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!

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Superlatives Tag

Hello all! Phew, it feels like I’ve not been on in ages, because I’m falling so far behind with comments and bloghopping- all I can do is apologise profusely for that. I’m juggling quite a lot at the moment and at the same time I feel at this point peppering every post with excuses will drive everyone (including me) mad. So just consider me the *most sorry* monkey on the planet. And that’s a nice segue into…

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how happy I am to do the Superlatives Tag! Thank you so much Kelly @Another Book in the Wall for tagging me! Now, I’m not exaggerating at all when I say Kelly is absolutely lovely and makes such an interesting wide range of topics- I’m constantly blown away by how awesome her blog is!

#1 Most Likely To Be in the Movies: the Book That Would Make the Best Movie

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Red Rising! Can you imagine how good this would be? Roman culture *in space*- I’m imagining this in my head right now and it’s amazing.

#2 Biggest Drama Queen/King: The Most (Overly) Dramatic Book or Character

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Thirteen Reasons Why– *Very* unpopular opinion, let’s not start a row in the comments section about all the various controversial aspects of this book (I’ve made my opinion on it clear years ago and I stand by pretty much all of it) but I’ve been watching thirteen reasons why and it’s reminded me how much I hated the mc. She’s not actually nice to *anyone*- ever. Not to her parents, not to her friends, not to potential bfs. And she takes rather drastic means of revenge, which ends up hurting people who didn’t deserve it and psychologically damaging them (I mean, didn’t Jessica suffered enough?! Why torment Clay when he wasn’t a reason?) Of course, people are free to reach entirely different conclusions, I just really didn’t like her.

#3 Best Dressed: The Book With the Best Cover

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Hazel Wood- ahhh- I read it recently (review coming soonish) and I LOVED every second! I can happily say this is gorgeous both inside and out.

#4 Most Creative: The Book With the Most Unique Plot, Characters, & Structure

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- tempted to use We Were Liars like Kelly, but I talk about that a lot anyway. This is so different to anything I’d ever read- in every area! I was thinking I was in for a fluffy contemporary, but I was wrong, in a good way! And there was no way I was expecting that ending. This book certainly kept me on my toes!

#5 Most Popular: The Book With the Most Ratings on Goodreads

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Harry Potter- erm pretty sure Harry Potter’s pretty popular and justifiably so 😉

#6 Most likely to succeed: The Book That is Going to be Appreciated For Many Years to Come

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Homegoing– I actually mentioned this in my mini review– it’s a remarkable book and I’d be surprised if it isn’t a future classic.

#7 Class Clown: The Book That Made You Laugh Out Loud

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The Light Fantastic– really I could have said any of Pratchett’s books, only I read this the most recently (I’m all over the place with Rincewind books) and yeah, as per usual with Discworld books, it made me laugh out loud 😉

#8 Most Improved: The Book That Started Off Slow, But Really Picked Up

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The Magician’s Guild­- this started off so s-l-o-w. Grinding through infodumps and non-action, I really wanted to DNF it. But my friend told me to power through because it gets better. And do you know what? To my amazement, it did. In fact, I ended up loving that series. So I guess I’m grateful to my friend for the heads up (I also blame this book for me forcing myself through so many books that *do not* get better).

#9 Cutest Couple: Cutest Couple in a Book

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Carry On– okay, I wanted to be all original, but really, it’s got to be Baz and Simon!

#10 Biggest Heartbreaker: The Book That Broke Your Heart

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Words in Deep Blue– I spent the vast majority of my time reading this in floods of tears. I need to sort out my thoughts and do a review soon, but it’s gonna be hard, cos this book is *emotional*.

And on that note, I tag: Bethan May, Jill Jemmett, Lit Crit Pop, Kat@Life & Other Disasters, Samantha@Modern Witch’s Bookshelf, Sam@Rivermoose Reads, Bookish Owlett, Journey into Books, Angelica, Howlin Books, The Sweaterist and The Readers Bay

So what do you agree or disagree with the *most*? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Kiss Marry Cliff Tag

I’ve been coming on a little strong lately and today I’m gonna kill all the Valentine’s Day vibes… by pushing some fictional characters off a cliff. Because, why not? 😉

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Thank you so much to the amazing Beth– who mixes up memes, reviews, discussions and awesome features like reading around the world- so worth checking out!

