The Wonderstruck Book Tag // Ft. All the Taylor Swift GIFS!

The Wonderstruck Book Tag

Hello everyone! 

I came across this super cool tag recently created by the wonderful Purely Olivia. She has a fabulous book blog and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t come across it before!

This tag combines two of my favourite things – books and Taylor Swift songs.
I mean, win-win, right?!

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Taylor Swift’s music saw me through most of my teenage years (alongside Paramore and The Pretty Reckless, I’m diverse Y’all). While I’m not such a fan of her newer pop albums, her country songs still make my heart SO HAPPY, and instantly transport me back to teen angst, first crushes, and belting out song lyrics with my friends at sleepovers! 😀

CONTENT WARNING: This post may cause you to unexpectedly burst into song, hum in public for up to 24hrs after reading, or get caught in a dangerous Taylor Swift Youtube cycle.*

*I may or may not have gone on a two day Taylor Swift music binge after writing this. BLAMING YOU, OLIVIA!

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RULES IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE:

1.) Link back to the creator
2.) Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
3.) Feel free to use any of the graphics in Olivia’s post.
4.) Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

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‘YOU’RE NOT SORRY’
A book that unapologetically broke your heart.

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Um, the clue may or may not be in the title of this one??! I promise I didn’t just pick this because of subliminal (or in this case more overt) messaging!

This book emotionally broke me on multiple levels; the twisty complex romance that had all the overwhelming emotional teen angst and clever nuance, the parts that focused on the protagonist’s grief over her sister’s tragic death, and finally just going through all the stress and revelations that this character experienced. I desperately wanted to reach through the pages, give the protagonist a hug and tell her that everything would be ok! (You can read my review here!)

 

‘BACK TO DECEMBER’
A book you still think about even after you finished

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When I first read this series it gave me the biggest book hangover since Harry Potter.

Four years later and I still regularly find myself thinking back to The Hunger Games and its powerful messages – from finding inner strength and the importance of family, to the political side of things such as government corruption and the importance of propaganda. I honestly know that I will continue to think about this series for many years to come! (You can read my review here!)

 

‘IF THIS WAS A MOVIE’
A book you really want to become a movie

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This novel was absolutely outstanding and I honestly think it would make the best teen rom-com movie.

The main character has so much British sass and is one of the most realistic teen voices I’ve come across. She’s also pregnant, and the new boy at school agrees to pretend to be the baby daddy and they get into all sorts of awkward, emotional and laughable situations along the way! Think Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging with a side of The Breakfast Club!

 

‘GORGEOUS’
A book with the most beautiful cover

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Okay, so it was basically impossible to pick one book cover for this because there are so many amazing artists out there.

I basically just picked a selection, closed my eyes and pointed! The result was Beautiful Broken Things! I love the teal blue, the typography and the eye-catching gold foil effect on my paperback copy! Unfortunately, I actually ended up liking the cover of the book more than the actual story which was ‘just okay’.

 

‘SHAKE IT OFF’
A book that gets hate but you still love
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Leah on the Offbeat is certainly a book that divides a lot of options, but I actually really liked it despite, and even because of some of the reasons others disliked it!

A lot of people dislike this book because they found Leah to be a very rude and judgmental protagonist – and she absolutely is! She has complete double standards and treats a lot of people badly, she even polices someone else’s sexuality at one point, but I found her character so brilliant and realistic because of that. I mean, none of us make the right decisions in our teens, right?! I DO however think the author should have addressed the policing scene in a more overt way. (You can read my review here).

 

‘NEVER GROW UP’
A book that gives you childhood nostalgia

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I mean was this even a choice really? This series spanned my entire childhood and continues to be my adulting equivalent of a warm fuzzy blanket.

I mean, if Harry can fight Voldemort and all the darkness in the world, I can probably find the courage to face my fears too! They’ve just changed from monsters under the bed to things like banking and job interviews. Ugh.

 

‘SPARKS FLY’
A book you instantly clicked with

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Since You’ve Been Gone was my first Morgan Matson book, and it gave me all the warm fuzzy feels with ice cream cones and sprinkles on top!

It follows Emily, whose friend Sloane just moves house one day with no warning. Emily has always been the quiet one, and without Sloane who always took the lead, she doesn’t know what to do. What follows is a summer of personal growth, fun, and romance. I was hooked from the get-go and clicked with the protagonist so much!

