In my time blogging, I’ve come across a couple seriously fun book tags. A few months ago I thought it would be fun to create one, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. On the way home from work one day last week, it hit me – Harry Potter! I thought for sure someone would’ve already beaten me to the idea, but I scoured the internet and the only HP book tag I found was one that actually talked ABOUT Harry Potter books. My idea was a little different.
This tag uses some of the various spells, charms and curses in Harry Potter as prompts. I approached BookNerd Betsy with the idea to see if she’d want to help me develop it and she jumped all over it. She might’ve been more excited than I was. (I love having nerdy friends.) The categories below are the product of about an hour worth of brainstorming between us. I hope you’ll have as much fun doing it as we had brainstorming it! (We may or may not have BOTH admitted later to reading the chat messages with a British accent.)
If you decide to do this book tag (and I hope you do!), feel free to grab the spell/charm graphics. You can snag them one by one or grab this zip file. 😉 I’d love to see your links, too!
Here goes nothing…
1. An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now.
This choice doesn’t really surprise anyone, does it? I love CoHo’s books. She always breaks me into a million pieces, but finds a way to put me back together again.
2. Favorite series starter.
This book was so very flipping perfect for me when I read it. I’ve actually been thinking about a reread lately…
3. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.
It’s been awhile since I read this one and just seeing the cover makes me want to read it again right this second. I seriously loved everything about it. The characters were amazing, the romance was perfect and Annie’s relationship with her father made me so happy.
4. A book that made you ugly cry.
I get teary eyed a lot of the time when I read. This isn’t a secret. But not many books make me “ugly cry.” This one totally did. In fact, when I search my reviews for “ugly cry,” it’s the only one that shows up. But still, it was an amazing book.
5. Bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life.
Freaking Jim Morgan. I loved him. He was a fantastic leader and character in the first four books of the series, but holy hell. He really stood out in this one. In so many ways!
6. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.
I was *really* worried about the outcome of this book. I had to make sure it wasn’t going to make me want to set the world on fire.
7. A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.
I’d make this series required reading if I had the power to do it. The first book is a little tough to get through – NOT because of the writing, but because of the topics addressed. It’s not pretty. But my god, this series. I haven’t been THIS addicted (see what I did there) to a series since the one this book tag is inspired by. (And no, I’m not exaggerating.)
8. A book or series you wish never ended.
Is it meta or ridiculous to use Harry Potter for this answer? No matter. It’s true. I miss this world and these characters.
9. A book with an uplifting ending or message.
I LOVED this book. It made my heart so happy. The underlying message of living life to the fullest and pursuing love moved me.
10. A book you wish you could forgot you ever read.
I could use this book for several categories in this tag, but I decided to go with this one. I truly do wish I’d never read it. What a disappointment.
11. An author whose books always get you out of a slump.
Maybe it’s a little silly to say she “always” pulls me out of a slump since I’ve only been reading her a couple months and I’ve only read four of her books, but I can see this is the role she’s going to play from here on out. KA is magical.
12. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.
There are a lot of swoon-worthy heroes out there, but Sebastian St. Vincent has stuck with me. Maybe it’s because I LOATHED him in the book before his. Maybe it’s because of his transformation. But most likely, it’s just because he was amazing. *sigh*
13. A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.
So this actually happens with me more often than I should probably admit. But Sustained is definitely one of the books that more recently took over MY LIFE until I was finished. (And hung on for a few weeks after because of the WICKED book hangover.)
14. A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you.
I wouldn’t necessarily call any of the books in the Addicted series easy reads, but this one absolutely broke my heart. I won’t get spoilery, but let’s just say Rose and Connor are going through SO MANY tough things – and things that are near and dear to my heart – so it was a tough read. It required Kleenex, wine and ice cream, so plan accordingly if you decide to read the series. (Which, you know, you should.)
15. A book that had you laughing out loud.
I don’t read a lot of books that truly leave me laughing out loud, but boy did this one. In my car in rush hour traffic in DC, no less.
16. A book that made you want to send it (or your eReader) flying.
Gah. I really hate to put this book in this category because I love this series and I absolutely adore Cora, but this book and I didn’t get along well. Actually, that’s not true. I loved 90% of this book. Silas and Dylan were great together. It was hot and sexy. But then there’s that THING that happens to a beloved character near the end of the book. I was angry. I was sad. I didn’t know if I could keep reading. BUT, after saying that, I have to say I appreciated the progress said character made during All Played Out and I look forward to her story when she gets her book. I have total faith that Cora will do this story justice.
17. Bookish world you wish you could visit.
Truthfully, I’d visit any and all of the worlds Tessa Bailey has created. I love her characters. But those in the Broke & Beautiful series stand out to me. Hot lawyers, professors and construction workers? Yes please. Especially the last one. (They all have filthy mouths, too, so double win.) Of course, if I were to visit Tessa’s world, I’d expect Russell to have a twin brother and him to be mine all mine!
18. A book with a shocking twist or ending.
I hate to say it, but this book was a HUGE let down for me. I loved the first two in the series, but (spoiler alert) I have a problem with introducing a new love interest in the final book. I hadn’t felt this betrayed by a series I loved since the book that shall not be named. (You know the one… I used it for Obliviate.)
19. A character death that destroyed you.
Presented without comment or clarification.
20. Best series conclusion.
Somewhere along the way I got completely and totally invested in the story of the Wilder brothers and their ladies, as well as the other residents of Sweet, Texas. While each book was about a new couple, the characters carried over in the background and I was hooked on all of them. I couldn’t possibly have dreamt up a better ending than the one Candis wrote. <3
There you have it, folks! It’s a little long – but not the longest book tag I’ve seen. Believe me when I say we pared down our original list quite a bit.
Betsy @ BookNerd Betsy (obviously!)
Stephanie @ No BS Book Reviews
Kaitlan @ Between Order and Randomness
Christine @ I Heart Big Books
Krista @ Krista’s Dust Jacket
Jessica @ Lovin’ los libros
… and anyone else who wants to do it!
Tag as few or as many people as you’d like. There are no rules here. 😉