Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cast a Harry Potter Spell Tag

Stealing this from Layla, who proclaimed it "the best tag ever." This was super fun to write, and I invite you all to join in with me! :)

Fixes damaged objects
A book that needs some serious fixing: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. The names were impossible to pronounce, the main character had no personality, and everything was confusing and unorganized.
Creates a narrow beam of light
A book that deserves more attention: The Ellie Sweet series by Stephanie Morrill. It's the kind of series I'd shove into your hand. Every teenage writer who wants to get published should read it.

Counters the effects of Lumos
An overhyped book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I'm sorry, but after the 150 pages I read, I couldn't get through the rest. I was so, so bored. I'm sorry, but where was the plot? People keep saying how cool it is that it's narrated by Death, but half the time I forgot that Death was even narrating the story!

Summons an object from a significant distance
A book you’re anticipating: The Seeker by Stephenie Meyer, Compulsion by Martina Boone, and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. :)

Opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched
A book you want to be more open about: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I'm planning on reading it at some point so I can form valid opinions on the books, but every time I think about it, I groan a little. But my best friend loves them and I figured I should see what all the fuss is about.

Expecto Patronum
Conjures an incarnation of positive feelings
A book that made you cry, or at least want to: Allegiant by Veronica Roth caused me to fall into an incurable book hangover that lasted for three days. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (which I reread recently for my book club) make me cry for fifty-three pages straight (no lie--I counted). There's a circular spot on page 260 near the binding that's worn out because a tear landed there. Though there were many others (which you can read about HERE), those two take the cake.

Conjures the Dark Mark
A book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Petrificus Totalus
Petrifies victim
A book you wish to keep forever: See above.

Used against a boggart
A book with a deceiving synopsis: Trash Can Days by Teddy Steinkellner. This part right here made me snort: "In the course of one year at San Paulo Junior High, these four lives will intersect in unique and hilarious ways." This book wasn't remotely funny, and the four main characters hardly crossed paths at all.

Lacarnum Inflamarae
Shoots fireballs
A book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I couldn't finish it. I hated it way too much to continue reading it. The characters were mean and catty and gross. I didn't care about any of them. I did read it when I was younger (11 or 12, I think), but looking back, I don't think I'd like it even now. I can't relate to any of them.

Wingardium Leviosa
Levitates objects
A book you wish to reread: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, to name a few. ;)

Avada Kedavra
Causes instant death
Worst book EVER: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, Trash Can Days by Teddy Steinkellner, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
Puts victim in an unconscious state
A book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over: Besides the obvious ones I previously mentioned (Allegiant and The Fault In Our Stars) The epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling is enough to make any loyal fan cry, simply because it's so perfect.

Causes befuddlement or forgetfulness
A book that generally confused you: Going Bovine by Libba Bray. It was good, but totally bizarre. It's hard to even describe it.
Inflicts unbearable pain
A book that was a pain to read: Trash Can Days by Teddy Steinkellner. SHOOT ME NOW.

Heals relatively minor injuries
A feel good book that you enjoyed: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Also, books like the Ellie Sweet series by Stephanie Morrill, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and the Calvin and Hobbes books by Bill Watterson are great books for those days when you need a cup of hot chocolate and a big hug.

Impedes target’s progress
A book that kept you up all night reading: Well, all books keep me up late reading if they're good enough, but some that I've read recently that stand out in my mind are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, and Panic by Lauren Oliver.

Immediate silencing
A book that left you speechless after you read it: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I finished it, reread the last page again (and again, and again, and again . . .), closed it, stared at the ocean (I finished it during our family's beach vacation last year), and kept thinking about it until we left. I tried and failed to get into several books soon after I finished reading it.

Allows you to delve into someone’s mind
A book with well-developed characters: All the characters in Rainbow Rowell's books are fantastic, especially considering that all of her books are written in the third person (which I know is hard to do). The characters from Harry Potter are wonderful, of course, but Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Wanda from The Host by Stephenie Meyer also go through significant changes through the books.

A spell that turns you upside down
A book that changed your mind about a character from its prequel: Hmm . . . I liked Chase in The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill, but after something happened in The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, I couldn't stand him. I only liked Isabelle okay in City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, but I really liked her after reading City of Glass. In Dungeon Crawlin' Fools (the first book in the Order of the Stick series--or OOTS--by Rich Burlew), I thought Haley was kind of a boring character, but you really start getting to know her in No Cure For the Paladin Blues. (I highly recommend the OOTS series if you're a D&D fan.)

