Hey friends! If you follow me on twitter, you’ve probably seen me yelling with the rest of the internet about folklore by Taylor Swift – which if you haven’t listened to, you should! I’m obsessed.
So this is a fun tag created by Cielo, inspired by the album, and it was a lot of fun to do!
- Credit the creator of the tag, Cielo @ Bellerose Reads
- Shout out the person who tagged you – thank you Cielo for tagging me!!
- List the rules of the tag in your post.
- Tag at least 5 people to do the tag!
the 1 – a book you wanted to read but never did
“You know the greatest films were never made”
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Did you mean… every book that’s been on my TBR for years now? I’m pretty sure I’ve owned this book since my freshman year in high school… and I’m about to graduate to college. I’m just not a historical fiction kinda gal, so I’m not sure I’ll ever read this, to be honest.
cardigan – a character that didn’t end up with their first love interest
“You drew stars around my scars / but now I’m bleeding”
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
I don’t know if this is technically a spoiler or not (oops), but it happens in like the first 50 pages. I didn’t feel particularly strong about either love interest in this book, but I did love this book overall! It’s a feminist fantasy Cinderella reimagining with a Black lesbian MC, and it’s fantastic.
the last great american dynasty – a book with an epic female protagonist
“There goes the maddest woman this town has ever seen / She had a marvelous time ruining everything”
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Rin is possibly the best main character I’ve ever read. She’s a morally grey, complex protagonist who I love a lot. I have a full review for this book where I gush more about Rin, so check that out! I can’t wait to read the rest of this trilogy.
exile – a book about walking out of a toxic relationship
“You were my town, now I’m in exile, seeing you out / I think I’ve seen this film before”
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
This is the sequel to The Fever King, and both books deal with toxic relationships heavily, but especially this one. I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but this duology is SO good – please check it out!!
my tears ricochet – the fictional couple that made you suffer the most
“And if I’m on fire, you’ll be made of ashes, too”
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
I don’t read a ton of romance, but this is probably my favorite of all time. This has an autistic MC who is Vietnamese-American, and a love interest who is Vietnamese. I really loved both characters in this book, and I really related to Khai especially. The romance is slow-burn and SO good, and made me really emotional.
mirrorball – a swoon-worthy, sweet couple
“You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes / Spinning in my highest heels, love / Shinning just for you”
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Alice and Takumi and their relationship was the best part of this novel. There were other aspects I didn’t love, but I loved this friendship evolving to a romantic relationship SO much. Takumi is the sweetest boy, and he deserves rights.
seven – a book with fae characters
“Please picture me in the weeds / Before I learned civility”
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I was trying to think of a fae book that wasn’t SJM or Holly Black, and this was literally the only one I could think of. I read this last year, and I honestly don’t remember that much, but I did enjoy it! Plus, it’s really short for a fantasy. I think it could have benefitted from being longer, but I’m such a fan of Rogerson’s writing style that I still liked it!
august – a book you’ve read very fast
“August sipped away like a bottle of wine / ‘Cause you were never mine”
Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender
I can read most contemporary novels pretty quickly, but I’m pretty sure I read this in one day, if not one sitting. I was so engrossed in the story that I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to know what was going to happen next, and with the little “whodunnit” with the gallery display – I couldn’t stop reading.
this is me trying – a coming of age book
“Pouring out my heart to a stranger / But I didn’t pour the whiskey”
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
Is anyone surprised? Me mentioning another favorite book of all time. This blog is basically a place for me to gush about my favorite books, so get used to it. I love this book, though. The MC, Codi, goes through a lot that I really related to, and I wish I could travel back in time to give this to teenage me.
illicit affairs – a book with a forbidden love
“Tell your friends you’re out for a run / You’ll be flushed when you return”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Once again, is anyone surprised?? If there is a book tag to pick a book with a forbidden romance or star-crossed lovers, I’m picking this trilogy. This is probably my favorite trilogy of all time, and it is heavy on the forbidden romance. I love it so much.
invisible string – a book featuring a road trip
“Time, mystical time / Cutting me open, then healing me fine”
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Okay, this one isn’t very road trippy, but I mostly read fantasy and that just doesn’t happen a lot (if ever), so I chose a book that features a lot of adventure. This series is about a group of friends trying to solve a mystery of a long dead Welsh king, so there is plenty of adventure involved, especially in the later books.
mad woman – your favorite female villain
“And women like hunting witches too / Doing your dirtiest work for you”
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I don’t think I’ve talked about this series before on my blog, but it’s a YA sci-fi/fantasy series where each book focuses on a different fairytale retelling. This first one is a Cinderella retelling but with a cyborg named Cinder, and I really enjoyed this series! The characters are great, but the villain Levana is one of the best I’ve read.
epiphany – a book that made everything disappear while you were having a rough time
“Just one single glimpse of relief / To make some sense of what you’ve seen”
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
This book. This trilogy got me through what was probably the toughest part of my life emotionally (so far), back when I was in high school. It got me through a really rough break-up, and it will forever have a special place deep down in my heart because of that. If you like disaster gays, sports, and plot that isn’t realistic at all, you’d probably like this one too!
betty – a book with second-chance trope
“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything / But I know I miss you”
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
I haven’t talked about this book in a little while but it’s SO good. It’s a sapphic friends to rivals to lovers contemporary novel with a happily ever after ending, and I loved it so much. I can’t remember if it’s a second-chance romance like a “break-up and get back together”, but it has the “we’re dating and happy, then have a big fight before getting back together” kind of thing.
peace – a book with a passionate affair that wasn’t meant to be
“But the rain is always going to come if you’re standin’ with me”
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
I wasn’t expecting to love this romance novel so much when I read it, but I did. This has a plus-sized MC whose blog post calling out a lack of diversity on her favorite dating show (think The Bachelorette) blows up, and then they ask her to be the next star on the show. This is full of relationship rollercoasters, but there is definitely a passionate affair not meant to be.
hoax – the saddest book you remember reading
“You know I left a part of me back in New York / You know the hero died so what’s the movie for?”
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
I know I’ve mentioned this book several times since I read it last month, but it’s just that good. And like I say every time, it’s hard to explain, so you’ll just have to take my word for it and pick it up! This book made me start full on sobbing several times because it made me sad but also just so full of emotion. The writing is absolutely beautiful.
aaaand anyone else who wants to do this, especially if you like Taylor Swift!! i’m not sure who else to tag 🙂
Thanks for reading!! Until next time,