Reviews and Essays

Book Tag – The Christmas Stocking

Merry Christmas (Eve)! I found this book tag over at A Short Book Lover and thought it would be a fun way to celebrate. So here goes 🙂

The Christmas Stocking Book Tag


  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to Kate, as she’d love to read your answers
  • Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme
  • Tag five people to do this (since it’s already xmas, I won’t be doing this part)

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 | What book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

Winter (Marissa Meyer) – The cover art is so captivating, as is the story.

Chocolate Coins | What book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?

Saga Volume 9 (Staples / Vaughan) – Since I mostly read kindles, my book purchases rarely go over $10-12. But when it comes to my graphic novel collection, I’ll spend the big(ger) bucks.

Side note: Chocolate coins are delicious and should be recognized as official currency.

Bath Bomb | What book has explosive action scenes?

We Stand on Guard (Vaughan / Skroce) – Canadian Freedom Fighters vs the Tech-Savvy US Government. This is probably the only military book I’ve ever enjoyed. It’s subversive, and funny, and action-packed.

Playing Cards | What series won you over?

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) – Confession: I often end up NOT finishing a series once I start it. Usually, I lose interest once it seems like the author is working to keep the story going, or once all of the parts of the story I care about have been resolved. Hunger Games is one of the first I actually stuck with, and was gad I did.

A Candle | What character is a symbol of hope in their story?

Dawn (Octavia Butler) – She’s been chosen to SAVE humanity. It’s a big deal.

SocksIs there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

Heartless (Marissa Meyer) – Pretty tropey and predictable, but still fun. An easy story to consume without thinking a whole lot.

A Notebook | What author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

I believe it was Mary Robinette Kowal who said she often collects tangible items that represent or would belong to her characters to get a clear picture of who they are and what exists in their space. I think that’s really neat.

A Fancy Pen | Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

Bitten and Stolen (Kelley Armstrong) – Ugh, I’d have changed everything about Elena’s personality and story arc.

Bedside Clock | What book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

Coraline (Neil Gaiman) – Not sure why I didn’t read this until this year, but it was fantastic!

A lump of coal? …But wait, 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

The Hazel Wood (Melissa Albert) – This was more like a brick of gold that  suddenly crumbled to coal. I was surprised by how such a cool concept got so uninteresting halfway through.


Merry Christmas! To those who celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful one.

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