So first off, exams are finally over for the both of us and WE’RE BACK. I thought I’d recommence blogging with a really cool book tag I spotted over at tildareads because it’s short and ranty, which pretty much sums up my person (if anyone knows whom this tag traces back to, please let me know, so I can give credit). I love gushing about my favourite reads with others, but sometimes I also like to focus on the books I didn’t like, especially when I feel like the black sheep. Feel free to join in and either do the tag or comment with some of your own suggestions to these questions! 🙂
1. A popular book series you didn’t like.
I’ve read all three books of The Selection series and loathed it more with each book. From the characters to the plot, everything about this series felt extremely cheap and juvenile, and I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy it.
2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
This one is really difficult. I loved A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, which I’m seeing mixed reviews for, but I’m also not sure if I’d still enjoy it today.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with or a couple that you don’t like.
I really disliked the couple in The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. View Spoiler »Dai and Mei Yee had zero chemistry and their whole romance felt extremely shallow. In comparison, Jin and Dai’s growing friendship was beautiful, and I had my hopes up that they’d end up together. « Hide Spoiler
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I hardly read any dystopians anymore, mostly because I feel the genre has been overused for a certain period of time. I don’t read as much sci-fi as I would like to. I rarely feel a pull towards it, even though I’ve read plenty of enjoyable sci-fi books, mostly because I fear I might be overwhelmed by the jargon.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
In A Gathering of Shadows, I really couldn’t handle Lila Bard. Her behaviour was part of the reason that prevented me from rating it 5 stars. We know Lila Bard has a lot of rough edges and mainly looks out for herself, which is something I liked about her, but in the sequel of this series, Schwab pushed her character to one of my personal limits. I strongly disapproved of Lila’s decisions which she made at the expense of others. There’s a fine line between being selfish and being malevolent towards others, and Lila crossed that line. Thankfully, A Conjuring of Light was able to correct this image I had of her.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Well, Sarah J. Maas is right there at the top of that list. I read Throne of Glass but didn’t continue with the series. I’ve read her A Court of Thorns and Roses series but thought it was mediocre compared to the hype it was getting.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
Oh boy, where do I start. Insta-love. Love triangles. Romance taking over the plot in any genre that is not contemporary. Pointless deaths for shock value. Portraying abuse love interests as sexy. Damsels in distress. Purposefully having intelligent characters make stupid decisions to propel the plot forward, so anything OOC with a hidden motive. Ok, the question asked for one trope but nobody was here to stop me.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
I was quite disappointed with Angelfall and had no interest in continuing the series. I’ve also avoided anything Shadowhunters-related because the hype scares me, and it just doesn’t seem like a series I would enjoy. But you never know.
9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer to the book?
I can’t fully answer this question. Of the books I’ve read, I liked a lot of screen adaptations, but never preferred them to the book. I once started Life of Pi, however, and couldn’t get into it. I enjoyed the movie adaptation quite a bit, though, so I’ll give it another try.
I hope you enjoyed reading this tag! Do you share any of these unpopular opinions, find them absolutely unrelatable, or have some of your own suggestions to these questions? Let me know in the comments! 🙂