The Contradictions Book Tag

I saw this over on Stephen Writes and the questions are really intriguing, I immediately knew I had to give this one a go! It was originally created by Daniela at Only If For a Page, on BookTube.

I love this genre but I didn’t like this book

I love Paranormal Romance, I love Young Adult, I love vampires – I love pretty much any and all genres and subgenres this falls into it, but when I read it in my late teens…I think it was the first book I truly, deeply hated? I get why people might like it, and that’s fine, but even to my young eyes this book just wasn’t very good, and I completely didn’t understand the hype surrounding it after.

I rarely read this genre but I loved this book

This one was really difficult because I read and like so many books in so many different genres, but looking through this really stood out as a highly rated (by me) Contemporary novel. Adult Contemporary and this kind of ‘book club’ fiction isn’t one that normally grabs me, but I picked up Eleanor Oliphant on a whim and absolutely fell in love with it. A truly fantastic novel.

I love this trope but I didn’t like this book

There are a few tropes that were in this book I usually like, and on the face it sounds like it could be really good, but even with the single mum Beth, the Christmas theme, and the ‘banter’ between her and Tristan, it found so much of this to be dry, a lot didn’t make sense, and the characters were really difficult to like. Overall Mistletoe at the Manor was a disappointment.

Read my review of Mistletoe at the Manor

I hate this trope but I loved this book

This is kind of borderline, because the reason I love this book is the way it subverts the trope in question – Half a Soul does a really good job of making you think it’s going to be partly using a ‘magical cure’, but Atwater leads us down the path before veering in a slightly different direction.

Read my review of Half a Soul

I love this author but I didn’t like this book

I’m going to skip this one because I actually can’t think of/find one. I feel like I don’t read as much by the same authors anymore unless I completely and utterly love their work, because there’s just so many books out there and I find I don’t have huge amounts of time to dedicate to one single author anymore. And if I do hit a run of disliking an author’s output, I won’t pick up a book by them for a long time. I was considering a Stephen King book here, but honestly I haven’t even read his stuff for a long while, and there’s more than one of his books I found to be a disappointment!

I previously disliked a book by this author but I loved this book

Again, for similar reasons – this is probably one to skip. It’s unlikely I’ll pick up another book by an author if I disliked the first book I tried from them. Life is just too short!

I love this cover but I didn’t like this book

For this I’m going to go with The Ghost of Glendale – part of the reason I love this cover is because it isn’t massively unique, but it’s eye catching and memorable, and fits in really well with the genre. But I mostly found the book to be pretty dull – the summary promises “A fabulous Regency romp”, but the ‘romp’ part was unfortunately lacking.

Read my review of The Ghost of Glendale

I don’t like this cover but I loved this book

Covers can be so subjective, and among books I’ve really loved there are some amazing covers there. I think sometimes too we can feel indifferent to a cover and grow to love it while reading the book! But having a look through my 5 star rated books, there is one that stands out to me as being a book I don’t think I would have picked up based on the cover – it’s too SF, robotic, but the novel is about a super villain – I read this as part of BBNYA and really loved it! Fid’s Crusade, whatever you think of the cover, is definitely worth a read!

Read my review of Fid’s Crusade

And there we have it! All of my answers. What do you think? Have you read any of these? And as usual, I’m awkward & won’t tag anyone but just say if you want to give it a go, go ahead – just make sure to drop a link here so I can read it too.


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