Ramona Blue review: thoughts from a bisexual reviewer

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ramona blue.pngRamona Blue

by Julie Murphy

read in June 2017

format: hardcover

This review contains minor spoilers!


When the blurb of Ramona Blue was released, it caused a lot of controversy. Just have a look at the reviews on this website. I for one was very excited to read a book about a girl who thought she was a lesbian, but later learnt she was bi. Unfortunately, that’s not what Ramona Blue is about. Though this is written by a bisexual author and she says on social media that Ramona is bisexual, it is never once stated in the book that she is. That’s my main issue with this book and I’ll get into that later.

Let’s start with the things I did like. I love how the author mentioned every character’s skin colour. Often, authors only mention the skin colours of characters that aren’t white, so this was a nice change. Among the cast of characters, there’s a lot of diversity: gay, biracial, a character with two moms, etc. And I really appreciated Freddie telling Ramona how sneaking onto private property isn’t fun when you’re a black kid, because that’s how you get shot.

Unfortunately, I have many issues with this book. I don’t speak for all bisexuals, but I want to be honest and share how much this book has hurt me. If other bisexuals did enjoy this book, that’s totally fine. I just didn’t.

It honestly baffles me that this book is written by a bisexual woman, because throughout the book, I had the feeling as if it wasn’t considered a valid sexuality. As if Ramona was now straight and no longer gay, or that she was still a lesbian, but her boyfriend was an exception. The author has shared on social media that this character is indeed bisexual, so why wasn’t that included in the book? Why do I have to read this “I don’t like labels” bullshit instead? At one point, the phrase “Even straight people are a little bit gay” is used. That’s so biphobic! BI PEOPLE EXIST! That sentence went unchallenged, so I can only assume the author agrees with that.

Freddie is very ignorant when it comes to Ramona’s sexuality. She sometimes gets a bit annoyed with him, but overall, she always feels as if she was the one who shouldn’t have snapped and “at least he’s trying”. Reading this book was therefore very hard for me. I understand why the author would include homophobia because it does exist, but for it to go unchallenged… That’s not okay.

Therefore, I couldn’t excuse the things Freddie said and did. Because Ramona didn’t call him out, he didn’t exactly change. Naturally, I couldn’t root for their relationship, which is a huge part of what this story is about. Am I supposed to excuse his homophobia because he doesn’t have any gay friends? Hell no.

Freddie was the one who initiated the first kiss with Ramona. As far as he knew, she was a lesbian. Of course sexuality can be fluid, but it should’ve been her who took that first step, not him. She told him she was gay, yet he still kissed her. Do I have to point out how wrong that is?

Obviously, I wasn’t a fan of Freddie. Which sucks, because I liked him at first. But I just can’t excuse his behaviour. Like Ramona told him months ago that she didn’t want to get a senior page in the yearbook, so he bought it for her as a surprise. He’s pushing her to do things she doesn’t want to do, but she thought it was sweet and kind. She lets him get away with everything!

Moving on from their relationship, I have some other issues as well. As a Young Adult author, I believe you are responsible for teenagers. It’s good that Freddie used a condom and the sex was definitely consensual, but he went in there without any “prep” beforehand and I just cringed.

Furthermore, the word “crazy” is used an awful lot and at one point, Ramona says “I’m a human being. I think about sex”. I found that quite acephobic.

A common theme in many books is a character who doesn’t want to go to college, but does go in the end because “it’s the only way to turn their lives around”. I find that harmful, because not everyone gets a scholarship, because it doesn’t work out for everybody. You are not a failure if you decide not to go to college, so we should see this more often in fiction!

I have even more issues with this book, but I’ll end this here. I’m so very disappointed in this book and I know people will disagree with me, but I cannot help how I feel. I never expected a bisexual author to make me feel so invalid, but here we are…


Unfortunately, reading Ramona Blue was a hurtful experience, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Yes, this book has received positive reviews, but I wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt like I did.

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG (2017 edition)

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I don’t know whether anyone has noticed, but I have been absent for quite a while. I have been focussing on my teacher training and exams non-stop, but I’m finally back! This tag is the perfect way to get into blogging, because I’m very much freaking out about my reading progress! I’ve been in a massive reading slump and hopefully, blogging about books will get me in the mood to read again. Anyway, let’s get started!

divider-pink1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

I read an e-ARC of The Upside of Unrequited and it is probably my all-time favourite book! I haven’t acquired a physical copy yet, but as soon as I get my hands on it, I’ll re-read this beauty.


