Hi! I hope you all are having some merry festivities going on! We had some people come over for a Christmas brunch this morning. (And now they're all playing games in the living room and I'm hiding by myself and introverting and blogging. 😂)
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do The Christmas Song Book Tag, which was created by one of my favorite BookTubers, Hailey in Bookland. 😄
So, let's get started!
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: A villainous character that you couldn't help but love.
I don't understand the whole "loving villains" thing. There aren't really any villains I actually like. The only one I can think of is from a TV show, not a book. *So I just went with Maven from Red Queen, only because the author makes you like him in the beginning, but that's because we don't know he's the villain. So, I now that's a really lame answer because once I found out he was bad I didn't like him anymore, so...oh well that's the best I could come up with.
All I Want for Christmas is You: A book that you want to see under the Christmas tree.
I'm only five chapters into Daughter of the Pirate King, but I'm loving it already and I just know I am going to want more. Too bad the sequel isn't coming out until February and I have no idea when I'll have time to read it since I have so many back list books I'm planning on prioritizing next year, but I still want it! 😩
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A character who overcomes some obstacles and comes to believe in theirself.
For this question I went with Jane from Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I just finished this book last night and OMG it was SO good! I cried so much during the last 30 pages. 😭 I LOVED Jane's character development.
This is a historical fiction set in the early 1900s around women's suffrage, union strikes and The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Jane becomes involved in the strikes and she goes from being a naive sheltered rich girl to a strong, determined, and completely independent young women over the course of the book. When she realizes that the society she was a part of is so wrong for taking advantage of poor immigrants and teaching girls to believe they are supposed to do nothing but sit still and look pretty, she completely sheds her identity and leaves behind her whole life without a second thought in support of her immigrant friends who work at the Triangle factory and are a part of the strikes.
This book was so heartbreaking but it has such a great message and it is SO worth reading. This is a middle grade book, but it didn't feel like it at all! I think EVERY girl should read this book, no matter their age. I'm glad I actually didn't get to this book until now, because I don't think I would have appreciated it when I was twelve half as much as I did now.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town: A character on the naughty list, and a character on the nice list.
For a character that I think would be on the naughty list, I chose Amy from the Dorothy Must Die series. (or really almost anybody in this series could be on the naughty list. They aren't all exactly innocent. 😂) I liked her well enough in the first book, and there are still things I admire about her, but I don't like how in this book she seemed to go over to "the dark side" a little more. It just seemed very sketchy and I don't think I liked where her character development was heading, but I'm still going to make myself read the rest of the series, because I want to find out what happens anyway. 😜
For a character on the nice list, I chose Anna from The Mark of the Dragonfly. She's just so cute and innocent and sweet and lovable and I really wish I could be friends with her. 😊
Frosty the Snowman: A book that melts your heart.
Okay I could go on and on about how amazing this series is. I just love the family and friendship atmosphere of it and these books are just so heartwarming I really think it would melt the heart of anyone who has looked at this series and thought it would be boring, because it is anything but. That's exactly what happened to me. I didn't think I would like these books, but once I read them I fell in love from the first chapter i read. 😍
Feliz Navidad: A book set in a country other than your own.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book is set in France and Germany during World War Two, and the settings are so vivid and easy to imagine and the story is just GAH! Amazing! I think historical fiction is becoming one of my favorite genres now. 😉
I haven't read many Christmas books, but one I really love is Home for the Holidays, by Heather Vogel Frederick. (And yes, this is part of the Mother Daughter Book Club series) 😜
Sleigh Ride: A fictional character that you would choose to spend your holidays with. (Not necessarily romantically.)
Yes, yes. I know, this is the third time I've put this series in this tag, but I would really like to spend Christmas with The Hawthorne family from The Mother Daughter Book Club. Or really just the whole book club and their families, really. They seem to have a lot of fun when they are all together, and of course, we could talk about books! And have book themed party! Not that I actually go to parties. But if I hung out with these people, maybe I would want to! 😂
Baby it's Cold Outside: Which book would you sacrifice to the fire to keep yourself warm?
I know I've said before why I dislike this book. It was just so pointless and unrealistic and the characters were annoying and I just...SIGH. I usually don't like the idea of destroying books but when I moved this particular copy was damaged a little bit so I kinda don't feel that bad since I didn't like it and it wasn't in perfect condition to start with anyway.
Do You Hear What I Hear: A book that you want everyone to read.
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I just finished it last night as I said above and it FREAKING BROKE MY HEART!!!! I sobbed when I was finished with it and it doesn't help that it's historical fiction so the characters weren't real but they might as well have been because this actually happened to actual people and it's set during the suffragist movement and it has such good themes of feminism and empowerment and just UGH it's just amazing! Read it pleeeeaaasse!!! It will change your life!
Where Are You, Christmas?: A book that you want immediately that unfortunately isn't out yet.
Daughter of the Siren Queen obviously and also A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews aka CAIT @ PAPER FURY!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED! She's FINALLY getting published next summer! I can't wait! I LOVE her blog! I've never pre-ordered a book before but her book will definitely be my first! You know, once I (ahem) get a job. 😳
Last Christmas: A book that you started off loving, but ended up not really liking so much.
Well I didn't love it at first, but I did like it. It started out just like any other book, but I waited to get to the part where the story felt like it was getting started...and waited...and waited...and waited. And it never happened! For a book about time travel, literally nothing happens! They literally just stand around talking all the time and not actually doing anything. There is one random action scene close to the end, but that's it. And the way it ended was kind of on a cliff hanger, but not the good kind. I was just kind of sitting there like, that's it? Also, the romance didn't make any sense, and there was themes of sexism I really did not come here for and just...no!
I was so disappointed, I thought I would really like this series and the cover was so pretty, but it wasn't as good on the inside, sadly. I decided to just leave it at this book and not read the other two. If the other books are as boring as this one, I don't want to waste my time, which is really disappointing because I almost never decide to DNF books or series once I start them.
Blue Christmas: A book that made you cry.
Yes I know this is the third time I've used this book. But I would be lying if I didn't use it for this question! I can't help it! I am still so emotionally hungover about this book! I finished it yesterday, okay? Give me a break. 😝
But seriously, this is the first book I have ever read that actually made me cry actual tears! Like not getting choked up, actual tears streaming down my face. And I actually had to stop and bury my face in the pages and sob for a second and get my tears and snot stains all over the pages. 😂 This book just broke my heart and it's so realistic and depressing but yet so inspiring and empowering and relatable and ugh EVERYONE neeeeeeds to read this!
A Marshmallow World: Pick a fluffy book.
I picked this one because it's a fun middle grade fantasy and it has a fluffy adorable friendship and it's just one of those books that are just fun and kinda lighthearted and not as serious as ones like Uprising. 😂
What are some of your favorite books? Do you love historical fiction? What books have you read that broke your heart and actually made you cry? Recommend some to me! (I know, I should want to read happy books for a while 😂) Feel free to do this fun tag if you want to!
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