The Books Under the Tree Tag

Happy Saturday Bookworms!!! I’m currently enjoying my Christmas Eve Eve with the family but I’m taking a little break to come in here & spread a little tag joy. The Books Under the Tree Tag was originally created by Game Of Tomesย two Booktubers that are new to me & I’ve already binge watched a TON of their videos, their channel is super cozy to watch. I was tagged by the wonderful Mel over @ Mel To The Any who I discovered just this year & OMYGAHHHH! seriously bookworms, check out her content & see for yourselves why she’s my newfound favorite!

Ok, it’s now 3:30am & I can’t sleep so I’ve returned to this tag since earlier today was hectic & I couldn’t finish. I’m beginning to wonder if my childhood excitement for Christmas Eve has stayed with me sub-conciously, keeping me up all night ๐Ÿค” not sure but my mind & body are not aligned ๐Ÿ˜‚ not saying I’m grinching it but…On to the tag โ˜ƒ๏ธ

What book would you like to find under the tree this year?ย 

ย There’s only one book I’m looking for under my tree & it’s the U.K. edition of The Bear and the Nightingale *sighhhh* sold out on Book Depository, I’ve got notifications turned on for a re-stock but I’m not confident in that happening. Instead I will be ordering a copy from AbeBooks as a Christmas/Birthday gift to myself ๐ŸŽ and maybe I’ll even have it gift wrapped ๐Ÿ˜‚

What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?ย 

2 years ago my sister got me the Deluxe 1st Edition of Fables. It’s hardcover and pretty and I LOVE it! the illustrations are BEAUTIFUL and eye catching. 2018 is the year I binge Fables ๐Ÿค—

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile.
the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society-within an exclusive luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side-called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Bigby, Fabletown’s sheriff, and a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the culprit is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

What book gives you all the Christmas feels?

Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling always stirs up Christmas feels for me. Specifically the arrival of the Beauxbatons & Durmstrang schools at Hogwarts. There’s also a Christmas tree scene in The Goblet of Fire movie that is pretty vivid in my mind…

What book do you plan on reading to put you in the Christmas spirit this year?

I’ve actually already done this when I picked up The Girl in the Towerby Katherine Ardenย in anticipation of snow & Christmas. Although this book isn’t about Christmas, there really is no other book (other than Harry Potter) that puts me in the wintery holiday spirit. Atmospheric and covered in snow, this sequel was the perfect book to put me in the X-mas state of mind โ˜ƒ๏ธ

What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?ย 

Ha! a bit of a mean one here ๐Ÿ˜‚ & I don’t typically have books that I’d toss out BUT there is one this year ๐Ÿ˜ฑ…I really had high hopes for my very first Andy Weir read & it just didn’t even come close to what others felt about his other book The Martian. In fact, it really made me feel uncomfortable so no, I don’t plan on keeping my copy.

What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friendโ€™s tree?ย 

Mel & I have the same book in mind for this prompt & that’s because this book should be read by EVERYONE. I have my sister currently reading The Hate U Give & can’t wait to discuss the themes with her. Poignant, relevant, soul searching, impactful, and heart-breaking are only a few of the words that come to mind when describing this book. 2018 is the year we see it hit the big screen & I for one am trying to have as many loved ones read the book before then ๐Ÿ’™


Challenge: Create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Who do you tag?

I am a bit late with this tag since it’s now officially Christmas Eve ๐Ÿ™ˆbut better late than never amiright? ๐Ÿ˜‚ If you’re in the mood to do this tag, consider yourself tagged but in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few bloggers I have in mind for this tag (no pressure bookworms, it is the day before ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Kristin Kraves Books

Socially Awkward Bookworm

Nerd Narration


I wish you all a happy & wonderful holiday surrounded by those you love! ๐Ÿ’•May your trees have a few books from your WISH-LISTS (if not all) waiting for you to unwrap. I will return next week with my highly anticipated 2018 reads๐Ÿค—


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25 thoughts on “The Books Under the Tree Tag”

