I KEEP FINDING GREAT TAGS.
This is another one I found on The Book Nut.
Book tags are giving me a reason to live. At work, I’m so excited to clock out, come home, and write about books I love. I challenge myself to come up with different books every time.
And the bummer tags are my FAVORITE.
(There are spoilers sprinkled throughout this list. I would say I tried my hardest, but I didn’t try at all. Am I sorry? NOPE.)
A book ending that made you go NOPE, either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy
I hate to do this to a great book…
First, Ness ruined my ship. Then, he killed my favorite character. Then, he put off a reunion. Then he RESTARTED THE WAR WITH THE SPACKLE.
The book ends with Tod preparing for the carnage ahead.
When the spackle charged down the hill, I screamed, closed the book, and cut this series out of my life.
I still haven’t finished this series. I won’t do it.
A main character you dislike
I’m sick of hearing Katniss Everdeen called a “role model.”
Katniss is STUPID. Side characters HEAP FORESHADOWING ON HER HEAD and she still misses it.
Feminist icon, yeah right. Collins equates shooting a bow with agency. Katniss makes ONE active choice in the first book and spends the rest of the series doing what everyone else wants.
And that STUPID SHIP. I’m not about it.
A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you invested time or energy into it
A series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore
Why not both?
Immersing myself in Martin’s worldview damaged my psyche. I got through four books and a quarter of the fifth before calling it quits.
So people are awful, the world is broken, and good never wins? WHY ARE YOU WRITING THIS, GEORGE?
My friend Staci even noticed the change – she told me, “I can tell this series is affecting you.”
I felt so much lighter after stopping.
My issues nowadays are
- Telling people I don’t watch Game of Thrones
- Explaining why I keep a Jorah Mormont figurine on my desk
A popular ship you don’t support
Oh my word…the blurb on the cover recommends this book to “fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games.” No WONDER.
I liked this book just fine. I wanted to love it and didn’t, but I enjoyed it quite a bit and I shipped with all my heart.
I accidentally read a spoiler that ruined the entire series for me.
I. DO. NOT. WANT. DORIAN. AND. CELAENA. TO. BE. TOGETHER.
I haven’t rooted for a spoiled prince since Prince Jonathan of Tortall and I never will again. Not after what he did.
NOPE Plot Twist
A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like
Oh ho HO.
Remember when the Darkling turned out to be eEeEeEvIiIiIlLlLlLlL?
How dare you…
NOPE Protagonist Action/Decision
A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE
More than one of the decisions Cinder makes in this book get people killed and/or render their sacrifices pointless.
She thinks she’s being selfless.
NAW, GIRL, YOU’RE JUST BEING DUMB.
A genre you will never read
Military history. Full stop. Sorry, Claire.
Also, I NEVER read inspirational books based on true stories. NO THANK YOU, THE BOYS IN THE BOAT. SEE YA NEVER, UNBROKEN.
“But what about the Holocaust-”
“But Corrie Ten Boom-”
NOPE Book Format
Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
I hate when books switch cover designs halfway through the series (or at the very END of a series.)
I also hate illustrated editions. STOP TRYING TO IMPOSE YOUR VERSION OF THE CHARACTERS ONTO MY BRAIN.
A trope that makes you go NOPE
The strong, capable female still needs to be rescued by a sensible man.
My friend Shane tried to argue that Maya in The Serpent’s Shadow saves herself without a man’s help. SHE has the real power, Shane said, not her love interest.
NO SHE DOES NOT, SHANE. THE LOVE INTEREST STILL GOT TO NAVIGATE A MURDER MAZE WITH A MAGIC PARROT AND KISS MAYA’S SOUL BACK INTO HER BODY.
BUT SURE. GIVE HER THE CREDIT. CALL MERCEDES LACKEY THE VOICE OF A GENERATION.
A book recommendation others push at you that you simply refuse to read
I lose all respect for you the minute you suggest this book.
STOP TRYING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
Also, quit pushing The Silmarillion. And shonen manga.
Also, STOP IMPLYING that I’m not MATURE or MASCULINE enough to understand and appreciate Chuck Palahniuk.
Read Fruits Basket, then we’ll talk.
NOPE Cliche/Pet Peeve
A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes
Stop picking love interests that treat you like trash.
I don’t care how funny his jokes are.
I don’t care how much chemistry you two have.
Boy called you a prostitute. He offered to sleep with you because he knew you couldn’t get pregnant.
Enough is enough, Cassandra Clare.
NOPE Love Interest
A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest
YOU MEAN BESIDES WILL HERONDALE?
Amar, king of Akaran, is an abuser. BOYS…what did I JUST say?
A book that shouldn’t have existed
“…but THIS time, it’s a GREEN apple in a MAN hand.”
Meyer’s thesis: Gender doesn’t matter, which is why Beau is smarter, more rational, and more assertive than Bella.
A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross
I’m already terrified of yuppies, so THANKS, PIPER GREENMANTLE, for JUSTIFYING that fear.
A character death that still haunts you
….I don’t want to talk about it.
An author you had a bad experience with and decided to quit
You know what’s really sad? I can’t even say Leigh Bardugo because I loved Six of Crows so stinking much.
Who’s the next worst author I can think of?
YOU’RE UP, EDWARD DE BONO.
You just barely beat out James Dobson! Lucky you!
Never again, sir.