Winter is Coming Book Tag

Good morning! It’s Sunday, and that means tag time! Madeline of The Bookish Mutant tagged me for the Winter is Coming Book Tag, which seems appropriate for this wintry day. The tag was originally created by Katherine Barka on YouTube and is great fun. Let’s go!

SNOWFLAKE: something beautiful and always different. Choose a book that stands out and that is different from all the other books you’ve read.

Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler is the first that came to mind. The structure is disorienting and weird and delightful, and I’ve never read anything like it.

SNOWMAN: it is always fun to make one with your family. Choose a book a whole family could read.

*shuffles steamy romance novels out of the way to find something* The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has many pictures that will entertain kids (especially if you get the pop-up version!) and a story that’s easy to follow while also having plenty of depth for older readers. I read this with a book club that’s primarily made up of 50+ folks, and we all loved it. And many read it with their kids and grandkids, too!

CHRISTMAS: Choose a book full of happiness that made you warm inside after reading it.

This is hard to answer because most of the books that make me feel warm inside aren’t necessarily full of happiness. I mean, usually there’s at least one death? So, I’m just going to answer this my own way and say (for the millionth time, I know) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. There’s a lot of sorrow — and even anger — in this book, but there is also so much hope, strength, and yes, joy that always leaves me with a smile on my face and a little more hope for humanity than I had before.

SANTA CLAUS: He brings wonderful presents. Choose a book you’d like to get for Christmas.

I know this post is coming out Christmas morning, but my family isn’t exchanging gifts until later, so I don’t know what I’m getting yet! I’m hoping for The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope, which was one of my favorite discoveries this year. I love a book that combines fantasy with a rich historical setting.

SNOWBALLING: It can be painful to be hit by a snowball. Choose a book that hurt, that made you feel some strong emotion, like sadness, or anger.

Have you met me? I have a lot of emotions about books! But this year, Where We End & Begin was one of the worst offenders. It’s beautifully written, it’s got all this angst and high drama that I love, but the male lead was scum between my toes and I wanted the female lead to respect herself more because, sweet as he was as a boy, the grown man was utterly worthless and all talk. He says he never stopped loving her, but none of his actions back that up, and he has zero excuses for his behavior. *deep breath* I’m gonna stop there, but know, I could do this all day, then bury him at midnight.

SLEDDING: We all loved it when we were younger. Choose a book you loved when you were a child.

New Blue Shoes by Eve Rice! Like me, the heroine is named Rebecca and has strong feelings about shoes, so I related to her a lot. I just reread it, too, and it’s still such a pleasant little book. I love seeing all the different labels on the boxes in the store — like “Fabulous Feet” and “Goody Two Shoes”!

FROSTBITE: Choose a book you were really disappointed in.

Amalie Howard’s Always Be My Duchess has a great premise — Pretty Woman in Regency England? pretty please! — but the final product is blander than I could ever imagine a Pretty Woman retelling could be. The deliciously complicated protagonists are white-washed to the point that they are no longer interesting and utterly unrecognizable. But they still have to follow a plot that no longer makes sense for who they are. And to add insult to injury, the steamy scenes weren’t even good.

REINDEER: Something dear to us. Choose a book of great sentimental value to you.

An Old-Fashioned Girl. This is actually my favorite L.M. Alcott book. When I first read it as a tween, it quickly became very precious to me, and I love revisiting the characters and watching them grow together. I still have the paperback copy my grandparents gave me, and it’s one of those books that makes any place feel like home, whether I’m living there for weeks or for years.

As always, I tag you! This is a great tag, and I so enjoyed looking at my books and thinking about my answers. I hope you will, too.

Wishing you all happy holidays — or simply happy days, if you’re not celebrating anything this time of year — and, in case I don’t see you, happy new year, too!

–b

I’m in one of the parts of the U.S. hit by blistering cold this week, and I’m ready for it to go! Maybe humming this tune will help speed it away?

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