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

I’ve primarily read contemporaries this year, so not a lot of sequels for me. But I’m slowly – very slowly – making my way through A Song of Ice and Fire and each book is better than the last. So I have to pick A Feast for Crows, though that technically is not a sequel, but the fourth instalment in the series.


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

There are so many books I could choose from! One of my most anticipated reads is When Dimple met Rishi. I recently bought a hardcover copy and I can’t wait for it to arrive.


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Once again, there are many books I could choose from. I follow Tristina Wright  (@TristinaWright) on Twitter and I adore her. So I’m looking forward 27 Hours, which is set to be released in October.


5. Biggest disappointment.

Except for my reading slump, my reading year has been quite good! I’ve enjoyed most of the books I read. But Three Dark Crowns was a very big disappointment. At first, I thought it was going to become my new favourite fantasy series, but it didn’t deliver. You can read my full review here.


6. Biggest surprise.

This is a difficult question, but I think I’ll go for The Melody of You and Me and The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis. I never, ever read new adult books or novellas, and certainly not romances. But I really need to see more queer women and F/F relationships represented in books (or in all media in general), so I decided to give the genre a chance and I certainly don’t regret it! I can’t wait to see what Hollis brings us next. By the way, make sure to check out the interview I did with her.


7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

How can I choose just one?! Though I rated How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake four stars, this book means a lot to me, because it hits very close to home. That’s probably why I couldn’t fully enjoy it; it made me feel very anxious, but I shouldn’t have been. Anyway, Blake’s first book is about a girl whose father cheated on her mother, and that is – unfortunately – also very relatable content. Her books honestly seem written about and for me.


8. Newest fictional crush.

Sorry to disappoint, but I rarely get fictional crushes. I’m bi, but that doesn’t mean I have twice as many crushes 😀


9. Newest favourite character.

Molly Peskin-Suso! I love her. She’s one of the most relatable characters, ever!

I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series and Goblet of Fire used to be my least favourite instalment. But this year, it has become my favourite book and probably for the first time while watching the movie, I had to cry. [spoiler-alert!!!] Cedric’s death makes me so sad. It just isn’t fair… So yeah, he surprisingly became one of my favourite characters.


10. Book that made you cry.

Like I just said, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. While writing my review of The Upside of Unrequited, I also got very emotional, because that book means the world to me.


11. Book that made you happy.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is such a cute and fluffy contemporary, while dealing with topics such as fatphobia and anxiety at the same time. This year, I’ve truly fallen in love with books like this.


under-rose-tainted-skies12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I absolutely love the cover of Rose-Tainted Skies. I’m obsessed with watercolours, so this design is right up my alley.

Actually, water-colouring is another reason why I have been so absent. I recently picked up a new hobby (hand lettering, painting with watercolours…), which definitely gets in the way of reading.


13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

A million. There’s never enough time to read everything you want, especially if you get into reading slumps as easily as I do.

I’ve been postponing picking it up again, because it will be so time-consuming, but I’d really like to read A Dance With Dragons soon. I really have to dedicate some time to that one, but it’s going to be worth it.


I’m so sorry some of these answers are repetitive, but I’ve only 22 books so far and most of those were in the beginning of the year. Have a nice day!

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review: History is All You Left Me

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by Adam Silvera

read in April 2017

format: paperback

spoiler-free review!


I read History is All You Left Me back in April, so I have to write this review based on the notes I took back then. I apologise that this review won’t be as thorough as usual.

I was very excited to read this book. I haven’t read More Happy Than Normal by Adam Silvera yet, but I follow this author on Twitter and his other books are on my TBR.

It’s very hard to review this book so long after having actually read it, because my notes only include negative things. But I must have enjoyed it, because I rated it four stars. Looking back on History is All You Left Me, it wasn’t an easy read. It deals with a lot of serious topics such as death, grieving etc. and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. From what I’ve gathered, Silvera’s other books have similar themes and those are definitely books I tend to enjoy. But please do be aware that his books may include triggering material.

But because this book deals with such heavy topics, I was very invested. When characters made questionable decisions, you really felt for them, but also made me go “Why Griffin, Why??!!”. On top of that, there is a mystery that is only revealed at the end of the book, and I never would have guessed it!

