The Nope Book Tag

I have been tagged by the brilliant Haunted Wordsmith,

I am going to confess something. I am not a very well read person. I read very slowly and am very picky about what I choose to read. I do not like reading something that upsets me. I have a very vivid imagination and really get absorbed into a book. It’s a bit like a method actor who is playing the role of a psychopath and becomes impossible to live with because they ‘live’ their roles. If I read a book and it’s sad and depressing, it really starts to affect my mood. I remember once reading a Crime novel and then it turned out that the perspective the book was written from was the actual killer. I felt chilled for days, it felt like I had done it!!

So for that reason, I have not read a lot of the great classics that I feel I should have.

I love writing but I’m not really much of a reader.

With that confession out of the way, I will answer the questions.


  1. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.  – OK, another confession, I love reading fantasy fiction. One series of books I really loved was the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The series went on and on and on and some of the books were better than others (My favourite was The Shadow Rising). In the end, the Author died before they could be finished and another author had to complete the last book. It’s called A Memory of Light, and I hated the ending because my favourite character dies. 
  2. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy – I am wracking my brains but I can’t think of one. When a book is turned into a film, then I find I dislike it. When they made the Da Vinci Code and they cast Tom Hanks as the main character, that ruined it for me. I am not a fan. 
  3. 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. – In the Fantasy Genre, there is a series by Terry Goodkind which started with the book Wizards First Rule. I really enjoyed them at first but in the end, found them so depressing that I gave up halfway through. I have never read the last few books in the series. 
  4. Popular pairing: A Ship you don’t support. – I don’t understand what that means ‘A Ship?’ You mean, like The Titanic? 
  5. Plot Twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like. – I have a vivid imagination and can usually imagine any eventuality before it happens. I am rarely taken by surprise. 
  6. Protagonist action/decision that made you shake your head nope. – Can’t think of anything, sorry. 
  7. Genre: A genre you will never read. – I won’t read any Hardcore Supernatural Horror, because I will be sucked into the book and end up making the story into my own reality. 
  8. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition. – Well, I absolutely detest the Comic Sans type, but I have never come across a book that uses it, so I’m OK with the format of most books. 
  9. A trope that makes you go nope. – I looked up what trope means, it isn’t a word I would ever use, I think it is a word used more often in the US rather than the UK. I am not bothered by Tropes. Happy endings, Dreams sequences, long-lost family member, amnesia, I am fine with all of those. 
  10. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you refuse to read. – There are loads of famous books that I have never read and will never read, the one that jumps to mind is Fifty Shades of Grey. 
  11. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes. – In David Eddings books he often had scenes where people of widely different characters and social standings (for example a young Queen, an Old Soldier, an urchin and a thief) would chat together in an informal and friendly manner. I enjoyed his books, but I used to find these scenes a bit cringeworthy. 
  12. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest. – Ginny Weasley…
  13. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say nope. – I am not sure about this one, sorry. 
  14. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction. – Voldemort looks quite scary, All the villains in Horror novels like Pennywise. 
  15. Death: A character death that still haunts you. – Dumbledore – Oh, the Pain.
  16. NOPE! Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. – George R.R. Martin, Author of Game of Thrones. I started reading the first book, years before the series came out and I hated the fact that all the people who had morals that I admired died and all the unscrupulous characters thrived. I never read any more, nor have I seen the series. 


Now, who should I Tag?

If anyone would like to have a go, please do.


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17 thoughts on “The Nope Book Tag”

  1. I watched one episode of GoT and said Nope! lol. It is horrible when they cast people that are just not how you imagined (or how the author wrote). Sometimes I think casting is more political than anything else.

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    1. True. I remember when Twilight first came out and Harry Potter. Decent movies but failed to meet the book’s fan-fav scenes. I won’t even discuss what they did to Hannibal, Cirque du Freak, or Percy Jackson.

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  2. I found the questions interesting and your answers. I’m a finicky reader, I guess, because I can think of a lot of books I’ve said NOPE to. Starting with Wuthering Heights. Had that one never been written the world would be no poorer.

    You asked me in the last post if I’d read the Ladies Detective Agency and I wrote a reply — then it disappeared before my eyes. No, I haven’t, but I plan to. I got a couple of Alexander McColl Smith’s children’s books and we thought they were very good.

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  3. OMG! I felt the same way when Tom Hanks was casted for the role of Robert Langdon in the Da Vinci Code!! I was so disappointed…

    NOOO, IT CAN’T END THAT WAY! … I am just starting the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I love the narrative! I received the first book as a gift…

    I’m wondering what you think when publishers decide to publish a book with really wide margins. That bugs me for some reason.

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    1. The WoT is a fantastic series some of them are hard going but it is worth reading. I won’t tell you who my favourite character is though, or it will spoil it for you. It isn’t the main one though.

      If a book had really wide margins it would make me itch to start writing in them. Thankfully I’ve not come across that yet. 🙂

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