12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Hello, reader!

There’s just three more days until Christmas and I realized I haven’t done a single Christmas book tag! Thankfully, there is a plethora of them floating around the blogosphere right about now. One that caught my interest was the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

I’ve seen it on quite a few blogs that I follow, but it was originally created by Β Lizzie Loves Books. It’s based on the song “12 Days of Christmas” and you have to pick a book for each of the days. It looked like a lot of fun, so I decided to give it a go! Some of the questions definitely had me scratching my head, but I tried to mix it up and mention some books I haven’t talked about a lot on here.

With that said, let’s jump in!


ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Though I’ve mentioned this book on my blog before, I feel like I don’t talk about it nearly enough. It was such a random find that I ended up loving! It’s spooky, it revolves around Edgar Allan Poe, and there’s puzzles! I thought this was such an interesting book and I was completely invested in it from page one until the end. Puzzles in books are the way to get me, I tell ya. This is also one of the few standalones I five starred this year.


ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Kit and Jett from The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

I’m not a hug OTP person. I don’t tend to read books for romance (excluding romances, of course), but I do enjoy when romance is included. And yet I don’t have a book couple that I would absolutely ride or die for. That being said, I thought the relationship between Kit and her best friend, Jett, was the cutest! It was a nice side story to the main plot and it made my heart happy πŸ’–


ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

The Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

This question made me realize that I haven’t completed a lot of trilogies. I’ve started quite a few, but I’m apparently rather bad at finishing what I’ve started πŸ˜‚ (Perhaps a goal for the new year??) Anyways, I don’t talk about my love of V.E. Schwab’s writing on my blog nearly enough. I discovered her through this series and have been hooked ever since! I adored this trilogy. The world-building in incredible, the characters (Kell! Rhy! Lila!) are incredible, and the story just sucks you in.


ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire

I discovered this series last year and fell hard. I love it so much! It’s whimsical and dark and fun. I have my favorites of the series (Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a gem) but I’ve enjoyed every single one, so far. Also, they’re all super short so it’s easy to tear through the series. You can pick one up, get lost for an hour or two, and them move on to the next adventure. The last book in the series comes out next month and I cannot wait!


ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Doctor Fid from Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss

This is a book I haven’t been able to talk about here because it read it as one of the panelists for the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award. Thankfully, the winners have now been announced (Fid won second place!) so I can gush to my heart’s content! I feel like I’m probably cheating here as Fid is technically a villain, but he’s also the protagonist of this story. He’s also awesome. I haven’t enjoyed an anti-hero this much in quite some time! I can’t wait to continue on with this series.


ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

I haven’t talked about this book much as I’ve recently finished, but I freakin’ loved it! One of my favorite things about this book was the world-building. It’s set in the real world, but with the supernatural permeating throughout. I loved how it all was integrated together and I loved the many layers of the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. There’s so much to sink your teeth into and, trust me, you don’t want to let go. I’m already eager for the sequel and this book isn’t even out yet!


ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Barf from The Merciful Crow series by Margaret Owen

Now, I know that I’ve talked about this series quite a bit on the blog, but I would fight people to keep Barf safe. Barf is best cat and deserves the world! She’s not necessarily the most helpful animal companion (though she has her moments) but she is still perfect and, therefore, my favorite. We all deserve a Barf in our lives, lol.


ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell/illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Though Rainbow Rowell is problematic, I found myself really loving this cute graphic novel. Did I see where it was going almost immediately? Yes, but it’s about the journey! At least in this case it was and the fact that this novel is set at a pumpkin patch with a ton of fair food, the journey involved a lot of food. I’m a sucker for fair food, so I found myself getting hungry quite a bit as I read through this, lol. Just thinking about it makes me want a funnel cake…


ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

Bree from Legendborn by Tracey Deonn

I don’t shout about this book nearly as much as I should because it’s incredible, so I had to add this to the tag. It certainly fits this prompt because Bree is such a complex and amazing female lead! I loved how real she feels, like I might actually run into her on the UNC campus. She’s fierce, she’s smart, and she is turning legends on their heads. I love Bree and I’m excited to continue following her story!


ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.

How about your favorite leading lad?

Jess Brightwell from The Great Library series by Rachel Caine

This is a series that I’ve mentioned a lot on my blog, but it just doesn’t get the attention it deserves! It’s an incredible series with fantastic world-building, intense action, and wonderful characters. My favorite has to be the main character, Jess Brightwell. He’s smart and cunning, but with a moral compass that gets him into more trouble than you would think. He’s a great character to follow and to watch grow throughout the series.


ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING.

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

This is definitely a book I don’t talk about enough! This story follows the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as she and her brother venture through a magical kingdom. Music is at the core of this book and that’s one of the reasons I loved it so much. It’s also very atmospheric and the writing will transport you. I loved how the music was tied into the magic of the world and I’m a little sad that this book is a standalone. I could definitely spend more time with the Mozart siblings!


ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING.

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

I don’t think anyone is surprised by this πŸ˜‚ I read this book back in April and have been over the moon about it ever since! I’ve even re-read it already and I’m not one to re-read books. Especially in the same year that I originally read it! This book has everything, y’all. It has a strong plot, lush settings, intriguing and vivid characters… the works! It’s the start of a series and sets it up so well that I am desperate for the next book. It’s supposed to be coming out next year, so you already know what my most anticipated book of 2021 will be!


I feel like most everyone I know has already done this tag. If you haven’t and it seems fun to you, consider yourself tagged! If you do end up making your own post, leave me a link in the comments. I would love to read your answers!

And, as always, happy reading!

12 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

  1. Ooh, what a fun tag! 😍 I loved reading your answers as well. I really need to (finally) pick up my copy of Kingdom of Back. It sounds like such a unique premise and like nothing I’ve read before. I also totes agree with Pumpkinheads. That GN made me *soo* hungry for all the fall things that we don’t have in the tropics πŸ˜‚ LOL

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  2. Great tag Kerri! I am right there with you on Amari! She is wonderful and her supernatural world is fantastic! I am very interested in Kingdom of Back. That one sounds amazing. I received Legendborn from my Secret Santa and I am quite eager to read it. Things slow down a little bit in the new year and I hope that leaves me more time for some fun reads.

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