I Have A Lot Of Unpopular Bookish Opinions | The “Nope!” Book Tag

“Mikaela, what? I thought you were dead!”

I know that it seems like I disappeared on all of you guys out of absolutely nowhere, but I was very stressed and tired (and, in actuality, I am STILL stressed and tired), but I’m back now, and, hopefully, I won’t be taking any more hiatuses like I have been.

MARCH WILL BE BETTER I SAY.

But, today, I have a tag for you that was definitely made for me because I get to talk about my unpopular bookish opinions? And rant a lot? WHAT A TREAT.

1.) nope ending: a book ending that made you go “nope!” either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy

  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer. This finale was so bad and so disappointing that I actually rage-quit this book thirty pages before the end. I mean, nothing was done well in this book at all, and then Noah decided to amble back into the book (oh, joy!!!). Also, I wanted to avoid the terribly written sex scene at the end at all costs.
  • Ignite Me. I mean, I love me some Juliette and Warner, but pretty much everything else about this book was a hot mess. I know there are going to be more books, BUT STILL.
  • The Last Star. It really sucks because I ADORED the first book in this series, but it just went downhill from there. Also, what is UP with third books and terribly written sex scenes?

2.) nope protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy

Okay, so I’m going to talk about a lesser-known adult book here, but one of the narrators in The Game You Played (which is a fantastic book, by the way) is this guy called David, who’s the husband of the main character, and he is THE ACTUAL WORST. I ranted about him in my head SO MANY TIMES.

Also, just in case you wanted to know, yes, the book is incredible, extremely underrated, and you must read it immediately. Please excuse the terrible and obviously Photoshopped cover because the contents of the book are one hundred percent worth it. Just saying.

3.) nope plot twist: a plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like

I legitimately couldn’t think of any sort of plot twists that I didn’t like (I have a lot of them, but eh), so I decided I’d cheat and talk about some books I’ve been spoiled for.

  • The Mortal Instruments Series. I knew all the ships and plot twists up to Book 5, since I read these pretty later than everyone else had, BUT STILL.
  • Champion. I was on the Goodreads page for the book to add it to my “Currently Reading” tab, and for some reason, someone felt the need to ask a question about the ending and COMPLETELY SPOIL IT FOR ME. USE THE SPOILER TAGS, DAMN IT!
  • The Fault In Our Stars. I mean, I’m pretty sure EVERYONE was spoiled about this one in one way or another.
  • Gone Girl. I was looking at a negative review for The Girl On The Train, which I had already finished, and the person was ranting about how the book was a copy-cat of Gone Girl. So, I assumed a spoiler tag was a spoiler for the actual book they were reviewing, but NOPE, they decided to spoil a really awesome element in Gone Girl you learn mid-way through just to prove a point. I MEAN, REALLY?
  • Allegiant. Yet another spoiler that you pretty much can never avoid. Ah well.
  • The Blood Of Olympus. I was reading a book tag on Books Amino, and someone told me what happens to Leo at the end for one of the answers. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE CAN’T MARK SPOILERS.
  • Crooked Kingdom. I know who dies now because I was on someone’s Goodreads status for a totally different book, and for some reason, they brought up said character’s death. AGAIN WITH THE SPOILER TAGS.

(I am forever cursed.)

4.) nope popular pairing: a ship you don’t support

  • Chaol and Aelin. It’s actually sort of funny because I used to ship this couple SO HARD, and when I heard that there was going to be a new guy named Rowan,ย  I was so against it. And then Heir of Fire happened, and I jumped ship so fast. Sorry, but they’re not a good ship anymore. Chaol couldn’t accept Aelin for who she was, and they’ve both forgiven each other and moved on. IT’S OVER.
  • Julian and Emma. I mean, I enjoyed Lady Midnight, but I hate pretty much all the ships (except Ty and Kit, WHO ARE PURE) and I just didn’t feel the chemistry with this one? Like, at all. Also, Julian is a bit too obsessed with Emma for my tastes and angst-y forbidden love is not my thing.
  • Will and Tessa. Pretty much everyone ships this couple, and I clearly must be missing out, because I don’t like them together. Jem and Tessa 4ever, ya’ll.
  • Noah and Mara. MARA IS TOO GOOD FOR A PRETENTIOUS, ANNOYING, OVERPROTECTIVE SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD, BYE.

