It’s the beginning of August, which means yesterday was my birthday! I turned 24 this year, and to celebrate that I wanted to do a fun reading tag. Since it was recently Harry’s birthday as well, I figured that the Harry Potter Spells Tag would be the perfect one to do. I found this tag at Kimberly Faye Reads who I believe is the creator of the tag. Please check out her blog as well!
– Accio –
An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now
This one is absolutely Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I read Strange the Dreamer near the end of 2017 and I’ve been anticipating this book ever since. The cover is beautiful, and I can’t wait for it to appear on my doorstep at the beginning of October. I have vacation time lined up at the beginning of that month as well, and this is going to be a book that I absolutely devour over the course of that vacation.
– Alohomora –
Favorite series starter
Staying on the Laini Taylor train, this is going to go to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This book is an amazing entrance into this world of monsters. I love the way she writes, and this book propelled me into the rest of the trilogy easily. Karou is a great character with so much depth, and all of the rest of this cast were lovely and kept me coming back to the rest of the series. I would read this series again in a heartbeat.
– Cheering Charm –
A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies
This question was actually pretty hard, but I finally decided on Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. I listened to the audiobook for this and had an absolute blast listening to her read it. I love audiobooks read by the author, because I think it gives such a powerful voice to the page. Hearing her read her own words out loud was bittersweet, and I definitely recommend this one.
– Aguamenti –
A book that made you ugly cry
Without a doubt this is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I talked about this a little bit in my mid-year book freakout post, but I read this book earlier this year and it absolutely destroyed me. I’d never found myself so represented in a book, and seeing the way my anxiety manifests written down on a page was a lot to handle. I read the whole book in one day and cried for the entirety of that day.
– Expectro Patronum –
Bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life
This is such a bizarre question. I guess that I’d go with Dara from City of Brass. He’s a badass, and even though this book is apparently pretty divisive, I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the sequel.
– Lumos –
Book you intentionally spoiled for yourself
I don’t think that I’ve ever intentionally spoiled a book for myself, outside of possibly seeing a movie before learning that it was a book and then reading it afterwards. I’ll choose a book that I did that with. The only things that I could think of, honestly, was A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I read the first book after watching the first season of the TV show, so I knew exactly what was going to happen the whole time. To be honest, I’m not sure that I would have gotten through the book if I hadn’t.
– Imperio –
A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much
I thought a lot about this one, and I decided to go with Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I find myself thinking about this book over and over again, and I’m glad that I read it only a few months before the sequel comes out. I don’t know how people have waited so long to read the next one, because it’s killing me.
– Engorgio –
A book or series you wish never ended
This goes to Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. I know that there’s a sequel coming out (at some point) but I loved the second book so much more than the first one and really didn’t want it to end. There was so much cool character development in this series, especially with the artificial intelligence itself.
– Wingardium Leviosa –
A book with an uplifting ending or message
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. This book was deceptively small and had a pretty powerful punch. It was really tough to get through at some points because of how accurate it felt, but it had such a great underlying message that I really enjoyed my time reading it.
– Obliviate –
A book you wish you could forget you ever read
This is the easiest question to answer. The Circle by David Eggers. The more I think about this book, the angrier I get. It was condescending and annoying. The only reason that I finished it was because I wanted to watch the movie (which ended up being even worse, somehow). I wish I could take back the whole experience.
– Anapneo –
An author whose books always get you out of a slump
Wow, this one was really tough. I feel like I don’t have a go-to author when this happens because I’m such a mood reader. I also don’t have a tendency to re-read novels. I guess the closes thing that can come to this is J.K. Rowling since those are the books that I’ve re-read the most in my life. As I read more of her work though, Victoria Schwab seems to be an author that I’m going to gravitate to, and I have a lot of her catalogue to get through.
– Jelly-Legs Jinx –
A swoon-worthy hero or heroine
I’ve never really been in love with a book character, it’s not something that I typically feel. I guess that the character that I would want to be real the most would be Vincent from the Themis Files Series by Sylvain Neuvel. Vincent is smart, hilarious, and wants what’s best for his family. Plus his knees are backwards, what’s better than that?
– Aresto Momentum –
A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it
This is a tie. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the first I’d choose for this. For the size of this book, I read it fairly quickly, most of it happening on a single day. I found myself totally lost in this world. I have the sequel ready to go, but I have a few other books that I want to read before I get to it. For the second, it’s going to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
– Crucio –
A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason, or broke you)
This book wasn’t painful to read, but it was definitely a struggle to get through. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer was not my cup of tea. I found the whole thing very vague and did not enjoy it very much. I read half of the sequel, which was the same way, and ended up not completing it.
– Rictusempra –
A book that had you laughing out loud
This goes to a book I read a really long time ago and that’s John Dies at the End by David Wong. This book is hilarious, and was one of the books that helped me rediscover a love for reading when I was a teenager. I definitely need to get back to this series and read the sequels.
– Expelliarmus –
A book that made you want to send it flying
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen. I was so excited for this book. It has all the things I love in a fantasy: sand, elemental magic and a female protagonist. I got maybe three chapters into the book and had to put it down because of the way it was written. I couldn’t do it, and I was so frustrated about it. So far, this is my only DNF of 2018 and I’m pretty upset about it. I might give it another shot, it’s currently on my bookshelf taunting me. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t do it.
– Portus –
A bookish world you wish you could visit
I would love to visit the world in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which is the second book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. I liked the darkness and science of this world, and how it filled in information from the first book. This world had the same spooky quality that I imagine Bram Stoker’s Dracula having, with pitchforks and a constant overcast sky.
– Stupefy –
A book wish a shocking twist or ending
Though not entirely surprising, I really enjoyed the reveal in The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. Without spoiling it, I thought that the way that the book was written helped keep this reveal a secret until the very end, and I thought it was absolutely fantastic. This is a thriller with a lot of references to older black and white movies, and I highly recommend it.
– Avada Kadavra –
A character death which destroyed you
Since this is a Harry Potter tag, I had to include one answer about Harry Potter. (Also, I didn’t want to spoil a major character death for a different series). For me it was Snape. I must have cried for hours over his death. I don’t know why, but my 16 year-old self couldn’t handle the fact that he had this constant internal struggle between helping Harry because he was Lily’s son and hating him because he was James’ son. This destroyed me.
– Finite Incantate –
Best series conclusion
I’m terrible at finishing series, but I have to give this to another Laini Taylor book, which is Dreams of Gods and Monsters. This is the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and it had such a great and satisfying ending. I think that this is probably one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, and I loved the last book more than the first two.
Thank you so much for reading through that, if you did. I had a lot of fun making this post for my birthday!