Books, Music

evermore book tag: the first of many

OBVIOUSLY I’M DOING THE EVERMORE BOOK TAG.

WHAT KIND OF SWIFTIE DO YOU THINK I AM?

I found this tag on Astral Books. The creator linked to other evermore tags, so now I have a TON OF EVERMORE-RELATED CONTENT TO WORK ON!

HOORAY!

Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator’s post: Ahaana’s at Windows to Worlds
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post!!
  • Feel free to use the graphics in the original post , but please credit back because they took a lot of time and effort to make (:

willow

a book with a character you can’t help but fall in love with

Jiang Ziya of The Poppy War is intentionally written as unlikeable.

He spits on his students and refuses to show up for class.

I think he even punches a student unprovoked.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

I found his antics charming.

champagne problems

a book with a broken relationship

Sam and James of The Fascinators have been best friends for a long time.

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos: Maybe we're all under somebody else's spell.

Over the summer, something happens between them that muddles the nature of their relationship.

Sam spends the book trying to figure out what he and James are to each other while James opts not to deal with it.

The narrative opts to punish another character entirely while this plot point gets sort-of resolved.

I simultaneously liked how this book ended and felt frustrated by it.

gold rush

a book you love with all your heart

Apparently I’m an avid vampire/werewolf shipper who loves comics.

Fangs by Sarah Andersen, author of Sarah's Scribbles

Thanks, Fangs.

’tis the damn season

a book in which a character reconnects with their family/hometown

By Any Means Necessary sees Torrey taking over his uncle’s bee farm after said uncle passes.

By Any Means Necessary: A Novel by Candice Montgomery

If you weren’t already aware, I love bees.

THEREFORE, this book is a definite must-read.

tolerate it

a book with a suffering relationship

In Slay, Kiera’s relationship with her boyfriend Malcolm is strained for lots of reasons, the main one being that Malcolm sucks.

Slay by Brittney Morris

Kiera does her best to make things work.

Then the plot happens and people start making choices.

no body, no crime

a book about murder

The characters in If We Were Villains are theatre kids.

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

Theatre kids are totally cool and chill and not at all competitive!

I’m sure this book will end without incid-

Oh.

happiness

a book that’s an old favorite, but you just can’t relate to anymore

I’m still fond of Big Magic, but the idea that “creativity is a magical collaborative force” produces more anxiety than comfort for me these days.

#1 New York Times Bestseller Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

I’m coming back around to the idea that writing takes work.

My latest project isn’t flowing as smoothly as I expected and I don’t think positive feelings are going to help.

I think I have to work hard, polish as I go, and hope I see results.

dorothea

a book featuring old (or strong) friendships

“FRIENDSHIP,” YOU SAY?

For me, this song rivals “ivy” for Most Sapphic evermore Song.

Girl Made of Stars features many complicated relationships, the most memorable of which is Mara’s relationship with her friend Hannah.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

I’m so moved by the way Mara supports Hannah.

I can’t believe I forgot about this book.

A reread is imminent.

coney island

a book that made you cry/completely destroyed you

This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson

There are a few essays in This is Major about the adultification of Black girls.

In short, Black girls are often victimized by adults and then penalized for it.

The whole thing is heartbreaking.

Shayla Lawson writes about it in a way that will haunt you.

ivy

a book that was an unexpected favorite

(CW: period sex, violence)

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold, Printz Honor-winning author of Damsel

Red Hood didn’t quite make my Top 10 favorite books list, but it was definitely in the top 20.

I loved the use of second-person, along with the sex positivity.

I also liked telling my friends, “It opens with period sex followed by a murder!”

I’m usually not into gore but for some reason this book WORKED for me.

cowboy like me

a book about thieves or criminals

The person who recommended City of Thieves to me also destroyed me emotionally, so I haven’t made reading this book a priority.

New York Times Bestseller City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff, author of The 25th Hour

I recently figured out that this book was written by Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, someone the recommender loathed.

I’m 90% certain she has no idea her favorite book and least favorite show are connected and this brings me SO MUCH joy.

Listen, she ruined The Goblet of Fire and The Princess Bride for me. This feels like justice.

long story short

a book that made up your childhood

At my Christian elementary school, the two big fandoms were Tamora Pierce and The Baby-Sitters Club.

Alanna: The First Adventure (Book 1 in Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce

Yes, I know this is a weird combo.

I was all about Alanna of Trebond and Kristy Thomas for YEARS.

The Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy's Great Idea by Ann. M Martin

I read this BSC-themed post and found this offensively-accurate description for fans of Kristy Thomas:

According to you, you “tell it like it is,” but according to other people, you’re “kinda rude sometimes.” You’re an animal lover with strong feelings about pet breeding vs. pet adoption. You’ve kept every free corporate team-building/intramural/concert/marathon T-shirt you’ve ever been given. You will be asked to be the maid of honor in at least 4 weddings in your lifetime; half of these requests will be based in fear.

Harsh. Also, true.

marjorie

a book with a moving message

I reread How to Be Alone and it destroyed me ONCE AGAIN.

How to Be Alone: If You Want to, and Even If You Don't: Essays by Lane Moore

I’ve been feeling pretty lonely, what with coronavirus and personal romantic insecurities.

Lane Moore encouraged me to enjoy life and hope for a better future.

I really needed to hear this.

closure

a series in which you need to read the next book

I loved The Gilded Wolves but haven’t yet read The Silvered Serpents.

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling Author: They are each other's fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

I need to know what’s going on with the wolves.

I want to know how the love triangle resolves.

Also, are you SERIOUSLY telling me Laila/Zofia isn’t a canon ship???

WHAT A LOST OPPORTUNITY.

evermore

the perfect conclusion to an extremely long (but worth it) series

I LOVE Princess Mia!

Princess Mia: The Princess Diaries, Volume IX by #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Meg Cabot

This was the perfect ending to a nine, count ’em, NINE-book series.

I’m so pleased the author didn’t feel the need to write a follow-up!

This was the ending Princess Diaries fans deserved!

(Please. Let me have this.)

Would you believe evermore has expanded my musical horizons?

I’m having a blast finding new artists, for which I can thank my music-loving friends and Taylor Swift.

I listen to FOLK now! And DREAMPOP! EXPERIMENTAL METAL, even! It’s been a weird time!

If you love evermore as much as I do – or even if you don’t – consider yourself tagged.

Also, as promised above, this will NOT be the only evermore-themed book post.

Just you wait.

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