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The Christmas Song Book Tag

December 15, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve heard about the Christmas Song Book Tag on Carl’s blog, The Pine-Scented ChroniclesThis book tag was launched by Stephanie, who blogs at Adventures of a Bibliophile. I thought it was a fun book tag and I started to think about my own answers as I was reading Carl’s post. So here they are!

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch – Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Mr King, in Calling Mr King by Ronald De Fao. Mr King is a hitman, I can’t say I’m fond of people who kill other people for a living but I really liked Mr King and his quirks.

All I Want for Christmas is You – Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree.

I’d love to get the Pléiade edition of Romain Gary’s works but it’s really expensive. It’ll remain a Christmas wish.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Nicola, in The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St John. Her companion tells her it’s over and she needs to move out. Heart bruised and battered, she moves on, step by step and learns to be herself again.

As far as non-fiction is concerned, I’d like to point out Of Ashes and Rivers that Runs to the Sea by Marie Munkara. She belongs to the Stolen Generation of Aboriginal children taken away from their families and she tells her journey back to her people.

Santa Clause is coming to town –

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

Fred and George, from the Harry Potter series.

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

Miss Pettigrew in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. She’s really nice and the reader is really happy about her coming out of her shell. It’s a great holiday read.

Frosty the Snowman – Which book just melts your heart.

Life Before Us by Romain Gary. It’s the story of an Arab child who’s taken care of by a Jewish old lady. It’s set in Paris, in a popular neighborhood. It’s full of humor and tolerance.

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

How can I pick only one book that takes place in another country? I read a lot of them. I’ll recommend Skylark by Dezso Kosztolányi. It’ll take you to Hungary before WWI.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy.

Christmas Pudding by Nancy Mitford. I’m not sure it spreads the Christmas joy in a literal sense but it’s fun and seasonal.

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

I would love to spend the holidays with Walt Longmire, the sheriff of the Absaroka county in Craig Johnson’s crime fiction series. If he’s not available, then I want to spend time with Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the character in Louise Penny’s crime fiction series.

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.

I’m strongly against burning books but placed in a situation where I’d have to choose between die of hypothermia and burn books, I hope there would still be a phone book lying around or a dictionary. Then I’d hope to have Fifty Shades of Grey and stuff like that on a nearby shelf.

That’s all, folk! I hope you had fun reading my Christmas Song Book Tag. Since I’d love to read yours, I hope it’ll inspire you to post about it too. 😊

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  1. December 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I’m not going to do all the answers, but my favourite villain of all time is that Sexy Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost!


    • December 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      I’ve never read Milton, I’ll trust you on that one!

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  2. December 15, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    What a fun list Emma. I would spend my holidays, my life, with Emma Peel of The Avengers (1960s tv series, played by Dianna Rigg). Now my brain’s turned to mush – full of teenage lust – and I can’t think of anything else.


    • December 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm


      Lucky you, your teenage fantasy is still intact: in my case, one was gay and is now dead, another committed suicide and the third one is in a cult. *sigh* That’s how you learn that people are only humans.


  3. December 15, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I love your answer to the books for warming yourself up… although it hurts to burn any books, as you say. I’ve just seen the prize on the Romain Gary Pleiade edition – wow, yes, a bit pricey. But maybe you can crowdfund from all your friends and family?


    • December 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      I know I could ask my family to crowfund but do I really need this pricey Gary? That’s another question.


  4. December 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Skylark! I was thinking only yesterday that I enjoyed that book so much.
    I’m glad you linked back to your Fifty Shades review – I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I particularly liked your “I swear I will never make fun of creative writing classes in the future, because I wished EL James had attended some.”, and also your conclusion.
    I sympathise with your Pléiade dilemma; I own a few (Giono, Colette, Tocqueville, all presents) and I like them on my shelves, but they require a special reading environment, and a special budget for acquiring them.


    • December 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      I love Dezso Kosztolányi. I’ve read other books by him and they were all excellent.
      Thanks for the comment on the Fifty Shades review.
      The Pléiade: only a French can understand what it means for a reader. I’m so tempted, just to have it but is it reasonable?


  5. December 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Great answers, some that are interesting. I have never heard of Dezso Kosztolányi nor haave I read any of his works but Hungarian fiction is something that has piqued my curiosity after reading Magda Szabo’s The Door. I have just bought a copy of Peter Nadas’ Parallel Stories and I am looking forward to the journey (it is especially thick).

    I am glad we agree on Fifty Shades of Grey! As you’ve said, we finance people should stick together. 🙂 Glad you did this!


    • December 17, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      I love Kosztolányi. Hungary before WWI is very different from what you’ll read in post WWII books.
      Pre-WWI writers made me want to visit Budapest.
      I really recommend him.

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  6. December 16, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Great answers! Thanks for introducing me to some new French books!

    Just want to clarify, this tag did not originate with me – I just came across it a while back. Appreciate the link back, I just don’t want to take credit for someone else’s work.

    Thanks! And Happy Holidays!


    • December 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Hi, thanks for dropping by and for your honesty about the book tag.
      I hope you’ll read Life Before Us, I’ve never heard of a reader who disliked it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 18, 2019 at 1:59 am

        Thanks! It looks fantastic – I just added it to my Goodreads TBR so I remember to pick up a copy soon!


  7. December 19, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Skylark was great. And yes to Christmas with Gamache!!


    • December 19, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      N’est-ce pas !


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