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Books Under the Tree Tag πŸŽ„ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Books Under the Tree Tag

Hello fellow bookworms πŸŽ„Β  It’s finally time for a Christmas Tag!!! Even though I’m posting a bit more again in December I only had time for one festive Tag and managed to find one I hadn’t done yet! The Books Under the Tree Tag was created by Jessica & Christeena @ Game of Tomes and had questions I loved, so I picked it as my seasonal book Tag πŸŽ… I missed doing Book tags in November, so I’m happy to be back with some festiveness and fun questions about what I want to find under my Christmas Tree this year πŸ˜„πŸŽ„

Let’s start!!

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1. What book would you like to find under the tree this year?

I don’t have a huge wishlist this year πŸŽ„ As I spend a lot of money moving to my new flat, I probably won’t get many books for Christmas, but that’s okay. I still have a good physical & digital TBR as well as a great library access, so I’m happy with that. However, I wished for three books (all sequels) that I most want to read next year! It was hard to choose only three, but I went with what I most felt drawn to at the moment πŸ˜„ I’ve come to appreciate sci-fi a lot more this year, so I wished for two sequels to books I enjoyed. I adored Skyward, with it becoming a surprise favorite of the year, so I need to get to the sequel! I also liked Unearthed, but I read it over a year ago and still haven’t read the sequel Undying 😱 Here, I put the Kindle book on my wishlist, as it’s cheaper. Another book I enjoyed was Small Spaces and I really want to read Dead Voices, as it’s winter-inspired (each book in the series seems to be centered on a season) ❄

  • Starsight (Brandon Sanderson) πŸ“š Sequel to Skyward
  • Undying (Kaufman & Spooner) πŸ“š Sequel to Unearthed
  • Dead Voices (Katherine Arden)Β  πŸ“š Sequel to Small Spaces

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2. What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?

Radio Silence (Alice Oseman) πŸŽ„ This was surprisingly hard, as I a) haven’t read some of the books I received for Christmas years agoΒ  (I should probably get on to that) πŸ˜… and b) only found one book on my best-of lists I got for Christmas. In the end, I picked Radio Silence, which I think I got as a gift in 2018. It was the first book by Alice Oseman I picked up and I unexpectedly fell in love with the story! I could relate to the characters so much, loved the focus on artistic hobbies, and actually got interested in podcasts. I hadn’t been interested in them before, but after listening to Radio Silence I was a lot more open to trying them out πŸ₯° I already reread this year again this year as it has become such a comfort read for me! I’d definitely recommend it πŸ’•

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3./4. What book gives you all the Christmas feels & puts you in the Christmas spirit?

My True Love Gave to Me (Anthology) πŸŽ„ I feel like I reread the same festive books every year but one of my favorites is definitely My True Love Gave to Me! Normally I’m not a big fan of anthologies, as I never tend to like all the stories, but this book is the exception. I loved the majority of the festive stories, with only a few I liked a bit less. I love that each story has a different take on the season, with some being a bit more whimsical and others romantic. Rereading the stories never fails to put me in the Christmas spirit, so ever since I discovered this book all the way back in 2016, I have reread it around Christmas πŸ’• I’d definitely recommend it, even if you don’t usually reach for Anthologies!

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5. What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?

The Last Magician (Lisa Maxwell) πŸŽ„ I actually had three 1-star ratings to choose from this year, but in the end I went with the book that I had the highest hopes for. The Last Magician sounded so great: there’s time travel, magical abilities and a mysterious barrier keeping the magicians trapped. It could have been so great … yet instead the pacing dragged so much and the plot turned off course quickly for me. I also didn’t connect to any of the characters, nor did I see any positive relationships. Everyone was just at each other’s throats and while I kind of understood it, it was also sad to see no close bonds between the characters. Worst of all was the romance for me, as I thought the love interest was disrespectful and the relationship deeply unhealthy. So all in all, this was a disappointment for me πŸ˜”

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6. What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friend’s tree?

This is so hard as I loved so many books this year πŸŽ„ Yet I still love this question so much, as I have many books I’d love to gift others πŸ’• In the end I went with my three top books of 2020! Firstly, I had to mention Jackaby, as it was not only my first 5-star read of the year but also my favorite one πŸ₯° This is a backlist series about a paranormal eccentric detective, told in the POV of his assistant, a curious, clever woman. It’s set in the 1800s and gives off some Sherlock/Supernatural vibes πŸ˜„ Secondly, I also got obsessed with the Murderbot Diaries, a series of adult sci-fi novellas. The protagonist is a SecUnit (part bot/part human) owned by an evil corporation. The best things is that Murderbot is so socially anxious and therefore very relatable, yet also dangerous. Last but not least, I also loved Cemetery Boys, about a trans brujo dealing with an annoying, yet attractive ghost boy while trying to earn their respect. It had the best slow-burn romance, an interesting world and a great cousin dynamic πŸ’• I would definitely gift all of them to friends!

  • Jackaby (William Ritter) πŸ“š
  • All Systems Red (Martha Wells) πŸ“š
  • Cemetery Boys (Aiden Thomas) πŸ“š

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7. Challenge: create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

I don’t have that many books with me, but here we go! πŸŽ„ By luck, I actually had some green and red books with me at my university flat (though I barely have any green books πŸ˜‚), so I built this small festive stack of books in my kitchen πŸ₯°

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8. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Who do you tag?

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21 thoughts on “Books Under the Tree Tag πŸŽ„ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

  1. You know me, I am all for spreading the Jackaby love! And I adore how the books aren’t so long that they feel intimidating, while still having a fully packed plot. You only have one book in the series to go, am I remembering that right?

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  2. I can relate to still not having read some of the books I’ve gotten as gifts for past Christmases… oops. But that’s amazing that you got Radio Silence as a gift and loved it so much! ❀ Oof, I felt pretty much the same way about The Last Magician when I read it earlier this year, unfortunately. Your Christmassy book stack is so cute!! Thanks so much for tagging me, this looks so fun πŸ˜€

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    1. Radio Silence was truly so amazing, now I read some more of the books that I got gifted for the past Christmas πŸ˜„ The Last Magician was truly such a disappointment, I hope we find another time travel book to enjoy, as I was really looking forward to this aspect! Aw, thank you so much! I would love to read your answers πŸ’•πŸŽ„

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  3. Ah I loved reading all of your answers to this tag Caro. Christmas tags are the best, even though I haven’t done one this year hehe. I also don’t really have anything on my wishlist because Christmas isn’t that big this year ya know?? Love that you got Radio Silence, I think I actually got my copy at a Christmas sale so we’re kinda (not really twinning).

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas xoxox

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruby! πŸ’• I have only done this one when in the previous years I did several πŸ˜‚ But this means more for next year πŸ˜„ I feel you, Christmas just has a different vibe this year. Ohh, have you read Radio Silence yet? πŸ₯°
      Thank you! I hope you have a lovely Christmas as well β€πŸŽ„

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