I love participating in tags, as you get to reveal all sorts of interesting titbits that you don’t get to divulge in your book reviews. So I decided to create a Christmas themed one to spread some bookish festive cheer. Introducing The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag. I’d love if you all joined in, so we can mingle and jingle with all the Christmas chats.
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The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag
What is your favourite Christmas scene in a book?
I don’t even have to think twice. It’s Little Women. I love it because it’s just family, making merry, following long-established traditions, and storing up memories. Simple, honest and real. That’s what Christmas is all about to me.
“There was a good deal of laughing and kissing and explaining, in the simple, loving fashion which makes these home festivals so pleasant at the time, so sweet to remember long afterward, and then all fell to work.”
Do you have any Christmas book traditions?
I always pick a special book to read on Christmas day. For weeks before hand, I weigh up all the choices to try and pick a book that I should love. Come Christmas night, I love flaking out on the sofa, and chilling with that year’s choosen book.
Do you prefer to get presents of book vouchers or books?
Vouchers! All the way. Unless you know my wishlist, then it’s hard to beat the appeal of a book all wrapped up.
Do you give books as presents?
Rarely. Unless I know exactly what book someone wants, then no.
What bookish item is on your Christmas wishlist?
For the longest time, I’ve wanted a bookish candle. This year I might just treat myself.
What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you?
Fake Christmas tree or real Christmas tree?
We buy one small real tree every year and keep it in our hall. I can’t be dealing with hoovering pine needles in the sitting room, and I like big fires which just doesn’t go with a real tree. Instead I decorate our fireplace with a fake Christmas swag, real holly, real pinecones and lots of lights. So cosy!
What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
Time off work! In Ireland, Christmas holidays are very generous. This year I’ll be flying out the office door early on Fri 22 Dec and not heading back into until Tues 2 Jan. Can. Not. Wait.
What Christmas book would you recommend?
Last Christmas in Paris was my favourite book of 2017. I think everyone should read it. It’s full of all the feels. Gut wrenching feels, tear jerking feels, heart-warming feels, excited butterfly in the stomach feels, hopeful feels, falling madly insanely in love feels. This book has them in abundance and I shook with emotion while reading it. Especially recommended to fans of historical fiction, epistolary novels, world war 1 settings and epic love stories.
What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to?
Everything! My mouth is watering at the idea of my turkey, with stuffing and lashings of mashed potatoes. And all the trimmings.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Myself and my husband select one each at random on Christmas Eve to rip into. Then, save the others for Christmas day. I can’t deny that a lot of shaking, listening for things sliding inside, weighing up the size and guessing goes on though.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. I know it’s super sad because it’s about shattered dreams which doesn’t exactly scream yuletide fun. But Christmas can be a sad time for me (as much I try to throw myself in the season), and I like the gritty reality of the lyrics.
“I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can’t make it all alone
I’ve built my dreams around you”
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Always. I want to build a snowman and carve out snow angels! And drink my snowman soup (aka hot chocolate!).
Talk to Trish: Let me know some of your answers. Either in the comments, or link me to your own blog post.