The ‘evermore’ book tag | just assume that I’m never not screaming about Taylor Swift

Hi friends; happy Wednesday!

So, in case you’ve somehow missed the internet collectively screaming and sobbing for the past six days, the actual mastermind of a genius that is Taylor Swift graced us with even more of her talent this year by dropping folklore‘s sister album, evermore.

I. am. not. okay.

Despite listening to evermore on repeat since it’s drop, my small brain still cannot process that we have even more new Taylor Swift music in the pure insanity of a year that is 2020. I mean, just in this year alone, the woman released a documentary; a new song for said documentary; one album; a studio session movie, in which she is performing said album; and a whole other album. She’s also in the process of re-recording all of her music, and I’m convinced that the girl doesn’t sleep. 2020 sure has worked hard, but Taylor Swift has worked harder.

If I haven’t been clear enough thus far, I am obsessed with evermore. The songs are cohesive in a way that’s different from the cohesiveness of folklore, but it all just works. Her ability to craft narratives is nothing short of astounding.

All of that said, when I saw Rhi from Marshmallow Harmonies create an evermore book tag, I couldn’t pass it up! So, before I start screaming too much about Taylor Swift (although, I don’t think there’s a limit), let’s get into it!


RULES

  • Link to the original creator and her post: Rhi from marshmallow harmonies
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post (copy paste is fine!)
  • Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Pingback to original post so they’re all in one place to read!

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the main romance in Check Please, Sticks & Stones. By the time I finished this graphic novel duology, I felt so warm and fuzzy on the inside. The whole story was so sweet, and I’m convinced that it’s pretty darn near impossible to not cheer for the lovebirds. And I thought the ending of the first book was wild? I mean, wow.

This definitely has the potential of being a hot take, but I really cannot get behind Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I didn’t hate Peter and Lara in the first book, per say, but I really couldn’t stand them in the second. I much preferred the way John Ambrose treated Lara, as opposed to the way Peter treated her. Peter seemed too abrasive and non-committal when paired with Lara Jean’s compassion and loyalty, and John seemed like a better fit overall.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was a book that immediately captured my heart, without any of my permission, from its very first page. The interview-style telling with the complex characters was captivating in a way that made me fall in love with it. I also very specifically remember being in a situation where I was meeting two different friends and had a time gap between the two hang outs. And rather than taking the time to go back to my apartment and relax, I drove to the agreed-upon coffee shop and sat in my car in the parking lot, reading this book for three hours.

Other than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I actually don’t know that I’ve ever read a book that features fake dating, which feels like a TRAVESTY. Please let me know if you have any recommendations within this wonderful, wonderful trope!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman was a really interesting read for me, and I’m not sure that I’ve seen too many people talk about it! I mean, the whole plot centers around the idea that humans can no longer die, so certain people are essentially chosen to become the ones to kill their fellow brethren. I mean, talk about tension? Then on top of that, you have two apprentices that learn the “art” of taking lives into their own hands. It’s kind of ridiculous and fantastic at the same time, and I really need to finish this series.

I feel as if I always declare A Conjuring of Light as one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever read, but there’s a reason for that. After becoming so attached to the characters in this world, even by the time I reached the final book, I was nowhere near ready to let them go. I wasn’t ready to be done with their story, even if they were. But V.E. Schwab’s ability to solve the problems she created is amazing, and the ending just felt so right.

I’m not at all exaggerating or being dramatic when I say that this question has stumped for the few days I’ve been working on this post. There are obviously so many characters that I’ve been lucky enough to relate to, but a character arc that I’ve identified with? That’s a whole different ballgame.

I do remember reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for the first time though and feeling really emotional about Cath’s journey. While there are elements of her story that I’ve never experienced (ie: being a fan fiction writer, falling in love with an overexcitable barista, etc.), I really connected with her first-year-in-college journey and her introvert-ness. In my first year of college, I also went through some pretty horrible things but made it out thanks to one wonderful friend. I think it was then that I first felt understood in a fictional world.

