and welcome to Blogmas Day 22. I am currently suffering from Blogger’s Block and was absolutely out of ideas so I decided to do the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag. This tag was created by LizzieLovesBooks . Go check out her channel and let’s get on with the tag.
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?
This is difficult to answer but I think my favourite stand alone might probably be Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I guess this one because I could really connect to the characters.
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?
I have so so many but I’ll go with Solangelo or Romione. I don’t love Romione that much but I think they’re perfect for each other and love and care for each other a lot.
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?
I haven’t read a lot of trilogies but I’ll go with The Maze Runner trilogy. I know a lot of people don’t like it that much but I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love with the books (or characters to be exact).
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?
I feel that I should choose something besides Harry Potter since I usually choose this series. So I’ll without a doubt go with Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. There is just something about this series which makes it so wonderful that I can’t stop loving it.
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?
Bellatrix counts right? Even if she doesn’t, I am going to choose her. Definitely the best villain out there.
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?
I can’t think of any at the moment because there are so many out there. So skip.
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?
Blackjack from Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. I didn’t know that even Pegasus can be funny.
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?
I can’t think of any except for Harry Potter. The food is as wonderful as the characters and the world.
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?
Annabeth, definitely. That girl can judo-flip and she’s the wisest girl. Do I need to say anything more?
ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.
How about your favorite leading lad?
Percy Jackson was the only protagonist I ever liked along with Leo Valdez. I love these two boys.
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.)
I can’t think of any book right now. Can you? Tell me in the comments.
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?
Best read would go to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. These two books were absolutely amazing.
So that is it for this tag. Some of these questions were really hard to answer. Also good news, Holidays have started however I have two important conferences this Saturday and Sunday and I am not ready. Wish me luck. Tell me in the comments your favourite read of this month and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
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Disclaimer – This is Time Out. Where we discuss. That’s a bad disclaimer so let’s move on.
and sorry for that weird disclaimer. But it’s time for another discussion post. And this time I want to discuss something related to authors or writers. Names. I don’t know why but authors seem to love giving their characters the weirdest or the most difficult names to pronounce. Like we know you authors want to be original and different, but sometimes you all take that originality way too far.
Also note that I am in no way making fun of the authors or the book or the characters. I just want to talk about how it’s becoming difficult and difficult to pronounce a character’s name.
Let’s take Hermione (from Harry Potter series) as an example. Now any Potterhead out there would be like, ‘pfft, this is easy to pronounce.’ And yes, I know this is easy to pronounce. But the young eleven year old me didn’t know that. I remember when I started reading this series, I pronounced Hermione as Her-me-oh-knee. I guess Victor Krum and I were twinning, but seriously how is one supposed to pronounce Hermione. I was pretty sure I was pronouncing it right, when my sister brought me back down to Earth and told me that it’s pronounced as Her-my-a-knee. And even now when a person reads Harry Potter first time, most of the time they always pronounce Hermione as Her-me-oh-knee.
The let’s come to this Wattpad novel, The Face Thief, I just found. Now the novel is amazing, the plot is amazing but the names, Yeah, I’m having trouble with them. The names are actually Russian but was it so important to add this name in the book, and also when the world’s worst name-pronouncer person is reading it. So the character’s full name is ‘Malkovya “Kovya” Karazamova‘. When I read it I was amazed. I had never heard of a name like this. like why do you want to make it more difficult. It’s a good thing the author wrote a whole chapter dedicated to pronunciation but still I’ll always have to come back to the chapter to see how the name is pronounced because I’ll definitely not remember. And not just one name there are a lot of names, not to mention the names of cities, regions, countries, soldiers etc.
And these are just two names. There are a thousand names out there which when you first read, seem absolutely ridiculous. My question is why? Why do authors do this to us? I mean what did I do wrong that you have to punish me by including the most unusual names in your books?
Do you, like me, sometimes feel that authors could have gone for a much easier and less unique name or do you feel that these names make the story more magical. Tell me in the comments below and I’ll see you next time.
Ps – Can someone tell me how to pronounce Levi (from Fangirl) is it Lee-vey or Lee-vai.
Ps s – I have a challenge for you all. Try pronouncing ‘Inessa Arshavina‘ 5 times without fail.
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