Netflix Book Tag

While scrolling through my Reader list on WordPress, I stumbled across this fun little book tag (sources at the bottom). Turns out that it’s quite the fad on Youtube!

Recently Watched
The last book you finished reading 

The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates – This was a good little suspense/horror novel. Not TOO scary, but still kept me on my toes. The author included a short story he had written, which inspired this novel.

Top Pick
A book that has been recommended to you based on books you’ve previously read

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan – People keep telling me that I will like this series. Apparently it’s ‘right up my alley’. I’m sure I’ll start it eventually.

Recently Added
The last book you bought 

Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer – I made myself give up buying books for Lent this year, so I bought one final present right before it started. The story sounds cute, Colfer is a good writer, and honestly, it had the word Fanfiction in the title, so I was intrigued. 😉

Popular on Netflix
Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading)

Read: Paper Towns by John Green – I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were all pretty interesting and the plot was fun. More light-hearted than The Fault in Our Stars, but still introspective.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’m reading this one right now and it’s pretty good so far! I like all the characters (at this point anyway) and I’m really curious to see if they will accomplish their mission.

Not Reading: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – I love Neil Gaiman AND mythology, but I’m so far into the Myths & Legends podcast (highly recommend!) that I’m pretty sure I’ve heard all the myths that will be covered in this book. I may still read it eventually, but I’m not falling over myself to get it right now.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – I was in high school during Columbine and I just can’t bring myself to read this book. Even seeing it brings up memories of being terrified, walking down the halls looking for hiding places, praying it wouldn’t happen at my school…I just can’t.

Comedies
A funny book: 

The Martian by Andy Weir – It’s pretty impressive that a true sci-fi book, with all the technobabble involved in that genre, can still make me laugh as much as this book did. I binged this one in 6 hours and a lot of my sticking with it had to do with the humor.

Dramas
A character who is a drama queen/king.

Can I say Harry Potter here? Will people stop speaking to me? – Order of the Phoenix especially. He’s a total butthead in that one! Granted, he’s a 15 year old boy, but really; I almost gave up on the series at that point. JK’s writing skills were the only thing that kept me going.

Animated
A book with cartoons on the cover

Hyperbole & a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, and Other Things that Happened by Allie Brosh – This is one of my all time favorite books. If you are having a bad day and need a bit of cheering up, you should definitely try this one. 🙂

Watch It Again
A book/book series that you want to re-read

The Tapestry series by Henry H. Neff – I’ve been trying to purge my shelves a bit, donating to the local library and mission, and I can’t seem to bring myself to get rid of these books. I really should re-read them to jog my memory of why I liked them so much!

Documentaries
A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day – Considering that it’s likely you are a nerd to some degree if you are reading my blog, I’d definitely recommend this memoir to everyone, even if you have never heard of Felicia Day (though you should really look her up if you haven’t heard of her; she’s totally awesome!)

Action and Adventure
An action packed book

Cuckoo Song by Francis Hardinge – This book was amazing. Well written, action-packed, suspenseful, full of interesting characters & mythology…plus you were never quite sure if the main characters were going to make it!

New Releases
A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I was shocked that my library already had this one, since it came out like a month ago, so I grabbed it immediately. All the 5-star reviews were right; this book is AMAZING! I’m completely distraught that it just came out and I have no idea when the next one will be published. 😦

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Sources: I snagged this book tag from The Paperback Pilgrim and the photo from A Book Lovers Playlist.

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Book Review – Strange the Dreamer

Book: Strange the Dreamer – Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Supernatural-ish

Description from Goodreads:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

My Review:

There are few things more frustrating than the words “To Be Continued” at the end of an amazing book. Especially when you didn’t know it was a series. And the book just came out 3 weeks ago. AAAARRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…YOU ALL NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

The world the author has created is amazingly detailed. Full of history and culture and so well described that even the most mythical of creatures seem realistic. This is a world that feels like it COULD exist, even as you are reading about flowers that can fly and castles that float. These are people you could know, even as they scream moths and fight ghosts.