I love that the gay and OCD representation are #OwnVoices and there is also a side character who is black and a minor character who’s in a wheelchair. But the bisexual rep isn’t and I could definitely tell. That’s my main issue with this book. When Theo says he’s bisexual, Griffin says some biphobic things. Instead of calling him out, Theo re-assures Griffin that he would never cheat on him. At the end of the book, there’s a character who says he doesn’t like labels, but Griffin immediately refers to that character as gay. Because “I don’t like labels” is often used to refer to people who are bisexual, I found this biphobic as well. Just because a man is attracted to other men, doesn’t mean he is gay. This bi-erasure definitely hurt. I’m very disappointed that I keep coming across similar depictions of bisexual characters when that representation isn’t #OwnVoices.


I enjoyed History is All You Left Me, but since it deals with an abundance of heavy topics, I’d suggest reading some more reviews beforehand to make sure it doesn’t include any material that might be triggering for you. I’m very disappointed with the biphobia, but I am willing to give Silvera another chance and do plan to pick up his other books in the future.

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review: Better At Weddings Than You

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by Mina V. Esguerra

read in May 2017

format: Kindle

spoiler-free review


I read Better At Weddings Than You back in May, so I have to write this review based on the notes I took back then. I apologise that this review won’t be as thorough as usual.

I never read M/F romances. It’s absolutely not something I tend to enjoy, but I saw Better At Weddings Than You receiving hype on Twitter, so I was intrigued. Since this is written by a Filipino author, I was definitely more willing to give this a chance than if this were a novel about allocishet able-bodied white people written by an allocishet able-bodied white author.

Though I didn’t necessary love this just because this genre isn’t my favourite, I did find Better At Weddings Than You very entertaining. Towards the end there was some unnecessary drama that has to be in every romance novel, which definitely made this more predictable, but I can live with that.

I read this in public, which is quite embarrassing because this book features multiple sex scenes 😀 So be aware of that, because the cover might look fluffy, but the content is definitely more mature.


It’s 100% my fault that this isn’t a five star read, because like I’ve said, I’m not the biggest fan of M/F romances. But that is entirely my opinion, so if you do enjoy romances, I’d definitely recommend Better At Weddings Than You!

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ARC review: Dear Martin

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Dear Martin

by Nic Stone

read in May 2017

format: e-ARC

spoiler-free review


I received an e-ARC from Random House Children’s through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You can buy this book on Amazon, Book Depository and Wordery!

It has been months since I wrote a review, but since Dear Martin is a review copy, I didn’t want to postpone writing it. I do have to put a little disclaimer at the top of my review: I am a white person. This book is written by a black woman and is about racial profiling in the USA. My opinion as a white person doesn’t matter, so please, read reviews by black people as well!

I was so excited when I found out my ARC request got approved; I started reading it right away! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Dear Martin as much as I had hoped. I can’t put my finger on why exactly, but there certainly were a couple of things I personally didn’t enjoy about this book:

Until I researched the author, I was convinced Dear Martin was written by a man. Some objectifying remarks about women were made, which is why I don’t tend to read a lot of books featuring male protagonists and/or books written by male authors. Can authors just stop with lowkey sexist remarks like “You sound like a damn girl right now with all this gossiping shit.”

This book is too short to deal with such a serious topic. Obviously it wasn’t going to solve police brutality and racial profiling, but there isn’t a lot of room in this book for uplifting moments. The entire book consists of racist remarks, racial profiling, etc. As a white person I can’t know for sure, but I’m afraid this isn’t the most uplifting read for black teens. However, I could be wrong and there might be some who do enjoy reading a book that doesn’t sugar-coat the things they have to deal with.

My main issue was definitely the amount of coincidences and plot twists. Though I’m absolutely not denying these things happen to black people, I found it very unlikely that ALL of this would happen to the same person. I couldn’t take this seriously anymore because of that. Like I said, the book definitely portrays reality, but all of it combined was bit… much? I can’t get into this too much because of spoilers, unfortunately.

Towards the end of the book, I had the feeling as if a black character was killed off for the redemption arc of a white side-character. Once the black character is murdered, the white one decides to study African American Studies and Civil Rights Law, whereas he had previously made numerous racist remarks. I don’t feel comfortable condemning this as this is a book written by a black person, but I do think this is very iffy.


Having said all of this, my opinion really doesn’t matter. I have been in a reading slump for a while, so maybe I was too picky while reading this (though definitely not intentionally). I’d still urge people to pick up Dear Martin, because it deals with such an important topic and is a quick read. 

