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NOPE. Book Tag

Welcome back to Tag Thursday! …on a Friday! ⏪ Be Kind: Rewind, WHAT?! 🤪 (50 points for your Hogwarts house if you used to rent 📼 and actually saw that sign posted at the register!) I couldn’t resist posting Tine’s for the Rest of Us last week, but I still want to catch up on my tags. This week I’m spilling even more tea with the NOPE. Book Tag, created by The Farah Project on YouTube! (You didn’t get enough from my Unpopular Opinions Book Tag post a couple weeks ago, right?! Mwahaha) ☕️


Thank you, J R Lynn @ Eternity Books for tagging me!! 💕



NOPE. Book Ending

A book ending that made you go ‘nope’ either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy?

Let’s crack open the can of worms right off the bat… What the heck kind of an ending was in Vengeful?!?!?!?! Yeah, that was NOT satisfying and I can’t even… UGHHH. There better be another book, because until then I’m just going to pretend the whole thing didn’t happen a live HEA in Vicious.



NOPE. Protagonist 

A main character you dislike or who drives you crazy?

Alexa (Alex) Hollen from the Defy series. The first book was good enough, but I should not have finished the trilogy… (Why do the covers have to be so pretty?!)



NOPE. Series 

A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it or the book series you are not going to continue?

Confession time: I’ve never finished the Twilight series and I don’t even care. When a certain someone locked eyes with another certain someone in Breaking Dawn… I slammed the book shut, threw it across the bed, and was PMSing for days (no my hormones had absolutely nothing to with it). I donated the entire series to my local shop with a thud the next day. I’m still not over it. *BARF* 🤢



NOPE. Popular Pairing

A ship you don’t support and unfortunately sailed?

Dimple & Rishi. I was all for an enemies-to-lovers trope with a modern take on an arranged marriage, and I’ve said it in my review but I’ll say it again: Rishi deserves a kinder partner!



NOPE. Plot Twist

A plot twist you didn’t see coming or you just didn’t like?

I’ll go with the twist I didn’t see coming, rather than one I didn’t like. I am shockingly surprised by a lot of plot twists in books while other bibliophiles get bored or irritated that a twist was so obvious. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to believe it or I think the author(s) won’t go there? I LOVE getting my mind blown with plot twists until I get whiplash and vertigo! (That shit sucks irl btw…) At the same time, if I happen to see the answer coming from a mile away I can still fully enjoy a book knowing ‘I was so right’. The most recent book that my mind exploded over was Gemina. I love science, particularly physical science, so this was ‘The Book’ that sealed the deal with Kaufman & Kristoff on my ATF list! Can I read it over for the first time please?? 🤯



NOPE. Protagonist Action/Decision

A protagonist decision or action that made you shake your head ‘no, don’t do it, just don’t do it’?

Strap in! Because I’m going to call out (1) another popular/hyped/beloved series and (2) more than just the protagonist: ALL of the participants in The Hunger Games!! OMG, stop killing each other already. 🤦🏻‍♀️ (I know this is the point of the whole damn trilogy, but this is another one where it continued to go down hill as I read each book.)



NOPE. Genre 

A genre you’re never going to read?

This is such a tough one considering how much I expanded my reading in the last year. I would have previously answered Romance and Graphic Novels without hesitation. However, that was until I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and now both have become near and dear to my heart! For this reason, I’ll simply note the genres that I’m the *least likely* to pick up in the near future: Religious Fiction and Erotica. Also, let’s face it, I’ll never get through all of the Classics… 🧐



NOPE. Book Format

A book format that you absolutely avoid and will wait until it comes out in a different version or edition?

I love audiobooks, eBooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers!! 📚🎧💕 However, if I can’t physically read the page (due to print size and contrast) and/or it’s way too heavy to hold, I am forced to wait for another copy. If I try an audiobook but I can’t stand the narrator, I’m more than happy to drop it for another audiobook. (Sometimes I don’t have the option to drop an audiobook for an eBook if my eyes won’t allow it.) I despise deckled edges even though I once went through a very short phase where I sought them out. I don’t like the feel of MMPBs as I don’t like to be forced to break the spine in order to read the entire page. Also, FONTS people! 🥺



NOPE. Trope

A trope that you see a lot that you don’t like?

I don’t read it a lot because I can sniff it out and avoid it, but repeating the answer from my Unpopular Opinion Book Tag post: A secret illness used as a plot device.




NOPE. Cliché / Pet Peeve

A cliché or writing pet peeve that makes you roll your eyes every single time?

A character ‘releasing a breath they didn’t know they were holding’ (or any variation thereof). I love rolling my eyes for this one! Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t bother me at all, I’m just entertained!! 😂  It’s most prevalent when I haven’t read a YA in a little bit and see any variation of breath holding/releasing within the first 1% of the book. (It’s like a giant ‘welcome home to your comfort zone’ sign.) The only time I don’t like it is when it’s in an adult book and I’m like… ummmmm sorry but no you can’t steal that line!



NOPE. Recommendation

A book that is constantly hyped to be pushed at you to read or not read or you see everywhere and you just don’t want to read it or you’ve decided to boycott?

