Michelle from the wonderful The Writing Hufflepuff has so many wonderful tags up on her blog it’s hard to pick one to get doing. As this year is the 20th anniversary of the release of the very first Pokemon game, this tag seemed like a good one to start off with. I loved Pokemon as a young girl, my brother and I would come home from school every day and watch the show on TV, then really piss each other off by deleting each other’s saved game on our copy of Leaf Green.
Some of the best books are those written more than 100 years ago. They’ve been adapted into films and TV shows across the last century, but sometimes it’s just best to go back to where the magic all began.
The language in the books may be a little old fashioned, but don’t let that put you off – these are among the best books you’ll ever read.
They’re also perfect if you’re taking part in any reading challenge where you need to read a book older than you, or over 100 years old.
Challenge Criteria: A dystopian novel
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
The beauty of these tags is that sometimes, someone will suggest you to do them. For the last few tags I’ve filled in, I’ve found them online myself. This one is different – someone actually thought of me to do it. ZeeZee tagged me in the New Year’s Book Resolutions post on her blog, and I love this as it’s a great way to think deeper about what’s on your bookshelf. It’s a little break from the book reviews too.