Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag

Harry-Potter-Christmas-Book-Tag-1.jpgThe holidays have sucked away all of my time (and desire) to read or write, so another book tag it is! I like doing book tags anyways, and the Christmas tags are super festive and fun. I saw this tag over at Pages and Pugs, but it was created by Charleigh Writes!


It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

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I always give my parents a long list of books so they can pick out two or three that they know I want and so I can still be surprised on Christmas morning because I don’t know which books they’ll pick. This year The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was one of those books!

You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

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One of the longest (if not the longest) book I own is London by Edwards Rutherfurd at 1152 pages.

It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

I actually don’t like to eat while I read. I might have a soda or a glass of water close by, but I hate getting crumbs and stains in my books!

Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

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I love the Slow Burn series by Maya Banks but the covers are all so plain!

You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

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I couldn’t put Daughter of the Pirate King down. I read it in about two sittings and immediately ordered the sequel!

You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

This is basically the same as the first question, so I’ll go with The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein again!

You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

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I know this is a fairly unpopular opinion, but I wasn’t a fan of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

You’ve just visted Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

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There are S.O. M.A.N.Y popular books I haven’t gotten around to yet, but I think the Grisha Verse series takes the cake. I’m just now reading Six of Crows and loving it, so I know I’ll pick this series up soon.

Congraulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?

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A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews was my favorite Christmas read so far this year!

You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?

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I know it’s a Harry Potter tag and it’s not an original answer, but no other book series has impacted my life the same way, so I’m picking it!


What’s your favorite Harry Potter Christmas moment?

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Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Another Christmas tag! Woohoo! I saw this one over at KarisBooks.


Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release are you most anticipating?

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi sounds really interesting and is set to come out in 2019.

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author’s praises can you not help but sing?

Nicholas Sparks was the first person that came to mind. The man is a literary powerhouse, cranking out bestseller after bestseller, and every book of his I’ve read was moving and extremely entertaining! Plus, his books are all set in NC which is pretty neat for me, being an NC native and all.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

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I’m taking the easy way out here and siding with Karis, definitely Harry Potter. Since Harry Potter is kind of unbeatable when it comes to world building (and let’s face it – pretty much anything else) I’ll give a backup and say the All Soul’s Trilogy.

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

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There are a lot of classics I still want to read! Murder on the Orient Express, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Jane Eyre are at the top of the list.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

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Whiskey in a Teacup is one of the many books I’d love to get for Christmas this year.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

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A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews was the most recent to give me the warm fuzzies. I loved it!

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I could easily pick A Holiday by Gaslight for this one again, but another cover that’s recently caught my attention is The Gallery. SO. PRETTY.

Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas and/or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I love everything about Christmas. From the gift giving (and getting) to wrapping gifts to trimming  the tree to the special movies and music, it’s all amazing!


What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

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Dashing Through The Snow Book Tag

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Christmas is by far my favorite time of year (if you couldn’t tell already), and I’m READY for all the holiday themed posts. Bring ’em on! I saw this post at Dee Reads Things.


1. Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree

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For the last three years my parents have gotten me the latest illustrated Harry Potter book, but Goblet of Fire isn’t coming out until next year. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi has been on my to-buy list for foreverrrrr and Barnes and Noble had signed copies on Black Friday, so fingers crossed it’ll be under my tree!

2. A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas Season

 

I’ve already read two Christmas books this year (reviews here and here), but I plan on picking up at least two more: The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett and Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.

3. Favourite Christmas Movie

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If I absolutely had to pick favorites, I would go for the animated A Christmas Carol, White Christmas, and the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I like pretty much any Christmas movie that crosses my path though, especially the old claymations and the occasional cheesy Hallmark movie (I just watched A Christmas Prince on Netflix! So. Good.).

4. Do you like snow?

YES. A thousand times yes. I love the snow and any other form of winter weather with all my heart. I know there are plenty of people mocking me from the other side of the computer screen right now, but snow is a novelty in North Carolina and I’ll take every flake I can get.

