The Pokémon GO book tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. The Pokémon craze has taken over the world full-force, and although I haven’t played the game, nor have I ever been in the fandom, this tag was too marvelous to pass up.
Thank you to both Jesse @ Books at Dawn, and Lois @ My Midnight Musing for tagging me. You should go check out both their blogs; they post quality content regularly!
When I started reading the Harry Potter series, I was into it obviously, but it was perhaps the only thing I was into. I didn’t feel the pull to read other books- just to finish the series that I had started and fallen in love with. In a way, the credit does go to Harry Potter for starting my reading off, but if I’m honest, I didn’t love reading until I started reading A Series of Unfortunate Events in third grade. My story-time in elementary school consisted of a teacher reading us this series, and anybody who bought the book could sit on a comfy couch instead of on the floor. I was greedy and I bought a copy, but when I started reading it myself, nothing could stop me from finishing the series before even my teacher could. After fully immersing myself in the world and mysteries of the Baudelaire children, I never looked back.
I mean, this one is pretty obvious. The Harry Potter series is one of those things that you can read over and over again, and you’ll never get tired of it. I made a vow when I was younger that I would read at least one book in the series every year for the rest of my life just so I could keep re-living the magic, keep falling in love with the series over and over again while discovering new things, little tidbits of information that I otherwise glossed over. The fact that the illustrated editions are releasing – one every year – just makes this so much easier. The illustrations are breathing a new life into the series I know and love, allowing me to re-live the magic visually, as it exists in the books, rather than in the movies.
This may be cheating a little bit, but I lost interest in Truthwitch by Susan Dennard because it was so over-hyped. I usually tend to wait before reading a book that is as overhyped as this one was when it was first released, but I was in such a slumpy mood that I was desperately grasping for anything that would pull me out of it. I said cheating because I did try to read it, but if I’m honest, I didn’t give it a fair shot. I read the first one or two chapters while I was in a reading slump, and it was just so dull with characters that I was immediately repulsed by. Coupled with the fact that people were saying it was one of their best books of the year, and there was just so much hype around it, I never picked it up again. I recently gave it away in exchange for two other books that I’d probably like to read.
Okay, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people that the Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books and they’ve given me looks of such immense disgust and skepticism. I get it- liking the Fault in Our Stars – or any John Green book, for that matter – has become a “cliché.” But I honestly do not care because this was one of the first YA books I read that really pulled me into the religiously-reading state of mind that I’m still in. Yeah, it’s full of tropes – cancer, manic-pixie dream girl, a cocky, intelligent perfect guy with a cheesy, perfect romance that is completely unrealistic. A teenage honeymoon, sadness, angst and all that jazz, but come on. John Green is such a witty, phenomenal writer that he makes all the clichés work.
Size isn’t usually daunting to me. I read big books with very little hesitation, but that’s when they are stand-alones. Committing to a series with a good 7+ books out, each book being approximately 1000 pages is very difficult. I do own the first book, and I plan on reading it before the year is up, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been tempted to skip the series entirely and just watch the TV show. Which is so hypocritical of me because I’m constantly telling people that they just need to start A Song of Ice and Fire and then they’ll watch as they’re completely sucked into it, but I haven’t awarded the Outlander series the same benefit. Ah, well. I’ll read it at some point.
Honestly, I’ve read so many books that I just haven’t been able to put down so I stay up reading until 3 or 4 AM, skipping classes in the morning because of sleep deprivation. It is one of my many flaws- I have no self-control whatsoever. But I haven’t been doing that recently since I was trying to get my grades back up from the disaster that was Fall 2015. However, With Malice is the only book this year that has forced me to finish the book before I fall asleep- it was fast-paced, entertaining, unpredictable and thrilling. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what had happened to the characters, what the truth was, how do people get to such devastating points in their lives. And while it’s definitely not the best thriller I’ve read, it was just so easy-to-read and quick that I simply couldn’t put it down.
My ship of all ships has sunk, and I have gone down with it. It is so beyond repair that even if the author decided to swim down herself, repair it completely and paint it with beautiful colors, it still wouldn’t float. But that’s okay because I am down with it, and that’s all that matters. Honestly, Chaol and Celaena were such a perfect couple: they were so far from perfect with their problems, their complexities and their trust issues. Chaol, this soldier who trained from an early age to climb up the ranks and serve his country and his king. Celaena, the symbol of everything the king hated, who’s main motive is to assassinate him and avenge her people. Just thinking about it makes me want to ship these characters whose pairing is so tragic, so complicated. It’s the recipe for a disaster, but those recipes are the best ones, because when they come out a-okay, even with little bumps along the way, it just makes the outcome all the more satisfying. Chaolena 5ever.
