The Pokémon GO book tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. I myself am a huge fan of Pokémon and was thrilled when the new game came out, so thanks to Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks for tagging me (my first tag so quite excited here).
I read quite a lot as a child, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and various fairy or unicorn books, but the one that really got me into reading was probably Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell. I remember reading this with my parents (a chapter each – very confusing for my parents because they took turns, meaning they’d both miss chunks of the story). I can’t remember a lot about it, except that the story was brilliant, with excitement and laughs (also the book is huge for a children’s book so must have taken an age to finish).
Not 100% sure if this counts as an ‘iconic classic’ but it’s definitely classic and I think it’s pretty iconic, so there we go. The Call of The Wild was my first favourite book (and is still up there in the top 5 at least). I don’t even know the number of times I’ve read it. I love the story so much – pet dog gets stolen and sold into the sled-pulling business, where he then fights to become top dog and eventually escapes and lives free (like a wolf). It is a beautiful and moving tale which I will never tire of reading.
Don’t hate me for this, but definitely Harry Potter. I’ve seen all the films and I think they’re brilliant, but with films, a theme park, and a seemingly endless series of books and spin-offs, I just don’t feel any desire to read them. Never have and not sure I ever will. Besides, the films are good enough that if I really fancy some Potter, I’m more than happy to settle down for a movie session instead. Controversial, I know.
For this one, I’m going for the Penryn and The End of Days series, as it is your typical teen-angst fantasy series – very reminiscent of the Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent series’. We have all the important ingredients: a spunky teen heroine, a forbidden romance (in this case, with an angel), and a wider conflict (humans vs. angels). BUT, in my humble opinion, Angelfall and the following books do it so much better. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Twilight and the Hunger Gamers (Divergent, not so much) but I had massive problems with the quality of writing and the likability of certain characters. In this series however, the characters were cool – not whiny and weak at all – and the story was great. Plus there was no annoying love triangle, which is super refreshing for this genre!
An obvious choice, but I’ve had A Game of Thrones waiting on my kindle for almost 3 years now and I just can’t bring myself to start it. It’s so huge and there are other things I’d rather read, plus I’ve been watching the TV series so don’t feel any pressing need to get reading the books as well. Plus I know that there are so many more instalments in the series, once I start I’ll be at it forever.
I do most of my reading at night, so this is pretty tricky because technically, most books keep me up at night. However, one that sticks in my mind is As Far As You Can Go by Lesley Glaister (one of my favourite authors), not only because it was so gripping that I did stay up too late reading it, but also because the story is so sinister and creepy that I didn’t get a lot of sleep for a few nights after finishing it. Lesley Glaister is a phenomenal writer, and I would recommend any of her books (especially this one if you want something a bit different).
I’m not all about shipping and fandoms etc. Characters either go well together or they don’t. But if I had to choose, I’d pick Stephanie and Joe from the Stephanie Plum Novels (One For The Money, Two For The Dough, Three To Get Deadly, etc). Stephanie is a bounty hunter and Joe Morelli is her cop boyfriend, and they are a fab couple. The only problem is Ranger, Stephanie’s mega hot bounty hunter friend, who causes a few issues between Stephanie and Joe – but you can’t really blame her. He is super fine.
Tyler Keevil’s The Drive is the story of a road trip gone horribly wrong, filled to the brim with bizarre encounters and bad decisions. It’s fast, exciting and addictive, and the hero, Trevor, is the kind of character you really find yourself rooting for (despite his many flaws and stupid choices). I bought this on impulse at the airport before going on holiday, and I’m so glad I did. It’s entertaining and extremely well written.
This is a hard one because, once a series is ended, I like it to stay that way. Its frustrating to think you’ve completed a long series, only for it to keep going with side characters and whatnot. Plus a lot of the time I don’t really bother with spin-offs, I usually just stick with the main story. I would say however, that if Christopher Paolini ever decided to add anything to the Eragon series, I’d be happy with that.
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. I bought this randomly, having never heard of it before and thinking it would just be a nice, easy, fairytale-style read, and it ended out becoming one of my favourite books. The Woodcutter is made up of a mixture of traditional fairytales, which is so easy to get wrong, but Kate Danley does it beautifully in a magical and suspense-filled addition to a difficult genre.
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has received a lot of hype and has been recommended to me on numerous occasions. Lots of hype quite often puts me off but I have heard good things and the blurb makes it sound right up my street. I am looking forward to starting this series – I just hope it can live up to the hype!
One I can’t answer. There are no collector’s editions that I’m aware of that I wish I had. As long as all my book covers in a series match and they’re all either hardbacks or paperbacks (ugh mixing those up is such a nightmare for my bookshelf aesthetic) then I’m happy!
Again, I’m sorry but there aren’t any debut novels I’m waiting for right now. To be honest I’m not very good at keeping on top of new books and new authors – as much as I try to.
Joanne Harris, 100%. I haven’t read all her books yet (there are a lot) but so far I haven’t found one I didn’t love and if I want to read something I know I’m going to enjoy, she’s my go-to. Her style is flawless and she’s written stories on such an amazing range of different topics, you wouldn’t think they could all be by the same author.
I’m cheating a bit here, because I haven’t actually been waiting for this book for that long, it just feels like forever. Christmas at the Cornish Café by Phillipa Ashley is Part 2 of the Penwith Trilogy, due in November 2016. I loved Part 1, Summer at the Cornish Café, where we met Demi and Cal and I’m really excited to read about them more in the next instalment.
That’s the Pokémon GO Book Tag complete! (It took forever). This was great fun to do – very clever to theme the questions on relevant Pokémon!
If you’ve already done this tag or don’t want to do it, please feel free to ignore me – I won’t be offended!