Hello beautiful people! Can you believe it’s already almost the end of October? We’ve had a beautiful fall this year where I live, but I’m sad to slowly see it go … though I am excited for snow and Christmas! I haven’t been a Taylor Swift fan since her country music days, but my friend introduced me to her Folklore album and I’m obsessed! I love indie/folk music, which this album basically is. So even though I’ve been more picky with the book tags I do, I HAD to try this one out after Norees @ No Reads Too Great tagged me in it! Make sure to visit her blog for some amazing content!
Side note: I’m totally listening to Taylor Swift’s Folkmore album while I complete this tag!
- Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
- Tag at least 3 people.
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.
- Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.
Note: Ilsa has permitted us to use her header graphics, so please make sure credit is given to her!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy || This ending just … *mind blown and emotions flying everywhere*. I read this in my first year of university for a Reading Fiction course, and I honestly was not expecting anything that happened in this book. It’s a really unique taste on dystopian literature, more tradition to classic dystopian literature in my opinion than most contemporary books in this genre. But that ending … it’s been 10 years and that ending STILL haunts me.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker || Yes … this book will probably continue to appear on my book tags lists for a LONG TIME … but I just can’t help it! I adore this book so much! Tucker’s novel was a roller-coaster of emotions. I truly loved Calla’s feisty and naive nature, and Jonah’s sarcasm and bluntness at the beginning of the novel. Watching them grow so much was such a great experience. But there are a lot heavy topics in this book … I was either laughing my heart out or crying my eyes out throughout this book. Do I recommend this? YES I DO!
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow || I don’t know why I didn’t read this RIGHT when I received it … it’s so good! The writing really captured my attention, drawing my into January’s world and adventures. Harrow’s book’s so unique and magical, I feel like I’ve yet to read anything like it before … which is a rare feeling, in my opinion. And can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover?! LOVE!
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins || I wanted to love this book SO MUCH! I TRULY DID! But I just couldn’t get behind it. It’s a shame, since the characters are actually interesting and I was beginning to really love the romance. But the story was too rushed, the characters are not developed enough, the plots too linear, and the setting didn’t even feel as though it was set in Scotland. The potential was there, but it just flopped for me.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott || Oh my goodness … I think I cried during more than 50% of this novel. It’s such a beautiful and raw story, making this an even more challenging read. This story reflects the lives of many people who have cystic fibrosis (CF), something I can’t even begin to comprehend how that makes them feel. But reading this shortly after famous YouTuber Claire Wineland died from complications with a surgery to relieve her CF symptoms was even more heart-breaking. But this novel really does go to show that we are human … we are not immortal. So rather than being scared by that, we need to learn to embrace that and love every moment we have on this Earth.
Can you tell that this book REALLY got to me on a rather deep level?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio || Tyler, my younger brother, has low functioning autism and Q22 syndrome. He was diagnosed with autism at a young age and Q22 in his teenage years. I love him so much and can’t begin to understand what he goes through day to day, but it was also hard to be a sister once in a while. And you feel so ashamed for feeling that way. But Palacio’s book really helps siblings who have a sibling with special needs understand that it’s okay to feel this way … it’s normal. Seeing Auggie’s sister, Olivia, go through the same struggles and internal conflict really helped me feel more normal and less guilty about sometimes needing my own life apart from Tyler. I can’t begin to express how amazing and powerful this book is.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans || I adored this book as a kid, loving all the shenanigans Madeline would get herself into! I think the nostalgia really hits home for this book since it also reminds me of the movie, which I would re-watch over and over again as a kid. I really need to re-watch it again at some point …
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett || Well … the main reason this reminds me of summer is because it takes place during the summer ha-ha! But it’s also all those stereotypical summer vibes, you know? The warm and breezy weather descriptions, a beach town setting, summer jobs, bonfires and group hangouts, summer love … it’s just all very “LET’S CELEBRATE SUMMER” vibes.
Light Filters In : Poems by Caroline Kaufman || This collection honestly broke my heart. You FEEL the emotions Kaufman’s expressing seeping through the pages, comprehending all of her mixed emotions in her poems. There’s a lot of focus on sadness, depression and loneliness, but there’s also a great amount of poetry on happiness and finding oneself. I highly recommend this for poetry lovers.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee || Oh … my … goodness!!! This book *swooning like mad at the moment*! It’s been two years since I’ve read this and I still absolutely adore it! I couldn’t pick up another book right after, so I just re-read this one ha-ha!
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur || As a sufferer of anxiety and OCD, life can get PRETTY overwhelming some days. But there was one year in particular (funny enough, not 2020) where I was really struggling to deal with life and all the things I’d left behind certain locked doors. I had always been nervous to read this book, not thinking I could handle the content. But reading this made me feel more empowered, showing me I can take control of my life. Kaur’s writing really spoke to me in a time of need … and I’m so very grateful for her words.
Chloe Saunders in Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy || AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH! Seriously, I love her reactions to things … they feel so authentic! Rather than just being super cool out supernatural beings, she legit freaks out and doesn’t believe it — appropriate response, for once. But I love her character growth has she learns more about this world and herself. She’s brave, witty, avoids drama, independent, doesn’t take anyone’s bad attitude, and is just completely adorable!
Omens by Kelley Armstrong || Serial killer parents … couples being murdered … spooky omens … dead bodies … a small town full of secrets. Seriously, this book and series is PRETTY haunting. There’s a lot of thrilling and suspenseful moments, building more and more throughout the series. The supernatural element is low key in book one, but it starts to grow and makes the series even more chilling!
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker || Yes … Jonah and Calla have a rather UNIQUE relationship. Jonah’s blunt nature and Calla’s spoiled attitude creates some (in my opinion) HILARIOUS banters and comical scenes in Tucker’s novel. But what I love about them is that they love each other despite their flaws. Every person has a quality that may be more difficult for some people to handle or deal with, whether that’s a good or bad trait. Jonah and Calla work together to overcome those stressful times, seeing the good and beautiful qualities in one another. I think that’s what I like about this couple … they aren’t perfect, but they love each other no matter what. That’s what makes their relationship feel so real.
Lara Jean in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series || She’s just the most adorable little bean! I love Lara Jean! I truly believe she’s one of the most loving, caring and precious literary characters out there. She truly wants to be a good person, but I also love how well she knows herself. Her artsy and crafty ways, her adorable clothing options … she’s just so sweet. I really feel like they tried to villain-ize her in the movies and make Peter this “hero” … when half of what happened in that second film DIDN’T HAPPEN THAT WAY! And Peter was SHUCK a jerk *censoring myself since I’d rather call him something else ha-ha* in the books … hurting my poor little Lara Jean! Probably why the films are not my cup of tea … *shrugs*
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro || I wanted to love this book and series so much. Honestly, the potential was there. But what was once an intriguing mystery series turned into a romance and confusing relationship series … that I didn’t really care for. I thought the finale was going to be this big and epic adventure, one final case for our MC’s to uncover. But it was just … a really weird mystery that was anti-climatic and an ending that left me rather unsatisfied.
Tag! You’re it!
As always, there’s no pressure to participate! Even if you aren’t a fan of Taylor Swift, this is still a fun tag!
Alright, beautiful people. The real question … are you a fan of Taylor Swift? Seriously though, what genre of music to you prefer? Who are some of your favouite artists/bands?