Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Jillian from Jillian’s Books

I’m super sad to say today is the last Sunday of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour – well, other than next week’s wrap up! I’m featuring the lovely Jillian from Jillian’s Books. She’s going to be doing the GIF Tag – I sent her a list of ten books that she had to pair up with a GIF of her choice. Check out her picks and then make sure you go say hi on her blog! **Fair warning: one of the GIFs she chose is one of the freakiest things I’ve ever seen in my life**

Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2015

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
The Perks of Being a WallflowerI only read little parts of the book, but I watched the movie and liked it. Does that count?

Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)
Throne of GlassI absolutely LOVED Throne of Glass, and I really admire Celaena Sardothien for being brave and completely badass, instead of being the weak and reckless female that many people believe women to be. She literally proves that even girls can be braver than they are!

The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
The Raven BoysSo I’ve been seeing this book a lot and I’ve never read a Maggie Stiefvater book before. BUT I WANT TO. Everyone has read it except me. And this is one of the books she’s written that I need so badly. SOMEBODY SHIP ME A COPY. (Please?)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaI don’t really read these kinds of books most of the time, but the positive reviews I’ve been seeing lately kind of make me really curious! And I’m quite interested to know why so I might pick this up one day, if I have the chance.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
A Court of Thorns and RosesALL THE HYPE EVERYWHERE IS DRIVING ME NUTS. I WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT IT. 😦 😦

Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
Anna and the French KissOh gosh. I’ve never read this book, truthfully, but it’s been in my TBR for more than a year now. I just never get the chance to grab a copy. But I know how swoony the book is, so I’m prepared for it. Yep.

Second Chance Summer (Morgan Matson)
Second Chance SummerTHIS BOOK DESTROYED ME. I tried willing myself not to even cry at the end, but I can’t. The tears kept coming. I wanted to hate this book so bad for making me feel depressed the rest of the day, but it’s too beautiful! And sad.

The Lightning Thief (Rich Riordan)
The Lightning ThiefThis is one of my most favorite childhood books ever, and I grew up reading this while I was in my preteen years. It brings so much memories! The Lightning Thief — and all the characters in it — became my best friends the whole time I was reading it. It makes me want to hug this book and its characters for accompanying me through.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsEnough said.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThis has also been in my TBR for more than a year, but I’m broke from buying new releases most of the time. Any book donors? Hm?

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TOLD YOU THAT CRYING BABY GIF WAS FREAKY. I’m sorry! Make sure you go say hi to Jillian on her Blog or Twitter!

The Disney Book Tag

This tag was created by Katytastic over on YouTube to celebrate the release of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. I was tagged by Aria at Book Monster and Maren at The Worn Bookmark! Thanks so much for the tags, Aria and Maren!

Disney

  1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

Rachel from Jennifer Mathieu’s latest novel, Devoted, leaves the home and family she’s known her whole life to start fresh in the “real” world. She doesn’t really understand how the real world works and must navigate first jobs, first roommates, and figuring out what she truly believes.

  1. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Kristin from I.W. Gregorio’s debut None of the Above finds out that she is actually intersex. Her life, identity, and world are completely turned upside down and she must figure out who she really is while everyone else does too.

  1. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

I’m going to go with a children’s book for this one: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers is filled to the brim with eclectic characters…er, crayons. Overworked Blue and Mediator Green and WHO IS THE TRUE COLOR OF THE SUN? Yellow or Orange?! Love it.

  1. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

Hands down: If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Ugh.

  1. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Harry Potter. Duh. He had like a million traumatic things happen to him while he was a child. Actually, all of those kids who went to Hogwarts during those years had pretty traumatic things happen to them.

  1. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber is 500 pages long and absolutely intimidating. I’m so glad I read it though. Not only is it physical beautiful (the pages are gilded – they are gold-edged) but the story is incredibly fascinating and strange and…definitely beautiful.

  1. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

I’m going to have to go with Maren on this one: Simon from Becky Albertalli’s debut Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda wishes with everything he has to meet Blue, the boy he’s been emailing back and forth for months, and is it for better or worse? You’ll just have to read it and find out. 🙂

  1. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Lila Bard in V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic dresses up like a man in order to be accepted socially, or at least so she doesn’t draw attention to herself. I chose her because even though she’s pretending to be someone she isn’t, she’s an incredibly badass character.

