Taylor Swift Book Tag


Polina Sondra
GettingBackTogetherWe Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

(A Book/Series You Thought You Were in Love With, but Had to Break Up With)

Beastly by Alex Flinn Allegiant by Veronica Roth
This book had everything that was needed to make fourteen-year-old me happy: a boy with issues, a girl who loved books, a fairy-tale retellling, some humor, and some references to my favorite musicals. I still think a lot of these things are great, but if I were to read this book now, I suspect I would be frustrated with the cliches more than anything else. I also remember reading the sequels/companions and finding them very boring and underwhelming. I loved the first two books in this series. I even was at B&N when it opened for Alliegent. But then Twitter blew up, and I knew SOMETHING happened. I’m terrible with books, and I read for, well happiness, so I flipped to the back and saw THE THING. I was so upset I put the book down, and since that time I’ve found zero interest in ever picking it up. I found out what happened, I read the entire recap, I just have no interest in reading it now

(A Book with a Red Cover)

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Red Glove by Holly Black

There are a lot of books I could have chosen for this, but I’m going with Unspoken because I’m physically incapable of shutting up about the Lynburn Legacy because  isn’t the original cover so great?! It’s unique and eyecatching and hints at both the book’s Gothic elements and its playful tone. The new girl-in-forest covers aren’t terribly hideous to look at, but I’m forever distressed by how generic they are. WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL, PUBLISHERS.

I don’t talk enough about how much I LOVE The Curse Workers series. This series is one of those that I can pick up at any time and just read and reread. The world is amazing, the characters are fantastic, and it’s a con book. Which if there is one underrated genre it’s cons and there need to be more of them.
LoveStoryLove Story

(A book with a forbidden love)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor  Talon by Julie Kagawa
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.  It did not end well.”  And that’s all I’m telling because this book is much better if you go into it knowing nothing, but yes, there is forbidden love, and it is amazing and so is everything else  Okay so my number one pick would also be Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because that book series is just so….there aren’t even words. But beside the point. Talon is the story of a dragon falling for a human(Also for another dragon but we’ll just ignore him for this). It’s pretty much cheesy trash, and I love it so much.
Forever and Always
(Favorite Book Couple)
Will, Jem, and Tessa – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare  Scarlet and Wolf – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Will, Jem and Tessa start out as what seems like a typical “which bachelor will the lady choose?”  love triangle, but by the end of third book, they are obviously so much more than that. All three of them love each other deeply and equally, and would do absolutely anything to spare the others suffering. If not for certain extremely upsetting events, I am absolutely sure they would have ended up in a wonderful polyamorous relationship.  I can’t even say much here because it’ll all just come out as incoherent screaming and crying. These two are my absolute 100% death. Scarlet is a book I can reread at any time, and never get tired of it. I die any time they’re mentioned. (And yes as obsessive as I am about Blue and Gansey, Wolf and Scarlet STILL beat them out for top spot). I once found myself on the floor curled around a pillow trying to read Cress because of Wolf. It’s a legitimate problem I have with them.


The Best Day

(A Book That Makes You Nostalgic)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This was the only John Green book (well, partially John Green) that was released when I was an active member of his fandom. The year it came out was one of the messier ones in my life, and reading John’s books and watching his videos gave me a sense of  community I didn’t have anywhere else and helped shape important parts of my identity (and of course, community and identity are things this book deals with a lot). I don’t love John Green’s books the way I used to, but at this point they’re a part of who I am, and the excitement of counting down the days towards this book snf going to the author event is a memory I will always treasure.  I remember waiting for these books to publish (I got in after Goblet of Fire was released) Hogwarts was always such a special place to me growing up. I knew from a young age I was a Gryffindor, and that truly changed who I am as a person. Yeah sure I think 10 year old me chose Gryffindor because it was Harry’s house, but throughout my teen years the embodiment of Gryffindor shaped who I am today. I could talk forever about how much this series made me who I am. Hogwarts was my home when bad things happened, I was sheltered within its walls.
I Knew You Were Trouble

(A Bad Character You Couldn’t Help But Love)

Manon Blackbeak – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas  Liraz – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
From her first appearance, Manon is unapologetic and terrifying and I love every moment of it. Even though her chapters in Heir of Fire weren’t connected to the overall plot (yet), they were an amazing addition to the story. She mercilessly kills people and doesn’t let anything stand in her way and is generally scary and awesome. And then there’s her relationship with her wyvern Abraxos and the hints of her future character arc coming up to the surface and I need Queen of Shadows right-freaking-now so I can see where her character goes next. So I know by the end of the story she’s changed and such but, she starts out so terribly evil. And I loved her even then. I loved her when she was terrible and murderous, I had no clue where Laini was going to take her character and I didn’t even care.
EverythingHasChangedEverything Has Changed

