I doubt that lots of my online pals know this (music doesn’t tend to come up much when you run a book blog!), but I am a big fan of Taylor Swift. I’m not quite as big a fan as some (I don’t own Taylor Swift merch) but I do know pretty much all of her songs – even the older country ones – and make it a priority to buy her new albums as soon as they come out.
Anyway, seeing as I’m a fan of her, you can imagine my delight when I found out that there was a Taylor Swift book tag which the blog bookfandom1001 had left as an open tag, so I could go and do it from there. Needless to say I am rather excited!
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with but now want to break up with?
When I was a bit younger, I really loved Twilight – yep, I know. Anyway, while I do sometimes enjoy having a skim through it, or rewatching a film from the saga on a casual Saturday night, I recognise that they are exceptionally problematic, and also just not as good as I’d thought. A permanent break up? Not quite, but I’m far from being in love with this series like I was before.
- Red: pick a book with a red cover.
A book with a red cover is Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This was such a cute book; I remember staying up till midnight to read it because I just couldn’t put it down, and smiling uncontrollably at the end because it was so adorable. Red is a striking colour choice for this book cover, but I guess you could also read into it as being symbolical of love and romance if you tried.
- The Best Day: a book that makes you feel nostalgic?
Definitely The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles! I first read this book in the summer of 2013, and reread it multiples times afterwards as I was just so inspired by the story behind it (it was an online hit on Wattpad, and Beth Reekles, despite only being 17 at the time, was offered a three book deal). I can’t read it, or even think about it really, without remembering the beginning of my love for Wattpad as well as all the different places I’ve taken it.
- Love Story: a book with forbidden love?
I can’t remember the last time I read a book with forbidden love! I’m wracking my brains, and the best one that comes to mind is You Against Me by Jenny Downham, which I read in the summer last year. The two protagonists weren’t supposed to be together because of class differences and family complications surrounding Mikey’s older sister accusing Ellie’s older brother of rape. This meant that any sort of romance between Mikey and Ellie was very much forbidden, but they cared for each other regardless.
- I Knew You Were Trouble: a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love?
This is a slightly unconventional answer in the sense that I’m not going for a stereotypical bad boy character who’s not a good influence but is sensitive underneath his tough exterior and all that. No, I’m choosing Zero from David Owen’s The Fallen Children. I really didn’t like him at first, but he soon emerges as actually quite vulnerable, and there are some moments with him which are just heartbreaking.
- Innocent: a book where someone ruined the ending for you?
Okay, so when I was reading the Divergent series, one of my friends was reading it at the same time. She got to a really pivotal point in Allegiant, the final book in the series, and obviously she reacted with shock to the final twist in the book. I can’t remember if I asked, if I guessed, or if she told me, but whatever happened, I ended up knowing a massive spoiler about the ending.
- Everything Has Changed: a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
This one has to be Frances from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Alice Oseman’s books are very character-centric, and in general her characters are fantastically written, with a really strong and vivid voice, and it’s easy to get a sense of who they are. Over the course of Radio Silence, Frances went through a lot, but by the end of it she really came into her own, and was more herself than ever before.
- You Belong With Me: your most anticipated book release?
This absolutely has to be It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne. I’ve read and loved all her other books, and this looks to be highly feminist and myth-busting – discussing stereotypes of things that only happen in films, and aren’t realistic ideas about romance – so I’m hyped. [Side note: this book is actually out now, and has been for a while – at the time of writing this post, it hadn’t been! Other exciting upcoming releases now definitely includes I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman, which I have been lucky enough to receive a proof of, and you should definitely be checking this one out as it was sensational!)
- Forever and Always: your favourite book couple?
Ah this is a hard one because I haven’t read that many romances recently, and nothing really sticks out with regards to what I’ve read. I can think of two examples which aren’t my all-time favourites, but still stick out to me as good examples of great book couples. Wing and Aaron from Wing Jones by Katherine Webber were so lovely together, and I was really rooting for them over the course of the book, and Rhys and Steffi from A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard were absolutely perfect for one another. Both were good because neither relationship was perfect, so it felt almost more realistic in a way.
- Come Back … Be Here: the book you would be least likely to lend to someone for the fear of missing it too much?
Hmm . . . I don’t think there’s really any book that I would be unlikely to lend because I’d miss it, as I’m not really one to reread books much, and I guess I’d get it back eventually. Maybe any of my signed books with a lot of sentimental value attached? I definitely wouldn’t lend anyone my set texts for English, as they are very important so I wouldn’t want to risk it.
- Teardrops on My Guitar: a book that made you cry a lot?
I haven’t really cried at a book in ages (maybe even years?), but the last one I remember crying at is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It wasn’t even over a particularly shocking event in the book – a minor character died, and there was just something about it which really struck me and made me sad.
- Shake It Off: a book that you love so much you just shake off all the haters?
There’s nothing that really springs to mind for this one. I mean, I loved Solitaire by Alice Oseman, and that’s had some negative reviews, but it’s also had a good amount of rave reviews too, so I’m not sure that this really fits for this question. I can’t think of anything else, though!
And that’s that! I hope you enjoyed (and if you don’t recognise any of the songs mentioned, I strongly suggest you go and listen to them). Usually I don’t tag people if I haven’t been tagged, but I feel like I have to make an exception this time around and tag my sister, Bex from My Shelf and Myself, who is also a huge Swiftie. Of course, if you fancy having a go, then I think you should go for it too!