Before I start, I apologise for writing three Harry Potter-related articles in a row, but I decided to keep going with this theme as long as I’m in the mood for it and I genuinely hope that you won’t get bored of my content. If you are interested in something else, there will be reviews of books belonging to other genres coming up in the following weeks; so stay tuned.
Now, back to today’s tag entitled Harry Potter Spells Book Tag, which was originally created by TurtleSympathy. I first noticed this tag on my friend Elena’s website and I wanted to answer those questions too, but I didn’t read any Harry Potter book at that moment. Today, I’m readier than ever to do this tag because I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and I know a little more about the Potter universe than before.
1. Expecto Patronum: A childhood book connected to good memories
One of my earliest bookish memories was the one when my mum read to me the Greek Myths rewritten for children. These Romanian books are entitled Legendele Olimpului, written by Alexandru MItru. They are still two of my favourite children’s books.
2. Expelliarmus: A book that took you by surprise
The Rocker Who Holds Me by Terri Anne Browning took me by surprise because I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy reading a rockstar romance. Contemporary stories are pretty much a hit or miss for me, but this one was a guilty pleasure. I highly recommend it if you love this genre and rock music, of course.
3. Prior Incantato: The last book you read.
Well, thank you for asking. I read Who is J .K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso. Okay, it’s obvious that I know who J. K. Rowling is because I’m not living under a rock, but I wanted very badly to pick up a book from the Who Was? series and J. K. Rowling was one of the best options out there. I enjoyed every single minute of this short biography written for children. If you want to read something short yet informative, give this book a try.
4. Alohamora: A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before.
I have a few options for this question, but I’m going with The Deep Beneath, the first instalment in Natalie Wright’s young adult sci-fi trilogy entitled H.A.L.F. I need to add that this book and the entire series respectively are the exceptions to the rule because I’m usually not interested in this genre, but I’m glad that I read H.A.L.F. and I think that I’m going to read other works by this author in the future because I loved her voice.
5. Riddikulus: A funny book you’ve read.
Any Horrible Histories book can be included in this category. Furthermore, they are very informative both for kids and adults. When I’m in the mood to read something short and funny, I pick up one of Terry Deary’s books and that day isn’t wasted.
6. Sonorus: A book you think everybody should know about.
There are a few indie books people should know about, but I think that Enchanted, the first instalment in The Summer Solstice, a young adult contemporary fantasy trilogy written by K.K. Allen, is a good pick. It’s a book about identity, magical powers and an intriguing prophecy.
7. Obliviate: A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read.
It really depends on the book. If I’m not interested in it, I’m okay with spoilers, while if I’m interested in reading it and someone’s review is more like a summary, I tend to be put off and I don’t want to read it anymore. This is not necessarily a bad thing because there are a lot of titles which stir my interest and a thorough selection doesn’t always hurt.
8. Imperio: A book you had to read for school.
If I should pick a book I read for school/college and loved it, I’m going with Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, a book any bookworm should read.
9. Crucio: A book that was painful to read.
Unfortunately, I can’t decide which book was the most painful to read, but you can find a few eligible titles in my Least Favourite Books of 2017 post. I had an equally hard time getting through all of them.
10. Avada Kedavra: A book that could kill (interpret as you will).
This is pretty ambiguous. If this question refers to a book whose story revolves around a crime, I’ll go with Ciuleandra by Liviu Rebreanu, which is a Romanian classic. The protagonist, Puiu Faranga, pretends to go mad after killing his wife, to avoid ending up in prison. Why did he kill Madeleine? Is there a thin line between truth and lie? I don’t know if the book is translated into English, but it should be because it’s very complex and I read it three times until now. I don’t necessarily like rereading books, but this one is amazing.
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To wrap it up, I encourage you to do this tag, if you haven’t already and write in the comment section, which are your picks.