Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Just in time for the holiday, I’ve found an excellent book tag!  I stole this from Way Too Fantasy; the tag itself originated at Sam’s Nonsense. I’ll be taking time off tomorrow and possibly the next few days to enjoy time with family, so everyone have the merriest of holidays!

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

To pick a few, that would be A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine, HOLLOW EMPIRE by Sam Hawke, STORM OF LOCUSTS by Rebecca Roanhorse, and MASTER AND APPRENTICE by Claudia Gray.

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

Katherine Arden’s WINTERNIGHT trilogy is absolutely beautiful.  I will sing the praises of her writing style high and low.  It is simple yet evocative, her characters are raw and complex.  Vasya is a powerhouse of a woman, her inner strength making her a formidable foe long before she learned to set things on fire with her mind.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

I’m going to get away from my favorites and recognize a work I haven’t in a book tag before: Adrian Selby’s THE WINTER ROAD.  Selby absolutely immerses you in the world of the Circle, in everything from how the protagonist speaks to how plants and their uses are integral to every aspect of the culture.

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells.  I was amazed at how much this over 100-year-old sci-fi novel DIDN’T feel stuffy.  It was tense and imaginative and definitely deserves the recognition it gets as an establishing pillar of the genre.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

I mean, if someone from the future wants to drop a completed copy of the sequel to Brandon Sanderson’s SKYWARD, that would be delightful.  A more realistic wish?  How about LAKE SILENCE by Anne Bishop?  It’s been a while since I’ve curled up with an urban fantasy.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon, hands down. This book was fluff in the best possible sense of the word, an absolute delightful rom-com!

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

Back to the WINTERNIGHT trilogy for this one.  The combined cover art of all three books is my absolute favorite.  Other good covers are THUNDERHEAD, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, and THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES. 2019 shout-out to SHIP OF SMOKE AND STEEL and SORCERY OF THORNS, I literally stop and stare at those covers every time I pass them in my media folder.

Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I’ve been very fortunate to spend Christmas with my family every year, so Christmas has a lot of good memories for me.  There’s board games, day-after-Christmas shopping with my mom, and movie marathons. And plenty of times there’s just a bunch of people chilling in a room together, doing their own thing (like reading a book!) but enjoying being in each other’s company.

I hope that wherever your travels take you, you have a wonderful holiday!

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