The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag // Being Disappointed by Books is My Brand and I’m Here to Spill the Tea

It’s no lie that I get disappointed by a lot of books.

And that I’m slowly getting more and more critical each day. I mean, I can’t help that books disappoint me???? They just don’t live up to my expectations. AND THEY SHOULD.

I’ve actually been enjoying the books I’ve been reading recently (color me shocked), but I guess I’m just getting better at knowing which books I’ll love and which I’ll hate!! (It requires a lot of searching within myself and I’m not a fan.)

However: I still have many unpopular opinions and many things that I’m salty about, so of course, I decided to do the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag to talk about them all!!!

Also, I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to think of original content ideas right now, so why not just answer pre-made questions. I swear there was a time I was more creative than this but I honestly can’t think of when that was.

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1. a popular book/series you didn’t like

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)  City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)  And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME SHATTER ME.

Oh, sorry, I meant Shatter Me.

Okay so maybe this is like half-loved, half-hated but oh my goD I hated that book with a burning passion. The people I buddy read it with all liked/loved it. I just DON’T. UNDERSTAND. how people can actually like this series???? (But I still respect their opinion.)

But apparently it gets better so I guess I can’t judge it right now…

Other series I didn’t like that others loved include: The Mortal Instruments and The Conqueror’s Saga. To be fair, I’ve only read the first books of these series, but both bored me to DEATH and I’m very hesitant to continue the series. (I probably will with TCS but not TMI. Sorry to all the Cassie fans.)

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2. a popular book/series that is hated, but you love

Divergent (Divergent, #1)  The Selection (The Selection, #1)

BEFORE YOU YELL AT ME, I read Divergent and The Selection when I was a Smol And Obliviously Dumb one, and I’m 100% certain if I read them right now, I would hate them. Like 1-star hate them.

Honestly, I don’t know what I saw in Divergent and the Selection? I LOWKEY get Divergent, because it was very dystopian and I was interested in those kinds of settings at that point in my life, but the Selection has the most annoying narrator ever and it’s literally just a romance. With drama. Including girls fighting over a Magical Prince Boy.

(I’m filled with so much despise for my past self.)

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3. a hateable OTP

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

OOH.

So I actually don’t think I hate a lot of OTPs??? But one I can think of is Nik and Hanna from Gemina. They and their romance actually ruined Gemina for me?? I just don’t like them. Nik is so stereotypically a Bad Boy and Hanna is very obnoxious. They are both ripoffs of Kady and Ezra of Illuminae. I do not like them.

I also feel like Ninej (Nina x Inej from Six of Crows) is a kind-of shipped couple in the SoC fandom. And LISTEN. Nina and Inej are amazing, I love them both. And y’all know I LOVE my sapphic couples. But:

  1. strong female friendship is so rare in fantasy, so DON’T TAKE THIS AWAY FROM THEM
  2. Kanej is the God Tier couple and will always be. they are the power couple icons for the mentally ill community—Kaz has PTSD to deal with and Inej has touch-aversion from the result of forced sex work and it is SO SO powerful for them to exist as a couple after they’ve been through. don’t take this away from them and don’t take this away from the mentally ill community

Anyways, there’s your daily rant on my blog!!!!

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4. a popular genre you hardly reach for

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)  And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I’m not sure if it’s deemed a popular genre, but DEFINITELY historical fiction. Reading historical fiction literally puts me in a slump. It’s so slow. It’s too info-dumpy. And it’s BORING. (Unless it’s gay.)

For example: The City of Brass. I spent almost a WHOLE MONTH trying to read it, and failing. It’s even a historical fantasy, for god’s sake, you’d think it’d be more entertaining???? And I actually find that time period interesting.

And another is And I Darken!!! It was GAY and I still didn’t like it. It was entirely too slow, and it took place in the same-ish time period as The City of Brass and I was actually interested in that time period… but it was so boring and I didn’t care about anything.

Oh and I also tend not to really like high/epic fantasy! And the SOLE reason why is because it tends to have more historical vibes to it and we’ve already established that I just can NOT read historical fiction.

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5. a beloved character you do not like

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)  Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)  Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I guess I could use Nik from Gemina again, because I honest to god do not get the hype around him. He’s so mediocre. And annoying. (Except with Ella, and the only reason he isn’t annoying with Ella is because of Ella.)