5. Name a character you you would like to spend your Christmas day with

To pick from a book I read this year (and avoid a Harry Potter answer), probably Matthew Clairmont from the All Soul’s Trilogy.

6. To give or to receive?

The older I get the more I like to give gifts. It’s so fun to pick out (or in my case – make) something special for someone and watch them open it! The anticipation is worse than waiting for your own gifts!

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

I try so hard to avoid Harry Potter answers when I do book tags because I don’t want to take the easy way out, but I gotta go with the Weasely’s Burrow on this one.

8. Fondest Christmas memory?

All of my Christmas memories are fond! It’s by far my favorite time of the year.

9. Can you say Christmas tree ten times FAST  in a row (pronouncing it correctly!)

Yes!


Do you like snow? Is there already snow where you live?

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Get To Know Me Tag!

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Since this website is still relatively new I thought it would be fun to make a few posts to introduce myself in a little more depth than I have before. This tag is more about my personal life than books, but I have a few bookish get to know me type tags up my sleeve for the near future!


Vital Stats

Name: Sarah

Nicknames: I don’t really have any. It’s hard to come up with a nickname for Sarah.

Birthday: May 30th

Star Sign: Gemini

Occupation: Graduate student and historical interpreter


Appearance

Hair color: Dirty blonde

Hair length: A couple of inches below my shoulder. That’s actually really short for me! I’ve kept my hair long as far back as I can remember.

Eye color: Blue

Best feature: Probably my hair?

Braces: Nope! I was one of the lucky few that didn’t need ’em.

PiercingsJust normal earlobe piercings (which I didn’t get until I was 20)

Tattoos: None, but one day I might get something super, super small.

Right or left: I’m a lefty!


Firsts

Holiday: I just had a very American moment where I had to go read someone else’s answer to this question to realize holiday meant vacation here and not, like, Christmas. Anyways, my dad owned a pretty demanding business for most of my childhood so we’d just hit the beach for 4 or 5 days and stay at a campground. The only time I’ve been more than a few hours from home was when I went to D.C. in the 11th grade. So maybe that was my first real holiday?

Best Friend: So this is kind of weird but all I can remember is that I had a best friend named Amena in the first grade who was from Pakistan. She was my best friend when 9/11 happened and I remember my mom being worried for her family but obviously I didn’t know why at the time. Other than that I had a few best friends in elementary school that I’m still in touch with today.

Award: A medal for the mini-olympics at my gymnastics gym. I started when I was 3!

Sport: Gymnastics (see above lol)

Concert: The Zac Brown Band


Favorites

TV shows: I like SO MANY TV SHOWS. So instead of agonizing over picking one, I’ll just list all of them that I can think of: The Office, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Little House on the Prairie, Frontier, The Punisher, Sons of Anarchy, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Army Wives, M*A*S*H, Avatar the Last Airbender and Legends of Korra, Rick and Morty, Peaky Blinders, and Shameless but THERE ARE SO. MANY. MORE.

Color: Aqua, but I really like that dusty purple-y lilac color, emerald green, and sapphire blue too.

Song: At the moment, The Night We Met by Lord Huron, Sunflower by Post Malone, and Trip by Ella Mai

RestaurantI don’t think I have a favorite restaurant

Shop: This is the lamest answer ever but I really like Amazon and Target.

Books: Little House on the Prairie (and anything that has to do with it), Harry Potter (and anything that has to do with it), Code Name Verity, the Love Comes Softly series, Longbourn’s Songbird, anything Nicholas Sparks, and again, SO. MANY. MORE.

Shoes: Preferably none. If that isn’t an option, definitely flip flops.


Currently

Feeling: Sleepy!

Single or Taken: Single!

Eating: Popcorn and a Dr. Pepper

Thinking About: The gingerbread house I’m building once I’m done with this post and alllllll the Christmas gifts I still need to make.

Watching: Frontier season 3

Wearing: Pajama shorts and a tank top, but I’m under a heated blanket lol


Future

Want Children: Maybe someday. I’m really drawn to the idea of adoption but I’d be open to having some of my own.

Want to be married: Someday, if the right person comes along.

