Today is my first day of classes, and so I thought it would be great to do an entirely unrelated book tag, mostly because you guys are probably sick of me talking about college.
This tag was created a couple months ago by Youtube channel BookswithEmilyFox, and it looked really interesting and unique to me. I’m trying to keep my schedule down to two book tags a month, so hopefully you won’t get too overwhelmed with them. But they are so fun and easy to do, especially with how busy I am. Right, so let’s get into it.
1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.
I’m going with this book simply because I just read the sequel early on in this month. I found it to be a repeat of the first one, with little compelling narrative or unique plotline. There is no reason The Lost World should exist, when this book covers the same things so much better.
2. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.
I read this book about two years ago. It is a historical fiction divided between the 1880s about a young woman who goes to work at a fancy new apartment building, and the modern story of a young woman. The problem is, the modern perspective feels completely unnecessary and barely even weaves into the old storyline. The historical perspective isn’t perfect, but this book would have been so much better if it had only been from one perspective.
3. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.
I don’t read many series, and I can’t name one which changed cover art in the middle of the series. So instead of answering this question, I’m just going to show you a reprinted cover of an older book that I didn’t like.
I mean, I love Pride and Prejudice, and there are so many beautiful covers of it out there. So forgive my language, but what the hell is this cover? It’s hideous, like someone dropped water on the cover design and this splotchy mess in the result. Can you do this book’s cover worse? Though, this may just be me, because I’m not a fan of modern art.
4. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.
I loved the first book in the Mortal Engines series, but one of the main reasons I disliked this one so much was the forced love triangle between Hester, Tom (both from the first book), and Freya. It all comes to nothing in the end, as Freya gets over her crush, and it seems purely there to cause conflict between Hester and Tom. I have no problem with the love triangle trope (unlike many readers, I think it can be done quite effectively), but this book develops it so poorly!
5. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.
This may be an unpopular opinion. For those who don’t know, The Hunger Games Trilogy is made up of three books, and this one is the second installment. The first book introduces us to the world and the Hunger Games themselves. It starts the ball moving of the rebellion, so to speak. The third book follows the rebellion finally breaking out and attacking the capital. But this book is really pointless to the main series plot. There’s a forced love triangle, a pointless second Hunger Games, and that’s about it. Only Peeta’s kidnapping has a point in the larger story, and even that is cleared up pretty quickly in the following book. I just seriously did not get the point of this one.
6. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger.
I find most books which are part of a series end on a cliffhanger, especially YA. And honestly most of them feel forced and pointless, as if the publishers made the authors add it last minute to hype people for the next book. However, I picked this one because I truly loved this book. However, the ending really does just throw you into a new world where you ask yourself, “What just happened?” I feel like the novel was really strong, if not for the too startling ending.
7. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view.
I know this is a gothic romance, which usually focus on the female protagonist. Gothic romances usually rely on limited perspective to increase suspense, but I kept wishing throughout this book that we could get into the heads of some of the other characters, especially Joss Merlyn (Mary’s uncle) and Jem Merlyn (the main love interest).
8. Totally didn’t need that much hype.
There are quite a few books which were hyped that I didn’t enjoy, but I went with this one purely because I simply could not understand why it was popular. It was released in 2018 and I read it a couple months after it came out after I saw so many people talking about it. I’ve read a book in the Easy Rawlins series and didn’t really enjoy it (it wasn’t bad, but not great either), so maybe I just don’t like Walter Mosley’s writing.
9. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference. (Eg, For example: Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)
I am so sick of The Lord of the Rings being compared to A Game of Thrones. Besides them both being set in a medieval, detailed world with multiple perspectives, THERE IS NOTHING SIMILAR ABOUT THESE TWO! Tolkien’s series is about overcoming adversity to find hope and destroy evil. Martin’s series is a twisted examination of human evil and the lust for power. In fact, they are two opposite ways of looking at the world. I have no problem if you like one or both of these series (or neither), but please stop talking about how similar they are!
10. Totally didn’t deserve my time.
I rarely say I regret anything I read, because even those books I disliked taught me how not to write a book or helped me appreciate the quality of other books. But this YA historical mystery was the most insufferable, pointless dribble. I read it at the beginning of 2018 and it still bothers me that I wasted my time reading it.
As always, I’m not tagged and I’m not tagging anyone, but if you do want to do this tag, I’ve love to hear your answers.
Do you agree with my choices, and have you read some of these books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,