I saw this tag on Anne Sofie’s blog siamybooks and I knew I had to do it! I never pass up a chance to inject a little Harry Potter into my life.
The tag was originally created by TurtheSympathy on YouTube!
1. EXPECTO PATRONUM – A CHILDHOOD BOOK CONNECTED TO GOOD MEMORIES
Since Anne Sofie chose the Little House books (which was a series I loved growing up) I’ll choose something different.
I LOVED this series growing up! There are 12 books in all, with the final book having come out in 2014. I followed the series almost from its beginning (I think book two was out when I discovered it). It was this series and Harry Potter that had me constantly checking for publishing dates. Like Potter, I could not wait to get my hands on the next book and would devour them as soon as I got them. The series has everything I wanted in a book: adventure, romance, a smart and strong heroine. I will be reading these books when I have my own kids (and numerous times in between).
I actually wrote a post about how much I love this series and L. A. Meyer (RIP). I highly recommend these books!
2. EXPELLIARMUS – A BOOK THAT TOOK YOU BY SURPRISE
Even though I tried to go into the book with no expectations so that I wouldn’t be disappointed even by something small, I was extremely surprised by how much I liked it. Yes, it’s different and I understand Jo didn’t write it herself. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it undercut a lot of the preconceived notions I had about the Golden Trio’s future. I definitely will be reading again and when the play hits Broadway, I’ll be there!
3. PRIOR INCANTATO – THE LAST BOOK YOU READ
I read this for a local book club that I am a part of and thoroughly enjoyed it, though not quite as much as I enjoyed Moran’s Madame Tussaud or Rebel Queen. Still, it was a fascinating look into the often misunderstood life of Mata Hari, notorious dancer and alleged spy. I am not to proud to say that I knew next-to-nothing about Mata Hari except that her name is often synonymous with scandal and the exotic.
4. ALOHAMORA – A BOOK THAT INTRODUCED YOU TO A GENRE YOU HAD NOT CONSIDERED BEFORE
Sorry. I’m sure this is against the rules to actually use Harry Potter, but it’s the total truth. Before Harry Potter, I had never read anything that could really be considered fantasy. I was introduced to Harry when I was 8, right after the books came out in the States. Prior to that I read things like The Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, and The Babysitters Club. (A/N: I would like to say that I did read kids’ books but even though they have fantastical tendencies, I wouldn’t categorize them as capital-F Fantasy).
Harry and Jo’s Wizarding World completely opened up an entire realm of possibility to me when it came to reading. Jo’s books became more than just the series that shaped my personality and values – it lit a fire in my imagination. Fantasy is now my go-to genre.
5. RIDDIKULUS – A FUNNY BOOK YOU’VE READ.
I’m probably breaking another rule, because I haven’t actually finished this book – I’m currently in the middle of reading it. But it has already made me laugh, literally out-loud, and I’m only half-way through. Lauren Graham is earnest, friendly, and snarky and makes the whole book a fun experience. It actually feels like you are talking to her face-to-face! Even if you aren’t a Gilmore Girls or Parenthood fan, I would check it out.
6. SONORUS – A BOOK YOU THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT.
This was a toughie, because there are so many great books out there. But this is one of those books that I feel has flown under the radar a bit and I would love for more people to read it! It has a fantastic heroine, a great premise, and a fantastic setting! I’m in the middle of reading the third book with a friend and I love it!
7. OBLIVIATE – A BOOK OR SPOILER YOU WOULD LIKE TO FORGET HAVING READ.
Can I use Harry Potter for this as well? I’m always telling people I wish I could read the series “for the first time” again. I miss the feeling of apprehension, excitement, amazement, and unknowingness. It would be lovely to have those feelings again!
8. IMPERIO – A BOOK YOU HAD TO READ FOR SCHOOL.
I read this for the first time when I was in 8th grade, on my own, because my mom gave it to me and told me it was one of her favorites. It ended up being on my reading list for 9th grade Honors English class and so I read it again, with pleasure, because I had enjoyed it the first time. Scout, Atticus, and Boo will always be a part of my life, in many ways. They taught me much when I was just a child and, now that my mother has passed, they will forever provide another link to her.
9. CRUCIO – A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ.
This book broke my heart. I ugly cried for about an hour and a half after finishing it. I finished it late at night and when I finished, I was crying so hard I woke my husband up (I tried staying silent) and he seriously thought something bad had happened in real life. Nope, just my heart shattering in a few thousand pieces at the hands of Jojo Moyes. That’s all. It was beautiful, but painful. I will be reading it again.
Be sure to check out my review.
10. AVADA KEDAVRA – A BOOK THAT COULD KILL (INTERPRET AS YOU WILL).
Just call me a rebel. I’m using another HP book. But seriously, this book destroyed me. I know there weren’t as many deaths in it as in, say, one-third of a George R. R. Martin book, but wow this one hurt me. Lupin, of my favorite characters in the entire series, died in this book and I thought that I would never recover from the book hangover. I read it in less than nine hours and spent about that same amount of time afterward feeling both sated and destroyed. After that, my mother made me take a nap because I hadn’t slept since I got it and was acting as though I was delirious. Furthermore, it was the end of the most amazing series I have ever read – my opinion then and today (what can I saw, I’m loyal to Jo). I felt like the world had stabbed me in the chest with the sword of Gryffindor.
Also, I’m pretty sure it would hurt if you hit someone with it.
I really enjoyed this tag! Anyone that wants to do it can consider themselves tagged!