The Pokémon Go Book Tag!

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

Rules:

 Link back to my blog (Read at Midnight) is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use my graphics. Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

Starters

Narnia

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! 

A Wrinkle in Time

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. 

The Girl On the Train

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.

Blue is the warmest color

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!

1q94

 

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

 

 

 Fairytales for Lost Children

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. 

Sorcerer to the Crown

 

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.

 

 

Shelter by Jung Yun

 

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.

Mistborn

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.

Zetta Elliott

 

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. 

Red Rising

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.

Jane Austen

Consider

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.

The education of Margot Sanchez

 

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 ReviewsEveryone else, feel free to do this tag and spread the Pokemon Love!


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27 thoughts on “The Pokémon Go Book Tag!

  1. Well, I’m definitely not surprised to see a Pokemon Go book tag after the amount of updates related to this game is showing up on my Twitter feed 😛 And this tag looks like so much fun! And omgg, that collection of Jane Auten’s novels is so beautiful!! I can’t take my eyes off of it!<3 You book collection is truly unique! I'll try to do this tag as well! 🙂

    1. I’ve been trying to talk about it less because I figure people will get tired of it eventually. I anticipate even the early adopters will stop playing soon enough. I’m in it for the long haul, though. 😉
      Yes, I had a blast doing it and taking all the pictures! Showing off my books is my favorite thing about book tags, honestly.

      Ok — tag, you’re it!

  2. Awesome tag. I have many of these books that you’ve mention and I can tell you don’t waste you time on Girl on the Train. Pretty boring. Don’t understand the hype. As for 1Q84 my god that book is huge collecting dust. I suggest maybe a month long read-along and discussion group. For Little Life as well because that book is dense and heavy. I started and had to stop because the of the heavy subject matter.

    Also try Edelweiss to see if you can get approve for The Education of Margot Sanchez if you haven’t been approved for a physical copy. I know I’m excited for this book. Plus that cover is the bomb.com

    By the way that Jane Austen set is gorgeous 🙂

    1. Thanks for the heads up! I definitely won’t waste my time on Girl on the Train X)
      For A Little Life I’m actually fascinated by people’s reactions to it. haha I want to feel what they’re feeling.

      Omg, what is Edelweiss??? Is that only for eGalleys?

      1. Yes Edelweiss is e-galleys. I’ve been pretty lucky and most of the e-books are formatted correctly. At least the ones I were approved for. I know some don’t like e-arc because of the formatting problems they’ve had.

  3. I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time this year and I had no idea what to expect, but I adored it! It is a series isn’t it? Did you continue on?

    You have made me very curious about Shelter… sounds like me kind of book 🙂

    1. Yeah! Shelter is one of my favorite 2016 debuts and it’s also a fantastic book in general. Glad I brought it to your attention.

      For the Wrinkle in Time series, I have only read 3 of the books, I think? I really should finish the entire set. :s

  4. Yes!! I’m so glad you did this, haha. I LOVE IT!

    The books you chose were all so awesome. I really want to read Shelter. I heard about it because of Joce and it sounds so interesting! I also really want to read Blue is the Warmest Color. I gotta read Narnia too.

    Can’t wait to do this!

    1. Oh, I really need to catch up with Joce’s videos. I just met her and she really is amazing!
      Blue is the Warmest Color is such a beautiful graphic novel. it’s perfect for you!

      Wait, you haven’t read Narnia???? I don’t know how your experience reading it as an adult will be, but they are the most wonderful stories for children.

      1. Her videos are all so fantastic. I absolutely loved her video she did on why she reads about difficult topics.

        Ahh, no 🙈 I’ve seen the movie, but I didn’t really grow up with the books. My childhood was all about Goosebumps (in case you couldn’t tell by my love of horror) 😂 I’m still interested in reading them though!

  5. Naz you were right about not expecting you to DO a POKEMON BOOK TAG !!! Your love for Pokemon shone throúgh this week yes lol. Nevertheless, I got to know so many books and was reminded to hurry up and pick ones I already have in my TBR! And YES! that Austen collection is to die for!!!!!! Im officially jelly of you! HMRGPH!! She’s my all time inspiration ^_^

  6. Great tag. I know you are a fan of the game. I havent read Fairytales for lost children but someone recommended it to be. I cant remember who now. You have made me very curious about Sorceror to the crown. And yes Red rising on my TBR, That Jane Austen set is simply wow btw

  7. I love this. I think I am at least as obsessed with PokemonGo as you are, though I am also trying not to Tweet about it all the time ;p

    You really should read 1Q84. It is such a weird and interesting book, with double story lines that come together.

    1. I’m trying very hard to keep my daily Pokemon Go tweets under 5. Have been successful thus far!
      Yes, I will eventually read 1Q84, though I do not know when that will be. I don’t think it’ll happen this year, though. :/

  8. Lol, you’re taken by the Pokemon Go storm too, I see. I haven’t hopped on that bandwagon yet though I love Pokemon. Jigglypuff was my favorite because it got so upset when people fell asleep while it’s singing, lol!

    1. Hah, I was dead set on playing Pokemon Go the moment it was announced. The wait for its release was excruciating but it has finally arrived and it’s been pretty great, though I expect it to get better as more features are added to the game.
      Catching my first Jifflypuff in Pokemon Go was such a special moment. I love it too. <3

  9. I am definitely going to do the Pokemon tag (right after I get a review done). Shelter looks like my sort of book. I read CS Lewis as a blur when I was kid and really need to reread them again. I want to read Blue is the warmest colour because the film is on netflix. IQ84 is also on my snorlax radar but I think you know which Sanderson book might appear on my list.

    1. Yes, thanks for doing the tag! I look forward to reading it.
      I didn’t know Blue Is The Warmest Color was on Netflix! I need to watch it ASAP, but it may have to wait until after the 24 in 48 readathon…

      So, are you thinking about reading The Way of Kings??? Please do! The Stormlight Archive only has 2 books out currently but it’s already one of my favorite franchises ever. I have complete faith in Sanderson and trust that he will maintain the high quality for every book. Read it sooner rather than later, you will love it!

  10. Oh, Narnia! I remember reading that younger as well, and stepping into that world was indeed magical. I will forever remember it (even if I wish I was younger again to experiment that again, and again).
    I’ve been meaning to read Red Rising soon as well. It’s SO hyped, you’re right, but I’ve heard so many people I trust loving it… I need to read it. Hope we’ll both enjoy it!! 🙂

  11. Your Snorlax cracked me up bro! XD I can’t imagine having to go through a 1000 page book, but man there’s so many amazing novels that are just as big and that I have to try out in my lifetime! Gosh, that struggle though. I love how you talked about the pokemons throughout each part before getting to the books that fit the category. Pokemon was life back in the days! I was an extremely hardcore player for the classic games with Red, Blue, Yellow, and all. I stopped around the time the Nintendo DS came out though (started thinking that the pokemons looked less creative to my high school ass XD). Keep on catching them all man! 😉

    – Lashaan

    1. Haha, yes I just had to talk about Pokemon in each category because I really am a huge fan and will always love Pokemon. It’s not as big a part of my life as it used to be, but it’s still pretty dear to my heart. 😀
      Thanks, Lashaan. I will certainly continue to catch them in the next Pokemon game that comes out later this year! lol

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