The Christmas Stocking Tag – Book Recommendations

A little break from all the list posts I have been writing for #Project14Lists by including this quick little tag! Christmas was four days ago but come on, Christmas is never limited to a single day, right? So here I am, tagged by the lovely Simant [FlippingThruThePages] and attempting these interesting questions!

Read on to find some amazing book recommendations!

This fun Christmas Stocking Tag was created by Kate @ Reading Through Infinity.
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme
3. 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?

I loved this book so much and if that cover isn’t everything vibrant, then I don’t know what is. It’s refreshing with its feministic representation.

Here’s a little bit from my review: [For me, she’s this fierce, feminist young adult who makes mistakes throughout the book and annoys the shit out of me at times but she grows through the story and that’s exactly how I fall in love with characters–growth.] 

Read my full review here.


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?

Honestly, I haven’t bought a single book this year. No, no kidding! Not a single book, whether physical or electronic. Actually, I just recently took up an adult life (at twenty years of age) and since I have to earn and spend and keep an eye on my finances myself, I had to force myself on this book buying ban.

However, now that only four more days are left in this year, I decided to grant my own bookish wishes by binge-buying some Kindle versions of books I’ve been craving this year. These included some very famous titles and some hearty recommendations by fellow book bloggers. You can see for yourself in this tweet.

If you’re looking for some Kindle deals to give you a reason to splurge, check out this Twitter thread where I list books you can buy for $2.99 or less.

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

The Black Angel Chronicles Series is one of my favourite books with action sequences because it’s actually a spy thriller with a teen protagonist and you don’t get to see that everyday.

I reviewed these two in the start of the year as a part of this blog tour. There are definitely bombs and guns and a badass teenage girl who can (because she’s hella trained) go to any heights to avail justice.


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

Is it too bad to say I haven’t finished any series this year? Ouch, that hurts! Though, I did start one and I’m so looking forward to finishing it in 2019. Yes, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the one series I’m excited to finish especially before the movie’s sequel releases.

A bit from my review: [She’s an anxious, aesthetic lover, potterhead who is scared to take up responsibilities even when she tries her best to actually take them up.]

Read my full review here.


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

Definitely Ozzie from At The Edge Of The Universe. They way he was consistently abiding by what he believed and clinging to that last ray of hope really impressed me. It’s a trait I’ll always remember him and this book for–hoping for something till the last breath can actually prove fruitful.

A bit from my review: [Right from depression to self harm to rape and physical abuse, scenes and sequences are so subtly brought to light that it makes more impact than it possibly can.]

Read my full review here.


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

Definitely Roshani Chokshi! She’s my new addition to the favourite authors list and her writing process is a huge factor I had considered before finally declaring myself as a fan of her work.

All this happened when I got approved for The Gilded Wolves and loved it so much because it’s ridden with puzzles and history and mathematics and culture, and I can only imagine how much research and effort must’ve gone into creating this story.


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?

Song of Blood and Stone is a really good story and the world along with the characters is really interesting. However, the writing is a little bland and it can definitely be tweaked a little to allow the reader to actually feel something.

A bit from my review: [The main protagonist, Jasminda, is a strong, confident female who does emotionally break at times but stands up again.]

Read my full review here


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

The Unexpected Everything is a young adult contemporary and I would call it a summer read. It really encompasses almost every trope related to a cute, sunny read and I’m not complaining! There is first romance, a sweet kiss, cute fumbles, and best of them all: dogs.

A bit from my review: [ I would recommend this to all those looking for a summer read that actually depicts the progression of a romance between two young adults.]

Read my full review here.


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 received an eARC of From Twinkle, With Love in December 2017 but didn’t pick it up till June 2018, even after its release. Yes, a really bad book blogger here, but I was just stalling it for the right time–I had some great expectations from it and I was scared they don’t go rolling down the hill.

A bit from my review: [For me, she’s this fierce, feminist young adult who makes mistakes throughout the book and annoys the shit out of me at times but she grows through the story and that’s exactly how I fall in love with characters–growth.]

Read my full review here. 


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.

The Gilded King is definitely a book I didn’t expect to love so much. When I received the physical review copy I was excited but didn’t set high hopes. Don’t ask me why. Though, I was very very pleasantly surprised!

A bit from my review: [The action in the book is amazingly incorporated to not let the other aspects dull in favor of this but still make the readers appreciate it]

Read my full review here. 


Since Christmas is over and I’m too late to post this tag, I’m not particularly tagging anyone but if you feel like recommending some books and want to do this tag, feel free to do so!

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8 thoughts on “The Christmas Stocking Tag – Book Recommendations

  1. Lovely recommendations!
    The Unexpected Everything, Lifelike and Evelyn Hugo have been on my list for a while now. Still hoping they will go on sale 😀

    Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is one of my favourites 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww, I can see a few didn’t like it so I respect that. And yup, TATBILB is such a good contemporary, I’m happy we’re on the same page in regards with that book ❤


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