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The Harry Potter Book Tag

Tag Thursday

Came across this on Captivated~By~Fantasy’s blog! (Copied that from Fallon’s Blog, who nominated me).

It’s Tag Thursday! So I thought I would do something fun for this one!




A Book you found interesting but would like to rewrite:



So, I’m actually not going to pick anything for this. If I found a book interesting, I wouldn’t want to rewrite it. And if I wanted to rewrite it, I would want to take the general concept and make it something entirely my own – I only do this with things you are allowed to rewrite, like fairy tales, or… oh, oh, oh! Okay, wait! I lied. I have an answer. I would like to rewrite:

And not because it wasn’t a phenomenal book, but because the world could always use more Erik (and it is public domain).

Honestly though, I have always loved the Phantom and everything about it, so to have the opportunity to dive in and rewrite it (or maybe just expand upon what was already written?) would be a real pleasure to me, and it’s a project that I’ve thought about tackling before.



The first book in a series that got you hooked:





Oh, what a hard question! There are so many first books in a series that have gotten me hooked! I would have to say Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K. Hamilton. And yes, I used the very old cover, because that’s what the books look liked when I first got ahold of them. I was young (way too young to be reading those books, but shh), and I found the strong lead of Anita Blake to be so entertaining and enthralling. I absolutely devoured those books – I enjoyed them to the point that, even though I have some problems with the content that the author is writing now, I still faithfully and loyally purchase the books.





A book you wish you could have right now:



Okay, so this might sound a little silly, but I really wish that I had this book again – all three of them, actually. When I was younger, I used to always swipe romance novels from my Mom’s bookshelf… and this trilogy was the one that I swiped the most. I loved it – it was a strong female lead, really handsome warrior men… everything that I could have asked for.

One year for Christmas, my Mom gave me her copies of these books. She was as big of a book fan as I was, so I know what it meant to her. Recently, while trying to get my books mailed to me across the country, the box that contained most of my most treasured books was improperly handled and when it arrived on my porch, it was completely empty. I’ve since replaced most of them, but there are some things that you can’t replace, and memories are one of those. Meaning is one of those – so, I haven’t even bought these books again, even though I’ve wanted to. My mother recently passed away, and I’ve been thinking about these books a lot, and about what they meant to me. So yeah, if I could accio any book to my side, I think it would be this one.



A killer book:





So, I’m only cheating a little with this. A killer book series is the Hannibal Lecter Quarter, by Tomas Harris. I absolutely love the character of Hannibal, and I think that an author has done a terrific job when people who read the novels can sympathize and even root for the crazed (Cultured, intelligent, fantastic) serial killer cannibal.






A book you find confusing:




I am actually reading this particular novel right now, and I have to say that it is confusing. I feel like it’s going to be one of those books that I understand once I come to the end, but I’m going to go back to and learn so many new things on my second read through. The formatting is honestly a book within a book within a book. Trust me, it’s as confusing as it sounds. It’s also completely worth reading.





Your spirit animal book:



Every now and then, a book comes along and it changes your life. This was the first book that I read where I cried in school, and then instantly flipped back to the front cover and read it again. It inspired me to write – it inspired me to want to make stories that were just as compelling and amazing as it was. It inspired quite a few of my first novels that I wrote – the supernatural romance genre had me added to it because of this book, to begin with. Honestly, this is my favorite book in the entire world, so of course it had to be my spirit animal. Even though it’s for young adults, and even though L.J. Smith hasn’t been writing so much lately, I will always and forever since her praises as the woman who truly helped to shape me into the writer that I am.




A dark, twisted book:




Guys, sorry to be using the same book… but seriously. Cannibal, serial killer. Not only that, but Hannibal Rising gives us what shaped the good doctor into the man that he is in the other three novels. I would say as far as dark and twisted (And oh, there are some twists), it really takes the… uh, cake.





A book that surprised you in a huge way:


Did you think that I was going to do a Harry Potter book tag and not include Harry Potter? It was nearly my spirit animal, but I thought that it would fit here just as well. J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job in always shocking, surprising, and astounding me with her writing. Whether it was a twist that she revealed, or a character death that left me devastated forever after, I think that Rowling should certainly be acknowledged as a writer that shocked the entire world… not just with her stories, but with her story, and her climb to success. So, yes, surprised me in a huge way? I think that I know what to put into that particular box for this tag, don’t you?

Harry Potter – check.




I once more encourage everyone in my blog to go ahead and do this! I love getting to know you, what you like, what you dislike, and I think that the things that we enjoy reading say just as much about as as people as it does writers! So! Do the tag, link me back! I would love to see your answers!


I hope that you guys enjoyed this installment of Tag Thursday! If you have any tags that you want to see me do, just link me to them in your blog! I’ll make sure to link back to you, and I’ll get to them on a Thursday! Until then!

Keep reading and writing guys, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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