I also hated the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy (I can see why people like him but WHY Y’ALL SHIPPING AN ABUSIVE, MANIPULATIVE CHARACTER WITH ALINA) and also Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy (apparently there’s more backstory in the later books but just because he’s abused doesn’t mean he can be abusive okay??).

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6. a popular author you cannot get into

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)  The Fault in Our Stars

Uh… I’m honestly not that sure? Does this question imply an author that everyone seems to love but I just can’t???

I guess I can say that I’m not really interested in any of Renée Ahdieh or Sabaa Tahir’s work?? At the moment???? But I’ve never actually read their books so I’m not sure if that counts. (However I get that their books are really important, being authors of color!)

I DID NOT like The Fault in our Stars, and I’m guessing I wouldn’t like any more of John Green’s books. And he’s pretty popular. (What am I saying he is SUPER popular.)

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7. a popular bookish trope you’re tired of seeing

Uhhhh let’s see…

  • insta-love (which is actually a sign of bad writing if you can’t write a romance without proper development)
  • the Hawt Bad Boy who is borderline abusive but had a tragic past that OBVIOUSLY cancels out all his own abusive behavior
  • the “not like other girls” main character (though I do realize there are certain instances pertaining to marginalized characters that this narrative fits!)
  • the “strong” female character who hates other girls and societally deemed feminine things
  • GIRL HATE (WHY can’t girls exist in books without having to hate each other????)
  • bad representation of marginalized groups by white allocishet authors who don’t do their research (yeah I went there)

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8. a popular book/series you have no interest in reading

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)  Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  Twilight (Twilight, #1)  Thirteen Reasons Why  Eleanor & Park  The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

OH BOY.

I have no interest in getting into the ACOTAR or Throne of Glass series. Absolutely NONE. SJ Maas is more like SJ Mess, and her books don’t even seem that interesting?? (Oops.) She is qwhite a problematic author (though I know other problematic authors that I have read books from) and I’ve heard the worst of things about Feysand. NO. THANK. YOU.

And I’m pretty sure everyone who once loved Twilight hates it now, but I have never read it and don’t ever plan on it. Sounds like a Mess I do not want to get into.

I also will never be reading Thirteen Reasons Why, Eleanor & Park, or The Thousandth Floor. I’ve read reviews about each book explaining why and how they are problematic, and I don’t want anything to do with them??? At all???? (Thirteen Reasons Why: extremely bad messages about suicide, Eleanor & Park: racist, The Thousandth Floor: bury your gays trope.)

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9. a movie/tv show that’s better than the book

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I have rarely watch movies/TV shows, much less adaptations, and there is definitely none that I’ve watched that is better than the book

(But I will say that Love, Simon is PRETTY good, and by that I mean: excellent and my fav and tear-jerking and is ALMOST as good as the book. Almost.)

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So, I don’t really have anyone to tag since 1) I don’t think I was ACTUALLY tagged to do this, and 2) I’m pretty sure almost everyone has done this tag??? But if you do want to do it, here are the questions that you can copy and paste for your convenience!

  • a popular book/series you didn’t like
  • a popular book/series that is hated, but you love
  • a hateable OTP
  • a popular genre you hardly reach for
  • a beloved character you do not like
  • a popular author you cannot get into
  • a popular bookish trope you’re tired of seeing
  • a popular book/series you have no interest in reading
  • a movie/tv show that’s better than the book

(Also if you do end up doing this tag, make sure to link them down below so I can check them out and bond over hatred!!)

OH AND!!! Obviously, I won’t hate you if your favorites are books that I hate?? (I likely have favorites that you hate.) I know I can come off as a little strong in my opinions, but I promise that there’s nothing wrong for liking things I hate unless it’s problematic and you don’t recognize it for being problematic and vice versa.


 shall we chat

what are some of your unpopular bookish opinions? what books/series do you never plan on reading (and why)? what annoying bookish tropes do you hate? and IS LOVE, SIMON OUT YET FOR YOU (and have you watched it)???

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36 thoughts on “The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag // Being Disappointed by Books is My Brand and I’m Here to Spill the Tea

  1. I have absolutely no interest in reading Sarah J Maas, Twilight, or Thirteen Reasons Why, for the exact same reasons as you. Just no.

    And yessss! Thank goodness, someone else who shares my opinions on the Darkling…! Him and Alina are a REALLY problematic ship…! And I just… I don’t get it. Please no people.

