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One of the things I’m most excited about when it comes to having a specific book blog is being able to do all of the fun book tags! I found the NOPE book tag from Dreamland Book Blog but it’s originally from The Farah Project on Youtube.
I wasn’t tagged in this and I haven’t been tagged in any but that’s ok because I just think they’re a fun way to switch things up around here.
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1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
Render by K.A. Riley. This is the second book in the series, so not the last, but I’m counting it anyways because it was so ridiculous. SPOILERS: a literal child (she’s like 13 maybe?) is leading the resistance FULL OF ADULTS! Like, no. There is no way a whole post-apocalyptic city of grown adults is following the orders of some 13 year old.
Also, it takes place out west in 2042 and they go through Salt Lake City and he says as soon as they leave the city wall, it’s red sand and desert. I live in southern Utah (the actual red part of it) and it’s just green by Salt Lake and once it is desert, it’s brown. I actually looked on Google Maps to see where thee red desert is, and it’s nowhere that this book says it is. And it’s just not far enough in the future for me to be able to suspend my disbelief and accept that it changed that much. Rant over.
2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Everyone in The Perfect Child, but it was just the book. I loved the book, but oh man, everyone in it was so frustrating (in the best way, though). I don’t think it would have been as good written differently.
3. 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.
I read the Matched series last year and had to DNF the last book because it was SO BORING. I got about 2/3 of the way through and just couldn’t do it. That book needs to be at least 200 pages shorter than is, but I just couldn’t finish that one. I didn’t love the first two books either, but I liked them enough to keep reading.
Also, fun story, I put the series in some Little Free Libraries around my hometown, and the one that I put the last book in already had the second book in it!
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
Cole and Cat from This Mortal Coil series. I didn’t mind it in the first book, I didn’t love it either, but I’m onto the second and I’m just not a fan of them.
After finishing the second book, I don’t think she needs to be with anyone, except maybe hanging out with Agnes again. You don’t always need someone. You do you, girl.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
Can I say all of Mother Knows Best? Because that. It was all plot twists (which is fine) but after a while I was like oh, ok, another plot twist. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the book a lot, but after a while I wasn’t surprised by much.
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
How about everything Feyre does in ACOTAR? She was always told don’t do this specific thing for your safety then she would go do that exact thing. Like. Girl. What are you doing?
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
Erotica fo sho. I can barely get through some dirty scenes in regular books without laughing. Some are ok, but others are just too weird. One example of too weird that I still think is hilarious is this, and I quote, her “velvet cleft of love.” I can’t even write it without laughing.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
Movie covers! I have one (Wild) because someone gave it to me but I will actively seek out any other version. The only time I might get one is from a library book sale or a Little Free Library.
Also, mass market paperbacks. I avoid them like the plague, but one series I love only comes in them, so I make the sacrifice. I just hate how small the print is and how thick they are and how hard they are to hold open because they’re so small and thick.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
An unnecessary love triangle. I don’t mind the occasional love tirangle but, I’m going back to Matched here, that one was SO unnecessary! I mean, this girl (I can’t even remember her name) gets matched with her friend, which she’s totally ok with, then once she’s matched with him, she basically becomes obsessed with some other guy she barely knew just.. because, I guess?
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Twilight. Or 50 Shades. I am not a vampire person (unless it’s Nosferatu) and 50 Shades because answer 7.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
“I bit my lip so hard it started bleeding” or something else like that. I see this ALL THE TIME but like, how often does this happen in real life? You have to bite your lip really hard to do that, there’s no way it happens as often as I read it. It makes me angry every time I read that.
Oh, and excessively using “and” in lists. Like, I love birds and flowers and ice cream and Mexico. I read a book last year FULL of this, so I counted how many times they said and on one page. 31. 31 times on one page! (the cover is the offender of this one)
12. 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.
Everything in Tampa. For sure.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
Merciless. It was SO BAD! I actually didn’t mind it for the first, 2/3 probably, but the ending was just too much for me. I hated it so much I made my mom read it to see how ridiculous it was and she doesn’t even remember reading it soooo..
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Joe Goldberg. Aunt Lydia. Voldemort. Dolores Umbridge.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Dobby (insert streaming tears emoji here). I just read the series for the first time and I was SO SAD at this part, I actually cried a little and I don’t cry at books very often.
Really, all the deaths in this one. I was not ready for this one when I started it and I’m still not ready for it and I finished the book.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
Don’t hate me, but Agatha Christie. I tried reading And Then There Were None this winter and had to DNF. I couldn’t get over thee writing style and have no desire to read any other ones. Maybe I’ll give them another try eventually, but I was not a fan.
Well, that’s that! If you decide to do this, let me know so I can see your answers, too! What do you think of my answers? Anything you agree with? Or don’t?