Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Normally, I would bring you a new review post on the latest book I’ve read, but I’m still working on actually reading it. I picked an unusually long book this time, and I’ve never been able to read two books at once!
You can look for my Discovery of Witches review (hopefully) by next Monday! In the meantime, I thought I would do a quick book tag!
1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
I wanted to love Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, I really did. It was a book that was so hyped up for me and I was so excited to read it, but it just fell flat. I couldn’t get invested in any of the characters because I just didn’t like them. The protagonist was the weakest link for me, Juliette was constantly complaining and feigning weakness throughout the novel and I got so sick of it. Supposedly she “came into her own” at the end of the book, but I must have read a different book than everyone else did. The one redeeming factor of this book was the writing style, which I thought was really unique.
2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
I can’t think of an unpopular book that I love, but I can think of an unpopular character…
Everyone I know absolutely hates Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones, but she has one of my favorite story lines of the whole series. I think her story is so tragic, but she is the best example of female strength. Characters like Dany, Arya, and Cersei are so obvious for this trait, but Sansa has floated under the radar for so long. She has endured so much, physically and mentally, and I love how resilient her character is. She has made some mistakes in the past, but I attribute that to ignorance and immaturity. She was a baby when the series started, but she has grown up so much since then. I can’t wait to see where the next season takes her!
3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
I didn’t want Katniss from The Hunger Games to end up with anyone. I thought she was such a strong character on her own, she didn’t need a man to validate her. I think that just because she wasn’t a motherly, touchy-feely girl type that Suzanne Collins felt like she needed to make Katniss a little more human and relatable. I just thought that detail was so unnecessary.
4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
Horror, because (1) I read before bed most of the time, so I can’t read something that will scare me to death because then I will never sleep. (2) I just can’t stand gory content. “Better out than in” does not apply here.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
I did not like Tris from the Divergent series. I can understand why so many people do like her, but she just wasn’t my favorite. I found her to be reckless, stiff, and having little regard for the people around her. She was constantly trying to martyr herself, and would put her friends and family in danger in order to do so.
Just the fact that Veronica Roth found it necessary to indulge this martyrdom in the end just put me off the entire series. As I have said before, there really wasn’t any good reason for her to die except to shock the readers.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I can’t get into Nicholas Sparks’ books. I just feel like once you’ve read one, you’ve read all of them. I’m fine with just watching the movies instead… #Notsorry
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
CACKLING. I did an entire post about this. Read it here!
8. A popular book / series that you have no interest in reading.
Twilight, The Raven Cycle, Red Rising. I just don’t have any interest in these, despite their popularity. I have read the Kindle samples, so at least I did my research.
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 prefer Game of Thrones to A Song of Ice and Fire for many reasons.
- The show is much easier to follow than the books.
- The show eliminates unnecessary characters and details I don’t care about like chapter long descriptions of food or someone’s earlobe.
- The series isn’t even finished.
- The show does take some liberties and has eliminated or changed some of my favorite story lines and characters (Lady Stoneheart), but they make sense given the time and money they have to produce it. It’s still my favorite show on television.