Wednesday, August 12, 2020

folklore book tag

If you're anything like me, you'll have spent the last couple weeks obsessing over the amazing new album, folklore, from Taylor Swift. I've always enjoyed Taylor's music but have never been in love with an entire album of hers before. Listening to folklore for the first time was such an amazing experience and I'm truly in love with everything on this album. I was so excited when I found this tag because it sounds like everything I need and more. This tag was created by Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink and I tag anyone who wants to do it! 

Kingsbane (Empirium, #2)the 1 // a book with an ending that left you speechless

For this prompt, I had to go with Kingsbane by Claire Legrand. This trilogy is one of my absolute favorites and I'm so excited for the final book to release in a couple months. However, this ending had me absolutely shook. No spoilers, but I still think about that ending at least once a week. It was such a twist and pretty much destroyed me!

The Song of Achillescardigan // a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once

For this one I went with The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. This was just one long emotional journey for me. The writing was so beautiful and the book was so wonderful, but of course if you know The Iliad, then you know what happens to Patroclus and Achilles. This was such a bittersweet book and one of my go-to books when I want to cry.

Renegades (Renegades, #1)the last great american dynasty // a book with a fascinating and well-told story

I chose Renegades by Marissa Meyer for this prompt. I had never really read any superhero stories before and this trilogy was such an adventure for me. I only read it last month but it's earned a spot as one of my favorite series of all time. I am absolutely obsessed with these books and am just so blown away by Marissa's craft.

Crave (Crave, #1)exile // a book you wish you hadn’t read

I'm going to have to go with Crave by Tracy Wolff for this one. This is hands down the worst book I've read this year. I have a whole rant review here where I got into all the reasons why. I know a lot of people love this book but I was just not one of them. I could go on and on about all the reasons why this book disappointed me but I'll just say that reading it was, quite honestly, a complete waste of my time.

my tears ricochet // a book that made you cry uncontrollably 

So I'm a big crier when it comes to books. I tend to cry a lot at sad things, happy things, cute things, etc. Pretty much anything emotional has the potential to make me cry. However, if we want to delve into sobs? Well, there are a few that come to mind.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Up first, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Oh gosh this book made me sob. If you've read this book then you know exactly why. This book had one of the worst (aka best written) cliffhangers I've ever had to wait to know the resolution for. Every time I re-read this book or saw fanart or just talked about it with people, I was close to tears.

Only a Breath ApartThen we have Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry. I connected so hard with the main character and her struggles in this book that it was such an emotional journey. I tend to always connect to characters in books but in this book I felt as if I were reading about my own struggles. There was a lot of crying and even some sobbing.

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)The last one I have to mention is Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard. This is the final book in her debut trilogy and the ending absolutely ripped me apart. The ending is probably one of the best  series endings I've ever read but I was so caught of guard. I'm pretty sure I still have a video of me somewhere crying to my friend while covered in tears because of this book. 

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)mirrorball // a book that feels like it was written just for you

The closest book to this prompt is Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I feel as if this book combined so many of my favorite tropes, character types, writing styles, and storylines into an amazing book. I absolutely adored this book and it's still one of my favorites of all time. I'm very eager for the second book coming out in less than a month! 

seven // a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

I actually still have a lot of my books from when I was younger (even though they're in storage right now) but I'd have to list some classics such as Twilight, Percy Jackson, Warriors, Vampire Academy, etc. I read a lot of long series when I was younger and absolutely loved them. I can't really narrow it down since they all make me feel so nostalgic.

Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy, #1)august // a book that reminds you of summer

I think for this one I am going to go with Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I think the main reason for that is because I read it during the summer and this first book takes place in New Orleans where it's hot most of the year. Plus the covers are this underwater design and they just feel very summery to me.

Sadiethis is me trying // a book that deals with loneliness & sadness

For this prompt I'm going with Sadie by Courtney Summer. This is a thriller but it follows a girl who's trying to hunt down her sister's killer. She's very lonely throughout the book despite interacting with others and this is not a happy book by any means. I read this a couple years ago and it was honestly such an interesting and powerful book for me. It still stands as the best YA thriller I've ever read.

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)illicit affairs // a book that gave you a book hangover

I get book hangovers quite often, though some are just normal book slumps not tied to a direct book. However, I know for a fact that Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas put me into a huge book hangover. It was such a long final book and I had so many feels with my favorite series ending that it did take me a bit to get into another book.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)invisible string // a book that came into your life at the exact right time

There are a few of these but I'm going to have to go with Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I was always a big reader when I was younger, but I fell off reading books in middle school in favor of Wattpad (where I read a lot of awesome stories). But I found Throne of Glass the summer before my junior year of high school and ended up wanting to talk about books and be a part of the book community. There were a few other series I read at that time that I loved and helped contribute to me joining the community, but Throne of Glass was the main one. If I hadn't read Throne of Glass, I probably wouldn't be blogging or bookstagram-ing and I also wouldn't have met some of my closest bookish friends. I owe a lot to this book.

Trickery (Curse of the Gods, #1)mad woman // a book with a female character you adore

There are a lot of these but one of my absolute favorites is Willa from Trickery by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington. This is a fantasy reverse harem series and our main character is absolutely hilarious. She's clumsy, outspoken, and just full of humor. However, she's also passionate and a badass. She's one of the characters I identified most with when I read it a few years ago. In fact, I may need to do a reread of this series soon.

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #4)epiphany// a book that was haunting

The book I've chosen for this is Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco. Honestly any book in this series could probably work for this prompt, but this book has to take the top spot. I don't read a lot of horror or haunting books since I don't like to be scared, but in Capturing the Devil I was absolutely terrified. It was such a good book for so many reasons and I honestly need to do a reread of this entire series because it's just such a good, spooky series overall.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)betty // a book couple that fills you with yearning

I'll go with Feyre and Rhys from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas for this one. I think that, despite their initial rough patches, they have an open, honest, and passionate relationship. I'm currently in a long-distance relationship and, honestly, rereading scenes with Feyre and Rhys just makes me miss my own partner that much more.

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)peace // a book character you’d die for because you love them so much

There are a lot of characters I would theoretically die for. A lot of them come from some of my favorite series but, in the interest of not reusing books for this tag, I'll go with Nahri from the Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty. She's such an amazing character to read from and she remains my favorite character in this entire trilogy to this day. She's flawed but she's also so passionate and badass. I'm actually really sad to have this trilogy and her story over.

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)hoax // a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t

There are a ton of these but most of them are books that I expected to love but only enjoyed or liked. However, if we're going to talk about major disappointments, I'm going to have to go with Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan for this one. I just found this book to be super dragging, lacking critical information and developments, and just not what I was hoping for.

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