GUYS GUYS GUYS THERE’S A POKEMON GO BOOK TAG. LOOK HERE IT IS.
If you’ve read my last few posts, you might have noticed I’m a little obsessed with Pokemon at the moment. I mean, I’ve always been obsessed with Pokemon – it was all-encompassing in my childhood, even more so than Harry Potter – but right now, with Pokemon Go taking over the world, my obsession has come back with a vengeance.
I haven’t been tagged for this but when I saw it on Nazahet’s blog, Read Diverse Books, I obviously had to do it! It was originally created by Aentee at Read at Midnight (she also created the awesome graphics for this tag!).
1. STARTERS: THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR READING.
Without a doubt, this has to be any book by Enid Blyton. She was my first love. I devoured every Enid Blyton story I could get my hands on: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Shadow the Sheepdog, The Magic Faraway Tree, The X of Adventure series, Malory Towers, St. Clares, the Naughtiest Girl in the School, The Wishing-Chair… I mean, god knows how she managed to churn out so many series, plus so many standalone novels and books of short stories too.
Shame about the racism.
2. PIKACHU: AN ICONIC CLASSIC THAT YOU’LL ALWAYS LOVE.
I mean, it’s got to be Harry Potter, right?
But I try not to use HP for book tags, and also that was Aentee’s answer so I have to come up with something new. I’m going to go with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, my favourite standalone book.
3. ZUBAT: A BOOK YOU LOST INTEREST IN BECAUSE IT’S LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!
Nazahet went with The Girl on the Train, which I thought was a really good answer because I TOTALLY get it. I was vaguely tempted to read it when it first came out, but after seeing it EVERYWHERE I have completely gone off the idea.
Not stealing the answer though! So, Throne of Glass series, I choose you!
4. DITTO: A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF OTHER BOOKS (TROPES), BUT YOU STILL LOVE ANYWAY.
I find that Liane Moriarty’s books are pretty much all the same as each other, with essentially the same characters, but I love them all anyway.
5. SNORLAX: A BOOK/SERIES YOU HAVE NOT STARTED BECAUSE OF SHEER SIZE.
I read The Hobbit when I was younger and loved it (but for some reason when I revisited it as an adult, I didn’t enjoy it that much at all) but I just can’t commit to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They’re just SO LONG. I mean, if I thought the films were too long, then I don’t think I’ll be able to manage the books.
6. GENGAR: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP AT NIGHT.
When I was younger, I was an absolute glutton for punishment. I KNEW that Roald Dahl’s The Witches terrified me, but I still loved it and I read it all the time, far too close to my bedtime. So I would always end up crawling into my mum’s bed because I was scared I’d have nightmares.
7. NIDOKING/NIDOQUEEN: YOUR BOOKISH OTP.
I don’t really have many OTPs, because I tend to find the romance to be an annoyance in most of the books I read. However, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew from One Day are amazing and I love them and whyyyy did those things have to happen in that book whyyy.
8. RAPIDASH: A FIRE-HOT, FAST-PACED READ.
I don’t really read many thrillers, but when I find a good one, I REALLY enjoy it and I absolutely whizz through it. I get so excited when I find a proper page-turner.
The most recent one I discovered was In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. I read this in like a day. It was so exciting. Yeah, OK, so it was a bit silly in places, but if you’re looking for a book you won’t be able to put down, please go pick this one up.
9. EEVEE: SERIES YOU’LL NEVER GET TIRED OF SEEING SPIN-OFFS FOR.
I’m sorry, but I think I am going to have to go with Potter for this one.
There’s just no other series that I want to revisit again and again and learn as much as possible about that world. Yeah, Rick Riordan has given us a crazy amount of spin-offs from the Percy Jackson series, and I do read them, but I feel like he’s gone a bit too far now and needs to do something completely unrelated. Most other series, I feel like are wrapped up and to add anything else to them would spoil them. But Potter? I will read anything. If J. K. Rowling wants to write about Mrs Norris’ left whisker, I will read it. If she wants to write some weird screenplay based on a Hogwarts textbook and cast that public schoolboy Eddie Redmayne in it, I will go watch it. If she wants to write that GODDAMN ENCYCLOPAEDIA, I WILL READ IT WHERE THE FUCK IS THE HARRY POTTER ENCYCLOPAEDIA YOU PROMISED JK YOU PROMISED.
(I guess the Robert Langdon books work for this question too, actually.)
10. MAGIKARP: A BOOK/SERIES THAT WAS SURPRISINGLY AWESOME.
Don’t even get me STARTED on how many Magikarp I need to catch to get a Gyarados in Pokemon Go.
I always use this series for these kinds of questions, but it’s just so fitting: the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness.
I picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go for an insanely low price in the most random place, and it was the best, most emotional book I had read in such a long time. The other two books weren’t AS good but I really enjoyed them and I will always remember how much I enjoyed the first book in the series.
11. LEGENDARY: AN OVERHYPED SERIES YOU’RE STILL EXCITED TO READ.
I’m not overly bothered about finding a new series at the minute, because I generally find that after the first book, series are kind of disappointing anyway…
However, I still feel pretty willing to give His Dark Materials and Eragon a go, despite the fact that these were everywhere when I was growing up and I never got around to reading them.
12. MEW AND MEWTWO: A COLLECTOR’S EDITION YOU WISH YOU OWNED.
Basically all the different editions of Harry Potter, but I really have mentioned HP too many times today.
(Nah, that’s not possible.)
I would really like these Penguin Horror editions, which are about £12.99 each. Not overly expensive, but if you want the whole set it obviously works out a lot! I’d especially like the Lovecraft one and the collection of American supernatural tales.
13. POKE-EGG: A DEBUT NOVEL YOU’RE VERY EXCITED FOR.
Ooh, two of my 5K eggs hatched today and I got a Goldeen and an Ekans! Fun.
I genuinely can’t think of an answer for this question, because how can you be excited for a debut?! You don’t know if that author’s any good.
14. LURE MODULE: AN AUTO-BUY AUTHOR.
Philippa Gregory, J. K. Rowling, David Nicholls and Liane Moriarty are all auto-buy authors for me. Philippa Gregory and Liane Moriarty are probably the most consistently good, though – I really didn’t like David Nicholls’ Us and I wasn’t at all keen on Rowling’s Cuckoo’s Calling. Although I did buy The Silkworm, which just proves that I will buy anything if Rowling wrote it.
15. SERVER’S DOWN: A BOOK RELEASE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING ON FOREVER.
There’s nothing I’m especially looking forward to in the book world at the moment. I’ve preordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but I’m going to see the play in August so I’m more excited for that than for the book. I guess the book I’m most excited for this year and really can’t wait for is the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
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Jess at The Mud and Stars Book Blog