Bookish Smash or Pass Book Tag

I was so excited to get tagged in this fantastic book tag TWICE. So, thank you to Jordyn @ Birdie’s Book Nook and Julie @ One Book More for the tags. Be sure to check out their answers as well! This tag was created by Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog and was so much fun to do.

Bookish Tropes

SMASH. I love so many tropes, especially enemies to lovers, forced proximity, reluctant hero, chosen one, and found family. There are also a few that need to be done really well for me to enjoy them, such as love triangle, quest, and miscommunication, but I don’t outright hate any tropes.

Alternating POV

SMASH. I enjoy both single and alternating POV stories. Often, alternating POV creates a more interesting dynamic because it allows the reader to see the central conflict from multiple angles. The only time I don’t like it is when the story rehashes the same scenes over and over from different POVs. That gets repetitive and annoying pretty fast.

Ambiguous Endings

sort of SMASH. It really depends on if an ambiguous ending adds anything of value to the story. I can love a good ambiguous ending as long as the major story arcs get wrapped up in some way. I don’t need everything to be resolved perfectly to enjoy an ending. It allows me to use my imagination to fill in what might happen next.


sort of SMASH. I read mostly fiction, but I also do enjoy the occasional nonfiction book. I love learning new things, and this is a great way to do it. I mostly read history, psychology, LGBT, or politics when picking up a nonfiction book.

Historical Setting

SMASH. Books with a historical setting, whether fantasy or historical fiction, are some of my favorite things to read. I just find being in the head of someone who lived in the past a fascinating endeavor, even if it was written in the present.

Morally Grey Characters

SMASH. I love them. Give me ALL the chaos gremlins please. LOL.

First Person POV

mostly PASS. I was beginning to think I’d be smashing everything… I don’t hate first person, but it is definitely not my favorite. It can be done well, but I’ve found that it often is not.


SMASH. I listen to audiobooks all the time, often at 2X speed. It allows me to read while doing chores or driving, which has greatly increased my capacity for getting through books. There’s also something about a really great narrator that adds another dimension to a story.


SMASH. I don’t re-read books nearly as often as I’d like, but I do enjoy it. I think it might be one of my priorities for the coming year because I have a pretty large stack now that I’d love to get back to.

Classic Novels

PASS. I’ll read classic novels occasionally, but I often find them tedious. I’d much rather read something contemporary most of the time.


mostly PASS. I don’t usually take notes while reading. I consider marking up physical books an unforgivable SIN (jk… sort of), but I do occasionally highlight passages when I’m reading on my Kindle. I’d actually like to get in the habit of annotating a bit more (in a notebook obviously), but it just seems like a lot of work.

Cracking Book Spines

HARD PASS. Nope. Nope. Nope. I do everything I can to avoid this because I hate the way a cracked spine looks on my bookshelf.


SMASH. I love having erotic content included when it serves a purpose to further relationship-building and growth of intimacy between the characters. Although, I usually also enjoy it even if it’s gratuitous and there for no other reason than to be hot. lol.

Character Driven Books

SMASH. If I love the characters, I can sit and read about them doing nothing forever. I enjoy plot-based books too, but I enjoy reading about relationship dynamics and internal growth. So, I’m down for those types of stories as well.

Past/Present Split Timeline

SMASH. I almost always enjoy a good split timeline. It just adds an extra layer to the story, and I love when the split allows for extra mysteries, exciting reveals, or greater insights into the characters.

Heavy World-building

SMASH. This is one of the reasons that I love reading SFF. I enjoy being transported to new worlds/societies and getting to explore them through the eyes of the characters. I’m not a huge fan of info-dumps, but I really love organic world-building, even when the learning curve is pretty steep.


I tag the following bloggers to participate:

Anyone else who’d like to do it!


13 thoughts on “Bookish Smash or Pass Book Tag

    • I really love this tag too! It was a lot of fun. I think my aversion to classics mostly comes from being forced to read them in school. I don’t hate them and will occasionally read one, but they’re definitely not my favorite thing to read.

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  1. […] Chris at Biblio Nerd Reflections must have known I wanted to do this tag. So, thanks for tagging me! Becky at Becky’s Book Blog created the Smash or Pass book tag and it’s exactly what it sounds like. For each prompt listed, state whether you would “smash” or “pass” on it. There are no specific rules except to link back to the creator and whoever tagged you. Let’s go! […]


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