The characters are completely genuine. I felt a kinship with the title character, Lazlo Strange. Seen as a bit of an odd duck, even around his fellow Librarians, Lazlo’s kind nature, sense of humor, and yes, love of books, endeared him to me. I also felt a strong affinity for Sarai, the other main character, who’s empathy allows her to understand both sides of the conflict and is understandably torn about choosing one or the other. In fact, all of the characters were written very complexly, allowing the reader to see bits of themselves in almost all of them.

I don’t want to go too much into the plot, because I definitely don’t want to spoil things for you. All I will say: You know that rare moment, when you are so completely caught up in a book that you realize you are physically leaning into it, as if that will somehow make the action happen faster, because you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen? I was like that for the entire last quarter of the book. The ‘To Be Continued’ is both a blessing and a curse, because I’m ecstatic that my time in Weep isn’t over, but I have no idea how long it will be until I can see it again.

This is my first foray into Laini Taylor novels and, if this one is any indication, I may have a new favorite author to add to my list. It’s not often that I finish a book and immediately rush onto my computer so I can post a review. This book, with it’s beautifully described world, amazing characters, and gripping plot, will stay with me for a very long time.

Similar Book(s):

American Gods – Neal Gaiman (More for the type of book than the plot.)

T5W – Gaming Books

Hi all! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Books that would make good video games! I’m going to cheat a bit here and do 5 gaming categories rather than just 5 books…I couldn’t narrow it down, there’s so many good ones!

Fighting Games

10137823The Rithmatist (Brandon Sanderson)
In this game, you fight with your drawing power! The book focuses on warriors who fight each other by drawing intricate chalk figures, which sounds kind of lame on the surface, but when you get into the tactics & strategies needed to bring down your opponent, it could be a really cool game.

Weird West Tales series (Mike Resnick)
What could be more fun than a game set in the Old West, where8253037 you can pick to be real ‘heroes’ but with crazy powers. Fight as Doc Holliday with a lightning gun, make alliances with other gunslingers like Wyatt Earp, protect notable figures like Teddy Roosevelt, and fight magic-wielding Shamans like Geronimo.

Zombie Games

15096164.jpgWayward Pines series (Blake Crouch)
One day, you get into a car accident and wake up in a perfect little town. The only problem…nothing is what it seems. This series would make an awesome mystery/zombie game. You have to find out exactly what happened to you, where you are, what’s up with this weird town, and what are those creatures outside the fence? Keep yourself and as many innocent townspeople alive as you can, while fighting off creatures and crazy doctors alike!

The End Games (T. Michael Martin)
Set in rural West Virginia (USA), you would have to travel difficult13228537 terrain and protect yourself (and your little brother) from the wilds of nature…and zombies…and other survivors. Finding your family won’t be easy, especially when the ‘safe havens’ turn out not to be so safe. On the plus side, if you survive long enough, you might be able to steal a hot air balloon. 😉

Survival Games

18007564The Martian (Andy Weir)
Trying to survive on Mars? Hella difficult. In this game you need to find water, grow food, and keep yourself from going crazy all while trapped inside a temporary shelter ON MARS. All the odds are against your survival. Can you keep yourself alive long enough for rescue?

Bedlam Stories series (Christine King)
As an investigative reporter, Bedlam seems an ideal story on which to25864970 make your name. Unfortunately, this asylum is filled with evil doctors, hidden secrets, and two enraged little girls who can bring to life the creatures from their hallucinations. Can you survive the crazed staff and the warped versions of creatures from the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland long enough to figure out the mystery?

Quest Games

21416690The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)
You work for the largest library in all the worlds. Your job is to go into alternate universes and save their greatest literary treasures for posterity. Not all worlds are benign. Magic and evil await you on your journey. Go undercover, find the books, and get back to the library alive. (I REALLY want this video game!!!)

