All the books that make me go “nope”

Do you ever feel like you’re not being negative enough? That’s a strange question to ask, I know, but to be honest… I feel like I fit in that category. I haven’t written a really bad, ranty review in a while – or ever, on the blog. I don’t know if it’s whether I am just good at finding the books I love, or whether I just don’t like writing rants on books, while they seem to be so popular around the book community.

Anyway, for a change – and because I was feeling quite uninspired to write a discussion post or anything, I’ve decided to be negative, for once and to rant a little bit about some books that made me go, NOPE GO AWAY. So I am doing the Nope Book Tag, curtesy of the lovely Marta @ The Cursed Books and May @ My 1st Chapter. Thank you so much to both for this tag!

Also – these are my opinions and I completly respect it if you like any of these books, okay? okay. thank you for listening.

NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Nothing will ever beat Allegiant (the last book in the Divergent series) for that question. I mean, no spoilers, but SERIOUSLY?!

NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

The only character I can think of right now, is Mare, from the Red Queen series. I only read the first two books – kind of liked the first one, thought that the second one was a mess, haven’t continued on since. She. Just. Annoyed. Me. SO. Much.

NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

The strange, step-brothers and sister romantic relationship…. I recently read Layover, a story that kind of featured this and I was like, no no no no no no. Not into this.

NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like – liked.

Look at me, changing the questions. Sorry, but I could only think of books where there was a twist I liked. I could quote We Were Liars or, most recently, The Loneliest Girl. Did NOT see these ones coming, but enjoyed them.

NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.

Erotica, most definitely. Not into it.

NOPE. book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Hate is such a strong word, I couldn’t think of a book formatting I REALLY hate. Instead, I’m going to share a maybe unpopular opinion here: I prefer buying my books in paperback than in hardcovers. Of course, because hardcovers are most expensive, but even if sometimes I could have the extra money, I just… Well, hardcovers are not that practical and I take my books with me all the time.

Also, they’re damn heavy too. I only buy the hardcover of a book I ABSOLUTELY love / will love because they’re prettier though. Otherwise, when I’m not sure and don’t necessarily have the extra money, I wait. Probably why I haven’t bought Starfish yet.

NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Insta-love. Sorry, but you can’t meet someone’s eyes across a room and FALL. IN. LOVE. Nope.

NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

Is it time to mention Six of Crows again? WAIT WAIT WAIT, don’t leave, I actually plan on reading that one. Maybe I could mention Red Rising here, because no matter how many times this book is pushed at me, I don’t think I’ll end up reading it, because… I’m not sure it’d be a book for me.

NOPE. cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Whenever a book is set in France and people are oh so elegant, oh so sweet with the cutest accent and the streets and monuments and everything is so perfect and so French.

NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

I’m going to say John, from the Lara Jean series. He was perfectly sweet and boyfriend material and everything, but I am forever team Peter and just think they’re a better fit. To be honest, I wish the whole John thing didn’t happen in any of the books, it did not deserve to be there.

NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

I asked this question to my sister and she answered without missing a beat: TWILIGHT. So…. it’s strange. I have spent a lot of time reading and enjoying Twilight in my early teens, but reading it now, it just would be a massive NOPE NOPE NOPE. So I completely agree with her suggestion.

I could also mention 50 Shades of Grey, because, WHY.

NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Queen Levana, from The Lunar Chronicles, just because she is terrifying.

NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.

Can I go with Allegiant again? No? Okay, so maybe 180 seconds, The Serpent King, or The Fault in Our Stars.  These three made me cry like a baby and I’ll never get over what happened.

NOPE. author: an author a series you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I’m going to change this question again because… why not. I want to talk about Splintered, because this book just made me feel weird overall and I’m definitely giving up on this series, though I can’t say for sure whether or not I’ll entirely give up on the author, yet.

I’m going to tag these lovely people:

As well as anyone else wanting to do this!

