Hey and hello.
Do I have a lot of school work to do right now? Yes. Am I going to procrastinate by doing a Taylor Swift book tag? You bet ya!
I come to you today with the Midnight Book Tag by Star is All Booked Up. I’ve been seeing this floating around ever since the release of the album all those weeks ago (it could even be months ago, time is a social construct). As always, I’m late to the trend but I’ve really been wanting to do this tag, so here I am.
Of course I have to talk about my thoughts and feelings on this album before we dive in: I love it. To me it feels like the love child of Lover and Reputation which I really enjoy. The whole vibes of it are stellar. My absolute favourite songs are Lavender Haze and Midnight Rain. These make my ears very happy!
Also before we dive in I should plug the fact that I’m on a quest to do every Taylor Swift album tag. I was actually planning on doing Reputation next but the new album of course took precedence. I have done tags for Folklore, Evermore, and Lover though so you should check those out.
Lavender Haze // A book you will always love and defend
There are two very easy answers here for me but I feel like I’ve been talking abot these two series a whole lot in tags recently so I’m going to mention them super quickly and then move on to a new question with hopefully, more unique answers.
All For the Game by Nora Sakovic – these books have a long list of problems but my suggestion is to just sit back, enjoy and then look to the fandom for fix-it materia. The second is anything by Jennifer Lynn Barnes because an argument can be made that her books can get very dramatic, but to that I say so what?
Maroon // A spicy book
I have been reading a fair few spicy books over the last two years. Probably my favourite that I’ve read, at least this year, has got to be The Edens series by Devney Perry. I like this series because it’s so much more than just a spicy book. It’s got solid tropes (grumpy/sunshine, single parent) and also seperate interweaving plotpoints like an entire murder mystery. I’m really excited to continue on with this series in 2023.
Anti-Hero // Unreliable narrator
Oh my gosh. In class we recently read The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks and the main character, Frank, is definitely an unreliable narrator. Partly because he’s got a fair few screws loose in his brain, but also because even he doesn’t know the full extent of things.
Also, how can I exclude my favourite book of the year: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I love this book so much but the characters reaccount things that happened decades ago are drowning in bias and age. One of my favourite things about this book was how one character would say something (usually Billy) and the others would immediately refute it. They’re all a little unreliable and I love it.
Snow on the Beach // An unexpected surprise
I usually go into school reading with low expectations but we had to read A Room Called Earth Madeleine Ryan for Disability in Fiction and I would have happily read it in one night if we weren’t been quized on it over various weeks. The writing style was like the characters inner monologue, just jumping so seamlessly from one thing to another. It was just a really enjoyable surprise of a book that I hadn’t ever heard of before.
You’re on Your Own Kid // A character that really needs a hug
I’ve been reading Wolfsong by TJ Klune all month but I’ve only recently had time to sit and dedicate time to it thanks to a 4 hour bus drive. On this bus drive I got to the part of the book where shit starts going DOWN and my new love Ox desperately needs a big hug throughout all of that. I just wanted to reach into my Kindle and give him a squeeze. (Side note: I think Ox would give really good hugs)
Midnight Rain // Star-crossed lovers
For this one I’m going with Sydney and Adrien from The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. Two different species, their love is looked down upon as disgusting. So far in the series there has been secrecy, scandal and sacrifice. Does that not scream star-crossed lovers?
Gonna admit, I really wasn’t feeling this book for the first 3 books but I’ve kept on reading for these two and I plan on finishing this series in 2023 to hopefully see them live happily ever after.
Question…? // Grumpy x sunshine (or neurodivergent rep)
AGH I love the Grumpy/Sunshine trope so fucking much! I’ve dedicated two entire blog posts to this trope and plan on doing more in the future (read those here and here). For this question I’m going with a neurodivergent grumpy/sunshine couple: Eve and Jacob from Talia Hibbert’s Act Your Age, Eve Brown.
The fact that I read this at the start of the year and still get all smiley and giddy talking about it says a lot. Eve is literally a ball of pent up sunshine, while Jacob lives by a strict set of rules. I remember for definite that Jacob is autistic, and I’m pretty sure it’s mentioned that Eve is neurodivergent, or finds out she is in the story. I might be misremembering about Eve. I should go back and re-read.
Vigilante shit // Favorite character out for revenge
Lana from the Mindf*ck by S.T. Abby deserves to kill everyone that has ever wronged her.
Bejeweled // Strong character development
It’s more of a tragic development but the Pip from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is definitely not the same Pip come the third and final book, As Good As Dead. While I may not have loved the final book, I did really appreciate how the book actually showed the consequences of everything that had happened, including a focus on Pips trauma.
Labyrinth // Second chance romance
If you haven’t read Ghosted by J.M Darhower you seriously need to. It’s a rockstar romance, very similair to the movie Forever My Girl, but even better.
Most times in second chance romance, one of the people did something wrong and I don’t always like how easy they’re forgiven. With this book though, the girl doesn’t take him back straight away, she makes him grovel, as she should because this dude left her pregnant which made me actually come to love the guy as he rights his wrong.
Karma // Favorite full circle moments or parallels
As an English Lit student parallels and full circle moments are my jam! The problem is that I read them and enjoy them … and then forget about them. What I’m saying is that none are coming to mind right now and it’s really annoying me.
Sweet Nothing // Favourite fluffy/cozy read
I recently read Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu and this graphic novel will 100% become an annual read to transition into that autumn/winter period. I’m already looking forward to re-reading this next year, wrapped up in a blanket and drinking a big mug of tea. The vibes are immaculate – sweet, homey and magical.
Mastermind // Perfect worldbuilding and storytelling
I’m trying not to only talk about the books I’ve read recently because what’s the point of a wrap up if I just spill my guts in a tag. But I cannot let this question pass without mentioning Keeper of Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger.
I did a whole review of this book too but to keep it quick: I loved the mix of classic fantasy and modern society integrated with places we’ve already heard about like Atlantis. You’re dropped into the story but you’re not left drowning in questions about how the world works which I liked. Will definitely be conintuing on with this series next year.
I wasn’t tagged so it feels wierd to tag anyone else. Instead, I’m gonna leave links to other people who have done this so you can check out their answers if you haven’t already!
- Yolanda @ Past Midnight
- Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat
- Dini @ Dinipandareads
- Lauren @ Narrative Paradise
I had a lot of fun with this tag, almost as much fun as I had listening to the album the first time around. Thanks for reading :))