Hi friends, and happy Friday!
Much like the rest of the world, I’ve quickly become obsessed with the beautiful new Taylor Swift album that is Lover. I mean, first off, the album is physically stunning. All of these pastels and watercolors? I’m beyond here for it. And the songs are from another world; I’ve had to gush about each one of them with anyone I possibly can. My friend and I even had a back and forth commentary about each song, and at one point I had 60 text messages waiting for me. It was actually kind of fantastic.
ANYWAYS, it felt like the rest of the book community also fell in love with Lover because it resulted in precisely 73 different books tags. Nish and Ngoc created a Lover tag so intriguing that it became irresistible to me. These two are lovely human beings, and I’m thrilled that I recently ran across their blog. Make sure you check out their original post, and throw some love their way!
Alrighty. Books and Taylor Swift? Let’s do this.
This isn’t my first rodeo! Check out my first ever Taylor Swift tag!
1. Link back to the original creator of the book tag (that’s Nish and Ngoc!).
2. Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post.
3. TAG AS MANY SWIFTIES AS YOU WANT! (Or non-Swifties, maybe inspire them to listen to our Queen)
1. I Forgot That You Existed – A book that you want to forget you ever read
“It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference”
I was so excited when I initially found out that Christine Riccio was publishing a book. More so, I was pumped to read a young adult book that focused on a character trying to navigate the chaos that is college. Unfortunately, when I finally read Again, But Better, it didn’t live up to my expectations. There was some self-projection I couldn’t look over, nor did I really connect to the story. But, I have heard that some people have fallen hard for it.
You can read my full review for Again, But Better here!
2. Cruel Summer – A book you turn to when the going gets rough
“Killing me slow, out the window. Always waiting for you to be waiting below.”
There’s something about a Rainbow Rowell book that makes me feel like I’m wrapped up in a warm blanket that’s fresh out of the dryer. Fangirl specifically has helped me through countless slumps, whether it was a full reread or just a few pages. Not to mention, I’ll take any opportunity to read about the utterly cuteness that is Levi and Cath.
3. Lover – Your book OTP
“Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever?”
I feel like I’m being told to pick my favorite child. You’re telling me I can only have one book OTP for this answer?!
When I first started reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, I really wasn’t expecting to get as invested as I did. But, here we are and I’m using Jake and Sadie as my answer for my book OTP (because they’re absolutely perfect and so supportive of each other?!).
You can read my full review of 11/22/63 here!
4. The Man – Your fave kick-ass female protagonist
“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can. Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.”
Um, hello? Suzume Kimura? In the very first Darkest Minds book, Zu was 11 years old; she went through horrible, traumatic events centered around dictators, concentration camps, and living life on the run before she was even a teenager (and that still blows my mind). All I’m saying, Girl has the right to be mad and angry and backlash at anyone that looks at her the wrong way. And, when we see her return at the age of 17 in The Darkest Legacy, she has beyond any doubt grown up and found her own voice. She doesn’t let those past traumas influence her future successes, and I really just love her a lot.
5. The Archer – A book with good mental health representation
“All the king’s horses, all the king’s men couldn’t put me back together again. ‘Cause all of my enemies started out friends.”
It’s actually kind of incredible how difficult this question is to answer. I’ve read so many books that I felt had great mental health representation, but two of my favorites have got to be Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. I love Dear Evan Hansen for its main focus on depression/anxiety and trying to fit in, and It’s Kind of A Funny Story takes place in a ward so it provides a rainbow spectrum of different mental health conditions. Both are spectacular, and you should really check them out if you haven’t already.
6. I Think He Knows – Your fave fictional crush
“I want you, bless my soul, and I ain’t gotta tell him, I think he knows”
I think I’ve admitted it before, but I’ve never romantically fallen for a fictional book character. Don’t get me wrong, I gush over the cute things said and done, but I never have had a moment where I stopped and said, “ah yes, I want that one.” That said, I fall in love with a stupidly large amount of characters because I admire them and want to protect them with every ounce of my being. And when I term “fictional crush” that way, I immediately think of Wylan Van Eck from Six of Crows because he pushes himself for sake of survival but finds a family along the way, and AH! Obsessed with this boy.
7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Fave angsty romance
“It’s you and me, there’s nothing like this. Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince. We’re so sad, we paint the town blue. Voted most likely to run away with you.”
How horrible is it to include one author multiple times within one tag and countless times on your blog overall? Asking for a friend.
Maybe it’s because Carry On is sitting right in front of me or maybe because I’m too excited for Wayward Son coming out next week, but I will always love the angsty romance that is Simon Snow and Baz Pitch. I’ll never quite get over just how long Simon focused on Baz and needed to be aware of his every move because he was “worried” and “hated” him. Mhmm. Sure. Yeah, we’re all believing that, Simon.
8. Paper Rings – Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored
“I love shiny things but I’d marry you with paper rings”
Alright, so “ugly” is a strong word, but I’m definitely not a fan of the U.S. paperback cover of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. To me, the cover felt like it lacked the personality that Evelyn Hugo so obviously had. It was almost as if there was a disconnect between the cover and the content behind it. I really wish that they just took the hardback cover and used that for paperback.