5.) nope series: a series that turned out to be one huge pile of nope after you’ve invested time & energy on it

  • The Selection Trilogy. I really should’ve trusted my gut when I saw all those bad reviews.
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Trilogy. Again, I really should’ve trusted my gut when I saw all those bad reviews.
  • The Darkest Minds Trilogy. I weep at the wasted potential.
  • The Shatter Me Trilogy. Again I say, I really should’ve trusted my gut when I saw all those bad reviews.

6.) nope protagonist action/decision: a character decision that made you shake your head nope

I don’t have any specific decisions I remember that annoyed me, but I thought a list of some annoying decisions main characters make in general would suffice!

  • They don’t tell anyone where they’re going.
  • They get angry at someone for keeping a secret from them for their own good.
  • They sacrifice themselves for “the greater good.”
  • They listen to the boy they’ve known for, like, five seconds.
  • They can’t choose between two people even though they’re clearly in love with one of them.
  • Literally every decision Teresa made in The Maze Runner Trilogy.

7.) nope genre: a genre you will never read

My top three are probably fluffy contemporary, regency era paranormal romance, and historical fiction (though, obviously, there are exceptions to all of them). But, I generally avoid these types.

8.) nope book format: book formatting you hate & avoid buying

For me, it’s audiobooks. I’m so glad that they can help people, but I can’t pay attention long enough to listen, they take way longer for me than reading a physical book or an e-book, and because I’m not an auditory listener, I wouldn’t remember any of the information.

9.) nope trope: a trope that makes you go nope

No one is surprised when I say insta-love.

10.) nope recommendation: a book recommendation that’s constantly hyped & pushed at you that you simply refuse to read

OH GOD I HAVE SO MANY.

  • Queens of Geek. I know so many people loved this, but I am so not interested.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi. This book is SO POLARIZING to the point where it’s ridiculous (like…it’s a rom-com, people. Come on.), and the summary always makes me bored when I read it, so pass.
  • The Name Of The Wind. I know so many people LOVE this series, but these books are way too big to the point where I don’t think I’ll ever read them.
  • Everything, Everything. Another book I’m spoiled for (!!!) and it sounds boring to me? Skip!
  • All The Bright Places. Again, I’ve been spoiled for this, and it sounds way too John-Green like, so yeah, no.

11.) nope cliche/pet peeve: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes

Long chapters are still my biggest writing pet peeve. WHY?

12.) nope love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one

Oof, Jace, Will, the Darkling, Tate, and Noah are probably the love interests that annoy me the most. I STAND BY MY UNPOPULAR OPINIONS.

13.) nope book: a book that shouldn’t have existed and made you say “nope!”

Follow Me Back will haunt me until the end of my days.

14.) nope villain: a scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross

Umbridge is a terrifying force to be reckoned with, and I really would not like her to run my school, especially since I don’t really like it in the first place, so let’s not make it worse, yeah?

15.) nope death: a character death that still haunts you

SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE PLANNING TO READ THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES!!

It’d have to be Nehemia. I understand why she died, and I loved Aelin’s character development after the fact, BUT I LOVED HER SO MUCH. And the relationship between her and Aelin will always be one of my favorites.

16.) nope author: an author you had a bad reading experience for and have decided to quit

Hm, I don’t have any SPECIFIC authors, but there are some authors who’ve I seen be very…passionate on Twitter who really turn me off to their books. DOES THAT EVEN COUNT?

do you agree with any of my answers? how would you answer some of these questions? and if you’re reading this, you’re tagged!

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56 thoughts on “I Have A Lot Of Unpopular Bookish Opinions | The “Nope!” Book Tag

  1. I love when you talk Unpopular Opinions because I love ranting too XD I agree with some of these but not all. Man I got spoiled for The Mortal Instruments because hello itโ€™s such a popular series and the same with The Fault In Our Stars. I didnโ€™t get spoiled for Allegiant because I actually read it on time for once XD I donโ€™t understand how people can like Will like he is terrible. Tessa and Jem forever!! I hate instalove too and I also canโ€™t get into audiobooks. I also donโ€™t like the dumb decision of just listening to a boy they just met and not telling anyone where they are going. THAT ANNOYS ME SO MUCH! Well thatโ€™s the things we have in common. I actually liked The Selection for what it was. It was a fun series and good to binge read. I love All the Bright Places but I can understand how itโ€™s not your thing. I guess a genre that turns me off is dystopian. Just done with it. Also I personally like The Darkling for some reason. Donโ€™t ask me why I just do XD Also people should really mark their spoilers! Donโ€™t worry about taking a hiatus. Take all the time you need to get better! I just love seeing your posts! Great post and canโ€™t wait for more!

