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Taylor Swift’s Folklore Book Tag

I told you I had another one!

Just gonna do Taylor Swift book tags every day for the rest of my life.

Rules

  • Credit the creator of the tag, Cielo @ Bellerose Reads (Pingback to one of my posts so I can receive the notification)
  • Shout out the person who tagged you
  • List the rules of the tag in your post.
  • Tag at least 5 people to do the tag!

The 1 – A book you wanted to read but never did

“You know the greatest films of all time were never made”

I really did mean to read Sweet & Bitter Magic.

Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

I’ve been following this book since it was first announced.

I’ve seen it in a hundred different aesthetics on TikTok.

I’ve even saved it on Scribd.

Still haven’t read it, though.

Cardigan – A character that didn’t end up with their first love interest

“You drew stars around my scars / But now I’m bleeding”

I’m rereading The Song of the Lioness quartet.

In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

I remember being appalled when Alanna didn’t end up with her first love, Jon.

Tamora Pierce has an explanation for this on her website.

I get where she’s coming from.

My inner child is still not happy.

The Last Great American Dynasty – A book with an epic female protagonist

“There goes the maddest woman this town has ever seen / She had a marvelous time ruining everything”

I hear that Empirium trilogy sees its heroine become the villain.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’m intrigued.

I can start reading it once Scribd lifts its ARBITRARY LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF EBOOKS I CAN READ AT ONCE.

Exile – A book about walking out of a toxic relationship

“You were my town, now I’m in exile, seeing you out / I think I’ve seen this film before”

This is ultimately the plot of Tonight the Streets are Ours. (Spoilers ahead)

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sale

Arden believes she’s walking out of one relationship and into another.

Instead, she abandons her fledgling relationship with Peter to strengthen her waning friendship with Lindsay.

My Tears Ricochet – The fictional couple that made you suffer the most

“And if I’m on fire, you’ll be made of ashes, too”

I suffered while reading about Nina and Matthias from the Six of Crows duology, mainly because I hate them together.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Matthias’s characterization sets me on edge.

I think Nina deserves better.

My most hateful opinion about them comes with a major SPOILER WARNING:

<sp>Instead of Nina and Matthias parting ways, Matthias dies a martyr whom we’re all supposed to mourn. I refuse.</sp>

Mirrorball – A swoon-worthy, sweet couple

“You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes / Spinning in my highest heels, love / Shining just for you”

The couple in The Love Hypothesis was inspired by my favorite ship.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I am enamored with Olive and Adam’s relationship.

It is SO SOFT and SO GOOD.

Also, bonus points for demisexual rep.

Seven – A book with fae characters

“Please picture me in the weeds / Before I learned civility”

I believe The Sunderlands is about the fae.

The Sunderlands by Anastasia King

Never mind, they appear to be elves.

Close enough?

August – A book you’ve read very fast

“August sipped away like a bottle of wine / ‘Cause you were never mine”

I bought This Thing Between Us home and had it finished the next day.

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

This never happens.

This Is Me Trying – A coming of age book

“Pouring out my heart to a stranger / But I didn’t pour the whiskey”

I saw The Revolution of Birdie Randolph on a bunch of booklists when it first came out, then lost track of it.

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandie Colbert

I’m going to track it down on Scribd or some other app.

I love the cover.

Illicit Affairs – A book with a forbidden love

“Tell your friends you’re out for a run / You’ll be flushed when you return”

I probably learned about The Raven and the Dove on TikTok.

The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

A fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde? Yes, please!

Also what does it say about me that Tristan and Isolde is my favorite forbidden romance?

I hear the 2006 film is terrible.

Anyone down for a movie night?

Invisible String – A book featuring a road trip

“Time, mystical time / Cutting me open, then healing me fine”

I haven’t read or watched Unpregnant.

A bunch of abortion road trip books and movies came out between 2019 and 2021 and I somehow missed most of them. (Could have been, I don’t know, the global pandemic.)

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan

Controversial take: I don’t think people should have to drive several hundred miles to get abortion services.

Mad Woman – Your favorite female villain

“And women like hunting witches too / Doing your dirtiest work for you”

I can’t help loving Mrs. Coulter.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

She does bad things, sure.

She also abandons the church to protect her daughter.

I admire that.

Epiphany – A book that made everything disappear while you were having a rough time

“Just one single glimpse of relief / To make some sense of what you’ve seen”

Check, Please! got me through quarantine.

Check Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

It gave me a much-needed shot of joy during a very difficult time.

I think this series is perfect.

Betty – A book with second-chance trope

“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything / But I know I miss you”

I normally encounter this as a romance trope.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

You Should See Me in a Crown used it to revive a friendship.

The relationships in this book are solid. The community support made me cry.

Peace – A book with a passionate affair that wasn’t meant to be

“But the rain is always going to come if you’re standin’ with me”

You’d think that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer protagonist Cosette would get a happily ever after with her cute French tour guide beau.

Not so.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

At the end of the book, she gets on a plane and NEVER SEES HIM AGAIN.

I have no idea why, but this thrilled me the first time I read it.

Did I mention that this book is about Marie Antoinette as a serial-killing ghost?

Hoax – The saddest book you remember reading

“You know I left a part of me back in New York / You know the hero died so what’s the movie for?”

Beach Read wrecked me.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

NO ONE WARNED ME THIS WOULD BE A TEARJERKER.

I THOUGHT, “WOW, WHAT A CUTE BEACHY READ!”

NO. WRONG.

TURN BACK.

(Or don’t. This book is actually really lovely.)

I have a Red (Taylor’s Version)-themed post coming next.

I told you.

I told you and you didn’t listen.

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