The Cliché Book Tag

I’m always on the look out for fun book tags to pass the time with and this one recently caught my eye. I tried to backtrack through all the tagging to find the original creator but unfortunately reached a bit of a dead end with a deactivated blog. *sigh* Still, let’s tackle some terrible (yet, fabulous) cliches.

Actions Speak Louder than Words: A Book that Wasn’t or Couldn’t be Better than the Movie

The Lord of the Rings Series – J. R. R. Tolkien

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I know, according to Tolkien fans, there’s probably a special place in book hell reserved especially for me purely for having this opinion. But to that I say: worth it. I gave The Lord of the Rings book series a red hot go, I really did, but I couldn’t make it past The Two Towers. SO. MUCH. UNNECESSARY. INFORMATION. I was drowning in it. Add in a smug writing style and not enough attention devoted to the actual story & its big dramatic moments, and I’m out. On the other hand, the movies are some of my favourite films – the scenery, music, costumes, humour, amazing battle sequences, wonderful characters – AH, I love them. Amazing.


The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side: A Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags Story

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Evelyn Hugo is easily one of my favourite books and one of the reasons I enjoy it so much is Evelyn herself. Evelyn comes from a Cuban immigrant family with very little to their names and wants nothing more than to get out of Hell’s Kitchen, away from her alcoholic father and his heavy hand, and to make it to Hollywood. At fifteen, she marries, moves to California and slowly starts to work her way towards becoming one of the country’s most famous actresses. Wealth, fame, notoriety – it’s not an easy road and she has to sacrifice a lot of herself to get there, but get there she does and with plenty of cash to spend.


The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree: A Parent-Child Relationship you Love

Anne & Matthew (Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery)

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While Matthew and Anne aren’t blood related, their relationship is 100% that of father and daughter. Where Anne is a massive chatterbox, Matthew is quiet and more than happy to sit and listen to her prattle on for hours. She makes him laugh and he’s there when she needs some encouragement. Every time I think of their relationship, I’m reminded of two things, 1) him going out to buy Anne a dress with puffed sleeves, knowing it was the one thing she wanted more than anything, and 2) shortly before he died, him calling Anne his girl, who he was proud of. *cries*


You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover: A Great Book that Needs a Better Cover

This Savage Song – V. E. Schwab

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I really enjoyed The Monsters of Verity duology but goodness me, the UK/Aus covers for these books were lazy and boring. The font looks like it could be chilling on the front of a copy of Twilight while the graphic design elements aren’t doing anything for anyone. I mean, at least the sequel tried to incorporate a violin but this rose seems really out of place. Every time I look at the US covers for this series I think about what could have been and wish I’d taken the time to order them from Book Depository. Re-cover these, stat!


You Can’t Please Everyone: A Book You Hate That Everyone Loves

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

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I don’t know if the problem is that I read Mara Dyer too long after books of its type were popular or whether it’s just me. Still, either way, I really don’t get how this ended up with a 4.06 average star rating on Goodreads. It’s full of tropes & cliches – the bitchy mean girl, the comic relief bestie, the bad boy love interest. *sigh* The thing that frustrates me the most is that the author starts out by trying to hook the reader using a paranormal mystery plotline but in reality it’s just a romance and an unhealthy, eye-roll worthy one at that. Also, the slut shaming in this book – not cool.


What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It

Becoming – Michelle Obama

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I’m slightly cheating here as I’m not finished this yet but eh. Michelle Obama is an elegant, intelligent, kind and inspiring woman, but at the same time she’s wonderfully relatable in so many ways. So far, her biography has already taught me a lot about life, relationships, motherhood, loss, the experiences of African Americans, and growing up working class in the US. She shares many pieces of advice/wisdom that I think people could benefit from – some I wish I had heard earlier, and others I’m glad to have before they become relevant. I honestly believe I’ll be a better person for having read this.


Love Is Blind: A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love

100 Days of Sunlight – Abbie Emmons

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It’s pretty sad that when trying to think of an answer for this prompt, only four books came to mind. It might just be my limited reading range but somehow I don’t feel like that’s the case. 100 days of Sunlight actually fits both parts of this prompt as the two lead characters are Tessa, a girl with temporary blindness, and Weston, an amputee. The story revolves around Weston assisting Tessa with producing content for her poetry blog during her period of vision impairment and helping her to experience the world despite her disability. As you would expect of a fluffy YA contemporary, the two eventually fall in love.


Ignorance Is Bliss: A Book That’s Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It

The Selection – Kiera Cass

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I know the prompt says to select a book you don’t want to admit is bad, but I have repeatedly said that I realise how dodgy The Selection series is. The thing is, I just don’t care. I binge read this series like a kid shoveling in Halloween candy. The story is tropey (hello there, love triangle), the world building is as weak as anything, the lead character can be a whingey pain in the butt and the story is kind of a feminist’s nightmare, but I DO NOT CARE. It’s the reality TV of YA fiction. Loveably trashy.