NPCs (Drew Hayes)
In a role-playing game turned on it’s head, you play as the NPCs. 22088245Four heroes suddenly die in the local pub. In order to save their town, four locals have to take their place and journey into the depths of a ferocious world. Play on your own or with your friends! Stop the evil king, save the world, and become the hero.

Kids Games

953260The Kingdom Keepers series (Ridley Pearson)
Kids would love fighting alongside their favorite Disney heroes in order to protect the world from their favorite Disney villains! Find the clues and solve the riddles in order to stop Maleficent and her crew from taking over the Magic Kingdom!

The Land of Stories series (Chris Colfer)
You magically find yourself falling into your Grandmother’s 11607446favorite book of fairytales. In order to get home, you need to find the most well-known items from your favorite stories: Cinderella’s glass slipper, a lock of Rapunzel’s fair, Snow White’s apple, and more.

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What books would you love to see turned into video games? 🙂

T5W – SFF To-Reads

I admit it, I am late again. This time, I honestly just forgot to post! Oops! But here it is, the next installment of Top 5 Wednesday!

This week’s topic: SFF books that you can’t wait to read!

While perusing my “TBR” list on Goodreads, I noticed a peculiar trend. Though I was well known in my younger years for being a sci-fi geek, there is an alarmingly small number of sci-fi books in my TBR pile! So this list will mostly be fantasy related…though I definitely intend to head over to the sci-fi genre list on GR to pick out some new tales! 😉

Abarat (Clive Barker)

768878Goodreads DescriptionCandy lives in Chickentown USA: the most boring place in the world, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future may hold. She is soon to find out: swept out of our world by a giant wave, she finds herself in another place entirely…The Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of the island of Midnight, ruled by Christopher Carrion. Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she has been brought here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.

Why I want to read it: This book was based on a series of paintings (as shown on the cover) that Clive Barker made himself. I really like the idea of a place where each island represents a different hour…though I will admit it sounds a tiny bit like a rip off of Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. 😉 I really like stories that can incorporate multiple worlds. It’s like peeking into the brain of the writer and seeing all of their different ideas at once.

Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)

20342545Goodreads DescriptionDavid wants Steelheart — one of the Epics said to be invincible, who killed David’s father. For ten years, David has studied and planned for revenge. He wants to join the Reckoners. These rebels assassinate the Epics, super-powered tyrants. He has seen Steelheart bleed.

Why I want to read it: Brandon Sanderson is an amazing writer. I read The Rithmatist a couple years ago, fell in love with his style of writing, and immediately grabbed a copy of this book…and then I put it on a shelf and forgot about it. (Oops.) But I’ve added it into my reading challenge this year! And who doesn’t love a good revenge story, eh?

The Spaceship Next Door (Gene Doucette)

27809678Goodreads DescriptionWhen a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years, the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

Sixteen-year old Annie Collins is one of the ship’s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult ,or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true eventually—if not several of them—the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.

One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed’s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie—and pretty much everyone else he meets—almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: the ship is doing something, and he needs Annie’s help to figure out what that is. As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn’t know it.

Why I want to read it: Well, that’s a long description. I actually DID condense it a bit, but that’s about as smooshed as I could get it without dropping plotline. 😉 Anyway…doesn’t this one sound good?!? The idea that something so strange and life altering can become so passé that no one even thinks twice about it anymore is an interesting one. Of course, it looks like that will end up NOT being the case, but it’s what first drew me to the book. Now I just want to know what happens. 😉

Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)

2744Goodreads DescriptionFat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.

Why I want to read it: I LOVED American Gods. As a mythology nut, it is one of my most favorite books. It managed to squeeze all the gods I know about (and a few I didn’t know…and a few the author invented…) into a single, action packed book. Neil Gaiman is a superb writer; he managed to human-ize (is that the right term when talking about Gods?) every character and made you actually concerned for their fates. When I found out there was a sequel, I HAD to pick it up. I hope I love it just as much as the original!

