The Twelve Reads of Christmas

On the first day of christmas my true love gave to me, a christmassy themed book tag. Or something.

I’ve seen a few takes on using the Twelve Days of Christmas as a base for some themed questions so I thought it might be fun to come up with my own prompts as a way to look back on the years reading.

So the rules I set myself were – I can only answer with a book I’ve read this year and I also tried to only use a book a once, which no word of a lie meant I had to redo my answer list multiple times as I shifted books around for the most appropriate answer. You know how it is, if you truly love a book it can probably tick half a dozen boxes on any favourites question list on its own.

The prompts I came up with all make sense to me so hopefully they do to you as well!

If you feel like answering the questions yourself, go right ahead, I would love to see what other people come up with 🙂

A Partridge in a Pear Tree – A single character that has stuck in your memory throughout the year

For this I chose Frankenstein’s monster. I read this for the first time back in July and I have not been able to stop thinking about the monsters story ever since. It was a truly heartbreaking tale and although I gave it 4/5 at the time I read it I think it might have to be upgraded given the impact it’s had. It’s definitely gone down as one of my all time favourite classics.

Two Turtle Doves – Your favourite literary couple

So as I read a hell of a lot of romance this one took some narrowing down. I had options from Elizabeth and Darcy to Nick and Charlie from the Heartstopper graphic novel series but in the end I knew it had to be a pick from my favourite series of the year the Green Creek series by T J Klune. And while Cater and Gavin in the last book Brothersong are close contenders I had to pick Oxnard Matheson and Joe Bennett. I’ve read Wolfsong twice this year and could easily pick it up again. I adore Joe and Ox and their mystical moon magic mate bond!

Three French Hens – A translated book or book with its own language

This was a really tough one for me to complete as I’ve not read any translated books this year or too many with prevalent other languages in the story. I did read the Hobbit so that was an option however I went with the world of Eragon which has Elvish and Dwarvish and which I got ridiculously excited about in the middle of Waterstones when I spotted the new short story collection The fork, The Witch and The Worm. It’s set after the events of the Inheritance Cycle and gave me all of the nostalgic vibes for one of my all time favourite series. I am way past due for a reread!

Four Calling Birds – Like calls to like, name your favourite found family

So I just had to go with The House in the Cerulean Sea for this one. The story of Linus Baker and all of the magical children and how they all found a place in the world alongside each other was such a heartwarming tale. It’s also really quite funny at times and delivers quite a profound message underneath all the magic and humour. I’ve been telling everyone I come across that they need to read this book and I’ll probably never stop recommending it.

Five Gold Rings – Your favourite rags to riches storyline

I thought I’d pick something a bit out of the box for this one and go with Wade Watts in Ready Player One. Wade lives in the slums in this dystopian sci fi and his only escape is into the online world of the Oasis. The Oasis in which he cracks the first clue into a years old competition set by the creator with the ultimate prize: control of the Oasis. This was a really fun read and I loved the fact that Wade, a young boy, manages to make such a big impact and change his future for the better. Or so it seems anyway, I’ve still not read the sequel yet so maybe it doesn’t last, who knows?

Six Geese a Laying – The best laid plans, name your favourite plot twist

Illuminae, no questions asked. I don’t read a lot of thrillers so my pool of choices to pick from is probably a lot smaller than most peoples however, I do have a nasty habit of being able to guess the plot twist in nearly all the books I read or TV shows/films I watch. It something that really annoys me so when I get that rare gem of a twist that I just completely wasn’t expecting, it really sticks with me. And Illuminae was that book! I still feel a little ridiculous with how blindsided I was by it 🙂

Seven Swans a Swimming – Your favourite book containing a sport of some kind

So the cat is out of the bag here, it’s time to admit that I have spent a fair portion of my time this year binge reading American hockey romances. It started out with Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen which I ended up loving and it all spiralled from there! I also kind of blame my kindle unlimited subscription for this because once I’d read one sports romance it was happy to keep throwing recommendations my way. My favourite that I’ve read however was Heated Rivalry possibly because its a more recent read but more than likely it’s because it has a good ol’ hate to love romance in there. It’s M/M (like the cover didn’t give it away) and there’s also somewhat of a ‘taboo’ element to it as the media has billed the two boys as the biggest rivalry in the hockey league so if they’re found out it could impact massively on their careers. This is a steamier romance read so be warned if thats not your kind of thing.

Eight Maids a Milking – Milking it, name the most dramatic character

Nick the title character has ADHD and is a ridiculously massive drama queen. I loved it! His theatrics over the slightest little issue and the way he can jump from one conclusion or hairbrained idea to another means he always manages to blow everything completely out of proportion. It makes for a hilarious read. And yes, this is the third book on this list by T J Klune and no I don’t have a problem.

Nine Ladies Dancing – Your favourite group of literary ladies

Now I may possibly be breaking my own rules a little here as I’m not sure of the exact date I finished this book (how embarrassing!) but I’ve a feeling it was at the beginning of January this year. I only started seriously tracking my reading again on goodreads in mid January and I definitely started reading it in December in prep for watching the film, which I still haven’t seen by the way, so I’m giving myself a little leeway and counting it as I know it took me a good few weeks to actually finish reading it.

I loved the dynamic of the March sisters, Jo being my favourite and I really enjoyed reading about their lives growing up. I’m not sure if I’ll ever reread this as I may have had a bit of a strop about Jo turning down Laurie that clouded my reading experience for the second half of the book but hey ho, I’m sure I’ll get over it eventually :’)

Ten Lords a Leaping – Name a character that the author had jumping through hoops

Alina Starkov went from a quiet little map maker in the army to a powerhouse of a magical user and was forced to grapple with the saving the fate of a kingdom. Within the three books of this trilogy it seemed like every time Alina made a little progress or thought she was onto a win, a massive curveball hit and shattered her prospects forcing her back to square one. It was a wild ride with a lot going on but it kept me on the edge of my seat thats for sure.

Eleven Pipers Piping – Following along to the tune of the main story, name your favourite supporting character

Alex Twaddle is the coworker of main character Luc O’Donnell. He is unapologetically posh and honestly is one of the funniest characters I’ve ever read about. To be honest this whole book is hilarious, I listened to it on Audiobook which is a format I usually struggle with but the narrator was excellent and I was honestly belly laughing at times. Alex however was comedic gold as a character purely because he was so posh, and also a little lacking in the brains department, that everything went over his head. It’s my favourite thing in books or tv/film when there is a comedy supporting character as I think they can make or break a story. Alex has definitely been my favourite one to date.

Twelve Drummers Drumming – War drums, name a book with an epic battle (verbal/physical/mental you pick)

I took this one literally and while this isn’t very christmassy I know (I possibly should have gone for a book with an epicly hilarious sibling scrap to fit with the season) but I do love a good battle/fight scene and so I went with Skyward. Sanderson’s writing of the aerial battles in this blew me away. It was frantic, high stakes and I was totally there for it. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out. Fingers crossed it will be in 2021.

So there you have it, my own version of a Twelve Days of Christmas prompt list. I had fun coming up with ideas for this. Trying to narrow down my answers from this years reads without picking the same book twice was a bit of a stretch but I got there in the end!

Let me know if you give it a go or what your answers would be.

See you in the next one folks,

Jen x

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