Hey guys! It’s Blogmas Day 7, and it’s time for another Princess Geek Reads post as well! Last year I did this Christmas tag where there were Christmas song-themed questions. It was pretty fun, so I decided I would do it again this year, this time using the books I’ve read this year! As I said last year, I really don’t know who created this tag or where it came from, but I’ve seen it around a lot. If you want to do it for yourself, go for it and make sure you link it in the comments! But first…let’s get into this!
“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
A villainous character I read this year who I ended up loving was The Darkling (though I can’t really think of anyone else at the moment). I thought he was a super cool character in Shadow and Bone, also him betraying Alina was honestly one of my favorite scenes in the book. I know there’s big ship wars over whether Alina should be with him or Mal, and I don’t really know who I side with. I thought the chemistry between Alina and The Darkling was nice, but I did…like Mal…gosh, I would get blasted for saying this to a room full of Shadow and Bone fans, but I truly loved the dynamic between Alina and Mal. Of course, I haven’t read the next two books so I can’t know for certain what made everyone hate Mal so much, but I’ll say it’s a theme for me to be on the side of the unpopular character (like me shipping Chaol and Celaena in Throne of Glass). With that aside, though, I did enjoy The Darkling and how much of a liar he was.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under you Christmas Tree?
I am much more likely to ask for money to spend on books rather than books, but I am asking for the special hardcover of The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson this year (not the leatherbound ones that are freaking expensive, these are different (and way cheaper)). I think it’s a beautiful cover, and it’s the last one I need to complete my hardcover set of the original Mistborn Trilogy. So yeah, I’m hoping to find it under the tree on Christmas morning!
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.
Oof…I think I’ll go with Judith from All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry. I’m sure there’s others I could have picked, but she’s the first one that came to my mind, haha! If you read my review for this book, then you know I didn’t really like it. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t capture my attention as much as I thought it would (and it was no where near the level of Berry’s Lovely War). Still, I thought Judith’s character arc as pretty cool! She went through a lot of crap, and mostly had herself to rely on. She overcame massive obstacles throughout the story until the very end, but things did turn out well for her!
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”: A) Which character do you think would be on top of the naughty list? B) Which character do you think would be on top of the nice list?
I think Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket would definitely be on the the top of the naughty list. Like, the VERY first name if the list was organized from baddest of the bad to the least bad. I can’t say for sure how fond I am of these books, but I know for sure that I hate Count Olaf. He’s creepy and honestly a representation of one of my greatest fears in life, so yeah. Not a fan of him.
As for the nice list, I’ll go with Waxillium Ladrian from Brandon Sanderson’s second Mistborn series. He’s a really likable guy in my opinion, and if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you probably know I’m a big fan. I just think that after all the crap he’s been through, and how good of a person he is, he just deserves to be on the nice list.
“Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart?
Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano for sure. This is one of my favorite books ever! It was like the author looked into my brain to see what kind of book I would like to read, then wrote it, because it was EXACTLY what I was in need of during the reading slump I had during the summer. Yeah, my favorite character died, but I suppose I’m willing to overlook that. Anyway, the romance was SO CUTE and I loved every second of it. It’s one of those books I wish I could read over again without knowing what happens. I’m going to read the second book here soon and I’m hoping it’s just as heart-melting as this first one!
“Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.
I’ve read quite a few books this year that take place in a country other than America, actually! Pretty much all the Agatha Christie books I’ve listened to this year take place England (I think). I also read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, which also takes place in a different country. I would mention the fantasy books and stuff, but I don’t think that counts, haha!
“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? I don’t usually read Christmas-themed books, just because a lot of them can be cringey, but there’s that one and The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck.
“Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with?
Oof, this is a hard one. I know last year I said Kelsier from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, and I could technically say him again since I read Mistborn: Secret History this year, but I’ll go with someone different this time. Let’s go with Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, because I just think she’s really cool. I think we’d be pretty good friends if she was real, and we’d have a great time! It would be wild, but fun, haha!
“Baby It’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?
Majesty by Katharine McGee for sure! It was, unfortunately, my first book of 2022. I loved the first book, American Royals, but this one was kind of the worst. I hated it, but I somehow got through the whole thing. I will not be continuing the series, especially since I have a feeling it will probably just get worse and make me even more frustrated! Into the fire it goes!
“Do You Hear What I Hear?”: Which book do you think everyone should read?
I’ll go with Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano, which I mentioned above, as well as Invictus by Ryan Graudin. Both are amazing books that I couldn’t put down. I talked about Seasons of the Storm earlier, so y’all already know a little about that. But Invictus is such a great book that I feel like not a lot of people know about, so definitely check it out if you have the chance!
“Where Are You Christmas?”: A book you want immediately but isn’t out yet?
I’ll be doing a Blogmas post about new releases I’m looking forward to, but for now I’ll say the new Percy Jackson book that was announced. I’m a HUGE PJ fan, and I’ve been waiting a long time for a new Percy-centered book, so I’m really excited!
“Last Christmas”: A book you started out loving but didn’t end up liking it?
This didn’t really happen to me this year, but if I had to choose one I would say Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. The first half of the book is complete gold, even though I might be a little biased because my OTP was working out. The last half of that book was a struggle to get through. It frustrated the heck out of me and I haven’t been able to go back to that series since then. However, as I mentioned above, I really like Celaena so I’ll probably go back eventually.
“Blue Christmas”: A book that made you cry?
Y’all know that it doesn’t take much to make me cry! Seasons of the Storm made me sob in front of all my siblings, so that was nice. Then I cried reading Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson because that ending was PAINFUL (Don’t even get me started on The Bands of Mourning!). Oh, and Crown of Midnight, more from anger than sadness, haha!
“A Marshmallow World”: A fluffy book?
I don’t really like reading fluffy books, and I’m not entirely sure what counts as one, so I don’t know how to answer this… I don’t know of You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao fits the bill, because it was too sad to be fluffy. I guess I just have to say Seasons of the Storm again? Sorry! I love that book!
Aaannnd that was longer than I remember! I hope y’all enjoyed this post! I had fun doing it, even though some of these questions were hard. Like I said at the beginning, feel free to try this out yourself! If you happen to post it on your own blog or on social media, link it in the comments so I can take a look!
As always, God bless y’all and have a great day!