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Tag It Thursdays: Unpopular Opinions Book Tag [2]


Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I think the title is pretty self explanatory though I have no idea where this tag originated from. I was tagged by ILOVEHEARTLANDX @JJBOOKLOVERSBLOG, someone I coincidentally share a lot of the same opinions with about other books (like the Maze Runner and Throne of Glass); thank you for the tag and for the great conversations we’ve had over books in the last few months!

Feel free to disagree with me all that you like with this one! I know a lot of people aren’t going to like my first answer but I can take the heat! I just ask that you remember to be respectful of other people’s opinions 😀


Please be warned that there may be some spoilers ahead! Just read the title and then see if the cover is a book you don’t want spoiled before proceeding.

A popular book or series that you didn’t like:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Yeah, I never jumped on the Harry Potter bandwagon. Boy, did I try though! I tried to read the first book but didn’t get more than a quarter through before I gave up. I then tried with Prison of Azkaban and I got pretty close to finishing but couldn’t make it. Magic series are really hit or miss for me and this one was a definite miss. I also found the start of the Harry Potter books to be so slow and dry. I would like to read these books just to say I have but I have no pressing desire to do so at the moment. I did watch most of the movies though and enjoyed them so I get the appeal.

A popular book or series that you like but everyone else seems to hate:

Ugly Love

This one was tough because I didn’t want to be cliché and say Twilight or the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Both are books I enjoyed at different parts of my life. You can read my reviews obviously to find out why I liked them but I’ll just say that I was the target age for Twilight when I read it and I enjoyed the idea that love can save in Fifty Shades even if the execution is sketchy at best.

So I said Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. I’m a huge Colleen Hoover fan and I know that her books seem to be hit or miss with some people. This one especially. I’m a huge New Adult genre fan so I think that is why I really enjoyed this one because it is a great example of a NA read. Most people who aren’t big NA fans seem to struggle with the character development; and I’ll be the first to say it isn’t Hoover’s finest BUT, this story made me cry and held my undivided attention so it got major points with me.

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with or an OTP you didn’t like:

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)

First: I had no idea what OTP meant. I had to Google that and I added it to my review guide so I don’t ever forget.

The Nightshade Trilogy has one of the worst love triangles I have ever had to endure because I did NOT like who Calla ends up with. I hated Shay with a passion and felt like he was all wrong for Calla–especially given how his character develops in the later books. And damn you Andrea Cremer for continuously feeding my hope that she would pick Ren in the end! Calla was so back and forth that I came to the conclusion Ren was totally better off on his own anyways but, man, I really, really wanted him with Calla. I won’t even talk about what happens in the last book.

A popular book genre you hardly reach for:

Witches & Werewolves

I suppose that means I don’t like supernatural books but I really enjoy vampire stories so I don’t totally dislike the genre, just stories with witches or werewolves.

Like I said with Harry Potter, magic is hit or miss with me and most of the time when it’s with witches or wizards, it’s a miss. I just don’t like how magic is portrayed or limited by rules when it’s something that can be so nonrestrictive to me. I do like series that have magic as a plot element, I just don’t like when it is the main focus.

As for werewolves, I hate the alpha male mentality and how they are always driven by their primal instincts. That often leads to the characters doing something stupid that I just don’t agree with. I also find the stories to be boring.

A popular or beloved character that you do not like:

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)


I was never a Gale fan from the start–I was always team Peta. But his attitude in the last book was the last straw for me and I really detested him by the end.

A popular author you can’t seem to get into:

Firelight (Firelight, #1) Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1) Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)

Sophie Jordan

I’ve read three different series by Sophie Jordan and I’ve been disappointed in all of them in some respect. With Firelight I didn’t like the heroine; I didn’t like how the romances progressed in The Ivy Chronicles and I was severely underwhelmed by the execution of Uninvited. I’ve tried three different genre types with her and I still am not blown away.

