I just remembered the other day that I got tagged to do the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag a while ago but for the love of me I cannot remember who it was! So apologies for not mentioning you, however, you do have my undying gratitude because I had so much fun with this.
I’ve seen different variations of this tag but the premise is always the same – Harry Potter spells corresponding with a book. So let’s dive in.
Not a big surprise here the books connected with my best childhood memories would be the Harry Potter series. I grew up with them. I was the same age Harry was when the first book came out (give or take!). I have all of them in hardback and signed by J. K. Rowling. All of them are first editions. I remember reading the first Harry Potter book on the way to school, on the way home from school and sometimes during school (don’t judge me!). Nothing, I repeat NOTHING will ever compare in my mind to that time. The time when I lived and breathed everything Harry Potter. The anticipation of a new book coming out is, to this day, still unrivaled.
This goes to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (and the entire TMI series, actually). I read this back in 2012 and I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone was raving about the series and I decided to give it try but I kept thinking it just might be one of those times when the book is way overhyped. Well, fast-forward one sleepless night and not only did I completely loved it I had to go and buy the other ebooks. Needless to say there were some long and sleepless nights ahead. Totally worth it though since this is one of my favorite series now.
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. I’ve always associated Regency novels with heavy romance so imagine my surprise when I heard Alison Goodman was to release a new series set in Regency England. I was confused. I didn’t know what to think of that. On one hand, I loved Alison Goodman. Her Eon duology was such an immersive experience. On the other, however, it was to be a Regency. Granted a Regency with demon slayers but still. In the end my curiosity and love for anything Alison Goodman won and I decided to give it a try. BEST. DECISION. EVER. Not only was the book perfectly researched, it also managed to balance adventure (of the demon hunting variety) with balls, gowns and tea. I was charmed. Plus there was only a hint of romance, which I liked immensely.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. I loved LOVED The Winner’s Trilogy. There was tons of political intrigue. I was sold. So when the third and final book came out I didn’t even start it. I opened it straight at the end and read it, sue me. I simply had to know what would happen to Arin and Kestrel and patience has never been my strong suit. I did end up reading it the traditional front-to-back way after so all was good.
Okay, so after much deliberation I decided to go with a series here because I think more people need to know about them. I’m talking about the Steel & Stone series by Annette Marie. I was nursing the worst book hangover a few months ago and was just browsing through Amazon knowing perfectly well I would not be able to read anything so soon. I found the first book Chase the Dark completely by accident. I liked the cover, I was intrigued by the synopsis so I decided to give it a try. Also it was free with Kindle Unlimited so I figured if I didn’t like it I could always return it. I was hooked 3 chapters in. It’s fast paced, the world-building is amazing and I am still a little bit in love with the characters. There are five books in total and I read them all in three days!!! That’s the level of love we’re talking about here. So yeah, go check them out. Or not…but you’d be missing out..A LOT!
I wish I could visit the Witchlands in Truthwitch by Susan Dennard because let’s face it they have amazing powers. And I wouldn’t be opposed to witnessing Safi and Merik’s growing romance.
Hmm, this one was hard. I have lost many a sleep because I simply must finish whatever it was I was reading at the time. I think, however, the book that made me loose sleep and sense of reality recently would be The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I started this one with the intension of reading a few chapters then go about my day. The next thing I know it’s 6 am and the cat is pestering me for breakfast… *sigh* But then again can you blame me? I mean…Khalid and Shazi!!
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. That is all.
There are so many series I wish never ended. It’s ridiculously hard to choose just one. I think I’ll go with Aisling Grey series by Katie MacAlister. All four books are such lighthearted fun and I wish she wrote more of them.
I recently reread Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so it’s really no wonder it’s the book I’m choosing for this one. This book is just wonderful, and cute, and entertaining from start to finish. You all should definitely read it.
And that’s it. I had tons of fun with this tag even if it took me ages to write it!!