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OK, this is a bookish and Harry Potter related survey from Jasmine at Flip That Page. It looked like fun, so even though it’s from like a week ago, I decided to do it! You should go here and check out Jasmine’s answers and do it yourself!
Cast A Spell!
Reparo (fixes damaged objects) – a book that needs some serious fixing: Wow, the first one and I can’t think of anything. Hmm… I guess I’ll go with Blaze, a debut from this year that had a decent story but that was ruined for me due to all the slutshaming.
Lumos (creates a narrow beam of life) – a book that deserves more attention: The Westing Game – I love this book so much and some people have even commented on various posts saying they like the book as well, but I’ve never met anyon in person who’s read it or features it on their blog as much as I do! It’s middle grade for everyone, that’s for sure.
Nox (counters the effects of Lumos) – an overhyped book: Oh, there are just so many. Seriously, hype is not always a good thing. I can’t even think of a specific book right now, but many overly-hyped books are ones that I either avoid or read and don’t love nearly as much as many other people. I guess The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a recent one – it was a DNF for me and I’m not quite sure how so many people overlooked or didn’t care about the various issues I had with it in such a short time. Not insulting those people, just saying that I just really couldn’t see the appeal, unfortunately.
Accio (summons an object from a significant dstance) – a book you’re anticipating: So many great books coming out, I’ll choose Isla and the Happily Ever After since it’s been in the works for so long and I just want to read it already!
Alohomora (opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched) – a book you want to be more open about: Um, I’m not sure what this one means. Does it mean a book I want to talk about but most people haven’t read it? Something written by someone under a pseudonym? The example was J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, writting under a penname. Oh well, I’ll just skip this one…
Expecto Patronum (conjures an incarnation of positive feelings) – a book that made you cry, or at least want to: Um, a lot of books make me cry, so we’re just going to go with the last book to do so – which happens to be the last book I read, Where the Stars Still Shine. And now I’m reading Second Chance Summer, so that’s sure to make me cry as well!
Morsmordre (conjures the Dark Mark) – a book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: Oh, God, yet again, so many. I guess I’ll go with one of my favorites, Impossible, which I seriously need to reread!
Petrificus Totalus (petrifies victims) – a book you wish to keep forever: There are some books I’ve already listed on here that work, but I’m trying not to repeat anything, so I’m going to go with The Mediator series – they’re just fun books when I need a pick up and something fluffy and fun!
Protego (shield charm) – an intimidating book you keep putting off: I feel like I’ve read some pretty intimidating books this year (Sloppy Firsts, Vampire Academy), some which turned out better than others. I guess Just One Year is pretty darn intimidating – so many people loved Just One Day and Just One Year, but I wasn’t quite as impressed with the first book as I was with If I Stay and Where She Went, so I’m worried I won’t like Just One Year as much either. Especially since I actually wasn’t a fan of Willem, especially at the end.
Riddikulus (used against a boggart) – a book with a deceiving synopsis: Unearthly, for sure. I thought the synopsis sounded like a boring and cliched paranormal romance, but it was much better than that.
Lacarnum Inflamarae (shoots fireballs) – a book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: Sloppy Firsts – I’m sorry to all the people that love Jessica Darling, but I was not a fan of her, and I wish I could forget reading the books since I feel like the only person who doesn’t like her. Why can’t I go back to the days when there was still a possibility I wouldn’t be the Jessica Darling black sheep?
Wingardium Leviosa (levitates objects) – a book you wish to reread: Well, I reread a lot of books, but I think one of the most recent books that I’m really excited to reread even though I just read it for the first time not that long ago is My Life Next Door. Loved it.
Avada Kedavra (causes instant death) – worst book EVER: Well, I tend to avoid books that I think would earn this label from me, so I guess I’ll just be nice and skip out on all the books that I dislike yet would hesitate to call the worst books ever.
Spells Cast on You
Stupefy (puts victim in unconscious state) – a book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over: I’m not sure if there are any books with chapters I can’t forget about necessarily, but I do remember that the last time I reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I ended up skipping the whole chapter where spoilers in case you haven’t read it, although I figure most have Sirius died. It was just so sad! And the first really sad and dark moment in the book, since you weren’t that attached to Cedric.
Confundo (causes befuddlement or forgetfulness) – a book that generally confused you: I don’t know if this necessarily confused me through the story, but I was kind of confused with Sara Zarr’s The Lucy Variations – mainly, I was wondering “where the heck is the author I love?” because, unfortunately, the book didn’t interest me or move me like most of her other books have.
