I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s new album Lover non-stop since it came out, and when I saw this book tag from The Bibliophagist, I immediately wanted to do it. The questions are cute and creative and totally fit the themes of the songs. I’m excited to dive in!
- Link back to the creator, Sara @ The Bibliophagist!
- Answer the questions!
- Tag whoever you want and link back to the person who tagged you!
I FORGOT THAT YOU EXISTED: A BOOK FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD THAT YOU DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT
There’s one book I absolutely loved in elementary school that I forgot so much about that I don’t even remember the title and author. It was a middle grade novel I got at a Scholastic book fair, and I remember that in the climax the main character (a young boy) was lost in a blizzard and saved by his dog. And I think the dog talked telepathically, which is how the dog saved the boy. That’s it, that’s all I remember. I’ve tried finding it hundreds of times and never had any luck, so if you think you might know it, let me know!
CRUEL SUMMER: THE WORST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS SUMMER
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I was so excited for this and had heard tons of good things about Smith’s books, but it just didn’t deliver. I had so few good things to say about it that I never bothered to review it. I actually DNF’ed it at one point, but was at least able to pick it up later and finish. Now, though, I’m afraid to read any more of her books!
LOVER: A BOOKISH RELATIONSHIP THAT’S PERFECT EXACTLY THE WAY IT IS
I’m going with Sam and Grace from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy. One thing I loved about this book is that their relationship was a huge part of the plot but there was no relationship drama. There was hardly any fighting or drama between the two of them; it was more about how they faced their problems together. They were such relationship goals for me as a teen!
THE MAN: A BOOK WITH A BADASS FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER
The entirety of the Lunar Chronicles, but most specifically Cinder! I just absolutely loved her character – yes, badass, and strong, independent, witty, all-around awesome. She’s one of my all-time favorite YA protagonists, especially in the dystopian/fantasy genre.
THE ARCHER: A BOOK WITH GREAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
In Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, the main character Starr goes through excellent character development. She starts off afraid to user her voice or stand up to her friends, but in the end she marches with protesters, ditches her awful (read: racist) friend, and finds out how powerful her voice is. I loved watching her grow throughout the course of this novel.
I THINK HE KNOWS: YOUR FICTIONAL CRUSH
Uh…I read mostly YA, poetry, and memoirs so I can’t really say I have a fictional crush.
MISS AMERICANA & THE HEARTBREAK PRINCE: A BOOK SET IN HIGH SCHOOL
A lot of scenes in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han take place in their high school. The book (and series) is also one of my favorite YA romances, so I feel like it fits perfectly for this tag!
PAPER RINGS: A BOOK WITH A HAPPY ENDING
I gotta do it, ya’ll: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book has one of my favorite happy endings ever. This is the #1 book I pick up when I’m feeling down and need a boost in my mood.
CORNELIA STREET: A SETTING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET
Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games is filled to the brim with unforgettable settings. Panem, specifically District 12 (and later District 13) are definitely settings I’ll never forget. I think both arenas for the 74th and 75th Hunger Games were memorable as well. Collins definitely did an incredible job describing her dystopian world.
DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: A BOOK THAT BROKE YOUR HEART
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’ve read this twice and the second time was just as heartbreaking as the first. This is another book where the ending has really stayed with me, even years after reading it.
LONDON BOY: A SETTING THAT PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN THE STORY
In Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys (and the subsequent books) the town of Henrietta, Virginia plays a massive part in the story. I feel like explaining why would be a spoiler, so I’ll say that a town that surges with magic is probably important to the plot.
SOON YOU’LL GET BETTER: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Ya’ll, I feel like I’ve said this a hundred times in blog posts, but Once and for All by Sarah Dessen made me cry like a baby, and it was totally unexpected. I’d read all of the books she’d published up until that point and none of them had ever been so heartbreaking. I sometimes get chills just thinking about it.
FALSE GOD: A BOOK WITH A WELL-WRITTEN SEXY SCENE
I don’t really read many “sexy” books, so the first scene that comes to mind is from The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic. The shower scene was A+.
YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN: A BOOK FEATURING AN LGBT+ ROMANCE
Running with Lions by Julian Winters features an LGBT romance and is #ownvoices. Ita also offers some of my favorite explanations of sexuality. This is one of those books I’ve read and felt understood, or thought, “Yes, this person gets it!” It’s definitely a great feeling. Plus this book is adorable, as a bonus.
AFTERGLOW: A GREAT SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE
The most epic second-chance romance I have ever read is from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. And spoiler: it’s not with a husband.
ME!: YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK
I know I already used this series, but The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, book #2 in The Raven Cycle. This is my favorite book in my favorite series; I’m rereading the series right now, and Ronan forever remains my absolute favorite character.
IT’S NICE TO HAVE A FRIEND: YOUR FAVORITE FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS BOOK
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Monty and Percy have one of my favorite relationships and their friends-to-lovers journey is complicated (to say the least) but also adorable and, at times, hilarious.
DAYLIGHT: A BOOK WITH A POSITIVE MESSAGE
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham and Gmorning, Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda are two of my favorite little books. Graham’s book is an easy one-sitting read (about 40 little pages) that’s full of great reminders if you’re, well, worrying. Miranda’s books is great if you need a little pick-me-up or motivation at the beginning or end of the day. These are two books I reach for if I’m feeling down but want a little boost rather than a whole novel.
And that wraps up my Lover Book Tag! This was so much fun to do. The questions are fun and a bit challenging, and I definitely recommend trying it out if you’re a Taylor Swift fan.
As always with tags, I’m not tagging anyone specific. If you read this post and you’d like to do the tag, go for it! Good luck!
Thanks for reading, ya’ll, and see ya next week with a new post!