Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in the Christmas Stocking Book Tag, which was created by Kate.
- Link to the person who tagged you
- Link to Kate
- 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 think Far From the Tree would work for this- it focuses primarily on family rather than romance or friendship, which is quite unusual, and the cover is a very pretty shade of turquoise.
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?
The Train to Impossible Places was definitely worth paying full hardback price for, as it’s a great story and absolutely gorgeous to look at!
You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
Murder at Twilight has fabulous action scenes, and the Defender of the Realm books do too!
Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
I don’t know if it’s quite won me over yet, but Princess in Practice definitely improved upon the first Rosewood Chronicles book for me and I’m now continuing in it, which I wasn’t sure if I’d do after Undercover Princess.
You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
I think Luke from Under Rose Tainted Skies would work for this. He doesn’t save Norah from her situation at all, and I loved that about this book, but he does give her hope and a reason to Save herself. It’s a stunning book, and I highly recommend picking it up if you haven’t.
There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
I can’t think of a book that has every notable trope in its genre, but the Lara Jean books have a fair few romance genre tropes (and I love them even more for it!)
There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
Probably mystery authors, as that’s the genre I’d most likely write in if I ever wrote something? I find Robin Stevens’ process particularly interesting!
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?
I love this question so much! I think I might steal Kate’s answer, because even though I haven’t read it yet I think I know the scene she means in What If It’s Us and I really wish it was different and didn’t end that way.
There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
It took me almost a year to pick up the 5th Laura Marlin book (which came out 4 years after the last one) but I really, really enjoyed it, and had no reason to worry about it not living up to the original series.
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.
I’ve spoken about this before I think, but Children of Castle Rock was a lovely surprise. I had expected to enjoy it, as I’d liked Natasha Farrant’s previous releases, but I really didn’t expect it to become one of my favourite books of the year, and ever.
What are your favourite stocking fillers to give or recieve? Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!