The #NotAll Book Tag

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I don’t know about you, but I make a few too many generalisations (generally speaking 😉 ). And thanks to the wonderment that is a hashtag every time I do this, some helpful so and so chimes in #notall. And recently I’ve been thinking a couple of things about this: 1) I need to get that tattooed on my forehead and 2) this would make a great tag. (I did a google search and couldn’t find anything, so if it’s a thing already sozzles)

Basically, you all know how much I like to rant about tropes I hate and everyone-and-their-mother has bookish pet peeves (from love triangles to cover changes)- well this tag is all about exceptions to the rule!

As for actual rules: just link back to me as the creator so I can see all your awesome answers and have fun 😀

#notall cover changes – a cover change you liked


shatter me cover change

#notall adaptations – an adaptation you love more than the book


#notall tropes – a trope you’ll never tire of seeing

I’m a sap for characters with a bad image, but that secretly have a soft side. That’s why I’m a sap for Rhysand, August, Baz… and so many others!

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#notall instalove – you instaloved this instacouple

There’s actually so many for this if you expand it out to instalust (or if I was willing to give spoilers for a certain series), yet I’m going to go with the most famous one of all: Romeo and Juliet. To be blunt though, I don’t think I’ll ever see this as a fair criticism because it’s Shakespeare. It’s about as ridiculous as looking at La Pieta and saying “why did Michelangelo sculpt the Virgin Mary- that’s so cliché”. This is pure art and so exquisitely beautiful that it’s kinda missing the point to say “ugh but it’s instalove” or “ugh they were young” (cos no one ever did anything stupid as a teen lol). Basically, criticise Shakespeare at your own peril 😉 Rant over.


#notall love triangles – an example of love triangle done well

The Infernal Devices– Cassandra Clare does love triangles a lot, but I never mind it as much cos there’s always a really complicated reason and no one ever cheats. So yeah, I actually hate this trope in general, because I’m not cool with it if it’s cheating, but there’s an exception to every rule!

infernal devices

#notall parents – bookish parents that, you know, PARENT!

Erm is there anyone other than Atticus Finch?

to kill a mockingbird

#notall villains – a villain you love

Ooh I love loveable baddies. Lately I’ve been rooting for Maven from the Red Queen series and I’m not even sorry (the Darkling also deserves a shout even if it was ridiculously obvious that he was the baddie).

red queen

#notall chosen ones – a chosen one you can get behind

Oh this one is actually *so* hard for me, because as I mentioned the other day, this is one I have the most trouble with. Would it be cheating to say Simon Snow since Carry On has a bit of a twist? Whatever, gonna go with that now 😉

carry on

#notall hyped books – a book that lived up to the acclaim

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#notall *insert favourite genre* – a book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

So my pick is classics- and I’m going with As I Lay Dying– I book I have a special kind of loathing for. It’s a book about how words aren’t good enough to convey meaning. Golden for postmodernists, for me not so much.


#notall *insert least favourite genre* – a book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

This is actually really hard, cos I don’t actively dislike any genre. I’ve even made a concerted effort to try genres I didn’t used to. Most recently, I actually read (and enjoyed) Murder on the Orient Express, despite not being a big mystery reader. So I guess that works.


I tag: Nel, Kat, Dani, Sam, Sophie @ Blame Chocolate, Marie, Lashaan & Trang, Briana & Krysta, Liis, Literary Latte, Nessa, Zezee, Naty, Emily, Sarah, Sophie Li, Beth, Lexie, Angelica, Rebecca, Katie and Melanie

Okay I went a bit wild with the tags there- couldn’t help it 😉 Now I want to know what’s your favourite exception to the rule? Let me know in the comments!

127 thoughts on “The #NotAll Book Tag

      1. I didn’t even read the book yet, but it’s one of my ALL-TIME favourite movies and I am 100% convinced, I will not love the book more 😀 God, this movie, everything is so perfect 😀 The music, the actors, the humour, the romance, EVERYTHING!!!!!!