Do you feel like you’re being too “positive” whenever you write a lot of great book reviews, or is it just me?

What do you think of my answers? Do we have some books in common?

What was the latest book that made you go “nope, not for me”? Let me know in comments!

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147 thoughts on “All the books that make me go “nope”

  1. I don’t think I can ever forgive or forget all that happened in Allegiant. Beyond the death, I just thought that the book took a completely different direction from the other two and it felt like I was reading a different series most of the time. Ugh, it makes me so angry just to think about it.

    I definitely agree with you about Queen Levana. She is not someone I’d like to cross.

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    1. I have to agree with you here, somehow it felt so different from the rest of the series, that was really… strange? and a bit frustrating as well haha.
      Thank you so much, Lois! 🙂 x

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  2. I AGREE WITH A LOT OF YOUR ANSWERS. I couldn’t even get to the next Red Queen book because I hated Mare so much. I kind of feel the same way about Red Rising, too. I mean, I want to *try* it, but I have this feeling that I won’t like it??? And the TFIOS death. I will forever be a non-fan of John Green, but that death KILLED ME. T_T The only answer I’d have to disagree with is Twilight–I mean, it’s definitely not an amazing book, but I somehow feel like the YA world wouldn’t be what it is now if not for Twilight. xD 50 Shades, though, you may burn. BURN UNTIL THERE’S NOTHING LEFT OF IT MUAHAHA.

    Also thank you for the tag. Heh. :>

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you feel the same way about Red Rising – everyone is loving this series so much, but… I don’t think it’d be for me :/
      Oh you’re right about that – I know I read twilight when I was younger and at the time, enjoyed it, and I agree that it kind of started a whole thing, too 🙂
      You’re so welcome, I can’t wait to read your answers!! Thank you so much! ❤


  3. Yes. So agree with 50 shades of grey .. I so DON’T wanna touch it (I saw movies cuz eeeh .. mom wanted to and, I was in the room xD minding my business) specially now that I know it’s not a fair representation of BDSM and rather abuse. BUT! I work in a sexshop you see… and the most awkward thing is probably how some things are “linking” with that movie… and how when the last movie came out we were to be expecting a raise of selling thoses items .. sigh.

    the struggles with hardcovers are real !! I have tiny hands ..and wanna read on my back with book in the air xD see my problem ? so heavy .. and damn dust jacket coming in my way bconfklm, yet I don’t wanna remove it because of.. reasons ;-; I mostly get mad at it xD

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    1. Oh no I’m sorry you had to saw the movie, even if it was because you just happened to pass by hahaha that’s annoying :/ Yeah I get it though, these kind of movies have to… well, make some kind of sales raise, somehow? haha. It’s sad though :/

      HAHAHA I completely see your problem, I am struggling with hardbacks for that as well – we just can’t hold them that way, they’re way too heavy hahaha.

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! 🙂 x

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      1. Actually… film isnt as cringy but just… when you know its so NOT okay, it changes the whole game. She would had liked me to go see it with her in cinema but eeeh nope! Im so not paying for that movie. Sorry mom..

        I just bought one infact.. we will see how reading will goes ahah I foreshadow some swearing involved 🙈

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      2. Hahaha, I get it, I wouldn’t pay to see that movie either haha.
        Hahahaha, well good luck with that, I hope your arms won’t hurt too much from holding the book haha ❤

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  4. Hello Marie!
    I think there is nothing wrong with being positive or negative as long as we are being ourselves. I found that when I write a positive review, there are people who comment that they love the book, and when I write a negative book, there are people who commiserate with me. So either works 🙂
    I can really relate to a lot of things you’ve mentioned in this post! First off – yes I really could not stand Twilight or 50 Shades! They were just… bad! I also prefer paperbacks to hardcovers because they are cheaper and more portable. However hardcovers tend to be very pretty so I have several books in this format as well. I also can’t think of a plot twist that I dislike. If a plot point is twisty enough to be called a plot twist, I’d say bring it on 🙂

