The Jingle Bell Book Tag | partially a desperate attempt to feel Christmas-y

A few days ago Ashleigh – A Frolic Through Fiction – tagged me (thank you!) in The Jingle Bell Book Tag which was originally created by Richard over at The Humpo Show. Due to a great variety of reasons, I am just not feeling that festive this year and usually I am the one who is enthusiastically wrapping presents and watching all the Christmas time TV, but I’m hoping this little tag will get me into the spirit of things a bit.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

I ended up making several different wishlists for several groups of people this year with a great variety of books on them. Off the top of my head there were short story collections by Shirley Jackson and Katherine Mansfield. I desperately want to read more short story collections and after reading a couple of short stories from each of these authors, I decided I’d happily read a few more. Another book I’ve been eager to get my hands on since it came out (back in October I believe) was The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee.

“Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time…” | Which book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I love, love, LOVED this book. So much so that I read it twice in 2018 – once in January and once in September. It was a book which I though I would enjoy, but not for it to become one of my favourite books. I loved the characters (well, most of them) and the story and the structure and the writing was so well done. It was a fantastic start to my year really.

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas…” | Which book has the most festive look to it?

I feel like I am slightly cheating by saying the Penguin English Library edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Yes, it is a Christmas story but honestly none of the books I own feel immediately festive. Perhaps I’m just not drawn to those kind of books. And despite not being a huge fan of Dickens, I do enjoy A Christmas Carol and its story.

Elf | Which book releases your inner child?

I’m going to go with the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. Whenever I pick up one of those books (even the recent releases) I am taken straight back to being eleven in school having my teacher read it to the class and being absolutely hooked. That series means a lot to me, and who doesn’t love a little bit of magic?


The Grinch | Your favourite villain…

I want to steal Ashleigh’s answer with Eli from Vicious by V.E. Schwab, but I feel that would be cheeky and I have already mentioned that book once in this tag. I quite enjoyed a villainous character, who will remain unnamed, in Schwab’s The Archived/The Unbound. I’m finding this one surprisingly difficult…

The Holiday | Name your favourite TWO couples…

Oh dear, you want two from me. I’m generally someone who is not drawn to romances in books, especially if I believe the plot is especially strong without it. However, my go-to answer will have to be Lupin and Tonks from the Harry Potter series. When I first read the books I adored them both as characters and as a couple. Also two characters from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I don’t want to spoil anything so I will leave them nameless, but I will say it is not Kell/Lila.

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

I feel like I could be predictable and say one of my favourite books, but I’m going to go with a book I read this year and loved. Let’s Talk about Love by Alice Kann is a fantastic YA book which explores asexuality. If you want to read my spoiler-free review you can read it here cheeky little plug there 

And that’s it!

I’m not going to tag anyone because we’re getting very close to Christmas and I suspect everyone is going to be busy, but if you do want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

I’ll take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays to you all!


4 thoughts on “The Jingle Bell Book Tag | partially a desperate attempt to feel Christmas-y

  1. I’ve realised its mainly nostalgia for me. One Christmas everyone else was asleep and I saw it was on so just watched it by myself. It’s just a nice thing to do every year – even if the adaptation is a little tragic.


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