9. Cornelia Street – A book or series you never want(ed) to end
“I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends”
I really don’t give The Passenger series the amount of love that it deserves. As confusing as time travel can be throughout the duology, I really never wanted it to end. Nicholas Carter is one of my favorite male protagonists, without a doubt, and I wasn’t quite ready to leave him. I’ve got to say though, I’m sure the characters themselves are probably happy that there’s nothing else to their story and that they can finally take a deep breath. Also, talk about a satisfying ending.
10. Death By A Thousand Cuts – A book or series that deserved a better ending
“I can’t pretend it’s okay when it’s not, it’s death by a thousand cuts”
This is probably cheating, but I really need for Deathly Hollows to have a better ending. It’s weird, I think the whole Voldemort v. Harry hoopla was wrapped up SUPER well. But, I mean, there’s got to be a way to avoid all of those unnecessary deaths, especially because they didn’t add anything to closing of the whole stories. Can we get the same overall ending but everyone is alive, happy, and healthy?
11. London Boy – Your fave British male protagonist
“They say home is where the heart is, but God, I love the English”
Without a doubt, Millard Dullings. Is he even a real protagonist? Not really. Did I think about him every single day I didn’t spend reading the Miss. Peregrine series? You betcha. That boy is the greatest balance of wit and caring (but mostly wit). He had me laughing the whole series, so we’re just going to pretend that he’s originally from Wales. (it totally counts that he lives in the UK, right?!)
12. Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that your heart will never recover from
“This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping…”
I can easily promise you that I will never be okay after reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. That book actually ripped out my heart before haphazardly stitching my chest back up. It probably didn’t help that I read this dog-centered book right around the time when my own dog’s health was declining. The book itself is so beautiful though and really taught me how to be grateful for the little things in life always.
Also, please know that despite this being one of my favorite books, I still haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the trailer without fear of melting into a puddle of tears.
13. False God – A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save
“We were crazy to think, crazy to think that this could work. Remember how I said I’d die for you.”
I will do anything to protect the sunflower child that is Jude from the Darkest Minds series. Honestly, try to imagine a literal angel that’s sometimes clumsy and always caring, and you get Jude. I’m fairly certain that I automatically adopted him the moment I met him in Never Fade, and I’ve been far gone since. He really just deserves the best life can offer.
14. You Need To Calm Down – A book with a powerful message
“Say it in the street, that’s a knock out. But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.”
Weirdly enough, the first book to come to my mind is Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jannine Capo Crucet. Weird because this book was assigned to me for a class, but I really enjoyed the story and found that the message stuck with me. I think it’s especially important now that our world is closing itself off more than ever before. Give it a read. It’d be a fantastic fictional supplement for the refuge crisis.
15. Afterglow – A book you want to give a second chance
“Hey, it’s all me, in my head. I’m the one who burned us down. But it’s not what I meant. Sorry that I hurt you.”
Immediately after finishing the Raven Cycle series, I more or less made a promise to myself that I would read all of Maggie Stiefvater’s books because I fell head-over-heels in love with her writing. Unfortunately though, when I picked up All The Crooked Saints, I couldn’t get much further than 5o pages deep. I do think that I wasn’t in the right headspace/mood for it, so here’s to hoping I’ll return to it someday and love it in the way I know I can.
16. ME! – Best character development
“I’m the only one of me. Baby, that’s the fun of me.”
I don’t know if this can exactly be considered cheating but Felecity’s development from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue to The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is stunning. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with in TGGtVaV, but she really came into her own during TLGtPaP and took charge. It was so great to watch her stick up for herself and follow her own rules; we love that for Felecity Montague.
17. It’s Nice To Have A Friend – Fave friends-to-lovers story
“School bells ring, walk me home…something gave you the nerve to touch my hand…Church bells ring, carry me home.”
***contains spoilers for The Raven Cycle series***
Is it right to consider Ronan Lynch and Adam Parrish as friends before they actually admitted their feelings to each other?! Honestly, I will support these two until the day I die. Their casual knowing looks and their flirting all throughout the series constantly affected me both physically and emotionally, and I don’t know that I’m ready for Call Down The Hawk to ruin me even more so.
18. Daylight – If you could only read one book or series again and again, what would it be?
“I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you. I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you.”
There are so many books that I want to reread over and over again, but I really think that I would never get tired of What If It’s Us. It’s in New York, involves the cutest human beings to ever exist, Broadway musicals, and realistic first dates. I’ll never be sick of it.
You can read my full review of What If It’s Us here!
WE MADE IT!
This tag was a hoot and half, and I had an unbelievably fun time putting it together so I hope you enjoyed reading it!
Quite honestly, because I wasn’t tagged, I’m just going to go ahead and tag anyone reading this that is interested in giving it a go! I know that there are at least a million ‘Lover’ tags out there, so I definitely don’t want to flood any of you with tags upon tags upon tags upon tags . . .
Just remember, Taylor Swift and books is always a good idea.