The Cliché Book Tag


Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, so I thought it might be fun to give this one a go. Thank you so much to Kat @Life and Other Disasters for tagging me to do this one! She’s one of my favourite bloggers on here and has such amazing content (if you want to know about cool new books or TV shows, she’s your girl!)- I couldn’t recommend checking her highly enough!

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

A Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

I think we all secretly have books we like better than the movie (but sometimes are too afraid to admit it) I’m gonna go with a nice and safe answer of Stardust (for now…)

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.

A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

Kat’s answer of Gatsby was pretty much perfect, but to be a bit different I decided to go for Count of Monte Cristo– I think that fits pretty well.

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree.

A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

Well, I’ve got Potter-on-the-brain recently, so there really is only one answer and that’s Mrs Weasley and her children.

You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.

A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

Oh gosh, I don’t know if I’m easily seduced by covers or if cover artists are just doing a good a job, cos I struggled to come up with anything for this (let’s go with the latter) I guess the Tamora Pierce books could do with a modern makeover (I think some of them have tbh)

You Can’t Please Everyone.

A Book You Hate That Everyone Loves.

I *do not* understand why the Foxhole Court is popular, sorry. I didn’t think it was well written- I mean it was chockablock with infodumps in what’s ostensibly a contemporary fic, with some tweaks to our world. And said world building was… bizarre. Plus the characters were oddly abusive to each other and I didn’t like any of them. I just don’t get it.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.

What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

Well I can’t say that I’ve become a better person for having read a book, but I do hope that Righteous Mind might make a better person than me, well, better than they already are.

Love Is Blind.

A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love.

All the Light We Cannot See is the first book that popped into my mind and I’m sticking with it (even if it’s not my favourite book ever, I do think the writing is wonderful)

Ignorance Is Bliss.

A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

Hehe this is a tricky one! I am very picky reader, so I think I’ll usually make more excuses for content than the writing. In that respect, I guess, Anna and the French Kiss is a bit of a guilty pleasure- cos normally the whole cheating aspect would drive me nuts and there’s no real justification for it. So even then, I totally get why people don’t like it.

There Is No Time Like The Present.

What Is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

Oh man this is hard! Well to make up for that last answer, I’m going to go with Isla and the Happily Ever After by the same author. I much preferred this one anyway and thought it was so sweet!

(again, I was super tempted to steal Kat’s answer, cos Words in Deep Blue is magnificent)

Better Safe Than Sorry.

A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad.

Gosh this is a harder one than all the rest put together cos I definitely don’t want to imply a book I haven’t read is bad! So don’t take this the wrong way, but I’ve got no desire to read Turtle’s All the Way Down– not because I worry that it’ll be bad, but because I’ve not personally been able to get into John Green’s style. I feel like it’ll probably be in the vein of his other work and while I wouldn’t call his writing bad, I will say it’s not for me.

I tag: Raven, Katie, Mel, Naty, Annie @Book Nerd Travels, Catherine @ This is One for the Books, Angelica @Dreaming of Fiction, Tiny Bookery, Suziey, Kristyn @Bibliophile Empress and Bookmark Your Thoughts

So do you agree or disagree with my answers? Let me know in the comments!

84 thoughts on “The Cliché Book Tag

  1. I definitely agree with your Harry Potter-related answer; Mrs. Weasley is pretty much the best book mum out there! And thanks so much for tagging me!

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  2. A Book that Couldnt Be Better than the Move(TV/Show) – I have a couple, but are probably more a testament to the books not be very good and having a low bar for the adaptations. Sookie Stackhouse books versus True Blood. True Blood may have some issues, but it was way better than the books. And Maze Runner. I actually never saw the movie, but I dont think it could possibly be worse than the book.

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    1. Yeah I totally get that to be fair- and I’ve heard much better things about True Blood than the original books (though I’m not familiar with either) hahahah that’s really fair about maze runner (in that case I saw the movie, didn’t read the book, have no desire to continue with either 😉 )


  3. Thank you for the tag, I will get to it ASAP! 😊 I agree with your answers for the books I’ve read/ don’t really see myself reading. Like Foxhole Court is everywhere right now, and maybe it’s the cover that’s off putting for me but I have no desire to read it. Same goes for John Green, I don’t think his writing style is for me. But the relationship between Mrs. Weasley and her children literally cannot be beat!!!

