I love Christmas. It’s seriously my favourite time of year. Better than my birthday, even. I like everyone I love being together, eating delicious Christmassy food, giving each other presents, and basically just hanging out. One of my favourite things in the world is the look on someone’s face when you get them a present that they actually love. Nothing quite compares. Anyway, when I saw this particular tag on NutFreeNerd, which is run by the lovely Holly, I simply had to be a part of it. Let’s spread the Christmas spirit, people!
I actually really enjoy Valentine, from The Mortal Instruments. He’s one of the most evil people in the series, besides his son maybe, but he doesn’t see himself as evil. He sees himself as being right. Most importantly, Valentine thinks he’s doing the right thing in wiping out Downworlders and Nephilim who collude with them. And that’s what makes him so dangerous. There’s no reasoning with someone who believes that what they are doing is for the Greater Good. This is why I hated the movie version of Valentine so much. The on-screen Valentine was insane, whereas the book Valentine is this cool, calm collected sociopathic zealot. Evil is so much scarier when it’s calm.
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – What book do you most want to find under your Christmas tree this year?
Honestly? There are too many. I have a list of four in my mind right now that I really, really want and there are a few more that I’ve got on my TBR list that I would kill to own. Plus a new fantasy trilogy I’ve only just heard of called Falling Kingdoms. If everyone just got me book vouchers for Christmas, that would be great.
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Name a favourite character that had to overcome a major obstacle. Why are they your favourite?
William Herondale. That whole curse thing? I swear, Clockwork Prince kept me up at night. Poor Will. I swear, he went through so much pain. I’m glad he gets his happy ending in the end, though. No one quite writes palatable angst like Cassandra Clare.
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Which characters do you think are at the top of Santa’s “nice” and “naughty” list?
The Nice List:
– Peeta Mellark
– Jem Carstairs
The Naughty List:
– Dean from Goose is at the very top
– every villain in every book I’ve read ever. Most of them are definitely straight outta hell.
5. Frosty the Snowman – What book just melts your heart?
Clockwork Princess, City of Heavenly Fire, The Fault In Our Stars. I like satisfying endings, endings that give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. A lot of the fluffier books that are designed to melt hearts don’t actually do it. The ones where characters have to fight for their happy endings? Those are the ones that are heart-melters.
6. Feliz Navidad – Your favorite book that takes place in a country other than you own
Err, 95% of the books I read aren’t set in my country. Australia is a rather unique setting that is usually only tackled by Australians. I am yet to read a book that’s set in Australia that’s been written by someone not from here. The book that is probably set in the country most different from mine was The Book Thief, which is set in Nazi Germany. There’s also The Night Angel trilogy which is set in the fictional country of Midcyru, but I thought I’d go with a country that actually exists.
7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – What book do you read to get in the Christmas spirit?
I do a lot of things to get into the Christmas spirit. I bake, I write cards, I shop, I wear Christmas jewellery, I listen to Christmas carols. But I don’t have a holiday book. None of my books are particularly festive. Usually, I’m reading just one of the books in my TBR pile, trying to make room for any books I may get for Christmas.
The Weasley family. Imagine being with that family at Christmas! It’d be so much fun. And with real Christmas Crackers, plus the twins (I’m thinking pre-Deathly Hallows), plus Mrs Weasley’s cooking? Couldn’t think of anything better.
9. Baby It’s Cold Outside – What book do you hate so much you’d sacrifice it to the fire to stay warm?
The Delirium trilogy, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, the Twilight “saga”, and A Fatal Tide. I’ll have myself a nice little bonfire.
10. Do You Hear What I Hear? – What book would you recommend to everyone?
Cloud Atlas. It’s simply genius. Everything about it is genius. It’s technical enough to satisfy writers and entertaining enough to satisfy the general populace. People just need to trek through the first chapter to truly appreciate this book’s brilliance.
Plus, I will recommend anything by Neil Gaiman until the cows come home.
Now, time to share the Christmas spirit and tackle this tag yourselves guys!