I’m in a mood to do a tag today. I found this tag on the blog of Richard [The Humbo Show].
Okay! It’s December; Let’s do some Christmas book blogging!
“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?
Hmmm….I think I actually don’t want to see any books under the tree. Because I like to read and I’m a writer, people usually get me books for Christmas. I very rarely end up reading any of the books gifted to me. Books are so personal and everybody’s reading tastes are different. My shelf is truly cluttered with gifted books that I have no interest in reading.
Like I used to be a teacher (it wasn’t a job that was a good fit for me and I quit just before the start of this school year) and prior to that, I was a freelance memoir ghostwriter. So I was gifted the book ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover. On paper that book should be a good fit for me. I used to write memoirs and when it was given to me, I was a teacher. The problem is, I don’t like to read memoirs. I did enjoy helping other people write their memoirs, but I don’t read memoirs for fun. To be honest, I think people should stop writing in the ‘misery lit’ genre of memoir. Nobody needs to hear about your shitty childhood. Ugly cry about it on youtube and then delete it three days later like a normal person…..wait….haha….
Seriously though, other people’s trauma is never all that interesting. It doesn’t make great content. However, it is cathartic for the person telling the story and that was the aspect of ghostwriting memoirs that I enjoyed. Whenever people directly asked me about the marketability of their work or the possible profits, I was honest and told them they should write the book for themselves and maybe for people close to them to read and not expect to make any significant amount of money off of it.
“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has most festive look to it?
I’m currently reading this second-chance romance and I LOVE that cover. Second-chance romance is a genre I’m really feeling right now. For….reasons.
Anyhow, this is the story of a mother who struggled with post-partum depression and in a state of grief, she drove off into a snowstorm. She crashed, sustained serious injuries, and for a long time had amnesia. When she finally remembers who she is, she makes the decision not to return home to her family. She decides that since she has such serious depression, she isn’t a good wife and mother anyway. She decides that since they believe she is dead, she will let them keep on believing that and she builds a new life. Seven years later, her husband has tracked her down with the help of a private investigator. He is livid, she is heartbroken, and somehow, they might heal their wounds and fall back in love just in time for Christmas ❤
Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?
Another childhood favorite (that I reread just a few months back and loved just as much as ever) is Anne of Green Gables.
The Grinch | Your favourite villain…
Of all time would be Voldemort.
But since I’m rereading Wuthering Heights at the moment, I’ll say current favorite villain is Heathcliffe. I forgot how absolutely horrible he is. He beats his wife and hangs her dog. Catherine is pretty horrible too. Even with such absolutely contemptible main characters, Bronte still managed to make this one of the most beautiful tragic romances I’ve ever read. The scene with Heathcliffe clinging to Catherine while she’s on her death bed just tears my heart out. It’s also impressive that the main love interest is also the villain. Super well done and one of the most complex and deeply felt works of literature in existence.
The Holiday | Name your favourite TWO couples…
Well, I just covered one. As awful as both of them are, I couldn’t help rooting for Heathcliffe and Catherine. There was just no reason they couldn’t be together. Catherine should have given up her place in society and run away with him. I mean…..actually, that probably would have ended in murder/suicide. Never mind-with these two, my heart says ‘ship!’ but my brain says they should never have been allowed within 100 feet of each other.
My other favorite couple would have to be Lily and Atlas from Colleen Hoover’s ‘It Ends With Us.’
What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?
One of mine, obviously! Shameless plug!
This is the only book of mine that has been officially self-published. The rest are all on wattpad.
Yup. I’m not embarrassed. There is my shameless plug.