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The “Nope” Book Tag!

I have been SLACKING with reviews and reading in general because life got busy. I’m currently sitting in my classroom, looking at my to-do list, and I need something fun in my life. So, I googled “Book Tags” and found a HUGE list of them! I clicked a random link and it led me to Caffeinated Bookwork Life‘s blog. I read over their responses and I had to give it a try for myself! If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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

The ending of this book made me FURIOUS. I read it back in July of 2020 and almost a year later I can still remember how the ending of this book made me feel. I loved this book SO DAMN MUCH and then Hazel James destroyed me. U G H.

NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Thinking back on books I’ve read, I’d have to say that Bella Swan was a protagonist I didn’t love. Her actions and personality drive my batty and I think part of that has to do with the live action portrayal of her character. I remember loving Twilight so much when it came out, but looking back at it all I can think is ‘WHY’!!!!

NOPE! Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

I was going to go basic and go with Tamlin and Feyre BUT, then I remembered this book I read a few months ago and had to go with Lou and Reid. I LOVED Lou. She was a badass and knew what she had to do to survive. The fact she was paired with Reid as love interest was so annoying. He is so bland and boring and she really deserves better. I struggled with this book and I think part of it had to do with this pairing!

NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read.

I’m not a huge non-fiction reader but I’d have to say any non-fiction dealing with history. I struggle reading historical pieces because I always struggled in history class. I know that’s a dumb excuse, but it really did impact my reading. I’m trying to branch out with historical fiction in terms of fantasy books, but we’ll see how that goes!

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

I recently discovered that I don’t 100% hate audio-books, but they are my least favorite format to read with. I like them because I can multitask while listening, but the voices and speed at which the person reads just bother me sometimes. I also feel like I zone out when listening to them and then I miss information. I much prefer my kindle or physical copies. Although, if it’s a book I’ve read many times before, I will listen to the audiobook for the background noise. I did this with the ACOTAR series before ACOSF came out.

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

I absolutely CANNOT stand Amnesia tropes, especially when it happens later in a book or series. If it resolves quickly, sure, I can deal with it, but if it takes chapters and chapters to get better I lose my mind. When a character that I’ve spent chapters (or books) learning about loses all their memories and has to find them again, it feels like a waste of my time. Like, I know all of the information already, and now have to sit through their journey of figuring out themselves all over again. I can’t stand it!

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

I know a lot of schools that have this as required reading, but whatever high school courses I took didn’t make me read this. I know so many people that love the book, love the movie, and just love this in its entirety. It’s one of those books that I never want to pick up, solely because it was a school book. My husband had to read it and failed his essay about it (because he didn’t actually read it…). I remember reading things like “Animal Farm” and “Lord of the Flies” and those are books I’ve been traumatized by because I was forced to read them. I love to read, but I HATE being forced to read something, especially when it’s a genre I don’t like. No wonder kids these days don’t enjoy reading. They have books like these shoved down their throats and then associate reading with school. I’m lucky to have broken free (mostly) from that mindset, but I will not pick up this book!

NOPE! Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

A pet peeve of mine when reading spicy scenes is some of the words authors use to describe a characters privates. I am proud to say I love smut, but when authors use words like folds, mound, nub to describe a woman’s sex, I lose my mind. ESPECIALLY, when these words are constantly used in adult books. That being said, I don’t like the overuse of the words “cock” and “pussy” either. Some books seem to ONLY use those words and absolutely nothing else. The art of smut writing is intricate and I applaud those that can do it (I sure can’t). But let’s spice up the spice a bit.

NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

UGH. Hardin from After and Travis from Beautiful Disaster did NOT deserve the love they got. However, some may say that the girls were dumb enough to continue with these trash boys, but I still don’t think that’s right. Hardin and Travis may be the most manipulative and harmful love interests I’ve ever read. They make Tamlin from ACOTAR look like a saint. The thing things they said and did the their loves were horrendous and I honestly don’t know why it’s romanticized. That being said…I am guilty of not 100% hating these books. I hated how the male characters acted, but I couldn’t put either of them down. Do I think movie version of Hardin Scott is sexy af? Yes. I also think the movie version toned him down A LOT from his character in the book, so people that only know the movie version of Hardin won’t ever see how truly awful he is. Sigh. (Also, how you gonna do Harry Styles like that, Anna?)

NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

Now that my smut palette has expanded quite a lot since 2011, I can say that the 50 Shades series shouldn’t exist. Talk about writing cliche’s and poorly written sex scenes. Good riddance.

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you.

Page 666 in ACOWAR. I know the character doesn’t stay dead, but that scene literally also killed me. I remember reading it for the first time and I just sat and sobbed…all for it to be reversed moments later. I feel like the scene itself could have been done without OR SJM could have actually kept a character dead. I feel like so many authors kill a character for a hot minute and then it’s like ‘just kidding!’. I think the shock factor would be so much stronger if the characters stayed dead. That would probably cause an uprising in some cases, but it could work!

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

Last but not least, this question goes to J.K. R*wling. I am so annoyed and disappointed with what a shitty person she actually is. Harry Potter was such a huge part of my life, and I try hard to separate the author from the books, which I can do, but I struggle when it comes to not supporting her in other ways. Whether it’s funko, visiting the new HP NYC store, or other merch that I know she’ll benefit from, it’s hard. I still love the world of Harry Potter, but I can’t justify supporting such an ugly-on-the-inside human being.

Thank you to those of us that made it this far! I’d love to see your responses to these questions!

3 thoughts on “The “Nope” Book Tag!”

  1. I liked Bella until the movie! I just found her portrayal so… flat. When I re-read the books now, I see the characters in a different light because of it. Eurgh. I read a NOPE book this week. Close to the end the dog died! It added nothing to the story, and just made me sad!!

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      1. It’s called Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace by Kate Forster! I actually enjoyed the rest of the story, writing was great… it was just the dog! 😦

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