The Folklore Book Tag ft. Screaming About Taylor Swift’s New Album, And Of Course, Talking About Books

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.

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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!!)

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  • 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.

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the weight of the starsok 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 themthe 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.

32620332._SY475_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.

holding up the universei 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)

BE56055B-77D7-4805-A5FD-48F0268C3B61i’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. 

37506437there 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 ❤

215D218D-B667-490D-A4E9-41A766935CD1legend, 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 montagethe 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.

0500ADAB-E593-4D04-8B88-FD970165AB89i 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!

17259690….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)

44286258._SY475_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.

41150487._SY475_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??)

35960813the 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!!!

041A1C87-3ACD-4048-B120-9B5B2AE46F66i 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 ;))

30316954i 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.

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olivia @ purely olivia, nimika @ wordhaven, and chloe @ marshmallow pudding (if you’ve already been tagged, sorry!! you all are people i’ve screamed about taylor swift with)

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 ❤

  1. the 1 // a book with an ending that left you speechless
  2. cardigan // a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
  3. the last great american dynasty // a book with such a fascinating and well-told story
  4. exile // a book you wish you hadn’t read
  5. my tears ricochet // a book that made you cry uncontrollably 
  6. mirrorball // a book that feels like it was written just for you
  7. seven // a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic.
  8. august // a book that reminds you of summer
  9. this is me trying // a book that deals with loneliness & sadness 
  10. Illicit affairs // a book that gave you a book hangover
  11. invisible string // a book that came into your life at the exact right time
  12. mad woman // a book with a female character you adore.
  13. betty // a book couple that fills you with yearning
  14. peace // a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
  15. hoax // a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t.

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have you done this tag? listened to the album? cried? did you love it? do you even… listen to taylor swift?


40 thoughts on “The Folklore Book Tag ft. Screaming About Taylor Swift’s New Album, And Of Course, Talking About Books

  1. I love Taylor Swift ❤️❤️ an I love that her folklore album has come out ! I loveee the album too…I just can’t stoppp screaming !!! Sadly I am not there on twitter so most of the times for tags I am only tagged by a few people whom I know and plus I just joined the book community two months ago …there are so many amazing tags around the blogosphere…and I was never aware of these Taylor Swift album tags …and I don’t who like Taylor Swift and I can scream with them in the comments ..
    So now I got you …. also I would love to do this tag 😉

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  2. At first I didn’t think I really liked it – then I got obsessed. It just hit me out of nowhere & now it’s in my head 24/7 & I can’t think of anything elseeee 😅

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  3. Ah love your answers! I still need to get my hands on a lot of them, waiting for them in my country hehe. The Weight of the Stars, The Foxhole Court, The Henna Wars and The Falling In Love Montage. Evelyn is such a perfect answer YES.


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  4. Ah I just heard about this album being released! Apparently Taylor Swift did her hair and makeup for the music video of Cardigan because of Covid?! Good for her! ❤️ Love this so much Rhi 🙂

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  5. I just listened to the album and it was so good!! I love this tag so much! I loved reading your answers there were so many that I agreed with. I loved reading Aristotle and Dante so much!! Such a great post❤︎

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  6. Our screaming about folklore together >> I love this post and this album, ahh!!💛 I’m so happy you love this album (and why can I oddly relate to not being able to listen to 1989 without thinking of someone either). Thank you so much for tagging me, too!! xx

    Ahh, I’m definitely going to think of Evelyn Hugo now when I listen to The Last Great American Dynasty!! I hadn’t thought of the connection until now but I see it very clearly. This post reminded me that I still have never read Legend, which is so sad! I remember my sister reading it forever ago and me wanting to read it to be like her, but I didn’t, and now I really should.

    “It’s a rom com, why wouldn’t everything go wrong” HAHA, yes exactly.

    If you read The Cruel Prince, I’ll be really eager to hear your thoughts! I’ve read it and haven’t read the rest of the series but I think I mostly know what happens because I made the mistake of looking up something on Pinterest once about The Cruel Prince and now I always see pins about the rest of the series in my feed welp. I didn’t LOVE it but I think I’m intrigued enough to eventually read the rest of the series!?? I just want to see how things unfold for the characters.

    Amazing post as always, and thank you again for tagging me!!

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    1. It truly is iconic of us 😉 And that’s so funny about 1989 haha.

      The first time I listened to it I thought of it, and I’m so glad you do too now hehe!! Aww, I hope you get to soon because I really love Legend!!


      I might read it sooner then!! I know about the ship, but that’s all haha.

      Of course!! I’ve screamed with you enough that it was a given ❤

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  7. i love taylor and folklore so much so i’m so excited to do this tag! my faves are the great american dynasty, illicit affairs, august and betty.
    i haven’t read any of the books you mentioned but the henna wars sounds so good! and i did start the foxhole court but i dnfd it because i wasn’t in the mood :// i may go back to it though because i did enjoy what i read!

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    1. aah those are some of my faves too!!! if you haven’t already been tagged i can tag you 🙂
      please read the henna wars!! i adored it so much ❤ and tfc i hop you go back to because while the first book is a bit meh, it truly gets so much better in terms of character development!!

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  8. taylor swift really said ✨🎹🍃🤍 with folklore and i am so here for it 😭😭😭 the cardigan music video is SO beautiful, i love it and the song so much!! honestly all of the songs are stunning, i couldn’t choose a fav but if i had to choose my top five they would be cardigan, seven, mirrorball, epiphany and betty?? i love them all though 🥺🥺

    i just finished summer bird blue yesterday and it was so good but also really sad!! i rarely cry in books lmao so i didn’t actually cry, but i definitely teared up! and i’m so happy to see that you enjoyed the henna wars 🥰 i’m planning on reading final draft soon and i cannot wait, especially after hearing all your praise for it!! amazing post, rhi ❤

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    1. i LOVE the album so much ❤ every song is so good aaaaaa

      the sad vibes in sbb are real lmao :') the henna wars was AMAZING, and final draft is one of the best underhyped books in my opinion!!! thank you ash ❤ if you get a chance to do this tag let me know x

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  9. i’m really happy so many people are enjoying this one! it’s quite different from taylor’s most recent work, so i was surprised the reception was so good! it’s not my favorite, though, and i do think my future self will appreciate it more than my present self (lol) but seven, august and my tears ricochet are bops.

    the last great american dynasty works PERFECTLY with evelyn hugo! i love how taylor’s lyrics are always weirdly specific but universal at the same time, like anyone can relate to it but it’s also about a very particular experience.

    i hardly ever cry reading books, but i feel like if i was to watch a movie inspired by summer bird blue i’d spend the entire movie crying. it’s so sad, real and raw ): however, i do feel like the inner monologue was the most important & difficult part of the book, so i don’t know how well that would be translated to movie, it’s just that i find i cry more often with movies than books for some reason lol

    great answers, rhi!

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    1. those ARE bops and i adore them ❤ i hope it grows on you though!!

      yes! unrelated but 'we find each other in the details' is a tedx talk from olivia gatwood and it reminds me of what you're saying haha

      omg a movie would KILL ME. i think if it had a strong enough main actor and maybe if they visualise it all for us it would break me. and i cry a lot more in movies too!!

      thank you so much lais xxx

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  10. The bridge in illicit affairs! It killed me too, omg that song is perfection. It was my favourite song but then the lakes got released…
    Loved this book tag!

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