I’m sure everybody is aware of Pokemon Go. I, like everyone else, have fallen into a Pokemon shaped hole and refuse to come out. Pokemon was a huge part of my life growing up. I was obsessed with the show, movie and Gameboy games. I could even recite all 150 of the original Pokemon off by heart and in order.
I know a lot of people have issues with the game, but as someone with severe anxiety and mild agoraphobia it’s been the first thing in forever that’s actually made me want to leave my house. I’ve done more walking the past few weeks than I have this entire year. It’s really fun and reminds me of my childhood.
When I saw that there was a Pokemon Go book tag, I
demanded that asked nicely if Naz @ Read Diverse Books could tag me! If you’re not already following Naz’s blog then you need to change that immediately. It’s incredible.
Covers = Goodreads
The Goosebumps series! Or basically anything by R.L. Stine – I really love the Fear Street series and The Baby Sitter from Point Horror. I especially loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I would spend hours finding every possible outcome. I really loved the Goosebumps TV series too. I used to record them on VHS (showing my age there 👵🏻). I could have chosen Harry Potter or even The Baby Sitter’s Club for this, but I want to use Harry Potter for another question and Goosebumps is a series that has most influenced me. These books kickstarted my love for horror, the paranormal and all things weird. They’re probably the reason why I’m so desensitised to Horror today.
Do I even need to say anything?
Ok I want to preface this by saying that if I see a book everywhere then it actually makes me want to read it more. I’m the worst with hyped books because I am extremely curious and want to know how I’ll feel about the book. There are some rare occasions where I don’t want to read hyped books not because they’re hyped, but because they’re just not something I’m interested in. The main one right now being Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I have no desire whatsoever to read this book.
(Side note: If I see one more Zubat or Ekans on Pokemon Go I think I might actually go on a murderous rampage).
I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer recently and it honestly surprised me so much. I thought I’d find it okay-ish because I love Cinderella and I love that it had sci-fi elements. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did because it’s filled with a lot of tropes that I’m not usually a fan of. However, there was something about it that made me not even care and I was really engrossed and invested in the story.
Um. Where do I even start? If a book is over 400 pages then I find it intimidating. I’d probably go with A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. This has been on my shelf since season 1 of Game of Thrones aired and I haven’t even opened it. Now that I’m no longer interested in the TV show and am intimidated enough as it is by high fantasies I actually don’t know if I’m ever going to read it. I know a lot of people love this book and series, but yeah. Maybe one day? We’ll see!
I’m also hesitant to start series with a lot of books in them like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
I never get scared by books. Ever. It’s kind of annoying because I always see people talking about scared certain books have made them or that they can’t sleep at night and I’m just over here like casually chilling. Whilst Night Film by Marisha Pessl didn’t necessarily “keep me up at night” or really scare me it did REALLY mess with my heads at times. I felt so caught up in the story and like I was an actual part of the investigation. Cordova felt so real at times that I actually had to Google him just to make sure he wasn’t. The psychological aspects of this book were done so brilliantly and there were scenes that made me anxious. The constant questioning of what was or wasn’t real. The ideas behind Cordova’s films and all the mixed media throughout the book really made the entire thing so realistic.
If I’m being honest I’m not huge on shipping anymore… but some pairings I really love are:
- Percy x Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
- Ronan x Adam and Blue x Gansey from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
- Ezra x Kady from The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
and the most ~~~ controversial ~~~ non canon one that to this day still owns my entire heart, soul and being and nothing ANYONE says will EVER CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THEM
- Harry x Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
If you’re new then you should know that Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff is one of my favourite books ever and I could talk about it forever. To everyone else who sees me mention this book in every single post I’m sorry you have to see me talking about it again. Except maybe not because I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It was so intense and nerve wracking and I didn’t want to put it down. So much was happening and it was such a fast paced read.
As long as Rick Riordan keeps writing books set in the world of Percy Jackson then I’ll keep reading them. I will NEVER get sick of Percy or Camp Half-Blood. I know some people think this series is overdone, but every time Rick announces something new I get so excited.
Definitely Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. When I first saw it on Goodreads I thought it was another trope-ish Fantasy, but then I reread the summary and saw it was about A PRINCESS FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE SISTER OF THE GUY SHE’S BETROTHED TO. Sign me up. This isn’t being released until November and I NEED IT NOW. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a YA fantasy where two girls runaway together and fall in love. I’m so so excited to read this!!!
- Rick Riordan
- R.L. Stine
- Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff as co-writers
- V.E. Schwab
- Rebecca James (although I don’t think she’s writing anything new so that’s sad, ha)
- Em Bailey
I haven’t read The Grisha Trilogy yet, but I’m already so excited to read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. I know people say you can read it without having read The Grisha Trilogy, but I think I’m still going to try and read that first because I tend to get confused very easily, haha. I know this series is super hyped, but I don’t care. IT SOUNDS AMAZING.
As soon as I finished The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan I needed the second book in the series. As you can see from the cover The Dark Prophecy isn’t being released until May 2017 😭😭😭 I know I haven’t really been waiting for this FOREVER, but I did finish The Hidden Oracle the same week it was released so it is feeling like forever, haha.
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff are also co-writing a new series together which is all about a ragtag bunch of misfits in space, aliens and battling for the universe BUT IT’S NOT BEING RELEASED UNTIL SOMETIME IN 2018.
(Side note: the servers being down are so annoying. I wasted an entire Pokemon hunting trip a while ago because the game wouldn’t open.)
I’d never read anything by Noelle Stevenson before and wasn’t familiar with the Nimona web comic so I had absolutely no idea what to expect going into this. I thought I would like it because I tend to like most graphic novels, but I was not expecting the onslaught of feelings it game. This made me cry. I had a book hangover from this graphic novel. I remember finishing it and looking up fanart and then I started crying again. This has been one of my favourite reads of this year. I would give ANYTHING for Noelle to write a sequel. Or prequel. Or one page.
I’m not really up to date on ~ collector editions ~ of books. Mostly because I can’t afford to buy them and it makes me sad so I don’t really go seeking them out either. Two book I REALLY want are Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo with the black and red pages. They’re not collector editions, but they are so pretty. Again, not collector editions but I really want to own physical copies of The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater in hardcover because they’re all so beautiful 😍😍😍
I’m not sure which of you guys are as obsessed with Pokemon Go as I am, but if you are then consider yourself tagged! I’m also gonna tag Kai @ Black Cat Kai because I know that she’s as invested in this dumb game as I am 😂