Hello world! It’s December 6 so it’s *almost* Christmas! Close enough, anyway, to continue on my quest to be a Better Book Blogger, and do my very first Christmas related book tag!
Oh, am I the only one that excited? Sorry. And also not sorry, because that’s the spirit of Christmas. (Probably.)
Step One on my quest for a seasonally appropriate tag was Google, of course, and I quickly found one that seemed like a lovely place to start. It was the Bookish Christmas tag as done by Adventures of a Bibliophile (the similarities of our blog names are entirely coincidental and purely a happy accident, as I have a new bookish blog that I’m following!). Anyway, do check out her amazing blog!
And now, with no further ado, my Bookish Christmas🎄…
Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.
So easy… the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I got sick a lot as a kid and I got a new Little House book every time I went to the doctor. I still have those books and I am never letting go of them.
The Ghost of Christmas Past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmastime?
Not really. I’m a mood reader. This is why I fail at readathons and reading goals.
Christmas tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.
The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. TDA isn’t even my favorite Cassandra Clare/Shadowhunters series but, gods, these books are ratcheting it up every time. (Since this is being written on the 3rd and posted on the 6th, you can just assume I’m reading Queen of Air and Darkness today… I hope I survive!)
Friends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.
This would be easier to answer if it was “name a book that doesn’t have fantastic characters”! But that’s not what it says so… I’m going to go with… Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I saw myself in Louisa so much and she grows so much between that book and the second (is the third as good? should I get it?).
Decorations: Name a book with gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.
I do proudly display A True Novel by Minae Mizumura on my shelves. (The picture with this post is from Goodreads but it is the copy I have.) The box is gorgeous and the black and white photos on the books (and in the books) are so haunting and beautiful and good.
Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.
So many books carry amazing messages, which sounds cliche but it is also absolutely true. But, in the spirit of the tag… The Agnes Browne Trilogy by Brendan O’Carroll is it. The story of an Irish family across the span of childhood to parenthood (Agnes is mother to small children, mother to grown children, and grandmother), it is the story of a family that will go to the proverbial ends of the earth for each other even when times are incredibly tough.
Ice and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.
Can I say all the George R.R. Martin books for this one? I read the first four in the trilogy, an achievement in itself, and I’ve been meaning to re-read them for some time now and… now I kind of just want to get them off my shelves, you know. I think I liked them because I was supposed to like them and now… meh.
Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.
This one’s a tie, a tie between the very well known Gone With the Wind and the lesser known The Far Pavilions (by M.M. Kaye). The latter might just edge out the former because I don’t think I’ll read Scarlet and Rhett again but Anjuli and Ash are on my TBR to be revisited very soon!
Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.
Hmm, okay… the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery pops directly into my mind here and I feel like Anne Shirley would be just fine with that so let’s go with the absolutely adorable story of Anne.
Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read.
The book I wish I could give everyone to read, the book I have convinced people to read (sometimes by lending my precious copy out!), and the book I have badgered people to read is A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. I’ve read it more times than any other book, even those in the YA series I’m addicted too, and I’m still ticked off nobody made it into a movie. It would be an amazing movie, Hollywood! Pay attention! Catch up!
Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love!
I don’t have book blogger friends so… anybody who happens to find themselves here and thinks this might be fun… I tag you! Just leave a comment with a link to your post if you do it so I can read yours!
Merry Christmas, people! xo