As many or pretty much everyone knows, Pokémon Go has been a worldwide craze. Personally, I haven’t played it – not because I’m not interested, but it won’t work on my phone. Also, I know I will be obsessed. Like take over my life obsession mode. Anyway, this tag was created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and it has some fantabulous questions and graphics so I might as well do it. I guess I can say I was kind of tagged by Ellie @ Capitol Books because my name does start with an ‘E’. It’ll make sense if you read her answering the tag. I actually found myself agreeing with a lot of her answers but let’s see how mine goes. This is the first tag I’ve done that’s actually recent so let’s get into it before it becomes the past.
If I were to talk about actual love for reading as a child, it would hands down be Roald Dahl books especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was so fascinated by EVERYTHING in that book and it was so fun. Ahhh those Oompa Loompa songs gave me life. But my all time favourite Roald Dahl book is Matilda. I related so much with Matilda and she was smart and she loved books and it was brilliant. However, if I were to say what got me back into read, and introduced me to young adult fiction, it would have to be The Hunger Games. Like many people, I jumped onto the dystopian train and rode it to Divergent and so many other great books. So yes, I owe The Hunger Games a lot for reigniting my passion for books.
I’m not a huge classics reader, although I do want to explore them and I don’t particularly dislike any classics I’ve read. But this is asking for an iconic classic and I think the Harry Potter series is pretty much a classic now and it’s definitely iconic. I wasn’t one of those people who grew up with the series. I think I got into the series about when the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie was coming out. And I read the series. And I loved the series. And I will always LOVE this series!! I’m excited about the Cursed Child coming out but no matter whether it’s good or not, I will always like the original Harry Potter canon.
EDIT: I’ve read the Cursed Child and I didn’t hate it. But it didn’t have the magical feel of Harry Potter. A bit disappointed but low expectations people.
I don’t pay too much attention to hype around books and although it influences my expectations, I won’t refuse to read a hyped book out of spite. I’m usually pretty willing to try books whether they’re called out for being really good or really bad to judge for myself unless it contains contents that I know I don’t like. So I don’t really have an answer for this one right now, but maybe I’ll think of one later.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a book that reminded me of one of my beloved books, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I couldn’t ignore the the similarities of the main characters, both smart, female survivors, assassins caught and serving time in prison, and condemned to die. Both protagonists have dark and tough backstories and I could list on. However, Throne of Glass went into a different direction and I’m very pleased it did. Despite these similarities, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Throne of Glass and am continuing on with the series.
That would be the Percy Jackson series. I literally want to read all of Rick Riordan’s books but there are so many series (2) to get through but I really want to read The Hidden Oracle from the THIRD series about greek mythology because it sounds so good and also it’s YA. I’ve never really read any greek mythology fictional books so I think Rick Riordan books are a good place to start, but I just need to pick up the first book and start reading. If I were to choose 1 series, it would have to be the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin and we all know those books and that series is monstrously large. Because of this, I have’t started watching the TV show. Also I’m terrified the TV show will consume me and my life because I’m so behind and I’ve been told it’s addicting.
This is a strange choice for me but I chose Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley. The thing is I rated this 3.5 out of 5 stars (originally 4 in the spur of the moment), so I didn’t absolutely love it, but it was so enjoyable and the more I read, the more I wanted to know more and for things to be resolved. Scenes turned into pages. Pages turned into chapters. Basically, I stayed up until I finished it. Then I tried to search to see whether there was a sequel. There wasn’t. How could it just end like that? #tragic
Probably going to be my first ever OTP; Katniss and Peeta (Everlark) from The Hunger Games series. I absolutely adore their relationship and I loved their development together in the series *chants* ship ship ship ship. Another of my favourite ships I have to mention is Mary and James from The Agency series by Y.S. Lee. I just love them together!!
I would definitely agree with Ellie here and say The Selection series is a really quick and easy read. The books are quite short and the writing is easy to read. And something about them makes them really addictive. I managed to read nearly 4 books in one day.
Hmmm I don’t really have an answer for this but close to it is the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. Contrary to popular belief, the Shadohunter books are NOT the same story, only the same fantasy world so I don’t see a problem with the author creating more stories in this world. Also it’s urban fantasy so it’s set all around the world (the United States and England LOL) and personally, I see them as different stories. It’s a complex world and I’m sure there are so many tales to be told, but I like an ending date. However, if Cassandra Clare keeps writing, I’m probably still going to be reading.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did and it was Poison by Bridget Zinn. The key to enjoy this book is to not take it too seriously, otherwise there are many things you can pick out that perhaps don’t make much sense. The writing is more on the juvenile side, but I found it really entertaining and finished this book within 1 or 2 sessions. It’s an adventure fantasy novel, there’s murder, intrigue and a standalone that wraps up pretty well.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is a series that has been hyped from the moon and back, then 3 more times, but I’m still really looking forward to reading it. I haven’t read many retellings I’ve heard all the greatness that this series is, so I think this is a good place to dip my toes into the world of retellings and hopefully want to bellyflop in.
I don’t really know if this counts as a collector’s edition, but The Mortal Instruments box set reprinted in 2015. I love the look of them so much, and I found a place where there are hardcovers!!! I will say the old cover ahem… weren’t that great, but feast your eyes on this eye candy. Also the SPINES. But money is something I don’t own so I will just look at how pretty they are on the internet, staying far far away from the buy button (for now).
I’m super duper excited for Caraval by Stephanie Garber because it sounds really intriguing and I’ve heard nothing but good things from ARC reviews. Waiting for 2017. Why are authors trying to torture me?
Cassandra Clare (I’m so close to being up to date with all her works – I just need to read The Bane Chronicles), Ally Carter (her stories are just so entertaining), Jennifer Lynn Barnes (she’s one the authors who has grown in her writing and I love seeing her explore more mature themes) and Melina Marchetta (her writing is ABSOLUTELY beautiful). There are so many authors that are close to being my auto-buy authors, *so close*.
The fourth and final Heist Society book by Ally Carter. I literally been waiting for ages but it still hasn’t got a publication date. It’s just there being “Untitled” and laughing at me. I didn’t love the series, but I really enjoyed it and I need a conclusion. And I need to know Hale’s name.
Once again, those extended responses were probably not necessary to answer the tag but I specialise in rambling. I hope you enjoyed this post, maybe found some new books or authors to check out, or you know all the books mentioned in this tag and we can obsess over them. Thanks again to Aentee to creating this tag with all these questions (and beautiful graphics), and Ellie for sort of tagging me.
Oooh tagging time. Anyone who wants to do this tag can because I tag YOU!! Especcially if you have an ‘i’ in your name, it’s practically mandatory. Join in the fun. If you’ve done this tag link me your responses. I love seeing other people’s responses to tags. Comment below!