March, I’m sure you were supposed to bring with you slightly milder days, not these on-off-on again snow storms, but at least you’ve been interesting. This month’s book tag comes courtesy of Lost in Pages and it pretty much accurately represents my feelings about the current weather systems: nope. Spring, I am so ready for you!
1. Nope Ending: A book ending that made you go Nope either in denial, rage, or simply because it was crappy
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller has one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read. It would have been all the more shocking had the book been more entertaining, but as I found the majority of the reading experience dull, the shock impact of the conclusion was reduced.
2. Nope Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy
Although I adore the series, Bella Swan (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer) is a dull protagonist. At times she downright annoys me with her whining and lack of individuality.
3. Nope Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of Nope after you invested all your time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth is one I quote frequently for reasons of disappointment. The first book was entertaining and contained so much promise, but Insurgent just annihilated all my hopes to such an extent that I’ve not picked up Allegiant.
4. Nope Popular Pairing: A ship you don’t support
Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling); because why can’t men and women just be friends? They don’t always end up together in real life, so why should they in fiction?
5. Nope Plot Twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like
One of the biggest jaw-dropping plot twists I’ve ever read was in The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. Whilst I thought it was an interesting concept, I thought the book was largely dull.
6. Nope Protagonist Action/Decision: A character decision that made you shake your head Nope
Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas) choosing one beau over the one she should have done. But I guess it’s all subjective when it comes to love. Still, she made the wrong choice.
7. Nope Genre: A genre you will never read
The one genre I despise above all else is historical fiction: I don’t understand the attraction of reading a semi-historically accurate novel. I know that for me personally, I’d struggle separating the fact from the fiction, so I’d rather read one or the other.
8. Nope Book Format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
I have no qualms about the edition of a book that I read, but given that I generally prefer to have a physical copy in my possession, (one needs only look at my bookshelves as hard evidence), I’ll go for eBooks – which, unless I’m travelling I’m less likely to read.
9. Nope Trope: A trope that makes you go Nope
The number of books and series I’ve read that revolve around orphans is ridiculous. The percentage of books featuring the trope must vastly outweigh the percentage of children without parents, so, just for once, please can I read a book with parental presence?
10. Nope Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, primarily because it’s historical fiction (my least favourite of the genres), it’s set in Nazi Germany (a time period I have little interest in), and because it’s won so many prizes it’s intimidating. Triple threat.
11. Nope Cliche/Pet Peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that will always make you roll your eyes
Although I do enjoy books written in this format from time to time, I’m generally not a fan of novels told from multiple perspectives. I prefer one point of view, because it allows me to make up my own mind about a situation and characters rather than having it influenced by other voices.
12. Nope Love Interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one; a character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest
Andrew Parker (How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake) as he’s a pompous idiot. Why our main character spent 400 pages chasing him down will never fail to annoy me.
13. Nope Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say Nope
Easily one of the strangest and most disappointing books I’ve ever read was The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. It was magical realism done wrong, with too many unanswered questions and an underperforming plot and unrealistic cast of characters.
14. Nope Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction
Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling) remains the only fictitious villain I’m genuinely afraid of. She’s downright evil.
15. Nope Death: A character death that still haunts you
There are only a handful of character deaths that can make me cry, but the one I ball at the most isn’t technically a character, since he was very much a living, breathing being: Marley from Marley & Me by John Grogan. The fact that he was a dog means nothing. I have wept, and will weep, at his death.
16: Nope Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit
Whilst I am very much a never say never type of person, I seriously struggled ploughing through A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, and as such I will probably discontinue reading A Song of Ice and Fire/A Game of Thrones.
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