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!
- 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:
…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!