Today on the blog, I’m bringing a music inspired book tag. This is the Red (Taylor’s Version) Book Tag as created by Tiffany @ Gazer of Books! Now, I’m not the biggest Swiftie, but I do like her a lot of her music. Folklore was on repeat in my car for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I also love her current project of redoing her old albums so they reflect how she really wanted them to sound. So, while I wasn’t waiting with bated breath for the release of the new and improved Red album, I still enjoyed it when it came out.
That being said, when Tiffany put out a call for bloggers who would like to be tagged, I jumped at the chance. Now, let’s put some music and get to the post!
- Link to the original creator and her post: Tiffany from Gazer of Books
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post (Feel free to copy the original format and graphics!)
- Tag all the Swifties in your life!
State of Grace – A Painful Romantic Love
Though I don’t know how their romance will ultimately end, the first one that popped into my mind was Alyce and Aurora from Malice by Heather Walter. Everything in this story is conspiring against these two and it makes my heart hurt! I loved this story quite a bit and I’m eager to see how their love story will end in the sequel.
Red – A Book or Character That Makes You See RED
Ooo, do I get to talk about my hatred of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë again? Because that book is the WORST! I apologize to all the WH lovers out there, but I hated this book so much, I “lost” it as soon as I was done with it. I liked literally nothing about it; not the characters, not the plot, not the writing. Everything about this book made me want to raaaaage. Ugh… never again…
Treacherous – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Buy
Definitely House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. Look. I wanted to try a SJM book and this cover was very pretty.
I also came across it in a Target, I believe, and I just… couldn’t… resist! I snapped it up and now it sits on my TBR bookshelf with all of my other impulse buys 😂
Still, I am excited to read this one!
I Knew You Were Trouble – A Book You Knew You Would Fall in Love With
I knew I was gonna love Little Thieves by Margaret Owen. I had previously read her Merciful Crow duology, so I knew I loved her writing. And it was being billed as a “dark fairytale retelling” which is one of my favorite things. Thankfully, I was right and ended up rating this incredible book five stars! I’m stoked that it has now been extended from a standalone to a series.
All Too Well – A Book That Brings About Nostalgia
The one that instantly came to mind is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. There’s a lot of fond memories with not only that book, but the entire series! It reminds me of Florida as my family lived there when I first read the book. I’m reminded of my fourth grade teacher because she was the one who gave it to me. And, overall, it just makes me think of my childhood because that series was such a big part of it! I really should re-read it at some point.
22 – Your Favourite Group of Friends
I love Dayo, Tarisai, and all their council siblings in the Raybearer duology by Jordan Ifueko! You get a tiny glimpse of their relationship in the first, Raybearer, but the second book, Redemptor, is where it really shines. I loved learning more about the other council members and watching their found family grow and deepen. Definitely one of the best series with that trope!
I Almost Do – A Messy Book Couple (You Love or Hate)
The main couple in The Dare by Lesley Kara are messy AF. I mean… you don’t really realize it until the main character does, which is much later than it should have been, but that’s part of the messiness 😂 I suppose I don’t really love or hate them. They were an interesting couple that had a lot of layers to their relationship. And I definitely thought their dynamics added an interesting element to the story.
We Are Never Getting Back Together- A Book or Series You Put Down and Decided to Never Read Again Like Ever
Oh, this one is easy. I’m gonna go with a series and say the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. When I started this paranormal romance series, I was instantly hooked! There was a moody vampire, a kickass female protagonist, and loads of action. I tore through the first few books in quick order. Then the books just kept coming but the plot felt like it had devolved into just a bunch of smut. Which is absolutely fine! But I’m not a really a smut reader and, if I were to read it, I would need a solid plot to go with all the sex. I feel like this series gave up on the plot a long time ago and that’s why I’ve moved on.
Stay Stay Stay – A Book That Makes You Inexplicably Happy
Well, this is an easy answer! I have to say The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune because I was pretty smiling throughout this entire book. Ya know… when I wasn’t tearing up, lol. This was such a sweet and heartwarming book that was just so cute. At the same time, it touches on some tough topics that will have your heart in a vise, especially when it comes to the kiddos living at the orphanage. I loved this book so much and it definitely made me happy!
The Last Time – A Book You Can’t Read Again Because It Will Hurt Too Much
I could talk about a book that was emotionally scarring, but still a good book. Instead, I’m going to talk about a book that I re-read recently and hurt me with how bad it was in comparison to my memories. That book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This was one of my favorite books from my childhood, so when the opportunity to buddy read it popped up, I jumped at the chance! Unfortunately, this book did not stand up to the test of time. There was so much fatphobia, sexism, and racism sprinkled throughout this story that the only reason I got through the re-read was nostalgia. So disappointed…
Holy Ground – A Book Where You Need Another Like It
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia was a weird, dark little book and I need another one just like it, like, yesterday. I adored this strange book! From the Edgar Allan Poe references, to the intense game scattered throughout Boston, this book read like it was made specifically for me. It was such an engaging book that I didn’t want to end! I definitely need to pick up more books from this author because her writing style definitely agrees with me.
Sad Beautiful Tragic – A Sad, Beautiful Tragic Book
Beloved by Toni Morrison certainly fits the bill for sad, beautiful, and tragic. This was an intense and beautifully written story that had me in my feelings from beginning to end. It had it’s flaws but, the longer I linger on it, the more I’ve grown to love this book. It’s a story that looks at some heavy topics and certainly doesn’t shy away. I want to read more Morrison now because of it!
