The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

My doctor just upped my meds, so I may be able to feel joy again soon!

It’s already December 12th. I need to drum up some joy.

Let’s celebrate Christmas.

(I got this tag from Dee’s post; for additional joy and historical fiction recommendations, go check it out.)



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The Christmas excitement is real. What book release(s) are you most anticipating?

I’m so excited about These Witches Don’t Burn.

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My fervor surprises me. I don’t normally enjoy witch literature.

I picked some choice phrases from the plot summary:

  • ” an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air” (yes)
  • “equal parts sweet romance and thrilling mystery” (YES)
  • “dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire” (I get it)
  • “trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done” (BUT FOR REAL)

I’m also, as I’ve mentioned before, weirdly excited for Four Dead Queens.

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It’ll be a real bummer if the dead queens are the only female characters aside from the protagonist.


Christmas Songs & Carols 

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What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?


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Her harsh whines about singleness and mediocre men restore my soul.

I laughed out loud in the middle of the night while reading Irby’s essay on her cat Helen Keller.

On a Google tear, I learned her feline nemesis DIED in 2016.

That news elicited a scream.

Then Irby’s eulogy made me laugh again!

No joke, she titled her cat’s death announcement “helen died” just like that, all lowercase.



Gingerbread Houses

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What book or series has wonderful world building?

Ay yo Phil.

Nobody does it better than you.

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Don’t make me say it again.

Your universe is so expansive and well-thought out.

Hats off.


A Christmas Carol

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Favorite classic or one that you want to read

I started Frankenstein believing it would become my new favorite.

I was dead wrong. (Ha.)

I’ve owned James Baldwin’s Another County for years now without reading it.

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2019 will be the Year of Baldwin.


Christmas Sweets

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What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

I keep reading fun tweets about The Summer of Jordi Perez.

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I really liked Amy Spalding’s The Reece Malcolm List.

I want to check out her rainbow follow-up.


Candles in the Window

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What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

Elizabeth Gilbert’s descriptions of her now ex-husband fill my heart with hope.

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Wow, I thought I owned the best edition of this book, but this one is stunning!


Christmas Trees & Decorations

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What are some of your favourite book covers?

I’ve been preparing for this question my entire life.

(Watch as I only choose books I’ve read in the last 5 years.)


Christmas Joy

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What are some of your favourite things about Christmas and/or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

I like:

  • baking Christmas favorites
  • sarcastically singing along to Mel Torme
  • opening stockings
  • drinking hot cocoa on Christmas morning
  • how quiet the city gets when it snows
  • Christmas lights on the trees downtown
  • red velvet
  • picking the perfect present for someone else
  • peppermint chocolate all season long


Merry Christmas one and all.

Please complete this tag yourself! I want to see more beautiful books!

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