It’s Christmas Eve! Whatever you celebrate and wherever you are, I wish you a wonderful day and hope it’s filled with all your favorite things.
Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl has brought back her super fun Christmas Songs book tag. Have you done this one? Join in and link back to her post HERE.
1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
Favorite bookish couple:
Max and Hanna from In Another Time by Jillian Cantor
Love brought them together. But only time can save them…
1931, Germany. Bookshop owner Max Beissinger meets Hanna Ginsberg, a budding concert violinist, and immediately he feels powerful chemistry between them. It isn’t long before they fall in love and begin making plans for the future. As their love affair unfolds over the next five years, the climate drastically changes in Germany as Hitler comes to power. Their love is tested with the new landscape and the realities of war, not the least of which is that Hanna is Jewish and Max is not.
2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.):
At the age of 16, all girls are banished so that they can release their magic, which “lures men from their beds, makes boys lose their minds and drives the wives mad with jealousy.” Before they are sent away, the chosen girls are given a veil signifying that they will be married when—and if—they return. Tierney dreads this “grace year.” She has no desire to be married. She has seen the condition of the girls who return.
3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.):
(I didn’t read many short stories this year, so this is one I loved with “little” in the title!)
A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Claire Rawlings, mother of two and a medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over.
4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
A curmudgeon and his eccentric new roommate join together to plan an epic escape in this charming, poignant tale.
Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He hates being told when to eat when to sleep when to take his pills. He’s fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down
6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…
7. “We Three Kings”
Your favorite trilogy:
This is easy! Say it with me: The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons!
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
A character you would love to be snowed in with:
Can they be real? After reading Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark– I think they would be so much fun to hang out with during a snowstorm. We’d sit around and drink wine and they’d tell me scary stories!
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
9. “Last Christmas”
A book that seriously let you down:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean. I saw her speak and I’ve picked it up at least three times. Everyone LOVES it so why am I bored to tears?!
10. “White Christmas”
An upcoming release you’re dreaming about:
In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.
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