Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Hello, all! How are you? I’m back today to make a quick post, just to let all of you know that I’m still alive and well.

Sometime last week, the lovely JR Lynn from Eternity Book Reviews tagged me with the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag. I didn’t want to do this at first because I didn’t want to offend anyone by bashing the books they love.

But after reading JR Lynn’s post, I thought it was a good chance to get to know other people and their thoughts about certain bookish things.

That said, it is not my intention to insult others. If you find your favorite book or author on my list, please ignore me and my opinions.

Now that we’ve got that all cleared up, let’s get down to business…

A popular book you didn’t like

I feel like I’m going to get a lot of hate for this one but in all honesty, I can’t stand The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

A book series everyone hates but you love

The Da Vinci Code. I know that it’s not a great thriller and that it has a million things wrong about it. But I still thought it had entertainment value. I thought that it was at least action-packed, which makes it a little bit more tolerable.

A love triangle where the MC ends up with someone you didn’t want them to end up with

I don’t usually read a lot of books with love triangles in them – it’s one of the tropes I want to avoid. But if I had to choose one, it would have to be Gale vs. Peeta for Katniss.

Yes, I’m on Team Gale.

A popular genre you rarely reach out for

Young adult contemporary. I’m not sure why… If you guys have some recommendations to help me get started, I would love to hear about them.

A popular character you don’t like

Celaena Sardothien (forgive me if I spelled that wrong – I just don’t care enough to Google it) Aside from that ridiculous name, I have so many things to say about this character, and none of them are good.

A popular author you can’t seem to get into

Tahereh Mafi. I haven’t read her middle-grade fiction (Furthermore) yet, but I didn’t like her style of writing in the Shatter Me series.

A popular trope you are tired of seeing

Like many others in the bookish community, I’m also not a big fan of love triangles and insta-love. But these days I find myself getting irritated with the “Kickass Girl” trope.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m all for girl power and all that but let’s be honest, this trope is problematic – especially if you pair it up with really bad writing. I guess what I meant to say is, I am tired of seeing this trope being misused. It has a lot of potentials but a lot of the popular books don’t get it (I’m looking at you, Calaena Sardo-whateverien)

A popular series you have no interest in reading

The Mortal Instruments. Throne of Glass – or anything by Sarah J. Maas. Twilight.

As the saying goes, the book is always better than the movie. But what movie do you prefer to the book?

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. There were many parts in Stieg Larsson’s book that I felt weren’t necessary. I know that he was a journalist and that fact reflected in his book but I just couldn’t get into it.

The movie gave me more Lisbeth Salander than the book could ever have. And I honestly think that this book wouldn’t be as popular as it was today without Lisbeth.

End Of The Year Book Tag

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! 2019 has finally arrived. It’s almost 1:20 PM where I live, but here I am writing a new blog post. New Year’s Day celebrations seem a lot quieter in this side of the world so I have some time on my hands to post something up.

A few days ago, I’ve been tagged by the wonderful JR Lynn from Eternity Books Reviews (thank you!) I meant to post this earlier but of course, life got in the way. This is the End Of The Year Book Tag so let’s just go ahead and dive into it, shall we?

Best Book you’ve read in 2018

I’ve read V.E. Schwab’s Vicious and Vengeful this year and I believe it is the best out of the very short list of books I’ve read.

Best Sequel you’ve read in 2018

As mentioned above, I also picked up Vengeful after reading Vicious.

New Release you haven’t read, but want to

I talked about this in my previous blog post. It’s Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Help me, I still do not have a copy!

Biggest Disappointment

I’m Watching You by Teresa Driscoll. I write about why I didn’t like it in this blog post. I don’t really have anything else on this list… (Unless I consider the books that did not help me get out of my reading slump)

Biggest Surprise

I mostly read Japanese novels this year. I read “Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai” (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas) by Yoru Sumino for my Japanese class last spring. It’s not the kind of book I would be normally interested in. The story wasn’t that great but for some reason, I still enjoyed reading it.

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas was originally a web novel. It was so popular that it got published and turned into a movie. It now also has a manga and animated version.

I’ve also watched the film version of this book earlier this year as well. But I wouldn’t recommend anyone to watch it. However, if you have access to the English versions of the novel or the manga, it’s worth a shot.

Favorite New Author (debut or new to you)

There’s a trending manga series in Japan right now called “Yakusoku no Neverland” (The Promised Neverland) The thing about this series is that the writer and the illustrator are two different people.

Author Kaiu Shirai originally did the artwork for his stories in the past. But after being rejected a couple of times, his editor thought it would be a great idea for him to team up with another illustrator – and he was right!

There’s a big reason why this manga is becoming very popular. Not to discount its beautiful art, I really think Shirai’s plot writing and storytelling are grade-A stuff. I recommend everyone to pick the manga up and read it.

Newest Fictional Crush

None 😛

Newest Favorite Character

Easy. Hanzawa Naoki from Ikeido Jun’s “Oretachi Baburu Nyuukougumi”

A book that made you cry

I read The Color Purple by Alice Walker around summer with no expectations whatsoever. I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis.

It was one of the more interesting books in the local library and they are a rarity. I live in a very local city in Fukuoka, Japan. The library isn’t huge and obviously, the selection of English books was limited to just one shelf.

The Color Purple, although short, was a challenge to read for me. But after getting used to the language, it broke my heart to pieces. Page one already had a strong start but the meat of it all made me feel so vulnerable I might have shed a tear or two for the characters.

And that says a lot considering I don’t usually cry over a book.

Book that made you happy

Would a cookbook count? I received a copy of the Outlander cookbook a few months ago. In case you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of the Outlander series. It is one of the very few historical romances that I love.

I haven’t tried making any of them yet so I guess we can sort of expect what my blog content will look like this year…

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – I only have a few pages left so by the time I post this, I should have already finished it.