Cue all the Christmas and winter-themed book tags I’ll post for the next two weeks because I found a bunch of such tags over the years and want to do them all! Ho! Ho! Ho!
I’ll kick things off with the Holiday Drinks Book Tag, which seems to have originated on the blog Browsing for Books, but that blog doesn’t seem to be active. However, I was lucky enough to find the tag over on Way Too Fantasy.
Hot Chocolate | Marshmallows and chocolate and whipped cream, oh my!
Recommend a book that’s sweet through and through.
Pandora by Victoria Turnbull
It’s a children’s picture book about a lonely fox who helps a bird heal and how the bird helps the fox feel less lonely. It’s a sweet read that I actually didn’t like much when I first read it, but I think I’d appreciate it more now if I should reread it.
Peppermint Mocha | The flavor of peppermint is strong and distinct.
Recommend a book with a lot of strong emotions.
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
It’s a contemporary novel about a young Black man working in sales at a startup. The story evoked a lot of strong emotions in me, mostly frustration and anger, to the point where I sometimes had to take a break from it. But it’s a great read that I think is totally worth trying.
Apple Cider | It’s so good, it can’t be good for you, but it’s from apples — that means it’s healthy, right?
Recommend a book full of characters with questionable morals.
That’s like everyone in A Game of Thrones and the entire Song of Ice & Fire series by GRRM, but another one is —
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Everyone in this grimdark fantasy book is morally grey, and I trust none of them.
Eggnog | It’s creamy and smooth with a little spice, and some people even add alcohol to it.
Recommend a book that’s mostly fun with just a hint of danger.
Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.)
It’s a fantasy manga about a girl who gets the chance to become a witch after a fateful event. In the first volume, the danger in the plot is only hinted at. I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to marathoning all the volumes I have one day.
Gingerbread Latte | A drink with a veritable explosion of spices
Recommend a book with a lot of action.
Assassin Nation, Vol. 1 by Kyle Starks, illus. by Erica Henderson
This comic book is full of action. It’s about a former hitman who hires the 20 best assassins in the world to protect him from someone targeting him. It’s a fun read, just not my jam.