The lovely Connie from Connie Reads tagged me to take part in this all the way back in October and I’ve finally got round to doing it! I previously took part last year and it’ll be interesting to compare my two sets of answers.
EXPECTO PATRONUM | A childhood book connected to good memories?
Aside from the Harry Potter series, which is a given, this has to be Matilda. Seeing a fellow bookworm stand up against injustices and learn the power of her voice was an invaluable experience that I keep returning to when I feel like I need a boost, even now. I love it so much that I actually got a Matilda mug last week from my family for my birthday!
EXPELLIARMUS | A book that took you by surprise?
I’m going to interpret this question as a book that had a brilliant twist, which all of the above certainly did! As far as books that I underestimated goes, I would pick Orphan, Monster, Spy, The Grace Year and Girl Made of Stars.
PRIOR INCANTATO | The last book you read?
Much like Queens of Geek, this was a well-written story with casual diversity that sounds like a cute contemporary and is, but also delves into the issue of straight washing (though it does happen a lot later in the book than the blurb implies). I really liked it and the sneaky canoes from QOG were an added bonus!
ALOHAMORA | A book that introduced you to a genre you’d never considered before?
RIDDIKULUS | A funny book you’ve read?
SONORUS | A book you think everyone should know about?
Oh so many books I could choose for this category, but my top five currently (and this will change daily) are those above, all centring complex female characters and discussing deeply important, topical issues.
OBLIVIATE | A book or spoiler you would like to forget you ever read?
In terms of spoilers, I wish The Wicked King hadn’t been spoilt for me. I’m picking up The Queen of Nothing today and so far, I’ve avoided spoilers so fingers crossed.
IMPERIO | A book you had to read for school?
I study English Literature, so I have to read a fair few books for that! This year, my favourites have probably been Carol Ann Duffy and Dracula, while The Heart Goes Last was entertaining, but just not as memorable.
CRUCIO | A book that was painful to read?
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent; I couldn’t even finish it, I was just so disgusted.
AVADA KEDAVRA | A book that could kill (interpret as you will)?
I have to agree with Connie on this one! Priory is a sumptuously written, stunning epic female-led fantasy but boy, is it a beast of a book. In fact, when I picked it up from the library, all my family commented that it could be used as a lethal weapon.
Thank you again to Connie for tagging me and I’m so sorry it took so long for me to complete it. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my answers! Let me know what books you’d have chosen for the prompts in the comments.
I’m tagging the following amazing bloggers:
– Amy at Amy’s Bookish Life
– Sasha at Midnight Book Girl