Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

We’ve established that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As 2016 is right around the corner, it’s time to discuss some of our most anticipated books for the first half of the new year!

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1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274Release Date: February 9th, 2016

I loved Red Queen, so obviously I am all in for the sequel! Also, there are some characters (well … one character) that have some serious explaining to do!

2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

25400972Release Date: February 2016

I remember being really confused about A Darker Shade of Magic, because I had no idea it was a series and there were so many things left unanswered. Well, I guess this is how I’ll find out about those unknown components.

3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343Release Date: March 8th, 2016

THIS IS DEFINITELY MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE! I cannot wait to read another book in the Shadowhunter world and it’s a parabatai-sort-of-love-story too! Perfect!

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

17927395Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Lucien is apparently getting a love interest of his own – YAY! And I am looking forward to some more time with Rhys, just because!

 

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected EverythingRelease Date: May 3rd, 2016

Morgan Matson has a new book? How could I not read it? It’s going to be great! But I might actually wait until the summer to read it, because I feel like her books are mostly perfect for that time of the year.

6. The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

25708587Release Date: March 1st, 2016

It sounds really heartbreaking, but somehow I am often drawn to those books. Also, I think the cover looks gorgeous!

7. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

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THOSE TWO WORKING TOGETHER IS GOING TO BE THE BEST LGBTQIA-NOVEL EVER! ‘Nough said!

8. The Crown by Kiera Cass

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I may have my problems with Eadlyn, but I WILL FINISH this series! I am not going to stop at the last book (although I am really, really hoping this is the final installment! Seriously, I am going to freak if it’s another hoax!)

9. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

25944381Release Date: January 6th, 2016

You may wonder why I chose another Victoria Aveyard book, but those are the companion novellas Queen Song and Steel Scars for Red Queen combined in one book. I really want to read it since I haven’t gotten to Queen Song yet.

10. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

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From what I gathered it’s a book with multiple POVs covering the topic of bullying. Somehow those stories always really get to me, so I’d like to read it and see if my suspicions are right that this is going to be an emotional ride. Also, I love the cover! I mean I love all the covers above, but this one is really pretty as well!

 

I think in the end I can say that it’s going to be another great year for books! If you want to know more about the books, just click on the covers and you’ll get to their respective Goodreads pages. What are the books you are looking forward to the most? Don’t hesitate to leave a link to your TTT so that I can check it out!

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

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I have done somewhat of a Christmas-tag marathon the past days, but you can all take a breather! This should be the last one for the year … possibly … maybe … depends on whether I get tagged again. However, before I start on this one, I just want to say that I will take a little break on the 24th in terms of blogging. I might already return for the 25th (Doctor Who and Downton Abbey Christmas Special and such), but I also might take a longer break. It all depends on what exactly will go down this Christmas. Either way, I want to use this opportunity to wish you all the happiest of holidays!

Now, the tag! Deanna @A Novel Glimpse tagged me to do the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag and I am really looking forward to it. Don’t forget to check out her post by clicking on her name! Let’s do this!

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?

A book that definitely doesn’t get enough love from me, but that I really, really enjoyed reading was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  I love books that have parts in letter or mail conversations!

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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?

MALEC!!! For everyone who’s read the Mortal Instruments, I hope this doesn’t need an explanation!

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?

Hmmm … there were definitely so many good ones! I am so torn between the Infernal Devices and Shatter Me, I am just going to say both!

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?

Anna and the French Kiss only has 3 books in the series, but I am hoping for more at some point. There is definitely still room!

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 am going to have to repeat an answer from a previous tag and say Warner from the Shatter Me series.

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 am not as much of a Fantasy-buff as some others out there. I also don’t pay that much attention to world-building. However, I was intrigued by the different courts in A Court of Thorns and Roses and would love to explore that more.

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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 guess it’s really bad that I can’t think of a single animal sidekick, right? There must be something, but my mind is just blank. Well, enjoy this adorable and hilarious picture from Tangled instead:

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 get really, really hungry just thinking about the Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais!

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?

Argh! I already mentioned so many books where I like the heroines! Well, I really like Liesel from the Book Thief. She is so young and already smarter than some adults!