Death Watch (Ari Berk)

10637834Goodreads DescriptionOne night, Silas Umber’s father Amos doesn’t come home from work. Devastated, Silas learns that his father was no mere mortician but an Undertaker, charged with bringing The Peace to the dead trapped in the Shadowlands, the states of limbo binding spirits to earth. With Amos gone, Silas and his mother have no choice but to return to Lichport, the crumbling seaside town where Silas was born, and move in with Amos’s brother, Charles.

Even as Silas eagerly explores his father’s town and its many abandoned streets and overgrown cemeteries, he grows increasingly wary of his uncle. There is something not quite right going on in Charles Umber’s ornate, museum-like house—something, Silas is sure, that is connected to his father’s disappearance. When Silas’s search leads him to his father’s old office, he comes across a powerful artifact: the Death Watch, a four hundred year old Hadean clock that allows the owner to see the dead.

Death Watch in hand, Silas begins to unearth Lichport’s secret history—and discovers that he has taken on his father’s mantle as Lichport’s Undertaker. Now, Silas must embark on a dangerous path into the Shadowlands to embrace his destiny and discover the truth about his father—no matter the cost.

Why I want to read it: Sometimes book descriptions intrigue me for no apparent reason. This is one of those descriptions. I know, I know, it sounds identical to a ton of books out there: “Kid loses his parent, gains a weird power, finds out he has to save the world and avenge his father at the same time”; this isn’t even the first book in THIS LIST that has those elements. But there’s just something about this one that makes me want to read it. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the Death Watch. I want to know what that is!!!

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Well, I hope I gave you a few SFF books you hadn’t heard of that peak your interest!

So how about you? What SFF books are on your plate?

 

T5W – Classics of Tomorrow

Hi all! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Future Classics. I’ll admit, this one was a bit tricky for me, since I generally read books that no one seems to have heard of. 😉 But I’ll take a whack at it!

Since I tend to believe that anything written over 30 years ago will already be considered a ‘classic in the making’ if not a straight up ‘classic’, I’m going to be sticking to books that were written during my lifetime. 🙂

American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

983100This book was AMAZING. I have always been a fan of mythology and this book managed to incorporate pretty much all of it! It even introduced me to a lot of gods & legends that I’d never heard of; pretty impressive considering how long I’ve been reading about them. And I liked the invention of the ‘new’ gods; it’s an interesting look at how societies have changed (and not changed). This one will definitely be a long-lasting book, especially amongst the history & mythology set.

All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

I am only about a third of the way through this book, since I am listening18143977 to it on audio, but I can already tell that it will definitely be one that gets assigned in Literature classes (and maybe even History classes) in the future. The descriptions of WWII from the eyes of both a civilian child and a soldier really give you an inside look at what it must have been like to live during that horrific war. I have a feeling this one is going to change me as a person, as all the best books do.

The Martian (Andy Weir)

18007564This one is definitely going to be a future sci-fi classic. It’s a great introduction to the genre for a non-science person. There is a ton of technical discussion, but even the really tricky bits are written in such a way that a layperson can understand what’s happening. The main character is very humorous and personable, which makes you really eager to find out what happens to him. And the descriptions of Mars are wonderful, especially the bits where the main character runs into real-world things, like the Pathfinder. Great for space geeks and adventure hounds, this one is definitely going to be sticking around.

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

I will be the first to admit, I actually really disliked this book, BUT that19288043 was mainly due to not liking the characters and not because the book itself was bad. The writing in this novel is amazing and the idea behind the plot is intriguing. It kept me interested all the way to the end, even though I couldn’t stand ANY of the people I was reading about. Quite impressive! I can definitely see this as being a future classic in that it seems to have brought about a change in how thrillers are written. Any book that upends its genre deserves to stick around for a while, and considering people are still describing books as “the new Gone Girl”, I have a feeling this one will.

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Well, this one is kind of a no brainer, but it wouldn’t be a complete list without it. This book series completely changed my childhood, as it did to so many of us. It brought the joy of reading to so many people, children and adults alike; it made it cool to read again. This one isn’t just a future ‘fantasy’ classic, it’s a classic period. The world wouldn’t be quite the same without Harry Potter.