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    • Aw man, I actually wrote an entire post in which I talked about characters I love that others hate and vice versa and then backed out on publishing it because I thought it was too rant-y?? We’ll see! ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Yeah, I understand Will’s life sucked and such, but it really wasn’t an excuse?? And the problem literally got solved in ten seconds so whatever. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

      Yes, it annoys me in shows as well when people get a phone call from the villain who kidnapped someone and they’re told to tell no one or they’ll kill them. LIKE WHY???

      I feel like everyone likes the Darkling so you’re not alone! I just don’t get it! ๐Ÿ˜

      And aw, thank you! I’ve really missed posting and hope to get back to my mojo soon. โค๏ธ

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  2. There is nothing worse than being spoiled for a book! I was told the ending of We Are Liars so I have no interest in reading it anymore because it is the ending that everyone always talks about!

    You’re not missing anything by not reading Everything, Everything. I have s lot of problems with how it ended!

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  3. Umbridge – agree
    Audiobooks – agree
    Allegiant – hard to avoid spoiler. I guess all who haven’t read book know the end.
    I might be first one to say Will/Tessa and Jem/Tessa- both ships were great in its own way. Maybe because I loved Will and Jem more than Tessa. ๐Ÿ˜€
    character death that still haunts me- Sirius (this is another spoiler that everyone knows) ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I’m glad you’re back since you always have such cool posts to share with us… Hope you get some rest and get over the stress… I agree with you in the spoilers department, I always try not to put some major plot twist or deaths and such in my reviews because when you know what’s going to happen it ruins the book a bit… or a lot… depending on how big the spoiler was.

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    • Aw, thank you so much, Chelle! I’m still stressed out, but I’m hoping for it to get better soon!

      And, yeah, I recently just read a book where I was spoiled for the ending, and it was good, but I do think the fact that the huge plot twist ending was already known to me, it didn’t really hit the mark it was supposed to. ๐Ÿ˜

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  5. this post is so comforting because I, TOO, struggle deeply with audiobooks!!! they take so much longer to finish that I feel like I’m in a pit of despair and never finishing. and I’m super visual so I really forget so much of the story as it goes along. but I’m still trying with my first audiobook, Book Thief, because the allan corduner’s voice is so beautiful.
    *feels joyful to not be alone*
    and I DNF “When Dimple Met Rishi,” the plot and characters were sadly not entertaining???? let down.

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  6. I’m always really happy when someone else admits to not wanting to read something because the book is TOO DANG LONG!!!! Like,I just ain’t got time for that anymore. Sure I like a decently sized books, but once I’m in BRICK territory…nah. Though I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone nope out of long chapters. Interesting! I always thought people preferred them haha.

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    • Yeah, I really don’t have time for it! Back then, so many people recommended these giant fantasy books, and they all sounded great so I added them to my TBR…but I know at this point that I’m just not going to read a 700+ page book series, especially since so many of them aren’t getting sequels any time soon.

      I don’t have the patience for long chapters! It just makes me lose interest in the book.

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  7. I love all your unpopular opinions ๐Ÿ˜€
    Strangely I never had any interest in reading the Mara Dyer books, but this Noah guy doesn’t seem like someone I would like xD
    I also feel you about getting spoiled, it has happened to me so many times because I’m not caught up with all the Series and will haunt me forever ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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  8. Nooow I’m kinda hesitant about Mara Dyer xD I recently got the second book after The Fifth Wave but something about the love triangle (square?) just put me off. Strangely I only bought the second book after watching the movie because it reignited my interest and I wanted to know what happened even though it had been forever since I read book 1. Loveed this tag! Even just seeing the title at first had me laughing hehe.

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    • Everyone else seems to LOVE IT, so who knows, maybe you might? Though I saw the reviews for the spin-off were not that great.

      I am assume you that there’s no love square in the trilogy! It’s pretty much Evan and Cassie and Ben with Ringer (eventually).

