The Harry Potter Spells Tag

Greatings fellow book lovers.

I think a big important thing about the book community is Harry Potter, half, or maybe more, of us consider J.K. Rowling a queen, me included. Harry Potter is one of the best series ever, I would be the happiest person ever if I could enter in this amazing world.

This book tag was originally created by Turtle Symphaty on youtube, I’ll link the video here but for some reason it is no longer available.

Here it goes, the Harry Potter Spells Tag:

1. EXPECTO PATRONUM : A childhood book connected to good memories.

CapturarNever Kiss a Witch! is the obvious answer for this one. I loved this book so much when I was a kid, I remember it was the first book that gave me the butterflies.

Something that I really enjoyed as a kid, actually nowadays i still enjoy it, is when the main character understands that the popular guy doesn’t deserve her attention and she finds other person that actually likes her, I believe I always valued the fact that you know that you deserve better than some stupid guy who believes he’s the center of the universe.

When I was looking for the goodreads link for Never kiss a witch!, I found out that it is actually a series and not a stand alone like I always thought it was, now I feel bad for my younger self, I should have read them all, they were really funny and sweet.

2. EXPELLIARMUS: A book that took you by surprise.

When I received this book I must admit that I was kind of disappointed, my sister had received Everything, Everything in the same day and I was just like “How can she have the book that I’ve been craving for?”. Overall, I ended up dnf-ing Everything, Everything and giving 4 starts to Finding Audrey on goodreads.

I am fully aware that Finding Audrey is full of flaws, the writing is not perfect, the side characters are not the best, but it doesn’t matter that much when you have a main character dealing with an issue that is very relatable nowadays, but even though this is a usual subject, it is never analysed enough and the way that the author deals with anxiety in here is really genuine.

 3. PRIOR INCANTATO: The last book you read.

I was very convinced that I would hate The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater as soon as I picked it out, but I wanted to see if the hype was true. When I finished it here’s what I published on goodreads:

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Maggie Stiefvater has the power of leaving me speechless whenever I finish one of her books, I can never organize my ideias and my feelings. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE!

4. ALOHAMORA: A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before.

I have never been into non-fiction before, I thought that I wouldn’t like it, but turns out I read an amazing book called We should all fe feminists, since then I have read another book that was non-fiction and now I am really looking forward to read more books about feminism.

The other day, I came across this post about We Should All Be Feminists and I believe you should read it, the author has an amazing point of view about this topic and she has so much talent when it comes to writing.

I know that I talk about this book in every single tag, but I love it with every cell I have. 😁

5. RIDDIKULUS: A funny book you’ve read.

I think we all agree that the Percy Jackson books are funny as hell, the book I am going to choose for this one is Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, I read it last year and I remember laughing so much while I was reading it.

I learned some things with this book:  1. I was right when I said that greek mythology was not boring at all; 2. HERA THREW LITTLE HEPHAESTUS OUT OF THE WINDOW! 3. That was lots of incest between the gods. 😒😒

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6. SONORUS: A book you think everybody should know about.

I was here by Gayle Forman is a book that deals with suicide so you should have that in mind before picking it up.

Cody and Megan were best friends, inseparable, until Megan commites suicide and suddenly Cody starts to question how much did she actually knew about Megan’s recent life. Cody can’t handle the fact that Megan is dead, so she tries to find people to blame for her death.

This is an emotional story about redemption and “finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss”.

I think that suicide is kind of a tabu topic on our society, you don’t want to talk about it when it happens in other families, you are not able to talk about it when it happens in yours. This has to change.

Something you must keep in mind is that this is your life, and even if you don’t have a saying on not getting depressed, you have a saying on getting better, you choose to get better. There is always something worth being alive for. Life is a gift, please don’t throw it away. 

If you want to talk, you can contact me on twitter, talking makes things better, talking to a stranger may be easier than talking to a loved one.

7. OBLIVIATE: A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read.

If you read The Death Cure and died on page 250 you know what I am talking about. I got spoiled for a mind blowing part of the Maze Runner trilogy and even though I cried like a baby when I read it, I believe it would have been diferent if I didn’t knew about it, it would have surprised me and killed me.

