Pokémon GO, the latest mobile game craze from Niantic, has been blowing up the internet lately. Fans of all ages, intensities, and skill levels have been taking over parks, marinas, and office lobbies in the quest to complete their Pokedex–and the first dude has already done it, in case you live under a rock and somehow didn’t know. If you’re looking to translate your love of indexing imaginary monsters to your bookshelf then I’ve rounded up a few recommendations I think you’re gonna wanna check out.
A young girl accidentally sets free all the creatures living within a magical set of cards and then has to recapture all of them. Cardcaptor Sakura is a vibrant shojo manga with enough costume changes and monsters to satisfy both the fashionista AND the poke-master within you.
Two kids have to solve their grandfather’s riddles and collect keys to inherit a magical creatures sanctuary where the biggest rule is based essentially on the idea of equal and opposite actions and reactions–magic for magic, loss for loss, etc. The Fablehaven series is geared toward younger readers, but it’s basically a bunch of really cool side quests wrapped up in creature care.
This one is an oldie-but-goodie that I basically hoarded from my public library when I was a kid. It’s like a pokedex but for unicorns and mermaids. Okay so an encyclopedia but you get where I’m going with this.
There’s actually a Pokémon Manga because of course there is
I have read none of this, but I hear it’s loosely based on the plot of the Red and Blue games (which I didn’t know had plots but here we are). For the die-hard Pokemoner who wants to Pokémon their Pokémon while they’re pokemoning.