The Harry Potter Spells Tag
I was tagged by Danielle the Introverted Book Nerd on this behemoth! It was a lot of work, editing, choosing, re-choosing, soul-searching, and chip-eating. But it was also really fun. This tag was originally created by Kimberlyfaye Reads. Credit for the scroll graphics goes to her as well!
AN UPCOMING RELEASE YOU WISH YOU COULD GET YOUR HANDS ON RIGHT NOW!
Iron Gold by Piece Brown
Just recently finished the first trilogy, so I’m primed for MORE!
FAVORITE SERIES STARTER
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Maybe it’s because it’s the most recent I read, but I loved it, and can’t wait to read Gemina.
A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU ALL THE WARM FUZZIES
The narrator is the family dog. That’s LITERALLY warm & fuzzy!
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This is the only book to ever make me cry. And I’m not going to claim it’s because I’m such a well-adjusted person, or because I’m tough as nails. It’s probably just because I’m dead inside.
BOOKISH HERO OR HEROINE YOU WANT AROUND TO PROTECT YOU IN REAL LIFE
If comics count, I’m picking Superman! If not, the Dragon Reborn, Rand al’Thor.
A BOOK YOU INTENTIONALLY SPOILED FOR YOURSELF
It’s only ever happened by watching the movie before reading the book. The biggest of that list would probably be Fight Club. In my defense, I didn’t know it was a book first.
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD MAKE EVERYONE READ BECAUSE YOU LOVED IT SO MUCH
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
No one’s told me to shut up about this book yet, but I feel like it’s been a long-time coming.
A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED
Doesn’t apply. No matter how great a series is, there must be an end. Otherwise, I’d be whining about the series that just. never. ends.
A BOOK WITH AN UPLIFTING ENDING OR MESSAGE
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
This book is witty, and entertaining throughout and you don’t expect there to be any kind of message at the end, but then there it is. You finish the book and feel like you can do anything. Run a marathon, lift a car, pat your head while rubbing your tummy. The sky is the limit!
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET YOU EVER READ
I’ve mostly forgotten about it already! Seriously. I can’t remember the title or the author. I just remember finishing it, hating it, hating that I had stuck it out to the end, buying a plane ticket to Japan, and dropping the waste of trees into the Mariana’s Trench. Some weird glowing fish is probably pissed at me right now. He only gets one book his entire fishy life and it had to be THAT one.
AN AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS ALWAYS GET YOU OUT OF A SLUMP
Pierce Brown. They just move so fast. There’s no time to fall into a slump.
A SWOON-WORTHY HERO OR HEROINE
I don’t think I swoon. Again, dead inside. But if I did, it would probably be for Artemis from Ready Player One. She’s pretty cool. Smart, sarcastic, and loves video games.
A BOOK THAT CAUSED YOU TO STOP DOING ALL OTHER THINGS UNTIL YOU FINISHED IT
Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s see how many times I can use Ready Player One for these questions. I think this makes it 3 so far. Any guess on a final number?
A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ (FOR WHATEVER REASON) OR BROKE YOU
1984 by George Orwell
It’s a book everyone should read, and it’s really good, but it’s soul-crushing, hope-shattering, and double-plus ungood at the same time. Even on re-reads when I know what’s going to happen, I find myself getting angry and depressed. Is this what killed my insides?
A BOOK THAT HAD YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I liked the back and forth between Kady and AIDAN, but it was Ezra that usually made me LOL. “Look at it wiggle around!”
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WANT TO SEND IT (OR YOUR E-READER) FLYING
I’m going to have to re-use 1984.
BOOKISH WORLD YOU WISH YOU COULD VISIT
Gotta be Hogwarts and all the magic-London that goes along with it. Not sure how long I’d last though when I start yelling, “DO SOMETHING MAGICAL” at everyone I see…
A BOOK WITH A SHOCKING TWIST OR ENDING
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The ending was just one of twists and turns I didn’t see in this one.
A CHARACTER DEATH THAT DESTROYED YOU
I was tempted to use a book I wrote. If you think reading a character death is bad, writing one is a million times worse. However, this is about reading, not writing. Therefore, Morning Star. There are plenty of deaths, and a lot of soul-tearing ones. I won’t mention any specific one for spoilers sake.
BEST SERIES CONCLUSION
Now that I think about it, I haven’t actually read the end of many series. All the ones I’m into are either still in progress or I’m just taking my sweet time getting to the end. But, I guess I’d have to say Deathly Hallows. Through all the ups and downs, deaths and battles, I was left mostly satisfied with the 7th book. Of course, there are some characters I’d rather see still alive, but that would probably lessen the impact.