Christmas Book Tags: Dashing Through the Snow & ‘Tis the Season

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.

bn-sherlock    sherlock-collection

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.

a-tangle-of-gold harry-potter-illustrated-edition-coverI 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.

William Herondale.

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?

carry-on 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?



I was tagged by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks and Summer @ Xingsings to do the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag. Thanks guys!

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:

theflywheel   paperweight   nightowls   thecoldestgirlincoldtown

3. Find a book you’d use as a star on a Christmas tree!

all-the-light-we-cannot-seeAnd 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!

snow-like-ashes ice-like-fireI 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):

Merry Christmas!!


39 thoughts on “Christmas Book Tags: Dashing Through the Snow & ‘Tis the Season

  1. Holly says:

    Can we make that a thing? Using books as Christmas tree toppers? Because I would totally put All the Light We Cannot See on my tree, too! Recently I found out that he wrote another book several years ago called About Grace and I am sooo excited to read it. I absolutely love Anthony Doerr’s writing!

    Thanks so much for tagging me! 😀

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  2. Josephine says:

    Yay! A Christmas tag! Fun! I can’t wait to do this.
    Oh and my answer to the Sherlock Holmes book editions? PICK THE PRETTIEST ONE. That’s my logic. 😂
    And YES TO WILLIAM HERONDALE and blue covers. I loved both Will and books that have blue covers. I too, am drawn to them like a moth to a lightbulb.
    I’m going to be reading the entire Harry Potter series this month as my Christmas reads! (Or at least I’m going to try!)
    Thank you for tagging me, Jenna! 💓

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  3. Trisha Ann says:

    Sorry girl. Will Herondale’s spending the holidays with me but since it’s Christmas, I don’t mind sharing. LOL. XD
    Looks like a lot of people will be reading HP illustrated version this Christmas! The drawings are just awesome! I had to buy it with my eyes closed because it’s just mighty expensive. Haha!
    Aww that’s a lovely photo of you and your friends there! ❤

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I don’t know how I feel about sharing… *abducts him and keeps him hostage at my house* hehe 😛 I know! I had to buy HP illustrated with my eyes closed too. Well I pre-ordered it a couple of months in advance when it was discounted (but turns out it’s still discounted like everywhere I go). I’m happy to have it in my possession though because it’s so beautiful! I flipped through it when I first got it but I can’t wait to read through the whole story again.


  4. Nicolette Elzie says:

    Loved reading this Jenna! Thanks for the tag and the idea to combine the two tags into one post! I love how much you love All the Light We Cannot See! I know I’ve said it before but I am def going to read and to prove it I’m moving it up the TBR and adding a priority star! Lol!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hehe I’d been thinking of doing them separately so that I can have lots of Christmassy tags leading up to Christmas… but it makes so much more sense to just combine them or choose one to do. Haha I hope you get to All the Light soon! If you’re getting a physical copy, I recommend the first edition by Schribner (the one with the blue cover that I’ve featured). The other editions I’ve seen have tiny text and it kinda ruins the reading experience for me (I think I’m just crazy though).


      • Nicolette Elzie says:

        I thought the same thing, more christmasy tags the better, but then when I saw you combine them I was like “GENIUS!!” So I’m def doing that also.
        I love that blue cover, so beautiful, I’ll def be on the lookout for the first edition. I don’t like tiny text, I don’t like to strain my eyes so thanks a ton for the heads up! ^.^

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  5. brittaneyreads says:

    Hahah I love how horrified everyone looks whenever I tell them I’ve never seen Home Alone, accompanied by a lot of, “What was your childhood?!”
    Maybe I’ll have to give it a try this year?
    Thanks for the tag! 🙂

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  6. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    Sherlock on the left!

    I’m trying to not own too many things too lately. It makes asking for gifts difficult. I am determined to get as many things out as I get in over the Christmas season. There is always more I could get rid of. I don’t know how I managed to accumulate so much stuff!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oh that’s good to know! I’ve read a few of the shorter stories but I’ve always been worried that they’ll be hard to get into because they’re classics. I’m happy to hear that you read them at such a young age and was able to appreciate them!


  7. samoak says:

    I have that leatherbound Sherlock Holmes book from Barnes and Noble! It’s very nice. That whole line of books like that are done very well. (I also have the Edgar Allan Poe one). I really love the feel of the pages, which reminds me of the thin-ish paper you find in bibles.

    I like snow in theory as well. I hate having to go out in it though. Especially since there’s always giant patches of ice on the sidewalks.

    Home Alone is one of my favorite Christmas movies as well! So many great memories attached to that one.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oh thanks for letting me know! I was wondering what the page quality of those Barnes and Noble classics were like. I think I’m definitely going to get that edition! It’s so beautiful and if I ever decide to get anything else from that like, they’ll match.

      I’m glad that it doesn’t ever snow here! My experience of the snow was really… not that great. I was so worried about slipping in ice… or stepping into a huge pile of snow and getting my whole leg wet. It’s beautiful when it’s snowing, but I definitely can’t appreciate it unless I can just stand still in the same spot the whole time.

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  8. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    Home Alone is such a classic, haha. And I personally like the B&N edition of Sherlock, but the only downside is it’d be pretty heavy to lug around for reading. Does the one on the right have single volumes? Or is it a big bind up as well? And oh my gosh, the cover of Night Owls is simply gorgeous! I wish we had that cover over here; I would totally buy it!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Sadly the other edition of Sherlock is also a bind up that is even heavier!! I think I’ll probably going to get the B&N edition because it’s really beautiful and it’ll match the other B&N classics if I ever choose to get them! Night Owls is one of the few UK covers that I prefer over the US! The navy and gold is just amazing and looks exactly like Jack’s gold spray paint! Hehe I will probably be marathoning Home Alone and Home Alone 2 tomorrow night!!

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