The Christmas Stocking Tag

Hello there, you lovely Christmas Faeries!

What better day to participate in a Christmas themed blog tag than Christmas Eve??  The lovely Beth over at BooksNest tagged me for this one, and I’m really looking forward to answering the questions!

Link to the person who tagged you – that would be Beth!
Link to Kate, as she’d love to read your answers – hi Kate at Reading Through Infinity!
Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme
Tag five people to do this, I tag Cat at TackFiction, Lauren at Fictiontea, Vicky at What Vicky Read, Lily at Sprinkles of Dreams and Justine at Bookish Wisps

And without further ado, lets answer some stocking questions!

An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?
The book that I found really refreshing to read this year was How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne.  I’d read several of her YA books, and was really interested to read this book as it was her first foray into adult writing.  I was not disappointed – it’s funny and sad and brutally honest, but was such an engaging read.  I absolutely loved it!

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?
If I’m being completely honest, I haven’t purchased any books for myself recently (I’m pretty good at keeping my self-imposed book buying ban in November and December)!  But a book that I bought a while ago was the Penguin Clothbound Classic set of Jane Austen’s novels.  It’s more than one book, but so worth the expense!

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.  I can’t say much about this book, as it’s not out until next year, but you all need to put it on your must-buy lists because it is AMAZING!  And the battle scenes are so good!

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
This would definitely be A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I’d not planned on reading it, as I’d read the first two books in the Throne of Glass series and really not enjoyed them.  But I love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling, so when I found out that ACOTAR had some Beauty and the Beast themes, I thought I’d give it a go – and I LOVED it!  Then I loved it more when I read A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin.  Rhysand and Azriel are pretty awesome!

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
I think I’d have to go with Shahrzad in The Wrath and the Dawn for this one.  Not only is she a symbol of home for Khalid, but she becomes a symbol for everyone in the story.  Plus, I love this duology!  It’s a beautiful retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and the romance and magic is wonderful!

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
I’m definitely going to say The Grisha Trilogy for this one.  It has the bad guy that you love to hate.  It has a brilliant love triangle.  It has the best friends to lovers trope.  It has the magic school (sort of) and so many other tropes which I love about the YA Fantasy genre.  Plus, it then led to Six of Crows and the heist trope with squad goals, and soon it’ll lead to King of Scars!  Basically, it’s awesome all round!

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
Laini Taylor is the queen of writing.  I will not take arguments against this.  Her writing is completely enthralling, magical and lyrical.  I wish I could write even a fraction as beautifully as she does.  The way she uses words is insanely gorgeous and I need more of it.

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?
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan – see my recent review if you want to know why…

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 Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I had this one on my radar for ages, but didn’t get to it until a couple of years ago.  Then it proceeded to completely blow my mind!  It’s such a fabulous, magical and whimsical story and I can’t wait to read more books by Erin.

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 was really surprised by Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez, for a few reasons.  Firstly, I’d not heard of her before YALC 2018.  Second, because I didn’t really know what to expect of a Tristan and Isolde retelling.  But this book is pure gold – it’s absolutely beautiful, and I’m so excited for the second book!  I need to know what happens next!

Thanks so much to Kate for coming up with this awesome tag, and I hope you all had fun reading this post.

I won’t be posting again before Christmas, so I hope all of you wonderful Faerie Folk have a fabulous and festive holiday season filled with love and joy!

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