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

How about your favourite leading lad?

Marco from the Night Circus is pretty cool! I wouldn’t mind if our fates were intertwined!

 

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.)

I can’t really think of a book in particular, but I do love soundtrack for books. Last year I even created a Playlist of my own for Break Up Buddy!

 

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?

Anyone who didn’t think I would say the Martian clearly hasn’t paid attention this year! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

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I Tag

EVERYONE! It’s so close to Christmas and I don’t know who’s done what anymore. So, if you feel like this tag is for you, go ahead! And once again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Character Christmas List Tag!

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I know that today is TTT, but I am once again going to skip on it. The thing is that I know that I’ll get books this Christmas, but I have no idea which ones. However, my mum does tend to stop by my blog every now and then and I don’t want her to feel weird when I mention random books I’d like to get that she maybe didn’t even know about. I am happy with whatever book I might find under the tree, so TTT is unnecessary. Yet, I am still going to do a tag that involves the number 10!
I was tagged by Rae @Bookmarkchronicles to do the Characters Christmas List Tag. It was originally created by Bianca @The Ultimate Fangirl and Anthony @A Very Awkward Blog. You should go ahead and check out everyone’s post by clicking on their names!

Rules

  • Pick 10 random characters from any book/movie/show and try to figure what you would give them for Christmas 🙂
  • Tag people and spread the word

Mark Watney (The Martian)

I would prepare the best and biggest Christmas dinner ever for him, without using any potatoes whatsoever! I think Watney would really appreciate that!

Leo Fitz (Agents of SHIELD)

If I could, I’d make Jemma’s torn feelings go away and give Fitz a relaxing day together with her – no interruptions, no doubts, not having to pretend to be strong for the sake of the other one!

Laney (Sleeping with Other People)

I love Laney! She’s so funny and witty and I think I would give her a voucher for a dance class of her choice. She has so much energy, she can put that to use there.

Wick 0308 (Dreamer)

wick2Why not give something to one of my own characters, right? I’d give Wick the freedom to do anything and everything exciting he wants to do in the real world. Want to ride a motorcycle? Sure, go up ahead and do that! Skydiving? Why not!

Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

If you haven’t watched the Series 9 Finale, please do NOT read on! I have warned you!! I’d give her a sonic screwdriver of her own, because she is so much like the Doctor now. She even has her own TARDIS and travelling companion, now she only needs that and voila! Doctor Clara is complete!

Eleanor (The Royals)

I don’t think Len needs anything material. In that respect she has everything one could want, but I would give her the chance to see what I see when Jasper watches her and talks about her. I would want her to know that his feelings are real and that she is not being tricked. She has every right to feel the way she feels right now though …

Jase Garrett (My Life Next Door)

The Garretts are such a lovely family, but they are also quite big. So, I would give Jase (randomly picked him, just to not pick the entire family) all the money he could possibly need in order to get his entire family and himself some Christmas presents. That way they don’t have to worry about a thing.

Julia (The Magicians)

Considering what all she will have to go through until the end of the Magicians series, I sometimes wonder if it would have been better if they could have erased her memories for good. I know she’s vital to the plot, but there would have been so much less pain for her.

Ava (Ex Machina)

I would want Ava to have a real human experience. One where she sees the good side of people, their kindness and empathy and I hope it will transform her.

Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)

Sansa grew so much on me over time and I think it’s a shame what they did to her in the show. So, for her I would hope that the snow was real, real deep. People who’ve watched the Season 5 Finale will understand!


Tagging Time

Cátia @The Girl Who Reads Too Much

Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions

Emma @Emma the Book Lover

Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Victoria @Addlepates and Book Nerds

*If you’ve already done the tag or simply don’t want to do it, feel free to ignore it!*

Christmas Song Book Tag

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Another Christmas Tag is coming – Shalalala la! Prima @Panda Hearts Books tagged me to do the Christmas Song Book Tag and I will happily oblige, even though I have to admit that I don’t even know all the songs. But either way, don’t forget to click on her name to check out her post!

