All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
Hi. Today's post comes inspired from another blog: Howling Libraries, and it's the HP Yule Bingo. Destiny has themed her TBR pile from it for this month and created this.
I thought I'd change it slightly and do my version, fitted for the end of year instead. Let's see how well I do. :)
So, thanks Destiny! (go check her blog out too)
All book covers in this will be the UK ones since good old rainy England is my home (and it's actually not raining today).
Here's the board Destiny made:
Weasley's: Family Goals- As usual, I'm struggling, so am going to start off by cheating slightly by picking two books. These are Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Both have characters who care deeply about their families and will protect them as much as they can.
Harry: "Chosen One" Trope- I think I'll have to say the Frostblood series by Elly Blake. Both it and book 2, Fireblood came out this year, and the final book comes out next year which I'm looking forward to. The main character and her powers probably fits into this trope, I guess.
Dumbledore: Wise Mentor- I think Coppelia fits here, from The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. Coppelia is a mother figure to Irene at times, but is also her supervisor, so I'm sticking with this choice.
Marauders: Book with a map- I love a good map in books! They make things more exciting and the world feels a lot more real. There have been few this year, but one of my favourites has to be the map in A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. The map in the series has become more detailed as Feyre- and we readers- have needed to know things and I love how it's turned out in ACOWAR.
Snape: Morally grey character- There were a few options for this, but then I came across our precious Lada, a mina character in the And I Darken trilogy by Kiersten White. Lada was scary enough in book 1, but in Now I Rise, she is terrifying. Yet I love her.
Of course I'd have her back in a fight- she would be as likely to stab me as an enemy otherwise.
Voldermort: Book with a villain- The Sultan in Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. He wants all the power, will enslave people, encourages his children to fight each other to prove themselves worthy of the throne after him, and will even kill his own children without hesitation if it suits him.
Malfoy- Character you love to hate- This one is easy for me- I will say Tamlin from the ACOTAR series. He redeemed himself a bit in ACOWAR, but, honestly? I still wouldn't complain if he dies in later books.
Nagini- Book with a betrayal- Alright, so if you've been reading the Talon saga by Julie Kagawa, then this betrayal won't be a surprise, as it was already coming. However, the thing for me which made me hurt for the main characters was that it potentially could have gone either way, but instead was really solidified in Legion.
Luna: Loveable sidekick- Can I not pick Luna anyway?? Aside from her...
For this, I nominate Aithinne from The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May. She's such a great friend, but is deadly in a fight and so loyal. See, all traits shared with our (at least, my) favourite Ravenclaw. :)
Moaning Myrtle: Tearjerker- Again, there were a few options. ACOWAR made me cry a lot, but I can't keep picking that book, so I'm saying Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. It's the last one in the trilogy, in the middle of war, so of course there were deaths. One unexpected had me crying a bit.
Ollivander: Books with spells- This one was a bit harder, but I think The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull should count enough, since it has witches in it.
Room of Requirement: Favourite genre- My favourite genre is fantasy. I've read plenty this year, with varying elements to them as well. In addition to all previous entries in this post, I'm going with some urban fantasy/historical fantasy now, so have again chosen two books.
The first is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, which includes killer water horses. The second is the Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman, particularly this year's The Dark Days Pact, which I loved, and contains Regency Era England mixed with many supernatural creatures.
Newt: Book with magical creatures- I feel like I've covered this with about half of the books I've already mentioned, but I'm going with Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. We've had the wyverns previously in the series and now we have the ruks as well! The skies are going to be dangerous in book 7 when (they have to!) they all fight together.
Cedric: Friendship goals- This goes to Safi and Iseult from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. As of writing this, I've only read Truthwitch just a bit earlier in the year, but loved it. The girls are best friends and practically sisters and it's so refreshing to see in YA, rather than having girls fight each other all the time.
This is also nominated secondly to the Inner Circle in the ACOTAR series. I want them all to be my friends and have no shame in that. Fight me.
Tonks: Strong Heroine- Yes, Tonks is. This one is actually going to be HP themed...
After consideration, I'm going to have to say Hermione Granger. This choice doesn't need explaining. I started my own collection this year with the 20th Anniversary edition and I'm sure it's entirely a coincidence that Destiny put this one under the Hufflepuff categories, when I'm also a Hufflepuff. :D
Butterbeer: A sweet book- This was quite hard for me to choose, since a lot of what I've read this year has been fantasy with a darker edge- please don't read into that as a view on my personality- I'm a Hufflepuff, remember. :)
In the end, I'm going with The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. It's really short and I only finished it a week or so ago after a friend lent it to me. It wasn't particularly taxing to read and was just what I needed as I was in a partial reading slump for the first half of December.
Here ends the Harry Potter Yule Bingo and I've really enjoyed doing this. It's been nice to look back at what I've read in 2017. If I finish the two books I'm currently reading, that'll take me to 64 books. I've reached my Goodreads reading goal twice over now, so I'm happy.
Thanks to Destiny for providing the inspiration for this post.
Thanks to Goodreads for the reading challenge and giving me access to see what I've read this year, else I couldn't have written this...there is no way I would have remembered everything I've read. I can only just about remember what I've read this month!
Thanks to people for reading this post. I'll be posting a few things in the coming week, but not a lot, since I just won't have the time. If anything, I'll make notes on some things and blog about them in the new year.
How is 2018 nearly here? Though I'm not panicking about this fact too much...I don't think.
Anyway, all that's left for me to say is this:
Merry Christmas and New Year to everyone!
Have a fantastic time. All the best.