Hurray a Christmas book tag! They make me so happy :).
1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?
Here in The Netherlands we exchange gifts for Sinterklaas on the 5th of December. I was given two beautiful books, of which I have already read one. (Guess which one…)
2. “Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?
I have read many good books this year, some of my ‘most fun’ highlights include books by Jonas Jonasson (the author of the hundred-year-old man), Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, because it completely drew me in and The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle because I just HAD to know how it ended.
3. “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has the most festive look to it?
It’s not necessarily festive, but there is something about the decorations on the cover of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe that I really love.
4. Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?
The Brothers Lionheart is adventurous and thoughtful. One of my childhood favourites that definitely still holds up. Another children’s book I can talk about very enthusiastically is Jim Knopf, the story of the tiny island and its train driver is just so brilliant!
5. The Grinch | Your favourite villain…
The person who murders Roger Ackroyd. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but in case you know: right?!? If you enjoy Agatha Christie, I highly recommend this one.
6. The Holiday | Name your favorite TWO couples…
Anne and Captain Wentworth. Captain Wentworth strikes me as the ultimate romantic. He is more eloquent than Darcy and less of an asshole than Heathcliff or Rochester (how many people did I just offend in one sentence?). Their love story is extra special because it is less about whether they love each other or not and more about whether they can leave behind the pride and resentment between them to get together.
“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan.”
My second favourite couple is Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. The love triangle makes me roll my eyes a bit, but I love how they grow closer together over the series and find each other in shared trauma and values. It is an unconventional, messy relationship, where every so often I want to hit Katniss over the head, but that ultimately feels very genuine and realistic.
7. What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?
I would try to gift you a book that you might not have come across otherwise but that is still very much worth a read.
Koning van Katoren [= King of Katoren] by Jan Terlouw is a Dutch classic in which the imaginary country Katoren is ruled by 6 ministers until 17-year-old Stach asks them what it would take for him to become king. They give him 7 seemingly impossible tasks to complete that take him on a fairy tale-like quest around the county. He has to silence birds that deafen whoever hears them, fight a dragon, and halt moving churches. It’s beautifully written, full of social commentary and will make you laugh out loud.
I tag Reading At Teatime | Books And Dachshunds | It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile | Fangirl Arya | Armed With A Book | Perfectly Tolerable — but only if it gives you joy. It’s almost Christmas and I don’t want to make anyone stressed! If you don’t want to do the tag, just see it as a sign that I really like your blog :).
Merry Christmas everyone! ❤