“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”

AaronWarner-ProfileName a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

I can’t really remember ever liking the bad guy … I mean does Warner from the Shatter Me Series count? Because by the end I loved him, but that’s when he wasn’t the villain anymore … tough one!

“All I Want for Christmas is You”

Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I swear this question is in ever Christmas-related post there is … I don’t have any new answers for that one and just to be very clear here – I am going to love whichever book I will get! Because books are awesome!!

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

19057Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Ha! Now I want to say Juliette from the Shatter Me Series, but I have this rule of avoiding to name the same book/series twice in a tag. Hmmm … I am going to go off book here and say Ed from I Am the Messenger! He definitely learns a lot about himself throughout the book!

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

First name that came to mind was Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses. That lady is cruel!

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b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Hands down, Mark Watney from the Martian deserves everything he could ever want on this planet and the rest of the galaxy!

“Frosty the Snowman”

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Which book just melts your heart?

Because Prima said Anna and the French Kiss, I am going to say Isla and the Happily Ever After, because it truly had such a great happy ending!

“Feliz Navidad”

Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Okay, we’ve had this before. Almost EVERY book on my shelf takes place in a different country, since I don’t read much that plays in Austria. (Also, there just isn’t much in the genre that I like!) I am just going to randomly point at a book on my shelf now. The Freedom Writers Diary it is!

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

7741325Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I haven’t read many books themed around Christmas topics, so I’ll have to resort to saying Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I love very much!

“Sleigh Ride”

Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)?

Can I please spend it with the Garrett family from My Life Next Door? Yes? THANK YOU!

“Baby It’s Cold Outside”

13621089Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

I want to state that I am utterly against book-shaming and burning in particular, but this year I just wasn’t particularly fond of Geek Girl … I thought it was too silly.

“Do You Hear What I Hear”

Which book do you think everyone should read?

I don’t think that there’s one book that everyone will magically like. That’s not how it works, but I would definitely recommend the Infernal Devices series because the relationships in this book are epic!


Tagging Time

Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

Emma @Emma the Book Lover

Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff

*As always, feel free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it or have done it before!*

 

The Joy of Christmas Book Tag!

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Christmas is SO close now and I love all the tags related with it! This time Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much prompted me to do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag! We continue to steal each other’s answers for those things, because apparently our minds think very alike. Prepare for some very close responses again and check out her post to spot the similarities!

1.  Anticipation

The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Okay, I just HAVE TO steal Cátia’s answer, because quite frankly, I haven’t been this excited about a release in a long time. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare will be the new installment in the Shadowhunter universe and I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!

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2. Christmas Songs & Carols

The MartianWhat book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

For the book, I’d definitely go with the Martian and for author Tahereh Mafi. Do I need to explain this? Is it weird that the Martian wasn’t written by Tahereh Mafi?

3. Gingerbread Houses

What book or series has wonderful world building?

I don’t know why, but I really feel like saying the Inkheart series. It plays a lot in the real world, but then again also in this fictional place and I love how the lines blur together.

4. A Christmas Carol

Favorite classic or one that you want to read

I was really tempted to say Persuasion as well, because it’s my favourite Austen book, but I am trying to diversify my answers from Cátia’s. So, I’ll go with the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because I loved that one too!

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5. Christmas Sweets

What book would you love to receive for Christmas

I’ve already mentioned a couple of books that I would like to get. I don’t even know which one to say, because my TBR seriously seems to never end! I think I’d really like to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here soon though …

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6. Candles in the Window

What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Fangirl! I just want to curl up in my bed with a cup of hot chocolate and cuddle with the book … which is not weird at all!

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7. Christmas Trees & Decorations

What are some of your favorite book covers?

Again, this will contain some of Cátia’s answers!

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8. Christmas Joy

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I love think back to when I was little and spent time at my grandma’s on Christmas Eve and when I got back home the tree was all made up. My mum said that the Christkind (we don’t have Santa here) has helped her and that I just missed her. I love how much more magical Christmas was back then!


TAGGING TIME

Anna @My Bookish Dream

Ava @Bookishness and Tea

Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Olivia @LibroLiv

Victoria @Addlepates and Book Nerds

*As always, don’t feel obliged to do anything and ignore this if you don’t want to do it or have done it before!*

‘Tis the Season Book Tag!

