Hey and hello 👋 Happy Friday!
So today is a big day. Not only have Little Mix released a best hits album with new songs, but Taylor Swift is also releasing Red (Taylor’s Version), including the 10 minute short film of All Too Well with Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. *screams!!!*
I like the top singles from Red that played on the radio when they were first released, but wasn’t like a “fan”. To be fair I was only 9 or 10 when this album was first released. Since Reputation/Folklore/Evermore I can’t get enough so I’m really looking forward to the re-release.
In preparation for the 10 minute version of All Too Well, I figured I’d talk about some books that had me going though it emotionally.
These Violent Delights & Our Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
This duology had me feeling a million different things all at once.
I’m sure you all know what these book are about, but just in case you don’t: These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai with a forbidden hate-to-love(-to- hate again) romance between the heirs of two warming gangs.
So many emotions were going through me as I read these books because not only do you have to go through the highs and lows of the romance, you also have to worry about their lives, and the lives of the side characters you come to love!! There is so much more to this book then the romance; it’s political and action packed and had me on the edge of my seat!
PLUS I was accepted for an ARC of Our Violent Ends on my first day of university. I was overwhelmed that day to say the least.
As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl
If I can hold my tears in for this book because I was on various busy trains from Malaga to Barcelona and back again, then I can survive this song and this album. #
Whenever I talk about this book I always say the same thing: it’s better to go in with little knowledge of the plot. It’s a real character driven story, mainly following Scarlett and David, their rocky relationship going form frenemies to something more, with a whole lot of tough subjects such as teen pregnancy, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, etc.
While I was expecting this book to deal with some hard subjects, I was not expecting to fall so in love and become so invested with he characters to the point where I was getting emotional over the happy moments too. I genuinely had a couple of tears in my eyes and had to pass it off as eye leakage from yawning to not look like a total wierdo.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Gosh this book made me uncomfortable and, as you can tell by it’s place here on this list, emotional.
This book follows Vanessa during two moments of her life: as a teenager at a boarding school where she had a “romantic” relationship with a teacher, and as an adult when allegations against this teacher are being brought to light and she has to contend and reexamine with how she saw this relationship.
Sure this is fictional, but it’s also really not for so many women and young girls. Reading this and seeing the perspective of Vanessa leading up to and during the abuse, how she was manipulated and gaslighted, and seeing throughout chapters of Older Vanessa the lasting impact of that abuse, was heartbreaking.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever cried so much while reading as when I re-read Lord of Shadows and went straight into Queen of Air and Shadows.
Reading the ending of Lord of Shadows was hard enough the first time about, but back to back with the final book almost killed me. I was crying so much I couldn’t see the words and had tear marks on the page!
The Raven King by Nora Sakovic
I survived this book, not once but multiple times. I deserve a medal for that because this book, and this series in general holds no punches.
Going into this series you think it’s just an odd little book about a made up sport and then get assaulted with so much more then that. I’m just going to leave the description at that. If you haven’t read this yet but want to, my advice to you is have some tissues next to you, especially for the final two books.
So there we go. Books that made me feel emotions. Since beginning writing this post I’ve had a sleep and Red (Taylors Version) is live. I have listened to the 10 minute version of All Too Well and it was just as good and heart-wrenching as expected. I am no not so patiently waiting for the short film. Fingers crossed I make it out alive.
I’d love to know what books made you feel things, your thoughts on the books mentioned and also if you’re in the same boat as me with this album! Thanks for reading :))