Let the winter holiday book tags commence! This tag is brought to you by The Pine-Scented Chronicles and since it's the season of Christmas songs playing over the loudspeakers in every shop you've ever visited, I thought it'd be an appropriate theme for this month. Enjoy!
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“All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favorite bookish couple.
I like Rook and Isobel from Margaret Rogerson's An Enchantment of Ravens. I think they fell in love with each other rather quickly, but I don't mind that. Their love, and what they would do for each other, is what stays in my mind. Plus, I like some of the humor with them too, particularly when Isobel would bow to Rook, and by fae compulsion, he'd have to stop what he was doing and bow back to her. I thought those scenes were cute.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
I had to wrack my brain for this one, especially since I haven't read this in a while, but Morgan in The Riddle-master of Hed journeys from home and travels all sorts of places throughout the book. It's a true hero's journey.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
I really enjoyed Alix E. Harrow's A Spindle Splintered. It reexamines the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty but through the eyes of a fierce heroine, Zinnia Gray. It's only 128 pages long!
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book do you hope Santa brings you this year?
I would like Defend the Dawn, the sequel to Brigid Kemmerer's Defy the Night. I haven't read Defy the Night yet but I'm a completionist and have to have all the books in a series or duology.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
Richard Lloyd Parry's Ghosts of the Tsunami, about 3/11, the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, devastated me. It's a truly haunting book and I went through the gamut of emotions while reading it. I highly recommend it, but you will need tissues.
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
I haven't delved into them yet, but I've got a Nutcracker adaptation that I think would be a good fit for this season--Midnight in Everwood, by M.A. Kuzniar.
“We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy.
I've got to go with Brigid Kemmerer's Cursebreakers trilogy. It starts out as a Beauty and the Beast retelling but grows into something so much more than that. I really enjoyed reading it.
“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
I wouldn't mind being snowed in with Nathaniel Thorn from Margaret Rogerson's Sorcery of Thorns. I just find him charming.
“Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
I read a book that takes place on an island off the coast of England that has a deadly ritual to it, something along the lines of The Wicker Man and Midsommar. I'm not naming it because it was quite disappointing. I won't rate anything lower than 3 stars on Goodreads out of principle, but this book was more like 2 stars to me.
“White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.
I'm really looking forward to the sequel novel to Margaret Rogerson's Sorcery of Thorns. Entitled Mysteries of Thorn Manor, I'm guessing this is about the goings-on in Nathaniel Thorn's home. I expect to see my favorite characters back in action and can't wait to read this!