There’s No Time Like The Present: Your Favorite Contemporary Book

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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I hate questions involving the word ‘favourite’. They’re just downright cruel because I have a long list of favourites, thank you very much! The Time Traveler’s Wife has been a favourite of mine for years now. I received it as a gift from my mum and fell instantly in love. While it does involve time travel, its main story is grounded in the present. The ending has made me cry on more than one occasion. I will say though, the last time I read it was about 7 years ago so who knows whether it’d still remain a favourite. Guess I’ll add it to the enormous list of books I want to re-read but don’t have the time to.


Better Safe Than Sorry: A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive 1#) – Brandon Sanderson

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Ask an avid fantasy reader about their favourite series and I guarantee you they’ll mention The Stormlight Archive. The love for this series is insane. If I order my to-read shelf by average rating, The Way of Kings is no.2 on 4.65! So, I have to question, how can anything with that much hype possibly live up to it? According to reviews I’ve seen, the book has a bunch of different characters to follow, involves a heavy amount of world building and takes a good while for the story to get going. For these reasons I’m really concerned that won’t enjoy it. And yet, it’s still on my to-read shelf after all this time. So maybe, just maybe I’ll eventually take the plunge.


That’s it! We’re done. I had fun with this tag. While cliches certainly make you want to roll your eyes, they’re also kind of fun to play around with. What’s your favourite cliche?

Overcoming Adversity and Falling in Love: ‘100 Days of Sunlight’ by Abbie Emmons

It’s summer – the season for fluffy and adorable YA contemporaries, and if any cover has ever screamed summer, it’s 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons.

Who, What, Where?

After a car accident, 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickenson is left temporarily without her eyesight. Worried that her condition may be permanent, Tessa isolates herself in a state of despair. Attempting to help her, Tessa’s grandparents place an ad in search of a typist to allow her to continue her writing. What they don’t expect is Weston Ludovic to show up at their door – adrenaline-loving, optimistic, and missing both his legs. His only condition: don’t tell Tessa about his disability. Despite her attempts to get rid of him, Weston is determined to help Tessa and even relishes their interactions, grateful to be treated like a normal person. Slowly Weston begins to show Tessa that there’s more than one way to experience the world and while she may have a disability, it doesn’t have to prevent her from living life to the fullest.

Tessa & Weston

100 days of Sunlight is told in split POVs between Tessa and Weston. For a large portion of the book, I wasn’t a huge fan of Tessa. While I understood that she was having a rough time, I couldn’t get on board with her using her condition as an excuse to treat people terribly and wallow in her own misery, especially as she’d been told by multiple doctors it would only be temporary. She does improve with time, but I feel as though this change wasn’t as gradual as it should have been. Something I would also have appreciated, and could see the potential for, was some more depth to Tessa’s character. With all the detail devoted to Weston, I couldn’t help but find Tessa’s characterisation weaker in comparison.

I really liked Weston. He’s a wonderfully warm, positive and lovely character with an admirable sense of strength and determination. Flashback chapters can sometimes go very wrong in books, but I enjoyed the ones here in that they provided great insight into how Weston lost his legs and chose to handle it in the months following. These segments really added to my understanding and appreciation of who he was as a character, and getting to spend time with Weston’s brothers and best friend, Rudy, was nice as well.

5 Senses

Once I got past the idea of Weston randomly turning up at Tessa’ house and continuing to do so despite protest, I thought the general gist of the story was really sweet, even with the slow pacing during large sections. Weston spends a lot of time trying to get Tessa to realise how senses other than vision can be used to gain impressions of the world around you. They ride rollercoasters, smell flowers, play music, and eat waffles – all of which is super adorable. Later in the book we get a very small snapshot of how these experiences have changed Tessa’s perceptions. However, I really wish Abbie had gone that extra bit further and given us a greater sense of how they also impacted her poetry (which was very visual based prior to her accident) as it was so important to the story.

In terms of structure, the book is broken up into different sections named after each of the five senses. I question the necessity of this as several of the activities Weston and Tessa did, such as watching The Sound of Music, took place outside the section for the sense they would have been associated with.

Climax/Ending

I’ll admit, I found the climax/ending of this book slightly frustrating. The fact that Tessa & Weston had feelings for each other was very clear but at the same time, after less than three months together, I felt like them being in love and to such a ‘what is life without you’ degree was too much for the timeframe. I also found Weston’s actions to be a little out of character with what we’d previously seen of him and the fact that it was drawn out in the way that it was grated on me. Still, there’s no denying how cute and aww worthy the final scene is.


100 days of Sunlight is an easy, sweet and quick read. If you’re after something comforting and cute to fill a lazy afternoon, this is a solid choice.

3 Stars