A combination of two of my favorite things: reading and video games.
I wasn’t officially tagged, but I couldn’t resist doing this one. I’ve been playing video games since I was a little kid on our SNES and have been playing ever since. It’s always funny to me when my students find out how much I love video gaming. TEACHERS CAN HAVE FUN, TOO.
Okay, on to the tag.
Question #1 – NES – A classic that you want to read
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I’ve been wanting to read Sense and Sensibility ever since I watched the film adaptation starring Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. It’s a funny story, really, because the only reason I watched the movie was because my male best friend loves it. It was on a list of acceptable movies to do a project on for one of my college courses Philosophy of Love, and my best friend told me I had to pick that one so we could watch it together. He can say every line.
Anyway, I haven’t read much Jane Austen. What I have read has had zombie mayhem thrown in (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and I want some pure Jane Austen in my life.
Question #2 – SNES – A sequel you liked better than the first book
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
When I started this series, the HBO series Game of Thrones was about five episodes into the first season. As I was reading, I was able to watch the show along the way and everything lined up perfectly. The next book, A Clash of Kings was completely new material to me.
Question #3 – N64 – A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
This is my favorite book of all time. My favorite quote even comes from this book! “So it goes” is a way of thinking that the alien race in this book adopts. In their alien world, time doesn’t progress chronologically, but rather all at once. So, if a loved one dies, they are still living in the past (which to them is happening at the same time), so it’s not something to fret too much about. So it goes. This is how I try to look at things.
Question #4 – GameCube – A popular book that did not go over so well with you
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I HATE this book. I didn’t like the main character the entire book and I especially didn’t like the way everything was portrayed over dramatically. Too much information was withheld for the sake of drama/suspense. I don’t like this book!
Question #5 – Wii – A new favorite book
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I love this book. It was a slow go for me at first, but once I got into it, I was sucked in completely. We were on our way to my family’s house in the mountains and it was dark in the car. When we stopped along the way, I bought a flashlight so I could continue reading. I could not put it down.
Question #6 – Nintendo Power – Favorite graphic novel/A graphic novel series you want to start
Chew by John Layman
I haven’t read any graphic novels, but I’ve heard so many good things about this series.
Question #7 – Super Mario – A character you want to squish like a Goomba
Question #8 – Zelda – A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
This YA fantasy trilogy is one of the first book series I read when I was younger. I loved it then and I recently reread it and I still have so much love for it. There are aspects that go over kids’ heads and while they don’t detract from the meaning for kids, they add so much more for adults.
Question #9 – Samas-Aran – Favorite Sci-Fi novel or one you want to read
From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
This is really the only sci-fi novel that I’ve read. It’s more of a YA contemporary with a smidgen of alien goodness thrown in. It’s about a young girl whose boyfriend is dying of cancer. He suddenly recovers but seems like a completely different person….because his body was taken over and cured by an alien stranded on Earth.
Question #10 – Pokemon – Book editions you want to collect
I am currently collecting the Russian editions of the Harry Potter series. They are the newer, 2014 translations rather than the official translations because I’m told the new ones do a better job at keeping the humor and meaning behind the dialogue. So far, I only have the first two.
Question #11 – Donkey Kong – A book with original characters
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
I chose this book because there is a whole bunch of characters. It is about a group of friends who befriends a boy with Down’s Syndrome. They remain friends throughout their lives and the book goes back and forth between their childhoods and adulthood. As adults, something very strange and dangerous is happening and their unlikely best friend is the key to saving the world. It was the first “adult” book my mother let me read when I was twelve or so. It holds a special place in my heart.
Question #12 – Nintendo Fandom – Favorite Nintendo games
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA. I love this franchise. I have the most experience playing the GameBoy games because once our SNES died, we didn’t have a Nintendo console until the Wii came out. I love, love, LOVE Zelda.
I also love the Animal Crossing series. I have it for GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. They are just beautiful.
I cannot complete this tag without talking about how much I love playing Super Smash Bros. On Melee, I main as Kirby and on Brawl, I main as Lucas.
Ah, I love video games.
Since I just started this blog, I don’t know a lot of you and I certainly don’t know who likes to play games, so I tag ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DO IT. Let me know if you do so I can check it out!
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