Totally Didn’t Book Tag | Tag Thursdays

I came across this tag on Sahi’s My World of Books blog. I believe it originated on YouTube, but I could only trace it back to a Booktuber, BookswithEmilyFox, and she said she’d list the originator in her description for the video, but I couldn’t find it. Anyway give them a look as well!

Totally Didn’t Need to Have a Sequel(s)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I can’t think of a single book that I’d pick besides this one. The moment I saw it was getting a sequel, I was like, “Why?” I’ve read said sequel and I did like it, don’t get me wrong. But The Handmaid’s Tale is a classic, and as much as I wanted to know more about this dystopic world and other people in it, I felt the first one was so complete and perfect how it was. I didn’t need more. There. I said it. And also, while we’re at it…I don’t really care for the television adaptation either. Maybe I’d like it more if it didn’t involve Elisabeth Moss? I don’t know, I just wasn’t impressed by it, nor did I care for just how many perspectives they shoved into it. Come at me haters!

Totally Didn’t Need to Have More Than One Point of View

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

I know it’s a common trope for romance novels, but this book didn’t need two perspectives. It sort of gives the game away. All the will-they-won’t-they goes out the window when you know intimately how each person feels about the other. I do like the characters in this book and having both perspectives wasn’t a deal-breaker. I just think it was unnecessary.

Totally Didn’t Need to Change Cover Art Through the Middle of a Series

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

I bought the first book in the Trouble series, right when it came out. It wasn’t a series then, but I was glad when I figured out it would be, because I love this book so much. But then the next book cam out and…they’d changed the cover. I hate it. As you can see above, the retroactively changed the cover of the first book to match the new style and…I just don’t like it. I really thought it was unnecessary because it didn’t really change the people at all. They just wanted something that pops a little more, maybe? I just like the simplicity of the first and since I don’t really see a reason for the change…I’m against it. And it messes up the visual on my shelf.

Totally Didn’t Need a Love Triangle

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

You know, I’d have been happier if this didn’t have a romance line at all. I really, really hate Alina as a character and I hate Mal too and the fact that they end up together kind of makes me crazy, but I hate even more that there was a love triangle in this series, because it had so many good things going for it and Bardugo just had to fall into a trope trap. Plus, I really don’t get why people are so into the Darkling. He just doesn’t do it for me, I guess…

This series could have broken the mold by just having a strong female heroine (wish I liked her more, but I honestly can’t stand her, but she’s still a strong heroine), but no. It has a romance plot, too. I guess we just can’t have nice things.

Totally Didn’t Need This Book to Be Included in This Series

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

I guess it’s a little cheating to include this book, since it’s a novella that one can insert into the series or take out (on Goodreads, it’s listed as 3.5 in the series), but I’m including it anyway because it falls into this current trend that’s been going on with giving villains a backstory to make them more…sympathetic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for seeing the good in people, and believing that people are capable of change and that they might have had a dark past to twist them into what they are but…in books, I just want a bad guy.

Pardon me, while I get on my soapbox…

I don’t need the bad guy to be grey, I like black and white. Villains are a stand-in for all kinds of evil or bad things, they don’t have to be real people like I might find in the world, especially in fantasy. Fantasy is escape. Fantasy, in my opinion, should be black and white. The real world is shades of grey, but in a fantasy story, where there’s metaphor and illusion…things shouldn’t be trying to mirror real life. It’s not much of an escape, then, is it?

Totally Didn’t Need a Cliffhanger

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Full disclosure…I did not read the sequel to this book. Yes, the book ends on a cliffhanger, of sorts. The characters are in a bit of a middle-ground with the conflict not fully resolved…but I didn’t feel like I had to keep going with the story. It was enough to know the characters had made it out of their current predicament. I guess I didn’t love the story enough to see the point of continuing. Either way, this book didn’t need to have a cliffhanger. It didn’t need a sequel. It’s fine on its own.

Totally Didn’t Need to Have Just One Point of View

Eh, I’m not a fan of multi-povs, so I don’t really know which book I’d want to have more perspective on.

Totally Didn’t Need That Much Hype

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I received an ARC for this book, but even before that, I was hearing hype about this book. It was popping up on a lot of lists and people were talking about how it was going to be the next big feminist YA read. Well, I read it…and I didn’t really think it was all it was hyped to be. I think it’s a good book, it has interesting characters and the story was really gripping…until it fell into the tried and true tropes of the genre. I guess I just didn’t feel wowed by it like everyone else seems to be. Oh well, I’m okay with being on the “wrong” side of this fandom.

Totally Didn’t Need a Relative Book Reference (E.g. “Hunger Games Fans Will Love Divergent”)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I was constantly hearing this book called, “Harry Potter for adults.” Was that just me? I know it’s not a blurb on the book, but I heard it a lot. And I tried reading it because it was being marketed that way…and I just couldn’t get into it. I DNF’d the heck out of it after trying for ages to finish it. I got about half way before I just gave up the ghost. This is nothing like Harry Potter. It has magic and there’s a school where you learn it…and that’s about where the similarities end. It’s soooo boring. No offense to anyone who loves this book/series. It’s just not for me and it shouldn’t be called Harry Potter for adults.

Totally Didn’t Deserve My Time

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Boy did I not like this book…It was not the ray of sunshine I was expecting or hoping for. You can read my review here, for more details, but I’ll just say that I found the disability-rep to be severely lacking in authenticity. It made me really mad. That and the fact the writing just isn’t that great. I know its a debut novel, but…I really just expected more and was disappointed. It definitely wasn’t worth my time.

Thoughts & Thanks!

What did you think of my choices! Agree? Disagree! Let’s talk in the comments!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post. Have an amazing day, and happy reading!

7 thoughts on “Totally Didn’t Book Tag | Tag Thursdays

  1. I agree with you on Shadow and Bone though I didn’t have such strong feelings about it 😂. I didn’t hate Alina, I just didn’t really care about her and about the overall story actually in the end. However I did like the Darkling even though I didn’t always understand his motivations. But yeah no need for the love triangle or the romance AT ALL

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    1. I’ve read Bardugo’s new novel for adults, Ninth House, and there isn’t really a romance in that one and it works just fine. I think her stories are strong enough not to need them, especially Shadow and Bone. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Yeah! Well I’ve read Six Of Crows and it was great! I really think I just struggled with the Shadow and Bone trilogy. But Leigh Bardugo is definitely a very talented writer! Thanks for replying!

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    1. She definitely is! I get frustrated with her because she killed my favorite character in the Six of Crows series! And your welcome! I love replying to comments. I enjoy conversing about books any chance I get 🙂

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  3. I didn’t like The Magicians too. I also read it because they said it was and adult version of Harry Potter. I agree, the similarities are just it having magic and a magic school. I hated a lot of scenes on that book. I’ve read Shadow and Bone too but it was just meh for me, and I also disliked Alina. haha

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I can’t believe they marketed The Magicians that way – probably just to make money (I mean, they got mine! I bought the darn book!). Thanks for reading my post!

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