This tag was originally created by Vicky @ What Vicky Read!
This is another instance in which I discovered a tag that combined reading with another of my loves, and so I immediately had to do this tag myself. I have been listening to Lover non-stop since it was released, and honestly I have grown to love it more and more as the weeks have progressed. If you haven’t done so already, please do yourself a favour and listen to it!
I am so excited that this tag is already in existence and that I can share my love for Taylor Swift and her newest album whilst also getting to gush about some of my favourite books.
So here is the Lover Book Tag!
A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about
Somehow I forgot that I owned A Curse so Dark & Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, despite it being a Beauty and the Beast retelling and sounding exactly like my sort of fantasy! It is one of the many 2019 releases that I was super excited about, and so hopefully after reminding myself of its existence through this tag I will remember to get around to reading it soon.
A Perfect Summer Read
I feel like I always recommend a Morgan Matson book whenever I have to talk about perfect summer reads, but The Unexpected Everything is truly a great story to dive into during the warmer months. It includes female friendships with romance and the struggle of trying to figure out what to do next, as well as some of the cutest dogs that you will never get bored of reading about.
Your Favourite Book/Series
To avoid repeating myself by talking about The Raven Boys or Turtles All The Way Down, I decided to choose one of my new favourite reads for this one, The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman! I adored this dark and mysterious story of a small town with so many secrets, with all of the characters so complex and beautifully written that I couldn’t help but want to read more about all of them and the world they live in!
An Amazing Female Character
I couldn’t help but talk about another recent read for this one, as Serina from Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart was the most amazing female character who I rooted for the entire time and just adored reading about. She starts out as this subservient girl but over the course of this book she slowly grows into a defiant and insanely brave character who knows her worth and is determined to fight for a better future.
A book from your childhood because you never grew up
Despite it being my favourite series when I was younger, I feel like I never talk about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins anymore. I remember I used to just continuously reread these books until I could probably recite them all back to you and being so excited whenever I got to talk about them with someone, and so I am very grateful for them for first introducing me to fandoms.
A book everyone knows you love!
Other than the obvious series, I feel like I talk about A List of Cages by Robin Roe enough for most people to know that I love this book with all my heart. It is such a hidden gem that I am desperate for more people to pick up for themselves so that this gorgeous story can finally receive the huge amount of love it deserves.
A book that makes you so sad you could paint the town blue
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera broke my heart into a million tiny pieces that I don’t think I will ever be able to put back together again, and somehow I still adore this book despite the pain it caused me. Its such a beautiful tale of two people finding each other and a way to enjoy their last day even if its ending will most certainly make you want to paint the town blue.
Your favourite OTP
After reading Ace of Shades, Levi & Enne instantly become one of my new OTP’s as I just couldn’t get enough of their constant chemistry and sexual tension throughout this book. They work together so well despite their different backgrounds and occasional different ways of dealing with things, and so I can not wait to return to them in King of Fools.
A book that lived up to the hype
No matter how much hype surrounds The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, it will always live up to that hype as it one of the most magical and beautifully written books I have ever read. It transports you to Les Cirque des Rêves and immerses you in its wonder whilst simultaneously telling you a intricate story that you will never forget.
A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts so you just have to re-read it again
After recently rereading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, I can definitely confirm that saying goodbye to this book is always death by a thousand cuts as I just want to forever live in this world with these characters. I am already desperate to continue on rereading this series with The Dream Thieves, but also know that the sooner I do so, the sooner I will once again finish this gorgeous series.
A book based in London
Of course I had to pick the only book I’ve read that isn’t just based in one, but multiple different Londons! A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab is such an interesting and unique fantasy that instantly draws you in with its witty characters and beautifully written plot, plus world-building that won’t fail to make you fall in love with at least one of the Londons!
A book that brightens up your sky
Whose day isn’t made a little brighter by a little bit of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky?! Always & Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han instantly put a smile on my face the moment I started listening to it earlier this year, and just reminded me how much fun I can have reading about baking, movie nights and a little bit of romance.
A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe
Despite the fact that I actually haven’y reread the entirety of The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, I have regularly gone back to some of my favourite sections just to re-experience this story and the relationship between Khalid and Shazi again and again. The sexual tension between them as well as the small pieces of politics and hints of magic make this one book that definitely still does it for me.
An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend
I would recommend everyone who is even slightly interested in Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston to give it a go, as despite it being pretty out of my comfort zone, I ended up adoring this love story between Alex and Henry. It was such a beautiful book of acceptance and reputations whilst also being hilariously funny and gorgeously cute.
It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)
I feel like Caraval by Stephanie Garber is one of those books that you either love or hate, and unfortunately I was definitely not in the group of people who really enjoyed this circus-based fantasy. I loved the concept for this novel and so can see why people do really love both this book and its sequels, but personally I just wasn’t a fan of the execution of it or the characters, something that instantly turns me off a book.
A Character You Relate To
I related to Eliza from Eliza and her Monsters in so many different ways, from her struggles with anxiety to her hatred of exercise. It was so refreshing to see some of the ways that mental health affects my life reflected in Eliza, as well as how she find comfort in the online communities and fandoms that she is a part of.
A Character You’d Love to be Friends With
August from A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews just seems like the most fun ball of sunshine ever, and so of course I would love to be friends with her and her many dogs! She is such an optimistic person who is so sure of who she is and is unafraid to be her slightly strange and quirky self, and so I would love to spend a day exploring and listening to Twice Burgundy with her.
A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!
For the first few chapters of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, I wasn’t sure whether I would actually end up enjoying it or not, as it all seemed a little too technical and a little too slow for my tastes. However, I soon grew to love this character-driven novel that has some of the best world-building I have ever read in it, and so I am insanely glad that I gave this book enough time to show me how amazing it truly was.
Favourite Taylor Swift Album
This question is almost as hard as asking me to pick a favourite book! That said, I think I am going to have to go with Red, which is pretty fitting considering we are now in Autumn. Not only was it the album that first properly introduced me to Taylor Swift, but it also includes some of my favourite songs of hers and I just love returning to it every year.
Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What is your favourite Taylor Swift album? Have you done this tag – do you agree with some of my answers?