The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes!

Also, this is a bit of a controversial tag, because it kind of showcases negative opinions. And I won’t lie, I actually tried to pick bigger named books that might surprise some of you. So, I just want to preface this by saying that I’m sorry if I didn’t enjoy one of your favorite books, series, or characters. And that my feelings do not invalidate yours whatsoever. And that’s the beauty of the book community; we can all read, interpret, and love differently.

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

This was also Sam’s answer, but it’s honestly perfect for this question. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has like plummeted. The first couple books weren’t that great to begin with, but books three and four were so amazing! And then book five came out around this time last year, and it was honestly the worst in the entire series. I have no faith whatsoever in the next and final book.

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

This is just because I’m on Goodreads so much, but I will forever and always be haunted by A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet. If you guys every want to see literal garbage fire comments, check out my Goodreads review for that book. Numerous people have actually written reviews about my review for that book. I honestly wish I never even picked up an ARC of that shitty book, because it was totally not worth.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

Without question, Mal from the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Like, not only did he mess things up for everyone, he messed things up for me. He also messed things up for Alina. I wish he could honestly disappear from this series.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

I guess I would have to say the Outlander series, and it was super recent. And it wasn’t really that big of a spoiler, but Paloma totally let it slip that someone who I thought was dead was not really dead! Haha! But, I mean, no body = no confirmed death, anyways, so I probably could have guessed this person wasn’t dead, but she totally confirmed it and now I’m a bundle of anxious nerves. (I’m honestly super good about reading new releases, and I very rarely get spoiled for things. #blessed)

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

If I’m aiming to be controversial, I would totally say Cinder and/or Cress from The Lunar Chronicles. I don’t know why that series doesn’t work its magic on me like it does everyone else, but here we are. I did really love Scarlet, but for some reason I never felt like I was truly every rooting for Cinder or Cress.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

I could say Alina and Mal. I could say Celaena/Aelin and Rowan. But I guess I’ll be extra controversial and I will say Jon Snow and Daenerys Targareyen from ASOIAF. Oh, and I also fucking hate Agnieszka and the Dragon from Uprooted, too. People think that’s romance? *sips tea forever*

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Okay, I feel personally attacked, but a few are: Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead, Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson, and The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan!

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

Without spoilers, even though I’m sure everyone has probably read and/or been spoiled for this before, but a certain beloved house elf in the Harry Potter franchise still makes me weep.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Without question, the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. Lord, help me. Like, it’s finally starting to get better again, but that series should have concluded at book six and been left for me to love in my nostalgia. Now, all my angsty teenage memories are tainted by convenient plot twists, terrible switching of PoVs randomly, and now tragedy porn. Jericho Barrons, my originally book boyfriend, deserved better.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villains again!)

Everyone is going to hate me for even saying this, but Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Like, she’s the worst assassin and everyone hails her as the best assassin in the world, when literally she only accidentally kills people. She is annoying, and her decisions are always ignorant, and she makes the worst impulsive choices while being condescending to everyone about theirs. Like, please, just make Manon the rightful star of that series.

Whew! Okay! That was the Grinch Book Tag! Hopefully you guys are still going to follow me and be friends with me on here! Again, I’m so sorry if I brought up one of your favorite characters, books, or ships. I promise, whatever you like in literature is valid, and never let me or anyone else take joy away from you over it. I mean, Sam completely trashed The Bronze Horseman and you all know I really enjoyed that first book. So yeah, I hope you guys are having an amazing December and holiday season! Also, if you want to do this tag: consider yourself tagged! And happy reading, lovelies! ❄☃💙

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25 thoughts on “The Grinch Book Tag

  1. hehe love your answers for this- and I actually think Alina/Mal, Aelin/Rowan and Jon/Dany are all not great couples (even though I shipped Jon/Dany before I thought it could ever be a thing 😉 ) I’m kinda scared to read book 5 of falling kingdoms now… Great post though!

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  2. How are you still getting negative comments on that review? I will never get why people go out of their way to tell reviewers they totally read the book wrong (and are rude about it as well).
    But, on a positive note: great list. And: Mal is THE worst.

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    1. THAT BOOK IS THE BANE OF MY REVIEWING EXISTENCE, NOW AND FOREVER. Hahaha, I swear. But thank you for your kind words, and I hope you and your family are having an amazing holiday season! And… Mal truly is the worst. Hahah. 💙☃️❄️

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  3. Love your answers! I totally agree with you on mal. He was pretty boring and I also wished that he would just disappear from the series. I haven’t read falling kingdoms yet. People used to rave about this series but eventually it lost its shine. I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about it. Fever is one of the series that I’m hoping to check out someday in the future.

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    1. I am loving the fact that everyone hates Mal! Hahaha. Oh gosh, I’m not sure how Fever will hold up in 2017, but back in high school THEY WERE MY FAVORITE. Hahahaha. Happy reading, love! ☃️❄️


  4. I couldn’t stand Mal! I seriously thought he was just the worst. He acted like a brat during the whole series and seriously brought Alina down more than anything. I agree with you about Manon. She was simply the best!
    This was a cool tag! I’m one of those weirdos that likes seeing what others don’t like. lol.

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  5. Gonna be a thief and steal this tag. I think this makes 3 that I’ve stolen from you?

    Also, I agree about Celaena from ToG. That series will be making it onto my own version for sure.

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  6. OMG! I am in stitches & had to stop & insta-story your blog post cause YASSSS! we have so much in common but nothing speaks more to that than #10!!! & I love that gif LMAO! also, as much as I enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, I can admit I NEVER connected with Cinder EVER! I love Scarlet & the supporting characters way more than the main character. Lastly, YASSSS girl, why did Mal ever have to happen? why did he ever have to be? I’m not necessarily a shipper of Alina & the Darkling either but I def did NOT see Mal & Alina. I’ add my own controversial opinion here about a beloved TV show…The Walking Dead…Love Michone but I DO NOT see what she sees in Rick & that ship never sailed in my eyes lol 😉

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      1. 😂😂😂 we are!!!! & I’m glad I started blog hopping with your post cause it set my spirits high 💜 and got me laughing quite a bit 😂 Rick & Michone were to me like brother & sister, when they shipped them I had to close my eyes like c’monnnn!!! 😩😩😩

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