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?!
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!
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!
‘YOU’RE NOT SORRY’
A book that unapologetically broke your heart.
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
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
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!
A book with the most beautiful cover
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
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
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.
A book you instantly clicked with
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!
A classic that will never get old
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!
A book with a romance you love
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
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!
A book where you loved the first book but hated the sequel
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!
…along with anyone else who loves Taylor Swift!
Thanks for reading everyone!