        ..I stop now 😀

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  1. I don’t mind love triangles as long as the author can convince me there’s actually a question about how it’s going to turn out. I feel like too often the choice is like 1) some guy the protagonist obviously really likes and who is just a great human being and 2) some guy she clearly doesn’t like as much who is a drug dealer and possibly a murderer and maybe an abuser too. Gee…I wonder how this is going to turn out….

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    1. hehehe that’s true- I think that most of them aren’t really a choice buuuut I still don’t like them, because too often they’re just an excuse for forced drama and an mc who’s indecisive and playing with people’s feelings but somehow supposed to be nice- just gahh I really don’t like that trope. (most of the time lol 😉 )


  2. I’d say my exception to the rule is when I find a contemporary that I really like (since I largely gave up reading straight-up contemporaries without some sort of fantasy/paranormal twist a while back). “Finding Audrey” and “Girl Online” were two I read last year that were enjoyable, and not too tropey. I’m still on the fence about the ending of GO, but FA was fantastic.

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      1. I think you’d really like Finding Audrey. It’s especially good for those of us who aren’t really into typical contemporaries (i.e. whiny professional who can’t get a date), as it deals with real life stuff but isn’t boring, and actually treats things like social anxiety and family dysfunction as actual issues.

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  3. I also LOVE the cover change on shatter me, and Atticus Finch is the best parent in fiction. Some of these books I still haven’t read! I’ll have to try them sometime!


  4. Aaaah! Great tag! I can’t think of any exceptions to the trope rules right off the bat. I still can’t stand love triangles but I will admit there’s one I read that worked well for me. I also hate instant love but I love the stockholm syndrome trope which is essentially, basically instant love but works for me, hahaha.

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    1. Thank you so much!! hahaha I *totally* get that- 99.9% of the time it makes me gag a little and it’s the number one turn off if I see it mentioned in a review or on a blurb. But yes, Infernal Device is the one time for me- I’m really looking forward to seeing your answer! hehehehe oh my goodness- that actually makes loads of sense 😂


  5. Oh I love this tag, and I loved reading your answers as well. 😀 I agree with so many of them so you’ll probably see a few of them making my list when I get around to this one. The love triangle in The Infernal Devices trilogy is one of the very few love triangles I haven’t minded reading, and I loved Carry On as well. It’s one of my all-time favourite books in general and I thought Rainbow Rowell did the Chosen One trope really well in that story. 🙂
    Also I really loved Stardust, the book was amazing but so was the film which can be rare when it comes to movie adaptations can’t it?
    Again great answers, and thanks so much for the tag as well! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!! 😀 Awesome!! So glad you agree! I’m the same- it’s pretty much the only love triangle I haven’t minded too. I so agree about Carry On- it’s one of my favourite books too!! And I really agree!
      Yes, I really love it- I completely agree!
      Thank you very much! You’re welcome- really look forward to your answers! 😀 ❤

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  6. Thanks for the tag! And I really like it too because it’s a bit different. Also, I love the Shatter Me cover change too. I might have to go with that one too when I do it, maybe.

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  7. Ahhh you always write up the best tag posts and now you’re making one, I love it! This is such a unique one, too. The instalove question is such a fun one and I have to agree with your pick of Romeo & Juliet. They were a wonderful couple even though they were extremely instalovey haha 😛

    Thank you so much for tagging me!! ❤

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      1. You’re welcome and I can’t wait to come up with my answer for the insta-love couple because that’s a really fun question.

        Can’t wait to work on it ❤

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  8. Oh I love this idea for a tag! Totally gonna do it! (I never bother waiting to be tagged, I just do what I want lol.) I plan to read Carry On, ACOTAR, and Six of Crows, so I’m glad to those are doing things right and being the exceptions to the tropes 😉 And I agree w/ the cover change!