    Also Love, Simon is wonderful, and I haven’t stopped shrieking about it since I saw it. Well, I mostly have online, but everybody I know IRL is still getting yelled at about how wonderful it was. Which is weird, because the online people are probably the ones who are ACTUALLY interested…

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  2. ACOTAR is definitely a mess, but also kind of addicting. I read the trilogy, but I’m done now. I’m not interested in her book 4 coming this month or the companion trilogy thing.

    And I seriously hate The Selection, but mainly because I think the protagonist is incredibly stupid, and it’s ridiculous anyone would want her in charge of their country. 😉

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  3. WHAT THE WHAT? I’m a big fan of The City of Brass and I’m so sad that you didn’t like it. But maybe that book is really not for everyone. And I’m 1000000% agree with the books that you have no interest to read, I’m not interested to those books at all! I actually re read The Selection series a week ago and STILL LOVE IT TO THE BONE!!

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  4. When I saw Shadow and Bone cover I swear I thought you’re going to say that you hate Nikolai… I’m so ready to comment ahaha xD Butt yeah I love The Darkling as a character, and I do ship him with Alina… only because he’s better than Mal and I can’t see her with Nikolai?? So yeah. Um I’m not on the Warner wagon too, his character change was too quick and unbelieveable. I have no interest in reading An Ember in the Ashes even though it sounds like something I would like, it just sounds so generic :/

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  5. Loved your post!
    I absolutely disliked the Mortal Instruments books too, I did read till the third book but I really hated the books.
    Historical fiction is a genre I read less of too, though I do enjoy the genre quite a lot. I don’t know though somehow I hardly reach out for those book, maybe because there aren’t enough new or popular historical fiction books available.
    Totally agree with all the tropes you mentioned – especially the one where the main female MC thinks she’s different and better than other women and deems feminine things as bad. Like wtf.
    And that’s great news about Love, Simon! I haven’t watched the movie, but I really want to 🙂

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  6. Nooooooo, historical fiction!!! May, I’m begging you – don’t, don’t, don’t give up on it, pleeeeease. I just read Things A Bright Girl Can Do and it’s brilliant. Read that.

    I haven’t actually read any of these, but none of them really catch my eye and make me interested in reading them. Nah.

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  7. I totally feel the same way about Warner – everyone loves the Shatter Me trilogy and loves Warner but I absolutely hate him. It’s just like you said – being abused is no excuse to abuse others.

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  8. I’m glad someone else hated The Darkling besides me. I knew a little about the series before I read it and I knew that people shipped them but when I read it I was like no????? This is an abusive relationship what????

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  9. Oh, this tag is so fun! I have no interest in reading Shatter Me AT ALL. And that is entirely based off the covers. Also, you don’t like them, and so I have no reason to read them?
    City of Bones is so BORING. Her other books are better, but I have not read all the Mortal Instruments, just her other series because TMI was soooo slow. And I know what happens? So I didn’t really care to keep reading.
    And I haven’t done this tag? so maybe I will. Though I am completely horrible at actually getting to tags.

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  10. Wait, am I to understand that you didn’t like Shatter Me? 😛

    I’ve not read it, but I’ve read all the plot synopses for that series and I just don’t get the hype around it. It doesn’t sound all that interesting to me.

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  11. THROW THAT SALT *yes i said salt instead of shade* oKay but i loved the selection series when i first read them – America was so immature though lol! I probably wouldn’t like it as much now. HAha is Divergent even still relevant/ i hated that series with such a passion. I love Sabaa Tahir – John Green? OVERRATED!

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  12. I used to love historical fiction when I was a kid, anything to do the ancient romans or medieval times, I LOVED it 😂 but now I can’t stand historical fiction either, it’s always too slow and I never relate to the characters somehow? (Maybe it’s just that all the historical YA books I’ve read so far aren’t very good, lol)

    Also this is a fun tag! (Complaining is always fun lol) I’m really busy rn but I might steal this tag to do in the future!

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  13. I totally agree with so much of what you say! We definitely need more female friendships, especially in fantasy. And I also hate ~not like other girls~ and girl hate. Like, it’s 2018, can we please stop?

    Eleanor and Park wasn’t that great, and I wasn’t a fan of TFIOS either. I like Looking For Alaska (even though I know it can be problematic etc.) but none of John Green’s other books do anything for me.