Careers in mind: I’d like to eventually get to the point where I can support myself with my writing, but I’d also like to stay involved with historical interpretation and education.

Where you want to live: I love living in North Carolina and I honestly wouldn’t mind staying here for the rest of my life. I would like to move closer to the beach though!


Do You Believe In…

God: Yes. I would identify as a Christian if I had to put my religion in a box but I’m pretty open minded about other beliefs.

Miracles: Yes!

Love at first sight: Not really. Maybe a strong infatuation that can quickly grow into love.

Ghosts: Yes!

Aliens: Yes! It seems pretty ridiculous to assume that we’re the only living beings in the universe.

Soul Mates: Yes, both romantic and platonic.

Heaven: Yes!

Hell: Yes!

Yourself: Of course, but just like everyone else I have my less-confident days.


Let me know if you’ve done this tag so I can get to know you too!

Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Halloween Creatures Book Tag

This is a super popular tag right now, but the last place that I saw it was at Modern Witch’s Bookshelf!

Witch: a magical character or book

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The All Souls trilogy and Harry Potter series are both super magical and *bonus* they both feature witches!

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night

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I do almost all of my reading at night lately, so any book would do. My favorite type of book to read at night is cozy historical fiction, especially if I’m reading by candle light. It makes it feel more authentic!

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you

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I’m pretty good at guessing what’s going to happen in books, but I remember being completely thrown off a few times in One Thousand White Women.

The Devil: A dark or evil character

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Am I allowed to say Hitler or is that cheating?

Grim Reaper: A character that never should have died

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I hate answering questions like this because I don’t want someone to get mad at me for spoiling, so I’m going to default to my classic pick-a-book-where-no-one-is-safe strategy.

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more

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I was halfway through this book when I paused to order the sequel. It was so good!

Gargoyle: A character that you would protect at all cost

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Soooooo I’m one of the 12 people left on the planet that hasn’t read Six of Crows, but I finally started it and I can already tell that Kaz Brekker is going to be one of my favorite characters ever. I’m only about 20% of the way in but I’m loving it (and him) so much!

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you

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Between Shades of Gray is one of the most impactful books I’ve read, but also incredibly draining.

Ghost: A book that still haunts you

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The way the story is told, the way the story ends, the twists and turns…. everything about Code Name Verity still haunts me.

Demon: A book that really scared you

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I don’t really read horror (excluding the stack of Stephen King books on my shelf I’ve yet to touch), and I don’t scare easy, so I don’t have great answer for this one. Daughters Unto Devils was pretty spooky but it didn’t necessarily scare me.

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with

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This was a 5 star read for me, but I still have a bone to pick with Will Traynor.

Mummy: A book you would preserve throughout time

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I’m going for the easy answer and saying Harry Potter.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at

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I always found this cover really jarring.

What’s your favorite halloween creature?

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Hogwarts Book Tag! | A Month of Harry Potter

I spotted this book tag over at Mortal Reader and thought it would be a great way to start winding down my month of Harry Potter related posts! I bought the last bit I needed for my Hermione Halloween costume today – I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October already!

Are you a Pure Blood or a Half-Blood?

According to this quiz, I’m a pure blood.

Which wand chose me?

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Did you take a cat, owl or toad with you?

I love cats, but I feel like an owl would be much more practical since you could send mail. I’d probably go with a snowy owl or barn owl.

Where did the Sorting Hat put you?

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What House did you want to be placed in?

I made a whole post on this!

What lessons are your favourite and least favourite?

My favorite would probably be Defense against the Dark Arts or Charms, and I think my least favorite would be Divination or Herbology.

What is your Patronus?

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What does your Boggart look like?

Total darkness. I don’t know how the boggart would pull it off, but I can’t think of anything else I’m particularly scared of.

Do you partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

I’d definitely be part of the dueling club and maybe on the Quidditch team too. I’d like to think I’d show enough promise that I’d be invited to the slugclub.

Where would you spend your spare time?

On nice days out on the grounds, lounging by the lake. I’d probably spend lots of time in the common rooms and library too.

What would you most likely get detention for?