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So what do you guys think? Got any books you would choose as a Future Classic?

T5W – Angsty Romances

Hey all! So this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is coming to you a little late. I admit, this is totally NOT my genre of books, so I had some trouble picking out good ones. There was a LOT of “uh…well?…I wonder if THIS counts?” 😉 So my picks will probably not be the norm for ‘angsty romance’ suggestions, but here goes…

Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)

23734628This book honestly feels like a Harry/Draco AU slash fanfic, which I’m pretty sure is exactly what the author intended. This is a side piece to her novel Fangirl and is supposed to be the final fanfic in a full series that her character in that book (Cath) wrote alongside the publication of HER favorite series, Simon Snow. Being a lover of fanfic & Harry Potter, I REALLY enjoyed this book (and Fangirl). Simon & Baz are an interesting duo and seeing how they come together, past their own inner demons, was quite compelling.

The Grave Artist (Paula Lynn Johnson)

The angst in this is less because of the romance and more because13576640 of supernatural influences, but there IS romance, so I’m going with it. 😉 In this one, the main character Clare starts compulsively drawing winged skulls and then progresses to full blown visions, all of which leads Clare and her new beau to try to solve a 200 year old murder mystery. This was a quick, suspenseful read, that also contains two love stories. Very good little book!

The Princess Diarist (Carrie Fisher)

26025989More diary than romance novel, this one still has a ton of angst. The lovely, iconic Ms Fisher stumbled across some of the notebooks she wrote while filming the first Star Wars movie and decided to share them with the world. In them, preserved for posterity, were all her inner-most, teenagery-angst ridden thoughts of what it was like to start out in show biz and ultimately fall in love/lust with your hunky, much older co-star. I didn’t really know much about Ms. Fisher before listening to this book, so I was pleasantly surprised by her humor and honesty. I would definitely recommend this to her fans.

Wink Poppy Midnight (April Genevieve Tucholke)

This was quite an angsty little book and there was even a love triangle!23203106 (See? I can find romances. 😉 ) This one is hard to describe, so here’s what Goodreads has to say: “Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them.” There’s intrigue and possible murder…and a lot of “why did you do that?” in this one. Good read, but be prepared to get mad at EVERYONE.

The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

23278537Most of this book is more broody over lost love than angsty-anger with current love. The main character in this book goes on a long journey to bring closure to a past love…and ends up rediscovering himself (and finding some new friends) in the process. The pace is slow and introspective, but not boring. I found myself getting quite attached to Monsieur Perdu and his motley crew. This is a sweet book that will leave you with a sense of cozy-happiness.

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Well, I guess that wasn’t too bad. 😉 I hope I found some books that you will enjoy, even if they aren’t QUITE in the ‘angsty romance’ category!

Book Tag – Hufflepuff Appreciation Post

HuffPuffs Represent! 😀

A lady in one of my book clubs, Erica Robyn, created a new Book Tag for Hufflepuff House Pride Day (March 20th), so I’ve decided to join in the fun!

Rules: The only rule is that the book must NOT come from the Harry Potter ‘verse.

Hard Work
Name a difficult read that you were proud to have finished.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Suzanna Clarke) – This book took FOREVER. For a book about magic, it was amazingly dry. The overall plot was interesting and I liked the characters well enough, but the book itself just dragged. It honestly read like a history book rather than a novel (there were FOOTNOTES). Don’t get me wrong, I like history, but I’m not fond of novels that read like textbooks.

Patience
Name a book with a slow start that you almost gave up on, but ended up loving.

American Gods (Neil Gaiman) – This book was on my DNF shelf for a LONG time; I just couldn’t seem to get into it. But the mythology nut in me wouldn’t let it go, so I eventually tried again. Man, I’m glad I did! This book is completely awesome! The amount of myths/legends the author is able to work into the story is amazing and, considering the character cast, the fact that the story remains completely believable is astounding and totally down to his superb writing skills.

