I know this is a Game of Thrones reference, but honestly I’ve never seen an episode of it in my life. I’m just here marking the turn of another season, and the arrival of the cold weather.
This wintry book tag was created by Katherine Barka, and it’s ideal for ringing in winter. Even though it’s from a couple of years back, it’s still a fantastic tag for getting wintry and festive all at once. Wrap up warm with a cup of cocoa when you’re reading this one.
Snow: It is beautiful when it first falls, but then it starts to melt. A book/book series you loved at the beginning, but then, at the middle, you realised you don’t like it any longer.
I started out loving The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reid, but unfortunately it included a book trope I utterly hate – cheating. I can’t stand characters cheating in their relationships, and having teenagers cheating was even worse for me. It did turn me a little sour to the book overall, even while I enjoyed the majority of the rest of it.
Slowflake: Something beautiful and always different. Choose a book that stands out, that is different from all the other books you’ve read
You always remember your first book, and one of the earliest books I can remember is Roald Dahl’s The BFG. It’s a book I read with my Dad when I was little, and it’s a firm favourite of mine for so many reasons.
Snowman: It is always fun to make one with your family. Choose a book a whole family could read.
My aforementioned Dad and I share books together on a regular basis, and we’ve never really put a foot too wrong with our suggestions. The most recent book to swap hands was Lucy Foley’s The Guest List. Given the positive reviews from both my Dad and the book community, I have a feeling this is one I’ll enjoy.
Christmas: Choose a book full of happiness that made you warm inside after reading it
I love any book set around Christmas, it’s my favourite time of the year. One of my most recent highlights was Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger. It was my first book by Katie Ginger, and it certainly wasn’t my last. If you like DIYSOS this book will soothe your interior design want.
Santa Claus: He brings wonderful presents. Choose a book you’d like to get for Christmas
I add to my wishlist constantly over the year. It’s mostly filled with cookbooks, but there are some other little treats for me on there. If I somehow got Ant and Dec’s autobiography, or Chris and Rosie Ramsey’s book based on their brilliant podcast, I’d be thrilled.
Snow bowling: It can be painful to be hit by a snowball. Choose a book that hurt, that made you feel some strong emotion, like sadness, or anger.
For this it has to be The Friend Zone by Abby Jiminez. It deals with a very heavy topic, but in my honest opinion it doesn’t deal with it well at all.
Sledding: We all loved it when we were younger. Choose a book you loved when you were a child.
Matilda is one of my all time favourite books, and I loved it immensely as a child. It was the first book I ever finished by myself, and it’s still got a special place in my heart.
Frostbite: Choose a book you were really disappointed in.
As I’ve said above, The Friend Zone is a book I expected more from. The ending is a particular disappointment.
Reindeer: Something dear to us. Choose a book of great sentimental value to you.
Matilda will always hold a special place in my heart, but The BFG is another special one for me. My Dad and I used to read it together when I was younger, and I will remember it fondly forever.