Book Tag: The ‘Nope’ Tag

I stole this again from Destiny @ Howling Libraries. She always finds those cool & interesting tags! Check out her blog πŸ™‚

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

The first book that came to mind was The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (my review). I enjoyed the trilogy so much and was really excited for some secrets to be revealed and the ending in general. It did a nice job of setting it up. But then it felt like the author didn’t have a clue how to solve it and went the easy way out. Lazy & disappointing ending. I didn’t believe it was over when it was. I was sure there were pages of my Kindle version missing, but nope, that was it. Still makes me upset.


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

Alicia Donadio from Justin Cronin‘s The Passage Trilogy. She annoyed me from the start. Alicia was supposed to be this badass & mysterious super warrior that does show emotions later on, but I could never feel for her. I always thought she was super rude and arrogant and just wanted her to go away.

NOPE. series: a series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it (or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore).

Ahahahaha, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I tried twice and got a couple of books into it. Until I realized I don’t care about most of the characters, the women are driving me insane. The reaction of the men to the women are driving me even MORE insane and I skipped a couple of perspectives altogether. Sad, because I loved the world. But not the characters in it. Nope, I walked away from it.


NOPE. pairing: a β€œship” you don’t support.

Um. I never liked Fitz/Molly from Robin Hobb‘s Farseer Chronicles. Also, Cayal/Arkady from Jennifer Fallon‘s Tide Lords Quartet. Which is an awesome series by the way. But I could not stand the main female character. She was too sassy and arrogant and overly perfect and I just didn’t want her to be together with any of the cool male characters. Harry Dresden/Murphy is also on my nope-list. I like Susan more! Also, Kvothe/Denna (Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss) is not doing it for me. I love the books but if I could DELETE one of the characters, it would be Denna!


The more I think about it, the more pairings or ships I come up with.. Not really a good sign haha.

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

Slight spoilers.

That makes me think of The Other Lands by David A. Durham. It’s the second part of a trilogy and mostly disappointing. In the end, a character who has been dead since book 1 gets resurrected and I did not see it coming. Although it was indeed surprising, I didn’t like it, because this character’s death was such a great moment in the first book. Feels like it was ruined after that.

NOPE. protagonist decision: a character decision that made you shake your head.

KYLAAAR STERN! I WILL NEVER GET OVER THE FACT YOU THREW AWAY YOUR SWORD! And I will never get tired of complaining about it πŸ˜€ Cause that’s what made me stop reading Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks. Kylar just kept making dumb decision and only listening to his sweetheart whom I didn’t like anyways.

NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.

Highlander romances^^

Anything with a cover like that:

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

I don’t know. I like my physical books in trilogies and series to fit, so if there’s different covers & styles, I can’t have them mix. But that’s all.

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

  • Love triangles
  • unnecessary teenage drama because no one wants to talk about what’s bothering them
  • For more things that will make me not interested in a book –> my TTT post about it

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

No one is pushing any books at me, which I am very happy about. Books I see mentioned a lot, that I am not interested in, are for example, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Just to name 2^^

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

Nothing in particular, but I get annoyed when I notice an author is in love with a certain word or phrase. It’s not good if the reader notices stuff like that πŸ˜€

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

Sabetha. Leave Locke and Jean alone, you!

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

That’s kinda harsh πŸ˜€ The Baker’s Boy by J.V. Jones annoyed me so much, I wish I never started it. It’s just lots and lots of Fantasy clichees on top of each other and I never finished. I mean, the title speaks for itself. On the other hand, Jones’ Sword of Shadows series is SO different and so much better.

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

The Man in Black from Stephen King‘s (several) novels. He’s a creepy, scary dude!

I haven’t watched The Dark Tower movie, I decided against it and don’t know how well he was portrayed in it. I will probably never find out πŸ˜€

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

Happened in Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb. Whoever read it knows what I am talking about. No spoilers here πŸ˜€

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

The German author Wolfgang Hohlbein.


  1. So much good nope here! The Tearling books- I got through book two about halfway, then drifted away. Sad to hear the ending is kinda lame. Fitz/ Molly was kind of problematic. Damn the angst in THAT relationship- exhausting to read about lol. And Six of Crows- funny you mention that, I’m reading it now and am bored to tears!

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    Ok, ok, don’t tell me. I’ll read and find out soon.
    Ok, ok, don’t tell me. I’ll read and find that out too.
    This tag just makes me want to go read my books and catch up.
    And totally agree about Wheel of Times! Which I probably say everytime you mention it on here, lol!
    I didn’t plan on reading Six of Crows either but I just listened to Leigh Bardugo talking about it on a podcast and now I want to read it. Raven Boys was actually good.

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  3. I totally commented asking you to tag me before realizing you ALREADY HAD! lmao. My bad. Nice answers!! I’m so sad that you aren’t interested in The Raven Cycle, though! </3 I'm on book 2 and so in love with the series. I understand how it is though when a hyped series just doesn't appeal to you ❀

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  4. Love triangles and the half naked men on book covers drive me bonkers! Teen angst and tropes made me stop reading YA and I never go near romance. I also avoid hardbacks-too hard to hold and too expensive plus they take up room on the shelves!

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  5. To be honest, your description of Fate of the Tearling makes me so glad I gave up on that series. And Robert Jordan’s writing style was a massive NOPE for me, so I can relate to that so much (in the way I didn’t relate to the characters πŸ˜‰ ) and yep Kvothe/Denna isn’t doing it for me either. hahaha those Highlander covers are hilarious!! And I can’t stand love triangles. Great post!

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  6. While I nodded emphatically as I read your comments on the Wheel of Time (my objections, exactly!), I ended up laughing when I reached the part about “highlander romance” and those covers (ah, the unspeakable horror! as Lovecraft would say… :-D). And yes: Sabetha, hands OFF! πŸ˜€

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