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[TAG] In Which I Share My Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Hey, look; it’s been forever since I’ve done a tag! So, let’s do that!

I’ve decided to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag, mainly because I love talking about my unpopular opinions and finding people who agree with me. I am the Queen of Unpopular Opinions, and I will fight you for the title. But, seriously, I do have a lot of unpopular opinions – not even just in books, but life in general – and I thought a tag would be a fun way to share them!

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1. A Popular Book or Series You Didn’t Like

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HAHA, where do I start? I actually have a whole list of my least favorite series – which I’ll be linking to here – so I’m not going to re-list them all, but probably my top unpopular opinion regarding series is The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I thought I’d love this one, but the romance was just too much, and the sequel bored me to death. Kestrel is just too good for Arin. And for book, probably The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I literally can’t find one single soul who didn’t love this book, but I thought it was just meh. It was over-saturated with plot twists that got annoying after a while, and I was just missing something, I guess? I thought the ending was pretty good, though!

2. A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Else Seems to Hate But You Love

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Funnily enough, I also have an entire post dedicated to unpopular books I like, which you can find right here! BUT, for the purpose of this question and not wanting to repeat my entire list again, I think my number one is probably The Cursed Child. Everyone literally hates it and found it SO disappointing – but I read it in a day and cried and I loved it. And this book also proved that my Albus and Scorpius ship that I’ve been sailing on since 2013 has solid concrete evidence, so, there’s that.

3. A Love Triangle Where the Main Character Ended Up with the Person You Didn’t Want Them to End Up with OR an OTP That You Don’t Like

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Fortunately, I’ve never lost a love triangle (MWAHAHAHA), so I decided on an OTP I don’t like. And that’s Mara and Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy. Honestly, I just really hate Noah and think he’s a pretentious jerk, so he could just disappear and all would be solved and make me ten times happier, to be honest. But everyone seems to love him apparently??? Ew.

4. A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For

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I usually read a little something from every genre because I’m usually pulled in by synopsis’, not genres, but contemporary is probably the answer for this one. Especially the phrase “cute contemporary.” Whenever someone says that a contemporary book was “adorable” or “cute” or “fluffy,” I’m just never going to read it ever. Maybe I’m a masochist who likes death and torture and sadness and panic, but I just get bored reading about people falling in love in the real world with real problems. And I don’t think I’ve ever liked fluff??? Basically, I’m a monster.

5. A Popular or Beloved Character That You Don’t Like

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Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments Series! I mean, I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books TO DEATH, but both times I read The Mortal Instruments, I was greatly annoyed by Jace. I mean, he probably wasn’t a trope when this book was published (way back in 2007), but after so many years of YA, I’m tired of sarcastic jerk-ish bad boys who have daddy issues and are using their sarcasm as a shield for how sweet they are. PASS.

6. A Popular Author That You Can’t Seem to Get Into

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This one’s easily Lauren Oliver. I read Before I Fall and LOVED IT – it’s still one of my all-time favorite contemporaries – and every single one of the books I’ve read from her after that have been total duds and I’ve DNF-ed them all. I only have Vanishing Girls left from her, but I love a good YA thriller, so, hopefully, this one’s good?

7. A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired of Seeing

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I don’t even know if this counts as a book trope (it probably doesn’t), but when it comes to thrillers, YA or Adult, I’m getting really tired of the “OH MY GOD; YOU LITERALLY COULD HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS COMING BECAUSE IT MAKES ZERO SENSE AND IS IN NO WAY GROUNDED IN REALITY” plot twists. I feel like all the thrillers I’ve read this year so far have either been amazing, or they’ve fallen flat because of this strange need for a random plot twist that doesn’t have any evidence built up behind it. I’m going to blame the popularity of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train for this since everyone is trying to be the “next big thing,” but it only works the first couple of times before I get tired of it.

8. A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading

Following the cute contemporary trend I mentioned earlier, I’ll probably never read a Kasie West book, a Morgan Matson book, a Jenny Han book, or any of the books in the Anna and the French Kiss series. I know everyone loves these authors and their books to the moon and back, but I literally get bored reading the synopsis’ of these books. I DON’T LIKE FLUFF. I’M SORRY.

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?

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The Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie for sure! I read the first book of the series and really enjoyed it, but then read the second book and was so bored by it that I DNF-ed it. But the movie was actually SO GOOD, and I loved how Burton completely changed the plot because it made for a much entertaining movie. And, personally, I always thought that this series should have just been a stand-alone, and the movie’s storyline expressed it perfectly, so there’s that!

