Hiya bookish people!

So! I am currently Tackling the TagsTM so please bare with me! The next couple of Fridays will have doubled up tags, I hope you all stick around to read them!

Hiya bookish people! I was tagged by Virginia at the Sassy Library Fox to do this tag! Virginia is so sweet (just like syrup on waffles) so please go read her posts. This is my second go at this tag, so here is the link to my first take.


  • Link back to the original creator, Kat @ Novels & Waffles
  • Feel free to use any of the waffle graphics in this post, just make sure to credit her (pretty pretty please with lots of maple syrup on top)
  • Tag as many people as you want (or don’t want) to. No pressure here, folks 🙂

Serpent and Dove (#1) by Shelby Mahurin. I haven’t been told by anyone in particular to pick this one up, but it is one of many that I bought after seeing such amazing reviews about it from my other bloggers. Impulse buying – I swear I don’t mean to do it!

I really want to read this one, it seems super good plus Oscar Wilde is such a dramatic guy, I think I’ll really enjoy it. Plus the whole concept of this novel just seems amazing? Let us also not forget the amazing tumblr posts that regularly come from this (I’m assuming) amazing piece of work, like how Dorian only buys his clothes at Forever 21. That’s hilarious.

I was looking at renting this movie during the current NZ quarantine, and so I thought of this book for this question! I still haven’t seen the movie? I know, I am so sorry. And yes, I do still have to read anything else from this series at Creekwood High, but I do rather like Becky Albertelli’s work so far, so I am sure I will enjoy this too.

Evangeline from Throne of Glass is the best character for me to use this time around. She is so innocent and deserves the world, and I am so glad that Lysandra got involved in her plot line. Also, Evangeline and Fleetfoot are an iconic duo I wish I had seen more of because A) dogs. Actually, that’s all my reasons.

A book that always makes me feel blue, well, that one is definitely All the Bright Places. I’d love to reread this sometime soon since the movie is now out, but I don’t know if I will get to before I watch it. It was such a heart wrenching book and I can’t wait to see the movie – I am sure it will be just as emotive and heart-breaking.

Toxic was an ARC Bruno and I got sent via Netgalley when we were on our old Blogger site, and I really really enjoyed it. Bruno didn’t, but I thought the whole concept of it was super cool. When the movie ‘I Am Mother’ came out, I was very strongly reminded of Toxic. Also, who doesn’t love Sci-Fi Heist Romances?

This was a series that my stepmum got me started on, and I loved it until the end. I currently own all of the books in the series, and even had a conversation with my really really ancient friend (a whole 16 days older than me!) about it. I had forgotten how young they were in the series, which actually kinda made it scarier when I look back on it.

My favourite bookish items are definitely my Kindle, and the flowers that Beth made for my birthday a few years ago from book pages. They are so awesome, and I have them on my bookshelf – I kinda want to make more to tie to my bookshelf. They might get in the way though… but it’s a good quarantine activity… I’ll see how I go.

I was tagged by Nish and Ngoc in the Not-So-Perfect book tag, and am super excited to tell you guys about the super pretty redesign that they have done, so you should check them out! This post was made by Alex @ Lost in Translation.


🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Genre

After was definitely a bad spokesperson for the YA Romance genre. It displayed so many flags for abuse, and it was so cheesy, and, well, Wattpad-y. Yes, I know the book originated as a Wattpad book, but you can really tell. Especially the fact that it is a Harry Styles fanfic – kinda obvious. Yes, I will admit I am reading more Wattpad at the moment because of quarantine. Ignore that fact.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Dialogue

Dialogue in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was honestly so hard to read. I found the relationship between the characters to be so forced and stilted, which resulted in some extremely difficult to read dialogue. Everyone sounds so angsty and awkward, even though they are teenagers. It was like a parent trying to be relatable and making it awkward.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Setting

I can’t think of any settings that I didn’t really enjoy in a series? I’m going to have to skip this one, sorry guys!

🌷The Not-So-Perfect Main Character

Astrid, from Gone. Yes, I used this series in the tag above, but it fits because I was reminded of how much I hate Astrid! She always used people, was stuck up and rude, manipulative and whenever she wasn’t controlling Sam from the background she was getting super stroppy and causing so many unnecessary problems!

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Blurb

I feel like A Court of Frost and Starlight mislead me the most. It implied a lot more angst, and it was honestly just a Fanfic.Net worthy Christmas oneshot. Kinda annoyed me, if I am honest, because it didn’t add a lot to the plot other than add some canon fluff to the plot. I don’t know how much this added to the series.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Friend

Margot from Paper Towns was a terrible friend. Quinn I think looked way too much into their friendship to begin with, but still, Margot was terrible overall. She obviously wanted to make something for herself, but she also was a cruel character written only to manipulate Quinn. I didn’t like her, or her morbid fascinations and cruel clues.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Love Interest

Edward Cullen was a sparkly, controlling, inconsiderate and manipulative partner to Bella, and I will never like him ever again. Yes, I did have a massive Twilight phase and may be following the Twilight Renaissance a little too closely to be healthy, but those are some extremely irrelevant details.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Villain

Maven from Red Queen. He is not a villain! He was manipulated by his mother! He is just misunderstood! And doesn’t deserve most of the hate that he gets! Yes, he is entitled to some of it, I’m not completely crazy! But! I will try to defend Maven until the very end! It was all Elara’s fault! Blame her instead! Maven can’t even dream, how is this his fault?!

