The Nutcracker Book Tag

Image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay

Because I’m in the middle of work and life stuff and don’t have other posts ready, I’m going to take the opportunity to do this fun new book tag by Becca @ Words and Other Malarky. I love me some Barbie and the Nutcracker. And it brings back fond memories of the magical night in 2017 when I went with all my siblings to see the ballet performed.

1. Obviously, The Nutcracker takes place on Christmas Eve. Choose a book that takes place during Christmastime or that gives you those magical yuletide vibes! // I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

Everyone comes to this point sometime during December—hopefully with a little less murder than in this book.

2. In the ballet, an epic battle takes place between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Choose a book that has great action and/or adventure! // Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

“Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango…”

3. The Nutcracker wouldn’t be the same without Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. Choose a book that involves music, musicians, or dancers! // The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Angel of Music—it took me way too long to think of this book.

4. The ballet changes locations when Clara and the Nutcracker travel from her bedroom to the magical Land of Sweets. Choose a book that transports the characters to a magical or unfamiliar realm! (Think portal fantasy, though not exclusively!) // Reckless, also released as Reckless 1: The Petrified Flesh, by Cornelia Funke

If you ever wanted to walk through a mirror into a world of distorted fairy tales…

5. Upon arrival in the Land of Sweets, their first destination is an enchanted snowy forest. Choose a book that has a snowy, wintry atmosphere! // Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

It is almost exclusively wintry and woodsy through the entire series, because… wolves.

6. Clara and the Nutcracker present themselves before the court of the Land of Sweets. Choose a book that involves a royal court setting or that follows royal characters! // The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner

Royal courts and political drama, check.

7. One of the most memorable parts of the ballet are the series of dances representing different countries (Spain, Arabia, China, Russia, etc.) Choose a book that takes place in a country far away from your own! // The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoyevsky

Two for one: it’s in Russia, and it’s wintry.

8. However, most people know these dances by the various treats they represent (Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Peppermint, etc!) Choose a book that involves food, baking, or cooking! // Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson

This is the only book I remember reading that prominently features food. If you’re into cliche romance, cowboys, and stereotypical Italians making, eating, and arguing over food, this is for you.

9. At the end of the ballet, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince dance an achingly romantic pas de deux. Choose a book that has a beautiful, slow-burn romance! // The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

It may seem counter-intuitive because the couple is already married at the beginning of the book… but Chapter 16! <falls into a flutter of nerves, agitation, and swooning over the feels>

And that’s all for me! Check out Words and Other Malarky’s original post and try the tag to get into the seasonal sprit!

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