the pokemon go book tag!

the pokemon go book tag!

Hey guys!

As you all know, Pokemon Go has been the center of the universe for the past few months. I got it about two weeks after it came out (TEAM VALOR FOREVER) , and I was in New York at the time, so I caught a couple AWESOME pokemon. But now I’m home and there’s like, nothing out here. So I figured I’d combine Pokemon and Books so maybe I’ll feel better.

Credit to Read at Midnight for creating this awesome tag!

Alright, let’s get started:

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Quick question: Do you get starters when you start pokemon go? Because I didn’t get one. I don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s the game.

I never really played Pokemon before Pokemon Go, and it’s just because my parents never bought me the game and at the time, I thought it was cool to be a hipster (so ya gotta flow away from the mainstream… ^-^) so I never played. I think once I did get to start the game, and I chose a Charmander (TEAM VALOR FOREVER). I have both a Charmander and Bulbasaur in Pokemon Go, but no Squirtles. I don’t even think I’ve seen one yet.

On the book side, the first books I can remember loving were The Boxcar Children in the first grade. I don’t really remember much about them, but I do know they ROCKED MY WORLD. As a child, I was quite afraid of making friends, so instead of playing at recess I would sit on a bench and read. My other favorite books were the Warriors series. I read literally EVERY SINGLE BOOK. I got all the way through to Skyclan’s Destiny. That’s the last on I can remember, and I own it.

 

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I did manage to catch a Pikachu, but I only have one and he’s level 33. He’s not helping me out very much.

My bookish Pikachu would have to be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I absolutely love it. I know it’s totally a mess, but the idealism and the descriptions of the beauty of the city still makes me want to go back and visit (though I doubt I’d stay very long because I’d have literally 0 rights). Gatsby’s love (or obsession?) with Daisy is still pretty cute, no matter how many problems they had. He kept his heart out for her, threw lavish parties just on the off chance she might one day walk through his door. If that isn’t romanticism, I don’t know what is. Honestly, Gatsby parties are what I’d do if I were rich.

 

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I feel like Zubat’s were slightly more respected before Pokemon Go came out. Now whenever I see a Zubat I want to stab myself in the face. They make me physically angry (along with Magikarp’s but we’ll get there later).

I can’t really think of a book like that, even though I KNOW there is one. But for right now, I guess I’ll go with Twilight. It came out in 2005, so I was still a toddler, but by around age 10 I would go into stores and see teenage fangirls screaming about it and I just thought it was gross (Oh how the tables have turned, amiright?). So I never watched the movies or read the books. I’m never gonna.

 

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I haven’t found a ditto. Are they even real? Are they even in Pokemon Go? If you’ve found one, I don’t believe you.

Honestly, pretty much every YA dystopian book is the same. I’m gonna read them anyway. But I absolutely LOVE the Lunar Chronicles series (If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know)! But they’re very similar to other dystopias, as in a teenage girl leads a successful uprising over a tyrant. The other trope is the fairytale retelling, which is my favorite genre in literature. Fairytale retelling, literally any retelling. I’ll literally read any of them. I just read A Study in Charlotte (a Sherlock Retelling, for which I am writing a review which will come out soon). Retellings are always so go, and I always ADORE THEM.

 

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I haven’t found a Snorlax yet. *sighs*

I 100% know I’m not the only person who said this but…

It’s Game of Thrones. I’m sorry! They’re just so long and I have no time. There are seven books, each immensely long. I promise I would if I could ever find the time. Even worse, I watch the show. I was going to wait until I read the books to watch GoT, but I lost a bet. So here I am.

 

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Where even are half of these Pokemon? I haven’t seen them ANYWHERE!

The last book to keep me up at night was Illuminae, which was absolutely AMAZING. I loved it so much! If you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest you do. Everything about it is amazing, and I’m just biding my time until Gemina comes out. My review of it is here.

 

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I have a few male and female nidorans, so I’m on my (woot woot)

My bookish OTPs will forever be a tie between Winter and Jacin from Winter and Feyre and Rhysand from ACoTaR and ACoMaF. Winter and Jacin was absolutely adorable the entire time, and especially in Stars Above, when Winter accepts her love for him. They’re so cute. And Jacin’s undying need to protect her makes me so happy. Rhysand and Feyre was amazing. Rhysand and Feyre’s bond is something I wish I could have with any boy. Rhysand saving Feyre’s life gave me life. He cared so deeply and so obviously for her and I was so happy when they got together (even though I’d rather I was dating him).

 

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WHERE ARE THESE POKEMON? SERIOUSLY???

A Study in Charlotte has returned. Absolutely wonderful, and Brittany Cavallaro has written a masterpiece. As I said before, I love retellings, and I really loved this one. I had a few issues with it however, which I’ll cover later in a review. But it’s a really, really fast paced read and I liked it.

