I like to do a Christmas tag every year and this year is no different. I found the Christmas Songs book tag on Ellesbellsnotebook when doing a random search for Christmas book tags. 🙂 This tag was originally created by That Artsy Reader Girl and as you can probably guess by the name, this tag is all about answering bookish questions related to all sorts of different Christmas songs. Now I just love signing Christmas songs at Christmastime (and all year round actually!). There’s just something so special about them. 🙂 So let’s take a look if you recognise any of these songs and see what my answers are to the questions posed.
If you want to do this tag by the way, do go ahead, just don’t forget to show me where your answers are and tag me, or just comment what you’re answers would be below. 🙂
‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’: Favourite Bookish Couple
How do you just pick one? I have to say I love so many but one couple I just adore is Lady Helen and Lord Carlston from the Lady Helen series of books by Alison Goodman. It’s like a fantasy version of Pride and Prejudice with demonic creatures living among people in the Regency period, and I just love these two and some of the tension between them.
‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation etc)
Going by my most recent reads, I’ll say Juia, Edvin and Kasir from Adventures in Thousandworld: The Darkenstar by Joseph A. Davis. The book follows Julia, her brother and a refugee boy in her school as they end up travelling to another world, Thousandworld, where there are literally a thousand different worlds. It’s a great fantasy adventure and I love how the characters end up going to an Academy to learn their special powers.
‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’: Name your favourite ‘little’ book (Children’s book, short story, novella, etc)
One of my favourites of all time is the Winter Story book of the Brambly Hedge collection by Jill Barklem. So much snow falls that everyone can have a Snow Ball! I’ve loved Brambly Hedge ever since I can remember and back in the 90s they used to always show Winter Story as an animation around Christmastime (ish), so I’ve always loved it at this time of year.
‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
Hmmm. Well I have a wealth of books I want, but one from this year that I was keen to read is The Girl in the Walls by A. J Gnuse. I’m not even sure what’s really going on in the plot, is it a ghost haunting or something else, but it just sounds so interesting and I love the artwork for the cover.
‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’: Which book turned your nose read (made you cry)?
There’s a picture book I read this year, Beyond the Setting Sun by Sarah J. Dodd & Cee Biscoe. The book is about a baby elephant which loses it’s mother one day to drought. The book is supposed to help children through losing a parent, but it did make me cry a bit when you see poor Ekundayo desperately trying to find his mum. 😢
‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ Your favourite book/kind of book to read during the holidays
I’m a sucker for a happy ending in a book set during Chrstmas, and the same with films too. I love books that feature animals especially, but as long as it’s Christmas time, it’s cold and there’s a perfect happy ending, or perfect romance, I love it!
‘We Three Kings’: Your favourite trilogy
I wanted to put Lady Helen in this spot as I just love it so much, but seeing as I mentioned it above, I’ll say a close second is the Scythe series by Neal Shusterman, which I just want to go back and read again. Some people didn’t like the way it ended, but I absolutely loved that last book and the very interesting ending!
‘Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow’: A character you would love to be snowed in with
Can I just pick any cute animal character with a good personality from any book please? 😀
‘Last Christmas’: A book that seriously let you down
I haven’t had a disappointing fiction book in quite a while so I’ll say Know Your Rights and Claim Them by Amnesty International really was an unfortunate disappointment. This non-fiction book is supposed to help children understand their rights, and it is a great idea, but for some reason I found reading through this so sluggish and tedious. I kept putting the book down, it was filled with big info dumps and the information was just scattered a bit too much for me to really enjoy reading it and I found it so hard to pick it back up when I had put it down. In the end it took me over a week to read a book which should have taken me no more than 3 days!
‘White Christmas’: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about
Not sure I’m dreaming about it but I can’t wait to read Mala’s Cat by Mala Kacenburg. It’s a memoir about a young girl during WWII who finds herself alone in the forest after her whole village and family is rounded up by Nazis and taken away. She only has her cat for company and must evade the Nazis and hostile villagers. It just sounds so interesting to me and is out in January!
What do you think of this tag? What would you answers be? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