Going through my mail I saw that carl batnag at Pine Scented Blog, one of the blogs I follow, did a very nice job chiming in on the Christmas Song Book Tag which he got from Words About Words but which has been floating around the internet since it was started by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. And I thought I’d join along. (You’re welcome to join in, too! Just add your link in my comments when you’re done. Thanks!)
1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”:
Favorite bookish couple
“Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart” of the eponymous series by Ronald H. Balson
2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”:
Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
“Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr (Several characters are away from home but Omeir is fighting in the siege of Constantinople while Konstance is on a space ship really far away. They both want to get home).
3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”:
Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
“The Ice Harvest” by Scott Philips – noir novella with a Christmas setting
4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
“West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State” by Mark Arax(Nonfiction)
5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
I’d have to say “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka. I just wept at the graphic historicity.
6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”:
Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
“A Lot Like Christmas” by Connie Willis – short stories of Christmas by a master sci-fi story-teller.
7. “We Three Kings”:
Your favorite trilogy.
Mick Herron’s “Slough Horses” series – not a trilogy but a series of 7 (so far). Superb. Or the Christmas books in the “Andy Carpenter Series” by David Rosenfelt
8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”:
A character you would love to be snowed in with.
Oh maybe Aaron Holland Broussard from “Another Kind of Eden” by James Lee Burke. Or perhaps the sheriff in “The 12 Slays of Christmas” by Jacqueline Frost.
9. “Last Christmas”:
A book that seriously let you down.
“Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead
His first two books were so much better.
10. “White Christmas”:
An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.
So many books … The Books of Jacob: A Novel by Olga Tokarczuk
That’s it folks “Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!”
Ooh, this meme is difficult… I shall try and have a go.
Not so bad but it looked challenging. I looked at some of the prior bloggers’ entries, too and got interested. Good luck and enjoy!
I’m just working on it now…
Done! I’ve scheduled it for tomorrow.
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I received my copy of The Books of Jacob before the holidays. I can’t wait to read the book! 🙂 I hope you get to receive your copy soon. I haven’t read any of Otsuka’s works but I recently purchased one and I think it is the same book you have here. I can’t wait to read it.
Re: Harlem Shuffle. Hmmm. That’s too sad for I am looking forward to reading the book. Although I have to admit that I am a little on the fence with The Nickel Boys. Nevertheless, it is going to be a part of my 2021 catchup reads for I have quite a lot of unread 2021 books, including Cloud Cuckoo Land 😦 I will spend perhaps the first two months of 2022 covering all of them.
Anyway, happy holidays! And as always, happy reading!
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When I read your review of “The Books of Jacob” and seeing what it was about I knew I had to read that. If I preordered stuff I would preorder it, but I keep a pretty close watch on dates and it’s due out 2/1/22. Cloud Cuckoo Land was one of my top 10 books in 2021.
I think our favorite authors were writing during the pandemic there are so many good books from this past year.
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