Christmas Songs Book Tag

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Yeah, I’m very aware that I kind of just went ghost for the last few days but life exhausted me and so I just took a step back and tried to regroup and I also hit another wall when it came to writing yet another book review so I just decided to stop trying to write it and look at it later.

I’m still not looking at it today, I was going to and then I got tagged in this post and so here we are. With yet another tag post, that I am pretty sure I’ve never done, but honestly cannot remember and didn’t check. Even if I have I guarantee the answers are different now.

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”

Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Is Malfoy supposed to be a villain? Because I am kinda part of his defence squad (within reason).

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”

Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

For reasons, the main one being that I am running out of places to put books in my house, I have not so much as hinted at any books that I may want, so there most likely won’t be any. Also I can’t even think of a single book that I actually want at the moment.

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Spent a while thinking baout this one but 100% Lou from Me Before You – She completely starts to believe in her ablities as a person by the end of the book.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

Ummmmmm, I just watched the Ready Player One trailer and so it has put this guy back at the forefront of my mind, Sorrento.

b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Hermione Granger. For no reason other than the fact that I love her and she is my literary everything.

5. “Frosty the Snowman”

Which book just melts your heart.

Real talk, I am pretty much the Ice Queen, it takes a lot to make me feel things when it comes to literature. I honestly cannot think of a single book that melts my heart in anyway…is that bad? I’m racking my brain and coming up short.

6. “Feliz Navidad”

Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Almost every book I read…seriously there aren’t that many books that I read that are set in London (more specifically the UK, I guess, but I live in a London bubble).

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I think I have read one holiday themed book and it was My True Love Gave to Me. So that I guess, because it’s all I have.

8. “Sleigh Ride”

Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Ron Weasley. Although I say that tentatively actually, because I’ve just remembered that that family is fucking huge and I do not come from a large family. I don’t know if I could do that…

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Moby Dick. Have I even finished that book yet? No, I have not. I will do it one day, but the half that I have read I cannot stand. I mean seriously. It’s also quite long, it would burn for a while too.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”

Which book do you think everyone should read?

We all know where this going right…The Night CircusAmerican Gods or The Book Thief. There, I’ve given you options.

One day I will do a book tag post that doesn’t mention a lot of the usual suspects. I don’t know when that will be, but it will happen…

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Would You Rather – Christmas Edition

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I’m throwing all caution to the wind now and am just talking about all kinds of festive things.

Today it’s all about would you rather

Would you rather…

Not celebrate Christmas next year? Or not celebrate your birthday next year?
I’m turning 25 next year and I kind of don’t care, which I never really do anyway, I mean it’s gonna be a Monday, I hate being the centre of attention and I can eat cake whenever. All this to say that I wouldn’t want to miss out on living my life in tinsel and putting fairy lights over everything and eating all the fooooodddd. Mini sausages wrapped in bacon? Sign me up.

Never receive another gift from anyone ever again? Or be forced to give everyone in your family an inappropriate gift?

Looks like everyone is getting inappropriate gifts.

Grow a permanent Santa beard? Or Grow permanent reindeer antlers?
Basic bitch me up and give me some reindeer antlers. I’ll find a flower crown to really style it out.

Celebrate Christmas every day of the year? Or never celebrate Christmas ever again?
Oh never again. I get annoyed when Christmas effectively starts in October and then by the time it actually comes around I’m kind of ready for it to be done. If it lasted all year I’d just make like The Grinch and go live in a cave.

Get the presents you wanted for Christmas? Or get $100,000 for Christmas?
Show me the money.

Would you rather be married to Santa Clause or Jack Frost?
Santa, I guess? I dunno…

Never listen to Christmas music ever again? Listen to music every day of your life?
Never again. Like I said before, there is only so much I can take. Some of those Christmas songs are very in your face, not to be trifled with all the time.

Would you rather have to sit on Santa’s lap for an hour in a mall? Or find a mouse in your Christmas stocking every year during the 12 days of Christmas?
Mice. Surely if I know it’s there then dealing with it becomes a piece of piss?

Drink a barrel of eggnog? Drink a barrel of ginger beer?

Become an elf? Or become a reindeer?
Elf. Seems like a more manageable work load.

Only listen to soca/reggae version of Christmas songs? Or only listen Japanese version of Christmas songs?
Give me a reggae version of White Christmas… (I could have had any song there, that was apparently just the first one that came to mind).

Would you rather spend Christmas alone? Or with strangers?

And that’s yet another Christmas tag done. I’m gonna try and not do another one of these tomorrow, but who knows whether I will actually be successful in that or not. I sure as hell don’t.

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The Joy of Christmas Tag

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What up, coming at you with another tag post, and am slowly trickling Christmassy based posts onto this blog. I’ve been feeling weirdly un-Scrooge like this year. Maybe because I just need some festive fun in my life while it all just gets super stressful outside of that. But anyway, back the point, I’m feeling festive, it’s December, this is kind of a version of Blogmas. I saw this over here and now here we are.

I should just say, I’m just talking about books in general. The books I have to read this month are set in stone. I’m just getting excited about all the possibilities that will open up to me once I’ve wrapped this challenge up.

Done rambling, let’s get on with it.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Ummmmm…I don’t know…I guess The Curses, Laure Eve. Which isn’t happening until around late summer next year I think. I’ve tried to stop thinking about pre-orders because I have a serious problem with them and I’ve bought so many this year that I really shouldn’t have. This one is currently on pre-order, and I’m sure I’ll find loads more to add to the list soon. But for now, it’s that.

