Happy Friday, everyone!
This week has actually been quite an eventful one. University has started again, which means that I suddenly have a ton of work to do, and everyone is already worrying about finals, which has me worried that I might not be worried enough yet, if that makes sense… Although the intense end-of-semester workload is definitely getting to me, too, so I apologize for getting to fewer of your posts this week than usual! Trust me, it’s not exactly voluntary 😅
However, on a more positive note: IT IS FINALLY SNOWING!!! I mean, we already had a bit of snow before, but now we finally have enough that you can do all the fun wintery things: sledding, building snowmen, or just admiring the beautiful white landscape ❄️ So here are a few impressions of what I did while
procrastinating taking healthy breaks from my master’s thesis:
So yeah – now that we have all this snow, what better time to do the “Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag”? [Isn’t that a great excuse for taking so long to get to this? 😁]. This tag was created by Erin @ Reading On A Star, and I was tagged by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories, Chelsey @ The Travelling Reader and Nehal @ Books and Words (or is it Fictionally Crazy?). So thank you, guys! I’m seriously impressed and honored that you still keep tagging me even though I always end up doing your tags months later 🥰 So make sure to check out these seriously loyal blogger friends of mine!
But first, without further ado, let’s get into the tag!
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
- Display the banner (copy and paste).
- Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star!
- Answer the questions!
- Tag however many people you want!
So, anyway, let’s get into the questions!
1) Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book?
Any one of the Harry Potter books 😊 Even though I’ve re-read them so often by now that I almost know them by heart, Harry Potter is still what I reach for whenever I’m feeling down. Or when I’m feeling happy, for that matter 😁 You can never have too much Harry Potter in your life!
2) Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it?
To be honest, I don’t really want to be buried with any book. Just imagine my body rotting all over those beloved pages of mine… Okay, maybe don’t imagine that 🤢 Seriously, uggggh!!! I would much rather posthumously force my favorites on another person, so that love for these books will live on even after I’m dead! 😁
And as to the book I’d choose, I guess you could just have a look at the first question. But to mix things up a bit, another great candidate would be the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall. Those books are simply wonderful! 😍
3) Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read)?
Cute and fluffy, you say?? Well, in that case, how can I NOT go with Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series? These graphic novels are just about the most adorable thing ever!! 😍
Although they do have quite some depth in addition to all the fluff – there are a lot of darker themes such as bullying and mental health issues that these books draw attention to. But, in my opinion, that’s just an added bonus! I never really end up liking books that are just fluff anyway 😉
4) Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?
Oooh, I love hot cocoa!!! 😍 Which is kind of a problem because I’m lactose intolerant and can’t drink it unless I first swallow some extra enzymes to break all that milk sugar down 😢 But I’m going off topic…
I must have read hundreds of winter-themed books over the course of my life, so I’m just gonna go with one of the first ones that came to my mind: The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements! This is a middle-grade novel following a music teacher who is about to lose his job due to budget cuts and a group of sixth graders who want to make their last holiday concert something truly special. I’d definitely recommend it! Or anything Andrew Clements writes, for that matter 😊
5) Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?
An author who keeps me on my toes? How can I go with anyone but Agatha Christie here? Our queen of crime sure writes some of the most amazing plot twists out there! Some of my absolute favorites can be found in And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Crooked House, and Sleeping Murder, though I think almost all of her books are amazing 😇 There are a few exceptions – *cough* The Big Four *cough* – but you pretty much can’t go wrong with an Agatha Christie novel! I highly recommend you give her a try if you haven’t yet!
6) Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?
I already showed you some of my top awful covers quite recently, so here is a different one that I think is absolutely hideous… 🙈 Honestly, cover designers – people on the cover just never look good! Especially if the cover is just some weird close-up of their faces! And what are those flowery things???
Nope, I’m not a fan of this cover at all… But then again, I wasn’t blown away by Delirium, either.
7) Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read?
Honestly: I binge-read at least half of the books I read. Maybe even more like 75% of them 😁 Once I get invested, I just can’t stop reading! Which is also why I like to save the big 800-page fantasy tomes for university breaks. It can cause quite a few problems if you decide to read a really long book in one sitting during a semester 😅
All this to say – the last book I binge-read was The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, which is the third and final installment in her Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. It also happens to be the last book I finished, so stay tuned for my January wrap-up to hear more of my thoughts on it! (Spoiler-alert: I liked it 😉 )
8) Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?
I guess this is the point in the tag that hints at the fact that I was supposed to have done this before Christmas. Oops… 😁
However, the book I most desperately want right now is Kristin Cashore’s Winterkeep, which comes out in just a few days! Although I definitely don’t intend to wait until next Christmas to get it! In fact, I might just go and preorder it right this minute…
And as to what I want for Christmas this year, I have absolutely no clue. You can’t ask me that this far in advance! Maybe try again in October or November, and I might have a more definitive answer 😅
And that’s it for this tag! Since I’m already pretty late to the party, I won’t be tagging anyone specifically, but if you’re still in winter spirits and would like to give this a go, consider yourself tagged! And feel free to leave a link to your post so I can check out your answers, since I am an insanely
nosy curious person 🤗
Also, do let me know what you thought of my answers to these questions down below! Do we agree on any of them? Have you read any of these books? What would your answers be for some of these? Is there currently any snow where you live? I would love to know!