Book Tags: Daylight Savings | Winter-themed | St. Patrick’s Day

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.


Winter-themed Book Tag

I have no idea who created this tag, but I found it on Madame Writer blog.

Falling Snow
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.

Crackling Fires
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.”

Ice Storm
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.

Winter Wishes
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.

Hot Cocoa
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.

Peppermint Mocha
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…?


St. Patrick’s Day Book Tag

Here’s another tag I found on Madame Writer blog. It was created by booktuber, On My Bookshelf.

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

Soul Food

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.

Hogwarts

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.

That’s it for me. What have you been reading lately?

21 thoughts on “Book Tags: Daylight Savings | Winter-themed | St. Patrick’s Day

  1. No, I haven’t seen the movie.
    I think I will read the book though maybe the whole “ripleyliad”

    There’s a TV series based on the ripleyliad out soonish that could be good.
    Maybe.

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  2. Haha you can sleep in a shoe as long as there’s a loo!
    Good two bit hotel.
    That is Very odd !!
    Impatience would tend to make me begin at the end to get it over and done with , lol
    I should read the end story now , the highway here has been severed by flooding weeks ago, raining/more flooding ,, time enough for a quick read.

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    1. The last story “president buck Jones rallies and waves the flag” was good , reminds me a little of the current administration in the us of A
      Maybe the popular opinion.
      Hard to see why someone rated this book trash! and low rating !!
      She must have some quite spectacular writing or Very differing styles perhaps.

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        1. No I haven’t read anything other than this book by her , I definitely would read any of her work . I’m not sure if I’ve seen the movie, I’ll need to Google and see if it rings any bells.

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  3. I’ve been reading Bruce chatwins ” what am i doing here”
    (Who hasn’t asked that!)
    It’s been taken the longest time to read , so so busy was march with guests (about 150) phew that kept me on my toe’s

    But now ,quiet as a boggy swamp on a foggy night.

    It consists of short piece’s travel and interviews and such.
    I also started reading a Patricia highsmith book ” tales of natural and unnatural catastrophes ” which was rated trash highsmith , but I started in the middle of the book and hit a great short , and the next and next, but then there was a really good retelling of Moby dick , but she made her whale a racist , then went further down that track with a story of an africanafrican putdown sort of a story , which made me reach for the chatwin ( much prefer his story’s if) she is such a character, good writer too , i think Stephen king may have praised her works? .

    This weekend i think we fallback here, a sad darkening time much prefer the spring forward .

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    1. 150 guests?! That’s a lot! Do you work at a hotel of something?
      That Highsmith book sounds interesting. Why’d you start in the middle?

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      1. I opened a hotel resort kind of , on the not waiting for the conditions to be perfect philosophy’s , so guests need to bring their own rooms, facilities ect.
        But I have great views and plenty of space ,an unpermitted library and bar / garage is all that’s complete of anything resembling actual hotely type infrastructure.
        Good question why did I start in the middle? Umm
        1 .Because it sounded promising , began with the words ” sweet freedom”
        2. And now this might surprise you , sometimes I do things in an unconventional manner.
        3. I don’t have a three, just that’s my spread man.

        Do you always read short stories in the order they appear in a book , or skip about chasing what’s caught your eye?

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        1. That’s the most interesting hotel resort I’ve heard of lol. I take it it’s for RVs then.

          #2 totally surprised me. I would not of guessed.
          Lol!

          I always go in order. I think it’s because I’m impatient. I don’t know why I connect it to impatience but I really think that’s the reason.

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  4. I loved this! Ah, there’s always one author/book that makes it into every tag, no matter how hard you try. I know I have mine. I often can’t find one tag to do, let alone three in one post – great job!

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    1. Yea 🙂 try it! I hope you like it. Some folks don’t because the structure can be a bit confusing but I think it’ll go well if you’re patient with it. The writing is great.

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