The Not-So-Perfect Book Tag || Tags & Awards

Hello beautiful people!

You know what time it is?! It’s time for a book tag! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a tag (awards don’t count), so I’m glad I was tagged to do The Not-So-Perfect Book Tag by Lauren @ Narrative Paradise!

If you haven’t come across her website … what are you doing?! Get over there! Lauren’s an incredible human being, with a large personality, and zest for life and fun! She always takes the time to really get to know other bloggers, commenting on their posts and making them feel welcomed. So thank you so much for being an epic person, Lauren!

The creator of this epic tag is Alex @ Lost in Translation.

THE NOT-SO-PERFECT GENRE

pick a book that undermines the genre as a whole

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Now before you all *gasp* and want to hit me over the head with a book … hear me out. I LOVED the first three, when this series was ORIGINALLY a trilogy. I found it fascinating and it kept my interests. But now? I just find the whole world way too big and the additions just tarnished the series for me …


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT DIALOGUE

pick a book with dialogue written so poorly that it made you cringe

In Reality by Loralie Murrison

I wanted to like this a lot … and in a number of ways, this was a decent read. But the LACK of dialogue was KILLING ME! Don’t TELL me about their fight, let me READ IT! And when there was dialogue, it felt so … unnatural, as in not how we talk day-to-day.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT SETTING

pick a book that takes place in a location that you wish hadn’t been picked

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

It’s not that Scotland is a bad setting … at all — it’s one of my top 10 places I want to visit! But Hawkins doesn’t reflect the Scottish landscape nor the culture very well in this book. It’s actually a big complaint with both Scottish and non-Scottish readers … so that’s saying something. She should’ve either done England OR researched Scotland more.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT MAIN CHARACTER

pick the most annoying main character

Bella in Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Yup … I haven’t picked on this series in a while, so you can’t get mad! Well … you can, but please don’t ha-ha. I’m sorry but seriously, Bella is just TOO much in this series … ESPECIALLY in New Moon. I get breaking up can be rough and I get that relationships are complex, but really? REALLY?!! I was SO frustrated that I almost DNF’d this book at the time.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT BLURB

a blurb that was so far from the truth that it made you do a double-take and check you had read the right book

I actually have no idea for this one … especially since there’s been a number of times where I don’t read the blurbs deliberately ha-ha!


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT FRIEND

from whiny attention-seeker to full-on traitor, pick a character that you think is the worst friend ever

Twinkle in From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

I actually DNF’d this because of HOW much I couldn’t stand Twinkle … not only is she EXTREMELY self-centered, but she’s not a nice friend whatsoever. She complains about the SMALLEST things to Sahil, the biggest sweetheart ever! From undermining his opinions to being emotionally abusive, I honestly couldn’t stand her. She would even ADMIT she’s wrong, yet not apologize. Her supposedly “best friend” isn’t that great either to be frank.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT LOVE INTEREST

pick a character you think would be an awful romantic partner

Peter in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

Now … before you all get mad … I adore this series. Honestly, Lara Jean has risen as one of my all-time favourite characters. But Peter’s NOT that great of a guy — especially in book two. He’s a bully, emotionally abusive and really doesn’t defend Lara Jean when she needs it … especially against a certain female character (and no … going through a really hard time in life DOESN’T give you an excuse to be a bully). Seriously, I wanted her to be with John …


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT VILLAIN

pick a character that you thought would have amazing evil plans but fell short and disappointed you

Another one that I have no idea about ha-ha! There are a lot of main characters that I’ve been disappointed by, but I feel like a lot of villains are fleshed out well … that’s been my reading experience, anyways.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT FAMILY

pick a horrible bookish family

The families in the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

Okay … I know a lot of it is for story development … BUT CHARLOTTE AND JAMIE HAVE VERY IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS! Charlotte’s mom and dad are BASICALLY the reasons why she has bad anxiety and turns to drugs (thank gosh she has a loving uncle who sees her for what she is … a TEENAGER)! And Jamie’s dad practically pushed him to go face on danger, even when he’s almost died MULTIPLE times! And his mother doesn’t trust him right away … which really bothered me. My goodness … where are the children services in this series?


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PLOT TWIST

pick a book with the worst plot twist

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Yes … it’s apparently pick on Twilight day. But really, the plot twist in this book?! The first one with Bella’s surprise was just … ugh … the vampire lore lover in me was just SO frustrated with this. And then the “what-seemed-epic-turned-dull” moment at the end? WHAT WAS THAT?! That was such a cool portion of the novel and then the twist?! Extremely lame in my personal opinion.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT TROPE

pick a trope you wish would be avoided in all future publications

Forbidden Love: The high school student and young teacher trope

Look … whether they’re VERY close in age or not (which these two aren’t, by the way), it’s not appropriate. As someone who was going to be an educator, I just can’t get pass this one … it’s beyond inappropriate. Though I’m not gonna lie, I totally watched this TV series.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT COVER

pick that awful cover that almost made you miss a great book

Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi

The story in this manga is epic … a military group to protect books and libraries?! Probably the only military I would actually join ha-ha. It’s basically a story about a world where countries are banning books, so other groups have been created to protect those books and people’s freedom to read. But this cover? It could really use an update.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT ENDING

pick a book that has the most disappointing ending

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

I wanted to love this book … but unfortunately, it was just okay. Though the main character’s super adorable, and the banter between her and her love interest is comical … there was a lot of substance missing. But the BIGGEST thing that made me rather annoyed was the ending … it just … ends?! Seriously, no cute little wrap up or anything. Maybe some people like this kind of ending, but it made me feel as though the book was left incomplete.


