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What if I redid the folklore book tag? (folklore book tag round three)

Oh nooooooo, am I doing the folklore book tag again?

Jenna @Bookmark Your Thoughts tagged me and I am therefore compelled.

(Thank you for tagging me, Jenna! It’s a super fun tag!)


The Rules

  • 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.

Note: Ilsa has permitted us to use her header graphics, so please make sure credit is given to her!

the 1: a book with an ending that left you speechless

Surely I’ve already written about how I finished If We Were Villains and lay on the floor trying not to cry.

If We Were Villains: A Novel by M. L. Rio

Surely I’ve mentioned how I told the friend I was meeting that I needed a few minutes to process the ending.

Surely I told you that I read Fangs in its entirety to recover from the hole If We Were Villains left in my heart.

I will never be the same.

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

I’m so thrilled about the existence of One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. I have just enough room in my heart for a sapphic time-travel subway romance.

One Last Stop: A Novel by Casey Mcquiston: Sometimes love stops you in your tracks.

I’m currently heartbroken that this book won’t be published until May 2021. I want a copy SO BADLY.

the last great american dynasty: a book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story

For the most part, Mexican Gothic is an intriguing, tightly-plotted horror novel.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I thought I knew what to expect with the creepy house, lecherous family members, and haunted mine.

I never saw the true plot coming.

exile: a book you wish you hadn't read

WHY do I let Book Twitter talk me into reading thrillers?

I picked up The Return for spooky season because I THOUGHT it would be a cool, creepy monster story.

The return by Rachel Harrison: Her friend disappeared. A Stranger came back.

Instead, it was very bad.

All the necessary elements were there, but they weren’t conveyed in a way that promoted tension or scares.

During the climax, the protagonist sits across from the Big Bad and listens to them monologue. There’s not a gun trained on her or anything – the two of them are just chilling in the restaurant. Talk about anticlimactic.

my tears ricochet: a book that made you cry uncontrollably

I have a bad habit of reading books that make me cry on the ferry.

I read Bingo Love: Jackpot Edition thinking it would be a FINE AND NICE STORY ABOUT TWO GRANDMAS IN LOVE.

Bingo Love: Jackpot Edition by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San

Bonus stories by: Bennet - Cole - Cook - Deibert - Pryor - Simon - Beagle - Ganucheau - Johnson - Kristantina - Saltel - Staggs

Don’t mind me, just crying over queer literature on the ferry ONCE AGAIN.

mirror ball: a book that feels like it was written for you

I wrote about my desire for a follow-up to Bitterblue a month or two before Kristin Cashore announced Winterkeep.

Winterkeep: A Graceling Realm novel by Kristin Cashore

Cashore FINALLY wrote a book about Bitterblue and Giddon, just like I always wanted.

I basically willed this book into existence.

seven: a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

In fourth grade, I saved up my allowance to buy The Official Hamtaro Handbook.

The Official Hamtaro Handbook

Hamtaro: little hamsters, big adventures

As a kid, I tried to fit in by absorbing information about pop culture.

From this book, I learned every possible fact about Hamtaro, even though I’d only ever watched AT MOST six episodes.

Weirdly, knowing facts about TV did NOT endear me to other kids.

(Fun fact: typing out this story inspired me to look into getting an autism diagnosis.)

august: a book that reminds you of summer

I read Searching for Grace Kelly the summer after I graduated from college.

Searching for Grace Kelly: A Noel by Michael Callahan

The book, I believe, takes place during the summer.

Better yet, it’s set in NEW YORK, a summery-seeming place.

There’s intrigue and infidelity and characters falling off buildings.

I’m actually kind of bummed by this book’s treatment of women.

HOWEVER, Searching for Grace Kelly did have a SURPRISINGLY excellent love interest named Pete.

this is me trying: a book that deals with loneliness & sadness

Man, even if Watch Over Me isn’t my favorite Nina LaCour novel, it still punched me right in the soul.

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Protagonist Mila starts the book having aged out of the foster system.

While surviving the foster system is a feat, aging out of it doesn’t do much for one’s sense of worth or belonging.

What follows is a story about an isolated farm house covered in fog.

It’s all very melancholy.

illicit affairs: a book that gave you a book hangover

I’d been “handling” climate change by not thinking about it.

