The Folklore Book Tag

I am a very big fan of Taylor Swift’s most recent album, folklore! So I was naturally very excited when Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink (who is amazing) made a book tag based on the album, and of course I then became very busy with schoolwork and other activities and did not have time to actually write this post until now.

Anyway, I am very excited about this!! Hopefully you are too 🙂

And if you haven’t listened to folklore, 1) you will still be able to hear about books I like in this post, and 2) you should definitely listen to it.

Two records and a teal record player against a grassy background with a person's shadow; text that reads "The Folklore Book Tag"

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Tag Rules

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people. (I’m not sure which of you are Taylor Swift fans, so if you are, please consider yourself tagged!)
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post. (Thank you Ilsa!)

Note: book covers are from Goodreads and link to my review, or the books’ respective Goodreads pages if I haven’t written one.

the 1
a book with an ending that let you speechless

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson book cover

This is probably my favorite song from the album! I’m gonna go with I’ll Give You the Sun for this one. I remember finishing it and just sitting still for a while because I had to process just how amazing this book is—this happened a while ago, but I was recently reminded of it when one of my friends read it on my recommendation, which made me very happy 😉

Amazon | Bookshop

cardigan
a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once

Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli book cover

Love, Creekwood is definitely perfect for this prompt, because reuniting with the Creekwood characters made me so ridiculously happy, but it was also SO short, which was very sad. If Becky Albertalli just kept writing books about these kids for the rest of time, I would read all of them.

Amazon | Bookshop

the last great american dynasty
a book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi book cover

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is the perfect book for this—it’s an amazingly well-told story that follows the same family for generations. Highly highly recommend!

Amazon | Bookshop

exile
a book you wish you hadn’t read

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger book cover

Let the Sky Fall was so disappointing because the author’s middle grade books are some of my absolute favorites, but I couldn’t stand this YA book unfortunately. I’ve blocked a lot of it out, but I remember just feeling like it was not well-written and I was picking up on some strange gender dynamics? Anyway, that was a bummer and it kinda tainted this author for me, but I’m still very much a fan of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Amazon | Bookshop

(I guess it’s kinda weird to put buy links for this one since I wouldn’t recommend it, but like…here they are just in case, I guess)

my tears ricochet
a book that made you cry uncontrollably

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews book cover

I feel like I say this every time I talk about books that made me cry but A Thousand Perfect Notes all the way. It takes a lot for a book to make me ugly sob, but this book did it.

Amazon | Bookshop

mirror ball
a book that feels like it was written just for you

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills book cover

I can’t explain this one. I honestly couldn’t even give you a summary of what This Adventure Ends is about (and I only read it a year and a half ago), but it just has such a vivid association for me with overwhelming emotions, like both happy ones and gut-wrenching ones?? Idk, I’m doing a terrible job of explaining this, but bottom line: I thought this was a very good book.

Amazon | Bookshop

seven
a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne book cover

Ok, there are so many I could choose for this, but I’m gonna go with the Magic Tree House series because those books were the bomb in kindergarten, and because I was just talking about them with the aforementioned friend who recently read I’ll Give You the Sun. (Maia, if you’re reading this: I am a big fan of our book discussions, hehe.) Not only is Magic Tree House a wonderful series, I also share a name with one of the main characters 🙂

Amazon | Bookshop

august
a book that reminds you of summer

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch book cover

Love & Gelato is the quintessential summer YA. Wanderlust (Italy!), romance, etc. Sure, it’s not a five-star favorite (at least for me), but it’s a solid summer read.

Amazon | Bookshop

this is me trying
a book that deals with loneliness & sadness

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger book cover

I’ll Give You the Sun (and I think This Adventure Ends) could also work for this prompt, but in the spirit of not reusing books, I’ll go with The Catcher in the Rye, another great read. My ninth grade class was pretty divided about this one, but I really felt for Holden and ending up liking it.

Amazon | Bookshop

illicit affairs
a book that gave you a book hangover

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson book cover

The Sky is Everywhere!! Jandy Nelson’s debut (Can you tell I’m a big fan?) is really atmospheric, and I remember just ~staring out the window into the night~ for a while when I reached the end of it.

Amazon | Bookshop

invisible string
a book that came into your life at the exact right time

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman book cover

I was kinda stressed when I discovered the Heartstopper webcomic on tumblr, and let me tell you, this is the PERFECT comfort book. It deals with some serious topics, but it still manages to be so soft and wholesome and happiness-inducing.

Amazon | Bookshop

mad woman
a book with a female character you adore

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han book cover

As much as I love Lara Jean, it’s the side characters Kitty and Chris who really steal the show in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, in my opinion 😉

Amazon | Bookshop

epiphany
a book that is haunting

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin book cover

Foul is Fair, definitely. I’ve never been so creeped out and satisfied at the same time by a single book, but I guess girls murdering abusers will do that. This is super well-written, and it retells Macbeth in such a clever way.

Amazon | Bookshop

betty
a book couple that fills you with yearning

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan book cover

Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series are the ultimate couple goals!! (Also I love this song omg.) The underwater kiss, the nicknames…this is making me want to reread. And I am so excited to see them onscreen when the TV adaptation is made!

Amazon | Bookshop

peace
a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli book cover

Such an underrated song! I think I’ll go with Bram from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for this one because watching Love, Victor earlier in quarantine reminded me how much of a sweetheart he is. I love him!!

Amazon | Bookshop

hoax
a book you thought you were going to love but didn’t

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare book cover

I hate to end with this one, but…while I was expecting to enjoy Romeo and Juliet since it’s so iconic, I did not, unfortunately. Undeveloped insta-love, weird age gaps, just general stupidity…I don’t really get the hype. I did, however, enjoy the Baz Luhrmann movie.

Amazon | Bookshop

Let's Chat

Tell me what your favorite folklore song is! Or place bets on when you think I’ll receive the record I ordered in July and have not yet obtained! (It said I would get it in 16 weeks, so if that’s right I have two weeks to go.)

♥ Annie

Two records and a teal record player against a grassy background with a person's shadow; text that reads "The Folklore Book Tag" and "Blossoms and Bullet Journals"

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