Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so when I came across the Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag over at A Court of Coffee and Books, I knew I had to participate!

This tag was created by Charleigh over at Charleigh Writes. Her rules are simple:

  • Please link me back so I can read your answers.
  • You can’t choose a Harry Potter book for any of your answers.
  • Tag however many people you wish.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

Let’s get right to it!

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It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books, and I still haven’t been able to read The Starless Sea.

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You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

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Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

All of the three books in The Stormlight Archive series are over 1,000 pages, and this is the longest. It’s like hauling a brick around in my bag, but so, so, so worth it.

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It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I don’t usually snack while I read, but this novel about inspiring chef and teenage mother Emoni never fails to make me hungry.

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Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Any book with a movie or T.V. tie in cover. Seriously. My real answer for this, however, is is the Ember in the Ashes series. I’ve never cared for people on the cover of books, and I feel as though this series could have much more beautiful covers (to match how beautiful the story is!).

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You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This book is only 181 pages, but it packs in an amazing amount of storytelling. This is one of my favorite Neil Gaiman novels, and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it. I can usually finish it in just an hour or two.

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You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

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A Hero Born by Jin Yong

Any of the special editions published by The Folio Society, particularly this copy of A Hero Born, one of my favorite books of 2019.

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You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

Echo North

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

I had high hopes for this book going into it, but by the end of it, I really did want to throw it at something. If you want to know all the details about why I thought this book was terrible, read my full review. To summarize, though, the main character falls for an abusive love interest who frequently lies to her and manipulates her.

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You’ve just visited Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I’ve had this book on my shelf since it came out and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I definitely will be in 2020 though!

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Congratulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I honestly haven’t read very many Christmas books, so I’m going with this tried-and-true classic.

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You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that The Hobbit is my favorite book, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. I have so many memories associated with this classic fantasy novel, and it’s been my favorite since I was a child.



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Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Shyla at the wonderful blog, Words & Stitches, to do this. Thank you so much, Shyla!

The Mystery Blogger Award was started at Okoto Enigma’s Blog.


Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Unfortunately, I’m not sure who created this, so sorry!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)


3 Facts About Me

  • I’m obsessed with all things gnome. I grew up watching David the Gnome and I’ve collected gnome statues since I was a child.
  • I majored in political science in college, but I dropped out after two years because I was becoming too cynical and angry.
  • Despite growing up on an island, I have no idea how to swim. I can barely even float in water.

Words & Stitches’ Questions

  1. What is in your reader wheelhouse? You see it on a shelf, you can’t resist. I would say any book that’s Star Trek related.
  2. What is the last book you read? The last book I finished was Kate Mascarenhas’s The Psychology of Time Travel.
  3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Time travel, or at least time observation. I would love to be able to view the history of any place I go.
  4. What horror/dystopia book or movie would you be most likely to survive through and why? Any zombie apocalypse. A few of my friends and I have planned out detailed survival tactics. Just give me a machete and a map.
  5. If you could invent one thing, anything at all, what would it be? There’s a definite theme to my answers here, but a time machine, but one that could only go back in time. I have no desire to see the future. I just want to live it.

I Nominate…


My Questions

  1. If you could live inside of any book’s setting, which book would it be and why?
  2. What book do you want to see made into a movie or television show that hasn’t been already?
  3. Who is your ultimate book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  4. Which two fandoms would you love to see combined?
  5. If you could have any fictional creature as a pet, what would you choose?

My Three Best Posts

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – A Review

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Humor | Fantasy
Published by William Marrow
Released May 1, 1990
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars

I’m furious at myself for not reading this book sooner! It’s been on my TBR for years, and despite Neil Gaiman being one of my favorite authors, for some reason unknown to me, I never found time to read it. I was finally prompted to pick it up since the Amazon Prime series based on it, starring David Tennant, is premiering on May 31st.

This book is hilarious. If you are a fan of funny, absurdist, fantastical novels such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyyou will absolutely adore this novel.

The synopsis itself is intriguing: Crowley (a demon) and Aziraphale (an angel) are both living on earth and enjoying themselves. As they’ve been there for literal ages, they have reached a pact to let each other do what they will without interference from the other. Eventually, the Antichrist is born, but he is misplaced due to a botched baby-switching. The rest of the story is Crowley and Aziraphale trying to locate the Antichrist to stop the Apocalypse from happening.

There are other characters as well: the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Newton Pulsifer, a modern-day witchfinder, along with his Witchfinder Sergeant, Shadwell; Madame Tracy, a medium and “painted Jezebel;” and Anathema Device, who is the descendant of Agnes Nutter, who wrote the only accurate book of prophecies. These characters are all bizarre in their own ways, but their stories weave together wonderfully.

Despite the absurdity of the novel, there are bits of wisdom scattered throughout, such as this statement by Aziraphale:

“Evil always contains the seeds of its own destruction. It is ultimately negative, and therefore encompasses its downfall even at its moments of apparent triumph. No matter how grandiose, how well-planned, how apparently foolproof an evil plan, the inherent sinfulness will by definition rebound upon its instigators. No matter how apparently successful it may seem upon the way, at the end it will wreck itself. It will founder upon the rocks on iniquity and sink headfirst to vanish without trace into the seas of oblivion.”

The novel is a fun adventure and there were so many times when I caught myself laughing out loud while I was reading it at work, which isn’t something that happens often. This is one of those books that I know I’ll be able to read over and over again without getting tired of it.

If you like the style of either Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett on their own, chances are you’ll enjoy this.