The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag

I saw this tag on Aoife’s blog Pretty Purple Polka Dots and I had to pinch it. Thank you Aoife! Of course, as The Nightmare Before Christmas is my favourite Halloween film, I also had to post it today. For bonus Halloween points, I’ve also tried to answer all the questions with spoopy reads.

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Sally –loves someone a lot and gets them in the end

My answer for this might not be entirely in the spirit of the prompt, but it was hard to find a spooky / Halloween themed read that fit this. I’m choosing Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson because Amelia loves her pumpkin, Squishy, the most and it’s lush that they are reunited at the end of this book.

Jack – a character that longs for more

Mae from Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin.This book puts poor little Mae through a lot of feelings. She is the most adorable wee cinnamon roll and I spent the entire book wanting to reach through the page and hug her. She is definitely a character who longs for more, mainly from people who can’t / won’t give her what she needs. 


Oogie boogie – a book with a wicked villain

Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave. I’m going out on a limb here and saying Dracula is a wicked villain. In this book he is a largely absent character living in his castle away from the main action of the story, but the threat and the fear of him are very real. And he eats people, so that’s pretty wicked.

Halloweentown – a book with a creepy theme

Fir by Sharon Gosling. Still creeped out by this book.This is set in a forest in the middle of nowhere, and the forest is not as comforting as you would want it to be. Strange and seriously horrifying things happen here. I couldn’t go for a walk on my own even through the local dene for months after reading this.

Christmas town – a book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle. I don’t know if warm and fuzzy was really the intended outcome of this book, it is a book that brings up many feelings, a lot of them pure white rage. That said, the ending of this book is wonderful and the way Deena and her family resolve things definitely left me with some warm and fuzzy feelings.

What is this – a book that took you by surprise

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. This re-telling / re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast definitely took me by surprise. I’m not entirely sure what I expected and I was apprehensive going in. It was both familiar and not, and a really interesting take on the narrative I’m familiar with. I loved it.

The most important question though: is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas or Halloween film? If you’ve done this tag, let me know, I’d love to see your answers!


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