Used to hide memories
A book with a story you can’t remember: Defiance by C.J. Redwin, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld. I read these books a long time ago.

Peskipiksi Pesternomi
Useless spell
A boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: Trash Can Days by Teddy Steinkellner. *slams head on desk*


Breaks through solid objects
A book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: I generally don't like hardcore sci-fi (with the exception of "Doctor Who," of course), but These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Cinder by Marissa Meyer helped me to give it a second chance. I still can't get into Ender's Game, though.

Tickling spell
A book that made you laugh: The OOTS books and The Fault In Our Stars are both incredibly hilarious. I've almost woken up my parents before because I was laughing so hard late at night.

Offensive spell that violently wounds the target
A book that may have scarred you for life: Allegiant by Veronica Roth and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green have both caused me to cry hard until all I want to do is curl up under the covers and stay in bed all day.

Makes you dance uncontrollably
A series finale that made you feel giddy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. No explanation necessary.

Bombarda Maxima
Causes an explosion that breaks through obstacles
A book that made you explode with the feels: The Harry Potter series, Allegiant, The Fault In Our Stars, Eleanor & Park, the list goes on.

Finite Incantatem
Nullifies other spells
A book you thought you’d dislike, but ended up loving: The Host by Stephenie Meyer. If it weren't for my BFF, I would never have picked it up. I'm so glad I did!


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I might try this! It does look really cool.

Can't do it yet, though - there are Good-Sinful Alliance Conference posts to be written! :D

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl Ooh, can't wait! :)

Unknown said...

As a fellow HP enthusiast, I have to recommend the complete unabridged audio books by Stephen Fry. He reads them wonderfully and it's a great change from re-reading!
Having read books one and four of the twilight series (I couldn't bring myself to do all four) I'd advise you not to bother. They're pretty stupid. But then again, you might enjoy them- perhaps I'm too old!

The Magic Violinist said...

@Rachel Rock Oh, I will definitely have to check that out! :) Our family is a big fan of Jim Dale. Have you heard of him? He is AMAZING.

Ha ha, good to know. ;) If I don't enjoy the first one, I definitely won't bother with the rest (there are just too many great books out there to waste time on dumb ones), but I still thought I'd try.

Emily said...

I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. The Black Cauldron series were some of my favorites growing up. I LOVED them, and thus I still love them, even though I haven't read them for 20 years. Lloyd Alexander was friends with J.R. Tolkien. He has to be a good author.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Emily Foley Ha ha, yeah, I've heard that a lot. ;) Maybe it's the sort of book you had to grow up with. Or maybe I'm just missing something. He was friends with J.R.R. Tolkien? THAT is awesome.

Boquinha said...

TMV, have you checked our library for the Stephen Fry HP audio books? WE MUST CHECK THESE OUT!

Your "Riddikulus" book - such a funny answer.

I just did this on our blog - it took me all day! So fun.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha Yes, but they don't have it. :P I'll have to ask them about it.

I'll have to check yours out! :)

Dr. Mark said...

So, you read WAY more than I can keep up with, so I'll add my two cents to those I know.

Nox - totally agree.

Expecto Patronum - TFIOS, definitely. Allegiant, I have a feeling I will cry with that one from what I know. I'll be careful on page 260 and hydrate before those 53 pages.

Morsmordre - definitely.

Wingardium Leviosa - I'm not a big rereader, but Harry Potter's been on my mind lately. I can see how the others would be worthy of a second look.

Episkey - yep.

Legilimens - I concur wholeheartedly. Rainbow Rowell's characters are fantastic. Interestingly, contemporary fiction is actually not one of my favorite genre, but I think she's great.

Rictusempra - so true.

Sectusempra - I can see that.

Tarantallegra - oh yeah. The anticipation was almost too much.

Bombarda Maxima - absolutely, all of them.

OK, I need to read Trash Can Days just so I can understand your strong feelings toward it. ;)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Dr. Mark *hands over a box of tissues* You'll need some for Allegiant.

Don't bother with Trash Can Days. Honestly, you have better things to do with your time. XD