8. IMPERIO: A book you had to read for school.

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I read many books for school, I liked one. I just think that it would be better if they upgraded the books that we are forced to read to books that actually mean something to our society, that can make us better citizens.

The books I read gave an awesome ideia of what was the society in 1875 and 1717, it really does, but we should be reading about books that give us an ideia of the poor society we live in nowadays.

That’s why I liked “Felizmente há luar!” (fortunately there’s moonlight!) because, unlike the others, they talk about people that are willing to fight for what’s right and for what they believe in.

 

9. CRUCIO: A book that was painful to read.

Everything, Everything, I hated the main character, it was disappointing to read such a genuine ideia being thrown out.

 

10. AVADA KADAVRA: A book that could kill (interpret as you will).

Leigh Bardugo ia a genious and Six Of Crows took over my life. The back stories of the six main character can kill you, I am warning you, it is emotional as hell.

As I’ve said before, if someone ever decides to make an adaptation out of this duology, PLEASE, let me play Nina, I’ll probably kill an amazing adaptation but PLEASE!

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Top 5 Thursday: Books that have personal meaning to me

Everytime I read a book it means something to me, I’ll probably remember something about it forever, but these books are different, these books mean special things to me, personal things.

I can’t choose only one book out of this series, I always loved them all. When I was a kid, my godmother used to give me tons of books, she thought every ocasion was good to give a book, I remember that she gave the first ones when I didn’t even knew how to read. Geronimo Stilton was the series that marked my childhood the most.

Geronimo Stilton was and still is a big part of my life, I own 15 books and also some movies. I don’t quite know why this was such an important thing on my childhood, I devored those books, I believe they were the first books I read about mystery and crime solving. Today I consider it to be the series that got me into reading.

 

  • Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix: Goodreads

I’ll admit it, please don’t throw rocks at me, I read Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire before I read the rest, actually I’m reading them in order now.

There I was, a 12 year old girl spending some days on her uncle’s house, with a 800 pages book on her hands, excited like hell to read it. I read this book in 4 days and as soon as I finished it, I started rereading it.

Everytime I am feelling down I reread this book or the one that is bellow this one. Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix still is, to this day, my favourite Harry Potter book and I believe it is going to keep like this.

 

4.12 stars of rating on goodreads, pretty good, but not enough, this book deserves all the starts for a simple reason: it has the character that everyone in the book community was waiting to read about.

Cath is like us, a fangirl, she reads, she writes and she is considered one of the most relatable characters I have ever read about. Fangirl has different and unique characters.

Relatablility is the thing that puts this book in this list, every time I read Fangirl it speaks to me in a very magical way, I can, without even trying, to place myself in Cath’s place.

 

I read this book in an afternoon, it was the fastest book I read in my life, I loved every single sentence of it and I will read it and recommend it and quote it to anyone who believes gender inequality is a non-existent thing. *Mr.whompa loompa, president of USA*.

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Because of this book you can see that in my blog’s sidebar, specifically on my Get To Know Me text, I consider myself a feminist and I’ve been doing it since I read this book, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t a feminist before, I just started calling myself a feminist then because I realized that it was a bigger issue than i thought.

This book made me the activist that I am today, last year, in the same class, I managed to make a public speaking about Gender Equality ( in which a got 20/20) and a essay about environment, two things that I am really passionate about.

 

I finished reading this amazing book in June 18th, I created this blog a couple of days after it. This was the book that got me into blogging.

None of my friends reads fantasy, most of them are into contemporary and romance so when I finished acomaf I had an urge to talk to someone about it, it was he best book I read this year and the feelings that it left me with were taking over my life. Therefore I created High Lady’s Library which now is big part of my life.

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Top 5 Thursday: Favorite Booktubers

Hello booklovers, today I’ll be sharing with you my top 5 booktubers, but even though I love booktubers like jessethereader, polandbananasbooks, abookutopia and all of the other amazing famous ones, I believe you already know them. So, in this T5T, I’ll tell you who are my favorite booktubers that despite the not so high subscriber count deserve to be recognized for their talent.

