so, as i write this, taylor swift released her new album yesterday and i’m already in love.
(also yes, i’m in lowercase again!! it’s the mood of the album ok i HAVE to do this). i was going to publish this on like, the 11th of august, but even though i already had a post written and scheduled for right now… i’ve pushed it back because i needed to do this tag…. i 100% didn’t write and publish this within 24 hours, no definitely not.
massive thank you to ilsa for creating this tag – i love her blog so much and she’s also a massive taylor swift fan so this is perfect.
(personally i think this is her best album since 1989.. which i can never listen to now without thinking of someone but that’s ok!! idk i liked reputation and lover but they kind of flopped for me??) my other taylor swift book tags are the Lover book tag, and the Wonderstruck book tag (which was created by my wonderful friend Olivia!!)
- Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
- Tag at least 3 people. (sorry if you’ve already been tagged!!)
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
- Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.
ok so!! firstly, i love this song so much and it was a beautiful introduction to the album, but!! music aside, i think i have to go with the weight of the stars.
the ending is so perfect, i cried a little. i still think about it now and i just?? love alexandria and ryann and everyone in this book so much, and i’m so glad they got what they deserved.
(the music video for this is incredible stop reading this go watch it come back later please)
the stars and the blackness between them could fit for either this one or the one above, but i think this is the perfect prompt.
i loved this book a lot, and while moments made me sad (like, uh, that ending), it made me so happy and filled with love and joy (like, uh, that ending). mabel and audre are so different, but so beautiful and they are trying so hard – i just loved it.
(also have i mentioned that ending. it was so. good.)
everything about this song reminds me of the seven husbands of evelyn hugo – for reasons i can’t really explain, but i’ll try to regardless.
this song represents this book so well, it relates to evelyn’s story so well, lyrics like ‘holiday house sat quietly on that beach’, ‘who knows if she never showed up what could’ve been / there goes the most shameless woman this town has ever seen / she had a marvelous time ruining everything’, and ‘the town said how did a middle class divorcée do it?’ made me think of this book the first time i heard it.
evelyn’s story is told with an alternating timeline of monique’s, but her story truly steals the show. it’s well told, it drew me in, and i loved it so so much.
i really wish i’d never read aftg and gotten sucked into THAT mess, but i’m gonna shut up about that and choose holding up the universe.
it was just so… boring?? and weird? the romance felt predictable and forced, libby’s “problem” was resolved before the book and therefore no character arc was possible…. this was a bucket of trashfire and not the good kind (aftg)
i’m not a massive crier in books? i mean, i tear up, but nothing major.
however, summer bird blue broke me.
i mean, it really broke me. there was so much grief and sadness… i’m not ashamed to say that one of the reasons i liked it where so many didn’t is because i didn’t notice the things that made them mad – i was too busy crying.
there are three i feel like fit this, but i was talking to a friend just last night about darius the great is not okay and i have to say this.
darius’ experience of going to iran was very different to mine when i went to india a while ago, but i found so many similarities. the family dynamics, the feeling darius has of never quite feeling like he’s american enough or iranian enough – i felt this book with all my heart. it’s so raw and so beautiful, and i know that the sequel will be amazing.
the messages of it’s okay to not be okay are also dear to me, and the casual queerness of it. i went in expecting a romance, and i’m glad it didn’t go there – because it made so much more room for darius’ character development.
i could go on and on about this book, but i’ll spare you haha ❤
legend, for sure. it’s not really a childhood book, but i read it when i first started reading YA and it’s so quintessential of the time, yet it aged really well?? (especially for… our current situation haha)
i’m planning to reread at some point this year (it’s a yearly thing at this point) and all i can say is i’m ready??? to cry?? have my heart ripped out?? my friend read this for the first time recently and i relived the entire experience… pain. so much pain.
the falling in love montage!! it’s set in summer, and saoirse and ruby try to have the fun, ‘dating’ part of romcoms… without actually falling in love.
chaos is a given, of course. misunderstandings? they happen. i mean – it’s a romcom, why wouldn’t something go wrong? scratch that, why wouldn’t EVERYTHING go wrong?
but really, it’s set in summer, and i totally got those vibes from it!!! i really loved the setting and all the trouble they caused – and i really loved the characters and ending. really loved it.
i barely talk about this book, but i think beautiful mess is really a perfect book for this.
ava has just lost her best friend, and gideon has never really had anyone. it’s an amazing book full of poetry, bad jobs, and a romance that is a little messy, but it’s a beautiful one. i don’t talk about it much, but it’s a novel i adore a lot and… probably should mention more. it’s also by an australian author, which i love!
