I thought I’d have a go at doing the Christmas Cracker Book Tag today, created by Lucy @ The Bumbling Bibliophile and Queen of Contemporary. As you will see, I wasn’t very good at picking just one book for each question, so click on the titles to go to their review or Goodreads page, where you can see the exact edition I’m talking about!
Pick a book with a wintry cover
I think wintry covers are among my favourites. I really love the covers for The Dark is Rising and The Wolves of Willoughby Place, but as you know, I’m a fan of Vintage Children’s Classics in general. I also love the cover for Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, even if it doesn’t seem like an especially wintry book.
Pick a book you’re likely buy as a present
I think box sets make perfect presents! I’d buy something like the John Green, The Hunger Games, The Mysterious Benedict Society and Roald Dahl box sets. Penguin Underground Lines is an unusual box set. Or some lovely old children’s classics… Books just make the best presents!
Pick a festive themed book
I’ll be talking about this book a lot over the next few weeks, but I pick Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories. It’s the perfect book for Christmas with a beautiful cover and I’m really looking forward to picking it up nearer Christmas Day.
Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace
I love curling up with books and a blanket and I’ve read so many books over the past few years that I’d happily sit and read in one sitting in front of the fireplace. I’m going to be a little obvious and pick The Fault in Our Stars because I read it again this year for the second time and I loved it just as much, if not more. I can see this being a book I’ll be reading again and again.
Pick a book you want to read over the festive period
I will be re-reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares with Caitlin and Faye over the festive period, starting on 13th December (Christmas Jumper Day). It’s one of my favourite books and I first read it two years ago. Join us!
Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills
Out of the Easy and Between Shades of Gray are two of my favourite books and they both gave me chills! Out of the Easy because it’s so wonderfully bookish and the mystery kept me turning the pages and Between Shades of Gray because of the superb, touching narrative and because it educated me about a piece of history I knew nothing about.
Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist
I know I’m not receiving any books for Christmas, but I’ll be getting National Book Tokens from my Dad. Eleanor and Park is at the top of my wishlist. I’d really love the US edition, as well as Fangirl. I bought Goth Girl and the Ghost of the Mouse recently and so I’d also like to get some more books written and illustrated by Chris Riddell, like Ottoline Goes to School & Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. I also have my eye on Oliver and the Seawigs. I think I’ll be reading much more middle grade in 2014! Another book I want but can’t seem to get my hands on is One Hundred Books in Haiku.
Stay tuned for more wintry bookishness as I’ll also be putting together a list for From My Bookshelves / Books for Winter soon.