Happy Saturday! I haven’t done a post on a Saturday in a while, I also haven’t done a personal post in a while, but there’s one that should be coming in the next week or so. I’ve never done a book tag, but I saw that Meghan over at Whimsically Meghan did this tag and I had to follow suit.
This tag came from Booktuber, Strange Storyteller.
Which trope(s) in books annoys you the most?
The “not like other girls” trope. It just makes me grind my teeth and it’s so overdone. I think when I notice that trope I begin to roll my eyes and think ‘here we go again.’
Which writer(s) do you feel is overrated/overhyped?
I try to stay away from super popular books actually. I just can’t give in to the hype. But if I had to choose one, I would say Stephen King. I read half of Firestarter and hated it. There were too many details and I wasn’t immediately pulled into the story. Then last year I read Elevation and that was disappointing. So I won’t be reading Stephen King anytime soon.
What are your least favourite books you’ve read since joining
The Lost Apothecary. Everyone is raving about it, but it’s like… Not good? Granted I was hyped about it from my marketing class last summer and had such high expectations but I low-key hated it. Sorry not sorry. I’ll still pick up Sarah Penner’s books now that she’s turned full-time author just to see how she develops her writing, but it just wasn’t my ‘cup of tea.’
What is a terrible ending that ruined an otherwise quality book?
“When No One is Watching” by Alyssa Cole. I was enjoying the book, it thought it was well done and had me on the edge of my seat… And then the ending came and ruined it for me. I still don’t even know where any of that came from and it didn’t make sense to me.
Which fictional character(s) do you wish was not killed off?
Too many to count. I think some authors just get trigger happy and start killing off characters just because they can.
What are some of your bookish pet peeves?
OH.BOY. Dog-earing pages, food smears on books, cracking spines, people talking when I’m reading… I will actually snap at my family if they try to talk to me.
What are some books you feel should have more recognition?
Canadian books in general. And YA/Fantasy novels written by BIPOC. I honestly find that the writing in those books are FAR superior to those written by white authors. (Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron and A Song Below Water by B.C. Morrow are prime examples).
What are your thoughts on censorship and banning books?
If you ban or censor books, then people are going to want to read them even more. I don’t think that books should be banned or censored, maybe having an educational piece about why the book is being considered for it, but leave it up to the readers to decide. If someone doesn’t like the book or author, then simply don’t read it.
Who do you tag?
YOU! I don’t like specifically tagging anyone so that they feel pressured into doing this tag. Go ahead and tag me so I can see your answers!