A popular book trope you are tired of seeing:

The normal girl who doesn’t think she’s attractive but it turns out that the entire male population has been in love with her forever. Or she develops special powers and then proceeds to whine about it for the rest of the series. So cliché.

Or the girl who is equally torn between the “good guy” and the “bad boy”. So annoying.

A popular series that you have no interest in reading:

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I have no desire to read If I Stay and I don’t even want to watch the movie. I’m not the biggest YA solely contemporary fan and the synopsis doesn’t appeal to me. I could have easily picked Gayle Forman for a popular author I can’t get into because I really didn’t enjoy her Just One Day Series and that experience didn’t have me jumping to read this one either.

The saying goes, ‘the book is always better than the movie,’ but what movie or TV adaptation did you enjoy more than the books?

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Goodness, The Maze Runner books were SO BORING (except Scorch Trials, that one was amazing!). The books just had too much going on, poor character development and way too much descriptive detail. The entire time I was reading, I was thinking it would make a great movie and I was TOTALLY right! The Maze Runner Movie was fantastic! It had me on the edge of my seat, and focused on the stronger plot aspects that the novels have. I can’t wait until Scorch Trials is released!


I’ll tag (if you have the time!):

What unpopular opinions do you have? Do you agree with my picks?

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Tag It Thursdays: The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag [1]


Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag

This tag/hashtag was created by Shelumiel @The Bookish and Awesome blog in response to Adam Silvera’s debut book More Happy Than Not (sounds like an inspiring read if you ask me!). I was tagged by the always awesome Summer @Xingsings and always amazing Marie @drizzleandhurricanebooks; thank you both for the interesting challenge this tag presented me with!

    There are two rules:

    1. Answer the question in whatever way you prefer, whether it be a list or in a narrative form.
    2. Link back to the original post on The Bookish and Awesome via the link widget
I’m going to try the narrative form so we’ll see how that goes!

Whenever I look at my organized book shelf, though–like most readers/bloggers–it seems like 99.99% are unread, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I get a hold I’ve been dying to read comes in, though I already have 5 other books out and 2 more books come in and I wonder “why did I put so many books on hold!” and “why do they all have to come in at once!”, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I think “that would be a great story!”, though I never get around to writing it (either down so I remember or create the story at all), I am more happy than not.

Whenever I watch an episode of Game of Thrones and think “I really should start reading the books instead”, though I really don’t have the time to read such tomes or wait that long for the next novel, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I reread my reviews, and though I discover 30 bazillion spelling and grammar mistakes after I have published it, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I create an AWESOME way to tackle my TBR, though I don’t often manage to get ‘er done and it seems like I completely forgot about my new goal, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I pat myself on the back for scheduling a review wayyy in advance, though I often have to reshuffle its publication date or push it back for an ARC review, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I think about my blog and how much fun the last 2 years have been, even though it has taken a lot of time, creativity and keystrokes, I am more happy than not!


Thanks again ladies! This was a lot of fun and a lot easier than I thought it would be!

Feel free to tag yourself! Please link back if you do! I would love to read your responses!

What makes you more happy than not?

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Tags: The Ultimate Book Tag

The Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged by Summer @ xingsings a little while ago so thanks Summer! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog this year and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you and your blog!

So, let the madness begin!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Sometimes I do, but most of the time I don’t. I used to have an hour bus ride to and from my high school so that was when I did most of my reading. Now that I walk to school, I find I can get motion sickness if I’m in a car but only on occasion. (I think sometimes its a weird combo of wearing glasses and using my eReader :S)

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

My first instinct is to say Shakespeare but I think he just really popularized a lot of themes and created a lot of words. I find his works (both plays and poems) are so much fun to analyze because you can interpret them so many different ways. Whether or not that was his intention or it’s just a matter of people reading too much into things, I’m not sure. But he is one of my favourite writers.