  1. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Hands down, I would want the characters from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle books to come to life. I just want to be best friends with all of them: Blue, RONAN, Gansey, Noah, Adam, and definitely Chainsaw. I want to hang out at 300 Fox Way and fly around in helicopters looking for Glendower.

  1. Disney Descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character

I’m a big fan of morally ambiguous characters in books. They are often more complex, more interesting, and more terrifying than the protagonists. My favorite is probably Kevin from We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. He may not be so morally ambiguous. I mean, it’s pretty obvious that he is absolutely evil, but why is he that way? Nature? Nurture? It’s just absolutely fascinating to read about him. Plus, Ezra Miller does a pretty amazing job at portraying him on screen.

I’m tagging: 

Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek

Alison at Hardcovers and Heroines

Shaina at Shaina Reads

Kay at It’s a Book Life

Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts

The Emoji Book Tag

I was tagged by Lizzy at My Little Book Blog to do the Emoji Book Tag. I don’t have an iPhone which means I don’t really have emojis, but I’m going to use some of my favorites and a few that I use on Twitter. Basically, you’re supposed to go through your phone and figure out your 5 most frequently used emojis and then match up a book to the emoji.

Kissy face emoji

I use this emoji on Twitter a bunch when I’m talking to bloggers or authors, but for me A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the most recent representation of this book because you just want ALL THE MAKE OUT SCENES.

Heart eyes emoji

I use the heart eyes emoji A LOT because I read a bunch of books that I just adore. The heart eyes emoji is just perfect when you fall in love with the characters in a book, like I did when I read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Simon and Blue are just so freaking adorable and I had heart eyes the whole time I was reading the book.

Unamused face emoji

I just finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and while I ended up liking it okay, I was just not over the moon with it. I think I was partly a victim of the hype monsters but I also didn’t connect with it as much as I was hoping. I had the unamused face during all the part that the book dragged.

Face Screaming in Fear emoji

This one is technically called the “Face Screaming in Fear Emoji” but I’m taking it to mean “Holy crap, I did NOT see that coming emoji”. The book that perfectly sums up that emoji for me is Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. I was totally shocked by the development near the end of the book, and even though I knew something was going to happen, I didn’t know it was going to be THAT.

Airplane Emoji

I’m a wanderer, a traveler. I have a need to travel, and I feel restless when I don’t, so I feel like I’d use the airplane emoji a lot when I’m feeling the need to plan my next trip. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith perfectly matches to this emoji as the two main characters meet in an airport and then wind up next to each other on a flight across the ocean.

I’m tagging:

Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek
Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie
Shannon at It Starts at Midnight
Shelumiel at Bookish and Awesome
Katherine at Neon Yeti Reads

AND YOU!!

The Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

Hi guys! I’ve been sick now for two days, so instead of a review, I’m doing a tag post because it’s fun and I don’t have to think too hard. I was nominated by Alina at Radiant Reads and Maren at The Worn Bookmark for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks, lovelies! For this award, I’m supposed to thank the bloggers who nominated me, share the award, and give you seven facts about me. I feel like I’ve shared all the facts you guys could ever want to know about me in one award post or another, but let’s see if I can think of more.

– I have two physical bookshelves in my room – one for books I’ve read and one for books I haven’t. Helps me stay organized and on top of my to read list.

– I have a slight obsession with Damian Wayne (Bruce Wayne/Batman’s son). I love his character – he’s such a sassy little punk. And SPOILER – I’m so glad he’s alive again.

– Things I don’t like to eat: cucumbers, oranges, bananas, cherry flavored things, ground beef.

– Things I could eat all day every day: chicken, pizza, string cheese, mangoes, fresh pineapple, pretzels, York peppermint patties.

– I discovered my love of audiobooks and comics in July when I started working at the library. I haven’t looked back since. I’m a little obsessed.

– I really wish I had a dog.

– I’m going to be 25 this year. It scares me. I know I’m still young but I feel like life is moving too fast.

