The Taylor Swift ‘Lover’ Book Tag

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!

Rules

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.

So, what do you think? Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What is your favorite song off her new album? Let’s chat!

21 thoughts on “The Taylor Swift ‘Lover’ Book Tag

  1. Awww Lauren, your comments made our day!! 😭❤️ You’re the sweetest!! Considering how much Ngoc mentions Cassie Clare on our blog, we feel that you mentioning Rainbow Rowell just TWICE in this post is definitely ok 😂 Also OMG JUDEEEEE BBY YOU DESERVED SO MUCH BETTER!!

    Definitely agree about Deathly Hallows – the same effect could’ve been achieved without all those unnecessary deaths!!

    Ngoc just finished Lady’s Guide to Pirates & Petticoats & Felicity’s character development is 👌🏻 Might have to do a character appreciation post about her soon 😛

    Thank you so so much for doing our tag & those Taylor Swift GIFs are ON POINT 😍❤️

    💜 Nish and Ngoc

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    1. I’m so glad they made your day!! Your tag is so lovely and I’m really, really happy that I got to be a part of it. And I’ve yet to read anything by Cassie Clare, so Ngoc just made me want to pick up a book immediately to see what its all about 😂 And RIGHT?!?! Jude is such a sweetheart, and I think about what happened literally every day.

      One hundred percent agree!! I do think some of the deaths in the overall series were necessary because they pushed the plot forward, but all of them in Healthy Hallows? No thank you.

      AH! I’m so looking forward to that appreciation post if you guys get around to it. She’s such a fantastic character.

      Honestly, finding the Taylor Swift gifs were such a fun aspect of this tag because she’s so expressive so some were just PERFECT for some of you questions!

      Thank you so much again for being so kind and taking the time to leave a comment!!

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  2. I love the energy for Taylor Swift in this post!! I think I’ve listen to 6 songs of the album so I am not up to date with all so sorry 😂 I need to get on that!! But I do love the colours of the album!! 😍
    I love that you have included a quote from every song in this post😍

    I’ve heard a lot of people didn’t enjoy Again, but Better and after reading reviews I’ve decided it isn’t for me as somethings are just yikes which is a shame!!

    I hadn’t heard of ‘its a kind of funny story’ but is sounds like an interesting book that I will have to check out!!

    I’m so glad you love Wylan from Six of Crows as he is probably my favourite from the series and he deserves all the appreciation. He is just wonderul 😍

    I just read Carry On and the angst was amazing!! And yes Simon, bless him, what was he doing!?! 😂 I loved seeing the different POV in this book as it really added to the story I think.

    Ronan and Adam are great– I loved their friendship before and I want to reread The Raven Cycle next month and I am so excited to see all the characters again!! 😍

    Great tag– I loved reading all your answers and the Taylor Swift gifs were gold!! 💛

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    1. No worries at all, Sophie! There’s plenty of time to give all of the songs a listen whenever you’re in the mood for it 😊 And right? The colors are so happy and calming at the same time—I really love the vibe.

      That’s definitely a shame that you’ve decided it’s not a book for you, but here’s to the fact that now you get to spend more time with books that are better suited for you!

      I hope you enjoy It’s Kind of a Funny Story if you end up reading it! It’s definitely a heavy book because of where it takes place, but it’s laced with plenty of humor to break that up.

      UGH. 😍 We truly don’t deserve Wylan and his wonderful, wonderful character development.

      Simon is just lost and confused all of the time, and I couldn’t love him more for it. I’m currently doing a reread before the sequel comes back, and I’m loving returning to these characters that have no idea what they’re doing at any time 😂

      AH! I hope you enjoy your reread! Honestly, I think a reread is entirely worth it just to see Gansey try to introduce himself to Blue…

      Thank you so much for your kind words and leaving me a comment! 💜

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      1. Yes I’m excited to give them all a listen!! 💕 yes the colours give off a great vibe– I love it!! 😍

        Yes exactly!! That’s why reviews can be so useful as I get dedicate my time to books I think I will love 😊

        Thank you!! Yes I imagine it is quite heavy but I will read it when I am in the mood for that and the humour will be interesting in it I think!!

