Hi everyone! Welcome to the reading world!
For the blog’s first Top Ten Tuesday by That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re starting off with the Holiday Freebie! I wanted to get a little creative with this one and come up with a holiday themed tag based on my favorite traditions. For many of us, this year we won’t be able to have these routines and times we once had, but I enjoyed getting to look back at these memories and find some books that fit my prompts!
Christmas and holiday book tags are nothing new, and I’m going to link a few Booktube ones I’ve found that are pretty popular in years past in case you’d like to answer any of those. If you like the Books with the Holidays Tag and want to try it, consider yourself tagged! For now, let’s get into the books!
- Visiting Family and Friends: a book that reminds you of home and family
This is my favorite tradition, and the one I’ll be missing the most this year. But, in the age of video calls and chats, I’m excited to still feel connected to my loved ones this year!
For this prompt, I picked a book that really focused on the concept of family, the friends that become family, and gathering together for the holidays. My pick is In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren.
This is a holiday romance with a time loop twist that features a cabin full of friends and family gathered to celebrate the Christmas holiday (and will be reviewed on the blog closer to Christmas!).
- Last Minute Shopping: a book with a fast paced plot
For this prompt, I wanted a book that swept me up and carried me along much like the frantic hustle and bustle of trying to find that perfect gift in years past. Thankfully, I got my shopping done online and early this year lol.
My pick for this is All Systems Red by Martha Wells.
This is a novella that keeps you on the edge of your seat with action, tension, and intrigue. As an introduction to the Murderbot Diaries, this novella was a great quick sci-fi read that I’ll also be reviewing in the new year as I continue on with the series.
- Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies: a cozy read
For this prompt, I picked two favorite Christmas treats that remind me of a cozy, sweet read.
My pick is The Proposal by Jasmine Guillroy.
A fun romance that features a great protagonist and a love story that was a cute and charming read, this was definitely a nice cozy pick for me.
- Christmas Carolers: multi POV story
Remembering groups of Christmas carolers, I wanted to highlight a book that also features multiple individuals as part of the story.
For this pick, I went with Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton.
This novel follows dual timelines of a young girl and her family fleeing Cuba in the 1950s, and then her granddaughter’s journey to Cuba in the wake of her grandmother’s death. The timelines of this story interwove to connect themes across time while still portraying each protagonist’s struggles and unique perspective. This is another book I’m looking forward to reviewing soon!
- Mistletoe: a romance
Mistletoe seems to be a perennial feature in many holiday romance movies, so I thought this would be a good symbol for a romance book.
My pick is The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.
This is definitely a steamier romance, but what I really loved about it was Stella. She is such an incredibly sweet and compelling character, and reading about her and Michael made this book a favorite.
- Holiday Cards: a book that features travel
Since my seasonal cards are going to be the only thing seeing much travel this year, I thought this prompt was a little fitting as a means of staying connected and celebrating the holiday still.
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is a book I just finished that is the first in a completed fantasy trilogy. Nahri is a smart and fast thinking character who ends up running into more fantastical things than she’d ever realized possible, taking her from 18th century Cairo into an epic adventure.
- New Year’s Resolutions: my most anticipated 2021 release
I’ll be talking about this a little more later on in the post, but the sequel to Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is definitely my most anticipated 2021 release. What’s yours?
- Decorating the Tree: a book whose details truly made it shine
Ok, decorating the tree is one of my all time favorite things to do. I use my customized Christmas playlist, the pets gather around while I adjust each branch and twinkle light just so.
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane is a thriller where you’re guessing what happens next up until the end of the book. Little moments that Lila and Ginny both take note of and ponder over add to the tension and mystery that surrounds this book. A great 2020 debut, I’ll be talking about this one later on this month closer to its release date.
- Your Favorite Holiday Movie: a book that reminds you of your favorite holiday movie genre (mine is feel good family comedies)
For this pick, I wanted to focus on the holiday movie genre I love and a book that reminds me of it.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca is a book that takes place in a small town and features a great family narrative as well as a cast of characters that are truly heartwarming.
- Curling up by the fire with a good book: my favorite read of 2020
Ok, maybe it’s just a virtual fireplace, but it still counts. For this, I’m talking about my favorite read of the year.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is a fantasy unlike any other I’ve read. I loved the narration, the characters, the worldbuilding all seamlessly intertwined. And by the end, oh my gosh I’m already so excited for the sequel. I will definitely be talking more about this book on the blog, and I would definitely curl up and read this one again soon.
So, there’s the Books with the Holidays Book Tag! Even though the holidays look different this year, I hope you have a wonderful month. Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and if you do the tag I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with the Holidays Tag”
I like what you did with this list. I’m going to miss seeing loved ones this holiday season, too!
It’s definitely tough but I’m glad for virtual connections. Loved checking out your post as well!
This tag was so fun to read and I loved all your choices. So many good books like Next Year in Havana.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I’m glad you liked my picks!
What a fun book tag! If I weren’t so lazy, I’d do it on my blog. LOL.
Haha I’m glad you enjoyed the tag, thanks for stopping by!
I didn’t expect to see All Systems Red on a Christmas list, but I’m here for it! I just read that for the first time over the weekend and it was pretty great.
I read it pretty recently too! Definitely a good sci fi, and I ended up picking up the next novella as well. If you read that one too let me know your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by!
So happy to see Martha Wells on this list, she really deserves more recognition. And Black Sun is on my TBR, but was reluctant to start it without the sequel…. Does it end on a cliffhanger? Don’t want the wait to be too long in that case
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I am definitely picking up the next novellas in the Murderbot Diaries soon. Black Sun is amazing! I think it’s a cliffhanger in the sense that I’m so excited for the next book after everything that happened but also still provides a really great story within itself. Then again, I’m also definitely of the mindset where I’m gonna reread it when the sequel comes out lol. Thank you for stopping by!
Aww, I love this tag! It’s very cozy. I should probably do it on my blog.
I’m glad you like it! You definitely should, and if you do let me know I’d love to check it out! Thank you for stopping by!
Such a fun tag and I love all of your choices. 🙂
So glad you liked it! Thank you for stopping by!
What a fun tag! I just finished In a Holidaze and I loved it! And Well Met is waiting on my shelf to be read. Hopefully I can get to it soon. <3
In a Holidaze was such a cute read! I hope you enjoy Well Met as well. Thanks for stopping by!