The Christmas Carol Book Tag

I found this tag at My Infernal Imagination – it’s all about Christmas carols and which books remind you of certain songs!


You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Name a villainous character you can’t help but love to hate.

Billy-Ray Sanguine! From the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy! I despise him – he’s hurt all the characters I love most – but at the same time he’s kind of endearing. Those books have sooooooooooo many villains and they’re all soooooooooo great. They’re the real stars of the story, aren’t they?

All I Want For Christmas Is You
What book do you most want to find under your Christmas tree this year?


Um. Anyway. I’d be ecstatic if someone gave me an autographed, personalized copy of Ash by Malinda Lo. Hint, hint. (I usually get gift cards for Barnes & Noble, though, which is fine too.)

cinderRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Name a favorite character who had to overcome a major obstacle. Why are they your favorite?

Linh Cinder from Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, because her life is just one difficulty after another but she doesn’t let that stop her! Here are some of the things she must deal with:

  • Realizing she’s a cyborg and freaking out about that
  • Outgrowing her cyborg body
  • Dealing with prejudice against cyborgs
  • Avoiding an evil queen who wants to kill her

But in spite of all that she still kicks butt. You go, girl.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Which characters do you think are at the top of Santa’s “nice” and “naughty” list?


  • Annabeth Chase, you’re such a lovely girl. Here are your presents!
  • And what would you like for Christmas, Blue Sargent? (A boyfriend who won’t die when you kiss him, perhaps?)
  • Peeta Mellark, your stocking is filled with… frosting and cake. Enjoy!


  • You’ve been a very naughty boy, Tywin Lannister – PREPARE TO FIND COAL IN YOUR STOCKING.
  • Did you really think Santa wasn’t watching you, Nefarian Serpine?
  • LEVANA, I DEMAND THAT YOU STOP THIS NONSENSE IMMEDIATELY. Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

Frosty the Snowmanash
What book just melts your heart?

I know I’ve already mentioned Ash, but… Ash. It makes my fangirlish heart melt with its adorable love story. It’s the best book I’ve read thus far this year! (And since this year is nearly over… I’m probably not going to find anything more amazing, hmmm?)

Feliz Navidad
Your favorite book that takes place in a country other than your own?

Me gusta La Casa de Alacrán de Nancy Farmer. Apropiadamente, su escenario es México. Es un novela distópica sobre un capo de las drogas en un país llamado Opium y clon joven suyo, Matteo.

Translation: I like The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Fittingly, it’s set in Mexico! It’s a dystopian novel about a drug lord in a country called Opium and his young clone, Matteo.

(In other news, I just finished my third semester of Spanish at college. So I couldn’t resist showing off just a little! Also, I just noticed a thing: Matteo’s surname, Alacrán, is Spanish for “scorpion.” I see what you did there, Nancy Farmer.)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
What book do you read to get in the Christmas spirit?

I won’t go into much detail here because one of my upcoming posts is literally all about this, but… I quite like to reread The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg and Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry each year. I love Christmassy picture books!

harry-potter-and-the-chamber-of-secrets-book-cover-294w531[1]Sleigh Ride
What character would you most want to spend the holidays with?

Only one? MOLLY WEASLEY. But I’d love to hang out with all the other Weasleys too, if possible. I love the holiday scenes in the Harry Potter books; they always make me happy and festive. Also, I wouldn’t say no to a Weasley sweater – just not a maroon one, please!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
What book do you hate so much you’d sacrifice it to the fire to stay warm?

Wait, I can only pick one?! [Evil laughter] There are, quite frankly, PLENTY of books I’d toss into the fire if need be, but if I could choose only one I suppose it would be Eragon by Christopher Paolini. His concept was absolutely brilliant… his execution of it, not so much. Bleh.

Do You Hear What I Hear?
What book would you recommend to everyone?

I would recommend And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Even if you think you don’t like mysteries – ESPECIALLY if you think you don’t like mysteries, you just have to try it. It’s one of the most gripping and intricately plotted novels ever written, in my humble opinion.