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I knew that the christmas-y tags would come in soon and since I really like them, I am glad that I got tagged by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much to do the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag! It’s going to be tough coming up with better or even just different answers from her, but I’ll try my best!

1. Do you have a favorite winter read?

7741325Absolutely! Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect read for this season, even though I actually didn’t read it in winter. Either way, I think of Christmas when I think of the book.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

18371031There are quite a lot of books with blue covers, but my question is, does it have to be a winter-y blue? Because then I’ll definitely go with my version of Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin!

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

1680190Uuuuh, that’s a good one! The dust jacket of my Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng has a golden dust jacket and it would look glorious on the Christmas Tree. Unfortunately I can’t show the original now, so you’ll have to deal with a yellow version of it.

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

Argh! I already said Narnia in the Dashing Through the Snow tag and it was Cátia’s answer as well, so I have to find something else. Hmmm, can I spend Christmas at the circus from the Night Circus? Because that would be so magical and great and full of awe! (Cookie picture from Not Your Momma’s Cookies!)

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

I hate it when I have to pick just one … How am I supposed to do that? Hmmm, who’s a character I have neglected a little in the past? I think Christms would be really fun with Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss!

6. Name one book on your wish list this year!

The Boy Most Likely ToThere are tons of books on my wishlist. I’d really like to read Huntley Fitzpatrick‘s book The Boy Most Likely To. It plays in the same universe as My Life Next Door and I loved those characters! Revisiting them would be great!

7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?

Tough one! I’ll stay with Chai Tea Latte for holiday drink – the cinnamon fits the season. I love to eat speculoos as treats and movie … well, aside from Love, Actually, I also like to watch The Santa Clause from 1994.

      

8. Who do you tag?

*Feel free to ignore the tag if you’ve done it already or simply don’t want to!*

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite New-to-me Authors of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I am sure there won’t be any surprises on this list, since I keep talking about the same books by the same authors over and over, but to clarify the theme is:

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Let’s get started! As always, this is not a ranking, but simply me listing authors/books/whatever!

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1. Andy Weir

18007564Okay … do I still have to explain this one? I have been going on about the Martian for months now. The book probably wasn’t even that great, but I kept hyping it in my head more and more anyway. Either way, I love Mark Watney and the effortless, funny writing of Weir.

2. Sarah J. Maas

16096824Sarah J. MaasI know that everyone keeps talking about how amazing Throne of Glass is and I swear that I’ll read it soon, but I was already convinced through A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I don’t have any doubt that I’ll like Maas‘ further writing.

3. Lev Grossman

6101718My relationship with the Magicians may be a rocky one, but I can’t deny that those books sort of stuck with me, so Grossman definitely must have done something right!

4. V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)Victoria SchwabI’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic this year and I was really enthralled by it but also confused, mainly because I didn’t know it was a trilogy. I have no idea why I haven’t read anything by Schwab earlier.

5. Ernest Cline

16278318Ernest ClineWhile neither Ready Player One nor Armada made it onto my favourite-book-list, I can appreciate an author who knows how to geek out. Ernest Cline most certainly knows how to do that!

6. Claudia Gray

17234658I NEED TO GET TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU!! Even though A Thousand Pieces of You wasn’t in any way what I expected it to be, Gray got me hooked on the Firebird series!

7. Ransom Riggs

9460487Ransom RiggsRansom Riggs is such a quirky and lovable person. I am so torn about the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children though … on the one hand, I really want to know how it ends, but on the other hand, I have such a confused image of the characters. It’s weird, but he still made it onto the list.

8. Huntley Fitzpatrick

12294652Huntley FitzpatrickI can’t tell you how much I love My Life Next Door! It’s such a lovely story with such great characters and I am so thankful that Fitzpatrick decided to stay in the universe. I have to get that book soon as well!

9. Jasmine Warga

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10. Rachel Hawkins

8475505Rachel HawkinsRebel Belle is hilarious and that’s obviously due to Hawkins‘ writing!

 

 

 

The list is surprisingly more even in terms of male/female representation than I thought, which makes me immensely glad. Who are the awesome people listed on your TTT? Leave a link below and I’ll gladly take a look at it! 

