Of course, as someone who adores Christmas and books, you knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate, right? And to make it easier on myself, I’m only including books that I’ve read this year.
1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favorite bookish couple.
It has to be Lady Jane Everard and Andrew, Lord Hadley in Suffering the Scot. I love the serious and also playful interaction between these two. I also love the way he sees her true hidden self.
2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
If anyone would look forward to being home for Christmas it is Taichi Hamasaki, who is relocated to an immigrant camp during WWII in the book Within These Lines.
3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
Few authors can write a small story with a big punch like Amanda Dykes does in Up From the Sea.
4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
ALLLLL the books! Seriously, my Amazon wish list is huge, though not as huge as my TBR list. A few I hope Santa remembers to bring are Storm Rising, Until the Mountains Fall and Sweet on You.
5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
A sacrificial hero and the bittersweet ending in Carry Me Home had me going through the kleenex.
6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
Ummmm, is this a trick question? Christmas themed books of course! But also, historical romances, which technically I read all year round.
7. “We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy.
Technically it is not a trilogy, but the only fullseries that I’ve read this year is London Celebrities by Lucy Parker which I binged during an international flight, so obviously I liked it.
8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
As I finally got around to reading the popular classic Little Women, I have to choose the March sisters. They know how to make the most of a little, whether it be food, entertainment or sacrifices. Plus, they know how to celebrate family.
9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
I love time travel stories and was excited to find one featuring Venice in a time period I know little about. However, Lady of Venice failed to live up to its’ potential for me. Honestly, the writing was not compelling, the characters weren’t all that interesting and the chemistry between the couples wasn’t believable. Although, I did feel like I learned some history, so there is that.
10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.
I’m absolutely dying to read Chasing Cassandra, the conclusion of Lisa Kleypas The Ravenels series. Both Cassandra and Tom Severin are a bit of a mystery and I can’t wait to experience their story and hopefully get one last look at the rest of the Ravenel family.
What books are on your Christmas list?