And thank you to the lovely Kat– who not only talks a ton about books and writing, but is also the QUEEN of TV- and really knows her stuff about all the shows you should be watching!

Anyhoo- I was tagged in both the cliff/kill version, but am going with the cliff title today 😉

I decided to use Beth’s rules:

  • Put names of characters, written on separate pieces of papers, in an empty jar or a pen holder.
  • Shake the jar.
  • Pull out three pieces of paper in each round and tell us which character you would kiss, marry, or cliff!

And Kat did 10 rounds so that’s how many I’m doing

Round 1: Voldemort, Celaena Sardothian, Dracula

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Huh, straight out the gate with the difficult questions.

Kiss: I don’t think it’d be too terrible kissing Celaena

Marry: a little part of me has always fancied being a bride of Dracula

Cliff: Voldy’s obviously got to die

Round 2: Elizabeth Bennet, Smaug, Ramsay Bolton

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Okay, I’m gonna be tactical with this one. Because somehow I don’t think kissing Ramsay or Smaug would work out well for me (either I’d get a knife to the gut or burnt to a crisp).

Kiss: I reckon I wouldn’t die kissing Elizabeth

Marry: and I’d be a wealthy lady if I married Smaug (provided he didn’t eat me)

Cliff: Ramsay. Easy.

Round 3: Edward Cullen, Renesmee, Mark Watney

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I can’t kill a baby!! (even a freaky CGI one) So I guess…

Kiss: Renesmee (on the forehead)

Marry: Mark Watney (no hardship there)

Cliff: Edward Cullen (and no loss)

Actually this has all worked out pretty well.

Round 4: Darkling, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Walder Frey

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Kiss: THE DARKLING!!!

Marry: UHTRED!!!

Cliff: WALDER FREY!!!!!!

(I got a little overexcited for that one)

Round 5: Atticus Finch, The Librarian, Vetinari

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Ermm I should have thought more carefully about putting the Librarian on this list, cos I can’t kiss or marry a character who is basically me?!

Kiss: I’ll negotiate a kiss out of Vetinari… somehow.

Marry: Atticus is definitely marriage material

Cliff: In a very dark turn of events I guess I’ll have to throw myself off a cliff rather than kill characters I actually like (yeah, I’m focusing on the self-sacrificing element rather than at all the ways logic fails here)

Round 6: Kaz Brekker, Gollum, Dolores Umbridge

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Kiss: ugh… at least kissing Umbridge will be hygienic.

Marry: I’m definitely marrying Kaz.

Cliff: Gollum can go off a cliff… into mount doom.

Round 7: Gandalf, Peter Pan, Dorian Gray

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Kiss: a shallow part of me would like to kiss Dorian Gray, but I’ll make the excuse that it’s so I don’t end up molesting a child.

Marry: Gandalf- I mean, he’s old, but ditto that he’s not a child.

Cliff: so I guess I’m very kindly pushing Peter Pan off a cliff (he can fly, he can fly, he can fly, as he’s so fond of telling us)

Round 8: Baz, Harry Potter, William Herondale

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Damn, hard! It’s actually worse when I like them all.

Kiss: I think I’d better borrow Baz from Simon for a quick kiss (at least I’d enjoy it)

Marry: Will- and there won’t be any love triangle with Jem for me!

Cliff: annnd that just leaves Harry to get pushed off a cliff. I think Harry often gets the short end of the stick in my tags- oh well my advice to him is: “try accio broomstick… if you can” 😉

Round 9: Ebenezer Scrooge, Aslan, Richard III

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Kiss: Hmm I think Ebenezer isn’t the worst, so I’d give him a peck (maybe it’d cheer him up before all the ghosts have to intervene).

Marry: obviously Aslan- I’d basically be married to god- no dice.

Cliff: Richard III- he deserves it.

Round 10: America Singer, Katniss Everdeen, Bilbo Baggins

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Kiss: Katniss- she’d put up too much of a fight for the cliff

Marry: I feel like I’d be pretty happily married to Bilbo (a cosy hobbit hole, smoking *ahem* leaf, and over eating… yeah I could get on board with that).

Cliff: America Singer- quite happily- she’s such an irritating character.

