15 August 2019

It's Magic Time! Harry Potter Book Tag

So, I finally found the perfect Harry Potter Book Tag to celebrate joining this year's NEWTs (I'm joining in an unofficial way since I didn't create a TBR pile neither it seems am I adding the books I'm read so some kind of sheet?). This tag was created by Book Roast, our NEWTs host, and it is perfect for this time of the year - witches and wizards studying for their NEWTs and packing their bags to return to Hogwarts on the first of September.

EXPECTO PATRONUM: A childhood book connected to good memories? 

If you are expecting me to pick up Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling, you're are one hundred percent correct that I'm going to pick it. This book introduced me to the wonderful world of reading. I remember re-reading it so may times while waiting for the fifth book to come out. Also, due to this book, I may or may not have played at being at Hogwarts through compiling/creating/printing "books" for the classes and gathering plants to make potions. I may also have spent hours playing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, both on Playstation and GameBoy Colour because of it. Sweet childhood memories. 💛

EXPELLIARMUS: A book that took you by surprise?

If feel like this will now become my forever always answer. A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna took me by surprise. As I explained previously, I downloaded A Spark of White Fire from Edelweiss. I know that I'm about to say is prejudiced, but, in my experience, most downloadable e-ARCs suffer from lack of editing. I was over the fence, but I heard amazing things about the book and I'm really happy I listened to these reviewers because A Spark of White Fire woke up my inner science fiction book dragon.

Related blog post: ARC Review // A Spark of White Fire

PRIOR INCANTATO: The last book you read?
A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna, the sequel of A Spark of White Fire. I downloaded it from Edelweiss last month and I had to get to it right away. I've no words to describe how much I loved everything about it. I've no words to describe how it left me an emotional mess. I can't believe I must wait another year before knowing what happens next after that ending! If you would like to read more about my incoherent thoughts about A House of Rage and Sorrow, my review will be up very soon.

ALOHAMORA: A book that introduced you to a genre you'd never considered before?

Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier introduced me to the beautiful world of fairytale retellings. I've always been fond of fairytale, but I had never considered reading fairytale retellings (or any kind of retelling) until I picked this wonderful book inspired by the tale of Beauty and the Beast. After the beautiful tale of Caitrin and Anluan, I started reading retelling after retelling and so far I haven't felt tired of them. If you take a look at my blog, you'll see that most books I gush about are based on fairy tales or inspired by folk tales or mythology. I guess this book made my blog.

RIDDIKULUS: A funny book you've read?

You know you read a lot of dark and gloomy books when it's hard to pick a funny one. 🙈 You know, sometimes I wonder if I'm not a parrot, because I'm constantly repeating myself. I was just a pages in To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and I found myself chuckling. Then when Lara Jean and Peter embarked on a fake relationship, this book made me laugh out loud. Every few pages there would be a smile plastered on my face because of all the hilarious situations Lara Jean put herself too - also because of all fluffiness and adorableness.

SONORUS: A book you think everyone should know about?

I solemnly swore that I'd try to keep my answers down to one book, but it's very ardours to keep my promise when I'm asked to gush about a book that I think everyone should know about. *takes a deep breath and resists to the urge of blabbing about all the books that stole my heart* 💛 After a lot of thought, I decided to pick a hidden aka a book that deserves a lot more love aka Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel. The story is hauntingly beautiful and Kassel's writing is heartfelt and has the power to shatter your soul. More, the world building is so eerie and mysterious. It's a macabre world of harbingers, beekeepers and strawmen that follow death and provoke chaos.

OBLIVIATE: A book or spoiler you would like to forget you ever read?

 That huge spoiler that broke everyone's heart in Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Some spoilers do have a way of pushing books into the darkest corners of our TBR pile (that's why no matter how much you love a book, maybe you should always be sure you're not screaming out to the world some major spoiler). This spoiler in particularly didn't make me push Crooked Kingdom to the darkest corners of my TBR pile, but it did break my heart in thousands of pieces. I stared at this spoiler for really a long time without believing it to be true! What hurt the most was not the actual spoiler, but that it was the author herself that retweeted some fan art about this particular scene and shared the damn spoiler. 

Hermione was not happy about it.

IMPERIO: A book you had to read for school? 

And now I break my promise. I've a degree in English Literature and a MA in Anglo-American Studies. I had to read many books for the classes and even though some bored me to death, these books left a mark on me. The Great Gatsby made me fall in love with the roaring twenties (even though I hated this novel the first time I picked it); The Catcher in the Rye made me feel that I wasn't alone, even though Holden could be annoying; The Sun Also Rises made me fall in love with the Lost Generation and Paris, even though the novel mentions bullfighting which I'm against and the author is a misogynist.

CRUCIO: A book that was painful to read?

I've been thinking about this prompt a lot and I still don't have an answer because every time I think about a book that was painful to read, I can only think of books that for some odd reason I found myself not being able to flip the pages. I really don't want to say anything negative in this book tag... So, I guess this prompt will not be answered. 

AVADA KEDAVRA: A book that could kill (interpret as you will)?

I'm currently reading City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and this book is heavy. So freaking heavy! Or maybe I find it heavy because I've carpal canal syndrome. Anyway, I'm sure if you were to throw it against someone, this book would do some serious damage. Now, it may also kill because it's hard to put it down to do anything else as eat or drink. So far, I've been so involved in this world of ghouls, demons and djinns that all I want to do is to forget the real world and curl in a blanket and read.
I know I'm always picking the same people, but I'm tagging:
What is your Hogwarts House? What would your favourite class be? Which non-muggle job would you like to have?

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  1. Ugh yeah authors need to be mindful of the fact that people that follow their social media accounts will not have read all their books and as such should avoid retweeting things that are spoilers.

    Thank you for the tag <3

    1. When stuff like this happens, I wonder if it's for the best to unfollow authors.

      Happy readings!😊

  2. Oooh yes!! I'm all in for this one! :) Thanks for the tag.

    P.S I'm a Slytherin. The sorting hat says so. I don't mind... Green goes well with my hair and eyes! lol

    1. Ahah, green is indeed a colour that goes always well. Happy readings! 😊

  3. Thnak you for the tag! I feel like I've been tagged in a bunch of posts by you lately (which I love) but I've not got around to doing half the tags! I am loving the Harry potter one, though! I feel like I've been seeing a lot of HP stuff about lately and I am not complaining.

    I definitely agree about Harry potter connecting to nothing but good memories of childhood. I think some of my favourite memories are HP related from when I was a kid. And you played the Gameboy Colour version of the game too? I was obsessed with that game. And Juliet Marillier introduced you to fairytale retellings? Love it! I do agree that City of Brass is heavy as, but the book is so pretty and so worth it! I do need to read the second book still.

    So, my Hogwarts house is Slytherin. I always liked to think my favourite class would be something cool like Transfiguration or Potions but honestly, I feel like it would be an easy class like History of Magic so I could nap.

    1. If you end up joining this tag, I'll love to read your answers. 😊 I was obsessed with that game too! I also spend hours playing the GBC version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.😍

      Ahaha, I think History of Magic would end up being my favourite class too - perfect to rest after a night of adventures.

      Happy readings!😉

  4. I don't do HP, so no house to share, but I love that Lara Jean is on your list, because she is one of my all-time favorites! That book was warm and funny and sweet, and I adored it.

    1. I love Lara Jean with all my heart. 😍

      Happy readings!

  5. Okay, I absolutely adored A Spark of White Fire, so I'm definitely on board with your answer to that prompt. And I love your interpretation of a book that could kill! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Have you already read the sequel of A Spark of White Fire? So freaking amazing!!!

      Happy readings! 😉