 

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I do have a couple Eevee’s, but I transferred most of them in hopes of evolving my strongest one. I still haven’t yet. I’m SO CLOSE.

Since spin-offs are practically retellings, I’ll read any of them. All of them. I have been in love with Greek mythology retellings since I was little, when Percy Jackson first came out. I read them when I was really little, and from then on Greek mythoi owned my life for years. They still kind of do. I would also love some Sherlock spin offs, from the Arthur Conan Doyle books or from the TV series. I love Sherlock and Watson’s dynamic. I personally love the romance aspect, even though I know some people don’t. Some other retellings that always get me are of course, fairytale retellings. They’re always really magical, and really dark, especially ones where the princess turns evil. Those are GOOD.

 

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As everyone knows, Magikarps are by far the most useless Pokemon, but they evolve into Gyarados which are significantly more awesome. I only have one Magikarp, and looking at it makes me want to throw my phone out the window.

A book series that was surprisingly awesome? ACoTaR and ACoMaF. I really did not go in expecting much, because the descriptions seemed so dreadfully boring to me (despite how much I love romance), and I didn’t think I could get interested. Low and behold, they’re one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’m just biding my time waiting for the third one. There are going to be six books, and I don’t think my poor Rhysand loving heart will be able to take it.

 

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I think the funnies thing about the Legendary pokemons are that Articuno and Moltres look so regal and ready to fight, and Zapdos looks just crazy. He’s so out there. He’s ready to go fight. I’m so glad Spark and Zapdos found each other because they both look 100% not okay.

I am so excited to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han! I’ve read The Summer I Turned Pretty and the other two books, but everyone always mentions TAtBILB as one of the best YA romance books they’ve ever read. So of course, I need to get my hands on a copy.
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WHERE???

I wish I owned the Art Deco F. Scott Fitzgerald books. They’re SO pretty. I’ve only read The Great Gatsby. It would definitely inspire me to read the rest of them. But I do adore the Great Gatsby, which I’ve already mentioned before, and I bet I’d love the rest.

 

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I hatched like, eight eggs this week. It was awesome.

A debut novel I’m excited for is The Way I Used to Be. I know it already came out, but I haven’t yet had the good fortune of reading it, as they don’t have it at my school library and I haven’t been to a bookstore in about a month. I’ve heard nothing but good things for this book, and I’m so excited to pick it up one day, hopefully soon!

 

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I’ve never used a Lure Module. I don’t even think I have any.

My auto-buy author number one is Marissa Meyer. I ADORE HER. I read all the Lunar Chronicles, and re read them marathon style (it took me three days). I have almost all of the Lunar Chronicles books, with the exception of Winter WHICH IS MY FAVORITE ONE :((

My other auto-buy is Rainbow Rowell, because everyone of her books has ruined me emotionally. My favorite by far is Carry On, for obvious reasons, (it’s amazing, it’s gay, Simon and Baz’s relationship had me more salty I was single than anything else in the world).

 

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Server’s being down means I can get on with my life, which is probably a good thing.

I’ve been waiting on Heartless (by Marissa Meyer of course) for what feels like 15 years now. I’m so excited for it, I’ve entered like 100 giveaways for it (I’ve won none, unfortunately), and I’m going to DIE of excitement when this book comes out, OK? It’s going to kill me because it’s going to be the most perfect book I’ve ever read. I can feel it.

 

Well here is my Pokemon Go challenge! I really hope you guys enjoyed reading about my poor pokemon exploits and my slightly better book ones. I really hope to do a challenge like this in the future, because this was really fun! Credit again to Read at Midnight for the tag.

The only person I tag here is The Page Parade because maybe this will motivate her to her first blog post! You all should tag her too.

In upcoming news: I’m in the midst of a new book review, plus another one I have lined up. I will be doing a book recommendation this month, even though I skipped the last two (sorry!). I set the standard too high with book counts, and I’m going to be lowering the limit to five instead of ten. It is too hard to think of ten books to talk about, especially since I didn’t read ten, and I am free to go into further detail now. You guys should definitely get excited!

love,

Alexis

 

 

 

 

 

 

the tmi tag!

the tmi tag!

I’m so excited to do this tag! Tags are always really fun, so let’s get started!

What fictional character has the best style?
I love Lou’s style from Me Before You. I know it’s not technically the ‘best’ but I just love the confidence and pride she wears her outfits with. Also, I imagine she looks pretty cute in them (at least, Emilia Clarke does).

