I bet you didn’t expect me to do this tag, did you!? If you follow me on Twitter, perhaps you’re not surprised at all because I’ve tweeted about Pokemon Go at least once a day. Yes, I love Pokémon and have for over a decade. I don’t think I will ever stop playing these games. I’ve played almost all of them, certainly all the mainline series games. And you can expect me to buy Pokémon Sun and/or Moon when they’re released this November. That’s right, ya’ll, I’m not playing.
So when I saw Aentee’s Pokémon Go Book Tag, I immediately knew I had to participate. I wasn’t even tagged but I”m doing it anyway because I couldn’t pass this opportunity up.
I’m doing this tag mostly for fun. Some of the categories in the tag are very specific so I wasn’t able to provide diverse books for a handful of them, but I don’t mind and I know you all will forgive me for going a little off focus this one time. 😉
Pokémon Go Book Tag
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The original starters will always be dear to my heart, but some of my favorites come from the later games, to be honest! For Pokemon Go, I chose Squirtle, but I have never caught wild one, which means I will probably never have a Blastoise. I want to cry.
Before Harry Potter, there was Narnia. Reading this series is one of my earliest and most cherished memories as a reader. Visiting Narnia for the first time was truly magical!
I didn’t know Pikachu was a possible starter! I was so mad at myself for not realizing this sooner, but then again…I have not seen a single Pikachu the entire time I’ve played, and I’m level 15! So, he’d be a chump Pokemon anyway.
A Wrinkle in Time is another favorite from my childhood. I must have read this one several times. I loved the complex themes it explored, such as death and social conformity. I also loved how philosophical it was, in retrospect least. When I was a kid, I simply loved how magical it was and how it made my imagination run wild.
Surprisingly, I haven’t seen too many Zubat while playing. Not enough to evolve one into a Golbat. This is a good thing because I remember being traumatized by how many Zubat there were in the first few Pokemon games.
The Girl On The Train … I have zero interest in reading this book. Initially, my interest was piqued by the buzz surrounding this book, but after seeing it everywhere far too many times, I stopped caring due to overexposure. Also, the story doesn’t really sound that special. I’ll just wait for the inevitable movie.
I had forgotten Ditto existed for a second. I have also never seen it in Pokemon Go, which really isn’t a huge loss because it’s not a very good or strong Pokemon. Ditto was only ever good for breeding! I know, that sounds horrible, bu it’s true.
Blue is the Warmest Color is a great story, I really did enjoy it but it wasn’t the most original one I’ve read. A young woman discovers her sexuality, is tortured and sad and confused about possibly being a lesbian, embraces being a lesbian, is rejected by friends and family, finds love, meets a tragic end. I’ve seen similar narratives before, but it was so well done here that I didn’t mind!
I caught a wild Snorlax a few days ago! It was very exciting moment because it was one of my strongest Pokemon yet. It has been holding down the gym across the street for a 2 days straight. 😀
1Q84 – I really want to read this book, I truly do. But at 925 pages, I am afraid I’d never read another book for the rest of the year! I’m kidding of course, but very difficult for me to stomach the idea of such a mammoth novel. Same goes for A Little Life.
Gengar is the only ghost type Pokemon in the entire first generation. It’s such a shame because I love ghost types and there are so many great ones in the later generations. I caught a Gastly a few nights ago. Can’t say I didn’t squeal in excitement.
Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman is one of my favorite short story collections ever. It’s essential LGBT fiction. If you want to read Queer narratives that deviate from the western standard, but still feel familiar, then I highly recommend you pick this one up.
I’ve always preferred Nidoqueen to Nidoking. She was always in my team when I played/re-played Pokemon Red. I’m slowly working on evolving my female Nidoran into Nidorina…it will be a while before I see a Nidoqueen. 🙁
I have many bookish OTPs, so I’ll just talk about my most recent favorites. In Sorcerer to the Crown Prunella and Zacharias are two of the most intelligent and gifted magic user’s in England. They’re perfect for each other.
No Ponyta have appeared in my radar 🙁 The day I do find one I will squeal. Rapidash has always been one of my favorite fire Pokemon.
Shelter by Jung Yung is definitely fast-paced and fire-hot! It’s family drama, a mystery, and a thriller that reads like literary fiction. It also has a plot that will grip you and have you finish it in one sitting. I highly recommend it.
In Pokemon Go, I named one of my Eevee’s “Sparky” and it evolved into a Jolteon! I’m not sure if this was a coincidence or not, but I heard that if you name them “Rainer” and “Pyro” they will evolve into Vaporeon and Flareon respectively. Try it out and let me know.
I’ve never said so explicitly in my blog, but Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author in the whole world. I adore basically every book he releases and I will continue to buy and read them all. The Mistborn series is supposed to have several more books planned in the future, some of them spin-offs. I don’t mind one bit.
Oh, Magikarp…I need to catch more than 100 of them to evolve one into a Gyarados. :'(
I hadn’t heard of A Wish After Midnight until the author, Zetta Elliott, reached out to me for a review. This book turned out to be amazing! I have the sequel as well and hope to read it later this year.
My favorite legendary bird has always been Moltres but I decided to choose Team Mystic for Pokemon Go because my boyfriend and a few other people I know are also on that team and it’s better to have a squad!
By the way, did you ever notice this? Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres. Ha!
I’ve had Red Rising for months but still haven’t read it because I don’t have the time. I know it’s ridiculously overhyped at this point but I still want to read it because it sounds like the kind of book I would love.
I don’t wish I’d own this collection of Jane Austen’s novels — I do own it. It’s my precious.
I hatched an Onix yesterday! This game motivated me to take up walking and jogging again so I can hatch all these darn eggs.
Consider – I’ve had this book in my shelf since May. I’d love to read more YA sci-fi and this one sounds great! Time-travel and alternate dimensions? Yes, please. Of course, my reading schedule is so full that I can only hope I find the time to read Consider this year.
Lure Modules are amazing. They make it so that you don’t have to walk around too much. The Pokemon come to you if you use one, but they’re rare or you have to spend real-world money to buy more. I’d rather mooch off others’ Lure Modules.
Auto-buy authors: Brandon Sanderson, Toni Morrison, Loiuse Erdrich, and Nnedi Okorafor.
This one was hard. The authors above are more like authors I’d seriously consider buying new releases for.
I’m a lost cause. Pokemon Go is a buggy POS yet I keep returning to it every day. Whenever the app freezes (which is often) or the servers are down, I just restart the app or wait until it’s working again. I shouldn’t stand for this! If it was any other game, I would have given up long ago.
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera is on my high priority TBR. I have already pre-ordered my copy, but its release isn’t until February 2017…
That was exhausting but so fun! Thank you, Aentee, for creating this tag. It was perfect for me. I really have no idea who to tag because I don’t know who likes Pokemon around here.
One person who did request a tag is Lauren from Wonderless Reviews. Everyone else, feel free to do this tag and spread the Pokemon Love!
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