Happy Sunday, folks! Today I’m going to be a bit lazy and do a tag post, but I saw this and thought it was perfect. This tag was created by Sam over at Novels and Nonsense and I encourage you all to give it a go because it was mighty fun!
1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
I recently discovered that penguin are releasing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Vilette as clothbound classics next year. Which I’ve already preordered! I’m debating whether I want to preorder the other two being released which are War and Peace and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea…
As for new releases, the sequel to Skin by Ilka Tampke is due for release in the Spring which is probably the one I’m most aware of. I tend not to stay on top of new releases which is bad of me. I go in to a shop and if I see one I like the look of, I buy it!
Books I’m hoping will be released are anything by Kirsty Logan or Ali Smith and an illustrated Chamber of Secrets! Oh and any new VMC Designer Editions of Daphne du Maurier’s works!
2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?
Not really a surprise but it has to be Daphne du Maurier. That woman was incredible and such a prolific author and it saddens me that only 4 of her novels are really well known because one of my favourites of hers is her first novel which hardly anyone has heard of!
Ali Smith is another that can’t do any wrong in my world. Probably my favourite living author. Such an incredible woman and a lovely person with it from the times I’ve met her.
3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?
Having not read a huge amount of fantasy, or at least books with different worlds, this one has to be Harry Potter for me. The thing I love most about the Harry Potter series is that it’s still growing, the world is still expanding through Pottermore and I love that.
4) A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read
I love classics, if you didn’t realise by now. Most of my favourites come from the mid-19th century. The Count of Monte Cristo, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Jane Eyre. However I love modern classics too, post 1900 my favourites are probably Orlando and Rebecca. Narrowing it down to just one is too hard! As for one I want to read; more Dickens. Mainly Great Expectations!
5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas
Any Penguin Clothbound Classic. Vain I know, but I just love receiving them as gifts. I’d also love some more of the Penguin Christmas Classics because I have two and they’re adorable and again, I think they’re beautiful for gifts. Failing that, I’d like some new colouring books!
6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling
Wizard of Oz. I love this book. I love anything in the world that Baum created. While not a clear world for me to understand, I do love it. I love losing myself in Oz and I really want to finish reading the series next year.
7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?
I could very easily have just spammed you with most of Coralie Bickford Smith’s portfolio here. Her cover designs for penguin are flawless. But these are probably some of the most beautiful books on my shelf.
8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favourite Christmas memories?
Christmas is a very family-heavy thing for me. My mum’s parents are divorced so we go and see both sets of grandparents, whether we get to see them on Christmas day or not is another matter, but definitely over the Christmas Eve to Boxing Day (26th in UK) period we do. Some of my fondest Christmas memories involve my grandparents and even without my grandma (great grandmother) we’re going to enjoy this year to the best of our ability. No doubt there will be a very aggressive/drunken match of Trivial Pursuit on Boxing Day at my grandmothers house. It’ll be great!