Okay, on that remorseless note, I tag:

Zezee, Winged CynicRebecca, Sam, Samantha, Noriko, Kat@Art of Feels, Journey into Books, Carrie@Cat on the Bookshelf and Little Booky Nook

So that went in surreal directions- what do you think of my answers? Let me know in the comments!

Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

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A plague o’ both your houses! Or you know, just a common cold… I’m getting a bit bored of saying “guys I’m ill again”, but yeah, I’m ill again (also bored of being “ill again” only my immune system doesn’t seem to care). So that was my really long winded way of saying sorry for being so sporadic on the blog this week!

Anyway, I couldn’t sleep last night (obviously that does wonders for my health) and I got to writing this tag post- so even though I have a gazillion people to reply to and should probably just rest a bit I’M POSTING IT BECAUSE I AM ADDICTED AND HAVE PROBLEMS GUYS. *Ahem* anywayyy thank you so much to the lovely Little Book Nook for tagging me for this one- I clearly couldn’t resist after reading your awesome answers 😉 And what better way to round off a week of lovey-dovey posts…

THE RULES

  • Please PINGBACK to Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities.
  • You can choose ten romance fails from ANY media you like: books, movies, anime, manga, T.V shows, or Webtoons. You can even mix them up if you want.
  • You can choose funny fails or serious ones; for the serious ones, phrase it humorously. Remember, this is a fun tag! It’s not meant to be serious.
  • Mention who’s who in the fails. (I.E, who fails and who is the recipient of the failure). If there isn’t  recipient, per se, just state the couple (or non-couple).
  • Optional: Rank the failures from least extreme to most extreme.
  • 5 failures at LEAST.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.

What I love about this one is that you can mix it up with all different media- and I’m gonna do just that… (also gonna try and keep to the rule of making them progressively worse).

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Jon/Dany (Game of Thrones)– you guys know of my undying love for this series, but it’s the kind of series that sinks ships faster than that iceberg sunk the Titanic. I could fill a book with all the FAILS of relationships here- in fact GRRM has managed five (and a half) yet *spoilers if you haven’t seen season 7* this is right up there (just behind Cersei and Jaime). The reason this goes on my list ahead of other dysfunctional couples is because guys I was one of the schmocks that wanted this to happen and I’m so so sorry!! When it actually did happen my response was pretty much NOOOOO! Because, once my other theories got proved right, it became irrevocably EWW.

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Dorian/Celaena (Throne of Glass)– okay so I didn’t actually ship this one, but I was more on board with it than Celaena/Chaol (pretty sure I’ve made my disdain for Chaol clear). To be honest, I don’t think they suit each other at all. It is interesting though that this one failed because of Maas’ original premise: “What if Cinderella was an assassin and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?”

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Raskolnikov/Sonya (Crime and Punishment)– *spoilers* cos he’s a murderer, really obnoxious and treats her poorly if my memory serves. And she’s so messed up that she takes it. And then follows him off to Siberia- righhhht.

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Rachel/Joey (Friends)– Little Book Nook had this one too- and I must concur! Worst. TV. Pairing. Ever. And so unnecessary. Just why did this even happen again?

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Sirius/Anyone/Me (Harry Potter)– was I the only one fantasising that someone was going to come in on their white horse (/hypogriff, but that’s a bit “been there, done that”)  and give him the romance he deserved? (Spoilers: that’s not gonna happen) I know I’ve mentioned him a lot lately, but he was my favourite character.

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Ally/Noah (The Notebook)– cos I not so secretly hate that film #sorrynotsorry. Actually a little sorry at all the rage that comment will inevitably attract- but hear me out. It’s not that it’s a terrible movie it’s just that I hate the love interests and everything they represent- aka you can be horrible, dysfunctional people to each other and screw over a perfectly decent third wheel, and everything works out just fine. Ugh. Cheating is not cool and movies like this just glorify it!! Speaking of cheating…

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Tatiana/Alexander (The Bronze Horseman)– another controversial one, but I HATED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! I HATED the contrived Cinderella plot to gain false sympathy, I DESPISED the control-freak, pervy love interest, and I COULDN’T STAND the useless mc. Also why do they spend half the book arguing over whether they should be together WHILST CHEATING? And why is it treated like martyrdom when Tatiana carries on behind her sister’s back WHILST CHEATING? And then it came to the sex and just… ugh- nothing worse than sex scenes between two people you hate. Oh yeah, usual disclaimer about no such thing as spoiling shit books. Sorry if you were desperate to read this.

