Good morning bookworms!
So today my schedule (that I try and hold myself to) says I should be posting a book review. But I’m super cranky and I think if I do post a review, it won’t be very nice… and that’s not how I want to do reviews!! LUCKILY the super lovely J R Lynn at Eternity Books has tagged me in what is probably the best ever tag to do in my current frame of mind! The NOPE. book tag!! (I’m surprisingly happy to be doing this right now…)
NOTE: I apologise in advance for the ranting that you are all going to read below. This is a super aggressive form of cranky that I RARELY show ever. Not just on the blog.
NOPE. ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw wins this NOPE. Which was REALLY disappointing because I loved the entire book, right up to the ending, and then I wanted to bleach my brain. I’m still cranky about it.
Honorable mentions go to Autoboyography and The Hazel Wood. Their endings could have been better! (Wow, I’m feeling super ranty tonight, aren’t I?!)
NOPE. protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
I’m going with Feyre from Maas’ ACOTAR trilogy (series?). I mean, she starts off as a badass, but by book three she’s super whiny and having a man ‘completes her’ (this is not good role modeling for the modern gal). And, in book FOUR. OMFG. Drinking and throwing money at things is NOT A WAY TO HELP PTSD. Also, way to slut-shame your sister.
NOPE. series: A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it.
OMFG the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. FOUR BOOKS. FOUR. BOOKS. I haven’t said it on my blog yet, but I read 3.75 of them, and then DNF’ed the last one. I just couldn’t force myself to care enough to read the last 70 pages. I think I still rated it, but, I just. Stopped. CARING.
NOPE. pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
ROMIONE!!! I don’t get it!! Also, I wish Rowling had killed off Ron. (Super popular opinion, I know.) I think Hermione had better banter with Fred (re-read the skiving snackbox bits from OotP and put a flirty lens over it – tell me you don’t see it!), AND I just never got on board with Hermione being happy with Ron. She would walk all over him and the relationship would never be on an equal footing. They would both end up sad and resentful of the other. Fred on the other hand would be able to argue with Hermione. They’d have sparks and chemistry, and with Fred being a super successful business person, they’d be equals in their relationship.
I know this is a hard subject for Romione fans… and I’m sorry. Kind of. (Not really.)
NOPE. plot twist: A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
Uhhhhh… I’m usually ok with plot twists. I’m even ok with killing off super important characters (as evidenced by this discussion post). Oh! I know. The one in ACOWAR (yes, this will be more Maas-shaming) where Rhys pulled the other person back with him. (Sorry this is vague… I’m trying not to do spoilers…)
NOPE. genre: A genre you will never read.
Thrillers. Horror. True crime. A LOT of non-fiction. Particularly war history books. Or just history books in general.
NOPE. book format: A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I haven’t really given audiobooks a try, so I’m not willing to say that. But, if there’s a choice between ebook, paperback and hardcover – I go for the hardcover 90% of the time. And the paperback the other 10%.
NOPE. trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
Insta-love. Love triangles. Insta-love love triangles. 🤮
NOPE. recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
Uhhhh, again, I don’t really have one for this. Thriller / horror books maybe? Oh, Allen and Unwin have sent me a couple of thrillers that I passed on with love to a friend who does read them. Does that count? (BUT THANKS FOR SENDING ME BOOKS!! I LOVE YOU!!)
NOPE. cliché: A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Just lazy writing, really. If you’re going to set a scene, then SET THE SCENE. Don’t be all “they went here and the coffee was good”. Or, build meaningful relationships. Not everything is about sex. Also, it would be nice to see a character who is confident in their sexuality and the number of partners they have had. Why do guys get high-fived while women are put down??!! (I’m getting crankier now…)
NOPE. love interest: A love interest that’s not worthy of being one.
(Can I say Ron again? No? OK, let me think about it…)
Jacin from The Lunar Chronicles. He just really annoyed me. Double-crossing, backstabbing, snakey jerk! *shakes fist at Jacin* And Winter was so precious and sweet and deserved waaaaaaaaay better than him.
NOPE. book: A book that shouldn’t have existed.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (Do I need to explain this??)
NOPE. villain: A villain you would hate to cross.
None. I will cross them all. There’s a bunch of anti-heroes I totally wouldn’t cross though. Mostly for fear of being stabbed. Mia Corvere, Jude Duarte, Alosa, Princess Lira… huh… they’re all also ladies. (HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!! Did you like that sneak in? You’re welcome. xx)
NOPE. death: A character death that still haunts you.
Probably just Fred. Although, the one at the end of The King’s Men (while deserved) was brutal. In fact, most of the deaths in that book were brutal. Gun violence is not an option kids. But I’m ok with death and killing characters. (See above link.)
NOPE. author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
My answer for this is either none, or I’m so less full of vitriol after ranting my anger out that I can’t think of any…? Also, it’s not always the author’s fault a book is not-great. Sometimes the editor, publisher and agent has to take some responsibility too. (OMG, look how calm I am now!)
Umm, YOU! If you’re having a crappy day (either now or in 4 weeks’ time), then I highly recommend doing this tag and spewing out all that crankiness. It’s been therapeutic!! 😂
Until next time, happy reading 😊📚