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  • Kristina Elyse Butke

Thanksgiving Book Tag


Various pumpkins, squashes, pinecones, and autumn leaves frame the words Thanksgiving Book Tag on a white background
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Happy Thanksgiving, friends and family! I wanted to do something themed on the blog for today and I couldn't decide if I wanted to do another book tag or if I wanted to do Thanksgiving-themed questions. Well, as I'm a writer who loves to read, the book tag won out. I found this holiday tag over on Past Midnight. Enjoy!


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Friends and Family: A Book with Characters that Feel Like Family


The cover to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, featuring portraits of four girls surrounded by leaves, holly berries, and flowers

I'm going to have to go with a classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I remember reading it when I was a little girl but I mostly remember the numerous film adaptations of the book over the years. Every time it would come on for the holidays (often at Christmas) I would watch it, and the March sisters feel like family to me, especially Jo.


Fallen Leaves: A Book that Fell Flat (didn’t meet your expectations.)


A blank white open book on a blank white background
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There's a book that a Booktuber recommended for being absolutely off-the-wall crazy. I was looking forward to reading it. It was set at a college with a highly-renowned graduate creative writing program, so I was looking for all sorts of inside jokes related to that (and there were some). But there was also a horror element and a satirical element that would absolutely blow what book this is if I mention what it is. It was compared to an 80s movie that I loved...but the book just ultimately didn't work for me. The ending is what did it.


Thanksgiving Dinner: A Book You Want to Read Every Year During This Season


the cover to Margaret Rogerson's An Enchantment of Ravens, featuring a closeup of a blonde girl surrounded by black ravens

Honestly, this one is a little hard for me. When I think of this time of year, I think of cozy sweaters, sitting on a soft couch under a warm blanket, and chicken noodle soup. Trying to think of a book like that for me is tough, because I don't seek out cozy books. I'm going to go ahead and select Margaret Rogerson's An Enchantment of Ravens, because Rook is the autumn prince in the realm of the fae, so...yay autumn!


Turkey: A Book With a Bird in It


The cover to Elizabeth Lim's SIx Crimson Cranes, feautring an East Asian girl surrounded by red-deaded white cranes

I'm going to go with Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. It's the most recent book I've read with birds in it, and tra la, you get six of them! It's a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, the Six Swans.


Ham: A Book that Made Your Eyes Glaze Over (Boring.)


Blank white open book on blank white background
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There are a few that just didn't work for me, but one was a book set in a winter forest where the author's use of language overpowered the narrative, and story and characterization took a back seat to it. Sometimes it was beautiful, but most of the time it was too meandering for me.


Dinner Rolls: A Book that Melted Your Heart and Made You Feel Warm


Cover to Alixe Oseman's Heartstopper Volume One, featuring two boys in school uniforms walking side by side with autumn leaves falling around them

The Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman does that for me. It's just such a sweet romance and I love every character!


Mashed Potatoes: A Book With a White Cover


Book cover to Ashley Poston's Among the Beasts & Briars featuring foxes and birds and a crown on a white background

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston is a mostly white cover. I really enjoyed this book and I used it as one of my comp titles for Son of the Siren!


Gravy: A Book You’re not Totally Sure Why You Love, but You Do


A cover art for Aeju's An Easy Target featuring a man in glasses wearing black latching onto a naked man with scars on his back, and chains hanging from the ceiling

An Easy Target by Aeju isn't a full-on book (if it was, I'd buy it), but a manhwa I've read on Lezhin Comics. It is absolutely dark and depraved (can you tell by the cover?) and I'm not sure why I love it so much--maybe because of the emotional rollercoaster it put me on when I read it--but this series is a keeper for me. For mature audiences only, definitely. Don't judge me!


Pumpkin Pie: A Dessert Book That You Love


A cookbook called Big Book of Cupcakes featuring various colorful, flavorful cupcakes on the cover

I don't actually read cookbooks or baking books at all, so I had to go on a Google search for this. I love cupcakes a lot, so of course my choice would be a cupcake book. There were several online but I chose this one entirely based on its cover. Big Book of Cupcakes (presented by Southern Living) is the winner!


Bonus: Black Friday: The Top 5 Books on Your TBR


A collage of five different book covers in various colors depicting various characters

All of these books on my TBR pile are sequels. My most anticipated read is On or Off Volume 3 by A1. This is an absolute darling BL manhwa. Next is a book I'm going to start soon, Wrath & Mercy by Jessica Rubinkowski, which is a sequel to the book The Bright & the Pale, which I read for my YA reading project. After that are three sequels--two of them are M/M fae romances, and last is the sequel novella to what is probably my favorite book, Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson. Not all of these books are out yet, but they are definitely on my TBR!


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That's it for today's holiday book tag, precisely published on Thanksgiving Day! I hope you are able to spend time with your family and that you eat great food. I hope you have things to be thankful for, and I wish you abundant blessings in your lives. Have a wonderful holiday!