    ALSO no interest in ever reading Sarah J. Maas. I thought I did at one point and then read a bunch of negative reviews and decided that was too problematic for me to get invested in. I have no time for borderline abusive relationships and shitty “representation” attempts

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  14. I think I would feel the exact same way if I re-read Divergent or The Selection now. I enjoyed them at the time that I read them, but I’ve become more and more critical and I don’t think I would like them now, haha.
    I really hope you’ll give Renée Ahdieh or Sabaa Tahir’s book a shot someday, I really like both of these authors, but you know, no pressure haha, whenever you want 😉
    Also, YES about Throne of Glass and ACOTAR, I just have no interest in this series and I don’t think I’ll ever try them out.
    Wonderful post, May, WE LOVE ALL THE SALT. :p

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  15. I love it when people drag popular books and your rant was actually so relatable!
    100% agree with the Darkling x Alina ship. Look, I enjoy the Darkling as a character: he is an interesting and complex character, he’s manipulative and he has no limits, so he’s a good villain in my opinion. But him and Alina????? Why????? Not even the books ships them, for fuck’s sake! I think it’s made very clear that the Darkling is only trying to manipulate and control Alina and this is never romanticised in the books, so I can’t understand for the life of me why people keep creating problematic ships.
    I remember I read Eleanor & Park years ago and I enjoyed it, but looking back, I see it was pretty racist in its depiction of Park’s mum (and probably more things that I don’t remember because it was too long ago).
    Loved this post 🙂

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  16. I love this post May, and I will say some of your answers I’m not surprised to see either. It’s a shame about The City of Brass and The Conqueror’s Saga, but I guess if historical fiction isn’t really your thing then it’s not your thing you know? Plus at least you can say you tried both books even if you didn’t like them. 🙂
    I have no interest in reading 13 Reasons Why either, or The Thousandth Floor because between all the mixed reviews and the fact that I left it so long to pick it up I’m just no longer interested in it.
    All of your tropes you’re tired of seeing I am too. Insta-love is definitely a pet peeve of mine because you’re right it just seems like bad writing, and I HATE girl hate. We need more female friendships in YA, not female hateships (also a reason I agree with you about Inej x Nina, it’s nice to see two female characters as friends the way those two are).
    Great post, and great answers for this tag. 😀 ❤

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  17. Yes yes yesss!! I totally agree with you here. Shatter Me was terrible imo, and I also didn’t like The Young Elites a whole lot. It was good, but it’s definitely not my favorite. I did enjoy Divergent and Allegiant, but Insurgent was just meh for me. (Side note: My mom knows Kiera Cass! They went to church together and even went on a beach vacay together! I actually have a funny card that Kiera sent to my dad with an inside joke in it. 😛 ) I don’t ship Elias + Laia from Ember and I never really liked Tris + Tobias. Idk I just didn’t feel it? *shrugs* And ughhh I soo agree about those tropes. I’m so sick of the “strong girls” that have no emotions and are mean to everyone and doesn’t need a man. I’m sorry, but that’s not realistic or what a strong girl actually looks like! (I mean yes, your worth doesn’t come from a man. But that doesn’t mean you should hate all men!) I would consider myself a feminist, but I hate where all this is going. *sighs*

    Annnyway this comment is getting very massive, so I might as well just stop. XD Maybe I can continue it in my own post. 😉 Loved this, May!

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  18. I really enjoyed The Selection when I read it back in the day as well, but I have no idea why??? Especially the second one like,, nothing happens. It’s useless. Unneeded. Why does it exist. Why did I give it four stars. Why did I enjoy this series so much

    YES TO THE DARKLING AND WARNER. Though The Darkling is a more interesting character and as far as I know his terrible behaviour is never normalised (I haven’t read the third one yet) but I really don’t get why people would ship him with Alina like,,, do you hate her or,,, (not that I ship her with Mal either just let my girl shine by herself) And I 100000% don’t care what bullshit backstory Warner gets in the rest of the trilogy or whatever his reasons were, he was horrible and him being with … *whispers* what’s the protagonist’s name anyway that would be abusive as hell and I ain’t about that fam

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  19. I completely agree with all the tropes. It’s so ANNOYING to see girls villainised over a bad-boy insta-love interest with a dark past, and every time it happens I think my eyes might roll out of my head. Great post!

