So… I’ve never actually done a tag post before on this blog. Figured I’d delve into them as they seem rather fun to do as well as them being a good way for you guys, my dear readers and fellow bookworms (or book dragons.. depending on your preferences 😉), to get to know me a little better.
I figured as the ‘unpopular opinions’ book tag is one of the most well known out there it would be a good starting point in deed. I’ll say that I’m not 100% who created this tag but people have pointed out this video -> HERE <- as the original so yeah… that might be it. Anyway without further ado… let us begin!
1. A popular book OR series you didn’t like.
‘Illuminae‘ by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman.
This book is raved about by a lot of bookish community but I… just couldn’t. It’s a book with a funky layout and is frankly written too ‘casually’ for me. I couldn’t even get past 60 pages of the book… I think it may also have something to do with one of the two authors writing style as well… me and Jay Kristoff’s writing unfortunately just don’t seem to get on very well at all 😂
2. A popular book OR series that everyone seems to hate but you love.
‘Red Queen‘ by Victoria Aveyard.
Now… this book isn’t hated per se but it most certainly hasn’t received the most over flowing reviews or has the biggest of followings. I however.. fell in love with this book as soon as I read it and whilst the rest of the series at points annoyed me massively I still find myself incredibly excited for the final installment of this series. Plus.. I mean.. I’m just Cal (and Maven quite frankly) trash 😍
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you DID NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like.
‘Splintered‘ by A. G. Howard
Ok… so this was a tough one to think of off the top of my head so I went with a book that I read only recently… because frankly… as much as I liked Jeb in this book I kinda wanted Alyssa and Morpheus to have something. Now I haven’t read the other books yet so I don’t know how these characters relationships with one another will progress but yeah.. I was rooting for Morpheus… he was one of the darker characters that had this… intriguing charm (much like Maven from Red Queen for example) and I just love those kind of characters 💗
4. A popular book genre you hardly reach for.
Crime books are pretty much non existent on my bookshelf… also thrillers… and horror. Whilst I have read elements of them in books usually these particular books are more prominent in other areas like fantasy or romance for example. I don’t think I’ll be reading any books based solely on crime, thriller or horror any time soon. Frankly… give me fantasy any day… dragons and fairies don’t scare me… I scare pretty easily when it comes to other things (like ghosts, serial killers etc)… probably the reason for my choice in this question 👻
5. A popular OR beloved character you DO NOT like.
‘The Maze Runner‘ by James Dashner
Ok… so I may or may not have NOT been able to think of practically any characters for this. Frankly.. I haven’t read loads of ‘popular books’ and usually I find it very hard to ‘hate’ a character. So… in light of this I’m choosing a side character that I preferred over the main character… I actually have no idea just how popular the Maze Runner books are and I’m totally not at all just going by the movies… no not at all…😀 but I kind of just want to take Newt and Minho home with me. Thomas I’m frankly not bothered about to put it bluntly… his character is ok but I don’t love him.
6. A popular author you can’t seem to get in to.
I’ve mentioned this already but; Jay Kristoff.
I’ve tried reading both ‘Illuminae‘ (his collaboration with Amie Kaufman) as well as ‘Nevernight‘ however I could not for the life of me get into either books. His writing style unfortunately just isn’t for me it seems 😔
Some others are Ransom Riggs, Suzanne Collins & Lauren Oliver.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing (eg. love triangles).
Honestly… I don’t mind a lot of the tropes associated with a lot of books now days. I think as long as it’s done well and is balanced with other elements then it can be a really good addition to a book. But… in saying that… sometimes certain tropes can be over whelming.
The one thing (not sure if it’s counted as a trope per se) that I don’t like is the idea of characters going through a phase of self discovery only to have their personalities do a complete 180. That annoys me sometimes and I think it greatly unrealistic… and yes I know… it’s fiction. But still.. you get my point right? 🤔
8. A popular series you have no interest in reading.
This is actually a tough one… because there are a few out there. The 5th Wave books by Rick Yancey and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth are two that stand quite prominent for me. I think it’s partially because I’ve seen their associated movies and didn’t LOVE them enough to warrant reading the books… plus I’ve heard… not great things about either of them… so yeah… that’s a no go.
But actually a big one for me… and one that maybe I might go back to but not right now is Sarah J. Maas’ ‘Throne of Glass’ series. I actually read and really enjoyed the first book but I was very late to the show with this series so I kinda ended up getting spoiled quite a lot. It was annoying. Plus I’ve heard that my standout character from the first book (Chaol) doesn’t get the recognition he deserves in the later books… although I am aware of the novel coming out for him but still… that’s an annoying one indeed 😞
9. The saying goes ‘the book is always better than the movie‘, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
Again this is a hard one because there aren’t that many that I’ve both read and watched… if that makes sense. But I’m actually going to go with Roald Dahl’s books… he’s one of my favourite childhood authors but I also grew up watching a lot of the film adaptations of his works and when I was a child… there was just something magical about them. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach…. loved them all… I loved the books too but the movies are a solid part of my childhood that I will cherish 🍑
And that’s a wrap. I actually really enjoyed doing this… it got me thinking about my reading habits an awful lot. What are you opinions on these particular questions? I’d like to know where you guys stand on them for sure. Also… are there any other tags out there that you guys would like to see me doing? I’m going to be surfing through the interweb to see if I can find some I like anyway but if there’s any you really want me doing then just let me know about them.
I hope you enjoyed this… the first of my ‘book tag’ posts. Hopefully the first of many. Happy reading guys! 😊