Bookish Survey: Books in Terms of Harry Potter Spells

Friday, December 20, 2013

This awesome survey was created by the lovely Jasmine at Flip that Page, and after reading Jasprit's over at The Reader's Den, I felt like it was the perfect way to round up my favourite (and least favourite) books. For those of you that know me, you also know that I love Harry Potter, so I figure this is a win-win. 

If you want to play along, too, it's simple enough! Take the spells from Harry Potter and answer the prompts about books you've read...Today's part one of the survey involves books I, personally, would like to cast some serious spells on. So, without further ado, here we go.

Fixes damaged objects

A Book that Needs Some Serious Fixing: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts. This one, sadly, fell into that "beautiful cover, terrible book" trap. It had so much potential, but it really fell flat for me.

Creates a narrow beam of light

A Book That Deserves More Attention: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. Just when I thought that the dystopian genre was dead, this one really revived my faith in the potential for the genre, as a whole.

Counters the effects of Lumos

An Over-hyped Book: Losing it by Cora Carmack. I finally tried it the other day, and guys, it just wasn't for me. Holy hype over a book that just didn't work for me.

Summons an object from a significant distance

A Book You're Highly Anticipating: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowski. I just got this one in the mail, and I cannot wait to read the entire thing! Here's hoping the story lives up to its gorgeous cover.

Expecto Patronum
Conjures an incarnation of positive feelings

A Book That Made You Cry, or Want to Cry: Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Holy feels, guys. This book isn't what I would ever consider a feel-good novel, but wow. It is remarkable.

Conjures the Dark Mark

A Book You'd Like to Mark as One of Your Favourites: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I devoured this book in two and a half hours on an airplane. And yes, I cried like an infant.

Petrificus Totalus
Petrifies your victim

A Book You'd Like to Keep Forever: Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle. It doesn't matter how many times I read this book. I just keep coming back for more. If you haven't read it yet, please do!

Shield Charm

An Intimidating Book You Keep Putting Off: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know. I know I've failed in not reading this book, but there are only so many feels I can take!

Used against a Boggart

A Book with a Deceiving Synopsis: Fault Line by Christa Desir. I thought this was going to be a powerful, profound and emotional read, but it was just this cluttered, graphic and uncomfortable book for me.

Wingardium Leviosa 
Levitates objects

A Book You'd Like to Re-Read: The Summer Series by Jenny Han. I really enjoyed it, which was so very unlike me, so I'd love to try it again and see what exactly is so magical about these books.


Stay tuned for the second installment tomorrow, guys! Tomorrow is all about those books that have cast their spell on me (whether that's good, or bad!) 


  1. Sounds like a fun thing to do :D ...I haven't read the book thief either ;)

  2. Dude. Coolest survey ever! I really want to read Losing It, but I'm scared now! You didn't like it....and we have ridiculously similar taste. Hate List is still on my list of books to read. And I need to read The Book Thief too.

  3. Awwww sorry Losing It wasn't for you Melissa! I really like Cora Carmack's books, and I do think both Faking it and Finding It were better than Losing It, but of course they won't be for everyone. I'm highly anticipating The Winner's Curse as well, there's been so much buzz about that and everyone seems to just gush over it, so I'm really hoping I love it too!

  4. I love this as a way to sum up 2013 reads...such a fun and creative idea! I too am looking forward to The Winner's Curse. Also, good to know that you were impressed with Not a Drop to Drink – I remember it was a WoW pick of mine and I thought it sounded promising.

  5. I had so much fun reading your answers Melissa! I'm so glad to see the Summer series up there as a re-read, it was definitely one of of my all time favourite series, that I really wish I had the time to re-read it all again too. I also can't wait to read The Winner's Curse, it sounds absolutely fantastic! Also Losing it wasn't really for me either, which is a shame, as you mentioned it did have a lot of hype surrounding it. I look forward to reading your answers tomorrow! :)

  6. That was fun to read! I'm looking forward to The Winner's Curse too! I haven't ventured too far into the New Adult genre. I'm disappointed most of the time. A few exceptions. I love Jenny Han's Summer Series too! And I haven't read The Book Thief nor Jellicoe Road, two that I swore I was going to read this year. Maybe next year. I'll be gone tomorrow and next week, but I'll check for your answers the next week.

    Happy Holidays!

  7. This seems like such a fun survey, and I love the Harry Potter twist to it! Great book picks, Melissa. A few of the titles I've actually read, while a few are still pretty new to me or happen to be on my TBR.

  8. Ooh, this is such a cool idea! I'm also highly anticipating The Winner's Curse. I love the authors other book Shadow Society!

    I'm not a big JG fan, but I did enjoy TFioS. :)

  9. I'm so excited for Winner's Curse myself! I've heard so much about it and am really looking forward to finally reading it next year. Also, don't put off The Book Thief! I read it back before it became known as a tear-jerker read, but the experience is really worth it. Great post, Melissa!


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