I wanted to do a book tag but I couldn’t decide on one, so here are three. They are themed tags for specific times of the year, all of which I’ve missed. So this post is late since it’s published after the switch to Daylight Savings Time when winter is done and St. Patrick’s Day has passed.
Daylight Savings Book Tag
I have no idea who created this tag, but I found it on the Night Faerie Blog, so shout out to her for posting it!
Fallback: Longest book you like
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Probably A Game of Thrones, which is over 800 pages in the mass market paperback edition. I like this story and enjoy reading it but have been wondering lately if it’s worth continuing with it in book form because I’ll have to keep rereading all the books to keep the story fresh in mind when another installment in the series has been published.
Spring Forward: Shortest book you like
The Journey by Francesca Sanna (illus.)
A children’s picture book about a family seeking a new place to live because their country is ravaged by war. This is one of my favorite picture books. The story is timely and easy for kids to follow and the illustrations are beautiful
Clocks: A series that keeps going
Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (about 14 or so books) certainly seem to keep going. I’m halfway through the series but am frustrated by Jordan’s writing and am finding it hard to continue. Every day I give up on the series yet find it hard to totally let go of it. I would like to know how the story wraps up.
The story begins with Eye of the World in which three farmboys learn that they might be special and must help save the world.
Hour Hand: A book you read in a week
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
I tend to read YA books quickly and I’m pretty certain I completed Snow Like Ashes in a week. I liked the story although it has a love triangle. It’s about a girl who’s trained as a warrior and one day learns that there’s more to her identity than she initially thought.
Minute Hand: A book you read in one day
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
I was so swept up in the writing that I flew through the book in a day. It’s a romance novel with a hint of magical realism about the Waverley sisters who reunite after several years apart. It’s one of my favorite reads of last year.
Second Hand: A book you read in one sitting
Pisces, #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas
I’ve forgotten what this is about… actually, I wasn’t sure what it’s about when I read it, but I liked it. It’s the first issue of a sci-fi comic book series. I like the illustrations. The story was confusing but intriguing, so I bought the other issues of it.
I have no idea who created this tag, but I found it on Madame Writer blog.
The colors of winter are muted. Choose a book that has whites, light blues, and grays on the cover.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
I think the colors on the book cover project a sense of winter. I haven’t yet read it, but I bought it because I enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and thought I might like her sister’s book too.
Colder weather makes for the perfect time to sit by a crackling fire in the fireplace. What book is the best to curl up next to a warm fire with?
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen
The best book to curl up with is one that’s engrossing and delightful. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast is a steampunk romance novel about a woman who visits her ailing cousin to care for her. Her cousin had recently married and is residing at the Blackwell Manor, which is owned by her husband’s brother, Lord Miles, who many call “the Beast.” The story has lots of supernatural creatures in it and is described as “Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.”
Winter storms can be brutal. What book do you love that takes the characters through a brutal season?
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
I was trying to do this without mentioning a Robin Hobb book, but I failed. The characters in the Rain Wild Chronicles endure some harsh situations on their way to finding Kelsingra, a land for dragons. The story is a compelling, wonderful read. Often I was on edge as I worried what would become of certain characters.
Spending more time indoors allows for more time to dream and wish. What character is living a life that you dream about?
The characters I read about often do not have great lives or exist in a historical period that I do not want to visit, so I don’t have an answer for this one.
There is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa during the winter. As adults, we often underestimate it. What book do you think should be the next big thing?
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
(First: This is one adult who loves a cup of hot cocoa. It’s so yummy!) I champion Kintu, a magical realism, historical fiction novel set in Uganda about a family that is cursed. It’s written so well and is such a great read. I highly recommend it. In some ways, it reminded me of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
Lip Balm and Lotion
Soothing dry skin is part of the winter for many. What book is full of soothing & comforting words?
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Soothing, comforting, inspiring, encouraging: Those are a few words I’d use to describe this book that tries to coax us to let go of our fears and start creating.
What is your go to winter food or drink for those reading marathons of winter?
I don’t often eat or drink while reading because I read in so many places and situations. So in general, I guess my favorite winter drink is a pumpkin spice latte without espresso. I think they call that a steamer…?
Favorite green-colored book/movie
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favorite classics. I love the story and the storytelling and the writing. It’s a wonderful piece of literature.
Favorite St. Patrick’s Day-themed book/movie
I don’t have one. I don’t even celebrate the holiday, except on my blog because book tags are created for it and I like book tags.
Corned Beef and Cabbage: A book/movie that made you hungry
An old movie but it’s one of my favorites. And, oh my gosh, the food in it makes my mouth water! It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen it.
Four Leaf Clover: A book or item that was a rare, good-luck find
Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
These editions of the Song of the Lioness series are hard to find, but I’d like to collect them because they are the editions I first read them in.
Irish Whiskey: A book so bad that you would need a drink to get over it
The Stand by Stephen King
I did not like it. I hated it and am just glad I got by it. Btw, I DNF’d it.
Irish Dancing: A book so good, it made you want to dance in excitement?
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
I’ve done that a few times: dance in excitement because a book is so good. I probably did that with The Shape of Water. I enjoyed the movie and was glad when I read the book and found that it’s just as great. It’s a favorite and one of my top reads of last year.
Ireland: A book that made you travel to a different country? (travel in your mind or in real life, haha)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Snow Child was such an engrossing, atmospheric read that I felt transported to its setting — Alaska in the 1920s on a homestead where an old couple reside. It’s not a different country, but it felt that way to me because I’m so unfamiliar with such a cold, harsh, vast, unrelenting setting.
The Pub: A meeting place in a book you’d love to go to.
Answers based on Harry Potter have become cliché, but because I’m participating in the O.W.L. Magical Readathon this month and my chosen wizarding career is an aurologist, it makes me want to visit the castle even more.