I’m nominating

Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek

Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie

Shaina at Shaina Reads

April at Bookishly Speaking

Shannon at It Starts at Midnight

Rita at Books & Stuff

Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style

And YOU if you want to do it!

I Mustache You Some Questions…

You guys may or may not know that I have an obsession of sorts for things with mustaches on them. I have (and have made) several pillows with mustaches on them, have socks with them, made a blanket that has mustaches on the fabric, have two notebooks I use for my blog with mustaches, and on and on. So when Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie and Alex @ Alex in Bookland tagged me to do the I Mustache You Some Questions tag, it was a no-brainer. Here we go.

I Mustache You Some Questions

Four names people call me other than my real name:

  1. Stef
  2. Sloma
  3. Tef (by my brother)
  4. Nicknames from my parents, but you don’t need those. Lol.

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Public Affairs worker for the Department of Transportation
  2. Intern (I’ve interned at five or six different publishers)
  3. Circulation Clerk & YA Librarian (current job)
  4. Babysitter (been babysitting on and off since I was 12)

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:

  1. Mean Girls. You can’t sit with us.
  2. Donnie Darko
  3. Sweet Home Alabama
  4. Clueless

Four books I’d recommend:

SO HARD

  1. The Humans by Matt Haig
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Four places I have lived:

  1. Adelanto, CA
  2. Brandon, MS
  3. Columbus, MS
  4. Stirling, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Scotland

Four places I have been:

  1. NYC
  2. London, England
  3. Verona, Italy
  4. Alicante, Spain

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Scotland
  2. Scotland
  3. Okay…Chicago
  4. Somewhere I’ve never been

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Burgers (haven’t eaten ground beef in about eight years. For no other reason than it’s nasty)
  2. Oranges (acid reflux) / bananas (nasty texture)
  3. Cucumbers (had a bad experience once and now I don’t eat them. I know it’s silly, but whatever)
  4. Coconut (gross)

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chicken (so many different ways)
  3. Mangoes
  4. Pretzels

Four TV shows that I watch:

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Doctor Who
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Community

Four things I am looking forward to this year (2015):

  1. Traveling (somewhere, anywhere)
  2. ALL THE BOOKS
  3. Concerts (I’ve got tickets to one so far, but there are several I want to go to)
  4. Growing my blog even more. 🙂

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Seriously?
  2. I’m going to make coffee.
  3. I’ll be reading if you need me.
  4. I just finished that book!

Four People I Tag:

  1. Annette @ Booknerderie
  2. Amy @ Read What I Like
  3. Jackie @ She Reads a Lot
  4. Molly @ Woven Magic

The Gif Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek (thanks, Rachel!) to do the Gif Book Tag probably three weeks ago. I was totally into it and then completely forgot, but I saw someone else do it recently and got excited again. The person who tags you will give you a list of ten books, you have to respond with one sentence and one gif to show how you feel about the book. You then tag others, leaving a list of ten books for them. Sounds fun, right? Let’s get started.

Btw, I haven’t read most of the books on Rachel’s list, so I’m mostly going on what others have said. Also, I’m not good with being limited to one sentence.

  1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Some Day

Maybe someday I’ll read this. Lol. I probably will read it; it sounds cute.

  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

YeahNoThanks

Yeah, so I’ve read Rooms and Panic by Lauren Oliver and didn’t really like either, so thanksbutnothanks to any of her other books.

  1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

never-heard-of-you

I’ve never heard of this one, and after checking it out on Goodreads, it doesn’t really sound like something I’d like.

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Left Behind

Yeah, I bit behind on this series. I think I’ve read the first three? Four? I’m not sure. I’ve been meaning to do a reread and read all of them.

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Give It To MeYep, that gif pretty much sums up how I feel about this book right now. Everyone is raving about it, including a lot of bloggers I really trust (like Rachel).

  1. Tease by Amanda Maciel

Harry Styles Shocked

So I saw this gif and had to find somewhere to use it. His face is hilarious. I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds really good. I’ll have to check it out. It’ll be interesting to read a book set from the bully’s POV.

