It’s Boxing Day, if you celebrate that. It’s not celebrated here in the U.S., unfortunately, so it’s a work day for those who work on the weekends.
For me, it’s another tag day! 😀 Oh yes! This bout of Christmas book tags will continue through the weekend. Today I’m doing the Christmas Stocking Tag, which was created by Kate at Reading Through Infinity, because I couldn’t find a Boxing Day-themed book tag (and here I thought there was a book tag for everything. I was gravely mistaken).
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 Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)
For some reason, the “refreshing” part of the question stumped me, so I focused on the “vibrant” part instead and chose Skottie Young’s silly fantasy comic book I Hate Fairyland, which is about a 40-year-old woman stuck in a 6-year-old’s body in fairyland. The story is silly and fun with bright, vibrant illustrations. Many people love it, but it didn’t work for me.
The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was a little expensive, but totally worth the price?
Barrier, #1-5 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Marcos Martin
So this collected edition of Vaughan’s comic book Barrier was the most expensive thing I bought in 2020 at $29.99. I haven’t yet read it, but I read a sample and loved it. That’s why I got this edition.
You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.
The Boys Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis, illus. by Darick Robertson, Peter Snejbjerg, & Rodney Ramos
Definitely The Boys sci-fi comic book series, which is about a group that polices superheroes. I read the first volume of the comic book before watching the first season of the show on Amazon. I enjoyed both and plan to continue with the show soon. I keep procrastinating on catching up on season 2.
Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?
Wicked + the Divine series by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie
Definitely the WicDiv fantasy comic book series by Kieron Gillen. It’s about gods who are reincarnated every couple years and this time they are pop stars. It’s such a good read, but I didn’t think this at first. I didn’t like the first volume the first time I read it. But I got hooked on the series when I revisited it. I recently completed it.
You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?
Avatar: the Last Airbender TV show immediately came to mind because Aang (the avatar) is a symbol of hope to the people and nations terrorized by the Fire nation, which is flexing its imperialistic muscles to conquer the world. It’s up to Aang and his friends to prevent that.
There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?
Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
The Wheel of Time series, which begins with the Eye of the World and is about 14 or so books long, is your typical high fantasy story and has just about all the fantasy tropes in it including my favorite — farm boy (or girl) destined to save the world and trains to become good enough to do so.
There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?
I admire several author’s writing style, but I recently reread Curse of the Wendigo, the second novel in Yancey’s Monstrumologist series, which is YA paranormal historical fiction. The series is about a boy who is an assistant to a scientist who studies monsters, like the wendigo. I’m enjoying the books so far and often wish I could write like Yancey. I love the books both for the storytelling and the prose.
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?
Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb
I hate to say this, but I’d make some changes to Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy, a fantasy story about a young man who believes he’s destined to become a soldier and gets caught up in a war between his country and their… enemy (I guess). I loved the first book, but didn’t like the second one, Forest Mage, as much and am definitely not too fond of the direction the third one is going. Of course, whatever changes I make would most likely make the story worse since I do not have Hobb’s talent. I may not be feeling the story, but I still admire Hobb’s writing and believe she’s a very gifted storyteller.
There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?
Robert Langdon series
Oh man! Definitely the Robert Langdon mystery series by Dan Brown, which begins with Angels & Demons. The Da Vinci Code is the second book. I don’t often read mysteries and thrillers, so I put off these books for years thinking they’d bore me, which is weird since I enjoyed the movies. I finally gave in to trying them and got hooked. Now it’s become a thing for me to read a book in the series early in the new year, so I’ll read the third book, The Lost Symbol, early next year.
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 gem. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.
Nimona by Noelle Stephenson (illus.)
Nimona is a YA fantasy graphic novel about a shapeshifter girl who becomes a sidekick to a supervillain. It’s a fun story that surprised me because I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It was… refreshing. (Wish I’d thought of this earlier so I could use it for the first question.)
Happy holidays! 😀
(Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this tag too.)