While browsing through different blog sites, I came across an interesting book tag in The Book Prescription. My interest was immediately piqued by the book tag’s title alone. Because the inner Potterhead in me couldn’t resist the Muggle-ish temptation, I decided to take on this Harry Potter Christmas Tag. (I know it is already past Christmas but at least I have got to try right?).
It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?
To be honest, I didn’t wish for any books this year considering how many I have already, most of which are still unread. However, it has been my fervent desire to have a copy of Patrick Suskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?
At a staggering 1386 Pages, the longest book in my bookshelf is Leo Tolstoy’s classic masterpiece, War and Peace.
It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?
Eating snacks is part of the natural course of reading, hence, there’s not one particular book I can name.
Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?
The first thing that attracts me in a book is its cover. The cover of all the books I have read so far are up to my standards. Or mayhaps because I don’t always equate a book to its cover once I dig into it.
You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?
Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. I started it in the morning and by the end of the day I have finished it. I thought it would take more than one day because of its length of over 300 pages. Thankfully, the narrative wasn’t all too complicated.
You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?
Receiving any books from the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die would be great. But if I were to name a single author whose work I would want to receive, it would be Thomas Pynchon, in hardbound format preferably (I have to be specific right? Haha). The things I have read about him and his works made me curious.
You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?
There’s a lot of books I’d literally throw across the room out of frustration and disappointment. But no, the conscientious reader in me would stop me from doing so. I still keep books as part of my collection regardless of how or what I felt about it.
You’ve just visited Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?
The latest Man Booker Prize winner – Milkman by Anna Burns. And I am looking forward to having a copy of the book.
Congratulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?
I have read a couple of books about Christmas but none that would recommend as something living up to the true meaning of Christmas spirit; they were all a little to underwhelming. However, if there is one book I feel embodies the true spirit of Christmas, it would be Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Unfortunately, I am still unable to purchase a copy of the book.
You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?
During my latest version of “dark times”, I was reading Susanna Clarke’s Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange. If there is one book, somehow, that makes me feel lighter through these times it would be Paulo Coehlo’s Veronika Decides to Die. It is kind of weird but there is something about the book that reminds me to look beyond the tumult.
I hope readers you enjoyed my version of this fun book tag. I have no one in particular to tag but everyone is free to do their own version. You can tag me so that I can check out your response as well.