Feel free to answer this tag’s questions on your own blog!


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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22 Responses to The Christmas Carol Book Tag

  1. Appletaile says:

    Ooh, I have a different cover of Ash. 🙂
    (And I am impressed by your Spanish! I’ve only been learning it for two years, so I’m pretty much limited to ‘Would you like to go to the bowling alley?’ ‘I have short brown hair’ etc. Yeah. -_- )

  2. Bec Graham says:

    I really need to give Miss Christie a go. Partly because I’ve opened my mind a little to crime and mystery now thanks to Candice Fox and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but mainly because of the Doctor Who episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp”.

    • nevillegirl says:

      You DO need to! 😛 Ehehe, I love that episode – so ridiculous but also a bunch of fun! 🙂
      (Ooh, what’s your favorite Conan Doyle story? Mine would have to be either “A Scandal in Bohemia” or “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.”)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • nevillegirl says:

      Ooh, yes, the one with the snake is “The Adventure of the Speckled Band!” 😀
      (Someday I’d like to buy a really, really nice collector’s-edition-ish set of the Sherlock Holmes stories. 😀 *nodnod*)

  3. I HAVEN’T READ ASH YET BUT I REALLY WANT TO AND I CAN’T FIND IT AT A LIBRARY ANYWHERE. Well, sucked in, book-buying ban, because Ash NEEDS me to buy it. Diversity FTW.

    Now you’re making me want to read all the Harry Potter books again. Love the Christmas scenes so much ❤

    • nevillegirl says:

      It’s definitely worth buying – I hope to get a gift card for Christmas so I can order all of Lo’s books! 🙂 DIVERSITY FTW.

      They’re so jolly and happy and oh my gosh they’re perfect. ❤

  4. Cait says:

    Ever since I added And Then There Were None on Goodreads (after your rec!) sooo many people have told me how awesome it is and I need to read it asap. XD So I trust you!! It’s on my 2015 to-read list. 😉

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  6. matttblack42 says:

    Is it bad that I’ve taken Spanish for four years and still couldn’t understand half of what you said? I blame the public education system.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Nah. I studied Spanish for YEARS on my own, at a high-school-ish level, and all that amounted to was about one semester of college Spanish. I think studying a foreign language in college is probably more intense because they expect you to actually speak and understand what’s spoken to you – previously, most of my homework and stuff was written, and that’s sooooo much easier. But I couldn’t just go to, like, Mexico and be like WRITE EVERYTHING INSTEAD OF TALKING TO ME.

  7. Cinder is so amazing! She’s such a great character. We read The House of the Scorpion in school, it was really good! Also, no offense, but I believe it mentions in the book that alacrans are scorpions. 🙂 Omigosh, Christmas with Molly Weasley (or any of the Weasleys) would be so fun!

  8. YES, MOLLY WEASLY. Please give me a Christmas sweater. And I wouldn’t say no to a box of fudge. ❤ Possibly my favorite Mum in all of literary time. Hum, I didn't know The Polar Express was a Christmas book… I used to watch the movie all the time around Christmas when I was younger, though. Oh, and Agatha Christie: SHE IS THE QUEEN OF LIFE AND MURDER AND MURDER MYSTERIES. My aunt always used to read her books, so when I was old enough I got into them. (I got One, Two, Buckle My Shoe and Murder in the Mews for Christmas, too… although what’s Mews? 😛 ) Heheh… I’m taking French, but I bought The House of the Scorpion for Christmas as a gift for someone else, and they loved it. ❤

    • nevillegirl says:

      Molly Weasley is the bestest mum. ❤

      Ehehe, really?! Someone else I know said they never realized The Polar Express was based on a book… hmmm.

      I googled "mews" and first it said the noise a cat makes. xD BUT apparently it can also be a stable?? I ❤ Agatha Christie's books and am slowly increasing my collection of them! 😀

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