Haha! Hehe! Heehee! Hoho! Another book tag for Christmas, yes.
This one was created by booktuber Hailey in Bookland.
“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” — Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
That’s Crowley, the demon, from the TV show Supernatural. He’s so sarcastic sometimes, I like his personality and I like the rough voice of the actor who plays him, Mark Sheppard. It’s hard for me not to think of him as Crowley when I see him in another show.
“All I Want for Christmas is You” — Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
Assassin’s Creed: The Complete Visual History by Matthew Miller
I’ve never played Assassin’s Creed, but the game intrigues me and I want to learn more about it, so I’d like to get this book (which I did get because I bought it yesterday, haha!). I bought so many books this year that I actually don’t have a wishlist because I don’t have space for anymore books. Also, I’d like to make a dent in the unread books on my shelves.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.
Eon by Alison Goodman
A YA fantasy novel set in a country inspired by Chinese culture where a girl poses as a boy so she can train in dragon magic. I enjoyed this book though the protagonist Eon frustrated me for parts of it. She doesn’t realize until much later in the book that she must accept her femininity in order to achieve her goals. I’m being very vague to avoid giving away anything.
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” — a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda, illus. by Yu
Gert from I Hate Fairyland would certainly be on the naughty list and chances are she’s already there and has been sitting there for all of the 30 years she’s spent trapped in Fairyland.
As for the nice list, a space is always open for Hana, the mother who raises two wolf children on her own in the manga Wolf Children. Hana does all she can to ensure a safe and happy childhood for her children and to protect them from those who might not understand their nature, and she does all this without prior knowledge of how to raise wolf children.
“Frosty the Snowman” — Which book just melts your heart?
Lucy by Randy Cecil (illus.)
Such a sweet illustrated children’s book about a stray dog who befriends a girl and her dad. The parts where the dog, Lucy, dreams about her old life were touching and the illuatrations have a softness to them that helps to emphasize the tenderness of the story.
“Feliz Navidad” — Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
A book of unsettling short stories all set in Argentina. I highly recommend this book, though it might not be to everyone’s taste. The stories aren’t scary, but they have a macabre quality to them that might make some readers uncomfortable. It’s a great read though, and shines a light on social issues in Argentina.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” — Which holiday-themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?
Umm…none. I now realize that I hardly read Christmas-themed books, and I don’t use books to spread Christmas joy. I’m that crazy family member who calls you early on Christmas morning, or jumps on your bed, or run over to your house and bang on your door, or text you in all CAPs just to yell MERRY CHRISTMAS at you and then jump around and dance in a circle. 😀
“Sleigh Ride” — Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with? (Doesn’t have to be a love interest!)
I tried to think of another set of characters, but I kept going back to the Weasley family. I’d spend Christmas with them. I like it when the house is full with lots of family members for the holiday.
“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?
She by H. Rider Haggard
Eh… didn’t like it. I would burn it. I still have it on my shelves, somewhere, so I might rid of it when it’s time to weed out my books again.
“Do you hear what I hear” — Which book do you think everyone should read?
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
A historical novel that traces the progeny of two half-sisters from Ghana living in the 18th century. It’s such a great read. It’s well written and engrossing and flows smoothly, though it changes narrators every chapter. Reading this novel is like reading about Black history and Gyasi is so talented that she wraps it all up in just 300 pages. 300 pages, y’all!! Check it, 300 years.
I love this book!