This holiday tag is courtesy of Meghan's Whimsical Explorations & Reviews. As always, I love a good themed book tag for Christmas to get you in the spirit of things, and hopefully inspire you to do some reading!
Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day
My mom bought me the Bad News Ballet series of books that were all about dance (because I was a ballet dancer), but also pretty hilarious. I don't have these books anymore but I have fond memories of them, especially The King and Us.
The Ghost of Christmas Past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?
Not really books, but rather, movies. Every year I watch It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooged, and A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version).
Christmas Tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry
Out of all the series I've read, Heaven Official's Blessing just kept getting better and better as I read onward.
Friends and Family: Name a book with fantastic characters
The motley crew assembled in Nettle & Bone is completely memorable--who can forget Bone Dog and the demonically possessed chicken?
Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves
Creatures of Will & Temper has an absolutely gorgeous cover that's my cup of tea. I have the book as an eBook, which I've read, but I sort of wished I had a physical copy of it just because of the cover.
Christmas Cards: Name a book that carries a great message
Now I'm cheating, because I haven't read the manga but have watched both anime series of FMA...and one of the most recurring motifs in the series was the idea of "keep moving forward." A good message that I took to heart!
Ice and Snow: Name a book you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold
I recently DNF'd a horror novel that Stephen King had endorsed along with several other authors and BookTubers. I just couldn't get behind the narrative voice and quickly grew tired of it.
Christmas Lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end
This book is 521 pages, which is way more than what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it.
Mince Pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying
So, this isn't a book in the US, but it's a BL webcomic on Lezhin. Painter of the Night doesn't start out sweet...it's pretty rough! But the love that eventually develops is sweet and the ending is very satisfactory.
Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?
I love this book so much and I will always recommend it to everyone. Please read it if you haven't!