Hello my sweets!
This tag is one that I’ve seen floating around the internet for some time and I have finally decided to do it! It’s a bit of a mashup of all of the ones I’ve seen around but most of the questions I’ve answered below can be found here. Hope you enjoy my loves!
Alohomora (Unlocking Charm) – A first book in a series that got you hooked.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Urban Fantasy series. A cross between Harry Potter and *insert generic crime tv show here*. Need I say more?
Accio (Summoning Spell) – A book that you wish you could have right now.
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook. I binge read all over Eileen’s over books in a short space of time over the summer. I thought this was coming out at the beginning of October in the UK but turns out its not until later in the month. WAHHHHHH!
Avada Kedavra (Killing Curse) – A killer book…
Think of a Number by John Verdon. The Dave Gurney series by John Verdon is great for those of you looking for a crime thriller series. Well-written and fast-paced, the first book will have you need more in no time.
Confundo (Confusion Charm) – A book you found confusing.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride. I wanted to love this, I really did. It’s just the way it’s written, I found it so hard to follow along with that I just gave up. Maybe I need to give it another try because it has some brilliant reviews.
Sectumsempra (Snapes Curse) – A dark, twisted book.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I picked this one up thinking that it would be some kind of middle-grade fairytale-esq book. Boy was I wrong! Do not, I repeat DO NOT read this to our children. It will give them nightmares. I on the other hand, loved it and have already re-read it twice more.
Expecto Patronum (The Patronus Charm) – A childhood book connected to good memories.
All of the Harry Potter books by J K Rowling. Come on guys, did you really think I could go a whole Harry Potter related book tag without throwing the series in there somewhere?! HP was the first real series I read as a child. When the films came out, I followed them through the years (when they were in their first year of high school, I was in my first year of high school). The series feels like home to me now, a comfort blanket of sorts, and I have re-read them every year since the final book was released.
Expelliarmus (Disarming Spell) – A book that took you by surprise.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This one was so hyped that I really didn’t want to read it at first. Then 2 years ago this coming Christmas I received it as a gift. Oh my it took me by surprise. I was not expecting fairytale, I was not expecting Boss Bitch lead female characters and I was not expecting urban fantasy. I devoured the book very quickly and immediately ordered the others in the series.
Prior Incantatum (Reverse Spell) – The last book you read.
Origin by Dan Brown. Some people might consider Dan Brown to be a guilty pleasure. I do not. I always have and always will love Dan Brown. He is such an intelligent writer and is so good at developing fantastic plots and thrilling story lines that I would pretty much read anything that man ever publishes.
Sonorus (Amplifying Charm) – A book you think everyone should know about.
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I read this book years and years ago. I remember it so vividly now and that is a testament to how much this book stayed with me. I’m going to put the synopsis in here because I don’t think many people will have heard of the book: The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what’s been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
Obliviate (Memory Charm) – A book you would like to forget having read.
Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: A Journey into the Evil Mind by Christopher Berry-Dee. Awful. Poorly written. Repetitive phrasing. Took me a whole week to read less than 300 pages. Don’t waste your time. Or do. Whatever floats ya boat!
Imperio (Controlling Curse) – A book you had to read for school.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. We had to read this in school as part of our GCSE English course, but I actually loved it. I’ve read it a few times since leaving school and it still makes me cry. If you haven’t read this modern classic I highly suggest you do so.
Diffindo (Severing Charm) – A book you wish you could separate from its series.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourite books of all time. Atticus Finch is also one of my favourite literary characters of all time. It was these two things that set me off on my joinery to becoming a human rights lawyer. But Go Set a Watchman? Seriously? I honestly wish I hadn’t read it. It was soul destroying and unnecessary. Don’t do it to yourself.
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Peace and pages