Being out after hours!

What career do you want after graduating Hogwarts?

Definitely, definitely auror. Maybe healing after I’m too old to fight.


What would your favorite lesson be?

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag | A Month of Harry Potter

The most recent Harry Potter Spells Book Tag I’ve seen was done by Sarika over at Between the Pages (if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, go right now! You won’t regret it!) but this tag has been floating around for a while. Let’s get into it!

Accio! An Upcoming Release You Wish
You Could Get Your Hands on Now

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October is one of the best months for book releases. Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta comes out on October 30th and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Alohomora! Favorite Series Starter

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This was a hard one for me because I tend to like the later books in a series better than the very first one, but Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is hard to top.

Cheering Charm! A book that gave you
all the warm fuzzies

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Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke never fails to give me the warm fuzzies.

Augamenti! A book that made you ugly cry

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Okay so I refuse to cry over books or TV shows or movies. I will literally walk away and take a break before I cry. But The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate…. Boy oh boyyyyyyyyyy.

Expecto Patronum! A Book Character
You want Around to protect you

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First thing that jumped to mind was Sirius Black, but since this is a Harry Potter Tag I’ll try to refrain from Harry Potter answers. Literally anyone in the Bishop or especially the Clairmont family from the All Souls Trilogy will do just fine.

Lumos! A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself

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I watched the first season of Victoria before I read the book, which in a lot of parts was word for word the TV show. Not a spoil exactly, but the closest I’ve come to intentionally ruining a story for myself (the book was still worth the read though!).

Imperio! A Book You Wish You Could Make Everyone Read

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I went serious for this one and picked Night by Elie Wiesel. I read this book in the 10th grade (which feels like a million years ago) and it really impacted me.

Engorgio! A Book Series you Wish Never ended

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The Slow Burn series by Maya Banks hasn’t ended yet, but I hope it never does. I flew through all five of them and can’t wait for the next.

Wingardium Leviosa! A Book With an Uplifting
Ending or Message

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I loved the style that Loving VS. Viriginia was written in, but I loved the uplifting ending even more!

Obliviate! A Book You Wish You Could
Forget You Ever Read

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A lot of people really liked Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl but it just wasn’t my style.

Anapneo! An author whose books get you out of a slump

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I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks book that I didn’t love.

Jelly-Legs Jinx! A Swoon Worthy Character

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Beau Devereaux was my favorite of the Devereaux brothers and definitely the most swoon worthy!

Aresto Momentum! A book that made you
drop everything until you finished it

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Front Lines by Michael Grant was one of my most anticipated books EVER (even though I still haven’t read the sequel…. oops) and I couldn’t put it down.

Crucio! A Book that was painful to read

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes gave me every second-hand emotion in the book. I had that weird, achy feeling in my chest for the characters the whole time I was reading it.

Rictusempra! A book that had you laughing out loud

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I tend to go for books with darker themes so this was a hard one! The main character in Daughter of the Pirate King is labeled a female Jack Sparrow and she definitely had the same witty sense of humor he did.

Expelliarmus! A book you wanted to send flying

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This book was the written version of that classic Scooby Doo scene where the gang and the villain keep barely missing each other in the hallway full of doors. It was so frustrating!

Portus! A Bookish World you Wish You Could Visit

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A world where demigods and Greek gods were real would be pretty neat. Of course, if I wasn’t trying to avoid Harry Potter answers I would totally pick the wizarding world!

Avada Kedavra! A Character death that killed you

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In an effort to avoid spoilers I’ll just say someone in A Game of Thrones (only talking about the first book, here). Since there’s a death on practically every other page it’s not a spoiler!

Stupefy! A Book with a shocking twist or ending

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I didn’t see the ending of Allegiant coming, but I’m SO GLAD Veronica Roth wrote it the way she did!

Finite Incantatem! Best series conclusion

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was so good I knew that the conclusion to the duology would flop, but somehow it was ten times better. Loved it!

This was the longest book tag EVER! It took some serious work not to use a book twice or pick a Harry Potter related answer.

What’s your favorite Harry Potter spell?

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