Thanks very much to Sammie at Bookshelves & Biros for tagging me for this! I adore Harry Potter and haven’t shown it nearly enough love lately, so let’s get straight on and DO THIS.
You CANNOT use any Harry Potter books as your answers.
1. Flagrate! – A book where you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it?
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.
I really liked the idea of hearing from the ‘regular people’ when the apocalypse is nigh. However, I thought it was going to be from the perspective of the best friend of the Chosen One, or someone else close to them. No! It’s from the perspective of people who have nothing to do with the supernatural goings-on, so whenever shit gets real, it feels like a massive genre-jump. It’s Buffy from the point-of-view of Jonathan when we’d all rather hear from Giles.
2. Alohomora! – The first book in a series that got you hooked?
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
I actually went to see the film first – completely by accident, as the film I wanted to see was fully booked – and fell in love. Once I read the books I realised that the films were RUBBISH and had left so much out – but at the same time it was lovely, because there was so much extra stuff to read about.
I was obsessed with the first 5 Percy Jackson books but sadly don’t love the Heroes of Olympus series much. I won’t forget the originals though! ❤
3. Accio! – A book you wish you could have right now?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
I have been searching, searching, SEARCHING for a hardback edition. I get the feeling I’m really going to enjoy this series so I’d like to get the nice hardback editions (since the paperbacks are pretty boring) but apparently they don’t exist in England. Boo.
(If you have any hints, please tell me where I can get hold of these!)
4. Avada Kedavra! – A killer book? (Both senses. Take it as you like.)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
I talk about this book all the time, but I can’t help it! It’s a real killer in terms of emotions. I was BAWLING my eyes out when I read this book, and I still can’t talk about it without tearing up. It’s my baby.
Also, it feels really wrong having that book next to the Avada Kedavra spell. It looks like I want to kill the book, but nooo! The book killed ME.
5. Confundo! – A book that you found really confusing?
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
I love the TV show but even find that confusing, so I had no hope of understanding the books. I would really like to get into these books as I’m sure they’re amazing, but they’re just so dense and I only managed to get partway through the second one, mainly because I had no idea what was going on…
6. Expecto Patronum! – Your spirit animal book?
AAAARGH HOW CAN YOU NOT LET ME USE HARRY POTTER FOR THIS QUESTION?
Nnngh, I guess I’ll go with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It’s my favourite standalone book.
7. Sectumsempra! – A dark, twisted book?
I haven’t read a whole lot of really twisted books, but I did recently read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
The film is very famous for its controversial rape scene, but the thing I found most twisted about the book was that, by the end of it, I felt encouraged to root for this horrific main character.
8. Aparecium! – A book that surprised you in a great way?
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling.
Prior to reading this, I was of course expecting it to be brilliant, because it was Rowling’s first novel after Potter. However, when I started it, I and everyone else found it to be extremely slow and I know a lot of people gave up on it. I’m so glad I kept reading, though, as it turned out to be wonderful in the end – it just needed heavily editing.