Heyy … how y’all doin. (If you didn’t read that in the voice of the tik-tok sound then congratulations. I do not have that talent and now that one line is playing on repeat in my brain).
Today I am doing a tag that I’ve been wanting to do for ages but just haven’t for reasons. The tag in question is The Evermore Book Tag created by Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds who kindly tagged me :)) Thank you 🖤
I’ve always liked Taylor Swift but I was a casual “sing along to the radio£ fan but since the release of Folklore and Evermore I’ve become a full on Swiftie. No shame. I listen to these two albums on repeat much to the annoyance of my mother.
You don’t care but just to have it out there my favourite Folklore songs are: Exile and The Last Great American Dynasty. I did the tag for this album when it came out too so you can read that HERE!!
I think out of the two Evermore is my favourite though. My go to songs are: Gold Rush, Tis the Damn Season, Happiness and No Body, No Crime. Now that you know that, let’s crack on with the tag!!
willow // a book with a character you can’t help but fall in love with
I was really stuck on this question for a long while but I’m going with the character from my current read: Alina Starkov. She is probably my favourite female YA Fantasy character. She’s so sweet and witty and easy to root for. I’m currently nearly 100 pages into the second Siege and Storm and there’s still not been any point where she’s annoyed me which is maybe a record.
Percy Jackson is also a character I couldn’t help but fall in love with right off the bat but I feel like picking him would be a bit obvious.
champagne problems // a book with a broken relationship
Wayword Son by Rainbow Rowell? Kills me to say it but those boys were a bit fractured in this book. I’m hoping with my whole heart that we see them put themselves back together in Any Way the Wind Blows (which comes out in freaking JULY!!!)
gold rush // a book you love with all your heart
It’s a toss up. If we’re speaking series then it’s All For the Game by Nora Savavic and if I had to widdle the trilogy down to my favourite it would probably be the third book The Kings Men. These books are weird, from the writing style to the characters to the overall plot of the book (made up sport + the mafia) but they have such a special place in my heart.
And then I can’t forget about More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn which made me feel a whole lot of stuff. The emotions when I finished this at 2am and sat down to write my review because I had so many thoughts and feelings buzzing inside of me was ridiculous! It’s a book I still get giddy to talk about.
’tis the damn season // a book in which the character reconnects with their family/hometown
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston focuses on a girl called Sophie who goes to stay with her big extended family over Christmas and when they find out she’s been dumped, they set her up on 10 blind dates, as the title suggests.
As much as I enjoyed the romance element of this book, my favourite aspect was Sophie’s family. We see her reconnect with them and especially the two cousins and childhood friend who she was close to as a kid who she grew apart from due to the fact that she lived in a different town.
I moved away from my family to a whole other country when I was 10 years old so I really enjoyed this!
tolerate it // a book with a suffering relationship
Does it count if the relationship made me suffer? Because if so then I’m going with Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett.
I was excited when I heard this book followed two characters who had an awkward one night stand and expect never to see each other again only to end up working the grave-yard shift at the same hotel a month later.
These two, Birdie and Daniel, had no real chemistry in my eyes. Their interactions were cringey with no cuteness to make up for it and I didn’t come away with the sense that they’d be together forever which is what I want from a stand alone romance contemporary like this.
no body, no crime // a book about murder
I have about ten books just sitting on my shelf waiting to be read that are all about murder in some way or another so we’re going with a four book series about multiple murders called The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
If you’ve not heard about this book then you must be new to my blog (hi) because I talk about this series at any chance I get and for good reason! It’s a series all about teenage profilers that work with the FBI to solve serial murders and end up getting wayyy too involved for their own good.
happiness // a book that’s an old favourite, but you just can’t relate to anymore
Aheena chose Harry Potter for her answer and I’m gonna have to agree. I was in the middle of re-reading Goblet of Fire, the illustrated edition, when J.K Rowlings transphobic comments were coming to light last year and it realy took me out of the story.
As much as I love the illustrated editions, I think they’re gorgeous and Jim Kay is ridiculously taltented, I will not be purchasing the final three books because I don’t want support Rowling in any way.
I’ll still always have a special place for these books in my heart and I may re-read the books in the future but I think for the time being when I need my Hogwarts fix I’ll go to Tumblr and read the fan content instead.
dorothea // a book featuring old (or strong) friendships
If the gang from The Raven Cycle aren’t the definition of friend goals then I don’t know what is.
coney island // a book that made you cry – completely destroyed you
I do not recommend picking up Queen of Air and Darkness within minutes of finishing Lord of Shadows. Don’t put yourself through the torture. Take it from me who ended up sobbing so hard that I couldn’t see the words. I’m pretty sure there’s still tear drop marks on the pages. I cried more during the first eight chapters of QoAaD then I do at any other time. Cassandra Clare knows how to make a nerd cry.
ivy // a book that was an unexpected favourite
I was definitely not expecting to like Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Mansicalco as much as I did. I didn’t realise who the author was before picking it up but even then I always shied away from her popular debut series so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and to my surprise it ended up being one of my favourites of the year.
cowboy like me // a book about thieves, or criminals
I don’t want to copy but it’s the only one I’ve got … Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Not to take it back to the Shadow & Bone series, I swear I’m not going to make this show my whole personality, but did anybody scream when Kaz, Inej and Jaspar show up? Because I sure did. They look so good 😭😭
Like I said I’m reading the Grisha trilogy right now and I’m wondering, should I re-read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom during the summer when I have time???
long story short // a book that made up your childhood
My childhood books weren’t Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, those were more my pre-teen years. As a kid I was obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, I don’t remember titles but I remember I got up to the light blue one, the snow day one(?). I have read those first five books so many times.
marjorie // a book with a moving message
God I’m terrible at 1) finding the “message” in books, I’m just totally oblivious, and 2) remembering the message 😂
I think I’m going to go with What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel which is a book that revolves around domestic abuse. When the football stars girlfriend shows up to school with a bruised eye and blames him the school is divided. We see the effects of not only the abuse but the reactions to the abuse as well as much more.
Me trying to describe it here does the book no justice but I highly recommend it. Please check out the trigger warnings beforehand though.
closure // a series in which you NEED the next book
The third book for the The Fixer series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!!! Listen. I know this is never going to happen but I’ll keep holding out because the cliff hangers from The Long Game are still killing me and it’s been months.
evermore // the perfect conclusion to an extremely long (but worth it) series
This is where my tendency to not finish series in a timely manner comes to bite me in the arse :))) Throne of Glass could be a good finale but I wouldn’t know because I haven’t even read Empire of Storms yet.
Maybe Winter by Marissa Meyer, the final book from The Lunar Chronicles. This series is only four books long but it takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey and that last book is biiiggggg. I feel like I was definitely satisfied with this ending and it wrapped everything up well.
I am kind of late to the party so I don’t know whose done it yet and who hasn’t. If I’ve tagged you and you’ve already done it please just ignore me, or even better leave a link to yours in the comments so I can check it out :))
Thanks for reading and a big thank you to Ahaana for tagging me, I loved this tagg!!