(A character from a book who goes through extensive character development)

Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi Kady Grant – Illuminae
By the end of the third book, Juliette is barely recognizable from the terrified, self-loathing girl she was in the beginning. Watching her come into her own and discover her strength and courage was by far my favorite part of the series. The fact that it took her a while to get there just makes me appreciate it even more. Can I use her? I’m gonna use her. I know it’s an arc, I know you guys haven’t gotten to read it. But, just hear me out. This girl my friends. From the end of the book to the start she’s nearly unrecognizable, and I never noticed her character changing. I loved it so much.
You Belong With Me

(Your Most Anticipated Book Release)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
 Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I don’t think any of those need an explanation, except to say that I need all of those books and I’m terrified of all of those books. Do I even have to explain these? Like do I have to?

(A Book Where Someone Spoiled the Ending for You)

The last Darren Shan Saga book  Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
I manage to spoil myself for almost everything I read, usually by being stupid enough to go to the Tumblr tag or TVTropes page before I’ve finished reading. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the Darren Shan saga, but they are the one instance I can think of when I was spoiled through no fault of my own. I was fourteen at the time, and this girl and I were taking the bus home and talking about books. This series came up, and I told her I hadn’t finished it. She responded by telling me exactly how the series ended. I stared at her in surprise, and she apologized, and then proceeded to tell me another spoiler from the last book. I was young and stupid and a friend of mine told me how it ended. I still haven’t actually read it because I was so stupidly angry that I couldn’t stand looking at the book. I wasn’t angry at the ending. I was that angry that I’d been spoilt on the ending. I was also young. Very young, like… 12 maybe?
Come Back, Be Here

(A Book You Don’t Want to Lend Out for Fear You’ll Miss It Too Much)

Any Sarah Rees Brennan book  None…?
No. Just no. It’s bad enough that I can’t take all of them to college with me. They’re my babies and the spines look great together and my Sarah Rees Brennan collection is extremely pretty and what do you mean I’m being irrational?  I don’t really loan books? Or when I do it’s people I really trust, and so if I’m going to let them borrow a book I’ll let them have anything because the list of people I loan my books to is like…two. And one of which is my sister in the same house so I could get it back at any moment.

Teardrops on My Guitar

(A Book That Made You Cry)

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
A lot of books make me cry, so I’ll just go with the most recent one*. Without giving away any spoilers, I basically spent the last fifty pages screaming “NO” and “EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE” at no one in particular. That said, the parts that upset me the most involved Kestrel’s relationship with Jess. Basically every interaction between them after the first one broke me into tiny pieces.
(Also, shout-out to The Beginning by KA Applegate. A children’s series with flipbook corners and ridiculous covers shouldn’t be able to make me cry so hard, and yet….)
*I originally wrote this in March, and TWC is no longer the most recent, but I’m too lazy to change the post.
 I’m opposite of Polina, I don’t cry in books. I feel like my chest is splitting open. I bite my knuckles so hard that I lose all feeling in my fingers, I nearly yank my own hair out. But I don’t cry. I don’t really cry much in real life unless someone really gets to me either so… But City of Heavenly Fire at the end when well things go down I started crying. I couldn’t even see the page because I was sobbing so hard.
Shake It Off

(A Book You Love So Much You Just Shake Off the Haters)

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan  The Selection by Kiera Cass
Look, it’s not a perfect book (and it could have used waaay more Frank and Hazel), but it has Piper and Annabeth being friends, and Reyna’s backstory, and the conclusion to Nico’s amazing character arc, and Nico and Reyna’s friendship, and Percy telling Annabeth he loves her, and it made me smile so hard my face hurt, and all of those things were 200% worth it for me. Now don’t get me wrong. I know these books are trash. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned. I love to read trashy books. Just give them to me. I adore The Selection series for their trashy qualities.