The Sleeper and the Spindle Book Tag

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I was tagged to do the Sleeper and the Spindle Book Tag by Stephanie @Adventures of a Bibliophile. It was apparently created by Epic Reads and inspired by Neil Gaiman‘s book of the same title. I haven’t read that one, but fairy tales are just way too alluring for me to say no to, so big thanks to Stephanie for tagging me! Let’s get on with this and have some fun!

What would you change about your favourite fairy tale?

First off, it’s really difficult for me to pick a favourite fairy tale. It’s like asking me what’s my favourite book – IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER! But for the sake of this tag, I will chose something and that’s The Fisherman and His Wife. If I could change something about the story, then I would want that divorce had been possible at the time and that the Fisherman had left his wife. She was such a terrible and greedy human being, instead of being content with what they had she simply wanted more until they lost it all again.

If you were cursed to sleep forever, where would you sleep?

I don’t know if you guys saw Winter’s Tale or not, but Beverly had a constant fever and therefore slept outside because she was always feeling hot. Her bedroom was on the roof, her bed encased by dark burgundy curtains. I am not saying that I am always hot, far from it, but if I were to sleep forever anyway, I’d still sort of think that it would be romantic for it to be somewhat outside. I wouldn’t feel the cold anyway.

If you could live in a fairy tale, which one would you choose?

I think I might just have to steal Stephanie’s answer here and say the Beauty and the Beast. IMAGINE ALL THE BOOKS IN THE BEAST’S LIBRARY!!!

What is the worst curse a witch could bestow upon you?

Stephanie gave another great answer, hers was Jessica Jones related and I definitely have to agree, but I don’t want to be boring and just keep copying her answers. But I think the worse thing that could happen is that a witch would take away all my memories, rob me of the fond things I know about my family and friends. She would take away everything that has made me me over time. Like Clara said, “Tomorrow’s promised to no one, but I insist upon my past! I am entitled to that!”

Would you choose to be Snow White or Sleeping Beauty?

Tough one, but I think I’ve always liked Snow White better. I’m pale too and I like apples, so I can totally relate.

Which fairy tale would you want to read as a YA retelling?

There’ve been so many retellings already that I am trying to think of something that I haven’t read yet. I’ve definitely come across Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, so that’s out of the question. I think I’ve read that the Lunar Chronicles sort of cover Rapunzel, but since I haven’t actually read them yet (!!), that’s my fairy tale of choice.


 

I TAG:

Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag!

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The Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag is the first winter-related tag I am doing this year and it was created by my friend Astra over at A Stranger’s Guide to Novels. You should definitely go and check out her original post! But what is up with all you guys being so creative and making your own tags! I am so impressed! But without further ado, let’s get on with it!

Rules:

  • Thank the curator
  • Tag 5 people to spread the Christmas joy
  • Have fun!

1. Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree!

Just ONE!?!?! I’m trying to think of something I probably wouldn’t buy myself and that’s Once Upon a Time – Red’s Untold Tale! Ruby is one of my favourite characters on the show and I already have the Once Upon a Time version of the Grimm fairy tales. I bet it would look nice next to it!

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2. A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas Season!

That’s kind of difficult because it entirely depends on what I get for Christmas. But in the unlikely event that I don’t get any books, I’d like to refer you to my December TBR.

3. Favourite Christmas Movie?

You simply cannot go wrong with Love Actually! It’s adorable each and every time!

4. Do you like snow?

YAAAAS! But only the really fluffy, untouched and white one. Since I live in a quite busy city, it turns into grey mud way too soon.

5. Name a character you would like to spend your Christmas day with!

Again, just ONE!?!?!? My brain is close to an overload because it’s so difficult to decide … technically you didn’t write the word “one” though! Well, I’d either like to spend it with all the characters from the Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, Fangirl, The Martian, Bitten, Landline, The Night Circus … I LOVE ALL MY BOOKS!

6. To give or to receive?

The best is a little bit of both, if you know what I mean? Last year my family donated a goat in my name to a family in need in a developing country. I got a postcard with a really funny and cute goat on it and the family has the animal. That’s what I call a win-win!