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    1. You’re right about that – as long as we are true to who we are, I guess that’s what matters the most 🙂
      I get it, hardcovers are really pretty and, when I can’t resist, I know I will get an hardcover of a book I know I will love, or from a favorite author. They’re just sooooo pretty on our shelves haha 🙂
      Thank you so much, Sophie! 🙂

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  5. Oh, this is a fun tag! And I agree with a lot of them – reading paperbacks over hardbacks, the death in 180 Seconds being super emotional, not wanting to cross Queen Levana, finding Splintered weird…

    I wholeheartedly agree with the notion that Fifty Shades of Grey should not exist, but I started reading because of Twilight, so I can’t wish that one out of existence. :o)

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you and I have loads in common! 😀 And if you enjoyed this tag, feel free to do it as well, I would love to read your answers 🙂
      Haha oh, I get that. I didn’t start reading because of Twilight, but it did play a role in my early teens and made me read more, too, so… I can’t ignore that fact too much either haha 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤


  6. Sometimes it’s good to just go NOPE on a book. Or anything really 🙂 If it’s not for us, why spend time on it?
    I’m actually happy to hear you’re not interested in Red Rising. I’ve been pushing myself to read it for half a year now and I am just not interested in continuing but everybody’s raving and raving about it so I just keep telling myself to read a bit more… And maybe I should give it another chance. Or maybe I should just say nope 🙂
    Also, yes, the ending of Allegiant sucked and ruined the entire series for me.

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    1. Agree! I guess we can’t love everything and, if it’s not our thing, we shouldn’t lose our time 🙂
      Oh I’m glad I’m not alone here! To be honest, Red Rising has been recommended to me SO MANY TIMES, yet I know deep down that it wouldn’t be a book for me. Despite the pressure, I resist haha 🙂
      I’m still … well, shocked about the end of Allegiant. WHY haha.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! 🙂 x


  7. Ugh, I can’t stand insta love either. Hehehe, I have to disagree with some of your things here. I, for one, loved Twilight when I was younger and re-read it last year and still loved it! I can see how it is problematic but well, my love cannot be denied xD And I liked the ending of Allegiant? I liked that the author was so daring 😛 However, I do agree about Queen Levana literally being the most terrifying being ever and the unpredictable ending of We Were Liars being pretty great.

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    1. Ahah well I think it’s so great that you still love it – it’s amazing to love the same books as much as you did when you were younger, I love when that happens 🙂
      The ending of Allegiant was crazy, that’s for sure and I can’t believe the author went that way, haha – I’m glad you like it, though! I’m still in denial about it all haha 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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  8. Allegiant, that really was the worst. Because the whole book was a mess, not just “the thing”. I am the opposite on We Were Liars- I DID predict the twist and I didnt like it hahah. Oops? But I am with you on Loneliest Girl! And definitely agree with Serpent King and TFIOS, which makes me want to read 180 Seconds too! Also, YES I feel like I am too positive sometimes! Like I have some mini-reviews coming up and I pretty much liked them all, but I feel like I am being fake or something- even though I am NOT (and have plenty of negative reviews to back me up hah) but it just feels weird when they all come up at once!

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    1. Agree, it really makes me sad :/
      YOU PREDICTED IT? HOW?? I get that you were disappointed though, if you saw the whole thing coming, I think I would have felt differently about the book if I knew what would happen, too :/
      YAY! I hope you’ll want to try 180 seconds, it is such a lovely book 🙂
      I so get the feeling – I feel like I am often too positive, but… I’m just really enjoying the books I read?
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Shannon! 🙂


    1. I didn’t even know Beautiful Creatures had spin-offs?? I only read the Beautiful Creatures series, a whiiiiiiile ago, I don’t think I can even remember it now haha. 🙂
      Thank you so much for stopping by 😀

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