In the lead up to Christmas, the Thursday Tag posts have become a little more frequent. Each week leading up to Christmas Eve, Thursdays are going to be a festive occasion.
The 12th of December has just past, so it’s the perfect time to pay homage to *that* song. It’s been seen many times in many ways, but maybe not with reference to books. I found this on The Impossible Girl Blog.
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?
I have so many favourite stand alone books, I adore them. I think my favourite stand alone, and most favourite book of all time too, is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
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?
Ron and Hermione. I think it’s been obvious even from book one that they were going to end up together.
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?
I’ve yet to read a trilogy that could top The Hunger Games. It had everything I look for in a book.
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 absolutely adore the Spinster Club trilogy – and now it has a fourth book that I am incredibly excited to read. I’m keeping it as one of my Christmas holiday reads this year – as it’s a New Years Eve themed storyline, I think it’s ideal to read then.
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?
It has to be Umbridge. While Voldemort is a truly horrifying villain, Umbridge is much more real – she’s the teacher you hated in school, the bully at the top of the classroom.
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’m not much of a fantasy buff, so I don’t really have a lot of opinions on fantasy fiction. I think my favourite fantasy world would have to be that in Harry Potter. I would give anything to stroll down Diagon Alley.
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?
I cannot think of a single animal sidekick in any of the books I’ve read. Instead, please enjoy this image of Meeko from Pocahontas.
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 love any book that has a recipe at the back – I’ve read a few books that include wonderful recipes in them. I’ve yet to try any, though.
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?
For me, Hermoine is a pretty unbeatable female lead. Intelligent, loving, and someone you wouldn’t want to cross. If she can leave Draco Malfoy floored and obliviate her parent’s memory, imagine what she could do to you.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.
How about your favourite leading lad?
I really did have to think this one through
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.)
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson features a family with deep roots in traditional Irish music, and each chapter is prefaced with sheet music for the fiddle. It would be really helpful if I was able to play the fiddle.
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?
I honestly don’t think I could pick just one favourite book from this year. Any of the five star reads from my Goodreads reading log could take the top spot.