      Thank you so much! โค๏ธ And I’m glad I’m funny to someone. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  9. audio books are a new ability for me! i used to never do it because i would just get so distracted i would have no idea what was going on! i have decided it depends greatly on the type of book and who is reading the book. i am currently trying to get through a winston churchill biography and it is a TOUGH listen; but i think it would be an equally tough read. just so much data…not my thing…

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    • Oh, that’s good to know! I think I just read faster than the narrator talks, so is be annoyed. ๐Ÿ˜ I did it once with The Goldfinch, and it was basically me reading the whole page in a minute, but the narrator was still stuck at the top of the page. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ve had problems with this since I was little though.

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      • iโ€™m not a fast reader; but iโ€™m a fast talker. so i just up the speed of the reading and it doesnโ€™t seem so slow to me then!

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  10. Spoilers for famous series endings are THE WORST. I was slightly spoiled for both Allegiant and The Death Cure, and it sucks ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Great post! I used to dislike audiobooks too, but I realised that it was only because I’ve been reading the wrong narrators that were just plain boring. Now that I have a ton of good audiobook recommendations, I’m loving them!

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  11. Queens of Geek was kind of a let down so you escaped that one. Loving the hoards of fandom themed books we have going on but I suppose some of them have to be not so good. And that one wasn’t.
    Love the post! People’s unpopular opinions are always fun to read.

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  12. Such a great tag! I chuckled the entire way through!

    And I agree with all your TMI/Jace/Will references. Also insta-love – that trope can die right off.

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  13. YEP insta-love can leave!
    I’m sorry you’ve been spoiled for so many books, that totally ruins the experience, especially when you get spoiled by reading a review for a separate book – like, wtf???
    Also yes, long chapters are the bane of my existence!

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  14. This is a super cool tag! I’m totally with you for Chaol and Aelin, I shipped them sososo much and then there was Rowan… Hahaha oops. Also yess, I love Will but Jessa forever! I love how one of your points for “nope characters” was ‘literally every decision Teresa made in The Death Cure’ because the accuracy is real.

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  15. I totally ship Will with me, so Tessa and Jem forever. And I totally get what you mean about Julian and Emma. I love Ty and Kit, and I want to see what happens between Mark, Cristina and Kieran. (I really like Kieran and Mark, especially with the extra stuff Clare has written. I mean, Mark & Kieran are so much feels together)
    And I just can’t start the Shatter Me series. The cover throws me off and I’ve heard such mixed reviews. Just a big NOPE from me.
    Why Nehemia? I loved her and wish we could still have her! The world would be so much better with Nehemia.
    I can’t really stand audiobooks either? They’re super expensive, even with a plan like Audible. And it takes forever to listen to a story when I can read it? Also, how can I keep track of everything while listening?

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    • Ooh, I also ship Mark and Kieran! I don’t really like Mark and Cristina, and I don’t like all three of them together (even though a lot of people do).

      It really wasn’t worth it. ๐Ÿ˜…

      Yes, I really wish she was still alive. I would’ve loved to see her friendship with Aelin and Lysandra!

      Oh, yeah, the one time I tried to use an audiobook, it was via Overdrive, but they do seem expensive!

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  16. I was also spoiled for the death in Crooked Kingdom, there is a reason I stopped using Tumblr, I mentioned I was reading Six of Crows and then someone messaged me asking about what I thought about the death in Crooked Kingdom.

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      • I hate being spoiled for things if I didn’t want to be, sometime when I decided I didn’t want to continue a series but still wanted to know how everything ended I looked it up online. I was also spoiled for some of the events that happens in ACOMAF, so when I was reading the first I was a little confused about who the character Rhys was.

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  17. Okay wow this tag is really really fun! I weep for the wasted potential that is the Darkest Mind too, it just feels to generic and slow pacing for my preference! And I love Ignite Me, if only the rest of the series is as action packed and less weeping-Juliette as Ignite Me… but nope the ending just ruin the book for me.

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    • Yes, same! And it sucks cause the first few chapters where it goes over Ruby in the camp and the lead up to how she got there were WAY more interesting than the road trip. Yeah, Ignite Me was…not a good finale. A great romance? Yes. But there were so many loose ends and the fact that the plot was pretty much shoved into the final 40 pages of the book and the bad guy was killed in two pages after all this hype?? GAH.

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  18. Omg why would people spoil OTHER books in their reviews/reading status?? That’s just evil – like I know they didn’t do that on purpose but come on! No one would expect to find a spoiler there so at least warn people?? I’m sorry you had to be spoiled that way multiple times

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