HARRY POTTER AND THE TAG OF BOOKS

Hello! This tag is stolen from Karo, who stole it from All You Read Is Love before me! I've taken the liberty of considering myself tagged, because I'm nosy and obnoxious. Also, I simply enjoy doing book tags! (I'm sorry, Karo. I'm the reason why you can't have anything nice...)


Flagrate – Writing Charm

A book whose theme you found interesting, but you would like to rewrite it.


Contoversial: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. Yeah, you heard me.


To sum the concept up, we follow a teenager named Vee. Vee is tired of living in her bestfriend's shadow. She wants to do something that will draw the attention of others towards her, something that will shake up her mundane life. So, what does a teenager do in a world full of risky internet trends? She joins them! Vee downloads the latest internet fad to her phone, Nerve. Nerve is essentially an app that sends the user a series of increasingly risky dares in order to win fame and money. Of course, as Vee moves deeper and deeper into this rabbit hole, she's bound to learn things aren't quite what they seem.


I read this book years ago, when my reviews weren't quite eloquent. However, I'm going to quote the thoughts I had fresh out of the reading experience:


"Wow, what a great book this could have been. Emphasis on "could have" because it wasn't.


I know, why would I rate a book so low when it sounds so cool. Because, the book is also not what it seems. First of all, the writing is simply atrocious. Not at all engaging, and completely lacking personal character. The narrator shouldn't have to spell out to me how they feel at every given moment. The action and descriptions of the setting should do that on their own. Also, I simply couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Not only were they cookie cutter types, they just didn't seem to act at all within any personal moral complex. none of the characters' actions made any sense with their personalities. That simple problem causes most of the other problematic pieces of the book, like the plot development seemingly coming out of no where, or the moments of Deus Ex Machina.

Sure, it was a fast-paced and easy book to read, which was somewhat refreshing when life was being the complete opposite. Sometimes a book like this is what one needs to appreciate the well written books in the world. In the end, I suggest picking up a whimsical middle-grade novel instead if you need an easy read. At least you may get better character development."


...And that pretty much sums up why this book fits this prompt. I quickly unhauled this book and tried not to think about the disappointment again. I have been told the movie executes the idea better, though. I may watch it one day.


Alohomora – Unlocking Charm

The first book in a series, which got you hooked.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks


Guile is the Prism. In a world where color is magic, Guile is the only one who can wield all colors. With this power, the burden of balance and world peace is placed on his shoulders. The Prism is protector, master, emperor, and God. However, the Prism is never known to live a long life, and Guile has many great tasks to complete before his time is out.


There's no great way to sum up this book without spoiling anything major. I will say, if you love big floppy fantasy paperbacks, this one is fantastic! The world is described so richly, the magic system is unlike anything I've ever experienced before, and all of the characters are so realistically gritty and morally gray. This book has so much to offer. This first book was the perfect dip into an extremely well-developed story, and I fell in love immediately.


It's been quite awhile since I've picked up a big floppy fantasy book. I think it's time to pick up book four...


Accio – Summoning Charm

A book you wish you could have right now.


You already know the answer if you've been for any amount of time.


Say it with me, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini! My heart is yearning for my signed preorder!





Avada Kedavra – Killing Curse

A killer book. Take it as you like.


Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu


Killer, because vampires.


Also killer because, man, my gay ass would be stoned to death if I had access to this book when it was written. Worth it. Eat your heart out Stephenie Meyer, not only did someone make vampires sexier than yours, but they did it in the 1800s.


One reread per year may not be enough...


Confundo – Confundus Charm

A book you found really confusing.


Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel. Yes, that Bechdel.


I don't really know what to say about this one. It's a graphic novel memoir following Bechdel to her therapist appointments, childhood memories, and visits with her mother. The story is about Bechdel coming to terms with the relationship she has with her mother, quasi-Maus style... but far more somber and full of droning internal monologues. (If this interests you, I recommend just picking up Maus instead, to be quite frank.)


The book had extremely high ratings on Goodreads, so I'm probably just not smart enough for this book, but I really found it to be a snooze-fest. I don't think there's really much to explore in this relationship, and it feels like the problems that seem to be present are shoved into the equation by Bechdel, who is over-analyzing everything to the extreme. While reading, I was begging her to just land the plane and get it over with. On the other hand, I wasn't exactly sure what it was she was trying to say? Was there even a plane to land?


This could absolutely be a me problem. This may be the best book ever. However, I don't see myself rereading it to find out without some pressure.


Expecto Patronum

Your spirit animal book.


Claus from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


Okay maybe I'm not quite as cool as Claus, but I do strive to be as level-headed, well-read, and truly loyal to those I love as he is. This series and the Baudelaire children are very near and dear to me, but Claus is by far my favorite.


I don't need to summarize this, right? If you haven't heard of the series by now, it may be too late to save you. However, I will say the new adaptation by Neil Patrick Harris does a FANTASTIC job at staying true to the books. If you don't want to read some cheesy formulaic middle grade, check it out! (Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE ADAPTATION!!!)


Sectumsempra – Dark Charm

A dark, twisted book.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman (or anything by the man, honestly.)


I know this one has gotten plenty of hype to sell itself over the years, but I just couldn't pick another book. I love this story oh-so-much! It doesn't matter if you're reading the novel, graphic novel, or watching the movie adaptation, this story is full of twists and turns wrapped up in a grim bow. It's perfect!







Aparecium – Revealing Charm

A book that surprised you in a great way and/or revealed that it was more than you thought it was.


Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden


I never expect to enjoy a romance when I pick it up. For some reason, I keep trying them. I think it's because of this book, which has melted my heart completely. I love this book, and I keep coming back for rereads. Not only did Garden write one of the first lesbian romance novels to make it big in the publishing world, but she wrote one of the coziest and most wholesome romances while she was at it! This book is quintessential gay. I demand that you read it and be happy from it too.


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