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  4. I grew up with Count of Monte Cristo. One of my favourite books for sure. 😊
    I haven’t read the Foxhole Court but now am a bit apprehensive about it. Hyped up books tend to be hits or misses for me.
    Fun tag to read! 😊

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  5. The cover for the Trickster’s Queen is pretty bad and I think its worse when you put them side by side haha. I have been debating on reading Stardust because I loved the movie so much! Its not high on my TBR list so I probably would never get to it anyway 😀 And Mrs Weasley is the best!

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  6. I pretty much agree with your first 3 answers. As for Tamora Pierce’s books, I honestly like those covers. Call me the odd ball out cause I usually hate covers with people’s faces on them but these don’t bother me at all. Maybe cause they’re so dark? I dunno but I’ve always been a fan of the half face. As for the rest, cant’ speak on them cause I didn’t read any of them, hahaha.

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    1. hehe fair enough! I’m not totally adverse to the whole faces on covers thing (and sometimes really love it) and like I said, I don’t hate them, but they’re not as appealing to me as some modern covers. hehe fair enough! 😉


  7. Now I’m very curious what other movies you prefer to the book! I personally think the LOTR movies are a lot better than the books, though I think The Hobbit is much better in book form 🙂 Mrs. Weasley is wonderful ❤️

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  8. Great answers for this tag. 🙂 I haven’t read it myself but I remember seeing your review for The Foxhole Court and it was the first time I’d seen anything negative about that book. It seems to have a bit of a following and all I’ve seen is praise (I likely won’t be picking it up myself but I am curious I will admit). Also yes to the Stardust movie, it’s an incredible adaptation and it’s just an ultimate favourite of mine (my I-need-cheering-up film)!
    Great post, and again great answers for this tag. 🙂 ❤

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  9. Such a good tag, babe! Thank you! And oh my gosh, just when I think I can’t love you anyone you go and trash the foxhole court series and I’m over here like “YAAAAAS!” at my laptop! Hahahaha! 💗xx

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  10. I listened to Turtles All The Way Down on audio with my daughter on a road trip and it was solid. Far from perfect, but the mental illness representation was well done.

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    1. I had more sympathy for Anna after it occurred to me that this is a situation that definitely happens in real life and that it’s really complicated if you are in a relationship and find yourself attracted to someone else, or if you are attracted to someone who is in a relationship. I by no means am a fan of cheating, but I guess after reflection I gave the characters some leeway when I realized there aren’t always clear-cut lines. Like, “how much” do you have to like a new person before you’re cheating on your boyfriend/girlfriend? When is the “right” time to break up? I think they’re valid questions that might have no perfect answers.

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      1. I think you make really valid points and you’re certainly making me feel less bad about the fact that I like that book even if I can’t really condone it 😉 But I think the fact that it’s more ambiguous cos it’s basically a friendship (aka emotional relationship) changes things a little.


      2. I think there’s definitely an emotional cheating and a physical cheating. Both are harmful. If you’re headed down the emotional cheating path, then maybe it’s time to think about break up or getting counseling or something. Emotional seems to come before a lot of physical. But what do I really know. I’ve never cheated.


  11. I haven’t read a lot of these to truly agree or disagree on them but your logic makes sense on them so it all sounds good to me…. I can say too the redo a cover I’d agree, those would not call out to me at all.

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  12. I’ve been disappointed with so many of Tamora Pierce’s book covers. Even when they get makeovers, they’re super generic! I also hate the cover of her new book, Tempests and Slaughter. It’s…a feather. It means nothing to readers (it barely means anything to me now that I’ve read the book!), and it’s so boring. There is no reason I would walk up to that book in the store and be interested in it. Whoever is doing her art needs to be replaced.