THE NOT-SO-PERFECT EXPECTATIONS

pick a book that was so hyped that it disappointed you, and you can’t understand why everyone loves it so much

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Another series I wanted to love … but just felt okay with at the end. What’s a shame is that I Jamie and Charlotte really started to grow on me … I began wanting to know more about their characters and about their futures. But the “mystery” in this novel was SUCH a lackluster … honestly, I kept forgetting that this is a mystery novel, not a love story. But the focus on Jamie and Charlotte’s blossoming relationship just overtook the entire story … so my expectations for this grand adventure and daring final mystery were … well, not met whatsoever.


Tag! You’re it!

Tag time! Remember that there’s no obligation to do this … and if you haven’t been tagged but would like to do this, you are MORE than welcome to!

↠ Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
↠ Nish & Ngoc @ Nish and Ngoc’s Book Nook
↠ Olivia @ Purely Olivia
↠ Belle @ Belle Can Read

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21 thoughts on “The Not-So-Perfect Book Tag || Tags & Awards

  1. I loved this Tag and your answers, love!!❤️✨
    Same about Bella, I just can’t with her, I tried to read the first book and I could never finish it and then I decided to watch the movies and I didn’t liked Bella there either so yep, just isn’t my kind of character, I guess 😅

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  2. Keep picking on Twilight. I’ll happily join the cause. Looking back I don’t think I liked any character from that series haha.

    I actually agree with you about The Mortal Instrument series. I remember everyone telling me to read it and I ended up underwhelmed and disappointed. I think the fact that there’s so much material based in same universe just exhausts the entire concept.

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  3. I’m still in a debate with myself on whether Stephenie Meyer is a genius writer or just an okay one. On the one hand Bella has practically no personality, so the reader can supplant herself into the role of Bella–and if this was done on purpose then okay, genius, or the author didn’t know how to flesh out the characters to give them real, deep, and meaningful personalities–just okay.

    For The Mortal Instruments, I think I like the Infernal Devices best, but I just feel like Cassandra Clare is one of those authors who can only write in one world, the Shadowhunter world, and every series/trilogy has to focus on a different version of “forbidden romance,” so while I do still read them, I just feel like it’s become a cash cow franchise because of the obsessive fan base and so why bother trying to write something with a new/different world/mythology.

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    1. I honestly can’t stand her lol! I feel so bad but Bella is just so dull. I get what you’re saying though. But I still feel she could’ve done a better job, ya know?

      I’m glad you enjoy them! I wish I could but I’m honestly happy with loving the original trilogy and leaving it at that haha

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  4. HA! I loved reading your answers! You know what’s funny, when I did this tag I picked on Twilight too 😂😂 I’m not going to lie, it’s just too easy not to, you know? I totally agree with you though, Bella was just UGH throughout most of the series, but yes in New Moon the worst. And again that BIG ending that just was like welp, that’s it. Re-reading it last summer it made me so angry like why did I spend ALL this time for that?!?!?!
    I also agree with you on the Mortal Instruments series… it’s gotten crazy… I’m trying to get out…but I know I’m going to buy the new book when it comes out next month… someone save me 😅

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    1. LMFAO!!!! I think that’s a common answer 😅 you’re honestly a trooper for rereading it … I couldn’t … I’d end up chucking the book 😂

      Lmao!! Hey, it’s great people enjoy it! I just was confused when years later she added onto the original trilogy and then just kept going. I felt like it was the same story over and over again. I wanted to love it … But nope

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      1. HA! You have NO idea how many times I had to stop mid chapter to go HUH?! WHAT?!? or read something out loud because I’m like seriously that as written?! 😂

        I feel you 100%. See I’ve dug myself a grave and can’t get out because I’m so far in, I’m invested in these characters for some reason haha! 😅

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  5. OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS TAG!!! The potential for salty comments, oh my! *rubs hands evilly* 😈 Also, pick-on-Twilight-day is my fave day of the week! 😂 There are so many things that annoyed me about the series, but that anti-climatic ending was just…nope.

    P.S. Nish is fuming in the corner about your Peter K comment, but I totally agree with you! #TeamJohnAmbrose all the wayyyyy!!!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. Oh my gosh haha!!!! I know eh?!? 😈 Oh my gosh …. I feel like that’s my favourite day too 😂.

      I’m sorry Nish!!!! To be fair, I think he’s actually a better boyfriend in the movies … But he’s mean in the books!! He toys with Lara Jean, talks with a girl who he knows bullies her, plays minds games … It’s hurtful!!! Please don’t hate me, Nish!!!

      P.S. yay to #TeamJohnAmbrose, Ngoc!!

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  6. Yess, Team John Ambrose 😤✊🏽! Tbh, I didn’t continue the series after the first book because I couldn’t stand Peter (or Lara 😬) in the first book, but movie-John was so sweet 🥺.

    Thank you for the tag, Jenna 💕🤗!

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