The friendship between Helene and Elias in Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes was interesting to me from the get go for a couple of reasons. First, they’ve grown up with each other; they know each other inside and out, what makes the other tick. But then, as Elias starts reflecting on what he was taught, he starts questioning their background, whereas Helene doesn’t. Helene strongly believes in their culture and society while Elias starts to reject it. It’s definitely an interesting dynamic.

I recently read The Goose Girl for the first time, and Shannon Hale’s writing style is pretty much jaw-dropping. The story itself is a fairytale, and the prose so perfectly matches that genre. The writing is lyrical and made me feel like I was reading an old story about a princess with the traditional start of “Once upon a time…” From the way the characters speak with one another to how scenes and plot points are described, this prose is it.

I’ve probably already gushed about These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong far too much, but it felt like such a perfect match for this category. I mean, considering it’s a Romeo & Juliet retelling, there are obviously some hard choices made between the star-crossed lovers, Roma and Juliette. But then, on top of that, there are characters having to make hard choices based on what’s best for their gang, their community. And, for Juliette in particular, you have the very hard choice of deciding whether to kill the person you’re in love with or to kiss him.

If I can be promised that both myself or anyone I care about would avoid any form of impertinent death or being whisked away on quests that even gods are too terrified to take on, I would happily jump at the chance to visit Camp Half Blood. It might be because I’m currently reading The Trials of Apollo series, but there is something so enticing about spending your summer days at a camp filled with demigods and mythological creatures before cozying up around the fire to end the day by toasting marshmallows.

I’m really grateful to admit that I’ve run into so many books that became comfort reads. There are a handful of books I gladly lean on whenever I need them, but a more recent-read-turned comfort book is Loveless by Alice Oseman. I’ve read Loveless twice within the two and a half months I’ve owned it, and there’s just something so special about this story. The friendships themselves are worth the tears that come along with this read, and I’m forever thankful I picked this one up. This is definitely going to be one I return to time and time again.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour is a stunning story about the people we leave behind after making irreversible choices. Something I deeply appreciate about Nina’s writing is that her narratives are so outwardly normal; they’re about normal people going through normal events and feeling normal emotions. Hold Still in particular felt really special because the character arc isn’t linear and grief is so tactually handled.

tw: suicide, death, depression, mental health.

I would love nothing more than Casey McQuiston publishing more books. Much like the rest of the world, I fell in love with Red, White, & Royal Blue, and I cannot wait to read more of her stories. She has a new book coming out next year, One Last Stop, and I am So Excited.

I’ve talked about Renegades by Marissa Meyer more times than I can remember, but I don’t know if I’ve ever explicitly talked about the mastery of an ending that is Supernova.

I obviously don’t want to talk too much about it though— because, hello, it’s the final book—but I felt absolutely gutted after finishing this series. So much happened in the final installment, and I’m still reeling over the ending despite finishing it months and months ago. Ms. Meyer, please write more in the Renegades world, thank you.


AH! We did it!

I always have such a blast with tags, especially when they are related to one of my all-time favorite artists, but boy am I always reminded about how little books I’ve actually read. Seriously, I always struggle to not name books I’ve already mentioned 72 times before. I really need to expand my reader horizons.

I do sincerely apologize for always talking about the same books. I promise I’ll try to do better!

Because this tag is so Swift-centric, I tag:

Olivia @ Purely Olivia
Lais @ The Bookish Skies
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

…each of which I am 99% positive I’ve screamed about Taylor Swift with. That said, if you’re also a fan of this album, please feel free to do this tag!

So, what do you think? What do you think of evermore? An impossible question, but do you have a favorite song yet? Let’s chat!

23 thoughts on “The ‘evermore’ book tag | just assume that I’m never not screaming about Taylor Swift

  1. Great answers to this tag! I agree with you, I loved John Ambrose in the book over Peter… and then when I watched the movie… I was team Peter 😂
    I also agree with Scythe! I don’t hear a lot of people talk about it, but it’s SUCH a great book, so original!

