My very first book tag!!!! I am smiling ear to ear. This is just such a-child-at-heart fun that I cannot resist (and really don’t want to anyway) and have to participate pronto.
It is most definitely not winter where I live (I am looking at you 35*C and 80% humidity!) but we all know I dream of winter and snow all the time, so I am just going to use this book tag to indulge in my musings. I may or may not be sipping on hot chocolate and wearing flannel pajamas while I write this ….. Also, I am only considering wintery books or books I’d read during the winter as my answer options.
One: What book is so happy and so sweet that it just warms your heart?
Snow and Rose is a fantastic retelling of what might be my favorite Grimm fairytale. I have such nostalgia listening to the story the way my grandma told me and Emily Winfield Martin lived up to that. Her reimagining fit the atmosphere and characters perfectly. I read her book for the first time last Christmas and am pretty certain I will do the same this year.
Two: What’s your favorite book with a white cover?
Winterbay Abbey is a Gothic horror delight. It has all the elements for a perfectly spooky read: an abbey set in rural Maine, mysterious drownings in a dark sea surrounded by sharp cliffs, rumors and secrets, and an unreliable and desperate protagonist.
Three: You’re sitting in a nice, comfortable chair with a cup of hot chocolate. What monster book are you reading?
No list would be complete without at least one Stephen King book. Misery is the quintessential book to read on a winter night, alone, curled up with a blanket and a hot beverage. And as I always say, the real monsters are always mankind!
Four: It’s snowing outside and you decide you want to have a snowball fight. What fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with?
If there ever was a trilogy to start on a wintery day, it would be this one, the Winternight Trilogy. Vasya is so badass and cunning, and she defies so many odds that I would love to be friends with her. I am sure she’d beat me in a snowball fight in a second but I wouldn’t care! The second book in the series is by far my favorite: Vasya really shines in that one.
Five: Sadly, your campfire is dying. What last few chapters of a book would you throw in the fire to revive it and keep yourself warm?
I had slated The Winter People to be my answer for question two until I remembered how annoyed I was by the ending. It was flat, way too short, and felt almost like an afterthought. This book would’ve been fantastic – … everything until the very last pages was pure perfection. The last pages can definitely be used as kindling! No one needs them in their life!
Six: What book do you love so much that you would buy another copy of it to give to someone as a Christmas gift (or any gift really) to inspire them to start reading?
I can’t count the ways in which I adore this novel. The Snow Child is so superbly whimsical. The prose is flawless for the setting and plot. There is so much magic and charm. This is definitely a book that I think everyone should read. A great gift choice!
Seven: Who do you tag? This is completely optional, so if I tagged you, and you don’t feel up for it, just ignore me.
Anyone who’d like to participate!