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i found another folklore book tag

Lo and behold! My blogging friends Nish and Ngoc created a folklore book tag with great questions!

In honor of Red (Taylor’s Version), here I am doing another Swiftie tag.

It’s my sworn duty as a fan.

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“And if my wishes came true, it would’ve been you” – name a book character you would change the ending for

As much as I love The Scorpio Races, I wish Corr had gotten a better deal.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

There’s also a character death I wish I could undo.

This book works BECAUSE it’s sad. I just wish it didn’t hurt so much.


“When I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone’s bed, you put me on and said I was your favorite.” – an old favorite that you always come back to

I think How to Be a Heroine is conceptually perfect.

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis. Image from Amazon.

As someone who also came from a deeply religious community, I relate to Samantha Ellis’s experiences. My friends are still shocked sometimes when I describe my community’s expectations re: gender roles.

All that to say How to Be a Heroine remains one of my favorite comfort reads.

the last great american dynasty

“She had a marvellous time ruining everything” – a time someone ruined a book or series for you

Back in my Tamora Pierce phase, my friends were DETERMINED to spoil every single series for me.

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

My friends told me who died, who broke up, who fell in love, and more WHILE I WAS BUSY READING THE BOOKS FOR THE FIRST TIME.



“We always walked a very thin line. You didn’t even hear me out. You never gave a warning sign.” – a toxic relationship

Poppy and Hawke’s relationship in From Blood and Ash is incredibly toxic.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m fascinated by it.

I’m a bit skeptical about the sequels, so I’ll wait to pick up Kingdom of Flesh and Fire when I’m in a better mood.

my tears ricochet

“Cause I loved you, I swear I loved you, till my dying day” – a book or series you used to love

I used to love the Mortal Instruments so, so much.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’m trying to reread the first book and the magic is gone.

I miss the love I had for this series.

I’m not sure I miss the series itself all that much.

…is this series the reason I can’t read books with torsos on them any longer?


“I want you to know I’m a mirrorball, I’ll show you every version of yourself tonight…I’m a mirrorball, I can change everything about myself to fit in.” – a controversial book/a book that means something different to everyone

Everyone has a different opinion on If We Were Villains.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio.

Is it a beautiful character study or an overwritten dark academia book?

What does the ending mean?

Did this book indulge in that one controversial trope or not?

I like this book and have a pessimistic view of the ending.

My friend Nikita likes it and has an optimistic view.

It’s like a Rorschach test.


“your braids like a pattern, love you to the moon and saturn” – a book you loved in your childhood

I LOVED Miss Nelson is Missing! when I was a kid.

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

My fourth-grade teacher was named Mrs. Nelson.

My classmates and I sometimes wished she would go missing.

Christian school was rough, man.


“cancel my plans just in case you called, back when I was living for the hope of it all” – a new release you would drop everything for to read right now

I bought A Certain Appeal recently.

A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King

It’s a burlesque retelling of Pride and Prejudice that’s under 300 pages.

I could finish this in a weekend.

this is me trying

“It’s hard to be at a party when I feel like an open wound” – a book that deals with depression or grief

I read This Thing Between Us in about three hours.

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

In the acknowledgments, the author says he wrote the book to process the loss of his sister-in-law.

It shows in his writing.

This book was intense. Highly recommend.

Also I own a smart speaker and now I’m afraid of it. Thanks, GUS.

illicit affairs

a book or author that hurts you with every read but you keep coming back to

Sarah J. Maas keeps hurting me, yet here I am buying box sets and preordering sequels.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

I really loved A Court of Mist and Fury, so much so that the prospect of reading the next book frightens me.

Send help.

invisible string

“And isn’t it just so pretty to think, all along there was some invisible string tying you to me?” – a book or series that sparked your love of reading

I remember reading these Young Reader not-quite-chapter books when I was living in Japan.

The art style was reminiscent of Dr. Seuss but I don’t think they were Dr. Seuss books.

I’m going to see if I can find on Google with vague search terms.

No such luck.

Maybe I’ll troll the bookstore and see if I can find them.

mad woman

“No one likes a mad woman, you made her like that” – a ‘mad’ woman you love

Ryia from Among Thieves is very cynical. I love it.

Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn

She goes from being motivated by survival to being motivated by the greater good, but stays nasty.

The characterization is supreme.


“Just one single glimpse of relief to make some sense of what you’ve seen” – a book or series you needed time to process once you’d finished

I finished Homegoing a few hours before my book club started.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I didn’t have enough time to process everything I’d just read.

The ending is so good.

It’s also A LOT.

Okay ALSO the head of my book club shipped two of the characters and the rest of us screamed in protest.


“The worst thing that I ever did was what I did to you” – the worst book you have ever read

I am utterly perplexed by Crave‘s popularity.

Crave by Tracy Wolff

By the 25% mark, I couldn’t take any more.


“But the rain is always gonna come, if you’re standing with me” – a book couple you love that has the world against them

Aqib and Lucrio just want to be in love.

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Aqib’s family makes it difficult for them.

A Taste of Honey made me sob.


“Don’t want no other sad of blue but you, no other sadness in the world would do” – a book that makes you sad

Once There Were Wolves will likely make my Top Ten Books of 2021 list because it BROKE ME.

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Charlotte McConaghy really said, “What if I blended the climate crisis with personal trauma?”


What’s better than finding a new folklore book tag?

Why, having another one in the wings, of course!

I love this album so much.

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