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Christian/Ana (Fifty Shades of Grey)– because STALKING ≠ SEXY. Look I get it, I’m not judging people for reading erotica- but this shit is ABOMINABLE (and dudettes have you not heard of this wonderful thing called the INTERNET?! I’m not trying to corrupt young minds or anything, cos the people reading this were mostly mums, only inform you that there’s equally awfully written porn available FOR FREE… so yeah just try google next time, then we won’t have to hear about insufferable books like this polluting bestseller lists- thanks!)

Annnd I don’t think I can do anything worse than that so I’ll stop there.

I tag: Melanie, Kat, Michel, Zezee, Dani, Samantha, Lucinda and Jessica

So what romances in fiction do you consider the biggest fail? And dare I ask- what do you think of my picks here? Let me know in the comments!

The Book Courtship Tag

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Yes, that’s right, we’re really hotting up towards Valentine’s Day so I’m here to tell you of my one true love… books 😉 And it just so happens that I have the perfect tag for the occasion- that has for some reason taken me FOREVER to get round to (I’m talking years- so if any of you folks feel bad about not doing tags, look at my example and weep with relief 😉 ) Long overdue thanks to the fabulous Quirky Book Nerd, the amazing Analee@Book Snacks and the indomitable Vicky@Books and Strips!

Phase 1: Initial Attraction – A book you bought because of the cover?

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I bought the entire Pledge series cos it was cheap and I loved the covers… and boy did I live to regret it!! The worst thing is the covers are sort of pretty- but I really don’t care for them much now. (Plus they’re on my kindle, so what difference does it make?!)

Phase 2: First Impressions – A book you got because of its summary?

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Well I do this for most books- but I’d say I loved the summary of Vicious- the concept just sounded so cool- and boy was I right!!

Phase 3: Sweet Talk – A book with great writing?

Gonna go full on classic here and say The Great Gatsby– no one does tightly woven, flowery prose quite like Fitzgerald.

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Phase 4: First Date – The first book of a series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Ooh I could say a fair number of books for this- but I’d say Red Rising was a stonking good read and cos it was so good I ended up reading the series back to back #noregrets

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Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls – A book that kept you up all night?

Plenty of books have me reading into the late hours. One memorable book I stayed up all night to finish Court of Mist and Fury- which was kinda poetic considering the subject matter!

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Phase 6: Always On My Mind – A book you could not stop thinking about?

Gosh- so many- I think I’m gonna go with Neverending Story- cos it ended up being surprisingly thought provoking.

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Phase 7: Getting Physical – A book that you love the way it feels?

My copy of Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales:

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Phase 8: Meeting The Parents – A book you would recommend to your family and friends?

Depends on the family member! I have to admit- I think the book I’ve recommended most often to friends is Picture of Dorian Gray cos it’s just a really universal book that everyone can enjoy.

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Phase 9: Thinking About The Future – A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

Easy!

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Phase 10: Share The Love – Who do you tag? 

Jenna, Kelly, Sam, Misty, Mischenco, Invisible No More, Naty, the Cozy Pages, Carrie, Liis, and anyone else who fancies doing it!

And I really want to know, what books did you make a mistake cover buying? Let me know in the comments!

The Nope Tag

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So earlier in the week I was all about the positivity, so it seems like a good time to be a grumpus… JK I just wanted to do this tag for ages. Thank you so much to the lovely Emily @Embuhleeliest for tagging me for this one! The creator of this tag can be found here!

  1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

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Okay, so I don’t know many good books with a lousy ending- but I do know an awful book with a crappy ending and that’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Spoilers: why did Corelli have to come back 30 years later, why did Pelagia’s lover have to be an attempted rapist to justify her fickleness and why oh why did I even bother finishing this cos it was in no way satisfying.

  1. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

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Beatrice from Wideacre– just everything about her made me go ugh. Ugh cos she’s thick and thinks she’s smart, ugh cos she’s a gross incestuous weirdo, and ugh cos she makes everyone’s life miserable. Just ugh to her and the whole book.

