Jingle Bell Book Tag

Friday, 18 December 2020

I haven't done a tag post in what feels like forever but this is one that I've seen it doing the rounds on Twitter lately and is one that I quite enjoyed reading so I figured I would give it a go myself!

1. "All I Want For Christmas Is You..." | What book do you want to see under the Christmas tree?
Honestly I love gifting presents rather than receiving them for Christmas and I'm very grateful for whatever I receive. Christmas takes on a whole new meaning when you have kids and this is the first year my daughter (who has just turned 3) can really grasp what Christmas is, so the best present I could ever receive is giving her the best Christmas possible.

2. "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time..." | What book have you enjoyed the most this year?
There's two standout books that I've read this year that have become my all-time favourite books and I'm struggling pick out of the two! They are A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Both of these books will stay with me for life. A Little Life isn't a book I'd recommend to everyone as it's extremely traumatic and raw and if you're not in a good headspace, I suggest you don't read it. Where the Crawdads Sing is a more recent read of mine but I knew the minute I finished reading it that it was such a special story.

3. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas..." | Which book has the most festive look to it?
I'm an absolute sucker for a beautifully illustrated cover, so I'd have to go with something along the lines of Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews or A Winter Flame by Millie Johnson.

4. Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?
I've recently just read The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser which is technically a middle-grade book that follows the story of 5 young siblings living in a brownstone in New York who are trying to save their home after their landlord decides not to renew their lease. This is the kind of book I'd have read when I was in my early teens and it just took me right back to reading as a teenager. The story is wonderfully wholesome and it's a lot of fun!

5. The Grinch | Your favourite villain?
Ahh this is such a difficult one to answer without giving away major plot twists! The thing that makes a great villain for me though, is someone who isn't a great person but for all the right reasons!

6. The Holiday | Name your two favourite couples!
Going back to Where the Crawdads Sing, and I have to say Kya and Tate. There is something about their relationship that is so humble and pure. Tate understands what Kya needs and never pushes her to do anything she is uncomfortable with and I LOVE that about him. Again with A Little Life and Jude and Willem - those two just broke my heart with the amount of love they have for each other and their whole relationship was built on trust and companionship.

7. What book would you like to give as a present to your readers?
One of my other favourite books of the year was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and I think it holds an important message in the sense of never judging someone straight away and you never know what someone might have been through. For anyone living in the UK, I think a highly important (yet very entertaining) read is This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, which is an insight to the daily goings on of an NHS doctor which shows how truely strained and pressured the NHS really is. Both of these stories are very entertaining and funny but with an important message at the centre of it all.

Have you done this tag yet?

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