Good morning, Pokémon masters everywhere. In honour of the Pokémon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon that just began yesterday, PST zone, I decided to do one more fun book tag before I dive back into brutally honest book reviews and rants concerning diversity (or the lack of) amongst biblio-land.
This tag was created by the lovely Aentee over at Read at Midnight. The Pokémon GO Book Tag was inspired by the game that has hit the world with fantastically fun insanity, and all of the questions have a lovely nostalgic feel to them as well as a level of excitement pertaining to the mobile-hunt-for-the-pokez vibe. If you’re interested in checking out the tag and seeing what it’s all about, just click this nifty little word—> here!
When I was in elementary school I discovered the Goosebumps series written by R.L. Stine, which I thoroughly loved. They were creepy, spooky, and at times quite disgusting. But hey, as a kiddo you can’t help but love that sort of gooey ick. To be perfectly frank, I have been re-reading them and the adventure has been cheesy yet satisfying. Another series that drove me into a bibliophilic craze were The Cat Who… mystery novels written by Lillian Jackson Braun. Sassy cats who help their human slave solve murders? WIN!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley would have to be my all-time favourite classic, and it’s specifically the original 1818 edition, not the revised and conservatively crappy 1831 version. It is still a majestic masterpiece on classical romanticism with exquisitely intellectual writing that transports you into a Victorian era of gothic horror. Frankenstein also had plenty of themes within its pages that was years ahead of its time, such as abortion, which helped created a thought-provoking experience.
I remember seeing this series on shelves everywhere when the film came out, so it already had quite a bit of hype surrounding it. Nonetheless, as soon as the film hit cinemas, that hype seemed to have mutated into an explosion. The series that I’m talking about is none other than The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner. Before the movie, I had a very mild interest in checking it out. Afterwards, that interest dwindled and wilted. A very good friend of mine also made a passionate case about the atrocious writing within the series, so that just added to my blossoming disinterest.
This time I’m going to switch gears a bit and name a manga series that has been running for almost twenty years. It has all of the stereotypical shōjo manga tropes that you can think of, yet there is still something that makes the story feel authentic and original, at least to a certain extent. Skip Beat written by Yoshiki Nakamura is a romance comedy with an excruciatingly drawn out love triangle that oft feels never-ending. Yet the cast is dynamic with varying personalities, a narrative with plenty of depth to keep you reading.
Hands down it’s going to have to be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This series is so fucking fascinating to me! Not only does it have time travel, but the female protagonist is teleported back a few hundred years to Scotland, which is a country that I’m getting more and more obsessed with! While I usually don’t have a penchant for romance, I would gladly make an exception for Outlander, but it’s a gigantic series where each installment is larger than its predecessor. One day…
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and Battle Royale by Koushun Takami will have to share the spotlight on this one. With the former, I remember being so connected to the characters that I literally could not put the book down until I reached the finale. The writing is so breathtakingly elegant, yet wholly simple and real in nature, that it drew me in in ways I wasn’t expecting. Battle Royale, while also being a marvel in prose, was jaw-droppingly violent, visceral, and just plain insane. I had never read anything like it prior to that experience. At certain points I did want to put it aside and take a break because it was so vibrant in blood and body parts, however, the fact that kids could be so goddamn sadistic blew my mind. These two are definitely some of my favourite books to date.
This is going to have to be a BROTP rather than an OTP. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve come across two characters that I have such a strong opinion about in regards to them being involved romantically. Best friends, buddies for life, pals until the end… and however else you’d like to frame it, is a completely different case though. From the The Blade of the Flame trilogy written by Tim Waggoner, there are two men who have stuck by each other through so much shit with sass, wit, and sheer luck that they are my biggest BROTP ever! It’s between the main protagonist, who is an assassin-turned-priest named Diran Bastiaan, and his half-human half-ogre companion, Ghaji. They are a phenomenal duo.
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea pops into my mind almost instantly. Last November I found this novel at a local bookstore. After reading the blurb on the back, I knew in a span of forty-five seconds that I just had to have this book. It’s an extremely fast-paced, cyberpunk narrative about an assassin-turned-brothel owner who finds herself on the run after someone hires a bunch of scary-looking assholes to assassinate her. There is so much quick-witted, morbid humour and brilliantly executed action in the book that I blew through it before I even realized what was happening.
I haven’t read any serials yet that have had a significant amount of spin-offs, if any, so instead I will choose a series that I could read until the end of time (assuming of course that the author decides that it will never end): Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. If that won’t work, I can provide a series that has had a lot of installments outside of the original serial that has been expanding on the lore and universe of said series, and that is anything pertaining to Dune by Frank Herbert. I know many people probably won’t agree with me here, but that’s okay. I don’t mind being in the minority with this. 🙂
Surprisingly enough, I’m going to have to name the young adult science-fiction title, The Abyss That Surrounds Us written by Emily Skrutskie. The main character is a badass, Asian lady who encounters another badass woman who is supposed to be the villain. But I have a feeling romance will bloom and it will be fun and delightful! For those of you who may have already read this, please don’t spoil it! I’m very eager to read this very soon!
I have three! The first is Haruki Murakami, always and forever until the end of time. The second one is Brian K. Vaughan, whose comic books have been a divine revelation for me as a bibliophile. Thirdly, it is the absolutely brilliant and fantastically fun woman known as Nnedi Okorafor.
Again, I have more than one, hahaha. 🙂 The first is a young adult science-fiction series that has been floating around on twitter, blogs, and GoodReads feeds like crazy: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The second one is an adult urban fantasy series called The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
Oh man, I bet this one is on A LOT of people’s lists but it’s going to have to be A Song of Ice and Fire #6: The Winds of Winter written by George R.R. Martin.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan was the surprise for me. Tons and tons of people raved and praised this series, yet I remained hesitant because I always find the hype to fall short of the overall quality. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a damned good series after all. I only have one complaint about it: I wish that with such a large cast, Riordan could have taken the time to give us some diverse characters instead of a huge group of white kids, especially since the setting is in modern-day New York City.
LAST ONE! Woot, I made it to the end. 🙂 If I could have any collector’s edition box set it would have to be the one for Sandman by Neil Gaiman, and I wouldn’t even want it for myself. My boyfriend is a HUGE fan of the series and I think it would be absolutely spectacular to be able to snag it for him sometime in the future and watch him fanboy with disbelief.
That’s all for the Pokémon GO Book Tag! Once again, if you are interested in doing the tag, please click this link –> HERE <–, show some love to Aentee for creating this fun tag, and have fun!
Wishing you all a great Monday and good week ahead. ♥