….there is no other answer than aftg for this. i’d been slumping a bit the month before i read it, but as soon as i read it the next two months consisted of me reading 5 books a month (small for me!! i normally read closer to 10ish).
it’s??? just??? so??? addictive??? i hate that i love it?? but it’s so good??
(also the bridge of this song KILLED me)
i couldn’t have read the henna wars at a better time – i was slumping, and i found beautiful characters who stole my heart and a book that means a lot to me.
since then, i’ve pretty much dragged my way out of the slump, but i haven’t stopped thinking about it. i adore it so much – the cover, the plotline, the characters – the characters a lot. relationships between both friends and family are so well developed and i really really love this book.
i want to say evelyn hugo for this, but i’m resisting (but she’s just!! so!! good!!)
okay, if it’s not evelyn, then i really, really, really love zahra, june, and nora from red white and royal blue. they’re all INCREDIBLE, snarky, and trying to help alex see that ‘hey, maybe he’s in love with you and you’re in love with him’. zahra is truly iconic in everything she does, and june? june is excellent. nora is perhaps my true favourite.. but shhhh.
ignore the fact this part of the pot was added two days after it was published pls thank u
um, not really anything??? i tend to stay away from books like that, but something that immediately comes up for me is this middle grade book called doll bones??
i’m not going to insert the cover because… that’s the haunting part. it gives me the creeps. i never picked it up because 8 year old Rhi was TERRIFIED of the girl and the blurb. i only realise now holly black wrote it?? (also… everyone is freaking out about folk of the air being like exile… should i take the plunge and read it?? i don’t know!! the cruel prince looks so good but so horrible at the same time??)
the romance in final draft makes me yearn – for both what they have, and for them to get together.
it’s a slowburn, and it’s gorgeous. it’s two characters who by all logic shouldn’t work together, but they do and it’s amazing and sapphic and this song? the perfect one to match with an f/f couple. (i know it’s not gay but…. i can dream.)
i love this book so much (i was considering it for the darius question, but went for that one instead) and it’s so underhyped – please!! read!! it!!!
i would die for aristotle and dante. and legs. and everyone. i’m putting them in here because peace is a song that, like, directly correlates to this book?? there’s so many similarities?? (that could be an entire post so i’ll shut up)
besides from the fact that there is literal i-might-die-for-you in this book, i just adore everything about this book. the prose, the characters, the plotline, the setting, the everything. it’s a beautiful book that i cry through even when i know what’s going to happen, and it makes me so so happy and sad.
(this could’ve gone for august, my tears richochet, and cardigan as well, but since it matches peace so well i decided on this one ;))
i hate hate hate that i’m closing this tag on this book because i hate it so so much, but the memory book.
i thought i was going to like it – the cover, the recommendation from my cousin, the sick lit (which, tbh, is always hit or miss for me) – i thought wrong. i hate this book so much. it’s truly awful. i got awful characters who make bad decisions and are whiny about it, a weird plot that makes me go ????what????? even now, a superficial, out of context ending, and overall a book that makes me want to scream.
and of course, anyone who wants to do it!! let me know in the comments and i’ll not only scream with you, but i’ll add you to the list ❤
- the 1 // a book with an ending that left you speechless
- cardigan // a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
- the last great american dynasty // a book with such a fascinating and well-told story
- exile // a book you wish you hadn’t read
- my tears ricochet // a book that made you cry uncontrollably
- mirrorball // a book that feels like it was written just for you
- seven // a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic.
- august // a book that reminds you of summer
- this is me trying // a book that deals with loneliness & sadness
- Illicit affairs // a book that gave you a book hangover
- invisible string // a book that came into your life at the exact right time
- mad woman // a book with a female character you adore.
- betty // a book couple that fills you with yearning
- peace // a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
- hoax // a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t.
have you done this tag? listened to the album? cried? did you love it? do you even… listen to taylor swift?