When Taylor Swift dropped her surprise album, Folklore, a couple weeks ago, you can rest assured that I was HYPED. Our girl has now proven that she can produce amazing music from literally any genre… Country, pop, and now indie? We stan a multi-talented queen.
Anyways, when I caught wind of a book tag that matches songs from T-Swift’s new album with books, I knew I had to do it. I was not tagged, but did that stop me from joining in on the TS fan-girling? Nope. Brace yourself, everyone, because I’m about to go full Swiftie on y’all!
- Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
- Tag at least 3 people
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
- Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Y’all. The ending of The Cruel Prince was surprising, sure, but the ending of The Wicked King left me SHOOK. I won’t spoil anything, of course, but damn. This book taught me the true meaning of “plot twist”. It also sets up the last book in the series so perfectly… Stan Holly Black for clear skin. I’m SO glad I binge-read this series after all of the books had been published, because I seriously have no idea how I’d wait A WHOLE year for book three after that jaw-dropping cliffhanger.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay was a both beautiful and heartbreaking ending to The Hunger Games trilogy. The last few chapters are very bittersweet, and they make me feel like smiling and crying all at once. After everything Katniss and Peeta go through, it’s so emotional to see them finally get their happy ending together, even with all of the losses that continue to haunt them. I like how Suzanne Collins concluded this trilogy in such a realistic way, and I don’t think the ending of this book could have been more perfectly written.
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
The Queen of Blood is an absolutely magnificent fantasy novel. Fascinating? Check. Extremely well-told? Check. This book’s magic system is so beautifully developed and unlike anything I’ve ever read before! It was so interesting to read about!
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
There are many books I could have chosen for this prompt, but I think I’m going to go with All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. THIS IS LITERALLY THE MOST TERRIBLE, PROBLEMATIC BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I’m sorry, but if you liked this book, what is wrong with you??? It literally romanticizes the sexual relationship between a CHILD and an adult man. We’re talking about an eight year old and someone in their twenties. DISGUSTING. That’s not love, that’s pedophilia. I really wish I hadn’t picked this book up, because now I am scarred for life. It literally deserves 0 stars, DO NOT READ IT!!!
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
The Midnight Star was such a perfect conclusion to the Young Elites series! The ending was bittersweet, but I think everything played out exactly the way it was supposed to. This is definitely one of my favorite Marie Lu books!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
I’ve been a Bachelor fan since Day 1, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered The Selection, a book that’s basically The Bachelor, but the bachelor is… A PRINCE.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter? We don’t know him. J.K. Rowling? My boy Rick Riordan is where it’s at.
The Percy Jackson series is literally the epitome of nostalgia. These books were my childhood, and I’m so so thankful that I got to read them at such a young age and was able to grow up during the peak of this series’ hype. The characters are wonderful, as is the development of the plot, and the idea of a middle grade series centered around Greek mythology is simply brilliant. I’m definitely due for a reread of this series soon!
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Y’all, this book has NOTHING to do with summer (well, besides the fact that that’s the author’s last name). But it still strongly reminds me of that season. Why? Well, the summer of 2018 was one of the best times of my life, and that’s when I picked up Sadie. I read it when I was visiting New York for the first time, and getting lost in the dark, mysterious atmosphere of the story somehow made the experience all the more vivid. Again, this book has nothing to do with summer OR New York. But because these things collided together in my life all at once, I always associate them with each other! I hope that makes sense!
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
This book depicts depression so so well, which is rare for a magical realism novel. What makes it so special is that it deals with the aftermath of leaving a magical realm, after experiencing so many wonders and joys there. When it’s all over and you return to real life… what are you supposed to do? That’s what this book is all about. The loneliness and longing these characters feel is so raw, real, and heartbreaking, but beautifully impactful as well. This is such a wonderful story, and I highly recommend reading it.
Champion by Marie Lu
This is another prompt that brings sooooo many books to mind. But I’ve gotta go with yet another Marie Lu book… Champion, the third and final installment in the original Legend trilogy. After reading this book, I was so emotionally drained, but in the best way possible. I was happy, sad, euphoric, and heartbroken all at once. I just love the way Marie Lu concluded June and Day’s story, and for that reason, Champion might jsut be my favorite book of hers!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geekerella really did come into my life at the perfect time. I had been struggling internally quite a lot, with all of the different things that had been going on in my life at the time. I certainly wasn’t in my best state, by reading Geekerella made me feel a million times better. It was such a sweet, fluffy read, and it just made me feel so happy inside! Geekerella is easily my #1 go-to comfort read. ❤
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
Words cannot express how much I love Princess Amarande from Sarah Henning’s latest novel, The Princess Will Save You. She had this sureness about herself that I absolutely loved, and I admired how confident and headstrong she was. If you love strong female heroines (and honestly, who doesn’t???), you’re going to be obsessed with Ama!
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
This book literally gave me chills. It’s the kind of read that sends shivers down your spine. The Grace Year was creepy, eerie, and dark, and I absolutely loved it. Think of it as a mash-up of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Lord of the Flies. Sounds like a pretty epic combination, right? Well I can assure you that it most definitely is! Haunting and thought provoking, The Grace Year is a captivating dystopian novel that I highly recommend!
Ethan and Olive From The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is problem my favorite Folklore song, btw 😉
A book couple that fills me with yearning is Ethan and Olive from The Unhoneymooners! Something about falling in love with your nemesis is just so swoon-worthy, and y’all… this book is the literal embodiment of the enemies to lovers trope. Despite being a rom-com, The Unhoneymooners contains excellent portrayal of how healthy relationships develop and grow over time. Ethan and Olive are sooooooo adorable together, and I yearn for a romance as sweet and wholesome as theirs!
Peeta Mellark From The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I would die for Peeta Mellark in a heartbeat. Must I even explain myself? He is the sweetest, purest, KINDEST book boyfriend out there, and I’d literally do anything for him. He goes through so much throughout The Hunger Games trilogy, and my heart aches for him everyday. He deserves happiness more than anyone!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I really thought that I was going to love Strange the Dreamer, but sadly, it just didn’t live up to the hype for me. I really loved the characters, so no, not every aspect of the book was unenjoyable, but it boils down to this: this book is boring. I completely agree that the writing is lyrical and lovely, but that’s just not enough to keep me turning the pages. I need an actual PLOT. And Strange the Dreamer never really seemed to have one.
- Erin @ Reading on a Star
- Nicole @ Half Wild Books
- Sky @ Books in the Skye
- Kay @ Hammock of Books
- Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
- Anyone reading this! ❤
I had such a blast doing this tag, and I hope you do too if you decide to give it a try as well! Even if you’re not a Swiftie, you’ll still have tons of fun coming up with answers!
That’s it for now, everyone. I hope you’re all having a good August, and I’m wishing you all happy reading!
See you soon,