The Jingle Bell Tag

Happy Eve of Christmas Eve! Is that a thing? If not, it certainly is now. Today is the day of last minute shopping and hastily wrapping gifts for the people you had no idea what to get things for. Today is the calm before the storm. Yes, calm, unless you’ve been out in the real world (AKA: Hell at this time of year). To celebrate this, I’ve decided to do another Christmas-y tag! I wasn’t specifically tagged to do this, but it was an open invitation so I decided ‘why not?’. Since this will probably be my last post on this blog before Christmas. Unless I finish my Aristotle and Dante review sometime today or find some free time tomorrow or Christmas day. You never know!

So I saw Kat over at Life and Other Disasters do this tag and decided to do it myself. Let’s jump right into it!


“All I Want For Christmas Is You…”

What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

Er… any book would be nice. I never get books as gifts which is very strange because that’s the one of the things you could get me and I’m guaranteed to like it, unless it’s a book I already own. I’ll just put a few books I would go absolutely crazy over if I unwrapped it on Christmas morning.I’m limiting myself to only four books because this could get very long.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…”

What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

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I’m not saying that this is my favorite book I read this year (since it’s full of pictures and is just a fun read) but I enjoyed it probably the most because it was just so fun to read and made me laugh so hard so many times. Dan and Phil really put their personalities into this book, just like they do with their videos.


“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…”

Which book has the most festive look to it?

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With this one I chose a book that isn’t a holiday book because then that would be kind of unfair. Christmas does happen in this book, but only briefly and it’s not part of the main story-line. I own the movie tie-in cover (I know! Shame!) so that one isn’t very Christmas-y, but the shade of red and the white font makes this version have a Christmas-y feel to it.


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What book unleashes your inner child?

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This book was a runner-up for the last question, but I decided to put it here. This book made me want to join Bailey as we explore the wondrous Night Circus. I loved this book so much because it made me feel like a kid again (I’m technically still a kid, but I mean like age 5 or 6).

The Grinch

Your favorite villain…

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I absolutely hate Delphini Riddle (is that her proper surname?) from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I hate The Grinch as well so it fits. It’s not love to hate, it’s hate as in ‘I wish this character never existed’. The Grinch gave me nightmares, I’m not even joking and I seriously don’t understand why it’s a classic.And Delphini shouldn’t even exist considering ((SPOILER)) Voldemort was conceived under the influence of a love potion, meaning he doesn’t have the ability to love. And the idea of Voldemort having a child is something that is borne only in Fan-Fictions.

The Holiday

Name your favorite TWO couples…

ONLY two? Wow, this is brutal. Uh… I’m just going to pick two couples that are actually canon from books. Here they are:

Ron and Hermione and Alec and Magnus are definitely my book OTPs. They’re both just so perfect for one another.


What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

Ergh! I have to choose only one? Gosh this is difficult. I’ll have to go with a favorite of mine, and that would have to be An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

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I don’t tag anybody specific, but if you’d like to do this tag, feel free to do it. Leave a link to your post so that I’ll be able to check it out, or just ping-back to me and I’ll see that you did it. I hope that all of you are enjoying the holiday season! Happy Holidays!

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The Festive Christmas Book Tag

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Hello wonderful Christmas elves. Yes, you guys are my elves during the holiday season. Just kidding! You’re the presents. I’m back with a tag for y’all and it’s another Christmas-y tag because who doesn’t love Christmas tags? They’re the best and get me in the holiday mood even more than I already am. Today, I’m doing the Festive Christmas Book Tag and I was tagged by Abi @ What Makes a Good Book. You guys should check out her blog because she’s seriously underrated. Now, let’s get to the tag!


1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with.

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The Weasley’s from Harry Potter, of course! They are such a tight-knit family who makes anybody feel at home. They’d definitely make me feel like part of the family and I bet Molly cooks the best Christmas dinner.

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift.

These are some of my favorite bookmarks that I’ve found on Etsy and I would be so happy to get any of them as a gift.