 

‘STYLE’
A classic that will never get old

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I was very late to the fold when it came to reading To Kill a Mockingbird, but I’ll tell ya, it was worth the wait! 

I didn’t get the chance to study this one at school, but I was fueled to pick it up by multiple pop-culture references that always made me go ‘huh?’

I know this story about racism, prejudice, and standing up for what’s right will continue to touch the hearts of millions. It’s just so timeless!

 

‘END GAME’
A book with a romance you love

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BASICALLY, ALL THE SHIPS IN THIS ENTIRE SERIES GIVE ME SHIVERS. ALL OF THE ROMANCES. GIMMIE.

I don’t want to list my favourite ships here just in case anyone hasn’t read all the books yet because I might spoil things, but there are so many cute, powerful and just all round AJDJFJDFFF scenes in this that made my belly do flip-flops. Relationship goals (excluding all the Fae fang nipping).

 

‘I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE’
A book you couldn’t help but become obsessed with

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This book was ALL THE FEELS. I just wanted to squish all the characters, but also hang out with them and force feed them Oreos. 

I am obsessed with Simon, his secret email penpal, and his coming out story.
I am obsessed with the adorable romance in this book.
I am obsessed with Simons adorkable theatre group friends, and I am definitely obsessed with the cuteness that is Simon’s family!
Yup, think that about covers it!

 

‘BAD BLOOD’
A book where you loved the first book but hated the sequel

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Oy, the disappointment of Pandemonium.

Hate is a stronger word than I would use for the second book in the Delirium trilogy, but I did expect so much more.
Delirium was such an interesting novel with its exploration of what it is to love in a world where the emotion is considered a disease. Oliver set up a very fascinating world where I was completely invested in the protagonist.

Pandemonium, however, seemed to lack focus and consisted of a lot of wandering around woods and underground tunnels, and it also introduced some new main characters that I didn’t like very much!

I TAG…

Kelly at Another Book in the Wall
 Sophie at Me and Ink
Cristina at Girl in the Pages

…along with anyone else who loves Taylor Swift!

 

Thanks for reading everyone!

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Let’s Chat!

Which books would you have picked for these categories? Were any of them the same as mine?
What’s your favourite Taylor Swift song? Are there any artists that you associate with set periods of your life?
Let me know in the comments! 😀

21 thoughts on “The Wonderstruck Book Tag // Ft. All the Taylor Swift GIFS!

  1. This is the cutest post! I feel like if we knew each other in real life we’d get along well because I, too, am obsessed with reading AND Taylor Swift (and I actually do love her newer stuff too, but have been a fan since the good old country days!). What a neat idea. I may have to do it for myself 🙂

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m sure we would get along well, these are two things that could keep us talking for hours, I’m sure!!!
      I am slowly growing an appreciation for some of her newer songs, but they’re still not the normal style of music I listen to, so I don’t think I’ll ever like it as much as her older albums, but that’s ok. 🙂
      I definitely recommend giving the tag a go, it was so much fun! 😀

  2. Wonderful tag, Becky!! 💙 Ooh, Only Love Will Break Your Heart sounds SO depressing, but beautiful all the same. *casually adds to tbr* The Hunger Games has a very dear place in my heart since it was the first YA novel I ever read! It’s truly a fantastic piece of literature and I love just about everything in it!

    I wholeheartedly agree with Since You’ve Been Gone and all the ToG couples! I can rave about all those sweet babies for hours! Haha!

    Thank you SO MUCH for the tag!! 🤗

    • Thanks, Kelly!
      I would definitely recommend Only Love Can Break Your Heart, it was such an emotional story and the main character is Japanese-America too, which was really interesting. I loved how her heritage was a big part of the book. 🙂
      Wow, the first YA you ever read? What a high bar to start with! I’m honestly not sure what the first YA I read was, so it’s so awesome that you know. 🙂

      Yay for sharing fave book couples!

      No problem, I hope you have fun with it if you decide to give it a go! 😀

  3. This was so fun to read!! I love all the Taylor gifs and in school we did a dance for its a love story so I always think of that!! 😊

    Trouble sounds like such a sweet story and I hadn’t read of it before!! Kingdom of Ash does have SO many great ships– I could read an individual book on all of them!!!

