I found this festive tag over on Emma @ The Terror Of Knowing’s blog, which is where I find most of my best tags if I am honest. I had a thought last week that it would be nice to try and do a festive tag on each Thursday in the lead up to Christmas, and when I read her blog, I noticed that she was doing the same thing to (in fairness, she does do Tag Thursday so maybe I actually got the idea from her in the first place….hmmm?) Be sure to check out what she has answered for the questions, and please feel free to dive in, comment, or do the tag yourself:
1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
I kinda have to say Count Olaf for this one. I hate everything about him and everything that he is, but I kinda love just how evil and villainous he is. He epitomises the whole ‘A villain is a hero of their own story’ archetype. I really think he thinks he is doing the best he can and doing good, just for him and no-one else, woe betide anyone who stands in his way.
2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
Erm, there are quite a few this year. I am collecting the Word Cloud Classics series, so I am quite hoping that one or more of those is under there. I really want The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, and also Satellite by Nick Lake. I am also collecting a set of Roald Dahl Hardbacks, so I wouldn’t be disappointed if I ended up with the ones I don’t have yet either.
3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.
Let’s ll talk about Neville for a moment. Neville is meek and mild and the nicest kid in town, so when he stands up to his friends as they do something wrong, and then later grows as a person and a wizard enough to embrace his strengths and stand up to Voldemort directly before becoming a Professor…hang on I need a minute. Gotta love Mr. Longbottom.
4. “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?
Naughty List: Yesterday, I posted a list of people I think would be in the naughty list. Realistically, I think Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows would most definitely be near the top!
Nice List: Mrs. Weasley! She is protective, selfless, loving, and is the epitome of nice. She’d be at the top of everyone’s nice list!
5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.
Everything about The B.F.G just makes me warm and fuzzy inside and just melts my heart. Their adorable friendship, the dream creativity, and Queen’s visit. Just love it!
6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.
I have cheated a little with this, because Ketterdam is a fictional place (but it is at least based on a city that is in a foreign country, Amsterdam). Six of Crows is just awesome beyond awesome. It’s so well structured and crafted, and uses these incredible worlds/countries that are different to my own to make it what it is.
7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?
For me, it’s definitely Clement Clarke Moore’s festive poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. There is just something about the rhymes and the feels that makes the joy easy to spread.
8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)
This isn’t one so much as a family, but I guess if you listed one from the family then you have really listed them all. I have always imagined the Holidays with the Weasleys to be the best way to celebrate, the magic, food, love, happiness, music, warmth. Sounds perfect, amiright?
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?
There are two that spring to mind instantly, and as they’re short, we can throw them on the fire anyway and boost the warmth factor! Firstly, Crash by J G Ballard is the most disgusting, involved, unpleasant book I’ve ever read. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see it go. And secondly, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking glass. Everything about this was just too weird and nonsensical, and I would prefer the warmth that it burning would give me than reading it again.
10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?
One of my books of the year from the 115 or so that I’ve read has been Trevor Noah’s memoir Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood. As a white European who has visited Johannesburg, relatively recently, I found the book especially poignant, but the tone of the stories, the content, the eye opening experiences, all make for a must read for everyone.
As always, I hereby tag everybody who would like to take part in this Christmas tag!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!