Not-So-Perfect Book Tag

I had done the Perfect Book tag a while ago, so when I saw the lovely Sara @ The Bibliophagist do this tag, I thought it would be nice companion post to do on my blog as well. This was originally created by Alex. Make sure to checkout both their wonderful blogs for more fun bookish content.


  1. If possible try to not mention the same book twice, it’s more fun that way
  2. It’s a funny tag where you can rant about terrible (or just meh) books so have FUN!
  3. Just do whatever you want ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Tag the creator Alex and myself if you decide to do it.


pick a book that undermines the genre as a whole


I think the whole of the Red Queen series is a disappointment because it has uninteresting middle books, boring characters and a not so great ending. Just not an overall good representation of the YA fantasy genre.


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


I remember DNFng this book because I found the dialogue completely cringey and have never gone back to trying the author’s books.


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

American Royals

I wish the American Royals book didn’t have an alternate reality setting of the US because so many of the historical problems of the country are completely ignored in the world building.


pick the most annoying main character

dating by the book

Maddie from Dating by the Book is a little annoying because she can’t make up her mind about anything and has very fairytale/unrealistic ideas about romance.


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

The Seduction Expert

The Seduction Expert was promoted as a brilliant feminist novel and one of the best romance release of the month, and wow was it nothing like that. Neither was there a romance in the story and I thought it represented exactly the opposite of all feminist values.


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

I seek out books that have amazing friendships, so I’m not able to think of any bad friend characters.


pick a character you think would be an awful romantic partner


I know he is very popular, but I feel Cardan from The Wicked King is not a good love interest in any way.


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


Marcella from Vengeful had so much potential as a powerful badass villain but ultimately her plotting came to nothing.


pick a horrible bookish family

Gods of jade and shadow

Casiopea’s family in Gods of Jade and Shadow is horrible, and I hated how awfully they treated her like a servant and not as a member of the family.


pick a book with the worst plot twist


I won’t call it a plot twist, more like a plot device – but a suicide attempt is used as a device to further the story and it completely threw me off. It came out of nowhere and horrified me because self harm is one of the few things that really makes me anxious and I like being prepared if such content exists in a book.


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

I’m fed up of books which have the “girl on girl hate” trope and I just hope it disappears from all future books.


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

One Giant Leap

This cover of One Giant Leap is not exactly awful but I feel it’s pretty generic and doesn’t depict how adorable, sweet and unique this romance is.


pick a book that has the most disappointing ending

The woman's war

I thought the ending of The Women’s War would be very explosive and while there was some loss, it just played out in a way that I didn’t like.


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

Things You Save in a Fire

It’s not that I had huge expectations from this book but I had read so many gushing reviews that I was assuming it would be amazing, and then felt very let down by the way it handled some important themes.

I Tag:

Ahana || Jess ||Lauren ||Anyone else who likes this tag, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me whenever you get to do it.

22 thoughts on “Not-So-Perfect Book Tag

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    1. Thank you Sara !!!! I’m all for great female bonding this new decade…
      And wow I didn’t expect that because you do read a lot more romance than I do and Helena Hunting seems to be pretty popular.. glad to know I’m not alone 😊😊

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  1. I agree about girl on girl hate. Or fighting over a man….he’s obviously not worth it if he has two girls. Love this tag and your answers!! I’m always down for being tagged if you need someone ❤

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  2. This was such a fun read. I had heard many good things about Things You Say In A Fire too. So I definitely have lowered expectations now. And the one you picked for cover!! I would have definitely passed on that one, just because of the cover.

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    1. Thank you !!!
      I might actually be the only person who didn’t enjoy Things You Save in a Fire, so maybe you can have expectations 😜😜😜 I hope you like it better than I did…
      One Giant Leap does have such a generic cover, but I thought it was the sweetest romance I read last year.. I just loved it so much 😍😍😍

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  3. A RANT TAG!?!? This looks so much fun!! Thank you for tagging me!

    I agree, the Red Queen series felt very generic to me, not the exciting masterpiece everyone was hyping.

    Some books take such a weird interpretation of “feminist!” Supposedly feminist characters are super stereotyped and I just don’t get it. IT’S 2020, FOLKS. INTERSECTIONALITY AND NUANCE ARE DAILY REALITIES.

    I loved your answers! They were very fun to read!

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    1. Haha I hope you have fun doing this then… I would love to see your answers 😍😍😍

      Ohh god don’t even get me started on that supposed “feminist” book.. it had a narcissistic man hating woman as the heroine who also hates all women who aren’t like her.. add in some lesbian erasure and fatphobia and that book just pissed me off from page 1 😡😡😡

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    1. Haha thank you !!!! Gods of Jade and Shadow might be a much better read than I make it out to be considering all it’s reviews, it’s just the writing style that I found a bit weird…
      Ohh god can’t even imagine a Cardan like bff irl.. 😬😬😬

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  4. Ahhhhh you always have fantastic answers! I haven’t read these books and that’s the most fun part of reading your posts. It’s like walking into something that’s so unpredictable it’s gripping ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Love it love it!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Thanks for the tag Sahiiii! (I’m already imagining me fumble with the answers when I do it)

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