Crucio (inflicts unbearable pain) – a book that was a pain to read: Slide, a debut from last year. It was short, but I figured out most of the twists pretty early, the characters were underdeveloped, and the main character drove me crazy. And, it wasn’t a very popular book, so I couldn’t even read snarky reviews from other people because very few big reviewers seemed to have read it!
Episkey (heals relatively minor injuries) – a feel good book that you enjoyed: The Distance Between Us – a book that I read pretty recently that was just adorable and fluffy and adorable and adorable. Did I say adorable?
Expelliarmus (temporarily disarms an opponent) – a book with a swoon-worthy character: Hmm, book I haven’t mentioned yet. Cricket in Lola and the Boy Next Door is pretty darn adorable – he’s a nerd, and there just aren’t enough nerds in YA! Well, nerds as love interests, that is.
Impedimenta (impedes target’s progress) – a book that kept you up all night reading: I can’t think of the last book that kept me up really, really late, but I’m pretty sure I was up kind of late reading Where the Stars Still Shine. Definitely a good book in which I had to see what was going to happen.
Silencio (immediate silencing) – a book that left you speechless after you read it: I’m pretty sure that I was quite speechless and emotionally freaked out after If I Stay. Of course, it was really really late (on a school night to boot, if I remember correctly), so it wasn’t like I had to deal with people. But I do remember that, rather than go straight to bed, I went ahead and took a shower, mostly so I could just think about it.
Legilimens (allows you to delve into someone’s mind) – a book with developed characters: Hmm… If I remember correctly, I just connected so well with so many characters in Out of the Easy, and that was probably at least partially due to them being well-developed.
Levicorpus (a spell that turns you upside down) – a book that changed your mind about a character from its prequel: Well, I normally don’t read prequels and novellas because I find them slightly tedious, but I know that the later Harry Potter books changed my feelings about a lot of characters from the early books, whether slightly or very significantly – there’s Malfoy, Snape, Dumbledore, Lily and James – actually, I’m going to change my mind and go ahead and say James and Lily. It’s not really a prequel, but finding out more about them cemented them as some of my favorite characters in the series and makes it clear that there should be a prequel about them. Please write it, J.K. Rowling!
Obliviate (used to hide memories) – a book with a story you can’t remember: Um, I guess looking at my list of read books, I don’t remember a whole lot from Starling, a spinoff to the better Wondrous Strange, which is partially because it was probably one of the first books that I’ve largely skimmed because I was so bored.
Peskipiksi Pesternomi (useless spell) – a boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: Wanderlove – I tried reading it on vacation, but I was honestly just too bored to finish it. I kept forcing myself to go back to it before I finally gave up on it.
Reducto (breaks through solid objects) – a book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: Poison Study – I still have a hit-or-miss relationship with fantasy, but this book was the main reason I didn’t give up on the genre entirely.
Rictusempra (tickling spell) – a book that made you laugh: Skulduggery Pleasant and its sequels never fail to make me chuckle and laugh and giggle and such. They’re hilarious, but in a subtle, dry way that more books need to try.
Sectusempra (offensive spell that violently wounds the target) – a book that may have scarred you for life: Bridge to Terabithia – I had to read it during 7th grade and we all hated it because SPOILERS she died. Why the hell would the little girl die?! It was quite traumatizing and I don’t think I would like the book even now. Little kids and animals do not get to die in books!
Tarantallegra (makes you dance uncontrollably) – a series finale that made you feel giddy: Ruby Oliver – she had to be on the list somewhere, of course! But seriously, I did love the ending, especially when it ended with a list of how it ended (a list epilogue, if you didn’t understand what the heck I was trying to say).
Bombarda Maxima (causes an explosion that breaks through obstacles) – a book that made you explode with the feels: Book of Broken Hearts – I wrote a really really long review for this book for a reason. There were just so many things I was feeling about this book, and it even saved Sarah Ockler from becoming An Author I Just Don’t Get, which I’m sure she would never ever want.
Finite Incantatem (nullifies other spells) – a book you thought you’d dislike, but ended up loving: There are already quite a few books that I’ve listed that would fit, but here’s a recent one – Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I didn’t love it love it (and yes, I did mean to repeat it), but I did quite enjoy it, and I was kind of expecting to… maybe not hate it, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, that’s for sure. I’m glad I did, though!
Well, that’s all of them. Wow, that seemed a lot longer when I was writing it. I was trying to get this done for yesterday, but I had to tweak my schedule for the week slightly, which is why this is going up today instead. Anyway, you should check out the original post as well or fill out one of your own! And feel free to dispute any of my choices in the comments! 😀