Today I wanted to do the Harry Potter Spells Book Tag, as found here, because, duh, Harry Potter is my favorite series everrrrr. So here we go!
AN UPCOMING RELEASE I WANT IN MY HANDS NOW
We'll jump to the next book on my top TBR for this one: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills is a YA contemp addressing the circumstances two teens face during/after the events of 9/11, one a Muslim girl present in the tower when the attack occurs, the other a girl whose father is driven by hatred after the attack kills her brother. It sounds like it'll be a hard-hitter, and after everything I've learned from Kaye/Karuna Riazi's feed on Twitter about Islamhate, I know I need to check this out. Releases August 9th.
MY FAVORITE SERIES STARTER
I have to like the first book to continue with a series, obviously, so many would do for this prompt. But here's the most recent: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, a time-travelling romance with a lot of drama and adventure. I'm excited for Wayfarer, the second book, next year, to see where the story takes us next!
A BOOK THAT GIVES ME THE WARM FUZZIES
The entire Lunar Chronicles, for me, is a series that just makes me feel all happy and fluffy inside, because it's exciting and original and sci-fi but also romancey and fairy-tale. Warm fuzzies also applies to Harry Potter, now that I think of it, because it's Harry Potter. Anyone who grew up a part of the Harry Potter generation gets cheered up by rereading it.
A BOOK THAT MADE ME UGLY-CRY
I've come a good ways with letting the tears out for my book feels since I wrote this post. Most recently, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely had me sobbing over the injustice of racially motivated police brutality.
A BOOK HERO(INE) YOU WANT AS YOUR PROTECTOR
This is yet another category where so many options would do. This post, for example, has a bunch of great heroines, and there are many heroes, too, that I'd be happy to have by my side. But honestly, my first choice for this would be Hermione Granger, because she is the pinnacle of awesome and smart. We could be besties.
A BOOK YOU SPOILED FOR YOURSELF
I gave one of my past roommates permission to spoil The Mortal Instruments series, because I'd given up on it due to *spoiler ahoy, highlight to read* Jace being Clary's brother, supposedly, but then my roommate informed me that he actually wasn't, in the end, so I picked the series back up. Whee!
A BOOK YOU LOVE SO MUCH YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ IT
The Unwind Dystology continues to be my first thought for this, although there are plenty more I have repeatedly recommended here that also qualify, haha.
A SERIES YOU WISH WOULD NEVER END
Dear goodness, as if I needed more books to read. No, but honestly, in the world of books, Harry Potter is my choice for this one too.
A BOOK WITH AN UPLIFTING MESSAGE
Plenty-plenty of these ones, too! The first in my mind is The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy, which has a lot to say about self-confidence: being comfortable with yourself, your choices, and your destiny.
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET READING
It by Stephen King. Look, if I squint I can appreciate the quality of this book, as I do with all of King's, and I definitely understand that this particular novel was classic and influential for a certain generation, but it was just too graphic and messed up for me. I'd rather not, thanks.
AN AUTHOR WHO ALWAYS GETS YOU OUT OF A READING SLUMP
I don't often have reading slumps, but the answer to this would be J.K. Rowling, of course. Also Meg Cabot.
A SWOON-WORTHY HERO
TEAM PEETA MELLARK!!! Also, read this post.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU STOP EVERYTHING TO READ
I mean, I'm a binge-reader in general. It's a rare book that I actually put down for more than a couple minutes at a time while I'm reading it. Last year, though, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma was a perfect example. I don't think I could have stopped.
A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ
Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum is a fantastic book for disabled rights and combating ableism, and it's also really heartbreaking.
A BOOK THAT HAD YOU LOL-ING
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds is the most recent one I remember actually laughing aloud at.
A BOOK YOU WANTED TO THROW ACROSS THE ROOM
I did, in fact, throw Eclipse across the room when *spoilers ahoy, highlight to read* Jacob kissed Bella, and it took me a little while to start reading it again. I also considered throwing the last Harry Potter book when *spoilers ahoy highlight to read* Fred died, but it was just too preciousssss for me to do that.
A BOOK WITH A WORLD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN
Um, yah, that would be Harry Potter? Although I'm pretty cool with Janet Edwards's Earth Girl world, too.
A BOOK WITH A SHOCKING TWIST
Again, there are many I could pick here. Mockingjay is my first thought, because Peeta, but good books that are completely twist-centric would include Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
A CHARACTER DEATH THAT DESTROYED YOU
Again, see Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.
A POWERFUL SERIES CONCLUSION
Ditto. Also, the last books of The Lunar Chronicles, Alex Rider, and Earth Girl.
That was fun! Want to try out the tag yourself? Link me in the comments! I'll see you again Tuesday.
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