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    1. Yeah I really agree with you there- I love the books, but they get such meh covers. The one for tempests and slaughter wouldn’t draw me in if I didn’t already know that I love Pierce. So yeah, I agree with you!


  13. AWEEE!! You are one of my favourite bloggers and people for that matter as well ❤
    and I am so happy you did the tag. I can definitely relate on the Stardust movie, I feel the same way. Also, Isla was definitely the best one in the series, but Anna is still one I enjoy very much as well. I don't know how I ignored the cheating thing, because usually I don't like that eihter, but with Anna I really just overlooked it.
    I haven't read a John Green book in years and I have no idea if I would still like his writing and stories these days, I am a little nervous about turtles as well.

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  14. Love your answers! I totally agree with you on Stardust! It’s one of my favorite movies! I haven’t read Foxhole court but a lot of people recommended it to me. I might give it a shot someday. John Green’s books are not for me either. Thanks for the tag! 🙂

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  15. Nooooo! Stardust the film is ok but Stardust the book is incredible! “Safe choice” indeed. ☹️

    Who are these people that like the Foxhole Court? I’m still battling my way through it but I’ve literally lost the plot (is there a plot?) Why are the characters all psychopathic? Why doesn’t anyone recognise the main character? What is the stupid sport they play? For a book that is just a parade of info dumps loosely held together with shockingly dull narrative it does a great job of not actually telling you anything – which is really quite an achievement. Expect a fun review soon 😊

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    1. hehehe I guess nothing is safe lol!!!

      I don’t know!!! But I checked on GR when I was doing this piece, and it has a really high rating and lots of readers- I’m just baffled by it!! Yes- what plot?!!? It’s bizarre!! And all the characters are horrible!! Legitimately horrible, threatening and ghastly!! The sport is so stupid and doesn’t make sense to me either. And yeah- that was despite all the infodumps. Hahaha I so look forward to your review!! (and honestly I’m grateful to hear I’m not going crazy when it comes to this book!! 😉 )

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        1. hehehehe I totally get what you mean lol- the only positive was that it was free 😉 (and that I managed to finish it when I was in a slump 😉 ) I really look forward to what you write about it!! (and feeling totally vindicated for not liking it pahahaha!! 😉 😂😂)

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  16. It’s totally fair to like some movies better than the books! I’ve heard all sorts of things about Foxhole Court, about how it’s great, but it’s also got an abusive relationship. I thought it was just a normal contemporary though? Are you saying it’s actually set in an alternate world or something?


  17. Thanks for tagging me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Count of Monte Cristo! I’ve probably read it five times. And Stardust is always a great movie is better choice. I adore that movie. One of the few I actually own on DVD.


  18. OH I’m with you about Isla, it was such a great book, my favorite of the series as well 🙂 I’m sorry to hear you’re not planning on reading Green’s book, but I completely get it, his style can’t be for everyone 🙂
    Lovely answers for this tag! 🙂 x

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  19. I totally agree about Stardust!! I read the book after watching the movie, expecting it to be better, but I ended up liking the movie a lot more 🙂
    And I’m not planning on reading Turtles All the Way Down either, I’m not really a fan of John Green. I think I’ll be okay even if the only John Green book I’ve ever read is TFiOS 😀


  20. Huh, you’re usually quite impartial even when it comes to books you didn’t like, so I’m curious to know what Foxhole Court did to make you dislike it so much. XD And same! I’m avoiding John Green’s books…because I don’t think I’ll like them. 😛 Who knows though. Awesome tag!! 😀



    Though, I must say that as far as movie adaptations go, I think they also did a really good job with the Hunger Games series.


  22. Ahhh what a fun tag!! I haven’t read Anna and The French Kiss but I am absolutely sure I’d be annoyed by the cheating… I also wish Tamora’s books would get a cover makeover!

    Thanks so much for tagging me!


  23. I fully agree with the Stardust. After watching movie I got actually quite disappointed with the book. It’s a cute little book (as far as I remember) but it doesn’t have all the adventurous epicness of the movie 😉


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