The Christmas Stocking Tag – Blogmas Day Nine

Kate at Reading Through Infinity created this super fun and festive tag so make sure you go and check out her original post! I haven’t been tagged by anyone but really liked the questions included in this so thought I’d give it a go! Without further ado, welcome to Day Nine of Blogmas on Matilda’s Library! 

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?

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I’d definitely say Wing Jones by Katherine Webber. The book features a lot of diversity, and the story was full of colour and featured dazzling magical realism. It just felt like a really vibrant novel in so many ways and it’s definitely one of the most life affirming and positive books I’ve read this year. 

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?

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I don’t really have that many expensive books but for this one I’ll say my Barnes & Noble edition of The Wizard Of Oz. I’ve never read the original novels but I ADORE the movie with all my heart and this special collection of the first five is simply gorgeous. I also have the second book they’ve released which is the next five stories and it’s equally beautiful.

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.

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This has to be the final book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Winter by Marissa Meyer. The book was action packed from start to finish and had me on the edge of my seat throughout it’s entirety. I cared about the characters so much and every battle was intense because the stakes were so high. I just didn’t want to lose anyone. 

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?

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The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber. I wasn’t a massive fan of the first book at all. Don’t get me wrong it was okay but that’s all it was to me. Just an average YA fantasy. I recently finished the second book in the series, Legendary, and it was insanely entertaining. I still have my issues with some things but I’ll definitely be reading the final book now. 

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

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Muzna from I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan. She is hands down one of the most inspiring characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and I don’t know if I’ve ever rooted for a character as much. By the end of the book I’d screamed into my pillow so many times due to second hand embarrassment, happiness and irritation. She wasn’t perfect but my gosh, was she incredible.

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

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The A Court Of Thorns and Roses trilogy was heavily laden with fantasy tropes. Pretty much every trope from every genre to be completely honest. Turns out however, that I really didn’t care. I thought it was a highly entertaining fantasy series and maybe it wasn’t great, and indeed full of cliches but I’d still recommend it to anyone looking to get gripped by a series. Even if you may roll your eyes occasionally….

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

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I still have yet to read a book by the author I’m about to mention, but I saw her talk at a panel at YALC this year and I loved how passionate she appeared to be about writing and about the genre she typically writes. That author would be Becky Chambers. Her enthusiasm was infectious, and I really cannot wait to get around to reading her books. 

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?

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The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. The premise was actually very good, but there were so many problematic issues with it that ultimately overshadow the positive aspects. Didn’t we almost all love this series when we were younger? I just wish I could have had the power to edit some things out and give Bella a bit more of a personality. 

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

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The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp. I bought this at the beginning of last year when I was really heavily into reading adult fantasy/horror/sci-fi and I kind of drifted out of that phase really quickly leaving me with a bunch of unread books that I’d already bought. This was one of them and I finally got around to reading it in October of this year. It wasn’t amazing by any means but thoroughly enjoyable, hilarious and at times very creepy. 

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.

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I hadn’t been really into reading in years when my mum bought me a copy of this book for Christmas two years ago and in all honesty, I didn’t intend to read it. It just didn’t interest me. However, of course I did end up doing so and now I have a book blog and tons of social media dedicated to my re-discovered love of reading. That book would be The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. I owe so much to that novel. 

I tag anyone who wants to do this but in particular 

Kate @ Book Lover Kate

Stark @ Random Melon Reads 

John @ Books & Fables 

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned or are you planning to? Also let me know if you do the tag and link me down below so I can go and check out your post! Thank you for joining me for Day Nine of Blogmas and I shall see you again tomorrow! 

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9 thoughts on “The Christmas Stocking Tag – Blogmas Day Nine

  1. Thanks for the tag! I shall have to give this one a little bit of thought. 🙂
    I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I have got the Kindle and Audiobook versions of The Girl With All The Gifts, so I should give that a go already. Have you seen the movie?

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