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T10T: on my reading wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

May 9: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist (topic originally done January 2014) — things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!

female friendships

Even though many Young Adult readers are girls, I think books definitely lack healthy and supportive female friendships, and I can’t think of a lot of female friendships that are very important and prominent in books. Often we are told that two female characters are best friends, but we never get to see why they’re friends. I just want more interactions between female characters!

To be honest, I don’t have many friends in real life. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading about them. I’m also tired of those best friends who couldn’t be more different from our sweet, innocent main character, and are described as “slutty”. That’s not the kind of friendships I want to see. I want girls who support each other, instead of compete with one another!

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(unproblematic) forbidden romance

I’m not often a fan of romance, but I have noticed that I’m a sucker for forbidden romances. It’s not like a pick up books because of that trope, but maybe I should. Unfortunately, a lot of those relationships are problematic (which I didn’t notice at first). I love it when two characters come from different backgrounds, yet can succeed despite their differents. Everyone seems to love the enemies-to-lovers trope or best friends-to-lovers trope, but I’m not a fan of those.

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multiple POVs / friend squads

It’s no coincidence that most of my favourite books are character-driven. I don’t care much about the plot, as long as the protagonist is likeable and relatable. Books like that, but with multiple POVs, are even better! Especially when the characters are friends, instead of enemies or each other’s competition. It’s definitely the reason why I love The Raven Cycle and the Six of Crows duology so much.

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sex-positive and/or take-no-shit female aracters

If I were an actress, I’d want to play the bad-ass, confident, sex-positive female characters. I definitely have a weakness for those ladies. This can either be in the form of Cersei Lannister, or Nina Zenik.

I’d really like it if more historical fiction and fantasy novels featured sex workers. I think this can be done in YA as well. Having more characters out there that aren’t ashamed of their sex lives, could be very positive. I only read The Assassin’s Blade and won’t read the rest of the Throne of Glass series, but Lysandra was probably my favourite character in the series because if this.

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diverse books

Last, but definitely not least, I think that every single book should feature diverse characters. I’ve been reading diverse books almost exclusively and it’s been going great! I’ve never enjoyed so many books in a row and it has re-newed my love for genre I thought I didn’t like anymore. I could write an entire post about why representation is important, but so many people have done that already. The Upside of Unrequited made me cry because I finally read about a girl who faces the same struggles as I do. Under Rose-Tainted Skies made me realise that my issues with self-harm are much worse than I thought. Queens of Geek showed me that my sexuality is valid, no matter who I have or haven’t been with. Like I said, I could go on about why this is so important.

How about you

What’s on your reading wishlist? I could add many more things to this list, but these were the first that came to mind. I’m way too busy to write down anything more decent anyway. Have a nice day!

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April book haul

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book haul.pngHello, book lovers! Before I talk about my April book haul, I have an announcement to make : I’m going on a hiatus. I’m currently doing teacher training (hence why this post is already a few days late to begin with) and I have tons of assignments and exams in May and June. I’m set to graduate soon, so I want to focus on that for the time being. Please bear with me. I promise I’ll be more active once all of that is over. I’ll try to schedule posts whenever I have some spare time, but I can’t make any promises.

At the beginning of the month, I bought a lot of books. But I was able to hold myself back for the rest of the month, so I’m very happy with the amount of books I bought. On top of that, they’re all diverse books!


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Hardcovers

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Labyrinth Lost
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

I tried reading Labyrinth Lost as soon as I got it, but I’m putting it down for the time being. I hope this isn’t a permanent thing, but I can’t seem to get into fantasies lately! I’m only in the mood to read YA contemporaries anymore. Still, I will definitely give Labyrinth Lost another chance, as I did like everything I had read so far.

American Street
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

Most of the YA contemporaries I read, feature LGBTQIAP+ characters and/or mental illness representation. I really ought to pick up more books featuring characters of colour, so I think I’m going to enjoy American Street! I haven’t seen many readers talk about this book, but it sounds great.

The Bone Witch
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

Once I’m in the mood again to pick up fantasies, The Bone Witch is going to be on the top of my TBR. I absolutely love the cover – there should be more purple books! – and I think this novel is going to be very original.

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories 
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

I’ve already read this anthology and I would recommend it to everyone. Every story features diverse characters (primarily people of colour) and even though this is a middle grade, I loved the writing style. I do have to admit that I immediately forgot what most stories were about and I think it lacked other representation, such as mental health and queer characters.