  • Katherine’s Reads

Katherine is one of my favourite booktubers, she started uploading videos last year for Booktube-A-Thon and since I found her channel I watch every video she posts. Here are some of her videos:

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  • Julia Sapphire:

If you like dark books and poetry as well as mental health ones, Julia’s channel is the one for you. She has a huge collection of Stephen King’s books and since I heard her talking about Mr. Mercedes I’ve been dying to read the triology. Here are some of her videos:

 

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  • thecaosofbooks:

I’ve found her channel only a month ago but I’m loving the content she makes, besides she’s really funny. Here are some videos from her channel:

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  • Stories For Coffee:

Liv’s channel has some unique content like Podcast Recommendations and her movie and movies’s recommendations are really good. Here are some of her videos:

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  • Mel is:

Mel is my favourite bookstagrammer and I’ve been watching her videos since she created a youtube channel. She is one of the most honest youtubers I’ve ever seen, she’s not afraid of saying she hates a book when she does and why she does. Once again, check out her videos, if you want to, here:

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I have something to say now, even though all the booktubers I  pointed out here are females, I subscribe to male booktubers too, just not as much and the ones I subscribe to have too many folowers to be featured in this post.

Booktube-A-Thon TBR

Hi fellow booklovers.

I’ve been planning this reading challenge for a while and after many days of indecision, I think I have built my TBR for this year’s Booktube-a-thon.

If you never heard of Booktube-a-thon before it is a reading challenge where people come together to read as many books as they can in one week. During this week they host challenges, giveaways and competitions and many people join booktube-a-thon such as famous booktubers and even authors. This reading challenge was created by Ariel Bisset and you can find more information in the booktube-a-thon youtube channel and website.

Personally, I don’t own a youtube channel, I guess I’m too shy for that, but I want to participate anyways so I’m going to join it. I won’t be reading the book that Ariel picked because it is not published in my language and I can’t find it anywhere.

Here’s my TBR:

1. Read a book with a person on the cover: 

For this one I’m choosing The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, I really enjoyed The Raven Boys but I can’t get attached to the second book in the series for some reason. Since it is booktube-a-thon, I decided I’m going to push through and try to read this book, because I bet that this series is amazing.

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2. Read a hyped book:

I am finally giving up and I’ll reading City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and I want to read this for 3 reasons: Sebastian Morgenstern (and I got a huge spoiler about him on pinterest just now), I want to read The Infernal Devices and I want to read The Dark Artificies.

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3. Finish a book in one day:

Random Illustrated Facts  by Mike Lowery was a illustrated book sent to me by Net Galley so I could review it, I’m actually having a bit of a problem with downloading it but I believe this is the one I’m going to read in one day. Besides it must be short and fast paced so I’m really looking forward to reading it.

 

4. Read about a character that is very different from you:

For this, I’m going to choose The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan. Do I need to explain why me and Percy are so different? I mean he fights monsters and gods and I’m on my couch practically all day.

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5. Finish a book completly outdoors:

I hope to get this over as soon as possible because out there is worst than the dessert during the day, I think I’ll burn to death if I step outside, so I’ll be reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (I hope I got that name right). I saw a cartoon when I was a kid about the adventures of the little prince and I believe I’ll really enjoy it.

 

6. Read  a book you bought because of the cover:

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I fell in love with this cover and this is a feminist manifesto, it is called How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran and I hope to read it during Booktube-a-thon.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Read seven books:

I am also planning on continuing to read the Harry Potter series, so I’ll be reading Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling, this doesn’t need introduction, if you don’t know Harry Potter: have you been living under a rock?; if you don’t like Harry Potter, what are you doing with your life?

 


This is my Booktube-a-thon TBR and I really hope that I can finish these 7 books, I probably won’t but I can dream.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you did check out my other posts.

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Top 5 Thursday: Books I Love But I Don’t Own

I’ve created a series in this blog called Top 5 thursday, which means every thursday I’ll be revealing some kind of top 5.

This week I’ll be sharing with you the top 5 books I love but, unfortunately, don’t own, because life’s a struggle when you are a muggle.

