Day 10 of Blogmas is here and with it comes a new tag to have a go at! This time, I really want to do a brand new tag from Kate who has created The Christmas Stocking Tag featuring all the things you’d hope to find in your stocking at Christmas! If you haven’t already, go check out her Blogmas posts; I’ve been really enjoying her content!
Link to the person who tagged you
Link to me, as I’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?
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. It’s bright orange. Of course I had to go for it! This is one of my top books of 2018, with some fantastic characters who are diverse and very real.
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?
I don’t buy expensive books these days (saving for a house costs lots!), but I did recently pay full price for a picture book which was totally worth it. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is absolutely beautiful and worth every penny!
You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
I’d probably have to go for the Throne of Glass series. I’m not a big action reader, but this one keeps me on the edge of my seat as I can’t wait to turn each and every page!
Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
A Court of Thorns and Roses. At first I hated it, but I tried it again and fell completely in love with the story!
You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
Hmm…I’d have to go for All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Although this book is a total sobfest, there is so much hope and brightness tucked in among its pages.
There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
I’d have to go for To Kill a Kingdom. It’s absolutely wonderful, but definitely covers all the bases!
There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
I don’t really know a lot about the writing processes many authors go through, but I am really enjoying seeing how Lucy Powrie‘s debut novel The Paper & Hearts Society is developing!
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’d probably change Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen because it started off so promising but ended up being a big disappointment.
There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was so wary of this one, especially once all the mixed reviews started coming in, but I adored it when I finally got around to it!
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.
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds is one that definitely surprised me; I’m not a big reader of diverse books, but I found this one really easy to engage with and get in to. It was such a pleasant surprise!
I really enjoyed this tag! It’s one where you have to think a little bit more, but that was half of the fun. I tag Jenn and Cora, and anyone else who would like to have a go at seeing what’s in their Christmas stocking this year!