You know two things that I love??? Taylor Swift and BOOKS. So combine both of these things together, and you get today’s incredibly happy post. ✨*rainbow and glitter everywhere*✨
Now I have to sadly confess that I wasn’t an OG Taylor Swift fan. Before 2017, I could name a few Taylor songs. Mainly, the only Taylor song I really loved, Never Grow Up. I was in the car once and heard this song on the radio. And it meant a lot to me for a very long time.
Another few songs I could name, Welcome to New York (an absolute BOP!!!!), the ultimate petty narrative song, Blank Space, and Shake it Off because I wasn’t living under an absolute rock. Just a small cave.
But when Reputation hit the airwaves, I became a Taylor fan. I know, I know, a lot of folks hate on Reputation. but I think you have to be at a certain space emotionally to really fall for the angry vibes of Reputation. And who doesn’t relate to the anxiety embedded into Delicate? or the secret thrill of Getaway Car? Or the tenderness of Dress? That album just means A LOT TO ME, okay.
So when Lover came out, I was ready to FALL IN LOVE again with a new Swift album. And I did!!! And so I’m very excited about this book tag. Books and Taylor Swift??? just HAPPINESS.
1. I Forgot That You Existed: A book that you want to forget you ever read
Alrighty, what a bop to start this tag. I mean, of course, Taylor had to start the album turning over a new chapter, and I Forgot That you Existed is SIMPLY PERFECT. how many people, situations, messy group chats do we all wish we could simply forget. *raises both my hands*
Now, I was very excited to read this debut novel, as a lot of the book community was excited for it and I do like the author’s youtube channel. Sadly, this book just ended up being a frustrating headache. And I wish that I hadn’t picked it up because I simply hated having to write a negative review for such a popular book.
2. Cruel Summer: A book you turn to when things gets rough
I guess I can’t write down fanfiction for this answer? Because when I’m slumping or having a hard time focusing on reading, I just read fanfiction. Doesn’t everyone do that? Right?
Anyway, there are two books I read the MOST fanfiction for, so I’m going to write these two tiles down. Carry On and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Anyone surprised? probably not.
Ever since I read Carry On this spring, the World of Mages and Watford had been the PERFECT escape. I mean, that’s why Cath wrote fanfiction for this world, right? Anyway, I love diving into the angsty mess of Simon and Baz’s life. Because it’s fluffy and deeply emotional and just right for when I need a completely immersive way to forget about my life.
And then, in between all the Carry On fanfiction, I turn back to my favorite escapist novel ever, Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Maybe it’s because we all want to run away on a spendthrift trip through Europe. Just run away with your your best friend, aka your secret crush.
3. Lover : Your book OTP
I have too many book favs, please don’t make me choose just one!!! Oh, t’s my blog post and I can share more than one fav? Gee, thanks.
Anyway, my OTP for 2019 is definitely Henry and Alex from Red, White and Royal Blue. I mean, how could these two reckless fellows not be my OTP of the year??? We all stan the most romantic letters ever written plus international politics. I mean, how could I not fall in love with their love story? True couple goals.
And now, to share my one true pairing of all time. Eeeek, this is HARD. So hard. I should choose Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley, because these two invented all the romance tropes for me. They were the first couple I ever read about, even if I didn’t even realize they were a couple for a LONG time. Yes, I’m the type of person who cheered Anne on as she refused to talk to Gilbert for five years. Grudges!!! They’re so petty and I love them. Also, he called her carrots. Anne was my hero for not talking to that smirking, curly haired annoyance.
So, while I love Gilbert and Anne, I didn’t really live for their romance. Because to me, they were enemies first and foremost, reluctant friends, and eventually, yes, she finally fell for him. I lived for their ENTIRE story. The ultimate enemies to friends, then finally friends to lovers.
4. The Man: Your fave kick-ass female protagonist
Oh my goodness, i’ve read so many good books with incredible female leads lately. Two books that really stand out to me this year are Daisy Jones and the Six and The Priory of the Orange Tree.