Reading Lindy West’s The Witches Are Coming made denial impossible.

The Witches are Coming by Lindy West: Essays from the Bestselling Author of Shrill

I’m so sad, angry, and scared.

Corporations are unbelievably selfish.

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

I’m in the middle of Girls season 4, during which Hannah pursues an MFA.

I took a break to read Bunny, a horror novel set at an unnamed college MFA program.

Bunny: a novel by Mona Awad

The parallels between the two are striking and make me NEVER WANT TO ATTEND GRAD SCHOOL.

I’m really glad I finally read Bunny during spooky season. It was ACTUALLY SCARY, UNLIKE The Return.

mad woman: a book with a female character you adore

I probably have to go BACK to therapy to figure out why I love mean girls so much.

Violet Saunders and Harper Carlisle of The Devouring Gray are both grieving.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Violet wants answers.

Harper wants revenge.

These ladies question everything and accomplish much.

Also, Harper infiltrates a cult and swordfights with one hand.

She’s the coolest.

epiphany: a book that is haunting

Even though The Luminous Dead wasn’t the terrifying thrill ride I expected, it still had more than a few good scares.

The Luminous Dead: a novel by Caitlin Starling: The cave will swallow them whole

While reading, I kept looking over my shoulder jumping at loud noises.

The Luminous Dead exploited my fear of being watched by an unseen presence, which I HATE.

I still have the creeps.

betty: a book couple that fills you with yearning

I swore I wouldn’t get invested in the Cinder/Kai romance during my Lunar Chronicles reread.

I failed.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


I forgot that Cinder kisses Kai at the ball? I read that part and lost my mind.

This series is the best.

peace: a book character you'd die for because you love them so much!

I CAN’T TALK TOO MUCH ABOUT HIM but I really bonded with Mr. Scratch from The Scapegracers.

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke: Party hard. Hex harder.

He’s made a STRONG IMPRESSION for a character who doesn’t appear until over halfway through.

I think he’s the cutest.

He also facilitated one of the book’s best twists.

I am afraid to google fanart because it can’t be as cute as the Mr. Scratch in my head.

Phew, I’m in luck: there’s no fanart…yet.

hoax: a book that you thought you were going to love but didn't

I loved learning about the creation of The Deep, a story that started as a poem that turned into a song that became an Afrofuturist novella.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

I liked the ideas but had a hard time following the plot.

I was expecting a more emotional read, so I didn’t know what to do with the more cerebral and experimental elements.

I still gave it 3.5 stars.

I added a bonus prompt based on folklore’s hidden track “The Lakes.”

I am not one for making graphics, so here it is in text form.

the lakes

a book, character, or fictional relationship that inspires you

Sure, I talk about The Priory of the Orange Tree too much, but I really love it.

The Priory of the Orange Tree: A Novel by Samantha Shannon

This book (which I still have not finished) showed me that one can write ensemble-cast fantasy that is both accessible and compelling.

I’ve long shied away from writing fantasy because it intimidates me.

I could do it, though. It’s possible.

Writing about folklore got me back into listening to folklore.

The album’s got such fall vibes! It’s a blast!

Yes, sometimes I cry while listening, but it’s CATHARTIC.

If you haven’t done this tag (or listened to folklore) yet, NOW’S YOUR CHANCE.

8 thoughts on “What if I redid the folklore book tag? (folklore book tag round three)”

  1. Ha-ha! Well — I’m glad that you don’t mind being tagged again to do this! I love your answers … though I’m sad to say I have not read a SINGLE book on this list! There are a few I plan to read, though! I have Mexican Gothic, but I’ve been too much of a chicken to read it … so I don’t know when (or if) I’ll pick that up ha-ha!

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    1. Thank you! I feel like I pull very unusual books for tag answers.

      Mexican Gothic is really creepy and kind of gross, but I don’t know if it’s scary? Haha I haven’t figured out the exact difference between “creepy” and “scary,” but I’m sure there is one!

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      1. Hmm that’s a good observation! It could be!

        Ooo!! I know!! But I find Shannon’s writing is so good that I don’t notice how long her books are… I devoured all 3 Bone Season books in 2/3 weeks 😂


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