Festive Christmas Book Tag + End of the Year Book Tag!

Hello dear readers, and welcome back!! How have you all been?? Winter is definitely in the air here on the East Coast — we had our first snowfall last week, with more to come in the coming days! After 2020’s snow-less December, the weather has been cooperative enough this year to tune up all of the holiday vibes. It’s the perfect time to cozy up with a book, reading by the light of the Christmas tree. ๐ŸŽ„

Unfortunately, I’ve recently been feeling rather slumpy when it comes to reading (I blame Sabaa Tahir and the massive book hangover Sky Beyond the Storm gave me), so instead, I’ve decided that this is the perfect time to complete some seasonal book tags that my amazing fellow bloggers have tagged me for! Thank you so much to Alexis @ The Reading Addict for the Festive Christmas Book Tag, and to A Couple of B’s for the End of the Year Book Tag! โค๏ธ

So without further ado, here are my answers to these lovely questions!

The Festive Christmas Book Tag ๐ŸŽ

A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

Am I allowed to say the Dregs from Six of Crows? I don’t think Christmas dinner would be particularly pleasant with these messed-up children sitting at the table, but hey, in theory, there’s nothing I’d love more. I would finally fulfill my dream of sitting Kaz and Inej and Nina and Matthias and Jesper and Wylan on the sofa and feeding them all some chocolate.

A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

The library from Beauty and the Beast? That’d be amazing.

I mean, look at that place. The shelves!! The staircases!! The bannisters!! The BOOKS!!

But speaking realistically, this bookish necklace from SigmoCreations is so prettyyy!!

Book Necklace  Personalized Book Lover Gift for Women Girls image 0

A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

Um, I’m not quite sure what this means? ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m interpreting this as a character who’s really sweet and would be willing to stand outside in the cold for you — in which case, my answer would be Drew from Rent a Boyfriend. He’s just so sweet and precious and deserves the world, in my humble opinion.

(But seriously, what is this question supposed to mean? Please enlighten me in the comments ๐Ÿ˜…)

Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society reminds me a lot of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for some reason? I love this Christmas song, if only for how sad and poignant it is… while TGLaPPPS is a book that brings a smile to my face, although it does have its more serious moments as well. Maybe it’s because of the wartime setting? I don’t know, my mind works in strange ways ๐Ÿ˜…

Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character youโ€™ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to put it on the naughty list, but What I Carry by Jennifer Longo was a bit of a disappointment this year. I found the storyline to be kind of unrealistic, not to mention that the characters annoyed me a lot. But it still has a variety of discussions about the flaws of the foster care system, so I’d still recommend this one to any contemporary lovers out there! Plus, that cover is irresistible ๐Ÿ˜

A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray definitely deserves to be hyped up more!! This sci-fi book follows Noemi and Abel, who are on opposite sides of a galaxy-wide conflict, as they are forced by chance to work together to end the fighting for good. Also, Abel is a robot!! Who begins to feel emotions!! Aka the best sci-fi trope ever!!

The rest of the trilogy isn’t as good (in my opinion), but you should totally still pick it up if only for the amazingness of the first book!

Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully christmasy feel to it.

I’ll go with Hungry Hearts, an ultra-cute anthology that’s all about FOOD! This isn’t the type of cover that comes to mind for this prompt, but it reminds me of a hot winter meal with family, which is the vibe the holidays are all about!

A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

Ahh The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry!! This book was pure perfection and I have a hard time imagining why anybody would dislike it for any reason. I mean, come for the literary characters brought to life (including five different versions of Mr. Darcy), stay for the amazing sibling relationship. And also for Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens arguing about sentimentality.

