• Potter Month: The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

      posted in Books, Geekery by Kay on July 15, 2016

      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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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!


      • 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.


      • 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!


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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!