Chaucer is my second answer. I’ve only read parts of Canterbury Tales but I’ve never read anything like that before. I loved his satire style and I wish I studied him more in my classes.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

It’s a dirty secret of mine that I have never finished a Harry Potter book in my life. I tried with 3 different books but never managed to finish it. I can appreciate the world J.K. Rowling has created, it just doesn’t appeal to me. (I rarely enjoy witch/wizard books). So Twilight wins by default because:

  1. I actually finished the whole series
  2. I prefer paranormal series to solely magic based ones
  3. I read a lot of AMAZING vampire series because of the popularity of Twilight

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

I assume this means a backpack for school? If so, I just have a paper clipboard, my keys, phone, wallet and pens.

If it means by book bag for the library, it’s just a random cloth bag that I grab with my library card when I go 🙂

5. Do you smell your books?

No, only because 95% of the books I read are eCopies. But when I do get physical copies from the library, I often smell the funky foods people have spilled all over them *bleh* so gross!

6. Books with or without little illustrations.

I mostly read books without illustrations (just a map maybe at the start). I do read the occasional manga though.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Twilight obviously. Fifty Shades of Grey was another. I’m more of a “did I enjoy the story” type of reader than I am a writing/grammar critic so I’m sure there have been a few more.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not particularly though I did love reading Hurry Up Franklin because I thought the berries looked scrumptious!

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephan Leacock.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

As embarrassing as this is, I think it’s Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer 😛 As I said before, I mostly use eBooks now. My Kobo tells me my “biggest file” is The Line Between by Tamsyn Bester.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

In a dream world I would be an author but I don’t think I have a great talent for it. I try to write in my spare time and I’ve decided to make it a goal this summer to finish one story that I’ve had brewing in my mind for a while but we will see what happens!

12. When did you get into reading?

2006 when I finished The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants in a weekend. Before that, I would only read when we had silent reading in school and never for pleasure.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

I haven’t finished a lot of classics so I guess Pride and Prejudice. Doesn’t 1984 count? Because I really enjoyed that one as well.

14. In school what was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yes but I also had high marks in the sciences and math, thus my post-secondary degree in Science. But true story: I totally did better in my university English classes than I did in my Science courses 😛

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I’d keep it and put it on my bookshelf. Maybe lend it out to someone I know might want to read it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

If this was three years ago, I would have said Divergent haha. Now I would say the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (that series needs more fan-fare in my opinion)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I blog instead of studying for classes. As I write this I should be studying for my microbiology final exam…

Another one is adding books to my TBR or compulsively putting books on hold at the library. (It’s an embarrassing amount currently and one that requires an excel document)

18. What is your favorite word?

I don’t really have a particular word I like the most. I find I say “really” a lot in my reviews. I can tell you some words I hate: “moist” and when people use “scent” as a verb *cringe*

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I would say nerd–I like a lot of things people consider “nerdy”. I thought dweeb was the same as dork though…

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I always enjoy faerie stories whereas vampire stories are hit or miss. I just love the cunning strength of faeires with all their mind games. I also find that there are more creative spins on faerie stories.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels have a more interesting back story to me.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I detest werewolf stories (too much alpha male stuff going on) so I’d go with spirits though I don’t read very many books with them.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

This is tough because vampires are really just brain-powered zombies when you think about it. Both are undead but zombies seem to lack control while vampires can think and blend in with society. (Though the movie Warm Bodies would be the exception). I think I would pick vampires just because they make for better predators.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Love triangles are the worst–they are the only thing that makes a book an immediate pass for me (three people on the cover? You can bet money that I will NOT be picking it up). I really enjoy the tension in forbidden love stories.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Ok, this one is tough because I read a lot of both. I like New Adult romances because I enjoy the drama but I don’t like regular old adult harlequin novels because they are cheesy. I like action-pack novels but the romantic tension needs to have a significant presence for me. So I guess action-packed?

Thanks again Summer! This was a lot of fun!

I just picked a few blogs to tag but please don’t feel obligated to do this tag (especially if you were tagged before!)! Also, anyone can do this tag so feel free to tag yourself 😉 Just leave me a link back so I can see your response!