Books

rise of the evermore book tag

THERE’S ANOTHER EVERMORE BOOK TAG (this one created by Star is All Booked Up.)

It’s Inauguration Day and I am VERY KEYED UP. My focus is NIL so it’s time for a book tag.

In Taylor News, evermore is STILL my favorite Taylor Swift album. It’s just so good.

willow: character you’d follow anywhere

I am fully obsessed with Legendborn’s Selwyn Kane.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: Some legacies are meant to be broken.

When this angry, snappy, paranoid Kingsmage was introduced, I immediately fell.

Selwyn possesses the perfect mix of tenderness, bitterness, and snark.

He’s also bi/pan???

Hail to our new Bi King!

champagne problems: dual POV

I haven’t read We Used to Be Friends, but Margaret @ Weird Zeal pitched it as The Last Five Years for a friend breakup.

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez

I need to bump this book up on my TBR.

gold rush: anticipated release

My friend Rogier alerted me to the book Bloody Spade recently.

JUST LOOK AT THIS SYNOPSIS:

Bloody Spade is the first installment in an urban fantasy duology that follows a cat-eared thief and a spirited girl as they try to navigate his wild magic, her hotheaded brother, a sinister plot, and the feelings they’re developing for each other.

DID I MENTION IT’S QUEER??

’tis the damn season: small town romance

WELL, WELL, WELL.

LOOKS LIKE IT’S TIME TO TROT OUT DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS AGAIN.

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens: "Just friends" is easier. But is it better?

I decided last year that I was over this book, even though it changed my life.

I had a change of heart while I was sorting boxes at my parents’ house.

I’m going to reread it and see how I feel.

tolerate it: lost love, failed relationship

This is a minor spoiler for Summer Bird Blue.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist Starfish

Before I talk about it, I want to talk about platonic soulmates.

I am here for the concept of romantic soulmates. Obviously. It’s one of my favorite tropes.

I think platonic soulmates are equally important.

I love watching characters make all kinds of connections and I’m touched when they value their friends and family as much as, if not more than, a love interest.

Anyway, toward the end of Summer Bird Blue, Rumi calls her recently-dead sister Lea the love of her life.

Losing her Person at a young age almost destroyed her.

This book wrecked me. Definitely check it out.

no body, no crime: character who’d get away with murder

Can we talk about the character in The Gilded Wolves who DID get away with murder?

The Gilded Wolves by New York Times Bestselling Author Roshani Choskhi

Well…I suppose their plotline wasn’t completely devoid of consequences…

We don’t have to talk about it.

happiness: a book that makes you suffer but you find comforting

(CW: rape, child sexual abuse)

Ninth House is a true comfort read for me.

Ninth House by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Leigh Bardugo

Did I mention it’s about exploitation and child abuse?

I just now realized that one of the book’s most graphic scenes foreshadows the ending.

Huh. No wonder this book stuck with me.

dorothea: nostalgic read

I’m getting back into The Lord of the Rings largely because of nostalgia.

The Lord of the Rings: The Complete Best-selling Classic by J. R. R. Tolkien,  50th Anniversary One-Volume Edition

I just bought pocket editions of the books and feel really excited to revisit them.

coney island: star-crossed lovers

Falling for an enemy is quite star-crossed, not to mention damned inconvenient.

In A Curse of Roses, two women fall in treasonous love.

A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha: Her love could destroy a kingdom...

I’m stoked.

ivy: crept up on you

I really enjoyed The Magic Fish.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

I let myself fall for the art style and creative retellings.

Then BAM, the final pages hit and ALL OF A SUDDEN I WAS SOBBING.

cowboy like me: cat and mouse games

(CW: grooming)

Korey Fields starts grooming Enchanted Jones from the moment he meets her, aided by his employees.

Grown: A Novel by Tiffany D. Jackson

It’s no surprise that someone stabbed him to death.

Fuck that guy and also R. Kelly.

long story short: book you would never read again, painful experience

The Witches Are Coming is really insightful and well-written.

The Witches Are Coming: Essays from the bestselling author of Shrill Lindy West

That said, I never want to read those climate change essays again.

Goodbye, book. I’m sorry it didn’t work out between us.

marjorie: book with a beautiful message

(CW: abuse)

A Dowry of Blood gave me a lot of hope. I think abuse survivors will get a lot out of it.

A Dowry of Blood by S. T. Gibson

This book says it’s not too late.

It says that abuse isn’t always obvious right away.

It says it’s not your fault.

closure: a book with bad rep (a betrayal)

I wouldn’t recommend that anyone (particularly trans readers) read Frankissstein.

Frankissstein: A love story by Jeanette Winterson; Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

If you ever need a master class in how not to write a trans character, this is it!

(Seriously, though, don’t read this.)

evermore: journey of self-discovery

I read The Times I Knew I Was Gay on the final day of 2020 and WOW, OKAY.

The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes

It was really, REALLY weird seeing my childhood and adolescent experiences put to page.

I wish I’d accepted earlier that I don’t have to date people I don’t like.

I feel less alone, though. That’s something.

I haven’t looked for more evermore tags, but I’m SURE THEY’RE OUT THERE.

Stay tuned.

3 thoughts on “rise of the evermore book tag”

  1. Very glad that my pitch of We Used to be Friends made you excited to read it 😀 And I completely relate to getting back into LOTR and feeling all the nostalgia.
    This is such a fun tag, and evermore is definitely one of my favorite taylor swift albums too. loved reading all your answers for this!

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