Well Happy Christmas Eve! Feeling all ready for the big day? Today a special bonus episode of Esbat: A Bookish Podcast released, where we talked about Christmas, our favourite traditions, films, and so on, and the differences between a Christmas in the US and UK. It was a lot of fun, and hopefully it’s as fun to listen to.
I thought for today I’d give the Festive Christmas Book Tag a go. I saw this over at Mybookworld24, which is a really great blog.
A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?
The O’Connor family from Elodie Nowodazkij’s #TheLeftoverBride.It’s been over a year since I read this so I can’t remember tiny details, but I do remember the feeling of warmth in the family and the way they ensure everyone involved has a wonderful Christmas. They feel like a lovely family to spend that time with.
A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?
A literary map. There’s some absolutely beautiful ones out there, but the one I really like is the Literary Map of Wales from The Literary Gift Company. I’ve also seen around some absolutely gorgeous Mabinogion themed maps.
A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?
Marin, from Becoming Human. She’s so sweet, kind and gentle, and she would absolutely thrive if given the chance to help with Christmas, especially if part of her job is spending cheer.
Match a book to its perfect Christmas song
I’m going to match Babel with I Believe in Father Christmas. It’s my absolute favourite Christmas song. Hear me out, though; the song is about becoming disillusioned, about going past that stage of believing in Father Christmas and seeing the world for what it really is, with the rose-coloured glasses stripped away. It’s a brilliant Christmas song, and it’s dark, and I think the tone of Babel, the way these characters grow and change and get their worldview’s challenged, the way they come out the other side seeing more and feeling powerless (at parts) in the face of it, kind of reminds of the sentiments behind this Christmas classic.
Bah humbug! A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?
All I Want for Christmas. I really wanted to love this, and I almost did – it wasn’t hugely far off being a 5 Star Read! But as I explain in my review it left me feeling more disappointed than anything else.
A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the nice list?
Santa Maybe. I really enjoyed this one, it was sweet and heartfelt, and the love interest is a bi guy, which I feel like I don’t see all too often. Plus I think it’d make a great, sweet Christmas film, too.
Red, green, and gold. A cover that has a wonderfully christmasy feel to it.
I was going to choose a book that wasn’t actually a Christmas book, but that was incredibly hard! I think out of the books I’ve read, it’s going to be the same book as my first answer to this – #TheLeftoverBride. That cover has always really stood out to me, and feels more Christmassy than most of the other Christmas books I’ve read!
A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?
This is a hard one with all the excellent books I’ve read this year! The one that stands out, however, is Juno Dawson’s Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, which was an excellent start to what I’m sure is going to be a brilliant series.
There are my answers! As always, if you want to give this a go, please do, and let me know in the comments where your post is so I can check it out.