Heads up for a Christmasy post is coming your way!

Since most of you are probably already sick and tired of Christmas everywhere I though I shall do YET ANOTHER Chritmasy post…because I am a great ruler of the dark galaxies that likes to make you all suffer (You know you loveee me!) just a tiny bit. Also I am pretty sure my bloodstream consists of 146% gingerbread and I am feeling like Buddy the Elf after breakfast at the moment so I am aggressively throwing tinsel at you.

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And this Tag was perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit but I thought I’ll be a way nicer spirit whisperer and bribe the spirit with dessert. As you do. Because remember kids: if you feed a ghost it will be your best friend (ahem I want a supernatural friend which can help me take over the world here ok leave me and my evil plans alone).

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I guess Buddy is just me all trough December

So I shall combine BOTH to achieve MAXIMUM FESTIVE MOOD! Because I am of the multitasking kind of lizards! (We are know to be vicious and bite people that tell us that is boring to get more books for Christmas)

DISCLAIMER: Spirit hunting and baking applies to those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas as well! I would never expect you not to become spirit whispers and/or rule the world – that’s universal.

The original video of the tag is here!


1.Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release/releases are you most anticipating?

I need this books yesterday please and thank you. I am one impatient squirrel that mostly doesn’t want to read anything except these books and I shall screech like a banshee from the top of my bookshelf and then proceed to hide in a cave (also called my room) until they come out.

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(#sneakpeak to my “most anticipated of 2018 list” but who here is even surprised you should know me better John I am rather predictible)

  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by Queen Cait comes out next year and asdfghjkl CAN YOU TELL I’M EXCITED ABOUT THIS?? (mostly because I like to think I #predicted it with my wonderful comments yes I have psychic powers #IoanaisElevenconfirmed)
  • Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED READS OF ALL TIME. I can already smell the tears and the heartbreak and I am so ready bring it on.


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

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  • Ahahaha need I even explain this? I am singing Maggie Stefvater‘s praises here because her writing is VERY (and I mean VERY) atmospheric. I feel the summer and the mosquito bites even in winter. Also her books have dragons and ghosts and this is basically a paranormal WITHOUT the romance ergo ME LIKEY.
  • Wow I’m sure you’re all oh so surprised that I am still endlessly praising Laini Taylor and her whimsical writing that reminds me of warm milk with honey and it makes my little lactose intolerant heart cry.


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


I will forever adore Six of Crows because mate that world is so realistic but also not? I love how intricate it is and I could read about it forever.

(wink wink nudge nudge Leigh please let me read about it forever I will give you 5 dollars and cookies if you write a sequel about Inej being a strong badass pirate with a strong girl crew ok just getting that out there please make it happen)

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4. A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read?

One thing nobody tells you about Romeo and Juliet is that it’s fricken hilarious ok. Leave the romance mate tell me that Mercutio is the sassiest character ever and he and Romeo spend a scene just sassing each other to death by calling each other a goose.

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Also A Christmas Carol is brilliant mostly because of the ghosts because who DOESN’T like a smol identity and existential crisis? And why do we still have so little ghosts stories I mean come on people, Dickens made them cool in 1843.

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

Just between you and me, I’ve already ordered about 12 books (which is A LOT for me ok) and they will arrive in time for Christmas so I’m already getting those under the tree. And since I have the memory of a boiled potato I don’t remember what I bought so it’s going to a surprise for everyone it seems!

But, as we all know: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS! Ergo here are some MORE books I wished I was getting for Christmas.

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


I am going with Carry On because 1. It takes place at Christmas (!!!) 2. It’s a Harry Potter kind story and obviously I love witches and wizards (probably because I can #relate – I always get places exactly when I mean to and I am rather eccentric). It’s also so fluffy and THERE BE DRAGONS mate.

 (Yes I did just manage to answer with a book with dragons for the fluff question this is my achievement I shall be rembered!)




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

Look at them. They are so beautiful I might actually try and eat them like  little cupcakes.

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8. Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas and/or some of your favourite memories?