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

JK Rowling, obviously. And then also Neil Gaiman, let’s be real I could wax on about American Gods and Neverwhere for actual days.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has such great world building. It’s drip fed in slowly so it never feels like you’re finding out all this information at once.

4) A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read

Pride and Prejudice, I’m a cliche what can I say. I want to read some Dickens though. I won’t start with A Christmas Carol, but maybe I’ll end with it…

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

There are so many. Maybe the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. Or rather more accurately, the first two before the final one comes out early next year.

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

The Night Circus, what a surprise that this has come up…the parts that are second person narrative and snapshots into parts of the circus that you’ve usually just read being created. It makes you feel like you’re there. And I love it.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

I am a sucker for a pretty cover. My edition of The Red Queen is a thing of beauty. Then there are so many others. Caraval arrived into my life this week and it’s a beauty.

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

I am in charge of making the house look all festive, and so that’s my thing. I think the decorations and tree is coming down this week and so that’s where we’re at with that. The process of finding places to put the decorations and sticking tinsel everywhere is pretty therapeutic. And also a sure fire to way to festive.

And there we have it!

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The Christmas Tag

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Okay, okay I am succumbing. I have quite freely said the word now, I am eating all the food and drinking all the drinks, I may have even bought a couple of new seasonal jumpers. I helped put the office Christmas tree up last week (had to buy it and everything), the are decorations on people’s desks in the office and sometimes there is Christmas music tinkling around the office (let’s not go into the fact that I hear several on the radio daily and that number is always increasing), so I am succumbing.

I’m gonna start talking freely about Christmas and stop pretending that it is some distant thing that is happening eons away from now, because it is officially less than 20 days away. And the way this year has passed means that less than 20 days is nothing.

On that note, waaayyyyyy back to Tuesday of last week I saw this post over on Adele’s wonderful little blog in which she left an open invitation to do The Christmas Tag, so although the festive spruce up (that tbh I am still not 100% sure on, but hey ho) happened when the month rung in (or maybe a taaaaddddd earlier) this is the official opening of Christmas on Keep Going (we’re gonna find out exactly what that entails together…) and I’m gonna give it a go.

1) What is Your Favourite Christmas Movie?

I’m gonna be honest I don’t really know…I mean Jim Carrey’s Grinch is pretty much me on a lot of levels. No lie. But then my staple, must watch every year (although I have slacked on one of these the past couple of years, but I am gonna rectify the situation imminently) films are Love, Actually and The Holiday. 

2) Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?

I am gonna be honest, it never (I don’t think it did anyway) occurred to me to ever open a present on Christmas Eve. Mainly because I never knew where they were in the house. And I was never one to go looking for them because it is kind of impossible to sneak off and go searching for things in my house. So I always used to come downstairs on Christmas morning and my (and my brother’s) presents were just there waiting. And I dunno, that method has just stuck with me as I’ve gotten older (she says making it sound like she is not just in her early twenties…and is now talking in the third person)

3) Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Any time my brother and I actually win 2 out of 3 in whatever board game we play against our parents…

Other than that I ended up taking my dog for a walk with my dad a couple of years ago, equipped with a Santa hat on and it was just incredibly calming, which at the time is exactly what I needed (and to be honest probably need again right now). I mean I have loads and I could go on, but that is what I am going with at this point in time.

4) What is your favourite festive food?

You know what I really love about Christmas? The fact that I can go in on Ferrero Rocher on Christmas morning before breakfast with minimal outward judgement, because that is the only time I eat them (and hey, one always makes it to the new year, I have some self control, not a lot, but some).

Other than that it comes with it being totally acceptable to wrap sausages in bacon and consume them en masse. And then continue eating. And eating. Plus brandy butter, my relationship with that stuff borders on disgusting when I remember that although it has brandy in it it is still fucking butter.

5) Over the years, what has been your favourite Christmas present?

I present you with this little bad boy, which started quite the collection of onesies over the past year. That’s how I spend my Sundays these days now, in a onesie with a face mask on and writing or reading. It’s kind of blissful.

6)  What is your favourite Christmas scent?

Peppermint. Which might not be specifically related to Christmas, but there is something about it that reminds me of Christmas. So that. I bloody love it, plus peppermint mochas make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

No, I do not. Not anymore anyway, I mean there was the usual leaving food out for Santa, but now? Not so much.

8) What is at the top of your Christmas tree?

Mr Christmas. That is not a joke, there is a Mr Man character called that. He’s big and green and he is tied rather precariously to the top of our tree every year and has been since we retired Homer Simpson climbing out of chimney because it was no longer sufficiently festive many, many moons ago.

9) Do you like to stay in your PJ’s or dress up on Christmas day?

My brother and I fall on very opposite ends of the spectrum. Given that typically we each get pjs for Christmas he is very much the kind of person to have a shower and get into them. Me on the other hand dresses the hell up because why not? And then at the end of the day when I have removed my make up and thrown my outfit back into my wardrobe I have a nice new snuggly set of PJ’s to crawl into bed with.

10) Do you prefer candy canes of gingerbread men?

Honestly, neither. I love the way candy canes look, they are hella pretty and all that jazz and I love a well constructed gingerbread house. But eating them? Neither, not a fan of them. However I am more inclined to candy canes because they come with a peppermint flavour than gingerbread which sometimes can be a bit much.

And there we have it. My Christmas Tag is complete. Similarly to Adele I leave this as an open invitation to anyone who wants to take do it as we progress further into festive season.

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