(A Book You Discovered by Accident and Ended Up Loving)

The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg  The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
When I saw this one in a bookstore, I’d literally never heard of it before. I picked it up because the summary sounded cool. Fast forward two years later: I refuse to shut up about this stupid beautiful Swedish witch series and how much Linnea and Vanessa love each other, and I know for a fact that I’ve ruined at least three people’s lives with it. Now this may surprise you, but before this book I didn’t read High Fantasy. But after winning a giveaway from Fierce Reads I wound up with an arc of Winner’s Curse on my doorstep. I was so excited to get an arc that no matter HOW out of my comfort zone it was, I was going to read that book. Well, needless to say it changed my view on books completely. Because you all know how I am with High Fantasy now…
BlankSpaceBlank Space

(Favorite Autographed Book)

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I traveled for two hours to get these books signed, but it was worth it because Marissa was awesome and funny and read an excerpt from Winter and complimented my dress!!! (I also got Under a Painted Sky signed by Stacey Lee, and she was wonderful to talk to and had an awesome stamp.)  It was really wonderful meeting her and getting her to sign my book. She was super sweet even though I knew she was hungry and far beyond the time that she was supposed to sign. She just went forward anyway and I loved her for it. It made the books super special.

Welcome to New York

(Favorite Contemporary Setting)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I’m reaching A LOT here, but we don’t know the time period of the book, so it could theoretically be contemporary! (There are a more than few hints that it isn’t, but we’re just going to ignore them for now). Anyway, Thisby Island is one of the most vivid, well-written settings I have seen in a long time. I felt its atmosphere all the way through permeating all the way throughout the book, and I am constantly impressed with Maggie Stiefvater’s abilities. I’ve always wanted to visit France. But I mean, who doesn’t? But at the same time I love that Stephanie made the area that Anna’s in a character. She just didn’t just make it the setting and leave it alone. It truly plays in and I adore that on top of everything else.
TodayWasAFairytaleToday Was a Fairytale

(Favorite Retelling)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve already mentioned the Lunar Chronicles several times on here, so instead let’s go with Daughter of the Forest, a retelling of The Six Swans. The writing, imagery, and family relationships are all absolutely beautiful, and this book and its sequels contain some very different and amazing female protagonists.  I’m a HUGE Beauty and the Beast fan. Ever since I was itty bitty I watched that VHS until it was well and truly dead. I’ve seen school productions, and one of my greatest wishes is to see a full Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. And I LOVED what Sarah did to the fairytale. It was absolute perfection. She made it her own and still used the original tale to the point that I got excited about things coming up because I knew where in the story we were.

All You Had to Do Was Stay

(A Book You DNF’d But Want to Try Again)

Terrier by Tamora Pierce  Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce
I don’t remember why I never finished this book, or read the rest of the trilogy, but it’s very embarrassing given how long I’ve loved Tamora Pierce and how much she’s influenced me as a reader. I will give Terrier another try eventually! I tried this book at the EXACT wrong time, I knew it was a red riding hood retelling, but I’d just gotten done with a Lunar Chronicles reread. I didn’t give this book a fair chance and I really regret that now.
WonderlandWonderland (Favorite Fictional World)
 Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson  A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
 I’m reading this trilogy right now, so it might just be the one that’s leaving the strongest impression in my mind at the moment, but I have all the love for Brandon Sanderson’s plotting and world building, as well as the incredible magic system. This might be cheating but, I’ve loved so many of the crazy interesting worlds that Claudia has created in this series that it just makes me stupidly happy to think about. They’re all so different and unique that I just love visiting each and every one of them.

3 thoughts on “Taylor Swift Book Tag

  1. LOVE THIS TAG!!! Aww, I’m sorry that you didn’t love Beastly. I thought that it was cute, but then again, I read it a long time ago as well. I have been meaning to read Talon by Julie Kagawa forever. Also, I agree. I love The Selection just for humor as well. :) Also, THE SCORPIO RACES ANFS;AHG.SFJGRS TG; SF.J ME LOVE! Also, WAIT YOU NEED TO READ ALL TAMORA PIERCE. YOU NEED TO DO THIS. NOW. RIGHT NOW.
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    • Talon is pretty great, though the love triangle is slowly becoming a defining factor for the series as it goes on…which is starting to get annoying but we’ll see how it plays out. I actually haven’t read any of Tamora Pierce either….. I should get on that I guess haha

    • To be fair, I still feel like Beastly was the perfect book for the person I was at 13/14, and I’ll always appreciate it for that. I got a bunch of Tamora Pierce books at the Bay Area Book Festival, so operation Reread All Her Books and Read the Ones I Haven’t Read Yet and Scream About How Great She Is to Anyone Who Will Listen will hopefully ensue shortly.

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