Potter Month: The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

The fantastic Kristin (aka SuperSpaceChick and one of the Potter Month hosts!) tagged me for this epic Harry Potter Spells Book Tag. This may be my first book tag here on the blog, and I’m so excited to share it! I could chat about books forever. Warning, a few of the blurbs contains some spoilers about the featured book! Alrighty, let’s get to it.

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  • An Upcoming Release You Wish You Could Get Your Hands On Right Now
    I am utter crap about reading new release books, but I thoroughly enjoyed Six of Crows, and can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo to see where the story goes! I’m also starting the Grisha Trilogy and I’m excited to have a deeper look into the world.

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  • Favorite Series Starter
    Hands down, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It ranks in my top 3 books of all time, and it’s one I can read again and again for pure enjoyment.

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  • A Book That Gave You All the Warm Fuzzies
    I know The Martian by Andy Weir may seem like a strange pick, but Mark Watney’s entire attitude throughout the book just filled me with joy. And at the end I totally wanted to cry with happiness for him. Warm fuzzies, indeed.

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  • A Book That Made You Ugly Cry
    Rather cliche, but I totally ugly cried while reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. But not for the reasons you may think. I mean, duh, the topic of kids with cancer is super depressing, but what really got me was every time she mentioned her parents, and how they couldn’t handle her dying, and she’s describing the time she almost died with her mom at her side. Fucking lost it. Ever since becoming a parent myself, anything having to do with kids + parents in turmoil, and I am a wreck. Ugly cried during that scene in the movie, too.

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A Bookish Hero or Heroine You Want Around To Protect You In Real Life
My pick would be Atticus O’Sullivan from the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Honestly, the books are nothing overly special; they’re entertaining, like a good summer popcorn movie. But Atticus is one badass druid and I would certainly feel safe with him as my bodyguard.

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  • A book You Wish You Could Make Everyone Read Because You Loved It So Much
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is truly a book I want everyone to read. I read it thanks to Kristin and Jess and I will be forever grateful for it. This book is fucking extraordinary. I can’t honestly describe it, which is why I’ve never reviewed it, but suffice to say it is an experience to read. I am utterly floored by the story itself, and more so by how it’s presented. It’s a remarkable piece of literature, and it’s something I think everyone should experience in their life.

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  • A Book Series You Wish Never Ended
    This was a tough category for me. I actually like it when things end. I’m not a fan of books/shows/movies carrying on forever, since it seems things inevitably lose quality. So I picked a bit of a cheat with The Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch. It’s a cheat because this series hasn’t actually ended yet in real life, but I picked it because (assuming the quality remains) I could happily read about Locke’s adventures for the rest of my days.

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  • A Book With an Uplifting Message
    I almost picked this for my Aguamenti ugly cry book, because boy did I ever, but in the happiest of ways. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and the way she views and interacts with people I found so inspiring. Definitely need to re-read this again.

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  • A Book You Wish You Could Forget You Ever Read
    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book was such a disappointment. You can read my full review here, but overall it was full of poorly written characters with a predictable story. No thanks.

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  • An Author Whose Books Always Get You Out of a Reading Slump
    Anything by Augusten Burroughs. I’ve feature Dry, as it’s my favorite he’s written, but anything by him is always enjoyable. I love memoirs, and while I really can’t relate to anything in his life, I find his wit, dark humor, and honesty irresistible and will happily read anything he writes.

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  • A Swoon-Worthy Hero or Heroine
    I may be a little embarrassed for myself, but I’m definitely going with Jace from The Mortal Instruments series. #sorrynotsorry (I must clarify, we are talking BOOK Jace, not the atrocity that was his portrayal in the show.) I loved Jace’s cocky wit, and how he developed as the series went on. Yes, he had his fair share of teen angst (didn’t we all?) but I certainly couldn’t blame Clary for falling for him.

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  • A Book That Caused You to Stop Doing All Other Things Until Finished
    NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. It was my favorite book of 2015 and consumed my life from start to finish. Incredibly creepy in all the best ways, with a fantastic main character. I love a good horror, and this was it. Definitely reading all by Joe Hill now!

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  • A Book That Was Painful to Read (For Whatever Reason) or That Broke You
    Don’t get me wrong, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan is an incredible book, but some of it hit really close to home in terms of feeling out of control of your thoughts and emotions. As someone who suffers from often irrational anxiety, a lot of this was like reading about feelings I’ve had, and while fascinating, it was uncomfortably real at times.

