‘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!*

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!

Once Upon A Time

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 100 Mid-Season Finale

I’m assuming that there are equally as many people who are very happy about the mid-season finale of the 100 as there are people who are utterly devastated. To be honest, I am still undecided. Beware of Spoilers for “Spacewalker” from now onwards!

So, the episode was pretty loaded. As we all know from the previous episode, the only way to achieve a truce with the Grounders is through handing over Finn, which would mean his certain death. Of course, Clarke is not about to let that happen, so the main focus of “Spacewalker” was on how they could possibly save him from that fatal demise. Here are my main impressions:

  • It was interesting to see how differently the “kids” and the adults dealt with the Finn-situation. While Clarke and her friends were determined to save him whatever the cost, most of the Ark-survivors were readily willing to kill him themselves in order to save their own skin. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way a supporter of sacrificing one life for the good of many, but that situation looked more than dire. The camp was surrounded by Grounders and even with their superior weapons, there was no way the Ark-people could’ve fought them and win. Additionally, Finn clearly had issues with dealing with his guilt. Killing innocent people leaves its scars. So, that was definitely a tricky situation, with no easy answer available.
  • I guess it’s best to get it out of the way. Finn is dead! There is no way around that and I know that if you’ve seen the new promo, you might think otherwise, but it’s a trick. The writers confirmed that he left the show and considering that Clarke was the one killing him (out of mercy, after telling him she loved him too) it is obvious that that will have its consequences, especially on her state of mind. I was never a huge fan of Finn (Bellarke all the way!), but I wasn’t one of the people who said he needed to go, claiming he was dead weight for the story. In the end, I was really sad to see how it ended for him.
  • We thought we knew why Finn was imprisoned on the Ark, but we finally got all of his and Raven’s backstory through lovely flashbacks. Okay, I’m still not a huge fan of flashbacks, but they were actually really useful and helped the emotional build-up with Raven’s character.
  • I’m really glad Abby is chancellor and not Jaha, but ultimately I’d prefer it if one of the Hundred is in charge. They know the territory, the lifestyle and the Grounders better than any of the Ark-people and it’s frustrating that they don’t see that.
  • Kane has returned to the camp.
  • Lincoln seems to feel better, but also more bitter.
  • Not enough Bellamy! There can never be enough Bellamy! But there was some more fuel for the theory that Kane might be Bellamy’s (and Octavia’s) father. Who knows!
  • There was absolutely no mention of Mt. Weather and the people who are still there. I can’t wait to find out how that part of the story continues, because the mountain men freak me out. Their scientific torture is so creepy and I am really afraid for Monty and Jasper. Let’s just hope Clarke manages to free them soon.

So, that was it from the 100 for this year. They better not kill Raven next episode, because that would just be too many dead main characters in too short a time. What are your thoughts?