3. A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf?

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My first thought was Tyrion Lannister from the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but that’s only because he’s dwarf-sized. Instead, I went with Dobby from Harry Potter. I freaking love Dobby and he’s a literal elf so why not make him a Christmas elf? He’s very caring towards those he loves and that’s a perfect quality for a Christmas elf, I think.

4. Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

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Night by Elie Wiesel is the perfect match for Silent Night. Both songs are extremely sad and depressing but they’re the best match I could come up with.

5. Bah Humbag- a book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the Naughty list.

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((SPOILER FOR MOCKINGJAY)) It’s not Katniss that I’m disappointed in, it’s Gale and what he ended up doing to Katniss. He was the reason Prim died and if I remember correctly, he never contacted Katniss afterwards to check up on her and make sure she was okay. And, I was also kind of disappointed with the Mockingjay book (and movies as well).

6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the Nice list.

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A Step from Heaven by An Na is always me go-to underrated book that I recommend. It’s beautiful in every shape and form and is so underrated.

7. Red, green and gold: a book cover that has a wonderfully Christmas feel to it.

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My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of Holiday stories so it’s only fitting for it to have a Christmas-y cover. There’s snow and scarves and Christmas trees to top it off!

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

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Harry Potter, of course! And I just found this edition of the series and aren’t they so beautiful? They’re certainly magical. I think any book lover would love to see this under their tree.


I Tag:


Debbie @ Debbie’s Library

Lena @ Bookfandom1001

Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads

Britt @ Geronimo Reads

If anybody else wants to participate by doing this tag, feel free to! Just leave a link to your post in the comments below! And if I tagged you but you don’t want to do the tag, then that’s fine.

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The Winter Wonderland Tag

Hello wonderful readers! The holidays are up and coming quickly, which means it’s time for some holiday-themed tags and book posts! The other day I purchased My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. I saw this book in Kroger for 25% off and I didn’t own it yet, and I never really read holiday-themed books around the holidays (weird, right?) so I bought it, and I am in the holiday mood. When I bought that book, I also noticed that Starbucks now has their seasonal holiday mugs/cups! I had bought a drink from Starbucks a few days prior and they didn’t have the cups yet, but then when I decided not to get a drink, the cups were out and looking beautiful! I’ve never gotten to hold one of those beautiful holiday cups before, so I cannot wait until the next time I get a Starbucks drink this holiday season. Not only that, but I’ve been drinking hot chocolate every day now. I’m not even joking, I have been doing this ever since I bought that book. I think that book has some sort of power, like a ‘spread holiday cheer’ power. That aside, I have a tag to do! Now let’s get on with it before I verge off topic.

I was tagged in this Winter Wonderland Tag by Debbie from Debbie’s Library. She just reached 50 followers and has a wonderful blog you should definitely check out! Now without farther ado, let’s get sledding! *Shakes head in embarrassment from my bad joke*


1. Do you like the cold?

I actually do like the cold. It seems like I’m the only person in my family who enjoys the wintertime. I don’t like cold winds blowing in my face though, because then I can’t breathe, but aside from that and not being able to get up in the morning for the fear that I’m going to freeze, I love the wintertime. Winter and the cold is such a good vacation from the regular hotness that is Texas.

2. Favorite part about winter?

My favorite part about winter would probably have to be Christmas! I mean who doesn’t love Christmas? Even the Grinch can’t help but sing a Christmas carol every once in a while. Also, the winter season is when all of my family gather and enjoy each other’s presence. A lot of my family lives in Kansas or Oklahoma so I don’t get to see them aside from the holiday season, and we just started having Christmas-time gatherings last year. It feels good to just sit and enjoy being with family.

3. Does it snow where you live?

I live in Texas. Hopefully that’ll answer the question for you. It’s not like we don’t have snow, but it doesn’t happen every year. And when it does happen, it doesn’t last very long and is wet and runny. I’ve never built a decent snowman in my life because of the sucky Texas snow. The picture below is the snowman that me and my sister built last year…. To be fair the snow was all under a thin layer of ice (that my small dog kept on falling through and slipping on) so me and my sister had to get the snow from under the ice and then bring it to the pile we had (the snowman). I bet if we were given some decent snow that actually stuck together, we could built a great snowman to make Frosty proud, but sadly that didn’t happen.