โ€œSentiment is foreign to me. It is grit in a sensitive instrument. I leave such things to your novels.โ€

โ€œAre you describing my novels as sentimental?โ€

I LIVE for this kind of stuff in books. I’m so overdue for a reread at this point (as I am with all the rest of my favorites) ๐Ÿคฉ

Amazon.com: An Ember in the Ashes (9781595148049): Tahir, Sabaa: Books

Also, I couldn’t just pick one — the Ember quartet by Sabaa Tahir is also perfection!! I recently finished the last book in the series (review coming soon, I promise) and my obsession has flared up all over again. Everybody go read it! But be careful about the content warnings, the subject matter might be triggering for some readers. (TW for first book)

The End of the Year Book Tag ๐ŸŽŠ

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Watership Down: A Novel: Adams, Richard: 9780743277709: Amazon.com: Books

Watership Down and Much Ado About Nothing were both DNFs for me this year. I’m definitely going to return to Watership Down because it sounds like something I’d like when I’m in the right mood for it. I don’t think I’ll ever be in the mood for Much Ado About Nothing, but I do want to finish it sometime next year.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Um, I think I was supposed to do this tag a bit earlier in the year… but nonetheless, the question still holds! Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman gives me all the cozy cool weather vibes, and I’m really looking forward to curling up with it during my week-long winter break.

Is there a new release youโ€™re still waiting for?

Not in 2020! But I did a whole post on my anticipated 2021 releases last week. One book I’m especially looking forward to next year is A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer. This is the last book in the Cursebreakers trilogy and ugh I can’t wait to get my hands on this finale.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is definitely one of my top priorities! I’ve been saving it until I can give it my full attention without school to distract me. But I’m sort of really scared because the reviews I’ve read are promising utter emotional destruction and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle that ๐Ÿ˜…

My hold for The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen recently arrived, so that’s another book I’m looking forward to getting around to! I read the first three books of the original Ascendance trilogy at the start of lockdown and fell head over heels in love with this lower-YA series. I can’t wait to get back into Jaron’s head!!

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds was available as a freebie on my Kindle, so of course I had to snatch it up! I’ve heard great things about this book, and it doesn’t hurt that the cover is giving me a bunch of holiday vibes ๐Ÿฅฐ

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Crooked Kingdom is obviously a contender for this spot, but for the sake of variety, I’d like to give a shout-out to Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles! I’d love to get around to this book by the end of the year — or early 2021 at the latest — and I have sky-high expectations. After falling in love with The Phantom of the Opera earlier this year and recently discovering a new favorite with Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a reimagining of those two shows is sounding even more appealing ๐Ÿ˜

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Sort of? As in previous years, I’m not aiming to finish any set number of books in 2021 — I feel like I enjoy reading more when I don’t have a deadline looming over me. But I’d love to get around to conquering my physical TBR once and for all! Also, I want to explore Christian fiction next year! For whatever reason, the genre has always intimidated me, but hopefully 2021 will change that.

I’m also looking into some reading challenges that might be interesting to participate in, so let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations!

That’s it for today, everyone — thank you so much for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š I donโ€™t want to pressure anybody so late in the year, so Iโ€™ll be leaving both of these tags up for grabs for anybody whoโ€™s interested!

Let me know what you think about this post in the comments! What’s your favorite underrated book? Most disappointing read of 2020? Chat with me!

Hope you’ve all been staying safe and enjoying the holiday season! โค๏ธ

39 thoughts on “Festive Christmas Book Tag + End of the Year Book Tag!

  1. Christmas with the Six of Crows crew sounds ~amazing~ (there would be so many waffles, hehe!)

    I love all your picks for these prompts! Youโ€™ve introduced me to Hungry Hearts, and it sounds SO cute! (An anthology about food!?!)

    Great post! I hope your December is going well โค โค

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    1. Ahaha I know right!! And yesss we mustnโ€™t forget the waffles ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿง‡

      Yes Hungry Hearts was such a sweet read!! I admit, the food was what initially drew me in, but I ended up really enjoying the actual stories as well ๐Ÿ˜†

      Thanks so much Lulu!! And right back at you ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. I LOVE your answers!! last year I also answered Six Of Crows in the same question because OMG, wouldn’t it be the most amazing thing to have them at Christmas? ๐Ÿ˜โœจ & I also LOVE An Ember The Ashes, everyone needs to read it โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    1. Sofii!! Ahhh yes Six of Crows, I know right?! I get the warm fuzzies just thinking about having the whole crew sitting at my kitchen table ๐Ÿฅฐ And same, Ember is sooo good!! Book 4 was so amazing that I immediately wanted to reread the entire series as soon I finished ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

