23 Aug 2016


How do you get Pikachu on a crowded train?
You Pokomon.

I know, what can I say? Sorry?

As I said I'm probably about to lose any street cred I ever had and believe me ever since I offered to look after the then primary school age Niece #1's Tamagotchi (I know, how cool of me was that?) only to 'kill it' (not quite so cool, eh?) that doesn't say much BUT I simply had to join in the latest Pokemon craze ...

Though created here, I first came across the Pokemon Go Book Tag meme here at Carol's NoteBook.

Not fully up to speed with the exact etiquette of the meme but it seems that as well as the book that started my love of reading I should also name my favourite Pokemon(????)

Not as easy as it sounds. Rumoured to have been born with a paperback in my hand, I guess my love of reading began with the very first story book ever read to me. As for my favourite Pokemon? Let's go with the one residing on the steps outside the church where Mr T worships. Don't know which one it is but, yes, that's my favourite.
Ooh! Possibly one of the first 'classics' I ever had read to me and certainly one of the classics I'll always love, The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. I still have the beautifully illustrated copy that belonged to my mam as a little girl. There is no date of publication but an inscription shows it was awarded to my mam, aged 6, in March 1955.

That's easier. A series I lost interest in reading because it was literally everywhere but have promised to read ... one day - The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.
Not normally at a loss as to an answer for these things but this one has me stumped. Mmm! Err! You know you can have too much of a good thing and after a while reading one modern 'vampire' book (lets say any of the True Blood books by Charlaine Harris) can became pretty much like reading any other modern 'vampire' story (let say the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer) and yet love them we still do.

This year Kelly threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to read at least 6 books of 600+ pages. So far, so good, I've read 3 (or is it 4?) but so far have put off reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl which, drat, I've only just realised, is only actually 563 pages.

I don't actually do scary books any more so if a book has kept me awake it hasn't been for that reason sooo the most recent books to keep me awake until silly-o-clock recently simply because I couldn't put them down were The Six Train To Wisconsin and, book 2 in the series, Highway Thirteen To Manhattan by Kourtney Heintz.

OTP? (Is that another piece of my street cred I see disappearing before my eyes?) Aah! One True Pairing. Of my recent reads I guessed that would have to go to Daenerys and Khal Drogo (Game Of Thrones)... what a love story.

Oh dear! A bit of a prude, I don't tend to do fire-hot, lukewarm being more my kind of read so with that in mind can I go with the aforementioned Kourtney Heintz books which were rather smokin'. 

Ooh! No matter how many Winnie The Pooh spin-offs there are I can't see myself ever really tiring of Eeyore.

If not because of its plot (which lets face it was pretty mediocre) so much as the wonderful character that is Cormoran Strike, I thought Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling's) The Cuckoo's Calling surprisingly awesome.

Agggh! The Harry Potter books????

I can't ever remember particularly wanting any collector's edition until I received a copy of Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats 7th Anniversary Edition by T S Eliot. 

Not sure if its a debut novel (Drat! A quick 'google' shows its not) but I'm so excited by the thought of The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu.

I don't even have to think about this one, Philippa Gregory. 

That would have to be the paperback edition of the second book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. A book I've been waiting for so long that I've forgotten what its called.

Well that was a fun filled few hours and though I do say it myself, a bookish meme, perhaps I'll retain some of the street cred I (never) had ...


Gina R said...

No street cred lost ... just don't wander into to traffic chasing one you're trying to capture.😉

Sherry Ellis said...

This is funny, especially since my last post was about Pokémon Go. I can totally relate! :)

Literary Feline said...

This is cute. :-) I wasn't sure what OTP was either, and so am glad you figured it out.

Kelly said...

What a fun, clever post! My son was a major Pokemon fan (still is and he's 27!) so I know far more about them than I probably should. My favorite? Bulbasaur.

I can't believe you killed your niece's Tamagotchi. I had my own and was just as obsessed with it as my kids were of theirs. Actually, I still have it somewhere in a jewelry box, I think.

Hang in there with the "tome" challenge. You still have several months to go. :)

Natasha Hill said...

You're not losing any of your street cred at all Tracy, in fact, you're gaining here! Loved this Tag and the questions went so well with the both the Pokemon world, and the book world, and your answers were brilliant. I seriously need to read some longer books as I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to larger tomes so that should be my goal for 2017! - Tasha

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Cute joke. I have no cred. I haven't even played the game. I'm sad. :)

I do like how all the tags lined up. The server's down one made me laugh. Ah too many I'm waiting on forever... or feels that way. LOL

Brian Joseph said...

Great post. It is very entertaining and amusing.

I have not delved onto the Pokomon craze but my wife has. I wish that I had more time to participate.

I like your book picks> I would also like to own Of Practical Cats 7th Anniversary Edition.

Charlie (The Worm Hole) said...

Uh oh! That's an interesting church usher Mr T's church has!

Do read The Hunger Games some time, the last book isn't so good but the others are fab. I won't say they match the hype, that's too subjective, but they are worth it.

Karen Alderman said...

It probably ups your street cred lol

I still haven't joined the craze although most of my friends are obsessed.

Karen @For What It's Worth