Daisy Jones is one of those acidic women you read about and while i cheer for her, I could never be her. She’s too abrasive. Too assertive for me to think, I could be her friend. I admire her grit and sheer will power. Daisy doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and she’s ready to take on the entire world. She’s fully herself. All hail an absolute queen.
And then, all the female leads in Priory of the Orange Tree are simply incredible. Not only is this massive book a female centered fantasy, but each character is so individual and well rounded. *applause* I loved Queen Sabran because she was so incredibly stubborn while also being a very realistic person. Ead was determined and loyal. And Tané was adventurous and full of spunk.
If you haven’t committed to reading the Priory, you simply must try picking up this book. Yes, I know it’s massive! But a book that interweaves women’s narrative in immersive fantasy with a gripping story is truly rare. Don’t let the size scare you away.
5. The Archer: A book with good mental health representation
There is one book I simply cannot stop praising, Darius the Great is Not Okay. The discussion on depression and mental health in this story is just so good! It is probably one of the quietest tories with the most resounding message. Darius is one of those characters you can’t stop thinking about.
And then, the author is publishing a sequel! I’m so happy! Darius the Great is Not Okay didn’t feel like it ended on a cliffhanger of any sort. But I wanted to keep hearing from Darius and following his story. So I am SO happy that his story is continuing and I’m sure the mental health representation is going to keep being fantastic in the sequel.
6. I Think He Knows: Your fave fictional crush
First off, we’re going to have to admit that I develop A LOT of crushes. Is anyone actually surprised?
One of my original book crushes wasn’t even fictional. But when my uncle gave me a copy of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton one holiday, I feel head over heels for this flamboyant founding father. To be fair, I already had a slight crush on James Madison and Alexander had to fight hard to win out over my original Madison fangirling. And the Lin Manuel Miranda came along with Hamilton three years later, and it’s NOT REALLY MY FAULT that i now have a life long crush on Alexander Hamilton.
Another crush that will simply NOT go away, is the entirety of Clockwork Prince. This story just reeled me in with all it’s angsty mess. Will and Tessa and Jem own my soul. But I’d be a TERRIBLE person to not mention that reading this story led me to another intense fictional crush, Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities. ah, why is self-sacrifice so romantic? Also, Will Herondale will make a lot MORE sense and his story will grow even more angsty after you read A Tale of Two Cities.
As you can see, I fall for historical boys who read too many books and use big words. A recipe for true love. and disaster.
7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Fave angsty romance
Oh my goodness, I’m a sucker for angsty romance. I feel like a bunch of the books i mentioned today for this prompt. Because apparently the majority of what I read is angsty romance? who knew.
But the two books that define angsty romance for me are Clockwork Princess and The Song of Achilles. I mean, who can forget Tessa burning her hand trying to cover her feelings or Will diving into the fire to save his friend??? OR THE LETTER WILL WROTE. oh my goodness, every time I read THAT letter i cry. not okay.
And then there’s the ultimate soul-breaking novel, The Song of Achilles. I cried the entire second half of that book. And thinking about Patroclus still makes me tear up. Madeline Miller didn’t have to try so hard, but she did. And I guess ancient Greek myths don’t know how to do heart rending stories half way.
8. Paper Rings – Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored
Um, this is a hard prompt? because I apparently don’t read books with ugly covers? I guess I’m probably too picky for that.
And after scrolling through my goodreads read list, i still haven’t a book. Opps. Maybe y’all have some answers?
Oh, I finally thought of one! It’s not a book that I’ve actually read, yet! The Foxhole Court series. These books are well beloved on the internet but the covers leave MUCH to be desired. I’m sure when I finally get around to reading these books, I’ll complain really loudly about the cover design.
9. Cornelia Street – A book or series you never want(ed) to end
Okay, the ONLY right answer for this question is the Heroes of Olympus. Or the Infernal Devices. because the ending for THAT series wrecked me and should have just not happened.
But back to the Heroes of Olympus. I know, I know, it’s five WHOLE books. Who cares? I could have kept reading about my favorite heroes forever. Piper. Jason. Percy. ANNABETH. Nico, was he an official hero??? Leo. Frank. Hazel.
