I hope everyone is doing really well during these difficult times!
Today, I’m going to be taking part in the folklore Book Tag! I am a recent fan of Taylor Swift (I only started to like her after her Reputation Tour on Netflix. So the only albums that I’ve full listened to are Reputation, Lover, and folklore. I can’t pick between Reputation and folklore because they’re both just so good. I
I found this tag over on Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink’s blog. Please go check out her blog, it’s wonderful and Ilsa’s done an amazing job with this original tag!
The first book that comes to mind is The Persian Boy by Mary Renault. I read this book back in February and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, especially that incredible ending. It is so devastating but also works so, so well. I also ended up crying but in a good way?
How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune is one of my favourite books ever and definitely one that makes me feel happy and sad at the same time. The main character, Gus, makes me want to just hug him because he’s so lonely and he’s not aware of it, but then you’re immediately happy when he meets and starts dating an asexual hipster named Casey. God, I need to reread this book again 😭.
Definitely The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin! This book is absolutely phenomenal. Jemisin is a master of storytelling, and her writing shines in this particular novel. The worldbuilding is amazing, but I love the way the novel is structured and the spread of reveals.
Ugh, I absolutely hate XX by Angela Chadwick. This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read and do not recommend anyone read (especially if you’re sapphic). I don’t normally tell people not to read a book, but I’m making an exception for this novel. Deeply homophobic (it’s part of the plot, but focuses on that too much) and so poorly written and plotted. Hated every minute.
King and the Dragonfies by Kacen Callender is the most recent book I read that made me cry! It’s a wonderful middle grade novel that tackles some really difficult topics including racism, the dangers of being Black and living in a white supremacist town, homophobia, death and domestic abuse. You will definitely cry when you read this!
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern has absolutely everything I love in fiction: queer characters and romance, weird fantasy world with complex rules that don’t really make sense, and a book about books. When I finished this book, I really felt like this had been written especially for me. I can’t wait for Morgenstern to keep writing, I need more of her books.
I was obsessed with The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan when I was in high school and have been meaning to reread it for years! It’s a historical romance about a girl who’s accused of being a witch and a young deaf man who the town thinks is mad because he can’t speak. I adore this book so much.
The first book that comes to mind is The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune! I love this sweet book so much, it is so wholesome and lovely. It’s set in summer and is also a perfect summer read. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of it back in January (which is summer for Australia) and it was a great read.
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa is a book that deals with loneliness and sadness, and had me on the verge of tears while I was reading. It’s about an old professor whose memory only lasts 80 minutes and he has to have a housekeeper take care of him. He’s super lonely and tries hard not to be sad, but it seeps out of him — especially when he tries to hide when he realises he doesn’t remember something.
I had a massive book hangover once I read Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. I read it as an audiobook (I had an ALC) and it was absolutely incredible! As soon as I finished listening to it, I wanted to start it all over again because it was that good. And I didn’t want to read anything after I finished this. Super recommend this book!
The Binding by Bridget Collins is definitely a book that came into my life at the right time. This is now one of my favourite books ever. It’s a quiet magical realism novel and is what made me fall in love with magical realism when I went years thinking I disliked it. So definitely a book that came into my life at the right time!
I read The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller earlier this year and didn’t think I’d enjoy it but I ended up loving it. It’s a quick fun YA fantasy with a badass female main character who kills anyone who gets into her way. So if you’re looking for a book with a villain main character (who is actually a villain and isn’t redeemed at all), this book is for you.
I read Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice earlier this year and its a very haunting book, in a good way. It’s by a Native American author about a Native American community who have to survive when all of America’s electricity stops working and society begins to break down. It’s a story about an apocalypse but a quiet one as the book only focuses on what this small community is going through, rather than focusing on the rest of the country and world. It’s a fantastic book … but might not be the best read right now 😅.
The first couple that came to mind — and the only acceptable answer to this question — is Xie Lian and Hua Cheng from Tian Guan Ci Fu by MoXiang TongXiu. This is a Chinese web novel that has been translated into English, and is over 2000 pages long — so it’s a commitment. But it’s also now one of my favourite books ever. Xie Lian and Hua Cheng are the definition of yearning — in fact, one of the characters has spent 800 years looking for, and loving, the other.
If you didn’t guess my answer, you don’t know me at all, because my favourite character is Laurent from the Captive Prince trilogy. I would 100% die for Laurent. He is a secret cinnamon roll, but you don’t find that out until the last book in the trilogy. Before that, he’s a coldhearted viper who has no problem using people to get his way … but you eventually realise he’s had to act like this to survive living under his toxic uncle.
I really wish I had loved Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri because it sounds exactly like something I would enjoy but I really didn’t. I think it was because I listened to it as an audiobook and I really didn’t like the narrator. I don’t know if I’m seeing too much into things, but does anyone else notice that female fantasy narrators put on like a really husky voice to make the main character’s voice sound sexy/appealing? I’ve started to notice that more and more and it’s really irritating. So that was my problem with this book.
I tag any Taylor Swift fan who wants to do this tag! I’m not tagging anyone in particular because I’m not sure who likes Taylor Swift 😅.