        I know, Wylan is amazing! 😍

        I love how lost Simon is, it makes him so relatable 😂 the characters are great!! I recently just read it for the first time and thought they were great!!

        Thank you!! That is an iconic moment!! I excited for the Yee-Haw moment as well!! 😂

        Of course, I loved your post!! 💛

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  3. I LOVE(R) THIS POST. It was so much fun to read all your answers for this tag- I’m hoping to do it soon because of course I am completely obsessed with Taylor’s new album, and there’s nothing better than Taylor Swift and books.💗

    Aww, Wylan! He and Jesper are my favorite characters in Six of Crows. I love them together, but I loved them even before they were a “thing,” their personalities just stood out to me the most and I feel in love with them. *cries*

    Okay, yes, Adam and Ronan definitely count as friends to lovers! I love them so much, wow, and same goes for Gansey and Blue. (Although Gansey has my whole entire heart, I’m sorry, it happened so fast I don’t know what happened.) I need to reread the Raven Cycle because it’s been almost a year (!!) and I MISS THEM WAY TOO MUCH.

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    1. OLIVIA, YOUR PUN WAS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU! I’m so excited to see your tag! Also, how have we not freaked out about the full album yet?!? Are you still functioning??

      I fully agree! Their banter in the first book was so wonderfully sarcastic and filled with tension that by the time they actually got together, my heart swelled with all of the emotions.

      And I don’t know how you managed to wrap up my thoughts perfectly about Gansey, but WOW. I remember when everyone talked about this book, they all went on and on about how wonderful he was. By the time I got around to reading it, I was convinced that I wasn’t going to like him as much because he had way too much hype surrounding him. But, here we are and I’m fully obsessed with Gansey. Whoops. I swear, I try to pick one favorite character from the series, and I end up naming all of them.

      Thanks for reading my post!! ❤️

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      1. Honestly, the biggest mood!!

        And you’re asking me to pick my favorite children?! I’ve got to say, I kind of have different categories/reasonings of the songs I love; I really love The Man, London Boy, and Paper Rings because they’re so upbeat, fun, and poppy. But, when I’m wanting something more hard-hitting and painful, I’m obsessed with Soon You’ll Get Better, Cornelia Street, and Death by a Thousand Cuts. Honestly Olivia, I could probably list the whole album as my favorite song.😂

        Which are your favorites???

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      2. I could actually list the whole album as my favorites too. There isn’t one that I don’t love and won’t completely jam out to at any moment.🙈

        I think my TOP top favorites are I Think He Knows, Cornelia Street, Paper Rings, and Afterglow?? But I don’t know, they always change?? I LOVE THEM ALL.

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  4. i absolutely adooooore this tag, honestly! i’ve been super obsessed with lover recently and listening to it nonstop – moreover since taylor announced she’ll finally be coming to brazil with her lover tour! even though they still have to release more specifics on the tickets, i am crossing my fingers i get the chance to go, because she’s never been to brazil for a full concert before!
    rainbow rowell is such a great author to get you out of a reading slump! i’ve pretty much read everything by her now, so i have been prioritizing other books whenever i feel like i’m in a slump – i’ve found out recently that adult romance works the same for me -, but i can totally see myself re-reading the rest of her books whenever i need a pick me up.
    ahhh, dear evan hansen!!!!!@(!@ i absolutely adore the musical, but i have yet to read the book. i actually found out another song by ben platt, who played evan in the musical originally, and it brought me back to listening to the soundtrack. it’s just such a great musical! i’m not sure if you’re a fan, but i’m just glad you mentioned it!
    i think it’s sweet you consider wylan a “fictional crush”. i don’t consider him one of my favorite characters in the series, but he is lovely & deserves to be protected.
    also wayward son!!!!!#(!(#!) i’m So annoyed my copy hasn’t been shipped yet, though i’m literally writing this comment release date. i keep checking my email to see if there’s any confirmation, but so far nothing. i’m just too excited and i can not wait! i’m SO tempted to just go and listen to the audiobook, hahah. #struggles
    i also love you mentioned felicity for character development because i completely agree. i think even throughout petticoats and piracy, it’s so lovely to see her learning more about the woman around her and slowly realizing that being feminine does not equal being weak and it’s such an amazing growth! i was not a huge fan of felicity reading book #1, but i really liked her in book #2.
    amazing answers, lauren!