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Family

I got sent an Advanced Copy of Frankly in Love by David Yoon by Penguin Publishing and really enjoyed it, but Holy Heck, I did not like Mr and Mrs Li. They were mean, lying, manipulative and overall just quite cruel. Yes, they had their reasons, but also their racism towards American culture – while in America – was shown very well but still made me not like the characters.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Plot Twist


The “they were all dead and actually ghosts which implies mental health issues because representation” annoys me every single time. In short, I did not like this book at all. Please delete it from life.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Trope

I can’t think of a single specific example because there are so many, but the “i’M nOt LiKe OtHeR gIrLs, I dOn’T wEaR mAkEuP aNd I uSe TuMbLr, AnD dOn’T tHiNk I’m PrEtTy” trope makes me want to vomit, every single time. Without fail. Actual. Vomit.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Cover

Again, there are too many to count, but any book with a crappy 2000’s model on the front cover. So anything like the ones below.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Ending

I hate it when a book has an awesome and conflicted ending, like War Storm, but then the follow up short story collection rewrites the entire ending and basically undermines the whole point of the end of the previous book? What the actual heck is the point of that? I feel like that sort of ending just exists to be a people pleaser.

🌷 The Not-So-Perfect Expectations

The Selection series. That is all I am going to say.

I have decided that I am only gonna tag five people for both tags, because I don’t wanna overdo it and have no one to tag since I have a few backed up at the moment.

Please don’t feel like you have to do these tags, but if you do please link back to me so I can see your answers!

15 thoughts on “

  1. THE 2010 COVERS ARE SO BAD LOL. I’m so glad we’re over that particular cover trend XD. And YES about Maven!! Literally, me and my friends talk about that all the time because his actions were way more complicated than first meets the eye. Great post, I loved reading both of these!💜💜

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    1. I know! They’re horrible!
      Maven doesn’t deserve the hate – I am trying to convince everyone, but hardly anyone agrees with me!
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. YAY! Thanks for doing the tag! XD And I’m sure you’d enjoy “The Picture of Dorian Gray”! Also *lol* to the forever 21 idea! Haha! Those guys on tumblr might be right!
    “All the bright places” was such a sad book, always makes me feel blue too. >_<

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  3. i totally agree with you about All The Bright Places, it was such a sad book!! i really want to see the movie soon. 😀 and ugh, After sounds SO bad… and i also hate the books with those kinds of covers, lol! your answers to this tag were great, i loved reading this post ❤

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  4. Ahh I love these tags so much! Especially your book graphics 😍😍 I’m team pancake, but I’ll never say no to a good waffle! I’ve heard so many good things about All The Bright Places, but it’s supposed to be sooo sad and I’m scared to read it.

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    1. Thank you! I thought it was a nice way of introducing the book rather than just the cover 🙂
      Pancakes are soo good! Somehow I always tend to have waffles more, though.
      Yes, it is scary sad, but also by not reading it you are seriously missing out!

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  5. I may not have finished reading Toxic, but I absolutely loved the concept! The spaceship thing was so awesome! I will have to check out that movie you mentioned.
    I haven’t been on Wattpad during quarantine, but I have been on AO3 a lot more, so I can definitely relate to that :’)
    And I totally agree that Margot from Paper Towns was an awful friend! I remember getting to the ending and thinking.. wow, what a jerk :’)
    This is my favourite ‘Twilight Renaissance’ post at the moment: https://keepingupwiththecullens.tumblr.com/post/613221529953746944/how-are-the-cullens-handleing-the-virus

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    1. It was! I really enjoyed it. I hope you do, but be warned, when Mother starts running it is so freaky to watch.
      Ahh yes, AO3. Enough said. It brings back so many memories.
      She was! I really didn’t like her.

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  6. I love that you combined The Waffle Tag (ie one of the cutest & sweetest tags) with the oh so salty Not-So-Perfect Book Tag – genius! 😂 Um, Nish is gonna be SO happy that you shaded After!! Also 50 points to your Hogwarts House for calling out Edward Cullen, I don’t care what people say, breaking into someone’s bedroom & watching them sleep is NOT romantic? He was so emotionally manipulative towards Bella as well 🙁AOEFIJIAOEJFOI it’s 2020 can we STOP with the ‘I’m not like other girls’ trope????

    Loved loved LOVED your answers!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. AHHHH Some-one got the sweet and salty reference!
      OML After is so gross! And Yay! 50 points to Slytherin!!
      He so was! I remember when I was 11 or so going bUt ThEy’Re In LoVe. I am so glad that I no longer follow that mentality because who knows what sort of bad relationships I could’ve gotten into.

      Thank you! ❤ ❤

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  7. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of the Gone series yet 🙈 I am going to seriously try to up my reading this year. I am going to read a book by Lydia Kang soon though I hope – she has one out next month that’s potentially about vampires 😍 I’ve only seen the movie of Paper Towns but I agree, she treated him so badly and just!!! Kind of frustrated me 😅

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