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And that was the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading about all the things I like and don’t like that are totally unpopular! You guys really seem to like reading about my unpopular opinions because those used to be some of my most popular posts when I was a bit of a smaller blog.

Regarding tagging people, I never really tag specific people for these things, I just leave it open so anyone who wants to do this tag may do it! So, go ahead, and have fun with it!

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The Emoji Book Tag

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What is this? A tag I’m doing where I’ve actually been tagged? Just kidding, I’ve just never been tagged in anything, and this is super cool. Reg @ She Latitude tagged me in her post, and this looked super fun (even though I’m not a huge texting person), but I do use emojis a lot when replying or leaving comments, as I’m sure you guys can tell. If I don’t, I’m probably replying from my laptop instead.

The point of this was to only do five, but I ended up doing ten instead because I’m out of control and I love talking about books, obviously. So here we go!

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🙈 Monkey Covering Its Eyes

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I usually use this emoji for shameful confessions, so I chose Empire of Storms. I’m a huge SJM fan, and I got this book a couple days after its release, the one with the gorgeous fanart, because she actually came into town and I got my book signed by her…and I’ve never read it. I don’t know why. I really should before TOG #6 comes out and I haven’t completed yet another series.

❤ Red Heart

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I use this one to express love, much like everyone, and for this one I’ll choose The Trap by Melanie Raabe. This is a thriller about a woman who is convinced that she has seen her sister’s murderer on TV, and writes a book based off the crime to lure him to her house. Yes, it’s just as awesome as it sounds.

🌟 One Glowing Star

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I usually use this for star ratings on Books Amino, but since this is one star, I decided this one would be for a book I rated one star. I actually rarely give out one stars because I usually find something redeemable about  book, but I gave The Perfect Girl one star because I was super bored by everything going on, the characters weren’t developed well enough, and the mystery was handled in the most underwhelming way.

🙌🏾 Black Hands Praising

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I use this one also for things that make me happy, and I’ve decided that for this one I’ll choose Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards. I discovered this amazing thriller author last year, and this is my favorite book of his. It’s one of those books where you think you know what’s going on and have already figured out and then BAM! You’re wrong. It’s really nice to read a thriller that brings out something new instead of using the same old plot twists all over again.

😂 Face Crying with Laughter

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I use this one for when my friends tell me something funny, and I rarely laugh out loud at books, but one of the ones that made me really laugh was Laurent Linn’s Draw The Line, which is highly underrated. It deals with homophobia in the South, but it also balances it with an adorable romance and a great sense of humor.

😍 Face with Heart Eyes  

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I usually use this one for when people do things that make me happy, so I chose Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. The main character of this novel is a total brat/mean girl at the beginning, but after going through multiple do-overs, she becomes a much better character and goes through so much development. She makes you want to change your entire attitude.

😤 Angry Face

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I use this one for when I hear things that frustrate the heck out of me, and I’ll choose This Is Our Story for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book (I gave it four stars), but this was a thriller with a super cheesy romance on the side that was just. Not. Needed. One of my biggest pet peeves is that YA books feel the need for a romance to be there that really doesn’t need to be. They could have been friends, that’s all I’m saying. But, again, a really good YA thriller.

😅 Face Trying to Stay Calm/Sweating

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I use this one for when I’m stressed out and pretending I’m totally not, so for this one I’m choosing These Broken Stars. You might be fooled by the gorgeous cover, but this is a true blue sci-fi that started out pretty calm, but then you hit this point, and the rest of the book you’re trying to keep calm while repeating, “WTF???” in your head about fifty times.

😉 Suggestive Face

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I use this one when I’m joking around with my friend about innuendos (because I act like I’m twelve), so I’m using ACOMAF for this one. I’m not sure this one needs to be explained, but Rhysand is definitely the embodiment of the winky face.

👋🏾 Black Hand Waving Hi

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I use this one for when I’m testing out people’s phone numbers and I’m praying to God I’m not texting some random stranger, so I thought a book that’d fit for this would be the first book in a series I enjoyed. I’m choosing Unearthly by Cynthia Hand because I thought this was a really good first book to an enjoyable series.

And that’s it for this fun book tag! It was super fun to do, and for anyone who’s read this and hasn’t done this one yet or think this one looks fun, go ahead and do it! I’d love to check them out!

Also, what the heck at yesterday’s post??? It’s my most liked and commented post so far, and I’m really shocked that so many of you guys enjoyed it! It means so much to me, especially since I’m always so nervous about posting my opinions (it comes with the social anxiety). 

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What are some of your favorite/most-used emojis?