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I was tagged by one of my writing friend’s, Callum McLaughlin, to take part in an original book tag he created for the festive season. It’s great fun, and you should definitely check it out.

Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

As with many families, we have a tradition which involves a gift on Christmas Eve. It’s evolved slightly, and this year it includes a whole box of goodies, but originally it meant opening a book.

One year I received ‘What-a-Mess’ by Frank Muir, and I still have it. It’s a little dog-eared (pun intended), but I treasure it. I’m not sure, specifically, what it is about the book I enjoyed as a child. Perhaps it’s that we had Afghan hounds growing up and I loved to imagine what mischief they were planning. Regardless, I have fond memories of reading it with my parents.

The ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

I have to admit, there are a number of books I reread on a yearly basis. If I fall for a character, I want to spend time with them as often as I can. At this time of year, it depends what I have on the go. This year, I’ve fallen so behind on my reading list that, for the first time in a long time, I don’t have an old favourite on the go.

Christmas tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.

I’m a sucker for Nalini Singh, and her Guild Hunter series gets better with every instalment. But then, I always find a good series will continue to grow as the characters evolve and the author develops with them. At least in my experience.

Friends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

Just one? Sheesh, Callum, that’s a tough call! Oh, the pressure…I’ll have to fall back on an old favourite and say Lord of the Rings.

Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

The Gargoyle

I especially like that the edges of the pages are black, so it makes the book look dark and sinister!

Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I’ve always loved the book. It’s one I’ve read many times, though I haven’t read it in a number of years. I think I just found my answer to question two!

Ice and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

This is going to sound strange, because I used the book in my answer to the decoration question, but I haven’t yet finished The Gargoyle. It’s one of my regrets, mainly because the writing is excellent and I wanted to enjoy it, but I had no motivation to continue. I should probably start from the beginning, and let the story work its magic!

Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

The Stand by Stephen King. I first read the novel in my late teens and I could barely lift the thing! Seriously, though, it was an intimidating novel to get through, but totally worth it in the end.

Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

Just about anything Nora Roberts has ever written! I love her work, and she’s a dab hand with the sweet 🙂

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

Probably The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I keep trying to persuade my daughter to read it – to read anything – but I just can’t pin her down! I think everyone should read the book, and then reread the book. Every time I do, I learn something new. Yes, that’s definitely what I’ll be reading this Christmas!

Spreading the festive cheer:

I don’t have anyone specific to tag, because I know how busy things get at this time of year. But I’d love to see the tag continue, so if you would like to take part – please do. I’d love to learn more about your festive reading habits.

Thanks for stopping by.




Great questions. I love series. When I search for new books, I find myself focusing on those that have multiples. It’s difficult getting into a new character with each new book. Like finding new friends–I’m always on edge the character will do/say something wrong and I won’t want to hang out with them any more.

I just love learning more about you, Mel! Learning your favorite books is like getting to know you! ❤

Thanks so much for taking part, Mel 🙂 I loved your answers and especially liked your choice for the beautiful cover question! 🙂

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