1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favorite bookish couple.
The relationship between Margaret Honeywell and John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare in Gentleman Jim has it all; sacrifice, passion, faithfulness, misunderstanding, courage, adventure and more.
2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
In Among the Poppies, Gwyn Ruthers chooses to leave home to serve as an ambulance driver in France during WWI.
3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
The sweet, short whimsical classic Daddy Long Legs was one of my favorite discoveries of the year.
4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
For most of my life my gift lists have been mainly made up of books. So, it is so hard to choose. But if I have to pick one, I’m going with Tidewater Bride by one of my favorite historical fiction authors.
5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
Where The Lost Wander was a gut-wrenching look at the wagon train experiences of settlers heading west.
6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
I don’t really have a favorite type of book to read during the holidays or any other time of the year for that matter. However, I did make an effort to read more Christmas themed books this year. One that I really enjoyed that was published by surprise was Christmas in Three Quarter Time. It is the author’s third book in her “Vienna” series which made me fall in love with the city.
7. “We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy.
I didn’t read a whole trilogy this year, but I did finally get the chance to read the long awaited Under Scottish Stars, the last book in The MacDonald Family series.
8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
While it would be nice to be snowed in with a crushable male character, I’m going to have to go with Lu Sokolowski from Lu & Louisa. She’s such an inquisitive, relatable woman and I think we could have some great conversations.
9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
I was very disappointed with Jo & Laurie. I’d always wanted to see Alcott’s characters together. I think my problem was more with the narrator who read the audio book than the story itself.
10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.
Again, this list is fairly long. But I’m super excited about Amy Harmon’s latest The Songbook of Benny Lament. It’s too bad, I have to wait until March!