    1. Thank you โ˜บ๏ธand I def think you should give it a go, Iโ€™ve been reading blogger buddy reviews and itโ€™s always interesting to get everyoneโ€™s perspective ๐Ÿ’œ


  1. Lovely answers to this tag, Lilly! ๐Ÿ™‚ That Harry Potter book always gives me all the feels and that scene as well!! โค I'm with you for The Hate U Give, I'd put that book under anyone's tree, really, it is such a great and important story to be told.
    I hope you will have a lovely Christmas and wonderful holidays! xx

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    1. Than you Marie โ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’• and yea, The Hate U Give is probably a book I will continue to gift throughout the next year ๐Ÿ’œ wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธโ„๏ธ

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  2. You already know I’m obsessed with your picture, but make sure you add the U.K. edition of The Bear and the Nightingale to”notify me when in”, because that’s how I got mine! Amazing answers, like always, and I hope you’re having an amazing Christmas Eve, love! โค xx

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    1. haha! thanks Mel! & yes I def turned on notification for that book hoping that it’s not like some others I’ve seen that never get re-stocked *fingers crossed* hope you had a lovely Christmas! โค โค โค

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    1. Happy Holidays! You should definitely read Artemis if you’re still interested, reviews have been very mixed. I actually reviewed Artemis in length but my issues are mostly with the problematic dialogue he used in relation to minorities. I don’t do reviews where I bash books so I stuck to some general points but there are other reviews on Goodreads that break down a lot of what I took issue with as well. Also, his MC is female & supposed to be uber intelligent however at every turn she is depicted by everyone (including herself) as just being sexually promiscuous. There’s constant talk of her sleeping around yet she never once has a sexual scene or partner in the book…it felt degrading at many turns. Sorry for the lengthy comment but thinking about that book stirs up some not so great feelings ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Now, The Hate U Give is an AMAZING book that I can rave about for days & have been these past few days to friends & family. I’m currently waiting for my Sis to finish, she’s gotten emotional a few times now.


    1. I can’t complain, it was a nice Christmas. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend as well ๐Ÿ™‚
      I did not however get The Bear but since I’m gifting it to myself, I never really told anyone outside my blog lol smh. Thank you for asking <3! ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Thanks! And it was a great holiday. I enjoyed it.
        Oh that’s cool. My mom always say to get yourself a gift at Christmas since only you know what you really want.


  3. Great post Lilly, and I loved reading your answers for this one as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really hope you manage to find that edition of The Bear and The Nightingale one day, I’m sure it will come back in stock soon for you, and actually just looking at the cover for The Girl in the Tower makes me feel Christmas-y. Both books strike me as perfect winter reads! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Harry Potter is a series that always makes me think of Christmas, there’s not really any specific one but the Yule Ball in the Goblet of Fire is pretty vivid in my mind as well.
    I loved your photo, for the red and green spines, and The Hate U Give is a book I’d put under plenty of people’s tree too. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Again great post, and I hope you had an amazing Christmas as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    1. Thank you Beth! :0) I am on the hunt for this book, possibly will buy at Abe Books lol. LOVE the Girl in the tower cover *heart eyes emoji* and def learned my lesson, pre-ordered my copy & counting down the days it arrives. The Yule Ball is def a stand-out moment, beautiful scene both to imagine & see come to life on the big screen. Thank you so much for stopping by Beth, hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones <3!

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      1. That’s all right, and at least you have options for finding that edition! ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad that second book lived up to your expectations, and god yes I remember that scene in the film, it was gorgeous wasn’t it.
        Thanks Lilly! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค


  4. Ahhh I forgot you shared my love for the 4th HP book! I cannot wait for the illustrated edition to come out!!!!

    I am starting The Girl in the Tower this coming week. I’ve heard people say it is even better than the first…. what say you?

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    1. Iโ€™ve imagined a million different covers for it in my head but canโ€™t wait to see its cover reveal ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ it is wickedly better than the first and I didnโ€™t even think it possible but itโ€™s true ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†


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