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  20. OMG YAAAAASSSS I HATED SHATTER ME! I thought I was the only one! I fully support you opinion! XD
    And I didn’t LOVE Divergent or The Selection, but I didn’t think they were terrible? I don’t really understand exactly why people say they are? Though The Selection is pretty romancy but I still liked it surprisingly because I still thought the plot itself was interesting. And the MOVIES for Divergent though! They were atrocious! Let’s just pretend they don’t exist. :/
    And I actually did this tag too on my blog a little while ago. And Shatter is definitely on there. XD You can see it if you want:
    https://frozenbooksblog.blogspot.com/2018/02/unpopular-opinions-tag.html

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  21. I HATE when the author makes it seem like the female protagonist can’t enjoy feminine things. A girl can like dresses and still be a BA!!!

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  22. F*CK NIK AND HANNA OH MY GOD. like honestly all the relationships in the illuminae series are meh for me At Best but here we are. let me know how boring ass nik malikov shares even the most minimal of genes with ella malikova, goddess of the universe

    i’m crying (with joy) for the following reasons:
    – john green hate
    – your list of bad tropes
    – not reading sjm
    – not reading thirteen reasons why

    loveloveloveloveLOVE. i would like to read about your unpopular opinions from now until the end of time plz and thanks.

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  23. I agree with you on so many things! SJM? No thanks. 13RW? Nope. I actually liked TFiOS when I read it, but I have no desire to read any of John Green’s other books because I kinda think they’ll all be the same?? And Eleanor & Park is definitely racist. I feel like it was trying to go for diversity brownie points by having an interracial romance and making the girl MC fat and poor, but it just backfires because of how the Asian characters are portrayed.

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  24. OMG READ AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES AND IT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOUR OPINION ON JOHN GREEN TRUST ME ON THEIS ONE EVEN THO IM NEW HERE PLEASE IM BEGGING YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART HERE READ IT!!!!!!!!
    Ok, that’s my rant done. And please read it. Oh, and I literally tell everyone I meet to read it so yeah. And the movie of Love, Simon WAS sooooo much better than the movie. Like, quite a bit, which I was SHOCKED at. I loooove your blog and will read for a very long time! Rhiana xxx
    P.S. is it just me who prefers to be called a book dragon to a book worm. We are more than tiny little insignificant little and-did-I-mention-little WORMS! Rhi xx

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  25. I haven’t read Six of Crows, but it really annoys me when people start shipping all the pairs of friends. I LOVE really strong friendships, but sometimes it seems like everyone thinks that if two characters are really close, it has to be in a romantic way. Strong friendships are so important!! Don’t take them away from me!!!
    It also really bugs me when people say the girl should end up with the abusive guy with the tragic past, like the Phantom or Snape. Yes, they had a hard life, but that doesn’t excuse their actions, and it certainly doesn’t mean the girl should fall for them. It just seems like such a dangerous message for people to be getting. AHHHHHHHH.
    I don’t get passionate about this at ALL.

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  26. Wow first time I commented and I see “The Mango Queen demands your opinions”. I love it here already XD

    I understand why you wouldn’t want to read TMI. I liked it because it was an easy read and the characters are lovable but they are so long. You should definitely pay attention to the books that are worth your time. I think I will always love Divergent but I would never reread it because I know it won’t be the same. The Selection is like a guilty pleasure for me. I read through them all so quick and even though America can be annoying, I was also annoying at the time so I relate XD. I love the Darkling so I can’t relate but I always hesitated on shipping them because I love Mal more. But I definitely know why it’s problematic to ship The Darkling and Alina together. I hated The Wrath and The Dawn so I would probably never read Renee Ahdieh’s works again. I still haven’t gotten into Sabaa Tahir’s works. And I do not like John Green but the only one I want to read is Turtles All The Way Down because anxiety rep. I agree with all the bad tropes especially insta-love. I absolutely hate it. Let it die. I have read ACOTAR and I liked it but it’s not for everyone. I want to read Throne of Glass but I’m definitely aware of the problematic content. I didn’t know there was problematic content in The Thousandth Floor or Eleanor and Park but I’ll keep that in mind. Thirteen Reasons Why definitely has problematic content and I loved the book before but now it kinda waned. But Love Simon is precious. I love the movie but the book is always going to be infinitely better. Love your post!

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