Your book girlfriend/boyfriend/ fictional crush?
Ooh jeez, I have a HUGE list. But I’ll try to narrow it down. Jay Gatsby, Draco Malfoy, Baz Pitch, Rhysand (ACoTaR), Jem Carstairs, Will Herondale (fun fact: I had a crush on a guy at my school named Will, so I named him Will Herondale in my phone because WH is perfect), Luna Lovegood, Hermione Grainger, Mor, and Amren (ACoTaR)

Ever loved a character but than started hating them?
Tamlin from ACoTaR. He’s the WORST now.

Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?
Daughters of the Moon, by Lynne Ewing. I have the first three books in one, and it’s somewhere around 900 pages.

Heaviest book on your shelf?

It’s probably the collectors edition of Wicked I own.

Do you have any book posters?

I have one, the House guide that comes in the back of some of the Glass Sword copies.

Do you have any book themed jewelry?

I used to have a Mockingjay necklace, but it broke/I lost it.


Book OTP?

Ooh another list! Feysand, Cresswell, Scarwolf, Jacinter, Kaider, Malec, Sizzy, Clace, and Dallonny (Dallas x Johnny from the Outsiders). And those are the ones off the top of my head. Of course more, but I’m running a blank right now.

Favorite book series?

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. 100% THE LUNAR CHRONICLES.

Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?

Um… I don’t really have one, but the Me Before You soundtrack has The 1975 on it so I’ll go with that.

A book story you miss/ wish would continue?
The Lunar Chronicles. I honestly would read a book about Winter just doing nothing. Her doing nothing, forever. I want this.

Favorite stand-alone?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell! I love it so much. It’s so cute, and I was so unworthy of it’s beauty.

Since when did you read books?

I’ve been reading since I was probably around 3 or 4, and I hardcore read until about seventh grade. I’ve been picking up more now in the summer of ninth grade.

Which Hogwarts house are you in?
S, to the L, to the Y, T, H, E, R, I, N to the S, to the L, to the Y, T, H, E, R, I, N

Quality you look for in a book?

Romance, action, stupid snarky characters.


Favorite book quote
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.” from Carry On!

Favorite author?
Marissa Meyer and Rainbow Rowell

Favorite book cover?
Illuminae’s. It’s so clever and intricate, especially the blacked out words on the hardcover that are written on in the book sleeve.

Action or Romance?
Romance! I love romance, especially when they’re all cute and whatnot. I prefer my romances in space, however.

Where do you go when a sad moment happens?
I either continue the book to get past it, or I scream for three minutes and then sit in silence stunned.

How long do you need to finish a book?
Anywhere from a day to about three days. If I’m really busy, it might take a week.

How long is your mourning period?

Until I start another book. So usually, not that long.

Least Favorite Book?
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read it back in the sixth grade and I could NOT STAND IT.

Turn on in a character?

Dark hair, sassiness, an anti-villain/hero (or maybe straight up a villain) and some serious internal conflict.

Turn off in a character?

Straight up rude. Not even like sassy rude. Just rude, all the time.

Reason I started blogging?
I really love reading, and I wanted to express my love to everyone who wanted to listen!

Name a scary book?
Misery by Steven King. Never read it because (horror = thumbs down), but I know of it.

Last book that made you cry?
Never cried! My eyes are permanently dry, sorry.

Last book that you gave 5 stars?
The last book I gave 5 stars was ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas.

Any favorite book titles?
My two favorite book names are milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, and And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.

Last book you read?
I last finished Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

Book you’re currently reading?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. So good so far!

Last book adaptation you watched?
Um… Currently I’m watching Game of Thrones (literally watching Game of Thrones as we speak).

A book character you always wanted to talk to?
Honestly, it’s a tie between Penelope Bunce, Simon Snow, and Baz Pitch (because on one hand, Penelope is just amazing, I could talk to Simon about Baz, and I could talk to Baz about Simon!)

An author you always wanted to talk to?
Marissa Meyer!

Favorite Book snack?
Popcorn.

Book world you want to live in?
The Lunar Chronicles universe, just after Cinder becomes queen.

Book world you DON’T want to live in?

The Hunger Games, that one just sounds like a mistake.

Last time you smelled a book?
Two days ago when I bought Illuminae. Anyone smell books

Weird insults used in books?
In Macbeth when one of the murders

Favorite romance book?

The Wrath & The Dawn, or The Princess and the Guard from Stars Above.

Do you write?
Occasionally, I once wrote a Preacher prequel story. I write some poetry, and I did (don’t laugh) write a really depressing Grojband short for no reason. If you ever want to torture yourself and read some of this stuff, here’s the link.

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Favorite magical item?

Penelope Bunce’s purple ‘magic wand’ ring.

or Thor’s hammer.

Your quidditch position?
Beater.

Name a song you connect to a book
I know Young and Beautiful is in the Great Gatsby soundtrack, but I still love it.

Favorite book related chat up line?
Can I Slytherin to bed with you?

Have you ever used it?

Unfortunately not.

