The lovely Kate at Reading Through Infinity created a tag called the Christmas Stocking tag which she tagged me to do! I thought it would be perfect to do for Blogmas, especially because it’s quite a fun post!
- Link to the person who tagged you
- Link to Kate so she can read your answers
- Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme
- Tag five people to do this
You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…
An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?
I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I re-read it this year for the third time after the movie came out this summer and I just love it. It’s cute and funny and Lara-Jean is such a vibrant but dreamy character. If she was a colour, I would say she is some type of pastel, maybe a pastel pink or blue.
The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?
Probably the Collectors edition of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was still a fairly decent price. The most expensive book I’ve ever bought was Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I bought the Goldsboro collectors edition. It was fairly pricey considering it was a book by an author I’d only recently discovered, but I’d only just discovered Goldsboro so you know.
You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
I read Children of Blood and Bone this year and that had quite a few action scenes that were exciting but also tense to read. Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favourite reads this year.
Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
I’m going to say The Mortal Instruments. I was a bit sceptical after watching most of the first season of Shadowhunters and obviously there is a lot of hype surrounding them, but I actually quite enjoyed the first book. I’ve only read the first two books in the series but hope to have read most, if not all of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices books by the end of 2019.
You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
I think Paige from The Bone Season is a symbol of hope. Whilst she doesn’t necessarily recognise that she is, there are a lot of people that do see her as that. She has done so much in the first three books of the series and put herself in harms way for people, that I think I have to pick her for this question.
There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
Can I say The Hunger Games for this one? I’m going to anyway. I feel like the Hunger Games is a superb dystopia in that it does feel as though it could be real. I feel like it’s a society that is not so far from our own and that’s what makes it so effective.
There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
I’ve definitely got to pick V. E. Schwab for this one. It’s so interesting to hear her talk about her writing process and I’m always fascinated by how many different projects she talks about and how she chooses to focus on one over another. I also think it’s interesting that she has the end of a book and sometimes uses that to work back through a story.
To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen. Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?
Perhaps Passenger by Alexandra Bracken for this one. I did enjoy the book but I started to feel like it dragged a bit. I haven’t touched Wayfarer because I don’t want to read that in case it drags as well.
There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
The Diviners probably. I had it for Christmas a few years ago but only picked it up at the end of last year. I completely understand why people say it’s perfect for Halloween, because it’s quite creepy and has murder in it. I’m glad I finally picked it up as I had been wanting to read it for ages!
Your pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realise there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.
Editing Emma by Chloe Seager was the biggest surprise when I read it last year. I hadn’t heard that much about it but had seen it about a little. I decided to buy it and it was definitely a good choice because I read it in basically one sitting as it’s just hilarious.
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