I kind of understand that Rick Riordan had to end their story. But did he have to, really??? Because I could keep reading about Percy and Annabeth forever. (netflix, please do something good for this world and adapt this series)
10. Death By A Thousand Cuts – A book or series that deserved a better ending
Can Wayward Son be the answer? I mean, there’s going to be another book, so I guess not. We’re going to hope that Rainbow Rowell heals all our hearts with the third book because I just NEED my friends, aka Baz and Simon to be happy. Please.
But let’s talk about an actual book series that has ended. The Dark Artifices. I just didn’t like the ending for that series. I felt like Queen of Air and Darkness was too long, the ending very mixed, and the characters just felt a little done with the overall story.
Now, when I first read it, it was an exciting conclusion to the story. But now, nearly a year later, i look back on that story with a touch of disappointment. It could have been so much better.
11. London Boy – Your fave British male protagonist
Did you think I was not going to talk about Will herondale? Well, then you though wrong. Because Will Herondale falls into my trio of favorite British male protagonists. And yes, it’s a trio because I have THREE FAVORITES.
Neville Longbottom, favorite number two!!! Neville, our sweet courageous Gryffindor who could have been the chosen one. Neville grows so much throughout the harry potter series and is just always an absolute gem. I love cheering for an underdog and Neville is underestimated, ignored, and sometimes even forgotten by the golden trio. Even Voldemort scorns Neville, Dumbledore overlooks him A LOT, and most of his classmates just snicker behind his back. but Neville never lets the dismissal get to him. HE’S THE BEST.
And finally, to round out my trio of favs, MR. GEORGE KNIGHTLEY. now, I know he’s not as famously sexy or rich as fitzwilliam darcy. But Mr. Knightley is always kinds, always supportive, and the most genuine friend a person could have in their life. He’s the steady rock in Emma’s world. And I adore him, okay? Also, he has a razor sharp sense of humor and that’s A PLUS, okay? anyone who doesn’t acknowledge George Knightley as the SUPERIOR Austen love interest is untrustworthy, and that’s final.
12. Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that your heart will never recover from
I think we can all safely assume that Wayward Son completely wrecked everything and how will i ever recover from Rainbow Rowell’s emotional torture? Please publish that third books sooooooon, simply begging.
13. False God – A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save
Can I say Annabeth Chase or is Only Percy Jackson allowed to say that? (Cause like, maybe he actually did this? Was this question written for Percy or….?)
But some other characters I would absolutely die to save:
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables
Basilton Pitch-Grimm from Carry On
Jem Carstairs from the Infernal Devices
Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter
Wylan Van Eck from Six of Crows
Percy Newton from Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Basically, all the nice cinnamon roll characters (except Baz isn’t a cinnamon roll, except he totally is)
14. You Need To Calm Down – A book with a powerful message
I’ve read so many books lately with very powerful messages! The world is a mess (always has been but feels especially wrong and messy right now) but in all the bad things happening, I’m so happy there are authors publishing important stories.
Telling the stories of courageous characters in the middle of all the political turmoil happening around us, it’s encouraging. There’s a reason bad people like to burn books.
Two really good books that dealt with two different kind of issues are Internment and Girls on the Verge. Internment from Samira Ahmed confronts head on the blatant islamophobia so prevalent in current political talk. And it’s not just talk! People have tried to implement so called “muslim bans” and when you start lumping people into categories based solely on religion, it leads to even more wrong policies.
Internment draws a story from current politics and true events that have happened when prejudice and fear overran American society. Go read this book!
And another book I’ve read this year is Girls on the Verge. I’m from a state that has implemented strict “pro-life” laws and Girls on the Verge deals with how these laws affect young women. A very important read!
15. Afterglow – A book you want to give a second chance
this prompt is kind of hard, because I just don’t give books second chances. Pretty much ever! If I don’t finish a book shortly after I’ve started it, there’s just not that much a chance I’ll pick it up again. Just the way I roll, folks.