The Lucky One – A Book Cover That You Think is Pretty
Oh, so many! I’m a huge cover buyer, I will pick up a book solely because it’s beautiful. That means that I own a lot of beautiful books, lol. There are also a lot out there that I don’t have (yet) but I think are gorgeous. I’m gonna go with one that I actually own and say… Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen. I mean, just look at it!
It’s absolutely gorgeous! It doesn’t hurt that the story inside is just as beautiful. I cannot wait for more from this author and this world.
Everything Has Changed – Genre You Fell in Love With Instantly
Well this is an easy one 😂 It has to be fantasy, my one true bookish love. I’ve been a fantasy reader since I was a kid and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. There’s just something about escaping into so many varied worlds with creatures and magic and adventures that calls to my soul. The fact that you can slices of other genres in fantasy, as well, just solidifies it even more as my favorite.
Starlight – A Book Cover Dressed to the Nines
As mentioned above, I own a lot of beautiful books. But I’m going to feature one that I read (and loved!) recently.
This is my OwlCrate edition of These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong and it is absolutely stunning 😍 There is also a gorgeous illustration on the reverse dust jacket. It’s one of my favorite covers/naked hardbacks and, I can tell you, the content inside is a new favorite, as well!
Begin Again – A Book You Hope Will Be a 5 Star Read
The book I’m picking for this is one I’ve been recommended time and again. It’s The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri! I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book and the synopsis sounds like it has five star potential. It’s sapphic, it’s fantasy, and it’s not Euro-centric. I’m totally in! Also, the cover is gorgeous, so it makes me even more intrigued, lol.
The Moment I Knew – The One Book You Knew Would Make You Cry
I don’t typically go into books thinking I’m going to cry. I actually tend to avoid books that I know have a high likelihood for making me cry 😅 I’m not saying I’ll never read a tear-jerker, but it’s not something towards which I usually gravitate.
That being said, when I picked up The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I knew tears would be shed. I mean, it’s a historical fiction set in Nazi occupied France. Of course I was gonna cry! The book was so good, however, that I really didn’t mind it.
Come Back… Be Here – Character You Want to Have Their Own Book Series
I would like an entire book/series about Fox from Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston, please and thank you. Fox was one of my favorite characters in this book! Yes, he was one of the main characters, but I don’t want a book about his MC quest. I just want to follow him on his foxy adventures! And, okay, maybe a little bit of his MC quest before he teams up with Cerys.
State of Grace – A Painful Platonic Love
Oof, this is a tough one. I tend to like books with good platonic relationships, hence why found family is one of my favorite tropes. I guess I’ll go with Duck and Annie from Fireborne by Rosaria Munda? They are very close friends, but Duck is clearly pining for Annie. It makes for some very strained moments that gave me a lot of secondhand cringe. They’re still great friends, but it definitely makes it awkward, at least in the first book. I really need to continue on with this series!
Better Man – That One Character You Hate
Hmm… well, I despised Captain Kian in Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn. She was the villain, of course, but I’m one of those people that can be swayed to like the antagonist. Not this time! She was the legit WOOOORST. Well-written, but the WORST. You know an author has a way with words when they can make you feel such strong feelings towards a fictional person.
Nothing New – Favourite Female Character That is Unapologetic About Themselves
I’m gonna talk about Little Thieves again, but how can I not pick Vanja as the answer to this question??? Vanja is a total gremlin of a person and she makes no excuses for it. She’s also been through a lot in her short life and is just trying to survive a very rough world. I adored her and legit would fight anyone to let her be able to live her life. Vanja deserves good things! And she will take them by force if she has to 😂
Message in a Bottle – The One Book You Want EVERYBODY to Read
I need everyone to read Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse! This epic fantasy set in Mesoamerica swiftly became one of my all-time favorites with it’s lush writing, compelling characters, and intense plot. I’m so excited for the sequel coming out this year! Might have to do a re-read of this one before Fevered Star makes it appearance because I miss Xiala and Serapio. And I guess the others, too.
I Bet You Think About Me- What’s That One Book That Makes People Think About You?
That’s a good question! Probably Raybearer because I would not shut up about it last year 😂 It’s just such a good story! That’s another book that I would want everyone to read. It’s got found family and beautiful world-building and I want everyone to experience it.
Forever Winter – A Book Featuring Mental Health
The one that comes to mind first is Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. This is a graphic memoir that had me laughing and crying throughout. There are a lot of lighthearted stories in this book, but the author is also very candid about her battles with depression. It’s a fantastic read and, though it deals with some tough subjects, I laughed out loud so many times!
Run – A Book You Can Reread and Never Bore of It
A book from my childhood that I love to re-read often is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I absolutely love this quirky little mystery! And, no matter how many times I read it, I still love watching the game within unfold. Which you wouldn’t think would happen when you already know how the story ends, but that’s just how good this is! It’s such a fun book, which is why it’s so easy to read it over and over again.
The Very First Night – A Book You Wish You Can Reread As If It’s The Very First Time
Any Erin Morgenstern book, honestly. If I gotta be specific, though, I’m going to go with The Starless Sea definitely comes out on top. If I could experience it again for the first time, I would be a happy girl! Then I would be able to fall into the magic and experience that feeling of falling in love with the book all over again. It’s just so beautiful and this question now makes me want to re-read it, lol.
All Too Well (10 Minute Version) – Longest Book You’ve Ever Read
According to Goodreads, it’s The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Which is apparently 1276 pages 😳 That makes me very happy that I read this via audiobook! Length aside, this was an incredible book, especially considering my usual history with classics. There were certainly bits in the middle that dragged, but, for the most part, I had a great time with this one.