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Meh

This book has a lot of hype around it, especially since the movie came out. I haven’t read it yet and I don’t know if I will.

  1. PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

David Tennant Crying

Yep.

  1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Eyebrow

So I never actually read this book when I was a kid. I’ve only seen the movies (yeah, I know. What kind of bookworm am I?) but I don’t know if I could connect with the book now. Maybe?

  1. Dangerous Girls by Abagail Haas

Will Smith Hmmmm

This sounds like it could either be quite good or quite bad. It has a great rating on Goodreads though, so I might have to check it out. I like a good twist.

I’m tagging (You are not obligated to participate; I just thought you would enjoy it. And, of course, if I didn’t tag you, you should still feel free to participate!!):

Annette at Booknerderie
Jo at Drifting Pages
Dagny at Vaquer Boarding House
Stephanie at Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Dana at DanaSquare
Alison at Hardcovers and Heroines

I’d love to see gifs for these books:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Any or all of the Raven Cycle Books by Maggie Stiefvater
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The Fault in our Stars by John Green

If you do participate, leave the link to your post in the comments so I can check it out!

My FOURTH Liebster Award

So it’s been a while since I did a Liebster Award. Hope it’s okay if I do another now because I was just nominated by Anna over at Millenial Creativity (Thanks, Anna!!). I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the questions and such, but then she had some AWESOME questions so I figured I might as well. It’ll be fun!

Basically, the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 500 followers. You accept the award, answer the 11 questions the blogger provided, nominate 11 other bloggers, and give 11 new questions.

What I’m going to do is nominate ALL of the bloggers who follow me who have less than 500 followers. I love Anna’s questions a lot, so I just want you to answer those. Anyone who feels like doing a Liebster post can, because I love all of you and I don’t want to pick only 11. Plus, I’m really lazy. 😛

LiebsterAward

1. I started blogging [number of] months/years ago because…
I started blogging 9 months ago (HOLY CRAP, it’s been NINE months??) because I needed an outlet. Because I love books and I love talking about books with other people who love books. Because I needed something to focus on that I could pour myself into. Because it’s fun. Because I wanted to be part of this wonderful community.

2. My favorite holiday tradition is:
Getting up hella early on Christmas day, even though everyone in my house is an adult and we don’t really need to, sitting down with a cup of coffee, and seeing the look on my family’s face when they open what I’ve chosen for them. I love being surprised by what they’ve chosen for me too. Having a lovely family moment. ❤

3. Favorite landscape: woods, beach, mountains, desert… others?
Woods-y mountains. I love the mountains. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the mountains, but I’ve always felt calm and comfortable there. Plus, I love snow.

4. When I was growing up, I wanted to be ______. This has / hasn’t changed, because…
When I was growing up, I want to be…I don’t know. I’ve just always wanted to do something with books – I wanted to be a teacher for a while, a librarian (hey! That’s what I am now!), a publisher (still want to do this)… I just wanted to work with books. This hasn’t and will never change, I don’t think.

5. Describe your dream home.
Something that has a secret library behind a bookcase; library would be spacious, bright, and have a big, comfy leather chair. Other than that, I have no preferences. Okay, one of those rain showers would be cool too.

6. Are you currently doing any series of blog posts or challenges? Which ones?
Not on my blog, but I’m doing the #decphotochallenge14 on Instagram. I’m really bad at challenge posts (I only did like 6 BookBlogWriMo posts) but I’m trying. It’s pictures of books. Why wouldn’t I want to post? Check out my pictures on Instagram. 🙂

7. Favorite TV series?
Currently running or not? No longer running: Lost. And Community. Currently running: Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, Sherlock, The Vampire Diaries. Look, I’m in pretty much all the fandoms. I’m a fangirl. Whatever.

8. Dream vacation? Who would you take with you?
This is hard. I’m tempted to say Scotland because I want to go back there every single day. I wish I was there right now. However, I’ll choose somewhere I’ve never been before.

9. Favorite superhero? Or favorite superpower?
Batman – I like him because he has no superpowers. He’s human. He’s fallible. He has many weaknesses. He can be broken. I just enjoy reading his comics and watching his movies because of this. He’s defeatable, which totally isn’t a word, but should be.