Loyalty
Name one of your favorite loyal sidekicks.

Questionable Content (Jeph Jacques) – Ok, so Pintsize is a really odd pick for this one, but he IS actually one of my favorite sidekicks of all time. He throws out weird one-liners, is kind of vulgar, and definitely keeps everyone on their toes. But if any of his crew are in a jam, he’s right in there trying to help…even if his idea of help isn’t always the best. 😉

Fair Play
Name a book or series that frustrated you because things just didn’t seem fair.

Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket) – I will admit, I didn’t make it past the third book of this series. It just felt TOO contrived, like the author was just hurling every ‘unfortunate’ thing he could think of into the books without caring about realism. I guess that was kind of the point of the books and it IS a good way to keep kids interested, but it just felt like too much to me, so I DNF’d it.

Newt Scamander (Magizoologist)
Name a book or series with creatures that you would like to see come to life.

His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman) – I think it would be awesome if people really had daemons. I would enjoy having a ready-made buddy to hang around with, even if it is technically just a manifestation of my inner-self. 😉

Cedric Diggory (Prefect, Quidditch Captain/Seeker, Triwizard Champion)
Name a character that is a great leader.

Going Postal (Terry Pratchett) – You wouldn’t think it of a character described as an ‘arch-swindler’, but Moist von Lipwig (yes, that is his name) actually ends up as a really good leader of this (kind of insane) post office/town. This is part of the Discworld series, but can be read totally separate.

Pomona Sprout (Professor of Herbology & Head of House)
Name a book with a character in the teaching profession.

My Teacher is an Alien (Bruce Coville) – These books are great! I loved them when I was in middle school and they still hold up pretty well now that I’m an adult. This was one of the books (series) that made me fall in love with science-fiction as a child. The idea that your teacher was not only and alien, but (spoilers) wants you to join them on a trip through outer space? Totally awesome!!!

Nymphadora Tonks (Auror & Member of Order of the Phoenix)
Name a strong female character.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg) – This is cheating a bit, since it’s multiple characters, but I want to call it out because every single woman in this book is a strong woman. Every single one of them does what needs to be done to protect themselves, their friends/family, and their town. I would be proud to know any of the women in this book.

Fat Friar (House Ghost)
Name a book that you would like to get more attention.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls (Allyse Near) – I fell completely in love with this book. The author interweaves fairy tales (of her own making) so well into the story that it’s hard to tell what is real and what isn’t; but then, that’s kind of the point of the book. I won’t go into to much detail, but if you like fairy tale types books, I recommend this one.

Helga Hufflepuff (Founder of House)
Name your favorite bookish organization (real or fictional).

Goodreads – I can’t think of a good bookish organization in an actual book, so I’m just going to go with Goodreads in real life. This is a great website, where you can keep track of books that you read, give reviews, see what your friends are reading, join groups to discuss books, and find new books that you’ve never heard of before. I love this site. 🙂

Hengist of Woodcroft (Founder of Hogsmeade)
Name a world/town/setting/etc. of a book that you would love to visit.

Kingston Raine and the Grim Reaper (Jackson Lear) –  This may also be cheating a bit…but wouldn’t it be awesome to have a magical scythe that allowed you to travel into any book you wanted? That allowed you to make friends (and foes) with all your favorite characters? And then allowed you to pop right back out once things started getting hairy? Yeah it would!

Yellow & Black (House Colors)
Name a book with a cover that is mainly yellow and black.

The Knowland Retribution (Richard Greener) – Well, the title is in pink, but the rest of the cover is mostly yellow and black, at least in my edition. 😉 This is the first book of The Locator series, which inspired The Finder tv series. I LOVED that show and was ecstatic to find out that is was based on a real series. The books are actually quite different, but still really good!

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Whew! Well, that list took a while. Good Book Tag, Erica! Let’s keep this one going, you guys. Feel free to snag the list from me, but please remember to credit Erica Robyn. And link your posts in my comments! I’d love to see what you pick! 🙂