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    1. LAIS. Your comments always put the biggest smile on my face; thank you for being you, you sweet human being. ❤️

      First things first, I AM CROSSING ALL OF MY FINGERS AND TOES THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE TAYLOR! It makes me so happy that you even have the chance to see her live, especially after loving her music for so long. Sending you all of the good and positive vibes! Keep my updated, and, afterwards, I would love to hear EVERYTHING about the show!!

      Rainbow Rowell definitely writes great books for slumps! I think it’s because her books are so easy for me? I’ve always been able to lose myself in her writing and her characters, so I think that’s part of the main reason why I can go back to them so easily? And that’s so awesome to hear that adult romance also works for you! That way, you can get out of a slump but read new books in a genre you enjoy 🙂

      OKAY, LAIS, YOU MENTIONED DEAR EVAN HANSEN AND BEN PLATT AND I SHORT CIRCUITED. By “fan,” if you mean fully obsessed and listens to the musical soundtrack and Ben’s album all the time?? Then yes, yes, yes. Interestingly enough, I read the book before I even knew of the musical! I was able to work at BookCon & BookExpo last year, and someone handed me a copy; low and behold, the musical would take over my life. I even had the chance to see it on Broadway, and I DIED THE WHOLE TIME WOW. And earlier this summer I saw Ben Platt when he toured for his first solo album and ALSO WOW. You mentioned DEH and Ben Platt, and I went off; my apologies. I could talk about it for days and days and days on end (obviously).

      MY COPY OF WAYWARD SON HAS ALSO NOT YET BEEN SHIPPED. I’ll just sit here and read Carry On and experience Simon and Baz being angsty for 500+ pages in the meantime…

      A MILLION TIMES YES. (I’ve also realized that a good majority of this comment is in caps lock, so I apologize; I’m not yelling at you, I’m just excited about a lot of things). I really did love that touch about Petticoats and Piracy and thought it was well done, because there is definitely more than one type of “woman,” and “feminine” doesn’t just mean one thing!

      Thank you so, so much for reading my post and being kind as always!! ❤️

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      1. hahah, i love all the caps lock, don’t worry!
        so, my friend recommended to me the song rain, by ben platt, and i loved it! i didn’t know he had solo works apart from dear evan hansen and wow, what an amazing song. i’ve been listening to it non stop. i also started watching the politician on netflix, so literally ben platt has been all over my life recently, hahah.
        i found out about the musical in 2017, i think, but i’m glad to have found it again. i think i was just not in the right mindset at the time to fully appreciate it, but now, i love it & relate to evan so much more! it truly is a gift!

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  5. I always love it when people do this tag!! It’s so long, but I feel like you really get to know people’s reading tastes! I’m so sorry that Again, But Better disappointed you 😦 I was initially hoping that it would turn out to be great before its release, but then the reviews started trickling in, and I knew that Christine’s book wasn’t gonna be for me. And OH YES, Zu!! She’s a pretty underrated character imo, but she’s so cool and kick-ass! (I haven’t read her book yet though, ahhhh.)

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    1. Exactly! That’s one of the biggest reasons why I love reading (and doing) tags!

      I’m also sorry to hear that because of reviews, Again, But Better fell off of your TBR! From what I hear, everyone is pretty conclusive that it’s not the greatest book, so you’ve definitely made the right decision in making room for a book you may enjoy a lot more!

      AH! YES! I am so excited for your to read Zu’s book because I feel like that’s where my love really flourished for her!

      Thank you again and for taking the time to comment!!

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