Books, Music

folklore book tag: round one

More music book tags! More music book tags!

Ilsa created this wonderful folklore-inspired book tag that I loved ALMOST as much as I loved Taylor’s new album.

It’s the best. Let’s get to it.

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  • 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 tagged you and link to their post.

the 1

a book with an ending that left you speechless

The final story in Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology is SOMETHING ELSE.

At first I had a hard time getting into it, as it was one of those horror stories that relied more on atmosphere than scary events. The story, though creepy, was otherwise pretty banal.

Then I got to the end.


The final story moved the book from “enjoyable” to “unforgettable.”


a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once

I’m happy that Rory, the protagonist of Girlchild: A Novel, made a better life for herself.

I’m so sad about what she had to endure.

the last great american dynasty

a book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story

I’m not even 10% through The Priory of the Orange Tree.

I’m still going to call it a well-told story. Even with the dense mythology and multiple POVs, I’m still so engaged.



a book you wish you hadn’t read

I read Heather McElhatton’s Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single at a time when I felt lonely and sorry for myself.

Rather than allowing me to commiserate with Jennifer, this bummer of a novel put my deepest fears to paper.

Years later, I learned there was a sequel.

I’m not going to risk it.

my tears ricochet

a book that made you cry uncontrollably

I read Tell the Wolves I’m Home in a single evening and it ruined my entire life.

There are some familial injustices in this book that really got to me.

I have a copy of this book somewhere in my apartment. I really hope it holds up, because I fell in love with this book the first (and only) time I read it.

(Update: I CANNOT find it.)


a book that feels like it was written just for you

After the disastrous premiere of The Rise of Skywalker, author Ashley Poston pitched her novel Heart of Iron as a salve for the souls of disappointed queer Star Wars fans.

I’d originally purchased the book for being a retelling of the legend of Antasia Romanov SET IN SPACE.

I learned the book is ALSO

  • action-packed
  • canonically queer
  • a space adventure
  • packed full of ANGST and also a hot redhead

In other words, Heart of Iron is my ideal book made a reality.

The yearning in it is everything.


a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

During the ’90s, some genius published a series of eighteen children’s books based on the board game Clue.

I read two or three of them in elementary school.

Sadly, at least one story involved the ACTUAL death of Mr. Boddy, which was too disturbing for me.


a book that reminds you of summer

Thinking about summer ending makes me want to unearth my Morgan Matson novels from my parents’ garage.

The Unexpected Everything feels particularly summery to me.

There’s summer love! Dog-walking! Scavenger hunts! Parties!

I’ll see if I can find my copy this weekend.

this is me trying

a book that deals with sadness & loneliness

(CW: depression, suicide, grief)

Many readers know about Nina LaCour’s ability to make readers cry.

Before the release of We Are Okay, she destroyed my soul with Hold Still, a novel about a girl mourning her friend’s suicide.

Oddly enough, for being a grief novel, this book feels very summery to me.

illicit affairs

a book that gave you a book hangover

I DNFed two books after finishing Gideon the Ninth.

I didn’t think the book was going to mess me up as much as it did.

invisible string

a book that came into your life at the exact right time

The Falling in Love Montage hit me with the following moral: just because a relationship didn’t last forever doesn’t mean it wasn’t important.

I really needed to hear this.

mad woman

a book with a female character you adore

I love each of the female characters in Vault’s Heathen series.

I guess I’m a sucker for queer Viking warrior babes.


a book that is haunting

I STILL think about the last line from Courtney Summers’ Sadie.

It’s rare that I remember last lines at all, but this one stuck with me.


a book couple that fills with yearning

Noelle Stevenson and Molly Knox Ostertag are a real-life couple. Reading about their relationship in The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures gave me such hope.

I want to make a life with someone, one full of art and bread and tiny cats. That’s my dream.


a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!

Another real-life example:

I watched I’ll Be Gone in the Dark on HBO, a series based on the true crime book of the same name by Michelle McNamara.

I mean this sincerely: I would die for Gay and Bob Hardwick.

They deserve everything good.


a book you thought you were going to love but didn’t

Two 2020 debuts – The Fascinators and Witches of Ash & Ruin – had The Raven Boys as one of their comp titles.

I rated both books three stars (for me, this is generally a negative rating.)

I didn’t like that both books chose to punish their Bad Girl characters while absolving their Sad Bois of all responsibility.

There’s also some biphobia in Witches of Ash & Ruin that almost ruined the book for me.

Maybe I should accept that no book will ever live up to the magic of The Raven Boys.

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As I hinted before, there are multiple folklore book tags on the internet. I even kind of want to make my own?

I should probably work on my August wrap-up at some point, huh?

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