The #NotAll Book Tag

Thanks so much to Norees @ No Reads Too Great for tagging me! Also, thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for creating this #notall book tag in the first place. This is such a fun idea for a tag, so let’s dive right in!

#NotAll Cover Changes || A cover change you liked

Normally I’m not a fan of cover changes that involve movie adaptations, but the new cover of Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman is perfect. I love how simple it is and how the solid blue background really make the people and the typography pop.

#NotAll Adaptations || An adaptation you love more than the book

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I enjoyed the book, but after watching the movie I knew it would be my favorite of the two. Not only was the film beautifully done, but the soundtrack is also incredible. I still listen to it years after having seen the film for the first time in theaters.

#NotAll Tropes || A trope you’ll never tire of seeing

BOARDING SCHOOLS. If you’ve been around this blog long enough, then you’re probably already aware of my adoration of books set at boarding schools, summer camps, etc. There’s just something about these kinds of settings that I love (lots of kids, little supervision, plenty of shenanigans, etc.).

#NotAll Insta-Love || You insta-loved this insta-couple

Usually I really dislike insta-love situations, but I couldn’t help rooting for Westley and Princess Buttercup from the very beginning of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. I couldn’t think of a more stereotypically picturesque couple!

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

This is a tricky one because I really dislike love triangles. Perhaps an exception would be Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, although I guess that novel technically involves a love square. 

#NotAll Parents || Bookish parents that actually parent

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I listened to the audio book version of this beloved classic a few months ago for the first time and couldn’t help but adore Marilla and Matthew. How could you not after reading this adorable book?

#NotAll Villains || A villain you love

I think he technically counts as more of an anti-hero than a villain, but I’m still going to go with Victor from Vicious by V.E. Schwab. There’s just something about his wit and ambiguity that makes him fascinating to read and think about, even years after I read the book for the first time.

#NotAll Chosen Ones || A chosen one you can get behind

Sophie from Roald Dahl’s The BFG. I want to be chosen to hang out with the BFG! Pick me! Please?! (As you can probably imagine, this was Young Holly’s childhood dream.)

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

One of my worst bookish pet peeves is when a book is spoiled by unrealistically high expectations. Fortunately, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley lived up to all of the hype and more. Such a bizarre, hilarious, thought-provoking novel!

#NotAll *Insert Favorite Genre* || A book you’re not keen on from your favorite genre

It’s no surprise that I LOVE classic literature. However, I must admit that I simply do not enjoy reading Ernest Hemingway’s novels. There’s just something about his choppy, terse writing style that grinds my gears.

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

I’m not sure I actually have an answer to this question! I tend not to read anything from my least favorite genres, so I think I’ll have to pass!

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!



31 thoughts on “The #NotAll Book Tag

  1. I love this tag! I adore Anne of Green Gables and because we’re doing Gothic Literature in English right now I just want to write something about use of the Gothic in that book. A book I make an exception for…I’m generally not a huge sci-fi person but Sleeping Giants is ridiculously compelling though I’m not sure that I’d read it again

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    1. That’s such an interesting idea for a paper! I’d love to hear what you find 🙂 I’ve never read Sleeping Giants, but now I’ll definitely have to add it to my TBR. Thanks!

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  2. Such an interesting tag!! This is actually the sort of thing I’m the most interested in within my university studies of music: what causes us to make exceptions and like something in a category we would normally avoid? How do we break past our own stereotypes? This has given me a lot more to think about, so thanks for the great post!

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  3. I’m reading Vicious for the first time right now and when I saw the villain heading, Victor was the first thing I thought of! Great choice! 🙂 Also I love this tag, I’m stealing it for my archive of tags-I-want-to-do-someday. 🙂

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  4. Lovely answers, Holly! I loved the perks adaptation as well, I thought it was so well done and I really liked the cast, too. AND YES FOR BOARDING SCHOOLS, I always love these settings and will never ever get tired of reading about these settings 😀

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  5. Thank you so much for tagging me, such a fun thing to see after I finished up my hiatus. 🙂

    I did this tag a while ago but I might have to do a revamped version of it. I’ve only seen parts of the Perks of Being A Wallflower movie but it seemed like a good adaptation!

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  6. I also prefer the movie adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the book! The movie was so good.

    I really want to read The Princess Bride – it looks SO GOOD.

    I ADORE Anne of Green Gables – it’s one of my favourite books!

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  7. I really liked the film adaptation of perks of being a wallflower. And princess buttercup and wesley is a great answer!! And far from a madding crowd is a fantastic answer! And Victor’s a good one! loved your answers!


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