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Spotify Book Tag

Oh, Spotify.

Without you, how could I write fiction?

My characters would be flat humanoids lacking personal anthems.

I found this great tag on Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them (great blog name!)

Can you tell that I’m still procrastinating?

Listen, NaNoWriMo is kicking my butt.

Let me have this.


Hit Rewind: a book you go back to again and again?

I keep finding reasons to reread Would You Rather?

Other Katie

Living in Chinatown was generally miserable, so I picked up this book A LOT.

When I started dating my most recent partner, I read this book a couple times.

I hadn’t been in a relationship for a while and I needed a template for what to expect.

This wonderful, wonderful book inspired to attend Star Wars Night at T-Mobile Park.

It was a genuinely amazing night.

Highly recommend.


Romantic Ballads: a book that gives you all those fluttery feels?

I THINK I’m picking up on a ship in The Merciful Crow.

Merciful Crow

It’s definitely giving me those fluttery feels.

One party held the other party’s hand and I almost lost it.

I like the dynamic and I hope it builds to something romantic.


Release Radar: a new release book you are excited for?

What do you MEAN Cemetery Boys won’t be out until June?

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I have to WAIT to read about magical trans brujxs?

This is a betrayal of the highest order.


Discover Weekly: a book you haven’t read yet but want to discover?

It took all my willpower not to buy Astro Poets in hardcover at my local bookstore this weekend.

Astro Poets.jpg

I might go back for it.

I haven’t been to the library in my neighborhood yet. Maybe they have this book and The Witches Are Coming ready for checkout?


Alone Again: your fave book genre to read on your own?

I like a sad memoir.

Prime example: How to Be Alone, the PERFECT book to read alone.


I’ll skip the sad celebrity memoirs, though.

They’re pretty formulaic and don’t actually answer any of my questions.

“How did you get into comedy?”



Alternative: an indie book or author everyone should read!

Read Julia Ember for her exciting ideas.

Seafarer's Kiss

Ember writes wlw relationships, bi mermaids, and magic.

Her new book Ruinsong (out in 2020) features a wlw relationship, queens, and magic.

Per Ember’s description:

This book is a sapphic Phantom of the Opera retelling with music magic and girls wearing pink ballgowns and ribbons while brutally destroying their enemies.

I’m into it.

The aesthetic she created for it is GORGEOUS.


Cheesy Hits: a book full of cheese that you just love?

(Spoilers for Anne of the Island)

One could make the argument that the romance in Anne of the Island is hokey.

The cover screams “Mennonite romance.”

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I still love Gilbert’s proposal to Anne.

“I have a dream,” he said slowly. “I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends – and you!”


I used to disdain the Anne books for being “too wholesome.”



Summer Hits: a book you re-read every summer?

I haven’t read this book in a long while – and I don’t think it takes place in summer – but you can’t beat camp adventures.

From the Files of Madison Finn: Lights Out! doesn’t allow Madison to succeed as often as she deserves.

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During her big moment at the end, where she conquers her fear of heights to climb The Tower (tarot reference, perhaps?), Madison’s crush cheers on Poison Ivy instead and no one notices how high Madison climbs.

(Well, except Dan.)

It’s a personal success that not many people acknowledge.

This disappointed Teen Lauren.

Adult Lauren is proud of Madison’s bravery.


Power Hour: an empowering feminist book or character you adore?

Alma Whittaker deserves more appreciation.

Signature of All Things

She finds personal fulfillment and makes scientific discoveries.

I love where she ends up on her journey.

When I first read this book, I was uncomfortable with Alma’s honesty about her desires.

I didn’t see how brave that was until much later.


All Out 10’s: list ten banging books!

Yikes. The pressure.

The hard part is narrowing it down.

  1. Heavy Vinyl: Vol 1 by Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva, Irene Flores, Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley, Walter Baiamonte, and Jim Campbell
  2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  3. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. The Graces by Laure Eve
  6. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  7. New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay by Fiona Taylor, Brooke Preston, Carrie Wittmer, and Caitlin Kunkel
  8. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
  9. Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
  10. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough


Get ready for more book tags while I procrastinate.

That’s a PROMISE.

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