We just can’t get enough of these holiday-themed book tags! The Christmas Stocking book tag was created by Kate @ Reading Through Infinity. We were tagged to participate by the lovely, Vicky @ What Vicky Read. The rules are simple. Link whoever tagged you as well as the creator, Kate. Answer all ten questions then tags some friends!
An Orange // Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?
Amanda- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. The cover of this book is fabulous. So much color and whatnot. The story is also refreshing and vibrant with flawed but lovable characters and a story unlike any other.
Antonia- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is that one that really stands out for me. The cover kept pulling me in and when I finally read it, I found such an interesting, unique story.
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 price?
Amanda- To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace. I find that poetry books tend to be a little on the expensive side for their size/page number. But this one is incredible quality, with pictures and thick pages and wonderful poems.
Antonia- It’s been a long time since I even just bought a book at full price. I’ve been really good about finding only used books or waiting for sales but the other day I finally bought The Red Pyramid and The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan at full price.
You also pull out a bath bomb // Tell us about a book with explosive action scenes.
Amanda- Seeing as I just finished this, it’s the perfect choice. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. The epic conclusion to the Throne of Glass series where war is finally here. Lots of battles, lots of action, much explosions.
Antonia- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. These action scenes are so unique because all of the fighting is done by pilots in starships so it’s not as in your face as other fighting styles might be but they’re just as suspenseful. (Seriously I CANNOT put this book down.)
Next is a deck of playing cards // Which series won you over?
Amanda- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I did NOT like this first book. I was left with so many unanswered questions and I didn’t care for that. I read the second book, The Heart Forger, and it definitely won me over. I’m excited for the third and final book to come out in 2019.
Antonia- The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. I really didn’t like the first book much but (for once!) kept reading the series and I’m so glad I did. I ended up absolutely loving the rest of it. I just got The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson and am so excited to see where this one takes me.
You also get a candle // Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
Amanda- Another recent read that is perfect for this is The Hunger Games by Sarah J. Maas. Katniss is literally used to start a revolution.
Antonia- Vielissiar Faricarnon from The Dragon Prophecy Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. She’s basically rewriting all the rules of their entire culture and her people seriously look up to her to guide them.
There are socks inside too // Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of it’s genre?
Amanda- I’m going to take a hint from Vicky and use a dystopian that does an excellent job being a dystopian novel. Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman. This story was incredible and has the terrifying potential of becoming reality.
Antonia- I think The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory really shows all of those classic fantasy tropes.
There’s also a notebook // Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
Amanda- Linsey Hall. She writes the Dragon’s Gift series (there’s like four different series included in this.) She was an archeologist that studied shipwrecks and after ten years she started writing her own stories based on some of her own adventures. I just think this is so cool.
Antonia- I’ve always loved the way Nora Roberts writes and talks about her books. She always seems so genuine to who she is no matter what.
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?
Amanda- There really isn’t anything that I can think of at the moment.
Antonia- I mean, I’m sure I’d love to change aspects of a lot of books; those moments that tore my heart out or made my scream, but those moments are kind of the point aren’t they?
There’s also a small bedside clock // Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
Amanda- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In my defense, I didn’t wait too long after hearing about this before getting it from my library but I tried to listen to the audio and failed and then had to wait for the ebook to be available.
Antonia- Amanda was trying to get me to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for the longest time before I finally gave in. Obviously I should have just listened her to begin with cause it was amazing.
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.
Amanda- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. I thought this would be a whatever read. It sounded interesting enough. I ended up loving it. It really surprised me how much I loved this book.
Antonia- Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I was not expecting much going into this one but ended up completely loving it.
We tag anyone that feels like participating! I’m sure everyone and their brother have been tagged at this point, so feel free to play or not!