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.

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O.W.L. Magical Readathon | 2019

I’ve decided to participate in one of the most creative and fun readathons I’ve ever seen — the Magical Readathon created by booktuber, the Book Roast.

I love and appreciate the amount of work and detail that went into creating it. The readathon is inspired by the Harry Potter books and is separated into two parts that are based on the wizarding exams mentioned in the books:

O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels), which take place April 1-30, and N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests), which are held August 1-31.

Those who participate in this readathon aim for a wizarding career (auror, herbologist, Hogwarts professor, etc.), which are outlined in a career guide. Like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, we’ll all take O.W.L.s and then N.E.W.T.s and must past them to be qualified for the wizarding career of our choice.

I won’t go into more details than that, but this is a fun readathon to participate in whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan. I urge you to join in. You can learn more about the readathon here.

I’ve decided to aim for a career as an

Aurologist

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“To Night Owl from Dogfish” by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

This was a sweet story and a fun read. I heard of it from Book Riot’s All the Books podcast and decided to try it because Liberty said it’s like The Parent Trap and I loved that movie (both the original with Hayley Mills and the remake with Lindsey Lohan).

Genre:

Middle-grade contemporary

Pubbed:

February 2019

Quick summary:

When Bett Devlin learns that her dad is conspiring with his new boyfriend to send her and his boyfriend’s daughter to summer camp, she reaches out to the boyfriend’s daughter, Avery Bloom, so that they can devise a plan to thwart their fathers’ intention.

The fathers are single gay dads who met at a conference and started to date. They’d like their daughters to get along, so they conspire to send them to the same summer camp; but Bett and Avery have other plans and instead vow NOT to be friends and definitely not let their dads date each other. But nothing goes as planned.

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“The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey

Sometime last year, I listened to an episode of Myths & Legends podcast (Ep. 96 – Russian Folklore: Cold as Ice) that discussed folktales about snow children. It got me wondering about Eowyn Ivey’s book The Snow Child. I wondered if Ivey’s novel was similar to the stories I heard on the podcast. I got curious and was tempted to read the novel, which I’d bought in the previous year because bloggers and booktubers were all speaking of it and saying how great the story and the prose are.

But I procrastinated on reading the book and didn’t do so until January this year thinking that winter may be the best time to read it. It was and it was pretty good.

Genre:

Historical fiction
Magical realism

Pubbed:

February 2012

Quick summary:

It’s the 1920s in America — the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties with great outrageous parties filled with pump and style. But we get none of that glitz and glamour of the 1920s in The Snow Child. Instead, the story sits us on a quiet homestead in Alaska where an old couple live.

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“Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris

Whenever I write a review of a book I listened to, the review becomes a reflection of my experience listening to the story told to me rather than my thoughts on the story. I always have to start with such a reflection because listening to audiobooks is still a new experience for me, one that I’m surprised I’ve stuck with for so long and have taken a liking to.

I would never have thought of myself as an avid listener of audiobooks, but the format is growing on me, especially since I mostly listen to it at work and most of my duties there are dull and repetitive so I look for other things to engage my mind. I surprised myself that I’m able to pay attention to and remember what’s said. I’m a visual learner and I struggle sometimes to focus when only listening, but it seems that my increasingly frequent use of audiobooks is training me to learn and remember things in a different way.

Unfortunately, this new turn in my learning development is slow and happened after I read Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.

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“The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais” (illus.), transl. by Jeremy Melloul

The first picture book I read this year gives me a story about a little wolf in a red cloak travelling through the wood to visit his grandmother.

What does that remind you of?

Genre:

Children’s fantasy

Pubbed:

June 2014

Quick overview:

The Little Red Wolf is a children’s picture book that’s inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairytale Little Red Riding Hood.

It was originally published in French but was translated to English by Jeremy Melloul. The English version was published in October 2017. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I borrowed this book from the library, but I was delighted by what I read. I became aware of the book through booktube so when I saw it at the library, I grabbed it.

The Little Red Wolf gives us a Little Red Riding Hood story with a twist — it’s from the perspective of a wolf. I don’t believe that’s a spoiler since you can deduce that much from the cover. It’s a sweet, charming tale about a little wolf travelling through the forest to his grandmother’s home to bring her some food since she has lost all her teeth and can no longer hunt.

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