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I got this idea from BooksNest, I wasn’t tagged but I love Harry Potter. And I’m trying to keep the variety on my blog. Plus I’ve seriously gotten back into writing and reading, so I thought this would be a great idea.
EXPECTO PATRONUM // A childhood book connected to good memories?
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
While the series might not be telling a happy story, it was the first book series ever that I couldn’t put down. Up until that series, I hated reading. No one could convince me to pick up a book and I lied on every single reading checklist that schools made me do until I found that series. Maybe that should’ve been a sign that I like weird or depressing or supernatural stories, but up until that point you couldn’t get me to read. So, this series will forever be a happy memory for me and I will never part with these books.
PRIOR INCANTATO // The last book you read?
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
I’m currently in the middle of re-reading this book. As I felt the need too re-read it more than once since I read the entire The Mortal Instrument series about five times. So I wanted to give similar attention to The Dark Artifices since I did really enjoy the series. This book is massive! But at least the version I got from Amazon has pictures mixed in every few hundred pages.
ALOHAMORA // A book that introduced you to a genre you’d never considered before?
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
This one I was debated on putting in the Imperio section since I had to read it in school. But considering this introduced me to my favorite way of writing books, I had to put it in here since it introduced me to the postmodern style or genre of writing.
RIDDIKULUS // A funny book you’ve read?
I honestly don’t have a book for this for section as I don’t really read books that aren’t dark. So I can’t remember a single book in my collection that has made me die of laughter. Some of them have funny moments, but I wouldn’t call them funny books.
SONORUS // A book you think everyone should know about?
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
This is a collection of quotes on wisdom and courage. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I go to this book and flip open to a random page. Usually I find something that speaks to what I’m dealing with. Now not all of them are the best but if you need a small dose of inspiration, this book is something to reach for.
OBLIVIATE // A book or spoiler you would like to forget you ever read?
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Ok, I’m just throwing the whole series in this one. It wasn’t like I was looking for spoilers. I had watched the TV show first then the movie before reading the book. And honestly, if I could take away knowing that Clary and Jace weren’t siblings for the first three books I would’ve had a completely different reading experience. I still enjoyed it, but I kind of wished I didn’t know the twist as reading the second and third book the entire time I wanted to shake the two and go “EVERYONE IS LITERALLY HINTING TO YOU THAT YOU’RE NOT RELATED, WHY ARE YOU SO DEAF/BLIND?”
IMPERIO // A book you had to read for school?
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book I had to read for high school. This was an interesting read as it highlights the classical American Dream, and how it’s not something that everyone gets. You can be born into it or work hard to get there, but it might just not happen.
CRUCIO // A book that was painful to read?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Ok, before you come at me in the comments. I want to point out I already stated I love the Harry Potter series. Now with that being said, it took me no joke five separate times to get through the first book of the series. I could not get into it to save my life. I didn’t really get into the series until The Prisoner of Azkaban. I had to literally force my way through the books, it was painful, so yes I’m marking this book down as my choice for Crucio.
AVADA KEDAVRA // A book that could kill (interpret as you will)?
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
No one survives… literally no one, especially a Stark.
EXPELLIARMUS // A book that took you by surprise?
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I don’t even know how to approach discussing this book. It’s weird. It’s not written like a typical book. There are stories inside of stories, and the text doesn’t follow normal convention. It half reads like a psychological thriller, and the other half reads like a non-fiction novel retelling true events with footnotes. And that’s why this book completely surprised me, as I couldn’t put it down.
I tag anyone who is inspired by this post to give this a go.
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