately trying to think of something that isn’t Harry Potter, but I am failing woefully. A Song of Ice and Fire has some incredible feasts, and some of the descriptions and foods described in The Lord of the Rings sound pretty awesome too.
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?
I am a real big fan of Lyra from His Dark Materials, Lila from Shades of Magic, Matilda from Matilda, and of course all of the female leads in Harry Potter and Six of Crows. I like Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games, and I like June Iparis from Marie Lu’s Legend. I think we’re lucky that female lead characters are becoming a little less typecast and a little deeper.
ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.
How about your favourite leading lad?
I think my friend would raise her eyebrows sceptically if I wrote any other answer than Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows duology. It’s been a long time since I read a book and liked a character quite as much as I like Kaz.
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.)
Erm…hmm….I don’t really read a lot of books (well any) that are influenced by music or have musical references. Paige Toon has written a couple of books that feature a musician as a main character that I quite like called Johnny Be Good and Johnny’s Girl.
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?
Stolen directly from another post this week: This is a seriously difficult question, because I have read quite a few books this year that I have really loved. Some honourable mentions are Fahrenheit 451, Crooked Kingdom, Sin City, A Gathering of Shadows, and Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. I absolutely loved all of these books, but for me, the book of the year has been Col. Chris Hadfield’s memoir An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: Life Lessons from Space. I don’t know how to describe how interesting, informative, emotive, and borderline life changing this book was for me, can’t recommend it enough!
So that’s that, the last tag for you to read (and hopefully do) before Christmas! Enjoy!