I’m normally a pretty positive person. I usually can find the bright side of most situations. But every now and again it’s therapeutic to take a moment to talk about things I don’t like. So that’s where The Nope Book Tag comes into play. I spend a lot of time making posts on things I like, but today let’s talk about a few things I don’t like.
1. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
A History of Wild Places. I wasn’t really a fan of the entire story, but the ending made me scream with frustration. I mean what was the point?
2. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Mara from The Haunting of Blackwood House was so annoying. I don’t mind a stubborn character, but her stubbornness is ridiculous. Plus, she is one of the most selfish characters I’ve ever come across.
3. 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 gave up on The Shadow and Bone Series. The first book was ok, but it lost me at Seige and Storm. And I have no interest in continuing the series.
4. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
I don’t like the Elain/Azriel ship. I’m not a huge fan of Elain. I would rather see Azriel with someone else.
5. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
I didn’t see the plot twist coming in Winterwood. I feel like I should have, but I completely missed it. I’m not going to tell you the plot twist though because it was a big one. I don’t want to ruin the whole book.
6.Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
I shook my head at every decision the main character made in The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. I mean seriously. No one is that stupid. She opened a bank account with a complete stranger.
7. Genre: A genre you will never read.
I really don’t say that I’ll never read something because I’m a mood reader, and my mood is known to change. But I don’t imagine I will ever get into romance again. I burned myself out on romance years ago and I still haven’t recovered.
8. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I’m still not a big fan of mass market paperbacks, but I don’t completely avoid them like I used to.
9.Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
The “I’m not like other girls” trope drives me insane.
10.Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix. I have never been a fan of his. Plus, it sounds just like Final Girls by Riley Sager, which I’ve already read.
11.Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
I think everyone can agree with me on this. The “I released the breath that I didn’t know I was holding line.” It’s terribly overused.
12.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.
Ash from Nevernight.
The only reason Mia was single was because Ash killed Tric. I loved Tric, and I know Ash ended up having decent qualities, but still.
13.Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
The Boy from the Woods. The synopsis was incredibly misleading. It turned completely political and had very little woods involved.
14.Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Right now, I’m reading The Blade Itself and I don’t think I’d want to be on Sand Dan Glokta’s bad side. He’s a little scary.
15.Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Any of the Stark deaths that happened in Game of Thrones. I loved the Starks.
16.Author: An author you had a bad experience reading from and have decided to quit.
Harlan Coben. I’m not interested in thrillers that focus on politics. I don’t enjoy politics in general, but especially not in books. Like I enjoy the politics in fantasy, but not real-world politics.
So that wraps up The Nope Book Tag. If you want to play along, I tag you.