Hi everyone! So if you’ve been on the internet in the past few days, you’re probably aware that Taylor Swift released a new, surprise album on Friday called folklore, and yes, I loved it. If like me, you prefer Taylor’s slower songs (not that I don’t love the more upbeat ones, they’re great for my running playlist) then this album is definitely for you! I’ve only actually listened to it once all the way through so far, but my favourites at this point are betty, the last great american dynasty, mad woman and my tears ricochet, though of course as I listen to the album more, that will probably change.
Anyway, this is an original tag created by Ilsa at A Whisper of Ink , who also tagged me, thanks Ilsa! (https://awhisperofink.wordpress.com/2020/07/24/the-folklore-book-tag-original/) and here are the rules for the tag:
- Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
- Tag at least 3 people.
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
- Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.
So here we go, the folklore book tag!:
The 1: a book with an ending that left you speechless
I couldn’t go with anything other than this book for this one, the YA thriller to beat all other YA thrillers. Seriously, it kind of ruined (in the best way) all other thrillers for me because I was so blown away by that ending. It’s seriously messed up but in the most brilliant way possibly and you will not see it coming.
cardigan: a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
Honestly this book was tailor made for this prompt, it’s devastating and heartbreaking of course (how could any book set in WWII not be?) but Maddie and Queenie’s friendship is one of my favourites I’ve ever read and Queenie is brilliantly witty so even among the heartbreak, there’s a lot of joy as well.
the last great american dynasty: a book with a fascinating and well told story
The way VE Schwab crafted the beautifully intricate a-linear timeline in this and brought all of the disparate threads together into one brilliant story? I am both envious of the skill and also love it so much. VE Schwab is such a talented writer and I look forward to every new book of hers that comes out (so excited for Addie!).
exile: a book you wish you hadn’t read
Ah Lord of The Flies, my old nemesis. If I hadn’t had to read this for my GCSEs at school then I never would have and it’s time that I cannot get back. It’s so boring and I’ve read contemporary dystopia that’s so much more creative and fun and quite frankly more interesting than this one.
my tears ricochet: a book that made you cry uncontrollably
Honestly, I really don’t cry at books very often, I don’t know why, I think it’s because I’m not a visual reader. But this one really got to me, of course any book set in a concentration camp is harrowing, but I found the stories of the Rabbits so heartbreaking, the fact that real women had to go through what they went through, it definitely brought a few tears to my eyes thinking about it whilst I was reading.
mirrorball: a book that feels like it was written for you
A Darker Shade of Magic is basically everything I love about fantasy, all rolled into one book. It has a brilliant female lead, several awesome magical worlds, fantastic villians and an engaging story.
seven: a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
It’s kind of hard to do this one when so many of my favourite childhood authors keep turning out to be kind of terrible people, but I have super fond memories of this series, I would go to the library every week to get the next book when I was younger, though sadly I never finished the series as my library didn’t have all the books, I think I made it up to book 10!
august: a book that reminds you of summer
These books are quintessential summer reads, when I was a teenager I loved diving into Tibby, Lena, Bridget and Carmen’s lives and seeing what each summer would bring for them and their friendship.
this is me trying: a book that deals with loneliness and sadness
It’s very out of my usual wheelhouse of books, but P.S. I Love You deals with the lonelines and sadness that comes with Holly’s grief over the death of her husband and her attempts to move forward with her life after her loss very well.
illicit affairs: a book that gave you a book hangover
The hangover I had after finishing this book, honestly I’ve never experienced anything like it! The end of this series was such perfection and it took me so long to move on from this world and these characters to find something that came anywhere close to living up to it.
invisible string: a book that came into your life at the exact right time
I found Percy Jackson just when I moved to a new school and didn’t know anyone, and without it, I wouldn’t have met my best friend Hannah, Percy Jackson was a big bonding point for us and cemented a friendship based on a mutual love of books and fangirling.
mad woman: a book with a female character you adore
I could have picked about ten thousand different books for this one, because I have so many female characters I adore but I decided to go with Izzy O’Neill, she’s just so funny and confident and stands up for what she believes in and I can relate so hard to her!
epiphany: a book that is haunting
I dare you to read the line “That day my brother’s life was worth a pocket watch” and not be completely haunted for the rest of your life. I dare you.
betty: a book couple that fills you with yearning
Sephy and Callum……..another time, another place, a different world and the two of them could have had an ending that didn’t shatter everyone’s hearts into a million pieces. Alas this is not that book.
peace: a book character you’d die for because you love them so much
Okay, being serious, I’m not sure I’d be willing to die for any fictional character, but if I was going to, then Severin, Laila, Zofia, Enrique, Hypnos and Tristan would be the ones. Their group dynamic is just the absolute best and I can’t wait to read more of their adventures in The Silvered Serpents when it comes out.
hoax: a book you thought you were going to love but didn’t
Okay I mean technically I’m not finished yet, but I’m far enough through to know that I’m not going to love this one. It should have been so good, the cover is gorgeous, the blurb sounded great but the actual book has not lived up to that promise.
So there we go, that’s the folklore book tag! Thanks to Ilsa for creating it, and if you would like to do it, then consider yourself tagged!