    Thank you so, so much for the tag– it sounds really fun!! Can’t wait to write it 💕

  4. That was a fun post! Here are some of my suggestions…

    A book you really want to become a movie – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Good luck for whoever gets to write that screenplay!
    A book with the most beautiful cover – Neal Shusterman: Scythe!
    A book that gives you childhood nostalgia – Bedknob and Broomstick!
    A classic that will never get old – I’m with you on Mockingbird!
    A book with a romance you love – Eleanor and Park!

    • Thanks, Tony. 🙂

      I love the cover of Scythe, it’s so striking!
      I’ve never read Bedknob and Broomstick but I thought the movie was fun!
      I almost picked Eleanor and Park for that category, but I realised I’d already picked a lot of contemporary books so I thought I would throw a fantasy in the mix instead. 🙂 Eleanor and Park is definitely one of the sweetest romances I’ve read!

  5. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for doing this tag!❤️I LOVED reading your post, the Taylor Swift gifs were spot on, and…I take the blame for your Taylor music binge, though I may not be very sorry about it. 😉

    I really want to read Leah on the Offbeat soon! I loved Simon Vs. and even though I know it will be pretty different, I’m excited to return to that little sliver of the fictional world. Ahh, I agree, Since You’ve Been Gone was just amazing right off the bat.

    Thank you again, this was a wonderful post!

    • No problem, it was SO MUCH FUN. 😀 I honestly spent so long looking for the right gifs – and damn, the one I matched with Simon was so satisfying because ever the colours went together, wohoo!
      The Taylor binge actually ended up continuing through the whole week and I have been loving every minute of it!
      I’d be very interested to see what you think of Offbeat because it’s divided a lot of opinions. I really want to try some of the author’s other works as well because they also sound super cute!

      It was my pleasure! Thank you for creating a wonderful tag. 🙂

  6. Ohhhh I love your answers so, so very much for this tag – and yay for Taylor Swift, I love all of her songs SO much, though I have to admit I prefer her older albums a little bit 🙂
    I haven’t read TROUBLE at all but damn, you just completely sold it to me, I’m SO in haha I need to add this book to my TBR immediately. and Since You’ve Been Gone is such a great choice, I loved this book so, so much, Morgan Matson is one of my favorite writers 🙂

    • Thanks, Marie! Interesting to hear that you also prefer her older albums, I wonder if its because they hold a lot more of nostalgia for many people, they certainly do for me. 🙂

      I would be SO excited and happy if you decided to pick up Trouble! It’s such an amazing book that I wish everyone would read. It’s such a fun, heartfelt and emotional UK contemporary, and it has a gorgeous cover too. 😉

      I definitely need to try some of Morgan Matson’s other books as I was so impressed with my first foray into her work!

  7. okay so your disclaimer was right, breaking out into taylor swift songs at any moment of the day is TOTALLY acceptable. your taylor gif are SO ON POINT my gosh this post is just precious.

    trouble sounds SO GOOD (im a sucker for hardhitting & funny, sign me upppp). i’ve heard so many mixed reviews on leah (i havent read it yet) but i can totally see your point of her being an unlikable character and also being a realistic teenager bc ITS SO TRUE

    kingdom of ash is SUCH a GOOD ANSWER for the ships. my goodness i was in love with every ship in the series i literally cannot contain my love for it. (did i sob over the happy, cute moments of kingdom of ash??? yes i most definitely did.)
    awesome answers, this was so much fun!!

    • Hahaa, thank you so much! I think the most difficult thing about this post was finding GIFs I was happy with! I’m also happy to hear the post induced Taylor Swift solos as expected. 😀
      Trouble is an excellent book. The main character can be unlikeable at times, but she wins you over in the end! I wish you luck for when you pick up Leah! I will keep my fingers crossed that you end up liking it, but I would not be at all surprised if you didn’t either. I can 100% see both sides to the arguments around that book!
      Thank you! I’ve just bought the A Court of Thorns and Roses boxset so I am mentally preparing myself to be emotionally wrecked by a whole bunch of new ships. 😀
      Thank you so much for reading, your comments make my day!

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    • I agree, all of them are absolutely gorgeous, especially her new release with the gold foil and deep blue! I haven’t tried Quiet Kind or Thunder but I remember being really interested in it when it came out! I’m tempted to give this author another try even though I wasn’t totally sold on Beautiful Broken Things. 🙂

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