Books, Music

headfirst, fearless book tag

More Taylor Swift! I warned you!

Peruse With Coffee made this original tag in honor of the Fearless rerelease. (Was that only last year?)

Let’s gooo.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) ~ A character who goes into situations headfirst, fearless

I don’t know the name of the monster killer from Something is Killing the Children, but she GOES for it.

Something is Killing the Children: Volume One by James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera, and Miquel Muerto

She seeks out monsters and comes back bloody.

I have questions and concerns.

Namely, how did a comic book about DEAD KIDS land an Eisner award??

Disney, what are you DOING??

Fifteen (Taylor’s Version) ~ A Book You Remember Loving In High School

I loved a bittersweet ending when I was in high school. (Still do.)

I Can’t Tell You saw the main character choose to communicate solely through writing.

I Can't Tell You by Hillary Frank

It led to him losing out on a romantic connection.

Maybe THIS is why I hate friends-to-lovers…

Love Story (Taylor’s Version) ~ What Is Your Favorite Shakespeare Retelling or Shakespeare-Inspired Novel?

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You is the SUPERIOR Shakespeare retelling.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderosn

It made Much Ado About Nothing, a Shakespeare play with an ABOMINABLE resolution, both palatable and hilarious.

The romance is SO GOOD.

Some of the jokes are cringey, but I still reread this all the time.

White Horse (Taylor’s Version) ~ Favorite princess-saves-herself story

No Man of Woman Born has an EXCELLENT Sleeping Beauty retelling.

No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

The princess in this story is genderfluid. Because the sorceress only cursed a PRINCESS, Sleeping Beauty wakes up whenever their gender identity switches.

I’m obsessed.

You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version) ~ A book cover crush that you need on your shelf ASAP

The City We Became has a gorgeous cover.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

I love the neon accents – reminds me of graffiti, very New York.

I’ll take it in hardcover or paperback.

Forever and Always (Taylor’s Version) ~ A book that took you 27 words, pages, days, hours, minutes, etc to DNF or unhaul

I just unhauled my copy of The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book was valuable to my introductory feminist phase.

Its perspective is…limited.

The proposed scenario is already a reality for women of color.

I think it’s a neat bit of speculative fiction and it’s also no longer one of my favorites.

Today Was A Fairytale (Taylor’s Version) ~ what’s your favorite kind of happy ending?

I love a bittersweet ending.

Or, more specifically, a Happily For Now.

In other words, I like books that finish with a few loose ends left untied.

Everyone might not have a perfect happy ending, but they’re doing well and have a bright future ahead of them.

To me, that’s a hopeful ending.

You All Over Me (Taylor’s Version) ~ A book that continued to play out in your head after you were finished

I thought about Winter’s Orbit nonstop after I read it.

Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell

The emotional beats are SO STRONG.

I also love the scene where they FINALLY resolve their miscommunication.

I just love these boys so much.

Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version) ~ An overrated book that let you down

So uhhh…

I DNFed Harrow the Ninth at the 82% mark.

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I think 350+ pages is too long to keep readers in the dark.

At no part did I understand what was going on.

It was not an enjoyable experience.

I thought about picking the series back up for Nona the Ninth, but I’m too mad now.

I DO NOT appreciate when authors are purposefully obscure! This is the opposite of fun!

We Were Happy (Taylor’s Version) ~ A book you have bittersweet feelings about after a recent reread

I still love Everything Leads to You – it absolutely slaps.

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

It wasn’t until this recent reread that I could understand what Ava was going through.

After taking in all of Ava’s recent experiences, Emi comes across as very insensitive!

Emi is also a TEEN and is going through it herself.

I think this book works because Nina LaCour acknowledges the messy parts.

That’s When (Taylor’s Version) ~ A series you might want to get back together with

As always, I’m never sure if I want to reread The Raven Boys or if I just want to think about how much I love The Raven Boys.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ll report back with my answer.

Don’t You (Taylor’s Version) ~ A character whose bullshit you can see right through

One of my primary frustrations with Would Like to Meet was that Ezra was clearly fucking with Evie.

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

He’s not going to write – he just wants you humiliate yourself!!

Weirdly, I’m not sympathetic to occupational abuse played for laughs!

Sidebar: one scene saw Evie cleaning human waste off of her boss’s carpet. As a metaphor, it was a little on the nose.

Bye Bye Baby (Taylor’s Version) ~ A book that gave you your first heartbreak

I wouldn’t say this book was my first heartbreak.

I just remember feeling powerfully upset over The Prophecy of the Stones.

The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor

There was a very cinematic fakeout and I fell for it.

IT’S AN EMOTIONAL BOOK, OKAY?

Surely, surely, I don’t have ANOTHER Taylor Swift book tag coming after this one!

IN FACT, I DO.

Get ready for more books, pals.

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