Time for another Kerri-fun-fact: I love music. I can often be found singing to myself as I work or blasting music while I drive. And my love of music is all-encompassing, i.e. I will listen to pretty much any genre of music. That being said, I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift, but there are definitely a few songs of hers that I’ve enjoyed. But it’s not like I follow her music closely.
Still, when one of the most popular musical artists of our time drops a completely unexpected full length album and the collective book community LOSES ITS MIND… you kinda have to give it a listen. Well, if you’re me, you do 😂 So when T-Swift was like “Oh, heh, have folklore!”, I put it on Spotify as I drove to work. And, perhaps, maybe I had it on repeat the entire rest of the work day. Maybe! So when @shelvesofstarlight asked if anyone would like to tagged for this folklore book tag, I was primed to say yes! (Side note: you should totally go check out her blog, as well 💕)
1. Credit the creator of the tag Cielo @ Bellerose Reads (Thanks for the fun tag!)
2. Shout out the person who tagged you (Thanks again, @ Shelves of Starlight!)
3. List the rules of the tag in your post
4. Tag at least five people to do the tag!
The 1 – A book you wanted to read but never did
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanne Clarke
Hahahaha, THERE ARE SO MANY. But I suppose I’ll talk about the one book I actually own that has been on my bookshelf for… ever. I remember initially becoming interested in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell because my mom was reading it and I always thought my mom read the coolest books. So I “borrowed” it when I moved out. It’s okay! She never even noticed it was gone 😅😂
Anyways, now it just chills on my shelf and I want to read it but… she thicc. I am intimidated. But I will read it one day!
Cardigan – A character that didn’t end up with their first love interest
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
So I’m super cheating with this one. Quite frankly, I can’t think of any character that doesn’t end up with their first love interest off the top of my head. Why is this cheating? Because there are, like, three love interests in The Court of Miracles and technically, the main character hasn’t ended up with any of them. Yet.
Yes, it’s the first book in a series, but T E C H N I C A L L Y!!!
The Last Great American Dynasty – A book with an epic female protagonist
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Karina is what I wish I had been when I was a teenager: fierce, tenacious, and willing to fight for what she wants. She doesn’t make the best of choices at times, but her decisions come from a very real and heartfelt place. Also, she’s hilarious 😂 I loved reading her chapters and living in her brain throughout this book.
And, because she’s this kickass as a teenager, I’m so eager to follow her growth!
Exile – A book about walking out of a toxic relationship
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
Again, I’m kinda cheating with this one. The book isn’t necessarily about walking out of a toxic relationship, but one of our main characters certainly does get out of one during the course of the novel. And it’s all very dramatic and exciting! Not enough people talk about this series, as well. I found it at random years ago and absolutely gobbled it up. It’s intense, steampunky, and there’s angst. In short, it’s a real good time, lol.
My Tears Ricochet – The fictional couple that made you suffer the most
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Look. As soon as Zachary Ezra Rawlins had a story whispered in his ear by the mysterious Dorian, all I wanted was for them to just love each other 😩 But the slow burn is real in this book. Which is probably because they honestly don’t get to spend much time around each other throughout the course of the story. They suffered, I suffered, everyone suffered!
Mirrorball – A swoon-worthy, sweet couple
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe + Red = *swoon*
They are both flawed and they struggle for the to find their HEA is real, but them together is just so cute! They both bring out the best in one another and I loved following their story. Red is so soft and adorable and Chloe is just a perfect foil for him.
Ugh, now I wanna read it again. I could use some swooniness (shut up, it’s a word) right now!
Seven – A book with fae characters
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
There’s a whole fae kingdom we get to explore in this book! It’s also one of the few books where I wasn’t completely put off by the fae aspect, lol. Fae are jerks, man, and I’m not typically a fan. But Naomi Novik made me curious if mayhaps I have been too hasty in my dislike of fae stories. This is such a fantastic book!
August – A book you’ve read very fast
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
I read this entire fantasy novel in a single day. It was so good! It has adventure, excellent world-building, and an interesting cast of characters. I loved it so much that I immediately downloaded the rest of the books onto my Kindle 😅😂 If you’re looking for a fun fantasy adventure that heavily focuses on magical creatures, I think you would love this one!
This Is Me Trying – A coming of age book
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Y’all knew we weren’t going to get through this tag without me mentioning my favorite book of 2020! This is a incredible coming-of-age tale set in a gorgeously wrought fantasy world. Tarisai goes through a lot in her young life and it’s a ride getting to watch her grow up and come into her own. This is a book that will absolutely grip your imagination. It’s powerful and beautiful and I just need everyone to read it, okay?!
Illicit Affairs – A book with a forbidden love
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The romance in this book may not be as dramatic as in a fantasy, but it’s definitely still forbidden. Only because Xiomara’s mom is completely and absolutely against her having a boyfriend. I love how that dynamic is explored by Acevedo in her verses. This is such an incredible book and it’s even better in audio!
Invisible String – A book featuring a road trip
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar
I mean… they kind of go on a road trip. Just on a boat 😂
I loved the travelling aspect of this story, though. The author really managed to capture the wonder of exploring a new place and the fun of the journey. I loved the girl gang aspect of this book, as well. It’s such a fun book that has some of my favorite things: pirates, found family, and cake!
Mad Woman – Your favorite female villain
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
I’m only cheating a little bit on this one. Nimona, the title character, is technically the villain’s henchman. But I’m saying it counts!
I love Nimona so much. She’s so sarcastic and tough, yet scarred and scared. I want to be her friend and we can run around kicking butt and taking over the world. She’s incredible, as is this graphic novel. If you’re looking for a fast, fun, yet thought-provoking read, you’ll love this one.
Epiphany – A book that made everything disappear while you were having a rough time
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
I read this book right after we moved to Boston. It wasn’t necessarily a rough time but there was definitely an adjustment period. This book was what I escaped into when I could settle down after work/unpacking. It was so atmospheric and it was easy to fall into the story at the end of the day. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel!
Betty – A book with second-chance trope
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Okay. Okay. I know. This is more enemies-to-lovers than second-chance.
But! Hear me out! The main character and her love interest met each other awhile before they go off on their fake honeymoon and, through a series of unfortunate events, formed their hatred. So the vacation is kind of their second chance at romance. Right? …Right?
Look, I don’t read a lot of romances, okay?!
Peace – A book with a passionate affair that wasn’t meant to be
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
I honestly couldn’t think of a doomed romance off the top of my head, so I just picked a series were almost everyone is doomed! That would have to include at least one half of a romantic couple, right? I can’t really say a specific couple because, ya know, spoilers, but there’s at least one passionate affair that doesn’t end happily!
We’ve talked about how I can’t remember books after I’m done with them, especially if they are very involved. Welp… this is the result 😂
Hoax – The saddest book you remember reading
Night by Elie Wiesel
This book destroyed me 😭😭😭
Most books set during the Holocaust hurt my heart, but hearing Wiesel’s firsthand story of what he and his people suffered… it absolutely gutted me. It always makes me incredibly sad to read about the terrible things people are willing to do to other human beings. Though this book is short, it packs a powerful punch.
So I’m pretty late to the folklore party (and this tag) and I feel like everyone who wants to has probably already done it! With that in mind, if you enjoyed this post and you haven’t done it yet, consider yourself tagged! And, if you do complete it, drop me a link in the comments! I’d love to read your answers.
And, as always, happy reading!