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfater: 

17675462“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Rating: 4⭐

  • Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas:

trono2bde2bcristal2b32b-2bsarah2bj2bmaasCelaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

My Rating: 5⭐

 

  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan:

percy_jackson27s_greek_godspercy_jackson27s_greek_gods“A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.” So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.” Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.

My Rating: 4⭐

  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

22738563What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

My Rating: 5⭐ – I have no clue why I rated it with only 4⭐ on Goodreads, i was fucking crazy.

  • A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: (May contain spoilers for ACOTAR)

acomaf-cover1Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Rating: 5⭐

 

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi, fellow book lovers, welcome to my first post on this blog. Today I’ll be doing the mid year book freak out tag and I was tagged by adashofash on youtube (even though she tagged everyone that wanted to be tagged, I feel pretty cool for saying that 😁😁). This tag was created by Earl Grey Books and ReadLikeWildFire, both on Youtube.

I actually read only a total of 13 books this year, cause school was taking up the majority of my time, but now that I’m free until September, I’ve plenty of time to catch up on my reading schedule.

Here it is, my mid year book freak out tag:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017. 

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In 2017, one of the best books I read was We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’ve read this book in literally one sitting, I came from school and I read it in one afternoon, it was just so enlightening to read and as I am a feminist myself, I think that this book is something that would really change the world’s prespective on feminism and on masculinity.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

I can’t choose a book other than A Court Of Mist and Fury because that book hit me right in the face, I remeber thinking that is was overhyped in the beginning, but God, it is not, IT IS NOT, when you-know-who moved out to you-know-where it was when this book got me hooked and it was GENIOUS!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

A Court Of Wings and Ruin, a book that I haven’t read because I can’t find it anywhere near me ( the perks of living in Portugal ).

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I was about to say Tower of Dawn but then this one popped up in my mind: Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 tales of villainy. I’ve been waiting for this book for so long and it comes out next month on July 11th. Who doesn’t like a good villan, am I right?

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5. Biggest disappointment.

Thirteen Reasons Why was an awful read to me, I did like the idea of it, but I didn’t like the characters and it was just very confusing to me. After all, personally, I didn’t agree with Hannah because even though some of those kids were awful creatures, she could have ruined their lives just like they did to hers, and that kind of vengeance was a no from me.

Great tv show, though.

6. Biggest surprise.

I had to read a play for school a couple of months ago, it is called Felizmente Há Luar, translated it is Fortunately There’s Moonlight, and it is an intervention play where the moonlight represents the light that enables people to see the injustice in this world. Overall I really did enjoy this book.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Maggie Stiefvater, I read The Raven Boys and now I already own the Wolves Of Mercy Falls triology. I am super pumped to read the rest of The Raven Cycle.

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I really love Rhysand, but I feel that my newest fictional crush is Azriel, all of that darkness and the mistery and the hotness and the shadows really got me into him, I’m super excited to see him more in ACOWAR.

9. Newest favourite character.

Probably Adam from The Raven Boys because he is adorable and the fact that he wants to build his life with his work is something so honorable to do.

10. Book that made you cry.

Believe it or not, I am such a cry baby but I haven’t cried because of a book this year. Have I turned into a heartless creature?? 😱😱

11. Book that made you happy.

I think Harry Potter has the power of making me happy no matter what, so for this the answer is Harry Potter and The Prisioner Of Azkaban, in this book I think we can see the first good bit of Harry’s family and it is amazing how that comes up with all the confusion of who killed who. 5 stars, like always.

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12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I Was Here has a really pretty cover, as well as the inside.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to finish rereading the Harry Potter series, I want to finish the Percy Jackson series, and I want to read ACOWAR and the Lunar Chronicles, don’t think I’ll make it through everything but I’ll try.

14. Favourite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer). 

Blogger is Twirling Pages, who now has co-blogers and expensive merch that I’m not able to buy.

Booktuber is Katherine’s Reads, she has just an amazing channel and personallity as well.

Bookstagrammer is @dreamimg_mel like it will always be.


 This is the end of this gigantic post, hope you enjoyed it. 😘😘

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