Favorite book fandom?
Carry On and The Lunar Chronicles, they’re so nice, and it’s full of stupid memes. I follow at least six ‘Incorrect Quotes’ pages for each fandom.

How many books do you own?
Probably upwards of 100, but I don’t really know.

Who do you tag?

My friend, the page parade who needs a first blog post!

I hope you guys enjoyed! Did you guys notice that I finally took the photo for the featured image! I’ve been to busy to get around to the photos before, but I think I’m going to take more of these from now own.

love,

Alexis

the ‘would you rather’ tag!

the ‘would you rather’ tag!

Hey guys! So of course, I wanted to post, but I didn’t know what to pot about. So what better than a book tag?

Nobody tagged me in this, but I found it on Goodreads and it looked fun so.

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

I would so much rather read a series. I get so upset when I read stand-alones. Like, I need more of the characters. One book is too little. In fact, series sometimes are too little. I’d honestly rather the books just went on forever.

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

I mean, I am a girl, so it’s always great to see female representation and the media. But sometimes it’s more fun to be in the head of a snarky boy because they’re always really funny. But I still say girl.

 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?

BARNES & NOBLE. FOREVER.I don’t get to go the bookstore very often, but walking into one is like walking into a new magical place. And when i go into a bookstore, it’s wonderland. And I always end up getting more books then I meant to, and end up crying on the floor for 45 minutes because I only came for one book and ended up grabbing 112 in the first 3 minutes I spent there. That’s always fun.

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?

TV shows! With the length of TV shows, it’s way easier to fit all of the small details from the book into the show, and they’re always leaving stuff out in movies, purely because a movie can’t be 1000 hours long. A TV show can ^-^.

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

5 BOOKS PER WEEK? PLEASE! I read 6 books last week, (Wink Poppy Midnight, Carry OnFangirl, The Simmer I turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, Purple Hibiscus), and that’s actually the most fun I’ve had in a while (with the exception of seeing Captain America: Civil War). But the real question is, would I have time for TV? Because I watch a LOT of tv.

6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?

Would this entail special writing powers? Because I would LOVE to be an author. I’ve been trying to write books for years, but I can’t elaborate enough on my thoughts to finish anything. I could write the most important chapter of a book in a page and then have no idea how to spread it out. Any book I could ever write would literally be like 30 pages at most. But I would definitely rather be an author.

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?

I thought about it, definitely a Bookstore. Because I could read all the books in my store, and you could decorate however you wanted, and your books would never come back in poor condition because you sold them! And you could read all the books you sell.

9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favorite genre. Because what if that author stopped writing? Or if they stopped writing in that genre? Then I would be sad forever. I don’t like horror but what if Marissa Meyer started writing horror? Would I just be terrified forever? That sounds awful.

 10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical book! That means I could own it and my bookstagram game would slowly rise. Also I love the feeling of books, and it’s not the same with an eBook.

I hope you guys enjoyed! Comment if there are any book tags you want me to do, and make sure to like and follow!

love,

Alexis

 

the book bloggers test

the book bloggers test

What are your top three book pet peeves?

★ How in every high school book, all the people who aren’t the main character or his friends are just the worst people. This isn’t at all how high school really is, and with the exception of a few books, it get really exhausting whenever I try to read a book about high school.

★ InstaLove – Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘love at first sight’ but with some conflict or delayed reaction, but not when two characters meet each other and immediately are together in like, the most obnoxious way possible.

★ When the author changes the cover halfway into the series. NO. Please DO NOT. I need all the books to match, you are not allowed to do this to me.

Describe your perfect reading spot

★This will never happen, but a cute tree house with a bean bag, and tons of pillows and cute toys and bookshelves all along the walls. And music that matches the theme of the book. ^-^

Tell us three book confessions

★ I totally judge books by their covers. I’m sorry, but if I see the same book with an ugly cover and an aesthetic cover, we know which one I’m gonna get.

★ I LOVE romance novels. I know, it’s weird but I love them so much. Especially if they’re fairytale retellings. I LOVE THEM. Please, send me romance book recommendations I love them.

★ I own next to no book merchandise, it makes me so upset. (You could also send me book merchandise if you love me).

When was the last time you cried during a book?

★ I’ve never cried during a book.

How many books are on your bedside table.

★ None currently,because I put all of my books on my bookshelf, but I used to have eight library books on there. Comment if you want to know which ones!

What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

★ Nachos and Popcorn

Name three books you would recommend to everyone

★Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

★ The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

★ Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Write how much books mean to you in three words

★ better than food

What is your biggest reading secret?

★ I used to read a TON of One Direction fanfiction. Like, it was an every day thing. I even read half of the After books. Before they got turned into real books, of course.

So that’s a little bit about my reading! I hope you guys liked it.

love,

Alexis