While I’m not officially participating in Bookending Winter 2020 since I’m just coming off hiatus, I could hardly pass up these musical prompts from Jeimy @ A Novel Idea — I mean, what’s not to love about a great seasonal book tag?
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Name a book that brings back childhood memories
Over ten years later, I can still distinctly remember sitting on the carpet with my second grade classmates to listen to our teacher read a chapter from Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley series, and doing a series of related art-and-writing projects. (It’s been a very long time and no one asked, but I think my favorite was Stanley in Space.) Oh, and also convincing my parents to get me a set from the Scholastic book catalogue, so I could share the joy with my younger brother.
Jingle Bell Rock: Name a book that puts you in the holiday spirit
Even as this post goes up I’ll probably be rereading Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick. While I admittedly don’t love it quite as much as some of the earlier books in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, it’s a nice way to revisit some of my old favorite characters and vicariously enjoy some holiday travels (especially this year…) and friendship feels. I also really like that it spans the whole holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s — not just Christmas.
All I Want for Christmas Is You: Name a book that you would love to have for Christmas
My bookish wishlist primarily consists of books I’ve already read and enjoyed, and this one’s no exception. Sara Tasker runs one of my favorite Instagram accounts (@me_and_orla), with fantastically calming composition and cute captions; Hashtag Authentic offers tips and tricks to up your own game, in terms of both the artistic/aesthetic and the metrics. Also, it’s just a well-designed book that I’d love to add to my collection.
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree: Name three characters who you would invite to your Christmas party
I’ve actually never even been to a Christmas party,
unless you count Secret Santa exchanges with my college friends, but those were more hangout than party, but I feel like Noah Czerny (The Raven Cycle) would be a fun holiday buddy, whether we were in the mood for some mischief or just chilling. Genie Lo would also be cool; we have quite a bit in common, plus hanging out with her could lead to some awesome adventures. And … I guess the Firebird (A Hundred Names for Magic), just for shits and giggles?
Mistle Toe: Name a character you would want under the mistletoe
As always, the problem is that most of the characters I’m into have a canonical partner/ love interest with whom I think they’re infinitely better matched than they would be with me. See: Eugenides and Irene (Queen’s Thief), Blue and Gansey (The Raven Cycle), Tessa and Jem and Will (The Infernal Devices).
But then again, it’s just a mistletoe kiss — it’s not that deep. Maybe Apollo (Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo)? He’d probably be down for it.
Sleigh Ride: Name two characters that you would want to go on a magical sleigh ride
Like, with me, or just with each other? Because I think Beckett Fowl (of the Fowl Twins) would have a grand ol’ time, if he was with his twin — but I would not spend time with Myles Fowl if you paid me. (Beckett is a ray of sunshine; Myles is like their snarky criminal-mastermind/ prodigy older brother, Artemis Fowl II, but exponentially worse.)
It’s Cold Outside: Name a character you would love to cuddle up with
Again, I hate to break up a literary couple. So maybe A-Through-L, the Wyverary (Wyvern & library hybrid) from Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland — he’s a sweetheart. Or Tock the Watchdog (The Phantom Tollbooth).
(Not gonna actually tag anyone, but if you want to participate feel free to say I tagged you.)
Happy holidays! ❄