1. Expecto Patronum: a childhood book connected to good memories
Definitely ‘The Neverending Story’ by Michael Ende. I must’ve read the book more than 20 times and it never lost its charm. I loved the movies as well. Come to think of it, I could also choose ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling or ‘Heidi’ by Johanna Spyri. I read them just as many times and still have very fond memories.
2. Expelliarmus: a book that took you by surprise
The books of the ‘Lust, Money & Murder’ series by Mike Wells. I don’t read thrillers often, and sometimes I’m weary of series that start with a free book, but I got hooked on this one – and even ended up co-authoring romantic suspense novels with the author.
3. Prior Incantato: the last book you read
An ARC of ‘The Cattleman’s Promise’ by one of my favourite Australian authors, Susanne Bellamy. It’s the latest book in her ‘Heart of the Outback’ series and lived up to its promise.
4. Alohomora: a book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before
‘Pradyumna: Son of Krishna’ by Usha Narayanan introduced me to Indian mythology, which I had never considered reading before because I’m not familiar enough with its world of gods and kings. I thoroughly enjoyed it and her other mythological books.
5. Riddikulus: a funny book you’ve read
I love Bill Bryson’s and Terry Pratchett’s sense of humour and all of their books that always carry (more than) an undertone of wit. I can’t pick just one, so I’ll settle on one each: ‘Down Under’ by Bill Bryson and ‘Small Gods’ by Terry Pratchett.
6. Sonorus: a book you think everybody should know about
I’ll go with ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy as it’s one of my favourites and also the winner of the 1997 Booker Prize. Its writing style, use of language, themes and characters are unique and stayed with me for a long time.
7. Obliviate: a book or spoiler you would like to forget having read
I tried reading ‘Fifty Shades’ to know what all the hype is about. Made it through half of the first book and gave up (and I usually don’t stop reading once I’ve started a book). I wish I hadn’t tackled it at all.
8. Imperio: a book you had to read for school
So many… I’ll choose one that I had to read for the final Advanced Level exam to graduate from high school, and about which I wrote more than ten pages of analysis: ‘Kabale und Liebe’ by Friedrich Schiller, a German classic.
9. Crucio: a book that was painful to read
Painful as in difficult or painful as in actually causing me pain/sadness? If it’s ‘difficult to read’, I’ll go with ‘Wuthering Heights’. If it’s supposed to be a book that made me cry, I’ll choose ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini.
10. Avada Kedavra: a book that could kill (interpret as you will)
I seriously don’t know how to answer this. Spontaneously, I’m going with ‘1984’ by George Orwell because IF we really took it seriously, it could kill the way politics and society worked and work. If only…
This was fun. I hope some of my fellow Potterheads will consider doing it too.