This is going to sound so Romanian and I’m not even going to explain it: eating cozonaci and sarmale de post*.

As for favourite Christmas memories: it’s usually it’s the Christmases I spend at my grandparents house in the mountains with the whole family. That house it’s so old that it’s almost always cold inside (and we have to stay with our jackets snuggled in the living room) and it’s really close to the ski slopes where I go with my sleigh (since I’m actually terrified and I don’t know how to ski so I just stay in the kiddie part) and I freeze my toes off.

This year I might actually spend my Christmas with my smol cousins and one of them is littler and smoller and has just hatched and I might actually die because of how cute he is. Babies are adorable and I shouldn’t be trusted with them for that very reason.

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*this be food in case you haven’t figured that out. but please save me from myself, sarmalele de post are the best vegan food that people don’t say it’s vegan. it’s just because of the religious fast before the holidays but it’s the besttt.


I know what you might be thinking: “But Ioana -there wasn’t enough desert! You promised us dessert” And I get your concerns I really do- I would never be satisfied with any amount of sugar goodness either. But I would never lie to you now would I.



Foolproof plan of capturing spirits (believe me now):

  • Step 1: Bake dessert of choice (in my case → vanilla pudding pie)
  • Step 2: Powder with cinnamon.
  • Step 3: Arrange nicely on a plate.
  • Step 4: Try not to eat it.
  • Step 5: probably fail step 3.
  • oh no look what you’ve done
  • you can still celebrate because look at you go surviving 2017 you deserve it!

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25 thoughts on “The Joy of Christmas Book Tag // in which I bribe the Christmas spirit with pie

    1. Thank youuu ❤!! My love for pie knows no limits.
      Yesss that sounds like a great plan! Muggles will stare at us weirdly but I will trow pie at them because they don’t understand THAT IT’S NOT “JUST A BOOK” that’s coming out. It’s about the fate of my fictional children.

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  1. OH I am so, SO impatient to read Cait’s book as well, it sounds so good and it is a CONTEMPORARY and yes, I’m just so happy that her first released book will be a contemporary, they are my favorites ahah ❤
    Your choices of book covers are so on point, I love all of these, especially Starfish, it's so, so beautiful and Wild Beauty just as well ❤ ❤
    That was a really fun tag to read ❤

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    1. I knooww Cait has worked so hard she deserves this I AM SO EXCITED!! I cannot wait to have my heart broken and for the #foodapreciation. And I think her contemporaries are like 200% more tragic…to compansate….I am so ready for that!
      There were so many gorgeous books this year omg. Such a love for purple! And Starfish is beautiful even though the title doesn’t match the creature on it at all 😂.
      Thank youu ❤!!

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  2. You might not catch any spirits with that vanilla pudding pie, but you will catch me eating it! Haha.

    Oh yes I hope you do get Gentleman’s Guide and Monstress for Christmas. Those were both fantastic reads 😀

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    1. Maybe you’re a spirit and you don’t know it hmMmmm. I am glad we share a great love for vanilla pudding though!
      Ahhh Mostress is SO GOOD i want vol 2 so bad omg. Why does no one talk about it??? It breaks my smol heart.


    1. I admit I haven’t started eating sarmale and cozonaci YET! Mostly because my grandma hasn’t baked them yet (…sandhe’s waiting becau6she knows what’s up) I’m vegetarian. My whole life is a lie being a vegetarian Romanian is like being a vegetarian vampire….which is not fat off tbh. I HAVE BEEN EATING KURTOSH KALAC so I’m in Christmassy mood.


  3. I went and chekc how cozonaci is and YES. I want a piece too ❤ And all the rest. Every type of food from every country is welcome to me XD

    And 20 books O.O That's crazy and amazing and so bookish and so precius. I must try to gift myself because this is Christmas and by the first day of the year I'm gonna celebrate my birthday… so…

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    1. Cozonaci is a whole lot like panettone only a million times better because instead of fruit you PUT CHOCOLATE AND NUTS AND it’s basically the love child of brownies with panettone ok it’s heaven.

