The Joy of Christmas Book Tag (Blogmas day 16)

It is time for another tag post. Are you excited? I know that I am!

This tag was created by Samantha at Novels and Nonsense. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I decided to do it anyway. So, without further ado, let’s move on to the tag…

1. Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

20556439My answer to this question would have to be Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill. This is the penultimate book in the Chicagoland Vampires series, which I have loved from the very first book and I can’t wait until I get to the end! I have even requested a review copy through Netgalley, but I don’t believe there’s a chance I’m going to get it. 😦

As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice…

A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long…

Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…

33427642. Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan. I will not comment more on this, since I have recently posted a review on this book. There many other books I love, of course, but I wanted to talk about something that I read this year.

Set hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians’ Guild, THE MAGICIAN’S APPRENTICE is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants—and, to Tessia’s delight—regular trips to the great city of Imardin.

But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For great danger looms on the horizon for Tessia and her world.

220797353. Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

The Song of Ice and Fire series. Even though I have read only the first book and even though I didn’t really enjoy A Game of Thrones , it does have wonderful world building.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must …and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

6168614. A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read.

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. I know it’s not very Christmasy, but I loved reading it as a child. I had this very old copy that was passed down to me by my father and I have read it so many times that I have lost count.

Just arrived in Paris and looking for adventure, D’Artagnan finds more than he bargains for. Within hours he has offended three of the King’s musketeers – and has to duel with all of them! Within days he’s in love…and embroiled with spies, politicians, English noblemen, and being seduced by the most beautiful – and deadly – woman in France: Milady de Winter! Filled with intrigue, mystery, passion, comedy and deadly peril, “The Three Musketeers” is the original swashbuckling adventure!

73150955. Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. I’ve wanted to read this book for ages. In fact, I already own a copy of it. But when I bought my edition I hadn’t noticed that it was written in Middle English.

The procession that crosses Chaucer’s pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters — including Chaucer himself — are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses. When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English at a time when Latin was the standard literary language across western Europe, the magnitude of his achievement is even more remarkable. But Chaucer’s genius needs no historical introduction; it bursts forth from every page of The Canterbury Tales.

If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.

cover6. Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.

Midnight’s Bride by Sophie Johnson. I just love this book. It’s sweet and it’s funny and the romance is just so beautifully written.

The Heart Of A Warrior

Mereck of Blackthorn has vowed never to love-for he is cursed with baresark blood and it runs hot. But he must take a wife. When he meets Netta of Caer Caldwell, he is willing to spirit her away from her father’s violence, even if he refuses to give her his heart.

The Soul Of A Lover

With her father determined to be rid of her, spirited Netta cannot escape marriage to the heathen Mereck. But she soon learns that he is not the barbarian he believes himself to be-and his kisses fire her blood with a passion she longs to claim.

7. Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

8. Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

My favorite thing about Christmas is when all of my family and friends gather together. We set a huge table full of my favorite foods and we all sit down and eat and talk and laugh. I always have such a great time.

There is something about being in a house surrounded by people eating together and having fun, that makes me feel warm and happy and loved and safe.

It’s something that doesn’t happen in every country. I mean, when I visited Hungary as a child at Christmas the streets were empty and it was the same as in Austria, where I visited my aunt Helen last year. But even if everyone is staying with their families it is not the same. Here in Greece we don’t just gather the closest family members. Every Christmas (and Easter and other holidays) there are around 15 people at my house and there have been more at times. We invite my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends. My family is not consisted of just me, my father, my mother, and my sister. It includes my grandparents and my parents’ siblings and their children at least. If you’ve heard people talk about Greek families being huge, that was the reason why. Aunts, uncles and cousins they are all family. Everyone is always included. And even if it can be difficult having so many people trying to run your life, still you always know that there are people that care about you people that you can trust to have your back in a difficult situation.

So, this was the Joy of Christmas Book Tag. I hope you liked it. I won’t tag anyone specifically, but if you’d like to do it, then consider yourself tagged.

So tell me…

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas? What is it you anticipate most every Christmas? What do Christmas days look like in your country? Share it with me in the comments below. And if you do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag then leave a link to your post/video in the comments so that I can go read it.

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