Iron Cast
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about Iron Cast either, but I also got it because it’s a diverse book. These days, that is honestly enough to convince me to pick up a book. Diversity does mean quality. I’ve loved nearly all the books I read so far in 2017, and nearly all were diverse books (and #OwnVoices).

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

This YA contemporary looks HUGE, but all I needed to hear was “queer female protagonist” and I picked this book up. I just hope it’s going to have a happy ending…. I really wouldn’t know since I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about this book. I really hope the representation is done right.

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Future Leaders of Nowhere
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

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I received a book for review this month! The author of Future Leaders of Nowhere contacted me and asked me whether I was interested in reading her #OwnVoices LGBTQ story. Naturally, I immediately said yes! I can’t wait to pick this one up; I really think I’m going to love it 😀 It’s not the first time an author has contacted me via my blog, but it’s the first time I’ve actually replied and let them know that I wanted to read their book.

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Far From You
Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

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Finally, I also got Far From You by Tess Sharpe. I follow her on Twitter, so I’ll probably love this book! I only got one paperback this month, which is very unlike me. But literally all my paperbacks from Book Depository arrive damaged and I’m sick of it. I’d rather invest in hardcovers than spend my money on damaged goods.

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I also got two new Funko Pops this month: another Ron Weasley Funko Pop and another addition to my Disney collection: Rapunzel (and Pascal)!

How about you

This was my April book haul! Which books did you get last month? 🙂

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T5W: Authors I Want to Read More From

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

I’m only going to discuss some authors who have already published multiple books, but I haven’t read all of those yet. So for example, you won’t see Becky Albertalli on this list, because I’ve already read both her released books already 😉

These are in no particular order!


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Rick Riordan

I say this every single month, but I’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I definitely think I would enjoy these books more if I were younger, but I want to read his series nonetheless.

Riley Redgate

I read an ARC of Noteworthy by Riley Redgate a couple of months ago and I loved it! Important topics such as feminism were discussed and I think that tells a lot about an author. Therefore, I really want to read more books by Redgate!

Leigh Bardugo

I’ve only read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed the duology and I want to give the Grisha Trilogy another chance. I picked Shadow and Bone up in 2015, but I wasn’t in the mood for it back then.

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea was my favourite book of 2016, so I definitely have to read Ruta Sepetys other books! I’m studying to become a history teacher, so obviously, historical fiction novels are my cup of tea. Yet I never actually pick up that genre, so I have to change that soon!

Ashley Herring Blake

I also received an ARC of How To Make a Wish a couple of weeks ago and I would recommend this book to everyone! That book was written for me: bisexual MC with an unconventional/dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship.

Suffer Love, Blake’s first novel, is about a girl whose father cheated on her mother. And guess what? That’s – unfortunately – also very relatable material for me.


There are many more authors that could’ve made it onto this list, but it’s Top Five Wednesday after all. Which authors do you want to read more books from?

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T10T: Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

April 25:  Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book – tell us all your book turn offs!

Oooooh, this is going to be a controversial topic! But guess what: I love expressing my unpopular opinions. I’m going to talk about reasons why I don’t want to read certain books. Of course, never say never. If a book receives a lot of hype, I might make an exception.

These are in no particular order:

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Y’all know that I am very opinionated, especially when it comes to problematic books. What you see in this screenshot below, is something I would never, ever say:

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The Black Witch is a racist, ableist and homophobic book, yet this is an actual screencap I took from Goodreads. I can’t believe that this person still wants to read this book “to see for themselves whether it is problematic”, even though a review (which is over 8.000 words long!!!) explains why this book is absolute trash. To make matters worse, this person wasn’t even interested in reading this book UNTIL she found out it was so problematic.

By the way, if an author is problematic, I won’t be interested in their books either. Of course, there are some exceptions like J.K. Rowling, but I will still be vocal about why they are problematic.

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Unfortunately, almost every single book features an allo cis straight white boy. Often he is the love interest. Though I’m going to focus on them as the protagonists right now. I’m so happy the majority of the books I read feature female protagonists. Just thinking about a book with a allo cis straight white boy as the protagonists makes me roll my eyes. Especially when they are written by male authors, those books tend to be sexist and problematic. And when I don’t like the protagonist (even when we’re not supposed to), there’s a 90 percent chance I won’t like the book.