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

NARNIA! I just associate it with snow and the Pevensie kids got great presents from Santa. Also, I’ve been watching way too much of the Royals lately and William Moseley is just so swoon-worthy. So, preferably, I’d want to spend it with Prince Liam/King Peter …

   

8. Fondest Christmas memory?

I think it has to be the Christmas I got my hamster. He was my favourite pet from all the ones I had, but I should probably mention that all the ones before him were goldfish. Either way, my family made me sing a song and when I turned around I saw the hamster cage and I didn’t realise that he was in there. I thought he was a cardboard figure of a hamster that I might get in the next days. He was standing there, just staring at me, apparently having been either mesmerized or traumatized by my singing. (Wish I could show a picture, but I have none on my laptop …)

9. Can you say Christmas tree ten times FAST  in a row (pronouncing it correctly!)

No … at some point it sounded like Christmas pee and I had to stop because I was laughing so hard.


Tagging time! I TAG:

*As per usual, feel free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it. There will never be peer pressure on my blog!

The Autumn Book Tag!

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Welcome to the Autumn Book Tag! Seen as winter is coming, I thought I’d better hurry up and do the tag before all the leaves have fallen from the trees. I was tagged by Trisha Ann @The Bookgasm and if you haven’t seen her post yet, you should definitely go and check it out! She gave great answers! Let’s do this!

1.What is your favorite thing about autumn?

There is so much, I don’t even know where to begin. For one, I like the weather. I was never a fan of warm climate and I like mild days with a little bit of wind. Of course, that can go awry very quickly in autumn. If it’s raining or sometimes already snowing, that is like almost too cold for me. I like the happy medium. However, if it does rain, then there is nothing better than to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea.
Second, I like the colours associated with autumn. The reds and dark greens and all that jazz.
Another perk of autumn is the fact that a ton of new TV shows start airing and books get released. I LOVE THAT!
And last but not least, I like that I can wear layers again. I just feel a lot more comfortable with a jacket on.

2. What book reminds you of your school days?

Our teacher wanted to do something different and not read the Diary of Anne Frank with us, so instead we read Malka Mai by Miriam Pressler in class.  We did some excessive research on the topic and read other novels that took place during WWII as well. It’s not my favourite topic, but it definitely reminds me of school.

3. What cover reminds you of autumn?

16101168The last time I was asked this question, I chose City of Fallen Angels, so I don’t want to use the same one again. Malka Mai looks very autumn-y, but I just used that up as well. I guess in terms of colour, Lola and the Boy Next Door also fits the profile. So that it is!

4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)23164983I seriously have no idea! I know one thing for sure and that is that I don’t like to be scared. I just don’t get the thrill of it. I suppose Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City has a certain creep factor … Only because of the pictures though. Sorry for not coming up with something better.

 

5. What is your favorite horror or Halloween film?

Uuuh, tough one! I’ve watched horror movies before, but I’d rather forget about them. So, as I’ve mentioned in the previous answer, I am afraid I can’t really recommend anything scary, but I do have something that I used to love watching on Halloween and that’s Halloweentown! I’ve watched all four movies about a gazillion times.

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6. What fall book release are you looking forward to?

I’ve been looking forward to a ton of books and I still haven’t read any of them. But here are some examples. (Click on the covers for more info!)

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7. What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

Hmmm … we are already pretty deep into Autumn, so a couple of the movies I was anticipating were already released. I am so bad at this tag, because I simply cannot answer with just one book/movie. I CAN’T DO IT! Here is a mix of the ones I haven’t seen yet (some are yet to come out, others have already premiered … I am not going to the movies as often as I’d like to).

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8. What are the three books you plan to read this autumn?

I still need to finish Landline and then I have two eArcs I should get to and those are This Song Is (Not) For You and Seven Ways We Lie.

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I Tag:

EVERYONE! I’ve lost sight of who has done what, especially when it comes to Fall Time/Autumn book tags! There are so many! But I bet now that Thanksgiving is over, we all need to brace ourselves for Christmas-themed tags. Either way, I am rambling on. If you want to do the tag, consider yourself tagged!!!