MERRY CHRISTMAS, BOOK FRIENDS! This tag that I found on Fandoms of the Run is my celebration of the festive season. Jingle your bells, hop on your reindeer and slide down the chimney with me!
1. You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
This isn’t really a book, but… Regina George. Yep, I’m bringing Mean Girls into the equation here! She’s definitely the queen of all mean girls out there—so catty, so two-faced, and also, yep, so damn gorgeous (Rachel McAdams!). Plus, she’s my namesake and that movie is funny as hell.
2. All I Want for Christmas is You
Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
I’ve got so many choices for this one, but I think I’m going to go with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
I haven’t seen a bad review for this book yet and I’m so excited to pick it up… except I don’t think my library has it and I haven’t yet found a reasonably priced copy. I’m also broke from all the Christmas shopping so a ‘reasonable price’ for me at the moment is lower than it would usually be, haha.
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.
Hmm… Brandon from How to Repair A Mechanical Heart by J. C. Lillis.
It’s not such a popular book, but I really wish more people would read it. Brandon’s gay and suffering from the worst kind of Catholic guilt there is, and reading about how he overcomes this was a really enjoyable experience for me. Having been raised in a family where homosexuality is frowned upon, this book is also extremely close to my heart.
4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?
Naughty — Genevieve from Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. Seriously just a classic, mean ex-girlfriend. I did not like her at all, and I always felt like Lara Jean deserved better than Peter when he was still trying to ‘shield’ Gen. Like… thanks, but no thanks.
Nice — Simon Spier from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli! He tries so hard to see the good in everyone and to be a friend to all of his friends. If anyone deserves tons of presents from Santa this year, he’s definitely it.
5. Frosty the Snowman
Which book just melts your heart?
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before but it’s literally one of my two favourite regency romance novels ever. The main protagonist is a girl who has been in love with her best friend’s brother for literally years and is a ‘wallflower’, and the way their relationship later develops is just SO. CRAZY. ADORABLE. Also, the main guy is really sweet, really charming, and really friendly—not at all your dark, brooding hero.
6. Feliz Navidad
Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.
I live in Australia and there are loooots of books that take place in another country, so I’m going with something that’s set in a different universe entirely: Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris.
It’s a stand-alone high fantasy book set in a cursed city, where people affected by the curse stay there for all eternity, and it’s told in three perspectives: a prince’s, a princess’s, and a priest’s. Hey, three ‘P’s! 😛
7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Which holiday-themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?
The last Christmas-oriented book I read was actually A Kiss from Kringle by Rhian Cahill, courtesy of NetGalley, and I think this novella fits the bill.
It’s definitely very festive, with character names like Jack Frost, Kandy Cane and Chris Kringle. The romance moved way fast, but given that it’s a short story I can let it go. Overall, this book was like being wrapped up in a warm, thick blanket in front of the fireplace, sipping eggnog and listening to your family chatter as Christmas carols blare from the speakers. So sweet and so heartwarming!
8. Sleigh Ride
Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with?
No doubt Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series. She makes you personalised holiday sweaters with your initials, cooks for her whole family, and is just a dedicated mother and wife all around. Christmas with the Weasleys always sounded like an amazing time in the books, and I’d love to join in just once.
9. Baby it’s Cold Outside
Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?
I find it really hard to think about burning books! 😛 Most of the books I didn’t like are books I recognise other people like, and for me to consider actually burning one, it has to really ANGER me above all else.
One book comes to mind, though: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. It’s not too bad as far as YA fiction goes—it’s just that the mother character pissed me off so badly, I honestly wanted to shake her so she’ll realise how terrible she’s being… not to mention that in my opinion, she didn’t get called out for her mistakes nor did she even attempt to make up for them.
10. Do You Hear What I Hear
Which book do you think everyone should read?
Aaah. I’ve got plenty of favourites this year that I think it’s impossible to choose just one, so let me give a quick list here:
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s so deliciously insane and will probably thrill even the non-mystery readers.
- The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. A beautiful retelling of A Thousand Nights that very fast became one of my favourite books of 2015, if not ever.
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. My all-time favourite YA contemporary and the book I come back to year after year after year—it’s just so warm, and the love interest actually respects the protagonist and isn’t pushy!
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A romantic comedy for romance readers and non-romance readers, I’d say. It’s told from the point of view of a man with Asperger’s and is just so sincere.
- Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. This collection of short stories is surreal enough to have a distinctly Murakami flavour to it, yet not too weird that it’s off-putting.
Done this tag, or any other Christmas or holiday tags? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll drop by… after feasting, that is. Merry Christmas, book-lovers! 🙂