The #NotAll Book Tag

When I talk about books I tend to talk in absolutes; we love all the books in our favourite genre and prefer the book to the adaptation, but there’s an exception to every rule and in this tag I get to talk about those exceptions. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian. Thanks for the tag, I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The #NotAll Book Tag

No rules, just link back to the creator; The Orangutan Librarian.

#NotAll Cover Changes
A cover change you liked

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The first cover makes me think of cheesy sci-fi, the kind of guilty-pleasure book that would be enjoyable but that I’m never going pick up from the shelves of a bookstore. The second cover, the one that made me pick this book up, is just too beautiful to be passed by.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

#NotAll Adaptations
An adaptation you love more than the book

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Nine times out of ten I will read the book before seeing the film, but when I first picked up The Princess Bride I couldn’t get into the story. There was too much background information in the opening that I need to go away and watch the film to understand what the book was telling me.


#NotAll Tropes
A trope you’ll never get tired of seeing

Enemies to Lovers

I’m not sure why I love this trope more than any other but if a book has an enemy to lover relationship chances are that’s enough for me to pick it up, and chances are it’ll end up in my favourites list as well. Case in point; Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Angelfall, and Carry On.

The #NotAll Book Tag (1)

#NotAll  Insta-love
You insta-loved this insta-couple

Maya and Amar
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Insta-love is one of the tropes I can’t stand. The only exception is the idea of soulmates and/or reincarnation, but that has to be written really well to not get on my nerves and I think Roshani Chokshi did a really good job with Maya and Amar’s story.

The Star-Touched Queen

#NotAll Love Triangles
An example of a love triangle done well

Tessa, Will and Jem
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Love triangles are another trope I can’t stand, and I think the relationship between Tessa, Will and Jem is the only one I didn’t hate. For me it was because Will and Jem were so close, that they weren’t competing because they loved each other as well as Tessa, that made this one bearable.

The Infernal Devices

#NotAll Parents
Bookish parents that, you know, parent!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Throughout the book Starr has a lot of challenges to face and some very tough choices to make, but the whole time her parents are there for her. They support her no matter what, and try to protect her the best they can. Honestly I think they’re the best parents I’ve read in a YA book.

The Hate U Give

#NotAll Villains
A villain you love

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

It was only really in the third book that I came to love Holland. In the first and second books we didn’t get much development to his character to understand his actions but in the third, when we saw more of his past and everything he’d been through, my heart just broke for him.


#NotAll Chosen Ones
A chosen one you can get behind

Simon Snow
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

As Baz would say Simon Snow is the worst chosen one to ever be chosen, but I think that’s why he’s the best. Simon isn’t going to save the world without destroying part of it and he kind of subverts all the typical ‘chosen one’ tropes which honestly I’m getting a little tired of.

Carry On

#NotAll Hyped Books
A book that lived up to the acclaim

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Before picking up The Bear and the Nightingale I’d read so many glowing reviews that part of me loved it without having read it. I had high expectations but it ended up being as amazing as everyone promised it would be, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.

The Bear and the Nightingale

#NotAll *Insert Favourite Genre*
A book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I can’t pick just one because both of these books are terrible. I’m not going to go into either of them too much but Reign of Shadows had a weak plot and weaker characters, and Stealing Snow had a love square and a main character who made so many 180 degree turns I ended up getting dizzy.

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#NotAll *Insert Least Favourite Genre*
A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Historical fiction is never going to be a favourite genre of mine, no matter how much I love The Book Thief, but I’d heard a few good things about All the Light We Cannot See that I was curious enough to pick it up and try it out myself. It’s a heavy book but definitely worth reading.

All the Light We Cannot See

So what’s a cover change you thought was better than the original? Would you have picked up The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet if you’d seen the original cover or do you prefer the res-design as well? Who are the best bookish parents you’ve read, and what was the last book you picked up that lived up to the hype? Let me know.

63 thoughts on “The #NotAll Book Tag

  1. Agree with you about the cover change for long way to a small angry planet. And I *love* enemies to lovers!! Love your choices for egs. And I definitely agree with you about infernal devices. Totally, totally agree with you about Simon Snow! And bear and the nightingale definitely lived upto the acclaim!
    Wonderful answers 😀 ❤ Loved reading it!

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    1. There are rare occasions where cover changes work out for the better and this was one of them. 😀 You can’t beat enemies to loves and so far TID is the best of Cassandra Clare’s books I’ve read.
      The Bear and the Nightingale is one of my top reads, I didn’t think it would be possible for it to live up to the hype but it really did.
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤


  2. I really enjoyed reading your answers for this tag! I love the new cover of Small Angry Planet which I haven’t seen until now (I still have to read this book!) You also reminded me that I have to finish reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I like enemies-to-lovers tropes in general so I am definitely curious about how Karou and Akiva’s relationship will develop. Holland is one of my favourite villains (maybe second to AIDAN!) and I loved that Simon Snow is a unconventional take on the usual chosen one 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie. Yeah the new cover is gorgeous (and I’m weak for gorgeous book covers so I’m glad they changed it!) Oh I’m kind of surprised you haven’t finished the DoSaB series already?! I can never leave series unfinished if I know all the books are released. I think you’ll be happy with how Akiva and Karou’s relationship ends up, I know I was. 🙂
      We can say both. Holland favourite human villain, AIDAN favourite AI villain! 😀
      Yeah it was kind of a parody chosen one right? I just loved everything about that book. 🙂

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      1. Haha yeah I also can’t believe I haven’t finished DoSaB yet. I think I might read the last book this month? Especially after reading The Night of Cake and Puppets, I am excited to see what happens in the last bak 🙂

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      2. I started Dreams of Gods and Monsters yesterday yesterday and now I am almost halfway through. I like it so far 🙂 Liraz and Ziri are still my fav characters (is there a chance that they will get together?? Wait don’t tell me lol)

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  3. I didn’t even realize The Star Touched Queen had insta-love. It was just really good although A Crown of Wishes won me over. I think the cover change for Throne of Glass was better and same for Carry On. And as for the best bookish parents, I would say the family in Second Chance Summer is amazing! Also from Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda.

