Aly: Yes, more Pokémon! No, I’m not sick of it yet. Pokémon Go has given me far too much entertainment in the way of curing boredom, but also causing mayhem when catching a Pokémon a friend or colleague wasn’t able to catch. Hey, I never said I played fair!
Anyway, Aentee @ Read At Midnight created this tag, and I loved her post so much that I decided to tag myself — and you guys! So if you’re into tags and think they’re fun, feel free to take part on your own blog. Just remember to link back to the original post and give credit to Aentee!
Inge: Hello! I was tagged by Bieke @ Quite the Novel Idea. I grew up watching the first generation of Pokémon during my childhood, and have played countless hours of it on a pair of Gameboys. I simply could not resist the lure (ha ha, get it?) of this tag. So here we go!
Let’s do this!
Aly: I’ve always been a reader. I remember when I was little, my mum bought Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and I read it in a day. Back then, I couldn’t quite understand why book series didn’t all come out at the same time, so I only had two or three books in the series I could read and threw a mighty tantrum when I had to wait for the next one.
However, I went into a huge slump that lasted almost four years (I know) and it wasn’t until I bought Twilight by Stephanie Meyer that I fell in love with reading all over again. So thank you, Stephanie, for curing my almighty book slump. And sorry I seriously dislike Twilight now. If it makes you feel better, I was a Twihard until the age of sixteen, so I did dedicate quite a few years of my life to Bella and Edward.
Inge: Read it and weep, because that book was Twilight for me. It’s not a literary masterpiece, but it’s the first book I really cared about. Before, I’d only really read books for school, which were absolutely horrible and would put off the most avid bookworm. But for some reason, I picked up Twilight. I loved it, I reread it, I craved the sequels and obsessively followed the development of the movies and its actors. Twilight is what got me into reading; it opened the doors to other Young Adult series such as The Vampire Diaries, and now I’ve nearly read 600 books.
Aly: Alice in Wonderland is the book that springs to mind whenever someone asks me what my ultimate favorite book is. And so I’m choosing you, Alice, to answer this one! My mum read Alice to me when I was younger and, later on, I used it to teach myself English. I’ve watched all the movies, from the original Alice in Wonderland to the Disney classic to the newest one starring Johnny Depp, collect different editions (foreign ones especially) and if I could go to one imaginary place, I’d always choose Wonderland. So yeah, I guess you can say I like it. A little.
Inge: I mean — has to be Harry Potter, doesn’t it? Hogwarts has my heart.
Aly: I’m really quick to jump on a book-shaped bandwagon, but I’m also the kind of person who loses interest super quickly. Because of this, I’ve accidentally, over the years, accumulated a pile of books I’ve been meaning to read but just couldn’t bring myself to pick up because hype and because I’ve seen it everywhere.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Inge: Cassanda Clare’s books in general. I sort of stay away from her books because of all the plagiarism and bullying stories – I don’t think I could be objective when reading her books, and that wouldn’t be fair. But they’re also everywhere and there are 72 spin-off series and that’s really off-putting to me. But I would never condone someone for liking her books!
Aly: The Falconer by Elizabeth May springs to mind. I really enjoyed it, and ripped through it in a day or so, and fell in love with the steampunk setting and characters and humor, but the entire time whilst reading I couldn’t help but feel like it was the YA version of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Although there’s plenty of faerie folklore out there, it’s all pretty similar, so I can’t fault the novel for not being ‘original’ enough, but even the characters were like younger, eighteenth century versions of the beloved Mac and Barrons. Not to mention that the story and plot itself were reminiscent of Fever’s own plot and setting — including the villain’s intentions, magical objects and naughty faerie hunting.
But I loved it! And that’s always a plus.
Inge: I guess the older series by L.J. Smith, because they were some of the first books I ever read for fun, so they’re a bit special. Especially The Forbidden Game – yes, the main character is a special snowflake and yes, there’s a love triangle, and yes, probably a lot of other tropes that would annoy me in other books. But for some reason, that doesn’t bother me here. Call me biased.
Aly: *laughs nervously*
Ah, yes. More than a year ago, I started reading A Game of Thrones. To this day, I have read exactly 200 pages and haven’t touched it since. It all came down to this: I loved watching the TV series, but the books are huge and you seriously need some badass dedication to get through all of them without being buried alive by the sheer size of them. If you’ve read all of the books in the ASOIAF series, kudos to you, and I 100% believe you should be crowned Book Queen or King.
Another series is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I want to read it so bad but it’s such a long series and the books are so long and ohmygod.
Inge: I received The Name of the Wind a few months ago and I find it daunting to look at. It’s pretty small in size, actually, but there are So. Many. Pages. I find it funny, because we’re all fine reading 3 books that are 300 pages, but one book that’s 900 pages? Nuh-uh!
Aly: I’m a very emotional reader. Whenever I’m reading a book that grips my feels and takes them hostage, I bombard Inge with texts that don’t really make sense 99% of the time.
- Made me so emotional I cried all night: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- Made me so angry I stayed up all night: Sweet Home by Tillie Cole
- Made me so happy I stayed up all night: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Scared the living daylights out of me: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. It also convinced me never to have children. Ever.
Inge: I’m probably in the minority here, because I don’t stay up in order to read a book. Sure, if I see there’s only 100 pages left and it’s really good, then I’ll stay up an hour longer to finish it. I know, I’m terribly hardcore. But I just need my sleep, okay?
