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Blogmas Day 6 – The Christmas Stocking tag

By December 6, 2018January 28th, 20234 Comments

The lovely Katie at Reading Through Infinity Tagged me with this wonderful Christmas Tag.  So here goes:


  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Link to me, as I’d love to read your answers.
  • Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme.
  • Tag five people to do this.

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?

This series made me laugh so hard I guffawed. Laughing to me is the ultimate refresher. 

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?

I found a first edition hardback signed edition of this in a second-hand shop and purchased it. It is the most expensive book I own. It is a gorgeous, funny, and worthwhile read. Vonnegut really knows how to capture us humans in prose. 

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

The zombie chase scenes in this are grabbing on to the edge of your seat exciting. 

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

Absolutely one of my favorites. The first book is slow going and it took me a couple tries to get into it. But, once I was there it became one of my favorite books. Talk about a BAMF.

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

Such courage and fortitude is demonstrated by the nameless main character in this visual story. It exemplifies the strength it takes to be an immigrant in a foreign land. It is a crazy beautiful book. 

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

God I have a love hate relationship with this series. I loved the first books, but the series eventually fell into disrepair. It almost became a parody of itself. Sex, problems, sex, stupid situation no normal person would find themselves in, sex, and then voila the end. 

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

I don’t know of many writers’ progresses but I do find a lot of authors interesting people.  I enjoy the ranting and raving of Christopher Moore and Stephen King quite a bit. 

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?

Yes. The Iron Druid’s series by Kevin Hearne. Hearne is a great writer, but that last book felt phoned in. It was a rush to conclusion and a bit of a downer when the rest of the series was very positive. I would have changed the tone of the last book.

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

This book took me awhile to get going in. Most of the first fifty pages I was scratching my head saying “what the hell.” Get into it, keep reading and you will see. It is so good. 

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 realize 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.

Shustermen does not get the glory and recognition he so richly deserves. I started reading this on a lark having no idea what it is about and it was well worth the read. It surprised me how damn good this book is. 

Kaili –  @entertaininglynerdy

 Elaine –  @elainehowlin


Katie – Reading Through Infinity


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