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  2. i loved reading your answers for this tag!! it was so cool seeing a different set of prompts and a fresh take on the album, because i recently created an evermore tag too, and it was different!! i totally agree with you when you say 2020 is working hard, but taylor’s working harder!! she is the literal definition of a queen!! i loved this post, lauren ❤❤

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  3. Don’t hate me but I still haven’t listen to any of Taylor’s 2020 music. I actually don’t know how I’ve even managed that!!
    But I’m always here for a book tag.
    Daisy Jones was the type of book that made you read it immediately, I remember reading it on my phone in between adverts on the TV because I didn’t want to put it down. I’m so excited for the TV show, just for the music tbh!! 😂
    Ohh… I just read Rent A Boyfriend which features fake dating and I had such a fun time with it!!
    Ahh.. I am hoping to read the entire Scythe series next year and I can’t wait!! I’m even more excited now!! 😊
    Yes Helene and Elias certainly had an interesting dynamic and it felt different from usual friendships you often experience so I really enjoyed that aspect too!!
    This was so fun to read 🥰

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    1. Sophie! I am so happy to see you back!! And I could never hate you for not listening to any of Taylor’s 2020 music.

      Oh my gosh, don’t even get me started on the Daisy Jones TV show. I’m so, so excited for it – the soundtrack too. Here’s to hoping it’s a great adaptation!

      Thank you for letting me know about Rent a Boyfriend! I will definitely be adding that to my TBR. And I hope you enjoy the Scythe series! I seriously need to get on that and finish them.

      Thank you so, SO much again for taking the time to read my post and leave a comment. I apologize for the delay in my response, but I hope you are doing well!

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  4. i had completely forgotten miss americana had been released this year too! wow, 2020 really was taylor swift’s year, and i am so thankful, hahah.

    i liked evermore a lot, but i think i was just starting to grow to love folklore when this one dropped, so it’s been confusing to choose a favorite. i just like a lot of songs from both! gold rush is my favorite, though, and daisy jones and the six was definitely a perfect choice! i really want to re-read this one, as i listened to the audiobook, and it was pretty hard at first to remember all the different characters, so i can imagine my experience would be a lot better already being familiarized with them.

    i recently read frankly in love, rent a boyfriend and the fill-in boyfriend which are all fake dating stories! the aspect of dating in frankly in love was my least favorite aspect of the book, so i definitely would recommend rent a boyfriend and the fill-in boyfriend for the fake dating fuzzies!

    elias and helene’s dynamic was amazing! i really need to carry on with this series, but they made me feel *so* much in book 2. it was definitely emotional.

    thank you so much for tagging me! there are some great questions in here, i’ll definitely have to think hard about some of these answers, hahah. gold rush would have to be my favorite track from evermore, but i love evermore as well – the harmonizing in the bridge is *chef’s kiss*.

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    1. Right?? It definitely did not feel like it came out in 2020, along with everything else; I’m right there with you.

      That totally makes sense and is so valid! It’s definitely hard to choose a favorite. Gold Rush is an incredible song – the best is so catchy. I bet the audiobook for Daisy Jones was amazing! Maybe I’ll have to give that a try..

      OH! Thank you so, SO much for those recs! I will definitely have to add those to my TBR.

      Oh boy. I’m not sure I’m ready for all of the emotions in book 2, but I definitely need to know what happens next.

      Taylor Swift’s harmonies are genius, you’re so right. I’m excited to see your answers to this tag! Thanks, Lais! ❤️

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  5. AHH, LAUREN. I am still in shock over this news and I don’t think I’ll ever be okay again?? I know I said that after folklore, but then she went and released evermore and now I’m just positive that I won’t recover from this. What are your favorite songs?! (My top four of the moment is champagne problems, tis the damn season, tolerate it, and cowboy like me.)

