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?
ALL OF THE BOOKS EVER PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
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.)
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.
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?)
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!
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.
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