Cliché Book Tag

Clichés. I poke at them when I notice them in stories, but I like them. There’s a reason why they’re so popular. It’s because they work…though they can be annoying when overused. Anyway, I found this tag in the Book Window. It was created by booktuber Miranda Reads.

Actions speak louder than words: A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Well… It’s hard to say a movie is better than the book, so I had to think long for this one. I chose Beautiful Creatures because it’s the movie that made me interested in the book. It’s a paranormal novel about a boy who falls in love with a girl who’s a witch

Btw, I think the Lord of the Rings movies are better than the books. It’s much easier for me to get into the story when watching the movie.

The grass is always green on the other side: A rags to riches…or riches to rags story
Rags to riches…

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Certainly this classic about the Bennet family whose daughters are in need of husbands, or so the mother believes.

Riches to rags…

Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

One of the many themes in Hobb’s Liveship Traders books is the riches to rags story seen in how the Vestrit family, and many of the affluent families in Bingtown, lose their wealth. It’s interesting to see how the characters react to this change in their fortune and how they cope with it.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: A parent-child relationship you loved

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

There aren’t many parent-child relationships I’ve liked in the books I’ve read, but apart from the Weasleys in Harry Potter, I don’t mind the relationship between Priyanka and her mom in Pashmina, which is a middle-grade magical realism graphic novel about a girl seeking to learn more about her background and accept her culture. It’s such a sweet story.

You can’t judge a book by its cover: A great book that NEEDS a better cover

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares

These stories are so sweet. I’ve only read two books in the series so far, which is a contemporary YA series about the friendship between four teenage girls. I think the book covers need to be updated. I like none of them, though the one above isn’t too bad.

You can’t please everyone: A book you hate/love that everyone loves/hates
Hate/love

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A popular contemporary YA novel about a girl and a boy who are both battling cancer and fall in love. I don’t like this book. I’m surprised I completed it.

Love/hate

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

Almost all Harry Potter fans hate this book, except me…and a few others. It’s about Harry’s kids. There are some parts I don’t like but overall, I didn’t mind it.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: A book you are a better person for having read

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön

A nonfiction book about the benefits of failure and the importance of positive self-talk. This book was so helpful to me. I’m grateful for Chödrön’s advice, which has helped me to accept my failures and improve my internal conversation.

Love is blind: A book with a disabled character OR actual blind love

I’m not sure what “actual blind love” means here. Anyway, I’m going with…

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro

I watched the movie last year December and really enjoyed it. I also liked the romance in it between a mute woman and an amphibious man that was captured in the Amazon. It’s a great movie that I highly recommend, but if you’ve watched it, I also recommend you read this article, which discusses the romance and highlights some “problematic” (I don’t like using that term these days) facets of it.

The book version will be published on March 6. (I plan to get it!) 🙂

Ignorance is bliss: A book you know is bad but don’t want to admit it or a book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

I’m gonna go with my own question for this one, so…

Ignorance is bliss: A book you haven’t yet read but assume will be good/you will love it

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I consider this a book of essays about the writer’s observations of the natural world about him, however it’s actually composed of letters to his unborn daughter and I do not know what they are about. I don’t want to know until I read the book. I have a strong feeling that I’m going to love it, so I can’t wait to get it. Barnes & Noble has yet to send me a good member coupon that I can use to get this book.

There is no time like the present: Your favorite contemporary book

Umm… (Are there any contemporary books on my favorites list?)

Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Aha! Found one! 😀 Well, it’s actually new-adult romance, so I’m not sure it counts. I hardly read contemporary novels. Unteachable is about an 18-year-old girl in high school who enters into a relationship with her teacher. The topic is totally taboo and many dislike the story because of that but I loved it. I really liked how descriptive the writing is too.

Better safe than sorry: A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad or vice versa!

Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

This is the sixth novel in Jordan’s extensive fantasy series, the Wheel of Time, which is about a farm boy who must save the world. It’s not that I think this book will be bad, I just assume that I will be either immensely bored by the unnecessary descriptions or annoyed by the characters and dialogue. That’s why I’ve yet to read it.

Another tag complete.

I won’t tag anyone, but if you’re interested in it, certainly give it a go.

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19 thoughts on “Cliché Book Tag

  1. I am dying to see the Shape of Water while it is still playing. But the nonhubs leaves again for business so I am not sure it will happen. I do remember seeing part of Beautiful Creatures and enjoying it. I need to finish watching it and then maybe pick up the book.

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  2. Haven’t read autumn but definitely will at some point ,that season is nearly apon us so maybe a book buying road trip sometime soon will show those color’s to bright my way.
    Haven’t read much of late actually, so many other distractions which is my normal reading habit – binge n abstinence.
    Perhaps my life philosophy

    So to ease my way back into the land of word-dope i boldly tread last week to place I knew would accost my book depraved brain with fodder .
    And wrong I was not.
    For bagged amongst other titles I began my reading thus :
    Faraway by Lucy Irvine ,,,enjoyed this as much as the first book I read of hers “castaway”.
    And
    Secondly,,, pictures from italy by Mr c dickens which is the third of his tbr.
    The others read aeons ago were dombey and son ,,, and the Pickwick papers , which from memory I thought OK ,very descriptive ,maybe a little repetitive.
    Pics frm Italy is nonfiction so I think I might like this more. just started this one 2day.

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  3. Ah yes I personally think the LOTR movies are better than the books (and the Hobbit is much better as a book than a movie imo) Good point about Pride and Prejudice. And yeah, the covers for the sisterhood series are all a bit cheesy. And yes I disliked TFIOS too. Great post!

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  4. Would be great to read knausgaads’s books in the same seasons they represent , get in the same grove perhaps. looks like some nice artwork too .
    Thanks for the rec
    And the
    Three chances to WIN
    In, your 1st giveaway

    Wouldn’t be hilarious if we all won!
    Not for you , I mean there’s like a zillion of us,,, you’d need to sell your dream home in Ireland!! Work nights and stuff.

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    1. That’s a cool idea. Then I’d have to get Knausgaard’s Winter book first since it’s still winter here, though it doesn’t really look like it.

      Haha! Nope, not hilarious. I wouldn’t even be able to imagine my dream home in Ireland if that happened, lol!

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      1. That’s great that winter is behaving itself over there in DC , it was warm over winter here too , could it be we’ve wished them (cold winters) away , a new slant on global warming perhaps.
        I’m not sure how many of that series he’s written so far, i only checked out autumn and thought it sounded interesting.
        All turned out good with the giveaway
        So no worries mat
        Thanks
        Enjoy your weekend

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    1. Lol, I think it’ll look better in real life. Some covers look better IRL than on screen.
      Yea, I was surprised I liked Cursed Child; was expecting to hate it like everyone else.

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  5. Great list of books! I have actually read a lot from this list. I have to agree with you on Beautiful Creatures. The movie was so good that I went and purchased the book. Both the book and the movie are so good!

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  6. I don’t remember if I ever read ‘Unteachable’! It kinda sounds familiar, but I had a time where I read SO many teacher/student romances, and they are all mixed together in my head 😀 ( And I have to admit – they all ARE pretty similar!).

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