This tag was originally created by Lauren Wade over on Booktube, and I knew I couldn’t resist giving it a go myself! I love Christmas, and A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Christmassy stories.
The Ghost of Christmas Past
A book that was a childhood favourite
So many, but the first one that popped into my head was Witch Child by Celia Rees which I have to thank for my love for historical fiction and stories about witches.
The Ghost of Christmas Present
A recent book that you think will become one of your all time favourites
I’ve read so many good books this year, but Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a new all-time favourite. I loved it so much.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
A book coming out next year that you’re most excited about
Of course it’s a Silvia Moreno-Garcia book. Mexican Gothic sounds so atmospheric and delicious, and just look at that cover!
A book that everyone else loves that you just can’t stand
I totally get why other people enjoyed it – I’d particularly like to shout out Acqua @ Acquadimore Books’ review for her brilliant discussion on Catholic guilt – but The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh didn’t work for me at all.
An old dependable that you always recommend
Of course it’s my favourite book, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, which is just so hopeful and good and the world’s best antidote to grimdark fantasy.
An underhyped book that you think deserves more love
I haven’t seen enough people talking about Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett this year. Maybe it’s because I’m already a fan of historical fiction and of Italian-inspired fantasy, but I loved this f/f sequel to The Tempest and I think it deserves more love.
Today? Why it’s Christmas Day!
What’s a book that always gets you in the mood for Christmas (apart from A Christmas Carol)?
I’m going to cheat a little here because I haven’t actually read the book yet (and maybe this year will finally be the year) but I’ve seen it performed live once and performances of it are almost always shown on the TV over Christmas, and that’s The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman. I love the story of The Nutcracker and it’s my favourite ballet.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Your favourite film adaptation of a book
I mean I adore The Lord of the Rings films, but I can’t comment on them as adaptations because I’ve never read any Tolkien. A childhood favourite of mine which, funnily enough, I associate with Christmas is the 1993 adaptation of The Secret Garden.