The wonderful Trish over at Between My Lines created The Christmas Book Blogger Tag. I am (as usual) swamped with work, so I’m not able to post as often as I would like to at the minute, roll on 2018, eh?
I’m a nosy blogger though, so I thought I’d do this post – feel free to do it too and leave me a link in the comments! #ChristmasBookBloggersTag.
What is your favourite Christmas scene in a book?
I can’t think of that many books I’ve read that have pivotal Christmas scenes, so I’m going to go with any of the Christmas chapters in Harry Potter. They always feel so cosy, and make me wish I could go to Hogwarts to take part in the festivities!
Do you have any Christmas book traditions?
I used to re-read all of the Harry Potter books every Christmas, but I haven’t had the time to do that for a few years! Now, I just like having some time off work to chill and read whatever I want for hours at a time 😀
Do you prefer to get presents of book vouchers or books?
It makes more sense to get vouchers because I own so many books, it would take someone to know me very well to know what I would like or don’t already own. That being said, it’s such a lovely gesture when someone gifts me a book, either something special like a signed edition from a favourite author, or something they’ve picked themselves that they think I’ll enjoy. Gifted books have more meaning and are quite special to me.
Do you give books as presents?
I do. Even if the person isn’t a big reader, I find it hard to contain myself as a Book Geek! I always make sure it’s a book on a subject they’ll enjoy, such as a coffee table book on something they’re really interested in, because I know it’s not the kind of thing someone would buy for themselves, and you never know which book could turn someone into a reader… 😉
What bookish item is on your Christmas wishlist?
In my keep-dreaming wishlist, I’d very much like to own a signed copy of a Harry Potter book. The cheapest I’ve seen one going for is £795 (from an authentic source), but I might just keep dreaming about that one for now. In my more realistic wishlist, I’d like a copy of A History of Magic. I watched the documentary recently, and it would be nice to add to my collection.
What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you?
God. Where do you begin with this one? Three titles that jump out at me are Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay, Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge, and for something a little lighter, I’ll go for Air Awakens by Elise Kova because Dani @ Dani Reviews Things always raves about it.
Fake Christmas tree or real Christmas tree?
Fake all the way. Even better if you get a fibre optic one, plug it in and away you go! I’m just at a stage in my life where convenience is key, but in the future I’d like to go all out with decorations again. Still likely to be a fake tree though. We had a real tree once when I was quite young and my parents were driven crazy with pine needles and what-not. I’d not appreciate that!
What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
Time off from work, chilling watching Christmas movies with nibbles in cosy PJ’s, spending time with family and friends, partaking in some festive drinking when all the bars and pubs play Christmas music and everyone sings along and there are fairy lights everywhere and everyone is so cheery, and the food. Such good food.
What Christmas book would you recommend?
I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever read a “Christmas book”. Ones that are obviously Christmas stories don’t usually appeal to me. The only one that I can remember, which I happen to genuinely love, is The Night Before Christmas. It’s fab!
What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to?
Uhh, all of it! Christmas Eve we do a selection of nibbles for dinner, like cocktail sausages, samosas, mini duck spring rolls, and chicken pakora. On Christmas morning, we have a cheeseboard with a selection of crackers (I know most people have this after dinner, we’re typically different and have it for breakfast!). Christmas dinner is a prawn cocktail to start, with a traditional Christmas dinner and all of the trimmings (and my sister makes the most amazing stuffing!). Boxing Day we have ham, turkey, and stuffing sandwiches with cranberry sauce, and all of it is of course washed down with copious amounts of Shloer. Sounds great, right?
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Christmas Day for the most part. I think it’s an American thing, but when I was younger I used to convince my parents to let me open one on Christmas Eve, and they usually gave me new PJ’s and slippers to wear that night. My sister started this trend back up again a couple of years ago, even though we’re adults! I like keeping presents for Christmas Day though, delayed gratification!
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
I have a post going up with all of my favourite Christmas songs in the next couple of days, but I have to say I think my number one song is All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. That intro just SCREAMS Christmas.
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Kind of. I get excited like a kid when it snows on Christmas Day, and I LOVE the atmosphere it creates, but I’m practical too and don’t like driving in snow, nor do I like it when it turns into beige mush. So as long as it snows on Christmas Day, and then melts by Boxing Day, I’m good!
Are you going to do the Christmas Book Bloggers Tag? Leave your answers in the comments, or link to your own post below!
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