Aly: Pynch is my favorite bookish OTP, although my list is big enough to wallpaper an average-sized house. But Ronan and Adam from The Raven Cycle series are the two characters I shipped so hard I actually thought I’d break something, and cried happy tears when it finally happened. DREAMS DO COME TRUE.
Inge: I really liked Cress and Thorne in The Lunar Chronicles, as well as all the couples from the Off-Campus series – as long as you can make me laugh whilst I’m swooning, you and I are good.
Aly: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton took me all of four hours to read. It was action-packed, with humor galore and an amazing plot. I could not put it down at all. Another book I read really fast was The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos, one of the few contemporaries that drew me in within the first few pages. Although it’s not ‘fire-hot’ it’s definitely fast paced and truly fabulous.
Inge: The first one that comes to mind is Nerve – I remember not wanting to put the book down and reading for hours, because I had to know what happened next. The plot was fast-paced and thrilling. I’m really curious about the movie.
Aly: If you don’t know the answer to this, you’re probably new to the blog, so hi! I’m Aly, I blog alongside Inge on this wonderful site, and I am absolutely obsessed with anything by Sarah J Maas. I will never get tired of seeing spin-offs for both Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses and am super excited to see the new books Maas has planned for us!
Inge: I think I would get sick of seeing spin-offs of even my favourite series, but I think I’m going to say Harry Potter, as well as Rick Riordan’s work. Not that I’ve read anything outside of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I do have the Heroes of Olympus box set on pre-order, so we’ll see!
Aly: I was so sure I wouldn’t enjoy Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan because I’m just not a huge fan of middle grade. If I’d started reading it in my younger years, I probably would’ve been a die-hard fan but, as it is, I read the first three books and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them! Although I can’t class those books as all time favorites, I’m definitely reading on and already own all of the Heroes of Olympus books and Trials of Apollo.
Inge: After feeling kind of lukewarm about Cinder and incredibly “meh” about Scarlet, I was really surprised to find that I enjoyed Cress so much. That book and its sequel really solidified the Lunar Chronicles series for me! I also didn’t expect to like The Deal so much because I’m not a fan of NA in general, but I absolutely fell in love.
Aly: The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury was all over Twitter and Goodreads when it first came out and although I haven’t started reading it yet, I am excited to get to it! It probably helps that the cover to this series are to die for, and they aren’t overly long which means I can binge-read them.
Inge: Illuminae! It’s out there everywhere and I still haven’t read it, but I’m still excited to read it. I love me some sci-fi, especially in the form of Doctor Who, and I love different formats in books, like when they’re told through chats or texts. The physical copies look gorgeous, too!
I lovelovelove The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and I’ve been collecting different editions for a while now. A while ago I saw this beautiful 50th Anniversary edition, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it, but the price is ridiculously high. Wordery has it for £55 and all other retailers are either sold out or the price is the same or higher. Isn’t it beautiful though? Look at that detailing, and the gold pages! I just want to hug it and sniff its pretty pages like the sad bookworm I am.
Inge: I don’t really collect special editions of books, but I would love to have the illustrated versions of the Harry Potter series. From what I’ve seen, they’re incredibly gorgeous, and I would just stare at them and stroke the spines (see what I did there? Har har).
Aly: SO MANY NEW BOOKS I NEED TO OWN. The main one that pops to mind is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I don’t know much about it other than it’s a magical traveling circus and someone goes missing and there is enough mystery to drown in. I first heard about it on Twitter when bookish friends went to… I want to say ALA 2016. They were giving out bound manuscripts of the book in limited numbers, and within days of people getting home, they were all raving about how wonderful it is.
Ever since then, I’ve been really pumped to read it, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Inge: I’m also really intrigued by all the hype around Caraval! A magic travelling circus always sounds good to me in my opinion. Also, this is slightly cheating because I’ve already read it, but it hasn’t come out in the US yet, so Under Rose-Tainted Skies was probably one of my most anticipated debuts this year.
Aly: I may or may not have a list…
- Elliot Wake (previously known as Leah Raeder)
- Sarah J Maas
- Alwyn Hamilton
- Rebecca Podos
- Maggie Stiefvater
Inge: Sorry, I don’t do auto-buy. I don’t know if that makes me boring, but it really depends on the story for me. However, I’ll always be on the look-out for stories by J.K. Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, Gemma Burgess, Cecelia Ahern, Brandon Sanderson, and Gina Damico.
Aly: My fan life has been pretty smooth-going so far, with only one book I’d been waiting for in the past being pushed back a year. This year, I’m waiting on Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and the wait is long. Previously slated to come out in September 2016, it’s now not coming out until March 2017 and after we’ve already waited so long for the lovely Laini to publish a new book, I can safely say we’re all a bit anxious for this one to come out already.
Inge: I’d been waiting for a really long time for P.S. I Like You, On the Other Side, and The Cursed Child. I now own all of them! But I’m also really excited about Heartless – it sounds like an awesome Alice retelling.
Aly: That’s all for now, folks! This tag was really fun to do, so if you, too, would like to do it, feel free! I tag you all. What are some of your most anticipated books this year? What book got you into reading? Which authors are on your auto-buy list? Let’s discuss in the comments below!