Today’s post is going to be a little bit different because I am going to be doing a book tag, which I haven’t done in a while. I am going to be doing the NOPE! Book Tag that was created by Zoe from the YouTube channel, Zoe’s All Booked(Note, there is some bad language in this video). I was tagged for this by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and you should definitely go check out her blog!
Let’s get started!
- NOPE! Ending – a book ending that made you go nope either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
Honestly, I can’t think of one of the top of my head. I know I have read at least one book like this, but I can’t remember which one it is because it has been so long since I’ve read a book like this.
- NOPE! Main character – a main character you dislike or drives you crazy.
Fawn Birchill from Confessions of a Curious Bookseller. She came across as very snobby and just not a great person, especially to her employees. I get she is running a small business, but at the same time she does not treat people well. She is extremely condescending and just got on my nerves.
- NOPE! Pairing – a “ship” you don’t support.
This is another one I can’t think of….except maybe Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments because of the whole “siblings” fiasco. Another would probably be Feyre and Tamlin in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but Sarah J. Maas rectified that in the rest of the series!
- NOPE! Genre – a genre you will never read.
I will most definitely never read Erotica it’s just not for me and I don’t even want to give it a try. Another genre would be horror, but that I’m more likely to dip my toes into light horror, for instance, I want to try out Carrie or The Shining by Stephen King, or Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
- NOPE! Book format – a book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I like almost all book formats. I enjoy graphic novels, I don’t mind reading ebooks or listening to audiobooks. But if I’m being honest, I’m not the biggest fan of audiobooks, mainly because I usually have a tendency to not pay attention to what is going on, and if it is a more complex story I tend to get lost.
When it comes to tropes, that’s hard because most of them are okay. I think maybe one I don’t like a whole lot is the toxic relationship where a sweet character falls for and gets involved with the “bad boy.” One, most times it never works out. Two, it’s used as an excuse to explain away problematic behavior. I can’t think of specific examples off the top of my head right now, but I know there are quite a few.
- NOPE! Recommendation – a book pushed on you but you refuse to read.
Right now I can’t think of a book that I would refuse, I’m usually willing to try anything unless it falls under Erotica or if it is on a subject matter I just don’t want to read about.
- NOPE! Cliche – a cliche or writing pet-peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
I have several but the top two have to be the line “letting out a breath that they didn’t know they were holding”, and when it is a series and some of the details such as ages or even other details of a characters life are basically retconned. An example of this would be The Baxter Family books by Karen Kingsbury, which I have read most of, but the latest books in the series leave out, change, retcon, etc details about the characters that, if you read it back to back, get confusing. This is part of the reason I had to take a break from reading the books and am behind on these books because I’m trying to forget details that will make me want to put the book down. There are other books, but I can’t remember them right now.
- NOPE! Love interest – not worthy of being one.
Jack O’Mara from One Day in December. Warning this explanation does contain a kind of spoiler. Okay, so at first when Laurie has that meet cute with Jack he seems swoon-worthy. However, when he discovers that Laurie is his new girlfriend’s roommate, he doesn’t tell her, and also he kind of emotionally cheats on her at first. Then he kisses Laurie when she is vulnerable…probably the worst thing he could do to her. And there is also the scene when he is borderline abusive to her…yes I know, he was in a bad car accident and was drunk…that is never an excuse for abuse! We need to stop excusing abuse. Jack O’Mara was a horrible love interest, and he constantly blames Laurie for the fact that he has feelings for her, meanwhile he is responsible for his own actions. Everyone has flaws, but there is nothing redeemable about Jack, and I really believe their relationship will never last.
- NOPE! Book – a book that shouldn’t exist
For lack of a better option I am going to go with A Girl’s Guide to the Outback. I just didn’t like it. First off, it was marketed as a Christian Fiction Romance…and without a little bit of a peppering of references to God, it was like a typical romance except cringier. One line at the beginning especially ruined it for me, where we are told that the main character’s uterus was doing back flips seeing her boss (and later love interest) in a Captain America costume…it was so cringy and I hated it and it was hard for me to enjoy the book. There are other ways to describe attraction, and most romances don’t use a phrase like that do they? Anyway, that is why I wish A Girl’s Guide to the Outback didn’t exist.
- NOPE! Villain – a villain you would hate to cross.
Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. She’s wicked and cunning, especially since she can manipulate her appearance and the thoughts of others.
- NOPE! Death – a character death that still haunts you.
I wish I had a better answer for this, because I feel like this is kind of a cop out, but I have to go with Nehemia in Crown of Midnight. I really liked her and I loved her spirit and I was excited to see what happened to her. But as soon as I became attached, she was assassinated…and for a stupid reason too!
- NOPE! Author – an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
This is a hard one because usually I am willing to give authors several chances. But I think one I would have to go with most definitely is Jessica Kate. Her debut, Love and Other Mistakes was okay, but her sophomore release, The Girl’s Guide to the Outback was awful…I cringed the whole time I read it, and I honestly would have DNF’d it if I had not been apart of a blog tour for it.
Janelle L. C.