So for the past two days, I’ve shared 18 of my favourite books that I’ve read this year and fit a particular genre, be it contemporaries or thrillers/mysteries. Today, I wanted to do something else I’ve loved taking part in (and creating) and that’s book tags!
Right, let’s get into it.
The Christmas Stocking Book Tag
- Link to the person who tagged you (me!)
- Link to Kate, as she’d love to 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?
This was such a lovely, heart-warming book that blossoms into a fantasy and romance combined, with brilliant casual diversity and a really good discussion around the nature of grief. Just beautiful in every way, but oh my gosh, that cover is gorgeous.
I’m cheating, but here’s a couple more books that are brilliant inside and out:
The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. Which book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?
I don’t usually splash out that often, but I had a little buying session after my birthday and got/pre-ordered these beauties:
You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
I usually prefer slow-burning books with bits of action in between, but these two has scenes that are firmly stuck in my head.
Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
The Phobos series has a brilliant premise, but, as someone who isn’t a big fan of Love Island, hearing that it was like that show but set in space, I wasn’t so keen. Once I picked it up, everything changed and now I can’t wait for Collision next year.
You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
All of these stories gave me hope or had a character that was the centre of hope within the story and they’re all excellent books, so they’re really worth a read.
There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
This emerging YA superhero genre has a fair few flaws with exaggerate, simplistic villains and ridiculous plot twists and Villain encompasses all these flaws for me.
There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
This is something that I’m definitely aiming to find out more about, as writing is something that greatly interests me, but for now, I’m not sure.
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?
Probably not. Even if I didn’t like a series or how it turned out, I respect that’s how the author intended it to be.
There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
One of mine is the same as Jenn’s choice (Vicious), but here are the others, which are all excellent.
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.
For some of these it was the twists, but for all of these, it’s how good they were (I knew they’d be good – but not this good).
Over To You:
I’m not going to officially tag anyone, but if you’d like to take part, just follow the rules and have fun!