I decided that because it was the run up to Christmas and I was attempting to write a post every day for blogmas, it would be a good idea to do a festive tag. After a quick search, I stumbled across this little gem: Christmas Cracker Book Tag created by Lucy @ The Bumbling Bibliophile and Queen of Contemporary. It’s all about wintry and festive reads, and will undoubtedly start to get you in the festive spirit if you’re not already there!
I actually found this tag on Stacey’s blog @ Pretty Books, and decided that this would be the first festive tag to kick things off. As always, if you want to join in, please comment below and consider yourself tagged!
| Pick a book with a wintry cover
I don’t have many books that immediately strike me as having wintry covers, but, I have recently acquired some specifically Christmassy reads. The two that jump out immediately are Vicky Pattison’s A Christmas Kiss and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I acquired the first at a garden centre recently where it was on sale. The latter I acquired from my Mum earlier this year and was an old favourite of Christmas past. They both have festive wintry scenes, and are definitely reads for Decembers.
| Pick a book you’re likely buy as a present
Erm, I am likely to be swayed for pretty books and editions for presents. For example, I am much more likely to go out and buy a Clothbound Penguin Classic than I am a paperback, and I am more likely to buy the Harry Potter illustrated versions that I am the normal books. Mostly, I am going to buy a book that I know the reader will want and enjoy.
| Pick a festive themed book
I just love The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. I can still remember who sections of the poem, and can still picture all the illustrations in the edition I had when I was a kid. I loved that book, and still love the poem today!
| Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace
I will quite happily curl up in a chair in my pyjamas, wrapped in a blanket with a hot drink, with just about any book. Lately, those books have been fantasy as I have really enjoyed immersing myself in some alternative worlds and imaginations. That said, I will always, no matter how old or the time of year, be able to curl up with Harry Potter.
| Pick a book you want to read over the festive period
This year I have made some great strides in (finally) reading some more classics, so I am planning to read Charles Dicken’s festive classic A Christmas Carol. I have said that I am going to read this repeatedly, but this year I am actually planning to settle down and read it during a warm snug evening in.
| Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills
Two of my favourite books of this years were so brilliant (and different) that they gave me chills: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I am not quite sure how to explain how these were so good, and yet so different. Born a Crime is equal parts hilarious, eye opening, interesting, and often heartbreaking. The way Noah tells his stories and gives a glimpse to a world so alien from mine was, is, incredibly moving. And then there was Farhenheit 451, which I chose to read by virtue of it’s length as a small book. It may have been short, but it was powerful and stayed with me as one of my all time favourites.
| Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist
Ha Ha Ha, pick A book on my Christmas Wishlist. Just one?! That’s funny. That’s a funny joke, as there are lots on there. This year, I have memoirs by two comediennes (Susan Calman and Anna Faris). I have multiple Word Cloud Classics (see my pretty collection below), as I plan to extend my ever growing collection even further. I have Tom Fletcher’ Christmasaurus, and the remaining Roald Dahl hardbacks that are missing from my collection, and of course the illustrated version of A History of Magic that I don’t yet own.
Stay tuned for more wintry bookish tags, and please tag me if you decide to take part so I can see what wintry reads you’ve talked about!