For this one, I decided to go for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Now, I’m not a gamer- I’ve never been an avid player of video games or anything (I was into Pacman at the most), and even though many of the pop-culture references flew right over my head, I still enjoyed Cline’s debut beyond belief. It was creative, entertaining and jam-packed with action. There was always something happening on the pages, and because it’s such an entertaining, quicky, “fire-hot” read, I didn’t even care that I didn’t understand the references. I have yet to pick up Armada, but if it’s anywhere near as entertaining as Ready Player One was, I’m sure I’ll love it.
I don’t have an answer for this, simply because I feel very strongly about authors adding books to series long after the series has ended. Cassandra Clare does it, Rick Riordan does it, and Sarah J. Maas is now doing it. There is no point- the story is over, it’s done with, move on, write something else. It’s why I feel strongly about film-makers adding movies to existing franchises. It’s such an obvious move to milk popular franchises; did we really need three movies for The Hobbit, which was a story covered in one book? And as much as I’m excited for the Cursed Child, did we really need it? Idk.
The Winner’s Curse was an impulse-buy for me. It was $2 on Book Outlet, it had a pretty cover so I said what the heck and bought myself a copy. Going into it, I was expecting a light, fluffy fantasy with the story revolving around drama, betrayal, romance and fashion (lmao, look at that cover and tell me that gown isn’t couture af), but I was completely taken aback by how amazing this book was. Kestrel was intelligent, cunning and just bad-ass, even though she did wear couture and had her hair up in the most extravagant styles. Arin was such a refreshing break from the typical bad-boy YA hero- he’s mysterious and brooding but a gentle, lovely soul. And the story was complex in its shaded political intrigue, the world-building was wonderful and I knew I had picked up a gem. Even if it was an accident.
Six of Crows is one of the only books that completely deserves the hype it gets. It’s such a brilliantly written story with six anti-heroes, each as nuanced and layered as the other. The story is fast-paced, entertaining and unpredictable; the writing is simple yet not juvenile, beautiful but not overly complicated; the setting is built up wonderfully with vivid descriptions and just enough held back that you keep wanting to know more. Not to mention that Bardugo did such a phenomenal job with diversity. We have six main characters, four of whom are interracial pairings, one of which is a male/male pairing. We have a black character and a brown character in the main cast, which is amazing because I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA series with a brown, bad-ass female as one of the protagonists. And I can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom. I just… I can’t handle my excitement.
I have an entire Top Five Wednesday post dedicated to collector’s editions I’m currently going gaga over, but I really, really want to get my hands on some Penguin cloth-bound hardcover classics. They’re just too freaking beautiful.
I’m very excited to be reading Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. I’m not huge on paranormals, but both these books sound like such dark, fascinating reads that I can’t help but be drawn to them. Caraval has been getting so much hype for the past couple of months, and it has great reviews on Goodreads. I’ve never read a book involving circus-like elements (except for the Saga of Darren Shan, but I don’t think that one counts), so I’m interested to see what it has to offer. It’s often marketed as the Night Circus, but YA, and since I haven’t read TNC and I’m more excited for this one, perhaps it’ll convince me to pick up the latter as well.
Donna Tartt, aka my Queen. See, here’s thing thing with Ms. Tartt. The Secret History, as you all probably know, is my favorite book of all-time. But both the Little Friend and the Goldfinch were simply ‘okay.’ So, how is she my queen exactly? Because Tartt’s writing is something I idolize. Whenever I want pointers on how to depict atmosphere, or how to paint a vivid picture without it seeming gimicky, how to formulate unlikable characters and construct flowing dialogue, I consult one of her books. Despite not loving each and every book she puts out there, she is perhaps the most talented author I have ever read.
Someone kill me. I have been waiting for Winds of Winter to release for four. years. FOUR YEARS IS TOO MUCH. It was due to release in fall last year, and then it got pushed back to March this year, then pushed back to fall this year, and then pushed back to spring NEXT YEAR. And I know George is under an immense amount of pressure to start wrapping up this epic series that the world has been reading and loving for the past twenty years, to make sure that each plot point is tied up beautifully and satisfactorily, but unghhhhhh I don’t think I can wait any longer. >.< I need to know what happens to my babies. I need to know (and hope) that Daenerys dies or something.
So that’s it for the Pokémon GO book tag! Again, thanks to Aentee for creating such a wonderful, unique, creative tag. I had so much fun answering all the questions, despite not knowing anything about the Pokémon they were themed around. xD
And as always, if you’ve already done this tag or do not want to do it, or have made your blog a tag-free zone, please feel more than free to ignore me. <3