I’m all for you wonderful booknerds hyping up your faves!! Keep them coming, while I call out the elephant in the room: Goodreads!!! I adore GR, but what the heck is up with the recommendations tool? I swear the algorithm that manages the “If you liked this [super popular 4.8-star new realease], then you’ll love this [smol unknown completely unrelated 2.3-star novel published two decades ago]” was created by some deviant programmer that likes a good laugh!! *le sigh* 🙄



NOPE. Love Interest

A love interest that you don’t think should have been a love interest and wasn’t worthy of being one?

I’ll go with another series ending in disappointment: The Syrena Legacy. I loved Of Poseidon!! However, by the time an unnecessary attempt at a love triangle showed up in Of Neptune, I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes as it was too little, too late, after the main OTP was well-established. The whole story would have been much better as a standalone or duology. (Nope, standalone!)



NOPE. Book

A book that shouldn’t have been a book, it shouldn’t have existed, it shouldn’t have been a thing?

Worst bookworm behavior ever: I burned a book once. 🔥😱 Yup, I actually built a fire in my backyard and burned the whole damn thing page by ripped-out page. It was cathartic and I would do it again if needed for my mental health. I don’t remember the book’s name or author as that was wiped from memory during the burning process.



NOPE. Villain

A villain that scares you or an antagonist that scares you and makes you run in the opposite direction?

☠️ Bellatrix Lestrange ☠️



NOPE. Death

A death that left you in denial and hurt you and still hurts you and still leaves you in denial? Nope it didn’t happen.

The Outsiders was my first love and it still breaks my heart. 💔



NOPE. Author

An author you had a bad experience reading and decided to boycott?

Yeah, I’m not going to call out any particular author here. If I don’t like a book, it’s absolutely nothing personal against the author. I would even go as far as giving another one of their books/series a chance. ✌🏼💞




Tag you’re it!! (Yes, seriously go do it!) Feel free to post your link below with your most recent tag post!


  • onthebookpage

    A plot twist I never saw coming was the ending of Catching Fire. I just threw my book away and ran to the store to buy the next book because I was not expecting that and needed to know what was going on!

    I love Bellatrix as a villain but on a safe distant in a book. In real life I would have runned to haha

    • Ashley

      Okay so true!! I was glad to have Mockingjay published when I read Catching Fire 😁
      Same for Bellatrix! I’d kick her bum if I was in HP but if I met her on the street—OMG!!!! 🙈

  • Mugfullofbooks

    Love this idea for a post! I never finished Twilight either, couldn’t get past the creepy ‘staring at her while she slept’ thing. And sparkly vampires? Nope.

    I think my Nope ending and book would have to be Gone Girl (probably an unpopular opinion!) I persisted all the way through thinking it would improve but….Nope!

    • Ashley

      Hahaha 💎 👀
      So you DNF’d the first book even?! I had the same sentiments but was hooked until Book 4 😂
      I’ve never read Gone Girl—is the ending similar to the film? I didn’t pick up the book because I was not impressed by the movie… 😬

  • J R Lynn

    Fantastic post Ashley! I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering what in the world is wrong with GR’s recommendation system. I don’t even pay attention to it anymore because 😬

    P.S. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that you burned a book. It must have been awful. No, I think awful is an understatement 😂😂

    • Ashley

      Thanks for the tag!! Sometimes I still go in and check out the GR recs to see if they’ve revamped it yet, but that’s just wishful thinking!! 😂 aaaaaand yeah I’m still shocked I actually did it too. 🙊 Funny though, I actually can’t remember the title or the author so it worked lol.

    • Ashley

      Totally nostalgic!! I don’t miss the quality so much but I do miss the ability to record on a whim… I have a DVD/VHS player that I hope never croaks because I still have some faves LOL. Aw, Splash! was my first introduction to mermaids beyond Disney!!

  • Lilyfae

    Totally agree with you on the secret illness as twist trope- I have enough to deal with as my two daughters have been in and out hospital for various reasons since my eldest was born.
    Whilst we are stable now I don’t have the emotional capacity to deal with that AND poorly people/children and especially if they die in books- I don’t want to spiral again.

    • Ashley

      I’m so sorry to hear about your girls, but I’m thrilled they are stable!! Yes, I’ll take books off my TBR if I find out an illness is used as a plot twist. I don’t mind books addressing illnesses/disabilities/etc head-on. I think they’re important for both patients and caregivers to have the stories available if they chose to pick them up. I want the choice though because, like you, it hits home and is not something I can take on without being prepared.

      • Lilyfae

        Exactly, I hate books that use it for shock value especially as a negative thing- worst book I read with this was supposedly a psychological ‘is he a psycho killer?’ thriller but ended up the last few chapters with the main character getting pregnant from an drunken one night stand with a grieving widower and the baby turning out to have a debilitating genetic syndrome and she enjoying rubbing it in the mans face that this was his living child!

  • mandy

    My pet peeve is the “My face is wet and I didn’t realize I was crying”. Ugh. I can feel myself tearing up long before they spill over.

  • Eline @Lovely Audiobooks

    This was a great read, you always write such entertaining posts 🙂 I recently listened to a book with a secret illness. I knew it would come because the book was recommended to me when I looked for Romance with chronic illness rep. But I feel like it’s such a loss that readers with the same diagnose can’t easily find this story because the illness is the big plot twist and not just… another aspect of that protagonist.

    • Ashley

      Aw, thank you so much!! 💗 Ugh I would have been so mad with that book! (At least you were informed!) I totally agree that all that needs to change is an illness being canon and it’d change everything for the better.

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