Yes, I’ve been tagged! I want to thank Trang and Lashaan from Bookidote for creating such a fun and beautifully visual Tag.
I want to give full credit to Trang and Lashaan for all the Harry Potter themed images I will be posting. They worked so hard to create these striking visuals and were kind enough to let me use them.
The instructions are simple. There are ten spells from the Harry Potter series that you have to match to books you’ve read. The only rule is that you cannot use any books from the series.
Let’s get started!
A BOOK YOU FOUND INTERESTING BUT WOULD LIKE TO REWRITE.
Guapa by Saleem Haddad – read my review
The concept of this book immediately inspired me to read it. It is LGBT fiction set in an Muslim country, so the intersectionality of faith and sexuality was fascinating. However, I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I wanted to because it was set in an unnamed Arab country experiencing generic political turmoil. Personally, I prefer my realistic/literary fiction to be set in a more concrete world.
THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT GOT YOU HOOKED.
The Way of Kings – by Brandon Sanderson
I cannot name a single series by POC that I have read. :'( I need to fix this! I do own The Wrath and the Dawn and want to read Shatter Me and An Ember in the Ashes, but I haven’t yet! So I will have to go with a series by one of my favorite writers in the world, Brandon Sanderson. If you have never read any of his work, please do yourself a favor and go buy any of his books. Seriously, any of them. They are all so good. However, The Way of Kings is by far his best work. It was my favorite book of 2015 and one of the best fantasy epics I have ever read. The second book in the series (called The Stormlight Archive) is even better!
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIGHT NOW.
Consider – by Kristy Acevedo
This book comes out in 2 weeks but I want it now! I have read the first chapter, and it was enough to convince me that this is going to be a special book. I love stories that explore alternative dimensions or realities.
A KILLER BOOK.
Shelter – by Jung Yun
I finished this book a couple of nights ago and was very satisfied with how thrilling, complex, and fun it was. It was so good – a killer book! Also, there are killers and horrible human beings in the story, so the book also qualifies on that front. My review will be up later this week.
A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND REALLY CONFUSING.
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries – by Neil deGrasse Tyson
I generally love everything Tyson does. “Cosmos” is one of my favorite documentary-style TV shows ever. I’m an avid listener of his podcasts on StarTalk Radio and have enjoyed some of his other pop science books, such as Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution. But Death by Black Hole was way over my head! I thought I was smart and knew the basics of Cosmology and Astrophysics, but I was so wrong.
YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL BOOK.
The Book of Unknown Americans – by Cristina Henríquez
I found this to be such a lovely and nearly perfect book. Reading it was very familiar and comforting because I could relate to almost every aspect of it. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2016.
A DARK TWISTED BOOK.
In the Mind of Revenge – by Liv Hadden
Without a doubt, one of the darkest, most twisted books I’ve read in a while. It follows Shame, a gender-nonconforming antihero who has suffered much at the hands of vile human beings and who then seeks out a morbid sense of justice. Definitely is not for the faint of heart.
A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU IN A GREAT WAY, REVEALS TO BE MORE THAN IT IS.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
I bought this book thinking it would be a sweet little contemporary romance about two teenagers who discover themselves and their world. But what I got was one of the most rewarding reading experiences of 2015. This is an important and timeless work of LGBT Young Adult fiction that teenagers will read and love for years to come.
I don’t do many Tags but I really liked this one and had so much fun doing it. Thanks Trang and Lashaan! Below are my 5 nominees. Feel free to tag yourself and have fun. 🙂
Whitney @ Brown Books and Green Tea
Beth @ Betwixt These Pages
Symone @ Symone Books
Lekeisha @ Lekeisha The Booknerd
Cinderzena @ Cinderzenablogs