  1. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

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This is unfortunately easy to answer: the Poison Study series. I don’t know another series that started out with so much promise and awesomeness and sheer excitement… that ended up being so generic and pointless. And just when I think it can’t get any worse, it spends a whole book on a *very obvious* plot twist (oh I wonder why a character would be sick every morning after they’ve missed their period…)

  1. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

I’m one of those people who’s pretty meh about Ron and Hermione (I actually laughed when Rowling said they’d need marriage counselling)

  1. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

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Oh easily the “twist” at the end of the Da Vinci Code where the baddie says “but I was trying to help you all along”… And no that’s not a spoiler- you can’t spoil a shit book.

  1. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head no.

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Most of Harry Potter’s decisions in Order of the Phoenix (and if you want to know why skip to question 15)

  1. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

I don’t know that there’s a genre I wouldn’t try- especially since I’ve been trying to diversify my reading- still, I tend to avoid straight up horror.

  1. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Umm wellll my answer was going to be audiobooks, but I’ve been listening to a couple lately… so I don’t have an answer to this.

  1. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles- particularly the ones that are an excuse for cheating. I see that in a description and just go NOPE.

  1. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

Again, I don’t know if I would refuse to anything. I am saying “no thanks” to political fiction as much as possible right now (not including dystopias)

  1. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Right now it’s the “I took a magic potion and now I’m evil” trick. It just seems to be a really lazy way to give a baddie motivation. I JUST WANT COMPLEX, EVIL CHARACTERS- IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK?!

  1. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

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Gonna go old school now, with Love Lessons– Prue and her teacher should *never* have happened.

  1. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

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What even was this book?!

  1. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

“Take a tip from Bill Sikes

He can whip what he likes.”

He always gave me the heebie jeebies. And I also wanted to use an excuse to stick those lyrics in…

  1. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Stealing Emily’s answer (spoilers for Harry Potter 5): Sirius Black

  1. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

our dark duetThis is a hard one to answer- I have a few authors that I was “one and done” for (like Dan Brown), but I would pick up their other works if I heard amazing things about them- so you never know. There is however, and this is going to be *so controversial*, an author who I’ve been seriously considering quitting lately. And that author is V E Schwab. I know, *deep breaths* everybody- I just couldn’t respect her ideological decisions, which effected the grammar and ergo the comprehensibility of her last book, Our Dark Duet (more on that here). That said I really like the look and sound of her new book and sequels I’ve heard she might write… so I can’t see myself keeping to this. I will pay attention to reviews and if she’s done the same thing again, I won’t buy it and that’ll be it for me. I’m genuinely quite conflicted about it cos I’ve never quit an author before.

Done! Phew that went in an unexpected direction- I tag:

Lucinda, Sophie, Stuck in Fiction, Samantha, Aislyn, Nel, AngelicaWinged CynicBeth, Camillea, Goreti and Andrea

Okay, *exhales*, lots of controversial opinions- dare I ask if you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!

Amazons 100 books to read in a lifetime tag

Hello all! Well this seemed like a game too fun to pass up- thank you so much to the awesome Samantha@Modern Witch’s Bookshelf and the lovely Amy @Curiouser and Curiouser for tagging me!

How to Play:

  1. Include a link back to Amazon’s official 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
  2. Tag Perfectly Tolerable, the creator of this meme
  3. Tag the person who nominated you
  4. Copy the list of books and indicate which titles you have read.
  5. Tally up your total.
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and share your total count.
  7. Tag five new people and comment on one of their posts to let them know.
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert Yes
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn  Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Yes
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Yes
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez Yes
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl Yes
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Yes
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac Yes
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Houghton Mifflin Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Yes
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy Yes
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Yes
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Yes
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

I’ve read 41 books, which is alright. I’ll be blunt though- I don’t really trust Amazon’s version of “100 books” for the simple reason that they want you to *buy* books. That may explain why I don’t many of the usual classics, which are out of copyright, on here… Maybe (or maybe this is just me putting on my tinfoil hat yelling “argh the moon landing’s not real!” 😉 ) Perhaps I should just blindly trust the big corporation…

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Either way, I usually like these lists as tips on what to read, but here there were only a handful of I actually want/plan to read. As fun as this was, I recommend giving some other 100 books to read before you die lists a go… like this one 😉

A lot of people have done this already so I’m just tagging Bookstooge, Lucinda, Briana & Krysta @Pages Unbound and anyone else who wants to do it for this one.

Have you read any of these? Do you recommend any I haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!