I was tagged by the lovely Caro to do the Christmas Stocking Tag! This is a very good thing because I was struggling to come up with things to post between now and my end of the year wrap up and goals posts, so woohoo for posts! The original tag was created by Kate @ readingthroughinfinity.
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?
If Caro hadn’t picked it already, my pick for this one definitely would’ve been THE BRIGHTSIDERS by Jen Wilde, but I’m going to try not to steal anyone’s answers! So, I’m going to go with…THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ! This book, about a queer, plus size fashionista, was so heartwarming and fun! I loved Abby and her friendships and romance, and wish more people talked about this delightful book!
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?
Um….I haven’t actually bought any really expensive books lately? I don’t tend to buy anything over the typical $20 hardcover price.
You also pull out a bath bomb.
Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
I’m going to steal my answer from another post I’m writing and go with WARCROSS and WILDCARD. I realize I don’t actually read many books that would be described as “action-packed” but WARCROSS definitely fits the bill!
Next is a pack of playing cards.
Which series won you over?
I’d probably have to go with TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE for this one. Shockingly, the first time I read the first book, I really wasn’t sure if I liked it. I found Lara Jean immature and annoying. Something still compelled me to keep going with the series, and I’m really happy I did, because I loved the second and third books, and when I reread the series, I loved all of them (well, I guess I could’ve done without the second one and John Ambrose McClaren).
You also get a candle.
Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
She’s not really in this book much, but I’m going to pick Jade, Empress Lihua’s daughter from FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS. I’m cheating a little because I just started the sequel.
There are socks inside too.
Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES definitely has all the tropes of the paranormal genre: dreaming about a mysterious girl who the hero then meets and falls in love with, a small, weird town, a character coming into their powers when they turn sixteen…this book has it all.
There’s also a notebook.
Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
Ummmm…I don’t really know much about authors’ writing processes?? I guess if I had to pick I’d go with C. G. Drews, aka Cait of Paper Fury, aka author of A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES. I love all her posts about her writing process and her pictures of her outlines and outline snippets. I feel like if I ever encourage myself to write, I’ll be an outliner.
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’m picking LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT because this book had SO MUCH POTENTIAL to be great and yet it was just squandered. I would’ve given Leah a reason as to why she was so mean, and also discussed her hurtful comment to Abby. I also would’ve tied up her loose ends with that guy that she basically led on, and would’ve had her feel bad about it (to a reasonable degree).
There’s also a small bedside clock.
Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
I didn’t read this for the longest time because I was starting to get into contemporaries when it first came out. BUT I finally buckled down and read it and I’m SO GLAD I did. I absolutely love these books and really need to push through the slow beginning of RUIN & RISING so I can find out what happens and if Alina loses her shit.
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.
Yes, I am going to gush about WARCROSS for forever and ever, even though I didn’t love WILDCARD as much. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that I wasn’t expecting to like it…at all. Sci-fi is not my thing even a little, so I was shocked when this turned out to be so good.