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    1. Yeah I think it depends on the readers opinion you know, some people will spot the insta-love while others may be able to look over it. A Crown of Wishes was my favourite of the two too.
      Definitely Throne of Glass, but I dunno I kind of prefer the original cover for Carry On (it’s the one I own so it kind of has to be my favourite!)
      Yes I read Second Chance Summer and those are great parents (that book had me in tears), it’s just a great read overall and same goes for Simon Vs.

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      1. Yea I didn’t really spot it because I was captivated by the writing and the world. I do want to reread it again. The Carry On hardcover isn’t bad. I just feel like the paperback is much more fun for me and have more things going on. It’s more of a preference. Second Chance Summer and Simon vs. are both my absolute favorites!

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      2. Same here, I love detailed world building in books and The Star-Touched Queen has incredible world building! 🙂
        Ahh I get that, I pretty much have a preference when it comes to all book covers, and I always try and buy the ones I like the best! 😀

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    2. I have a system with covers. If the cover is ehh, I’ll just buy the ebook version and if not, I’ll buy the actual version. I will also buy the ebook version if I’m not sure if I will like it or not.

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    3. I’m like that too. I’m hoping to buy To Kill a Kingdom in the physical version because I read that on my ebook and it was amazing. I want it to be on my bookshelf.

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    1. Oh his development is incredible throughout the trilogy, and actually his best book by far is the last so you’ve got a lot to look forwards to Lashaan! Definitely, I would have missed out on a great book because I wouldn’t have picked it up if it’d kept the original cover. 🙂

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  4. Great answers to these questions Beth! I think I went “I agree” to pretty much every question! haha. That cover change was definitely needed! They look like two completely different books! That’s crazy! I agree I’d never pick up the old version, but the new one is really pretty! 😀

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  5. This is an awesome tag! Love all your answers. I totally agree about the enemies to love trope, there is something about it that is just compelling. My favourite chosen one always has to be Harry Potter though! I honestly wasn’t a fan of the Tessa-Will-Jem triangle, just because *SPOILER* I thought it was a bit annoying that she ended up with both of them

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    1. Thanks so much, and yeah for I think it’s the sarcastic back-and-forth/banter you tend to get between two enemies-to-lovers characters. I can’t resist it. 😀
      Harry Potter is the ultimate chosen one, he’s my favourite too, and I get what you mean about the Tessa/Will/Jem love triangle but that was actually the part I liked about it. Neither Will or Jem felt they had to force her to choose between them, they accepted that she loved them both and it didn’t destroy their friendship either.

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      1. Yeah I get that. I guess if people preferred either Will or Jem (like Team Edward or team Jacob from Twilight) they may have wanted her to choose one of the other, but I liked both characters equally so it didn’t bother me too much.

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    1. Yeah I never noticed the book until I saw the gorgeous second cover! I think TID love triangle is the only one I’ve read that I’ve actually enjoyed, all over love triangles have just ended up annoying me.
      It takes ages for the book to get started doesn’t it? I was so confused when i first picked the book up waiting for the story to actually begin. 🙂


  6. Oh lovely answers for this tag, Beth! I also really love the enemies to lovers trope, it’s always so much fun to read! ❤ And yes for the parents in the Hate U Give, I just love it when we actually get parents that are there, in the story, present and accounted for haha. I loved the parents in here too and I can't wait to see the movie, too 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! 🙂 There’s nothing better than a good enemies to lovers relationship is there? I think there some brilliant parent in YA contemporary but the bond between Starr and her parents stood out so much more (maybe because of the subject the book dealt with you know?)
      Oh yes I can’t wait for the film, the trailer looks amazing so you know the film is going to be amazing too! 😀 ❤


      1. Welcome 🙂 I barely enjoy love triangles and I can’t really think of one I particularly like but I guess a really good one might be nice to read. Or maybe if it was from either of the guy’s perspective in the Infernal devices, reading for Tessa’s POV kind of made her feel like a slut to me(no offense) as she ended up having sex with Will even when they did not know what had happened to Jem, and that part really stuck with me, so yeah…

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      2. I mean I get what you mean because I barely enjoy love triangles too, in fact TID one is the only one I actually enjoyed reading (and I’ve read a lot of books with love triangles in them, they seem to be everywhere in YA). I actually think it would have been good to see some more of the story from either Will or Jem’s perspective, we got small chapters but not a lot right? And yeah I know what scene you’re talking about but didn’t she think Jem had died when that happened? Because Will felt the bond between the two of them die?

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    1. Yeah I don’t think I would have picked up The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet with that cover (which would have been a shame because it’s a great book!)
      I get what you mean, there needs to be more to the character than just a prophecy and all-around perfect-ness. That gets old fast.


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