When searching for this month’s tag, I stumbled across deertales blog and the Pokémon Go Book Tag. Considering how addicted I’ve been to the game since it’s UK release date, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate theme for this post.
Starters – the book that started your love for reading
All Jacqueline Wilson’s books
I can’t remember the first Jacqueline Wilson book I read; all I know is that I devoured the majority of her novels when I was about six years old. My favourite was The Lottie Project.
Pikachu – an iconic classic that you’ll always love
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
I still have my original compendium copy of these amazing fantasy stories: to be honest, they probably sparked my love of the genre!
Zubat – a book you lost interest in as it’s literally everywhere
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
I read City of Bones and didn’t really have any strong feelings towards it, so I’m not sure whether I’m going to continue on with this series.
Ditto – a book that reminds you of other books (tropes) but you still love anyway
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This book, to me, read like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, what with the competition, the strong heroine and the love triangle, but it being fantasy as opposed to dystopian set it apart enough for me to enjoy it.
Snorlax – a book/series that you haven’t started because of sheer size
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I really enjoyed the first two novels in this series (and the novellas), all of which I listened to on audiobook, but the size of the third volume is daunting (plus I can’t remember what has happened to date).
Gengar – a book that kept you up all night
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
I loved the pacing and the characters in this book. It was creepy and psychologically thrilling, and the murder at the end – wow!
Nidoking & Nidoqueen – your bookish OTP
Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling)
From Albus and Scorpius’s first meeting, I was 100% on board (the Hogwarts Express) with their relationship. Now if only they could be official!
Rapidash – a fire-hot, fast-paced read
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I blazed through this YA novel: it was a heart-pounding and tear-jerking read, with a fantastic array of characters.
Eevee – series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
July saw the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. September sees the release of three eBooks: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists; and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide. November sees the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Keep ’em coming!
Magikarp – a book/series that was surprisingly awesome
The 100 by Kass Morgan
Despite owning the series for over a year, having seen Kass Morgan on a panel at YALC 2016, I finally bit the bullet and devoured this novel – and have the rest of the novels and the TV show lined up.
Legendary – an overhyped series you’re still excited to read
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This series has been on my radar for ages, but seeing the author at YALC has finally persuaded me to get on and read the books.
Mew & Mewtwo – a collector’s edition you wish you owned
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Deluxe Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
At £150, it’s not out of my price range, but it’s something I don’t feel I can justify buying. It’s absolutely stunning, but I’ll make do with my standard illustrated editions for the time being.
Poke-egg – a debut novel you’re very excited for
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
I am notoriously bad at keeping on top of new releases by debut authors, but I heard about this book at YALC and I definitely want to read it.
Lure module – an autobuy author
J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
Server’s down – a book release you’ve been waiting on forever
Cormoran Strike #4 by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil was released 10 months ago, and I’ve been waiting for the cliffhanger conclusion ever since. We don’t have a title or release date yet, but based on previous novels in the series, I’m hoping for early 2017.
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