Unpopular Bookish Opinions…

Sooo we all have unpopular opinions, right? But that doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing. It just means we all have our own way of seeing things, and that’s what makes the world diverse! By means of the unpopular opinions book tag, the original of which you can find here, I’m going to share some of my unpopular opinions. Take no offense people, this is all for fun.

Let’s do this!

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1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

Most recently, the popular book that I didn’t like was…Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. *cringes from its adoring fans yelling at me*. I know, I know. From what I’ve seen of book reviews though, I don’t think I’m alone in this. It’s a pretty polarizing book. I just couldn’t stand the insta-love, and the MC was not very bright, and it was just so unrealistic. Sadly, no me gusta.
2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

The last time I did this tag was on my YouTube channel, and at the time I said The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, but I’m gonna switch it up this time since it’s been 2 years since then. I would have to say…The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I usually don’t like literary fiction, family-drama type novels…but I just got so invested in the characters in this one I had to know what happens. A lot of people found it boring, and I can see where it was slow, but I enjoyed it overall.
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.

(SPOILER ALERT FOR THE INFERNAL DEVICES BY CASSANDRA CLARE

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Tessa Gray. At the end of the series, we see that she ends up with someone else. But in the beginning, and for many, many years until he dies…she chooses to be with Will. Now I know she couldn’t be with Jem because of the whole Silent Brothers thing, but I still liked him better. Luckily, they eventually get together but they definitely go through a lot before that happens.
4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

Mystery/thriller. Romance. Horror. The closest I’ve gotten to any of these is YA contemporary, or books like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Soooo yes.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Jace Wayland. Sorry folks.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

As mentioned before, Alexandra Bracken. I’ve heard if you don’t like one of her books, you probably won’t like the rest. Other authors besides Bracken? Mmm..Jennifer E. Smith? I’ve read one of her books, and I’m currently reading Windfall, which is her latest release (coming out on May 2nd). I wasn’t too crazy about the first book I read by her (I can’t even remember the title), and so far I’m not too crazy about this one either and I’m already halfway through it.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I HATE, especially in YA contemporary, when there is no parent/guardian relationship with the main character. It’s just unrealistic.

ALSO IN FANTASY, when a character from our world is thrown into a magical world, or learns of time travel, or magic, or just anything otherworldly and accepts it without question. They’re just like, oh? My family can time travel? I can enter another world buy means of a secret portal? Cool.

And I would be like ????????? what’s going on????????

and I feel like most people would be like that as well
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Hmm…the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I don’t really have an answer for this one, to be honest.

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Well, that’s it folks! Hopefully I haven’t offended anyone. After all, this is all in good nature. And now, to go read some books I have more positive opinions about! 🙂

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Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Hey guys! I thought in order to get to know me a little bit better (in terms of my bookish preferences and opinions) that I would do the rapid fire book tag! This book tag originates from YouTube, on GirlReading‘s channel. Be sure to check it out if you’re interested in doing it yourself.

So…without any further ado, here’s the tag!

E-Book or Physical Book?  Physical

Paperback or Hardback? Hardback for the looks (and if it’s a new release and I just have to have it), paperback for comfort in reading and travelling.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping? In-store book shopping

Trilogies or Series? Series! I think it’s rare for a trilogy to feel complete to me. Only a few have done a good job in my opinion. Perhaps I’ll make a future post on that…

Heroes or Villains? Heroes. Yes, I’m cliché. TOO BAD.

A book you want everyone to read? The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I believe there’s something in that memoir for everyone.

Recommend an underrated book? Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley. It’s an own-voices, YA contemporary that has some really important issues thrown in.

The last book you finished? Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Last Book You Bought? Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I have been waiting FOREVER for this book to come out and I’m so excited it’s finally in my hands.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark? Nothing too weird…a tissue, maybe?

Used Books: Yes or No? Yes! If they don’t have writing all over them and aren’t ripped, for sure.

Top Three Favorite Genres? Fantasy (both YA and adult), Contemporary (both YA and adult), and poetry.

Borrow or Buy? Unfortunately for my wallet, buy.

Characters or Plot? Characters. If I love the characters, I don’t care what they’re doing.

Long or Short Books? Long books.

Long or Short Chapters? Short chapters.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of… Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Harry Potter series

The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry? LORD I have yet to come across a book that has made me cry, so PLEASE if you have any cry-worthy recommendations, feel free to let me know. As for laughing…any book by Ellen DeGeneres, Bossypants by Tina Fey, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand & co., and pretty much any Rick Riordan book.

Our World or Fictional Worlds? This is tough, because it depends on which fictional world. I would love to live in Narnia or the wizarding world, but Panem? Westeros? No thank you. I think I’ll probably stick to this world.

Audiobooks: Yes or No? Yes!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover? Of course, who doesn’t? I’m being honest here.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? Book to movie.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?  The movie edition of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. No one hurt me. Please.

Series or Standalone’s? Series. It allows for so much more character development and world building if the story takes place in a different world. That being said, I think it depends on the genre. Fantasy and sci-fi usually call for series, but contemporary and literary fiction call for stand-alones in my opinion.

Thanks for reading guys! Let me know your answers to some of these questions in the comments! 🙂