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4. Favorite clothing item in winter?

SWEATERS! I only own one sweater that could be considered a ‘Christmas’ sweater (it’s a polar bear with a hat on) but I love it. I love sweaters so much and the only time I am able to wear them is in the winter. I also love warm beanies and hats, which I have an abundance in number, but haven’t had the chance to wear them because my head would literally start melting if I did.

5. Your favorite winter memory?

This is really hard, especially since I have the worst memory ever (when it comes to my own past, that is). This isn’t a specific one memory, but I love picking out presents for people and then wrapping them and putting them under the Christmas tree. I spend 2x more money on buying presents for other people during the wintertime and birthdays then I do on myself the entire year (books excluded obviously). I also love when I see the receiver of the gift genuinely like the thing  I bought them, because seeing them happy with what I got them makes me all warm inside. It’s just the best feeling in the world when you make somebody filled with joy because of something you did.

6. Favorite hot drink?

I love hot chocolate, but about a week ago I tried the Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks for the first time ever and fell in love (and being the clumsy person I am, I spilled the Latte on the kale me and my sister had just bought on the way to the car -_-). Next time I get a Starbucks drink, it’ll be the Peppermint Mocha Latte (or hot version, since I got the Frappacino and Iced version already). Coffee is always a win as well.

7.Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket?

Well, like I said earlier, I oddly don’t read winter-themed books during the wintertime. It’s strange, but true. Harry Potter is always a safe bet, though. I bet the new illustrated editions are even better to read during the winter, since you have visuals that make you feel like a kid reading a picture book. And also, even though I’ve never read it, The Polar Express is a beautiful book. I’ve seen this book at B&N during the holiday season every year and I love watching the movie, and the pictures and story just get you into the winter-holiday mood.

8. Best winter movie to watch?

I love the Home Alone movies. I never fail to watch them every year. I also notice something new every year, a result of me being a year older than the last time I’ve seen it. And also like I mentioned above, The Polar Express is always a good one, though there are a few moments that creep me out to the core (that man on the top of the train, the puppets, and Santa himself). Another blogger mentioned Love Actually in one of her holiday tags and I think it’s on Netflix so I’ll probably watch that for the first time this year since there are so many great actors and actresses in it.

9. Do you do any winter sports? (Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating)

Well me and my family used to always go to this large mall in Dallas every time during the winter to get our Christmas shopping done (me and my sister would form a group and go off into our own stores while our parents went in a different direction) and there’s this huge ice skating rink in the middle of the mall and me and my sister would ice skate every time we went. It was so much fun and I would love to do that again some time since we haven’t gone in a good 5 years or so.

10. Favorite Christmas/Holiday/New Year tradition?

My family isn’t a traditional family who has any traditions like other families out there do, but like I mentioned earlier, we started just last year, inviting all of our family to our house a week or two before Christmas to have our own celebration. Each person brings a gift and then there are numbers in a hat, and everybody picks a number. Whoever got number one goes first and picks a gift from the pile of gifts and opens it. Then it keeps on going by whatever number people have. The thing is, somebody can choose to steal another person’s gift if they don’t like the one they have, so people end up with gifts that they either didn’t want or the best gift from the stack. We also did this at my aunt’s house two years ago, I believe, and we’re doing it again this year at my house.


Thank you so much for tagging me in this, Debbie, I really enjoyed answering these questions. I am in an even bigger holiday mood than I was before. Now I’ll just tag five bloggers below. If you’re tagged but don’t feel like doing it, that’s fine, you don’t have to.

I Tag:

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Drew @ Tattooed Book Geek

Lena @ Bookfandom1001 (Please tell me I got your real name right)

Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

Romana @ A Book Nerd

I hope y’all end up doing the tag and can’t wait to see your posts! Also, if you want to do this tag yourself and I didn’t tag you, feel free to do it and leave a comment linking to your post so I can check it out.

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