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I’ve already talked about this a few weeks ago, but I think the YA fantasy genre lacks originality. I’m absolutely not looking down on the genre – it’s one of my favourite genres – but authors have got to stop using the same tropes over and over again. This might work for younger readers, but when you’ve read a number of YA fantasies, you know the drill already. The books become predictable and hard to distinguish from one another. You’ll notice this looking at the titles alone. I recently saw an amazing Tweet (though I can’t find it 😦 ) about how similar titles have become. Good luck finding one without queen, rose, kingdom, witch, blood, etc!

I can live with it when the story is diverse, e.g. a cliché F/F romance. At least the rest of the story hasn’t been done ten times already.

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Call me superficial, but when a book has a very ugly cover, I’ll be hesitant to buy it. Most e-books are incredibly overpriced, so I prefer to buy physical covers.

Recently, however, it has been brought to my attention that it’s often marginalised authors who get ugly covers (e.g. Warcross by Marie Lu), which leads to them selling even fewer copies. As much as I want to put a stop to that, I’m not exactly thrilled about spending my money on book covers I don’t even like. I do, however, hope that publishers will take this into account and realise they have to treat their marginalised authors better.

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This one comes with a bunch of exceptions, but generally, I don’t read romances. I’m talking about M/F romances with allo cis straight white characters. I hate it when I’m reading a synopsis and I suddenly read something along the lines of “But then [girl name] meets [boy name]. Even though they’re enemies, they feel drawn to each other” or some crap similar to that. Obviously, in a YA contemporary you might expect this, so this especially bothers me in YA fantasies. Some YA fantasies are actually YA romances set in a fantasy world. And I’m not here for the latter.

You also won’t see me pick up any Adult or New Adult romances anytime soon. The only ones I read, are the diverse ones. I’ve had some bad experiences with that genre (sexism, slut-shaming, etc.) so I’m staying clear from it when it only features allo cis straight white characters.


What are some of your bookish turn-offs?

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huge book unhaul!

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Happy Sunday, fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I decided I wanted to get rid of some books. I never knew how to do that – as not a lot of people read English books in my country – but the lovely Laura (@ Green Tea & Paperbacks) added me to a Facebook group for Dutch and Flemish readers, so I was finally able to unhaul these books.

There are various reasons why I’m getting rid of them: I have no interested in (re)reading them, I read them and didn’t enjoy them or they are problematic. Since I’m getting rid of over 40 books (!!!), I won’t go into detail about each of them, but I’m merely going to show you which ones I’m unhauling.

Some books have already been sold, but most haven’t. So if you live in or near Belgium and are interested in any of these books, feel free to let me know!

For a long time, I never thought I’d unhaul books. I want a big library and didn’t care that I didn’t like or don’t want to read some of the books on my shelves. Even though I still find it hard to get rid of them, I’d rather spend the money I earn by selling them on new books instead of keeping them just because.


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I read this trilogy back in 2015 and never plan on re-reading it. I didn’t like the last two book in this series, so the only reason why I kept them, were the covers.

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I only read City of Bones and tried to read City of Ashes, but I couldn’t stand Clary. And since she’s the protagonist of The Mortal Instruments, there’s no way I’d get through it.

To be honest, I have no interest in reading Cassandra Clare’s other books either. If I were ten years younger, I’d probably enjoy them, but I’m not, so: goodbye! 😀

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I enjoyed Maas’ series when I read them in 2015, but I won’t continue either. I never plan on picking up another one of her books again. It’s especially her fans I struggle with. They can’t seem to take any criticism and while these series don’t interest me anymore because they’re so heteronormative, misogynistic and white, the fans definitely have something to do with it as well.

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It has been YEARS since I’ve read If I Stay and I instantly knew I was never going to pick up the sequel. Even though it ends on a cliffhanger, I didn’t care to find out what was going to happen next. I didn’t hate If I Stay, but it never appealed to me. I don’t plan on reading another Gayle Forman book because of it.

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I’m mostly getting rid of some YA contemporaries (goodbye, John Green!) and some series I won’t finish.

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I didn’t realise I was getting rid of so many unread books. But truth be told: I won’t read these. I’ve had some of them on my shelves for years and have no interest in reading them.


Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that I’ve got rid of all the problematic books on my shelves. I for example didn’t unhaul the Outlander series and my hardcover copies of The Bone Seasons series, because I’d lose too much money selling those. I’d never be able to sell them for a decent amount, so I’m keeping those for the time being.

How about you

Have you ever unhauled books? Do you see any shocking choices on my list? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

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