  9. Hello!
    I love your answers to this tag! And thank you so much for tagging me!
    So happy to see that Carry On made it several times on your list! I could never get tired of the bad-guy-with-a-soft-side trope :’) I just finished Carry On, and yes I absolutely LOVE Baz (and Simon!)
    Also, August is super awesome as well 🙂

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  10. This is so much fun! I think I will do this at the end of the ridiculous things books have taught me series that I am writing now. 😂😅 And I do agree with a lot of your answers…so it’s going to be even more difficult to find different ones. 😀

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  11. Such a great tag Orangutan! ♥️ Loved your answers of course! Chosen One trope is so overdone it’s becoming like Dystopian unfortunately as I enjoy both but you can’t help suspecting a new one as being just another knock off… And I hate wading through anything even if I find something good on the other side…

    YAY! Thanks for tagging me… this is one I’ll definately have fun with and TBH I’ve missed tags this month so I think I’m going back to them, lol. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❤ Oh I completely hear you with that- I just find it everywhere at this point that it's begun to get on my nerves sadly :/

      You're welcome!! Ah no worries- I really look forward to seeing your answers 😀


  12. Oh what a fantastic tag, I love it, thank you for tagging me 🙂
    I’m with you for the Shatter Me cover, the new one is stunning, the old one… well, not so much ahah. And, aerm… I still haven’t read Six of Crows haha, I will someday but I’m glad it lives up to the MASSIVE hype haha 🙂

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  13. this is such a great tag! It’s true, not all overused tropes are bad! I’ve been meaning to read Red Rising since 2014 and am super excited to get to it. I really hope that hype lives up, same as with The Bear and The Nightingale. Thanks so much for the tag! I can’t wait to do this one!

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  14. This is such a clever tag and I actually agree with so many of your answers! It’s so strange, I sight the cover of Shatter Me with the eye on as one of my favourite book covers all the time and I didn’t even realise it had come about as a cover change, but I totally agree, it is much better than the first! I don’t think I’ve ever actually read Stardust but I absolutely love the film! Six of Crows definitely lived up the hype, I was so nervous to read it because I was so sure that it wouldn’t but it did and more! Fab post! 🙂

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  15. Cool tag! I was wondering if the Chosen One was going to be on the list 😀 hahaha
    As always you managed to get me excited for some new titles… As I Lay Dying, especially… I just love to grab onto a challenge 😀
    Thank you for the tag- I am so long overdue in doing a fun tag… but, I think it’s going to take me forever trying to come up with answers… hmm… I’ll think of it as a challenge! 😀

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  16. Ahhh this is such a cool tag!! The Shatter Me cover change…that’s relatable for everyone lol. OMG I love Maven too hahaha!! Ooh I’ve been really wanting to read Murder on the Orient Express ever since I saw the movie trailer for it. Have you seen it yet? Let me know if it’s any good if it was! (I promise I’ll see it after I read it OF COURSE haha)

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  17. I’m so glad that Shatter Me had a cover change. The new cover (and all the covers for the rest of the series) are GORGEOUS!! That is definitely the best cover change ever! 😀
    This is such an amazing tag! Great job creating it!

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  18. God, I love this! ❤ ❤ Like you, I make tons of generalizations (don't we all?) so this kind of tag is great for me as well xD
    Couldn't agree more about Atticus. I never actually read Stardust but I really liked the movie so I might not have been missing much? Also watched MOTOE but never read the book… Shameful, I know, but I'm not sure I'm too keen on the genre, no matter how fabulous the author is. Might give it a go sometime.
    And you actually made me want to try Red Queen now? I had NO intention of reading it before but knowing there's something interesting in there like the protagonist becoming some sort of villain? Heck yes!
    Thanks for tagging me! 🙂 I'll do my best to get to it soon though I do have a lot of tags on hold 😡

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❤ ❤ hehehe yes!! I'm so glad you can relate!!

      Awesome 🙂 nah you're not missing much, really, the film s better. hehee I get that 😉 hahahaha well it's not the protagonist, and I will admit, I've lost interest in the series now, cos it went off the boil at book 2- but Maven kept me reading for a while 😉
      You're welcome! Ah fair enough- don't worry though- I'm the same!

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