Hello. I’ve been tagged recently to do some holiday-themed tags so I’ve decided to combine them into one post since some of the questions are quite similar. So without further ado…
I was tagged by Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm, Jesse @ Books at Dawn, Lois @ My Midnight Musing and Summer @ Xingsings to do the Dashing Through the Snow Tag. Thank you for tagging me! (Their posts are linked so check out their responses). This tag was created by Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels.
Name a book you’d like to see under your Christmas tree.
I am a huge fan of anything Sherlock Holmes and I’ve been eyeing the complete collections for a while. I’m planning to buy one of these for myself for Christmas but I need help deciding which edition I want!!
These are the two editions that I’ve seen in my bookstore. The one of the left is a Barnes and Noble edition. I’m pretty sure it’s leather and has gold painted pages (because it’s from the Barnes and Noble classics collection, there are also matching editions of other classics). The edition on the right comes with a hardcase but it’s shrink wrapped in my bookstore so I have no idea what it looks like on the inside. However, I know that Little Book Owl on Youtube has this edition and she seems to really like it.
Thoughts? Let me know in the comments which one you’d go for? They’re both $50 AUD, so price differences is not a factor.
A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season?
I don’t really have any books that I read every Christmas, so I’ll list a few books that I’m planning to read in the next few days.
I received an ARC of A Tangle of Gold in the mail today so I’ll probably be reading that one next week. It’s the last book in The Colours of Madeleine trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty. I have reviewed The Corner of White (Book 1) and The Cracks in the Kingdom (Book 2) on Happy Indulgence. And I still haven’t read the illustrated Harry Potter yet so I’m hoping to read it before the year is over!
Favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone will forever be my favourite Christmas movie (and probably favourite movie in general). I also love Home Alone 2, but I have the fondest memories of Home Alone.
Do you like snow?
Theoretically, yes. But practically, no. Just earlier today, I was explaining to my J-Squad buddies, Jesse @ Books at Dawn and Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts, that we don’t get snow in Australia (unless you’re in the Snowy Mountains region… or Tasmania). So basically when I went to North America during the Christmas break in 2012, I spent my whole week in Canada not looking at anything except the ground so that I wouldn’t slip or step into a huge pile of snow. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! Though I do have to admit that it was really nice when it first started snowing in New York, on our way into Canada.
Basically, short answer: I maybe like snow.
Name a character you would like to spend Christmas day with.
To give or to receive?
I much prefer to give than to receive. I’m trying not to own too many things so receiving gifts just adds to the number of possessions I have. On the other hand, giving means that I can still buy things and spend money, but I don’t add to my belongings. I also really like gift wrapping, so I love to give presents to everyone all the time.
What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?
I feel like the classic answer to this is the Harry Potter world and I totally agree…
But after reading Carry On, I’d love to spend Christmas at Baz’s house! I’d probably be really unwelcome though because Simon will most likely be spending his Christmas at Baz’s house… but I’d still go anyway because I need more SnowBaz in my life! Basically, I’ll be the voyeuristic, unwanted guest but I don’t even care.
Fondest Christmas memory?
Oh man… I don’t even know. I’m just going to go with my most recent Christmas memory… which was like 4 days ago. I had an impromptu Christmas party with the other PhD students in my research lab. I brought gifts and cronuts and we had a really nice 2 hour chat.
Can you say “Christmas tree” ten times fast in a row (while pronouncing them correctly)?
Yes. Are there people who can’t?
1. Do you have a favourite winter read?
As mentioned above, I don’t really have a book that I read every year and I haven’t really read any Christmas-themed books this year. But last year I did read My True Love Gave to Me, a short story collection edited by Stephanie Perkins, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
2. Find a book with blue on the cover!
Blue is one of my favourite colours so I actually have a lot of blue books. I’m just drawn to them in the book store. Here are some of my favourite blue covers:
3. Find a book you’d use as a star on a Christmas tree!
And here it is. You thought I could get through a tag without mentioning this book but nope, here it is. My favourite book of all time: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Not only is the cover beautiful (and blue), but the content is beautiful and amazing and all the good things in the world. It deserves to be the star at the top of my non-existent Christmas tree! Also, the cover is kind of shimmery, so it would work super well.
4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!
I would probably choose to the Winter kingdom in Primoria from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I mean, what could be more perfect for a winter vacation?
Just to clarify, I’d choose Winter after all the rebuilding has taken place and the oppression is gone. So I wouldn’t choose the Winter from the books, but an ideal Kingdom of Winter.
5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!
William Herondale. Always.
6. Name one book on your wish list this year!
See first question in the Dashing Through the Snow Tag above.
7. Favourite holiday drink, treat and movie?
My favourite holiday drink is the Christmas Cookie frappucino (yes frappucino, since it’s always unbearably hot during the Christmas period) from Starbucks. Sadly, they decided not to bring it back this year… so I have no favourite holiday drink anymore. My favourite holiday treat… I don’t think I have one… but I’ll just choose Tim Tams. I eat them all year round but I especially like them during this time of year. And my favourite Christmas movie is Home Alone, as mentioned above.
8. Who do you tag?
I will be tagging 7 of my newest followers and 7 of my regular tag buddies (ignore me if you’ve already done these tags/aren’t interested):
- Brigid @ Brigid Writes Things
- Brittaney @ Brittaney Reads
- Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
- Kat @ The Booklander
- Lindsay & Hannah @ Untamed Shrews
- Steph @ Steph the Bookaholic
- CW @ Read Think Ponder
- Jesse @ Books at Dawn
- Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
- Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Nicolette @ A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly
- Trisha Ann @ The Bookgasm Blog