Hi everyone! Welcome to Nox Reads, I’m Nox, and today’s post for Day Two of Blogmas is the Christmas Traditions Book Tag!
Before we start, I want to note that three of these prompts are blank. I couldn’t think of an answer for one, and the other two kept making me think of HarperCollins books, which I won’t be sharing because of the current strike. I also wanted to note that any links in the post to the books mentioned are affiliate links, and I get a commission from them.
Red, Gold, & Green Colors: A book with any combination of those colors on the cover.
THIS POISON HEART by Kalynn Bayron! The cover is gorgeous, has all three colors on it, and I really want to pick up the book within the next year!
Carol Singing: What is your Christmas Carol? Pick a book with a title that includes a word from that song title.0
IF THE SHOE FITS by Julie Murphy! My favorite Christmas song is Christmas Shoes, which is a very sad song (CW:// cancer) about a man in line at the store who overhears that a little boy doesn’t have enough money to buy his dying mother a pair of shoes for Christmas. I think the song is what Christmas really should be about (giving to others).
Christmas Trees, Wreaths, & Evergreen Foliage: A book that features nature as a character.
I genuinely can’t think of any books with nature as a character. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
Sending Cards: A favorite epistolary book you read this year or want to read next year
ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn! I’ve been looking for “weird books” to read, and this one seems interesting! Seeing how the book progresses with fewer and fewer letters should be interesting, and I want to see if it’s actually readable.
Mistletoe: A book that features unrequited love
Santa Claus: A book that features a character who’s not really likable, but endearing anyways
NONE SHALL SLEEP by Ellie Marney! Endearing is definitely not the right word (I find it difficult to find unlikeable characters endearing), but I couldn’t help but be fascinated with Simon, the young serial killer in the book. He’s downright terrifying, especially at the end, and I couldn’t put the book down when he was on the page. He’s not likeable by any means, but there’s something about him that kept me reading.
Nativity Scenes: A family-based historical fiction
SOUL LANTERNS by Shaw Kuzki! It’s more of a community-based historical fiction than anything else, but family still plays a large role in this. Soul Lanterns shows a group of students learning more about how their community was impacted when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and how everyone who was alive during the drop was affected. The students come together to create a community art project honoring the stories that they’ve discovered.
Elf on the Shelf: A book on your shelf that catches your eye all the time, but you never pick it up.
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir! My friend Fen @ FensLibrary has been telling me all year to read it, but for some reason I just haven’t been able to pick it up! I’m going to read it by the end of the month since it was part of my 12 Books by 12 Friends challenge for 2022, and I know Fen just can’t wait! Hopefully I can pick it up soon!
Christmas Movies: Favorite adaptation or a book you would like to see adapted.
HUNGRY HEARTS: 13 TALES OF FOOD AND LOVE! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve talked about Hungry Hearts, but I think this would be a great book to adapt, with each chapter being it’s own episode! The stories are interconnected and there’s something for everyone, and it would be great to see them all tied together in the end.
Ugly Sweaters: A book that made you laugh out loud.
THAT TIME I GOT DRUNK AND YEETED A LOVE POTION AT A WEREWOLF by Kimberly Lemming! This book was hilarious! This is the second book in the Mead Mishaps series, and I am definitely a fan of Kimberly Lemming’s writing now. The characters are so sweet and get in situations that make me cackle, I absolutely adored this book.
Eggnog: A book that you love that everybody seems to hate or vice versa.
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides! I really hated this book! For years, I’ve heard about the “amazing twist” at the heart of the story, but it didn’t do anything for me. I gave it two stars, because I liked the premise of the book and I enjoyed the audiobook narrators, but I don’t see why everyone loves it so much.
Exchanging Gifts: A book you read this year and thought “This would be perfect for…”.
Thank you so much for reading this post! I’m playing catch up on Blogmas, so expect to see a couple more posts coming up today and in the coming month!
I’ll see you all soon,