Happy blogmas and welcome to day 11!! I hope you are all well and merry!!
I have another festive tag today, tags are really fun to do and these ones have definitely been making me feel festive. Today’s tag which was originally created by booktuber GirlReading and you can go check out the video. There are no rules except to answer the questions so let’s begin….
A FICTIONAL FAMILY YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH?
After reading the amazing-ness that is Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe I am going to say Aristotle and Dante’s families together. I would love to spend time with these two family because they all get on together, would be really welcoming and I think it would have such a lovely atmosphere with these amazing people. Plus it would be cool to see a Mexican Christmas and hopefully learn about it. I may want to be there for more than one dinner though.
A BOOKISH ITEM YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE AS A GIFT?
Well I actually did a whole bookish gift guide and I would love many items from there. But one item that I would love to receive is a bookish candle. Ever since joining bookstagram the desire for a bookish candle has increased exponentially and now I would love to get one. They look so cool and creative, plus I love how candles can make the room smell so nice (I normally take the lid of so I can always smell it). I think the candles from Faerie Tales Candles look amazing with the unique wax melts so I would love to receive one of them but I honestly don’t know which one I would pick, there are so many nice ones.
A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU THINK WOULD MAKE A PERFECT CHRISTMAS ELF?
Elves are hard workers, good at following rules/order, creative and magical so I would have to pick…
- Yrene from Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas as she is definitely a hard worker who is magical and I think she would follow the rules to get the task done but not blindly but because she wants to help.
- On the opposite side, Loki from Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman but only kind of because he is very creative and would be able to help Santa’s workshop a lot but he could also hinder it which I think it quite elf-like.
So there we have it, two completely different answers, what character do you think would make a good elf?
MATCH A BOOK TO ITS PERFECT CHRISTMAS SONG.
SONG: Underneath the Christmas Tree by Kelly Clarkson
“I found, what I was looking for
A love that’s meant for me
A heart that’s mine completely
Knocked me right off my feet
And this year I will fall
With no worries at all
‘Cause you are near and everything’s clear
You’re all I need
Underneath the tree”
The book is *drumroll please* The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book talked about different things which I loved and mentioned in my post here. But one part that I loved about Evelyn Hugo was the love, it talked about many different forms of love and in some cases the love was by no means perfect making it more real and extraordinary when it was still worth it. The song talks about love and how they only needed each other and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo talked about love like this too.
“Please never forget that the sun rises and sets with your smile. At least to me it does. You’re the only thing on this planet worth worshipping.”
BAH HUMBUG. A BOOK OR FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED IN AND SHOULD BE PUT ON THE NAUGHTY LIST?
The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I have spoken about this before but I found this such a disappointing finale. The first book, The 5th Wave, was great. The characters were interesting, the plot was complex, the world was dark and it was delivered amazingly. I truly loved the first one so much but this one I didn’t enjoy. The plot wasn’t as strong and it changed quite a bit from the first one, almost like the main character had changed. The relationships went the wrong way and the ending was not want I was looking for. It wasn’t a terrible book but it definitely wasn’t what I wanted for this series.
A BOOK OR A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU THINK DESERVES MORE LOVE AND APPRECIATION AND DESERVE TO BE PUT ON THE NICE LIST?
David from the Grishaverse. He is one of my favourite characters EVER. I love all his scenes and he needs more appreciation. He is a quiet character who is very clever and usually buried in his work. He is quite direct and sometimes seems quite obvious to what is going on around him. I think he is an endearing character and his relationship with Genya is one of my favourites ever, they are the perfect opposites attract. They both deserve more recognition and to be put on the nice list.
RED, GOLD AND GREEN. A BOOK COVER THAT HAS A WONDERFULLY CHRISTMAS FEEL TO IT.
So I am going to stick to the basic reason that it has red and gold therefore it is to do with Christmas. ‘The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ has red and gold plus I think its design has a slight Christmas feel (okay I am pushing here). BUT ‘The Afterlife of Holly Chase’ has a very Christmas feel as it is in fact a retelling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ but I haven’t read it yet.
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?
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz– yes this book again!! It is a masterpiece and deserves to be talked about 24/7 (okay.. maybe not that much) but I truly loved this book and the whole experience I had with it was wonderful. It is a character driven book where we follow Aristotle growing up, it touches on so many important things and you got to be so close to Aristotle it was remarkable so I would recommend this to everyone.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. Another book that I read this year and absolutely loved. We follow Izzy O’Neil who has an absolutely great character voice for YA making it fast-paced and entertaining but it certainly doesn’t shy away from these important heavy topics which I think the author handled with great care. It felt like a modern contemporary that you can take something good away from. I cared about the characters and it felt like a very empowering book that everyone should read.