'Winter is Coming' Book Tag

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                                          'Winter is Coming' Book Tag

In case you're wondering, this isn’t a Game of Thrones Book Tag.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first winter-y book tag I'm gonna do. This tag is called ‘Winter is Coming’, and is basically being done by me to welcome winter where I live. Sure, winter has already arrived in many parts of the world, but it was very late where I live.

Original tag was created by Katherine Barka; the original video is in the media, so go check that out if you like! So in this tag, I have 9 winter-y questions to answer. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Snow: It is beautiful when it first falls, but then it starts to melt. Choose a book/book series that you loved at the beginning but then, at the middle of it, realised you don’t like it any longer.

Ah, nice question.

I like almost every book I read, and even if I don’t, I usually finish the book even though I don’t want to. But a book/series that I loved at the beginning and then lost interest in is a new one for me.

I guess I did love the TimeRiders series by Alex Scarrow when I first discovered it. I bought and read the first five books of the series, but lately, I've noticed that I haven’t been paying any attention to the series. All the books are read only once, and that’s a first for me; I usually read all my books at least twice. It’s probably because I've discovered books and series that I love more than I do TimeRiders, but I've definitely lost a large degree of interest in that series.

Snowflake: Something beautiful and always different. Choose a book that stands out, that is different from all the other books you’ve read.

Did you know no two snowflakes are alike?

I'm gonna go with Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare for this question, purely for its ending. Clockwork Princess is the third book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, and the trilogy is extremely popular. And as such, the way the trilogy would end was one of the most debated topics for this series. And what a…satisfying ending it was.

I see no way where any reader would be left disappointed. If there's one book where the ending makes a lot of sense and doesn’t leave anyone dissatisfied, it’s this one. And I mean it…it’s crazy how the ending is written.

Snowman: It’s always fun to build one with your family. Choose a book that a whole family could read.

I'm not going to choose a classic for this one…

I think any family could do with a good dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul this winter season. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a huge collection of different books that have about 101 short stories depending on what the theme for the book is: Christmas stories if the book is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas, pet stories for a pet themed Chicken Soup book… the varieties are endless. There’re books for parents, mothers, fathers, teachers, grandparents, teens, pre-teens, pet lovers, food lovers, Christmas lovers…

And all the stories are contributed by millions of people all over the world. And all of them manage to leave the reader feeling warm and happy at the end. I absolutely love the books.

There at the side in the media is not even 0.1 % of the varieties of books they are. The good thing about these books is that there is a book for every kind of person. Not many books can claim that, but Chicken Soup can. 

Christmas: Choose a book that made you feel warm inside after reading it.

I choose Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, in particular the fifth book of the original series.

I enjoy reading Malory Towers a lot; I've always liked boarding school stories, and this one was by far, the most fun read. There were amazing, funny and diverse characters, brilliant storylines, especially the fifth book, as I mentioned. In that book, the characters have to organize a Christmas play as an end of term celebration. Needless to say, they did a fantastic job. I could almost imagine the whole pantomime they set up, with all the art and music and acting…the effort they put into it made me want their pantomime to succeed so badly.

And when it did, I was so happy for all of them. Yup, that book definitely made me feel warm and tingly all over.

Santa Claus: He brings wonderful presents. Choose a book that you’d like to get for Christmas.

Ooohh, I know!

I want The Dying of the Light: the last book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. I haven’t been able to buy or read the book ever since it came out in August, and I'm waiting to read it SO bad.

Snow bowling: It can be painful to be hit by a snowball. Choose a book that made you feel some strong emotion, like anger or sadness.

Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz.

I love The Power of Five so so SO much, and I loved the fifth and final book – Oblivion – even more. I had become so attached to all the characters and when it finally ended the way it did…I was so sad. I think I broke down for some time, because what happens to them is, quite frankly, heart wrenchingly sad. And I mean, the series had ended!!!

Sledding: We all loved it when we were younger. Choose a book that you loved when you were a child.

I've never gone sledding… But I want to!

I loved the My Secret Unicorn series by Linda Chapman a lot when I was a kid. It dealt with a girl called Lauren and her pony Twilight, who was actually a unicorn and turned into one when Lauren said the words of the Turning Spell. And they’d have all sorts of adventures: helping people out, going to camp, dealing with differences…and I think I learned a lot from the series when I was a kid. Not only horse related stuff, but also those simple things that books we read as kids teach us.

I truly enjoyed the series, even though I don’t read them now.

Frostbite: Choose a book that you were really disappointed in.

I genuinely thought I would like This Song Saved My Life by Leila Sales. It was all about music and DJ-ing, and I like music themed movies a lot, so when I saw a book that was music themed, I was psyched. But as Fate would have had it, I ended up not liking the book very much.

Reindeer: Something that is dear to us. Choose a book that is of great sentimental value to you.

All my books are of value to me, sentimental or otherwise. I had specific experiences while reading all of them, and it is fair to say that I cherish all of them equally; well, almost equally. Even so, I do care for all of them enough to not give them away even if I do not particularly like the book. As long as it is mine, I shall keep it and no one shall harm it.

That said, I hope you enjoyed this tag, and I hope all of you have an awesome winter, and I will see you again soon! Goodbye!!!

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