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  • A Book That Had You Laughing Out Loud
    My pick for this is a book I want everyone to read at some point in their life, no matter their religion or thoughts on religion. Lamb by Christopher Moore is just excellent. I, myself, am not religious in any way, don’t believe in God, and this is still one of my absolute favorite books. Moore manages to write about religion in a humorous way without poking fun at it in any manner which I think is not only difficult, but not done nearly often enough. Seriously, give this book a read!

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  • A Book That Made You Want To Send It Flying
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner. This book was fascinating until about the last chapter or two where it just got so incredibly stupid I wanted to slam my head on my nightstand. The end explanation for the maze drove me nuts, and definitely made me want to toss this book across the room in annoyance at it being a waste of time.

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  • A Bookish World You Wish You Could Visit
    Middle Earth. I want to see everything, even the utter shit places. Though if possible, I’d take an eagle over those as opposed to a close up view.

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  • A Book With a Shocking Twist or Ending
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn lived up to the hype for me. I was thoroughly fascinated with the portrayal of two sociopathic people, and the reveal halfway through the book floored me. I couldn’t put it down.

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  • A Character Death That Destroyed You
    I tried really hard not to actually mention any Harry Potter books in this here Harry Potter tag, but I just couldn’t think of anyone else for this one. I will never forgive you, J.K. Rowling, for taking Fred Weasley. He was always one of my utmost favorite characters, and the fact that you killed off a twin is just terrible. I’m still not over it.

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  • Best Series Conclusion
    I adored The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. It was an excellent wrap-up to Lisbeth Salander’s story, and had me on the edge of my seat all through the trial straight to the end.

Phew! High fives for you if you made it through all of that. 🙂 Now, to tag a few people myself – I’m going to include a couple Booktubers as well since this could definitely be done as a Booktube vid! I tag:

Sonya of Sonya Cheney
Kristin of My Life As A Teacup
Fiona of North East Nerd
Natalie of Natalie Patalie
Ashlee of Her Geekery

Join in if you want to ladies!

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  • Middle Earth would be such a wonderful place to visit! Especially if you’d be joining Hobbits for meals 😀 I still need to read Six of Crows but I’m planning on getting to it before Crooked Kingdom comes out! And thank you again for being such a strong advocate of The Lies of Locke Lamora because I’m basically obsessed. This is the first weekend in SO long that I’ve said no to all plans because all I want to do is sit at home and read this story all day!

    • Kay

      AHH YES! I am so glad you are loving it!! I must message you soon and we can have a gush fest about that and The Raven Boys…I must get my hands on the next books! I’ve also started the Grisha Trilogy, am only about 120 pages in, and I’m loving it.

      • Yes!!!! That would be lovely!!! I need to continue the Grisha trilogy. I’ve only read the first book!

  • What a fun book tag! I’ll definitely be joining in soon, thanks for tagging me! And I totally feel you on Mark Watney and the warm fuzzies. I don’t think any other book has made me laugh as much as that one! And man, you didn’t like the Maze Runner?! Haha, I was super into the ending…and the other books:P It was all really weird though, that’s for sure! I still really want to check out House of Leaves, happy to hear another awesome recommendation for it!

    • Kay

      Oh my gosh, House of Leaves is so incredibly strange and wonderful. It is a chore to read, but not in a terrible boring way, just a fascinating, complicated, intriguing way. I so hope you try it some day! And yeah, Maze Runner was just not my cup of tea haha! I know many people who enjoyed it, but it just didn’t hit home for me.

  • I really wanted to read NOS4A2 last year, but then Christmas came and went and my copy from the library still hadn’t shown up hahah. It finally came in February, but it seemed like a weird time to start it?? Hopefully I’ll read it this year!

    • Kay

      AH DO IT!!! And despite it involving ‘Christmas’ in a really weird way, it is definitely NOT a holiday story, so I think any time of the year is appropriate for reading it! It’s so good!

  • Mariah Kaercher

    I love the Lisbeth Salander series! Also Horns by Joe Hill is pretty good too.

    • Kay

      I definitely want to read Horns! Have you read the newest book of the Lisbeth Salander series? I’m skeptical, with it being a new author and all, but also curious. 😀

  • Evelyn Whitmer

    Omigosh! This sounds SO FUN! I am totally doing this! I’ll link to your post when it’s done!

    • Kay

      Yes!! I’ll give it a read for sure!

  • Danielle Knapp

    Love this! I so ugly cried over The Fault in Our Stars and oh Fred I’m not over it either 🙁

    • Kay

      I never will be. D: That so broke my heart.

  • What a super cool tag! I love the images you used in this post. I actually just bought The Martian and am reading it right now. I really enjoyed the movie so I can’t wait to finish the book.

    • Kay

      Thanks! I loved The Martian SO much. The movie was good, but I found the book so much better (though that’s kind of always the case with me!) I hope you enjoy it!

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