Happy Monday lovely bookdragons! I hope you are enjoying your bank holiday! Today I have seen a wonderful tag on Chloe Douglas’s blog which immediately caught my eye: the Harry Potter Spell Tag.
The idea behind it is that there are a number of spells, and each of them presents a theme. You then have to talk about a book / book series that is connected to that theme. Easy but fascinating! I encourage you to do it as well!
Without further ado, these are the spells…
A childhood book connected to good memories
Believe it or not, for me it has to be the Agatha Christie novels. They were of my family’s personal library, and my mother talked very fondly about them, so I started reading them. I would sit on my grandfather’s studio or in the garden and beaver away at them—I wanted to know what was going on so badly! My personal favourites are And Then There Were None and Sparkling Cyanide. I guess they are the reason why I love mysteries so much!
A book that took you by surprise
The Discworld series, without a doubt! I have heard people talking about those books all my life, and they made it sound like they were just nonsensical comedy (if you have read any of these novels, you’ll know that trying to explain the plot of any of these books without sounding like a raving madman is quite the challenge!). However, in January this year I decided to give them a chance, and they did surprise me! The Discworld is far more consistent and interesting than I thought, and the stories are genuinely fascinating—even though they are essentially comical! I love this series so much that I will, in time, write some blog posts about it.
The last book you read
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been re-reading Harry Potter recently. The last book I’ve read was The Order of the Phoenix, one of the darkest, most demanding, most heart-wrecking ones—and one of the best. I loved getting to know more about the Longbottoms, to meet Luna Lovegood, to see Harry’s and Cho’s story unfolding. This book also has who is probably the most hateful antagonist of the whole series: Dolores Umbridge. I genuinely suffered every time she made a new decree or tortured someone with her ‘strict measures’.
A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before
No doubt about this one: H.P. Lovecraft. I have never been a big fan of horror stories—I still am not, even though I sometimes dabble a bit in it—but Lovecraft’s stories are so unlike anything I had ever read before, presented such fantastic settings, that I was immediately entranced. I have loved him ever since; in fact, I wrote an academic article on him while at university!
A funny book you’ve read
I would love to talk about the Discworld again, but that would be cheating! Instead, I will choose Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions—though most of his books are funny in a dry kind of way. This book is written as if the reader was completely out of touch with modern society, so many of the concepts the narrator talks about are illustrated within the text. These go from road signs, to vans, to even lambs—in case the reader doesn’t know what a lamb is! The plot itself is really ridiculous at times, and the narrator sometimes admits that some events are not possible, but that we should forget about the fact just for plot’s sake.
A book you think everyone should know about
The Lord of the Rings! I would be genuinely surprised if I ever met someone who doesn’t know about this saga, although that may be because I live in Oxford… But even when I was a little child growing up in Granada, everyone around me knew about TLotR and had read it.
A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read
I know it’s cheating, but the answer is clear: every death in Harry Potter. Seriously! Who thought it would be a good idea to start spoiling all the deaths in the last two books? There is a special circle in Hell devoted to people who spoiled Harry Potter.
A book you had to read for school
A book that was painful to read
This may be controversial, but it has to be The Slow Regard of Silent Things. I—mostly—love The Kingkiller Chronicle and think that Auri is, probably, the most fascinating character in the series. This book, however, is a complete waste of potential. Why? Because nothing happens. There is no plot. There is nothing going on. There is just a series of descriptions of Auri doing things in her day to day life. It is not very often that I dislike a book, and much less a fantasy one, but this one was a disappointment.
A book that could kill (interpret as you will)
Carl Jung’s The Red Book, if you dropped it on someone. Seriously, it’s huge! It’s 226 mm tall and 155 mm wide, and it weighs almost a kilogram! It took Jung 16 years to write and illustrate it, and the result is incredible! I am very glad to say that I’m the proud owner of one of them!
That was the Harry Potter Spell Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you decide to do it as well, please do let me know!