      Thanks for stopping by Sofii!! Happy reading โค๏ธ

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  3. SIX OF CROWS EMBER SIX OF CROWS!! I’m with you on the wish of being able to get together with the whole crew, whether they welcome me or not is a big problem, but it would be a dream some true!! Ahh I am really excited and impatient for you to get to Crooked Kingdom… the promises of emotional destruction are *real* but there is also so much joy and adventure, I hope that you have a blast with it Abby! I’m a full Ember fan now so I definitely agree, will be awaiting your review! Lovely answers, Abby! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. AHHH yesss Six of Crowssss. Meeting the crew in reality would most likely turn out either really well or really bloody, but honestly, Iโ€™d probably be too busy fangirling to notice ๐Ÿ˜‚

      And ahhhh I am practically bursting out of my skin to get around to Crooked Kingdom. Iโ€™m so glad to hear it has some joyful moments too!! I mean, if Iโ€™m going to get emotionally wrecked, might as well do so after Iโ€™ve had a bunch of laughs ๐Ÿ˜‚

      And yess Ember!! Definitely one of my best YA discoveries ๐Ÿคฉ Iโ€™m still in disbelief that the series is actually over ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

      Thanks so much Cherelle!! Thanks for reading and commenting ๐Ÿ’œ

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  4. omg yes!! the library from beauty and the beast is a forever dream. i’m also anticipating a vow so bold and deadly! i can’t wait to finish off that series and see how things end up. and wow i really, really need to finish sky beyond the storm lol. it seem I’m the only one who hasn’t finished it yet! great post and i loved seeing your answers!!

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    1. Ahhh I know right?!?! Just dreaming about having that library for my own is making me giddy ๐Ÿ˜† And yesss I’m so excited for Vow ahhh!! We’re apparently getting all 4 POVs for the finale and ahhh I NEED it!! Ahaha it’s definitely a bulky book, I don’t blame you! But I do hope you get to finish soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks so much Sanah!! Happy reading โค๏ธŽ

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  5. The library from Beauty and the Beast would be the most amazing present ever! ๐Ÿ˜ I mean, that necklace is really cute, too, but why settle for that when you could have the whole library? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And the Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep sounds sooo good! I’ve seen the book floating around, but now that you’ve told me more about the plot, I really think I need it! Five Mr. Darcys, you say? Sign me up! ๐Ÿ˜
    And do I sense some Starry obsession behind you wanting to read Vincent and Theo? ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Also, I really hope your snow lasts until Christmas! Ours melted last week, and I’m so disappointed ๐Ÿ˜ข But maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll snow again in the next few days? ๐Ÿ™ƒ
    Great post as always, Abby! ๐Ÿ˜Š I know I’m a bit late to the party, but that doesn’t mean I loved it any less! ๐Ÿ’™

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    1. Ahh I know right?? I would probably melt from happiness if I even got to see that library, much less own it ๐Ÿ˜… And true… but itโ€™s a tolerable alternative, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‚

      And yesss Uriah Heep is amazing ahh. HG Parry somehow figured out all of my favorite book tropes and mashed them together in the most gorgeous way. And obviously the five Mr. Darcys are the cherry on top ๐Ÿคฉ

      Huh, how did you guess? Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™ve never mentioned how much I love that musical.. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

      Ahh me too!! Apparently the snow we got the last couple of days was more than the combined snowfall from the entirety of last winter โ„๏ธ I hope we both can enjoy an actual white Christmas this year!!

      Thanks so much Naemi!! Awww youโ€™re really too sweet ๐Ÿ’œ I hope you enjoy the rest of your day! (Or night!)

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  6. You are so lucky to be getting snow! We’re bound to the city this year due to the lockdown (plus, it’s been uncommonly warm for winter so far), so I don’t think we’ll see any here. But, I hope your snow lasts and you get to enjoy it to the fullest!

