My Most Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Tag created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and stolen by me from Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews

Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! If you know me, you know there are few things I'm better at than being a negative Nelly, down-in-the-dumps cynic. So today I thought I'd put that talent to good use by stealing commandeering a grinch-themed book tag! Without further ado, let's proceed to make all of you hate me just a little more than you do now.

Half the Lights on the Christmas Tree are Burnt Out
A book/series/character that started out great then went downhill

To be fair, Life of Pi started out more mediocre than great. And it continued getting more and more mediocre until I abandoned it 3/4 of the way through. Not my cup of tea, friends.

Annoying Great Aunt Sally Who Will Not Leave You Alone
A book you didn't enjoy, but everyone else seems to love it so it won't go away

This doesn't fit the prompt super well since I did like SOC. I just think it's an averagely enjoyable read featuring (with a couple exceptions) characters who are nothing special and a writing style that's uniquely bland. Did I like it? Yes. Would I recommend it? Sure. But do I think it's one of the very best books I've ever read in my entire life? Heck no.

Your Pets Keep Knocking Over the Christmas Decorations
A character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can't pick a villain!)

But all the good characters are villains! 

Fine. I'll pick an antihero.

Lestat de Lioncourt. Basically, the entire Vampire Chronicles series is just everyone else going:

An old meme, but an apt one.

And Lestat
  • Turning a 6 year old into a vampire
  • Revealing the vampires' secrets to the entire world
  • Swapping bodies with a known trickster
  • Turning at least two people into vampires against their will
  • Awakening the evil vampire queen
  • Trying to make friends with Satan

You Hear Your Parents Putting Out the Presents and Learn Santa Isn't Real
A book you were spoiled for

Oh, I don't have a specific book in mind for this one, but there are a lot. Here are just a few. I tend to read the last few pages of a book first, which often spoils things. And with Shakespeare, I frequently read a summary before I begin so I know what's happening.

It's Freezing Outside
A main character you just couldn't connect with

Honestly?? I genuinely don't understand the hype around Blue Sargent. She's a stereotypically "strong," quirky female character, the kind of character we all rail against if she's written by anyone who isn't Maggie Stiefvater. She always struck me as having as much depth as a cardboard cutout.

"All I Want for Christmas is You" is Playing and Giving You Anti-Romantic Feelings
A couple you can't stand

Oh my God. Craig and whatever her face is, Noelle. Their romance is flatter than a pancake, and neither of them are likable characters to begin with.

That Scratchy Homemade Sweater You Got Years Ago and Haven't Gotten Rid Of
Some books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while and you probably won't read yet can't get rid of

These are just a few books my family has given me. I'd feel too bad getting rid of them, yet I have no desire to read them. Ahh!

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
A character death you're still mad about

The original wording of this question admonishes me to warn people there will be spoilers, but I think that's kind of obvious.


KELL MY SON. This book follows the three Valmonde brothers, undertakers with magical powers. Corran and Rigan are decent characters but nothing special, but Kell was amazing. He was by far my favorite character from the book (besides Machison, the villain). AND THEN HE WAS KILLED OFF?? Just to provide motive for his brothers to get rid of Machison, which is a dumb reason when you read the book because Machison is already responsible for the deaths of the Valmonde's parents, Corran's fiancee, and half of Corran's friends and the disappearances of Rigan and Kell's girlfriends. Like....that is enough motive, Ms. Martin. Temperance is a virtue.

The Malls are Overcrowded With Holiday Shoppers
A series with too many books

There are 14 fucking books in this series, practically none of which are shorter than 1000 pages. Again: temperance is a virtue.

Here's a graphic another lovely person on the Internet made:


The Grinch
A main character you hate (no villains!)

Liesl was the absolute worst. I think Jae-Jones tried to make her relatable by going on at length about how average she was, but after the main character has whined about her looks three separate times in a single page, it starts to get out of hand. She also had 0 character development in terms of her relationship with the Goblin King.


Let's chat! What's a popular book you can't stand? A cringeworthy couple? What do you think of my assessments? Comment below, and have a lovely Christmas Eve!


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  2. Okay, I love this tag, it’s so funny and fun to read. I have to agree with you about much as I do love her character, she could have more depth to her. Also, I’m both super excited and nervous to read Six of Crows. There’s so many rave reviews and I didn’t particularly like Shadow and I don’t know. I have a feeling I might have the same opinion about it as you do. And I will never read Life of Pi. I’ve heard some pretty awful opinions on it, and it just doesn’t seem like my cup of tea. Anyway, awesome and hilarious post, and Happy New Year!

    1. Hmm. I enjoyed Shadow and Bone, and I've heard a lot of SoC fans say they SoC better than the Grisha trilogy. So it's quite possible you could like one but not the other! Thank you, you too!!

      - Eleanor

  3. I agree with what you said about Six of Crows. I liked it too but I didn't think it was as amazing as other people found it to be, I think I actually prefer the Shadow and Bone trilogy. And I also agree with you about Blue in The Raven Boys. :)

    1. Honestly, if it weren't for nobody ever shutting up about it, I don't even think I would remember SoC today. It was enjoyable, but nothing fantastic. I prefer SaB too!

      - Eleanor


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