    Thank you so much for tagging me! I know I’ve been gone from WordPress for so long so it means a lot to me that you still thought about me for this.🥺 I can’t wait to do this because it gives me an excuse to listen to evermore on repeat while writing a blog post and thinking about books, and honestly, what could be better? (Except maybe screaming about evermore with you.)

    I agree with you with Peter K and Lara Jean’s relationship! I think the Netflix movie has made me think more highly of Peter than his character actually is in the book. He’s so sweet in the movie, but when I reread the first book last year after seeing the movie, I remembered how differently he’s portrayed. I still think I’m Team Peter, but I definitely see the appeal of John Ambrose and I think Lara Jean deserves better.

    I’ve never heard of The Goose Girl, but you just convinced me to add it to my TBR! Thank you again for tagging me, and I loved reading this post. xx

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    1. OLIVIA. I AM STILL UNWELL AFTER EVERMORE’S DROP. Glad I’m not the only one in that boat. And it’s literally so hard to choose favorites, just like with folklore. Your top 4 are incredible, and I’d have to make mine champagne problems, tis the damn season, long story short, and no body no crime.

      Of course! I love screaming about Taylor with you, and it feels wrong to not tag you in anything Taylor related. I’m so excited to check out your post! And any excuse to listen to evermore on repeat is a good one, as far as I’m concerned. (And you are too kind! I also love screaming about Taylor albums with you! ❤️)

      Yes! The movie made Peter’s character better than what is portrayed in the book, I’m so glad that I’m not the only that feels that way. I read the first book right before the movie released, so I think that may be why my opinion of Peter is so skewed. I can definitely see the appeal of Team Peter, for sure.

      I hope you enjoy The Goose Girl when you pick it up! And thank you so, so much Olivia. You’re always so kind! 💕

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  6. this is such a fun post & tag and i really enjoyed reading your responses to the prompts! ☺️ i’ve had evermore on repeat for the past 3 weeks haha, i honestly still can’t believe Taylor blessed us with TWO ENTIRE ALBUMS this year, she really is a queen. some of my favorite songs from evermore are ’tis the damn season, champagne problems, and dorothea.

    i LOVE Scythe and i totally agree with you in that this series deserves more hype!! i actually reread the entire Arc of a Scythe series (Scythe, Thunderhead, and The Toll) this year and i highly recommend it – i hope you enjoy the rest of the books whenever you get around to them! it’s truly such a fascinating & thought-provoking series 🤯

    Loveless is absolutely wonderful – it was a love letter to friendships & how important they are, and i absolutely loved that bc my platonic relationships are the most meaningful in my life 💓 so glad you enjoyed the book as well! and omg i am also eagerly anticipating One Last Stop – i *cannot* wait to read it ahhhh, RWRB is one of my favorite books of all time :’) ❤️💙 i love Casey’s writing

    wonderful post! i’m a new follower so i’m looking forward to reading more posts from you, you have a lovely blogging voice 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Dezzy; you are too kind! And I’m right there with you. It’s almost as if there’s not other music out there, and I’ve only been listening to evermore and folklore. Which, as far as I’m concerned, is the opposite of a problem. I still cannot believe we have two new albums from her. It’s UNREAL. Those are some fantastic favorites! It’s so hard for me to choose because I’m indecisive as heck, but I’d go with ‘tis the damn season, champagne problems, and no body no crime. But, the whole album could be my favorite, really.

      Hearing that you loved the whole series enough to reread it has me even more excited to hopefully get to the other two! I’m hoping that 2021 will be the year I officially finish the series

      Yes! Exactly! You put that into words so well. I’d also say that my platonic relationships are the most meaningful in my life, so it was incredible to have a book focus on those relationships rather than romantic. I’m happy to hear you felt the same way! And right? I’m not so patiently waiting for One Last Stop. I’m actually about to start a reread of RWRB and I am SO EXCITED.

      You are so kind! Thank you! That absolutely just made my week – thank you so, so much!! 💕

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