But there’s at least two books I’ve thought about trying again. One is The Diviners series. I think the main reason I didn’t finish this book is I picked it up at a super busy, crazy time in my life. And I didn’t know it was a whole dang series. Or that the book itself is super massive. Anyway, enough of my bookish friends just LOVE this series. And I kind of trust my friends to give this series another go.
And someday, I will finish reading Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Not only because I do really like Hank Green and all the good work he does, but I also was enjoying this story. I just don’t typically listen to audio books. So, someday I’ll borrow this title from the library and just read it.
16. ME! – Best character development
If I don’t choose Darcy, then I’ll choose another British favorite, Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I HATED Monty when i first started this book. He truly grated on ALL my nerves. I almost didn’t finish this book because Monty was just so horrid! Simply unlikeable! So privileged and obnoxious and full of himself.
But that’s where life got tricky, because as Monty grew, I grew as a reader. When monty stumbled through his privileged mistakes, I felt myself growing embarrassed. Because I was just as privileged as him, nearly. I mean, no one is paying me to romp around Europe. But I’ve made stupid mistakes trying to fix my friends problems for them. And thrown away good opportunities because they didn’t suit me.
So, yeah, Monty wins the character growth award for me. Because reading about his journey grew me as a reader. We grew together.
17. It’s Nice To Have A Friend – Fave friends-to-lovers story
this is really hard because I do feel like most of my favorite romances started out as something other than friends to lover. Enemies to lovers. Indifferent to lovers. Star crossed lovers. Prophesied lovers. Where’s the friends to lovers????
Oh, one of my favorite book couples is actually a friends to lovers, Ron and Hermione. BUT I DON’T LIKE THEM IN THE MOVIES. Please don’t misunderstand this. They are SO MUCH BETTER in the books. I actually wanted them to end up together.
but watching the movies did kind of ruin their dynamic. just, Ron’s characters is underserved. That’s all.
18. Daylight – If you could only read one book or series again and again, what would it be?
oh my goodness, how am I supposed to choose? I think of all the books I have read over and over again. Red, White and Royal Blue. The Infernal Devices. Anne of Green Gables. Any of the Harry Potter books. Fangirl.
Ugh! i hate this question. It’s so cruel! but if i could only take one book to a desert island to read over and over agin, i guess it would have to be A Tale of Two Cities. Anyone surprised? probably not.
I mean, the angsty words telling Sydney’s story are just, so much. If I can only pick one book, then I will feel rather sad and I think all the angsty quotes from this book will mirror my emotions.
Also, the hope this story ends on? I’ll keep clinging to that hope.
“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out…”
It was incredibly hard to choose one quote, and while this isn’t the last word from the story, this quote from the last page sums up so much hope and beauty to me. Part of why I’ll always cherish A Tale of Two Cities. And yes, I know Sydney’s last words are so famous and all, but it just felt right to include the above quote instead of the more famous last lines.
Now, we’ve come to a sad point™️ in our lives. Three thousand words later, we’re supposed to be done talking about Taylor Swift and our favorite books.
Y’all I spent so much time on this blog post, I am absolutely giddy about posting this book tag. I HAD FUN, can you tell???????
And I actually came up with books and answers for every single prompt???? What kind of magic is this? oh i almost forgot, it was 🌸✨TAYLOR SWIFT MAGIC ✨🌸
and yes, i listened to Lover the entire album on repeat while writing this post. Except I do reserve the right to skip ME! every single time. (and yes i do, sorry not sorry)
alrighty, now to post the official rules for the tag.
1. Link back to the original creator of the book tag
2. Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post. (who tagged me??? IDK! but i do know i saw Marie did this tag and that’s probably where i tagged myself)
3. TAG AS MANY SWIFTIES AS YOU WANT! (Or non-Swifties, maybe inspire them to listen to our Queen)
Your favorite song from Lover? 10 points to Gryffindor (or hufflepuff if you’re lucky) if you can guess my favorite song from Lover! just because we can, least favorite song?
What’s your favorite Taylor album or favorite Taylor song of all time? Have you written a post talking about books and Taylor’s other music?