      Yeey happy early birthday I’m sure you’ll get yourself something very nice and bookish aswell ❤! Happy Holidays!

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    And six of crows. My beautiful Kaz. WESPER. WESPER IS SO PURE. ANd omg I would totally read a book where Inej is a captain of a pirate ship with all the females. OMG yes. And then I’d also read a short story about Nina running a bakery of some sort but then ends up eating all the goods anways. like “NINa’s WAFFLES” and then ugh I love my crew so much. AND THE RAVEN BOYSSSSS. I have to admit Blue Lily Lily Blue is my favourite.

    And omg! I HOPE YOU GET THE ACCIDENT SEASON FOR CHRISTMAS. I feel like I’ve hyped it up for you SO much and now you are not going to like it bc it will be #disappointing. Go me.

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    1. The first paragraph of this comment pretty much sums up my feelings since she announced it. Yes. That.

      I WOULD READ ANYTHING WITH NINA IN IT BECAUSE NINA IS ACTUALLY ME. And we need more stories with bakeries YES I APPROVE I now know what my first fanfic will be: Nina and Inej being happily BADASS at a bakery.

      I should’ve gotten Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Accident Season (…is it bad that I order my own Christmas gifts?? 😂) but it’s not like the shipping took so long now I have to wait until 2018 to get the books I ordered. This is fineeee. *screaming inside*




      1. OMG JUST IMAGINE. Inej is the captain of the female pirate ship and THEN!! nina bakes nice things for all of them and they all have rum and waffles. OMG. we need to write this

        I’m excited to see what books you get! in…2018 hahahah.


        Ahh yep! I don’t celebrate Christmas BUT LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR because festivity! FOOD! fairy lights! tinsel! ALL THE FUNNNNNNNNN.

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      2. Well I’m glad you’re enjoying this time of year!! THE FOOD ❤!! I am here for the food.

        We are ofc co-writing a 6 book series about Inej and Nina being pirates and baking. Also Kaz can be there and SOMEBODY GIVE THE BOY SOME WAFFLES?? LIKE IMAGINE A CUTE SCENE WHERE KAZ GOES ALL SOFT BECAUSE LOOK WAFFLES ARE UNIVERSALLY GOOD AND HE LOVES THEM?? AND THEN NINA TEACHES INEJ AND INEJ TEACHES KAZ HOW TO MAKE THEM?? Because they are DORKS?! Also another scene where Inej and Nina badly sing A Pirate’s Life for Me from Pirates of the Caribbean?! IMAGINEEE THE POSSIBILITIES!!!


      3. And then Inej is deciding what to name her ship and Nina is just like “Inej srsly name it Waffles” And they sail on THE WAFFLEs and they eat WAFFLEs on THE WAFFLES. Omggggg kaz going soft for waffles and then inej giving it to him and he taking it with his gloved hand and then taking his gloves off to eat and then gyjsgfhdkfksdfshsushjdfkhk AND THEN THEY’RE ALL BAKING AND THEY’RE ALL LEARNING AND THEN KAZ HANDS BRUSHES INEJ WHILE THEY@RE ALL COOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 AND OMG Remember the scene in Soc when Inej says to Nina sing to me when she’s recovering and then Nina sings and IT’S BEAUTIFUL OMG

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      4. EATING WAFFLES ON THE WAFFLES SOUNDS LIKE WHAT I WANT TO DO IN MY FUTURE YES LET’S DO THAT. Get this: The most feared ship in all Ketterdam…it’s a legend and a ghost story for the bad guys….THE WAFFLES. Ahjskakl.

        YESSSSS OMG WAIT I AM ACTUALLY FANGIRLING OVER OUR HEADCANONS THIS IS GENIUS. AND YES THEM TOUCHING SHOULD DEF BE LIKE THAT BECAUSE THAT’S ADORABLE. I AM PUKING RAINBOWS. Like we all know Kaz is a Soft Boi (MURDEROUS but soft) so he is so supportive of his GORGEOUS GIRFRIEND (excuse him he is still blushing because omG GIRFRIEND) and he’s like “kick their asses baby I got yo waffles”.


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