Happy Holidays! I’m *quite* in the holiday mood. I have a cinnamon candle burning, a warm sweater on and am curling up in a warm blanket in front of the fire as I write this! I celebrate Christmas every year, but regardless of which holiday you celebrate or how you are celebrating, I hope you’re able to have a cozy moment to yourself this season. This is my favorite part of the holidays, is sitting quietly with merry twinkle lights, a cozy sweater, socks and blanket, and a fire roaring ✨ With a book, if it’s a really good day 😉
When snooping the internet for holiday-themed book tags, I found Jenniely’s book tag post and had to steal it! I wasn’t tagged, but consider yourself tagged if you want to participate! Thank you to YouTuber GirlReading for creating this tag!
A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?
I would love, love, love to spend the holidays with the Bennett Pack in Greek Creek ✨ Wolfsong by TJ Klune was one of my favorite discoveries this year, and it only gets better with each book! It’s an MM paranormal romance series, that is just so incredibly atmospheric, moody, and emotional. I would protect these characters with my life, and they genuinely feel like family 🥰
There’s the Bennett family itself, plus the wolf pack and Team Human! It’s such a great gang 🥺 With Ricky around, they are all endless laughs, too.
My favorite part of the series is the connection all of them share. Like, sure, many of them are couples, but they all share such a tight bond as PACKPACKPACK. With all the genuine, kind care and teasing, laughing love… this is the house to be at on the holidays.
A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?
Bookish mugs are the best!! I love a unique and beautiful mug. Unfortunately, most bookish mugs are regularly shaped, but I really have a passion for tall, shapely mugs, or ones who are rounder with a more unique shape 🥰 But those are quite rare. And for clear ones!! Oh my gosh the clear ones are gorgeous. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on for a while…
A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf?
Gosh, Ricky from Wolfsong or Nicky from Foxhole Court would be absolutely perfect! They both have that giddy/happy/rambunctious personality, but both sacrifice so much for their families. They would get such a kick out of playing a Christmas elf for their loved ones, and have fun doing it!
Match a book to its perfect Christmas song
In the Unlikely Event by LJ Shen is a book available on Kindle Unlimited, and it sounds like the perfect December read! Eight years ago, Mal and Rory met at a bar and had explosive chemistry. They made a contract on the back of a napkin that says if they ever meet again, they’ll drop everything and be together. But they bump into each other again… and Mal (now America’s music obsession) kept the napkin.
This is a book that I am dying to read!! LJ Shen has a penchant for the unexpected (as shown with how much I adored Sparrow!) It’s on my winter TBR, I hope I get to it!
Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?
This would most definitely be Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I was so disappointed and horrified by this book! I wrote a full rant review here (which was so fun to write, omg!!) It was just absolutely terrible. I wish I had DNF’d. Read my full review here.
I had so many hopes and dreams for this book, but I found this to be such a dumpster fire, and please know that I don’t say these words lightly! I don’t like being unkind about something that an author put effort in, and I truly almost never rate books this low, but this was a bit of a special case. I’ve never read a book where the main character disappears so much in her own narrative!! But that’s only the tip of the iceberg in the problems that plagued this book.
A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the nice list?
There are so many deserving characters for this!! So I think I’ll stick to the amazing books for the nice list. The Deal by Elle Kennedy is the first book that came to mind, an amazing new adult college romance that blew my socks off so much, I read it twice in a row!
The Deal follows Hannah Wells and Garrett Graham who share an extremely hard class, where Hannah’s one of the few who passed the test and Garrett needs to keep his grades up for hockey. Hannah finally agrees to tutor Garrett, and they become close friends throughout the course of the next two weeks of late-night studying. Their friendship was so precious and amazing!! I love a best friend romance, and this one hit the nail on the friends-to-romance head… even if it kicked off with them not liking each other much. Ugh, I may need to reread this one again!
A book cover that has a wonderful winter feel to it
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?
This is such a cheesy answer, but anyone who knows me or has followed me on here for a bit should know that this is coming. But I can actually grant this wish! The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic is free on Amazon, and it was my favorite book of 2019!
It follows Neil, a homeless orphan who was recruited to play Exy (a fictional incredible sport that’s soccer x lacrosse, but with the aggression of hockey) for Palmetto State on a full ride. He’s on the run and trying to stay out of the spotlight, but he can’t pass up this opportunity. I can’t say too much about what this dangerous series is about, but it is utterly unique from anything you’ve ever read, I promise. It’s a bit raw because it is unedited, but the characters in the book genuinely feel like family to me. That may be because I read it seven times last year… Anyway, content warning: this series does have every trigger warning imaginable, so go in at your own risk.
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What were some of your favorite books you read this year? What book are you trying to gift everyone this year? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!