Friday Reads

Friday Reads: the #NotAll Books Tag

I found a new (to me) book tag! Yay, these are fun. Recently, Ally posted her answers to the #NotAll Book Tag, and I was highly amused. I was considering doing the tag, and then I saw who Ally tagged.

She tagged everyone who hasn’t done this tag yet, so that means me! Yay! It was created by the Orangutan Librarian, who I am now going to start following because they have a great sense of humor, good taste in books, and a Prachett reference. I mean, really. How could I not?


#NOTALL COVER CHANGES: A COVER CHANGE YOU LIKED
Yeah, I have a confession to make. This one took me the longest to answer because I rarely pay attention to the original art vs. new art. Yes, I have some books where I like one version over the others, but I rarely pay attention to which one came first. So this took a lot of research. In any case, I recently bought modernized e-copies of the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, so I looked up the cover for those and found that I like both the 2001 and the 2003 covers better than the original 1983 one. They just look cleaner and less… well, less dated.

#NOTALL ADAPTATIONS: AN ADAPTATION YOU LOVE MORE THAN THE BOOK
Stardust. Hands down. I love a lot of Neil Gaiman books, but not this one. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad for the book because it inspired the movie. But there is no way the mediocre book that is Stardust can compare with the awesome, lovely, funny movie that is Stardust.

#NOTALL TROPES: A TROPE YOU’LL NEVER TIRE OF SEEING
I don’t have a cute catchy name for it, but I love having talking cats in mostly regular settings. They can be magical cats, or just cats who can talk. It doesn’t matter. I (usually) love them. (The books still have to be well-written, though. The talking cat isn’t a pass for bad writing.)

#NOTALL INSTALOVE: YOU INSTALOVED THIS INSTACOUPLE
I know there have been several, but the one that comes to mind first (because it’s the most recent one I read) is Ned and Verity from To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. They didn’t become a couple right away, but it was instalove for both of them (as you find out immediately for Ned and later for Verity since the book is written from Ned’s POV).

#NOTALL LOVE TRIANGLES: AN EXAMPLE OF A LOVE TRIANGLE DONE WELL
Ugh. Do I hafta?  I’m having a hard time thinking of any that don’t make me cringe. I guess… the only thing that comes to mind right now is both Og and Halliday being in love with Kira in Ready Player One. Does that count? I think it counts. Or at least it would if any of those three were the main character of RPO.

#NOTALL PARENTS: BOOKISH PARENTS THAT YOU KNOW, PARENT!
I want to come up with a more unique answer than Mr. & Mrs. Weasley. I really, really, REALLY want to.

I cannot come up with a more unique answer that I like as much as the Weasleys.

#NOTALL VILLAINS: A VILLAIN YOU LOVE
There are so many choices here… I could pick Lady Macbeth, or Moriarty (or Irene Adler), or Severus Snape, or Dracula… but no. I’m going to go with Captain Hook. (And now I want to re-read Peter Pan.)

#NOTALL CHOSEN ONES: A CHOSEN ONE YOU CAN GET BEHIND
Jan from The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce. (Side note: have any of you read or even heard of this book? I have yet to talk to anyone about it who has.) Unicorns are the main characters of this book, and I loved it when I first read it. (And then it took me ages to find it again — it was a library book the first time, and was out of print for a while.) I haven’t re-read it in some time, but I own it now and it’s one I intend to go back to.

#NOTALL HYPED BOOKS: A BOOK THAT LIVED UP TO THE ACCLAIM
For me, the most recent example of this is The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill. It won awards, it was raved about by people I follow, and it was absolutely worth the praise it received.

#NOTALL *INSERT FAVORITE GENRE*: A BOOK YOU’RE NOT KEEN ON FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE
(Genre here is Paranormal Fantasy — I don’t know that this is currently my favorite genre, because I don’t know if I currently have a favorite genre. This was my favorite genre for a long time, though.)

One book that seemed beloved by the Paranormal Fantasy community but I could not stand was Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. I tried to like it, I really did. But nope. Kitty was not for me.

#NOTALL *INSERT LEAST FAVORITE GENRE*: A BOOK YOU LIKED FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T OFTEN READ
(Genre here is Thriller/Suspense)

I read very few thrillers, and most of the ones I do could also be classified as something else. (For example, in my mind Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a thriller as well as a mystery, but it’s officially classed as a mystery so we’ll leave it at that.) However, one thriller that I did read and enjoy was City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. I enjoyed the second book in the series too, and have the third on my TBR.


That was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you enjoyed it enough to give it a go yourself, let me know so I can have fun seeing your answers!

8 thoughts on “Friday Reads: the #NotAll Books Tag

  1. i LOVE talking/magical cats as well! In general, talking animals are always a plus for me. But cats have that extra sass.. 😀

    ‘Stardust’ belongs to my all-time favourite movies and I haven’t even read the book. Might not even do it, although I enjoy Gaiman’s novels.

    1. Talking animals are always a plus, but I do love how authors try to make the cats sassy (perfect word you chose) like their real-world counterparts.

      I felt that the best parts of the movie Stardust weren’t fully developed in the book. The ghost brothers, for instance, aren’t really there in the book. And I didn’t enjoy the sky pirates as much. Also, it felt like the book was darker out of spite for the fairy tale genre? This might not be the best way to phrase it, and I did read the book thinking it was going to be closer to the movie, so my opinion of it is highly colored by disappointment. But still, that’s my 2 cents.

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