Joy of Christmas Book Tag

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Hey everyone!

I saw this post over on The Brunette Bookworm Blog and figured it looked like some good festive/bookish fun! Which is, of course, the best type of fun because Christmas is the best holiday. Oh, and originally this tag was created by Sam over at Sam’s Nonsense.

Anyway, enough of me prattling on, grab a mulled wine or hot chocolate and lets start answering some Christmassy questions!

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

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I’m not actually the very best at keeping up-to-date with all the latest releases, but I know that The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan is coming out in early January next year, and I have it on pre-order… So, naturally I’m excited! His debut book, The Gutter Prayer, was just brilliant – and it was filled with the creepiest monsters!! If The Crawling Ones don;t give you nightmares, then I don’t know what will!

2. Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

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I’ve only discovered him this year, but I’m pretty sure everything Joe Abercrombie touches is gold! His First Law trilogy is absolutely fantastic fantasy with a gritty edge, and his latest book, A Little Hatred, just blew me away!

3. Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

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Oh boy, I don’t want to be super predictable, but has Middle Earth ever been topped here? Personally, I think Westeros is next off the rank in terms of depth and being fully fleshed out and realised, and I know that a lot of people rave about Brandon Sanderson’s world building – and it is very good in Mistborn, the only fantasy series of his I have read – but neither quite captures the same magic of Middle Earth. Sorry to be boring!

4. A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read

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I can’t use Lord of The Rings twice in a row… Plus, some people don’t count it as a classic (shame!) so I am gonna go for one I want to read: Treasure Island. I’ve never read it, which is a surprise when you consider that it has pirates!

5. Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

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This shouldn’t be a hard question… But I don’t actually know! I either want a fancy hardback and illustrated version of The Hobbit or Lord of The Rings, OR I want to get my hands on any of the Joe Abercrombie books that I haven’t finished!

6. Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

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Reading The Hobbit is a bit like coming home and settling under a blanket! It is warm and safe and brings back memories of falling in love with fantasy as a child, first through listening to it read and then reading it myself. So yeah, The Hobbit it is!

7. Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

Oooooh… There are so many great book covers, so I’m gonna go with favourite book covers from books I have read this year! My favourite three (so far and in no particular order) are The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky, and The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky. All three covers just jump out to me with their sharp contrasts… Bit weird that two of them have wolves on them though!

8. Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

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Oh boy, here goes! There are so many best things about Christmas, but I guess my ABSOLUTE favourites are Christmas dinner, putting up the tree seeing people be happy with their presents you bought and opening your stalking that hangs on the end of your bed. The last one reminds me of my childhood so much, as my parents wanted a lie in so left a few presents at the end of the bed for me and my brother to play with when we got up super early… So much nostalgia and happy memories!

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So there were my answers! Hope you enjoyed reading and feel inspired to give it a go! I’m not gonna tag anyone and just say, do it if you want to!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Jack