However, if I had a superpower, I’d want it to be teleportation. I have so many friends around the world. It would be awesome to blink and be there with them. Or be back in Scotland whenever I wanted.

10. This cartoon character summarizes my childhood:
Wile E. CoyoteWile E. Coyote never gives up. Even after he’s fallen and was broken beyond repair and probably died. And you know, when he should probably give up. But he never does. He keeps going and trying. He knows what he wants and goes after it. He’s my favorite Looney Toon.

Wile E. Coyote. Suuuuuper genius. Lol.

11. One tip I would offer to all new bloggers is…
Well, this was actually one of the BookBlogWriMo posts I did. Check out what I had to say HERE.

So for real. If you’ve never been nominated for a Liebster Award or you just like these awesome questions, feel free to do a post! Link me up to it so I can learn more about you lovely people. 

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Ana Loves…

Oh no! It’s the second to last guest post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Today I’ve got the lovely Ana from Ana Loves… This past week I had fun doing the 7 Deadly Sins tag, so I got her to do it as well. After you see which book she feels ashamed to have read (you shouldn’t feel any shame for ANYTHING you read, Ana!!) and which book boyfriend she’s totally in love with, go say hi to her on Twitter or on her blog. 🙂

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1. Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?

I have to admit that I stared at my bookshelf for a long time trying to remember how much each book cost. I *think* that the cheapest book I have is The Secret Garden. I got it on Book Outlet a few months ago for around $4, I’m incredibly proud of that purchase 🙂

2. Wrath – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Hmmm, I really don’t hate on any authors- but I guess the author that constantly made me heartbroken is Rick Riordan. As a middle schooler his books made me soooo upset because not everyone lived happily ever after

3. Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter and The Last Song

The HP books aren’t really ‘shamed’ books, but whenever I tell people how many times I’ve read the books they always look at me like I’m crazy (I’ve read the entire series around 10 times, sometimes I would read the entire series back to back.)

I get ‘shamed’ whenever I talk about The Last Song, which I’ve read three times. I love this book so much, it was the first YA contemporary book I’ve read, the first book I’ve read that involves cancer, and it was the first book that made me cry. Why do I get shamed? Apparently it’s not cool to like anything that has to do with Miley Cyrus, so since she’s the MC in the movie everyone I know hates it.

4. Sloth – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

The Night Circus; I started this book when I was about to go on a school trip to Boston. It has AMAZING reviews, so I was sure I’d like it, but when I was at Boston I didn’t have any time to read it and when I got home I was too lazy to continue. I eventually started reading other books, but never finished it.

5. Pride – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t usually talk about books to sound intellectual- so I have no idea.

6. Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Two words: DAEMON BLACK

He’s from the Lux series and he’s mine. If you look up the word perfect in the dictionary he will magically pop out of nowhere with a smirk offering you a cookie.

7. Envy – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

I would die if someone got me the first five books of The Mortal Instruments series in hardback. I read them all through the library and pre-ordered COHF, so I need the others

The Chocolate Book Tag

I was tagged by Bernadette @ The Bumbling Bookworm for the Chocolate Book Tag. Yummmm.

Dark Chocolate: A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book is about a girl who commits suicide and then writes thirteen letters to thirteen different people about how they contributed to her making the decision to do that. Pretty dang dark.

White Chocolate: Your favorite light-hearted/humorous read

The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This book is SO CUTE. It is super creative, funny, and really, really enjoyable.

Milk Chocolate: A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY! Annette @ Booknerderie and I are going to buy it together to read at the same time. I’m excited!

Chocolate with a caramel center: Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Do I even need to explain this pick? If I do, here’s my review.

Wafer-free Kit-Kat: Name a book that surprised you lately

Fortunately, the Milk written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young

I mean, I knew I was going to like it, but oh my goodness, I loved this one.

Snickers: A book that you are going nuts about

Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples

I’M OBSESSED with Saga. Obsessed. I love it. So much.

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows: What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is my go-to read when I’m really happy, sad, confused, or anything else.

Box of chocolates: What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

No explanation needed, right?

I’m tagging anyone who wants to do the tag!