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The Christmas Stocking Book Tag | Blogmas

December 12th, 2021

Hi Readers, Welcome To Blogmas Day 12!

It’s time for a festive book tag! I loved this one, created by Kate from ReadingThroughInfinity, which has questions inspired by what you might find in your stocking…

An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?
Vibrant is exactly how I would describe Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Especially the characters, which Reid is just so talented at doing. Making the characters feel vibrant and real, and just captures your heart with them.

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was a little expensive, but totally worth the price?
The majority of books I buy are second hand so it’s not often a splurge a lot of money on one book. But I did recently spend £30 on a notebook. But it was worth it because Taylor Swift.

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
I’ve got to go for A Court of Mist and Fury. I love how Sarah J Maas writes action scenes and this book has some of her best.

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. For the longest time I’ve heard nothing but praise and I just didn’t get it. I gave the series a second try this year and it didn’t take long for it to win me over. It’s probably a contendor for being in my top three of the year…

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings. Frodo might be the technical ‘hero’ but Sam is the one who gets him there.

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is one of my favourite fantasy books, and has all of my favourite fantasy tropes. Hidden identities, runaway royals, love triangles, enemies to lovers, and probably more that I can’t think of right now.

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring? 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?
Not too long ago I read From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I loved it so much I immediately started the second book, only to be just majorly disappointed. It’s probably one of my worst books of the year and now I’m not even sure if I’m going to continue the series. I just saw it going in different directions, I think the pace could have been picked up a bit, and I found it a bit repetitive. So yeah, I’d probably rewrite that one…

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
Maybe The Last Time I Lied. I wouldn’t say it takes a while to pick up but the ending is the best part of the whole book.

Your pile is getting really big. You reach go 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 gem. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. This book is famous for it’s length and denseness and I was expecting something quite dry and hard to get through. I actually found it incredibly emotional, full of romance and heartbreak, and just some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read. Definitely exceeded my expectations, much to my surprise!

I Tag:
Hannah
Siena
T.K.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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