    Who wouldn’t want the library from Beauty and the Beast as a gift? That’s literally the dream!! I would never leave that room if I had it. Also, from what I’ve heard (since I haven’t read it yet), the Six of Crows crew would be a very interesting dinner company. Ah, the Vincent and Theo cover is so pretty!! ๐Ÿ˜ And, as you can imagine, I immediately added Where Dreams Descend to my tbr list the moment I read Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge in the same sentence! ๐Ÿ˜† I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it once you read it!

    Great post as always, Abby! I wish you a fun and happy Christmas week!

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    1. Ahh yess thanks so much Nefeli — I’m so happy that it’s snowing this year!! We barely got any in 2019 and I’ve missed looking outside and seeing a white landscape! I do hope you get to see some snow this year, though — if not, maybe next year โ„๏ธ

      I know right?!? I’m getting excited just thinking about that library… I guess my parents now know what to get me for Christmas this year ๐Ÿ˜‚ Ah, yes, interesting is probably the best word to describe the SoC gang — I wouldn’t really be surprised if someone ended up mortally wounded at the end of that dinner party ๐Ÿ˜†

      Yesss Vincent & Theo is gorgeous!! I’m really glad I ended up buying a copy because that cover is too pretty to miss ๐Ÿฅฐ And ahh I know right, Where Dreams Descend sounds so good!! I adore any kind of musical theatre retelling, so two musicals in one book is an immediate yes ๐Ÿคฉ

      Thank you so much, Nefeli!! And right back at you — merry Christmas and happy holidays ๐ŸŽ

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  7. ooh iโ€™m so glad to hear that you think so highly of the ember quartet!! iโ€™m planning on (finally!) starting it next year and i am simultaneously very excited and very scared for the pain ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ i hope you get to those 3 books before the end of the year, and that where dreams descend ends up being a new favorite! i unfortunately was disappointed in that one ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Ahhh Iโ€™m so excited to hear what you think of Ember!! The series honestly only gets better from the first book so I hope you love it as much as I did, pain and all ๐Ÿคฉ Ah Iโ€™m so sorry to hear that about Where Dreams Descend! I have high expectations so hopefully it doesnโ€™t let me down ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, May!! โค๏ธ

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  8. Hi Abby! I hope you and your family are doing well, and that the weather on the East Coast is being kind. Iโ€™m so sorry I havenโ€™t been commenting on your posts recently, itโ€™s been hard keeping up with WordPress lately so Iโ€™m trying to remedy that today!! I absolutely loved this post, though!! Please give our little Crows as much chocolate as you like ๐Ÿ˜… and I hope Crooked Kingdom wonโ€™t be too intense of an experience!! Ooh the necklace and library look AMAZING, bookish accessories are so beautiful. Iโ€™ve been meaning to read Defy the Stars, I have it at home. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep sounds SO GOOD, five versions of Darcy and Sherlock?! Say no more Iโ€™m going to add it to my TBR!! I hope youโ€™re feeling better over the Ember quartet, Iโ€™ve been hearing about it a lot recently and the pain looks very real! I read the first book in the Cursebreakers trilogy, I hope the series is going well! And Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll find lots of great Christian fiction to enjoy next year!! Happy holidays ๐Ÿฅณ

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    1. Ahh Eleanor!! I totally get that, staying on top of WordPress notifications is tougher than it looks! I hope you’ve been doing great as well โค๏ธ

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the post!! I actually finished Crooked Kingdom a few days ago and let’s just say that the levels of emotional destruction were definitely up there ๐Ÿ˜ญ And yess Defy the Stars is so worth the read, I hope you enjoy!! It employs basically all the tropes I’ve ever loved, it’s definitely one of my recent favorites ๐Ÿฅฐ Ahhh yess Uriah Heep is amazing!!!! The additions of Darcy and Sherlock and Dickens all made for a starry-eyed experience — it’s just *flails* so good!! Ah, yes, reading Crooked Kingdom has washed some of the pain of Ember away… only to replace it with its own devastation of course ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜† And I’m definitely looking forward to exploring Christian fiction next year, I already have some good recs up my sleeve!

      Thank you so much Eleanor!! Happy holidays and happy New Year to you as well!! ๐Ÿ’•

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