Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well! I can’t believe we’re over halfway through December already! I still have a few wintery book posts coming up this month but this week the lovely Bertie @LuminosityLibrary tagged me in the Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag, and I haven’t done a book tag in quite a while, so I’m very excited to do this one today!
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Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book?
Hmmm if you asked me this a year ago I would probably have said The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – it’s an all time favourite of mine that I read when it was first released and I read it in a day on the car journey home from our holiday in France. The world building is just so beautiful and I’ve always adored Erin Morgenstern’s writing style. However, I’ve read so many new favourites over the past year that there are some others I’d probably include, such as Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone!
Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it(a little morbid, but…)?
Ooooh this one’s tricky (and at this point I don’t think anything is too morbid for me – my girlfriend is an aspiring mortician!)! I think at this point I’d probably choose All the Paths to You by Morgan Lee Miller – it’s the second book in a duology, the first book being YA, the second new adult, and it’s a book that I just felt so, so seen by. I have a full review for it, but basically it talks a lot about the stress and pressures of sport and not feeling good enough, and how that can affect your mental health. As someone who’s competed in sports since they were very young (I’ve played netball, hockey and rugby all competitively), I could really see myself in the main character, Quinn.
Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside?(The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read?)
I’ve really got into the romance genre over the past year and I’m always excited to talk about adorable romances!! First off, I loved the romance in Skye Kilaen’s novella, Knock Me Down, which is a prequel to her newest book, Get It Right and it’s got the cutest himbo/ice queen dynamic that I absolutely adore! The romance in TJ Klune’s How to Be a Normal Person had me absolutely gushing the whole time I was reading it! It’s a really funny and sweet achillean romance between an autistic video shop owner and an asexual stoner who start’s working at his local coffee shop! I also recently found out that I’m a sucker for the fake dating trope, and I really enjoyed the fake dating romance in Barbara Winkes’ A Girlfriend for Christmas (which I’ll hopefully have a review up for soon!).
Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?
I’m currently in the middle of participating in the 12 Days of Queermas Readathon, so we might be here for a while if I talk about them all right now! However, some less Christmassy, more wintery in general books I’ve enjoyed are The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett which I read this month and adored! It’s a sapphic high fantasy with a mysterious and magical underwater kingdom and a hot warrior wife!! I’d also argue that Alexandria Bellefleur’s Written in the Stars also isn’t a Christmas book, per se, and I also really enjoyed that one – it was also the book that made me realise that I love fake dating!
Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?
The author that immediately comes to mind when I’m asked this question is Joan He! I read her debut, Descendant of the Crane, last year as an e-ARC and it was one of my favourite books of 2019! I can’t recommend it enough and I’m so sad about everything that’s happened with her publisher regarding the book. It’s a YA, Chinese-inspired high fantasy that has a ridiculous amount of twists and turns that force you to question everything you’ve read so far in the book! One of my favourite characters at the start of the book even ended up being one of my most hated by the end of it!! I’m so excited for Joan’s next book, The Ones We’re Meant to Find, as apparently there are even more twists and turns to look forward to, so it’s one of my most anticipated 2021 releases!
Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?
I hate saying that covers are ugly because I know how much work goes into them and I feel really bad for bashing somebody’s hard work, so instead I’m just going to go with a cover that I think is so bland, and for what!! It’s the cover for How to Be a Normal Person, like…I love minimalist covers but this is just something else! Where is the flavour!!! Especially compared to TJ Klune’s more recent books it’s just…not great! If I had just gone by the cover of this one alone I would not have picked it up, which is a crying shame because this book is just so hilarious and so much fun and I really would have been missing out!
Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read?
I’ve recently been devouring several queer Christmas novels a day, but a wee bit of a chunkier book that I binge read recently was Mary, Everything by Cassandra Yorke! I have a full review of this one too, but it’s a sapphic time travel novel, partially set in the 1920s, with a really great magic system, a group of kick ass girls, fighting the patriarchy and falling in love along the way! There’s a really sweet sapphic love triangle and the book is just so much fun! I couldn’t stop reading and I read all 400-odd pages of it in a day!
Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?
One of the books I really would love to get is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine! It literally sounds like everything I want in a high fantasy novel (and it’s sapphic)! Aside from all the amazing reviews I’ve read, the Goodreads synopsis alone sold it for me – Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.