The No Disclaimers Book Tag!

Being the kind of person that apologises to a chair if I bump into it, I feel like a post like this presents a bit of challenge. But I am nothing if not determined! I saw this first on Booktube and then on the splendid Strange Storyteller 🙂 So I’ve decided to do it myself… with no disclaimers!

  1. Which trope(s) in books annoys you the most?

The Chosen One (unless it’s flipped on its head), love triangles (especially with cheating), really put off by instalove these days (and any kind of “mating”… eww even using that word makes me feel a bit sick). And I’m sorry to say a lot of these end up in the Throne of Glass series (which explains why I outgrew it):

  1. Which writer(s) do you feel is overrated/overhyped?

Damn, this is hard, because most of the time I can see why other people like things, even if I don’t. Still, I trawled through my goodreads and came up with an answer: Divergent. I don’t get why this was so hyped. Granted, I feel like I added to the interest by reading the whole damned series… but I never thought it was worth the hype. The concept never made a lot of sense to me and I didn’t think there was a good enough reason to make a dystopia around this topic. I couldn’t imagine a society ever taking things to this extreme and wondered at the justification for it (usually there’s some kind of social commentary that underpins a dystopic system). Turns out I was right: it seems like the whole concept was made up on the fly, since (*spoiler alert*) the dystopic city in the story was set within a dystopic world that agreed dividing people up based on 5 traits was a dumb idea. Basically it was a waste of time and wouldn’t recommend it.

  1. What are your least favorite books you’ve read since joining BookTube blogging?

Ah well I blame myself for this one, cos I first saw a book review saying that this wasn’t worth the hype… but I read the Foxhole Court anyway. Either way, I don’t get why this is so popular in blogging and on booktube. Funnily enough, a lot of people that love this series tend to call out other books for being “problematic”… when this is super dodgy?! I don’t get the appeal. 

  1. What is a terrible ending that ruined an otherwise quality book?

Oh gosh I hate the series enders Hand on the Wall (a dull solution to a mystery is a killer), Queen of Ruin (undermined the interesting dystopic concept) and Ashes to Ashes (fails to deliver the promised redemption arc).

  1. Which fictional character(s) do you wish was not killed off?

I have to agree with the Strange Storyteller’s answers- I didn’t like Finnick Odair’s death and I didn’t think most of the later Harry Potter deaths were necessary (as much as I hate to admit it, the deaths of Sirius and Dumbledore work for the story). And there’s always that death in Crooked Kingdom– that totally, totally works- and yet I wish hadn’t happened…

  1. What are some of your bookish pet peeves?

Politics in books (isn’t it bad enough in the real world?), moralising (ugh), pretentiousness (double ugh) and books that are just set up (why waste my time?!).

  1. What are some books you feel should have more recognition?

Great question! Some new(ish) books to whet your palate 😊:

The first is a sizzling collection of poetry, the second is a hotly-paced thriller and the last is a lush contemporary. All of these would make great holiday companions!

  1. What are your thoughts on censorship and banning books?

Hell no! Not acceptable! It’s obviously perfectly fine to choose not to read something or decide you don’t want to support an author, but banning books?! That’s just fascistic.

  1. Who do you tag?

Zezee, Journey into Books, Kat @Life and Other Disasters, Sam @Rivermoose Reads, Meghan, Book Forager, Read Betwixt Words and anyone else that wants to do it!

And that’s all for now- do you agree or disagree with my answers? Should I have put in disclaimers for some of these? 😉 Let me know in the comments!

48 thoughts on “The No Disclaimers Book Tag!

  1. I actually quite enjoyed Divergent but still haven’t read the rest of the series because so many friends have told me to skip the second book; re Harry P, I wish they hadn’t killed off Dobby or Hedwig

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  2. Thanks for linking my post! I definitely have similar feelings when it comes to The Foxhole Court. A lot of people love the found family aspect (which I’m usually into), but there’s so much else about the series that really drags it down.

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  3. Ewwwwwwwwwwww, I was really looking forward to Queen of Air and Darkness, and I didn’t end up liking anything about it. Including the politics of it. I wanted more Magic, less politics and love “triangles”.

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  4. Love your answers! I do kind of like the ‘chosen one’ trope sometimes but I completely agree that politics and predictability suck in books!
    This looks like such fun, thank you for tagging me!

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  5. “love triangles (especially with cheating), really put off by instalove these days (and any kind of “mating”… eww even using that word makes me feel a bit sick)”
    Haha, is “mating” a thing now? I’m so out of the loop.

    Romance isn’t my jam, but I do see love triangles mentioned/hinted at in blurbs so often, and it’s a surefire way to make me backtrack LOL.

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  6. Awesome! Totally agree about not banning books. Books that are really bad and dishonest can’t hide it if people read them.

    Also dislike preaching and politics in books … although … from the author’s point of view, I expect it can be hard to know whether you are “preaching” or writing to your “themes.” Might be a little bit eye of the beholder. I guess it’s a red flag if you are forcing things on your characters or plot.


  7. Divergent is quite overrated. The first book was good but the sequels didn’t do it for me. I loved throne of glass but I do agree with your thoughts on it since I wasn’t happy with the final book. The ACOTAR series wasn’t any different either and I didn’t like that series.


  8. I never liked Divergent. I read the first book, didn’t think it was well-written, and never continued with the series. I don’t think I’ve seen the movies, either.

    The deaths in the final HP book bothered me. I know there was a huge battle, but it felt like major characters were killed off and we didn’t get to say good-bye. I know it’s “the cost of war” and everything, but usually if people are killed off-page, they’re not main characters, so it hit rather hard.

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    1. Yeah I’m really confused by the way that series is still held up (by some) as good.

      Yeah I agree! I feel like, even if it is “the cost of war” it’s good to give deaths their individual weight- that way we really feel the impact! I think people still feel the impact of significant deaths, even in that context


      1. I don’t see many people talking about Divergent anymore, but maybe there’s a nostalgia factor there? I’m sure it was fun to determine what faction you would be in and do all the fan-related stuff.

        Yes! Exactly!

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  9. I am so glad you did not specify who dies in Crooked Kingdom because I haven’t read it and I would have been SO SAD lol So thank you for avoiding that! hahah. I hate books that jus feel like a set up. Like I get that you need to establish characters and a world but I hate when a book is just set up. Especially the second book in a trilogy UGH I hate it when those are basically just fillers. This is a fun tag! I might need to do it .


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