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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Taylor Swift Book Tag


So there's this tag going around on Youtube among the Booktuber community called "The Taylor Swift Book Tag."

I had been planning on doing this tag since I found out about it awhile ago. However, when Taylor Swift's new song "Out of the Woods" came out - and when I listened to it on repeat for about ten times once it released (#noshame) - I knew I just had to adapt this tag to my blog (Also, I embedded the song up top so you could listen to it while you read...it's that good, y'all).

Basically, this tag links books I've read to Taylor Swift songs. I love it because it basically combines two of my favorite things, and because it gives me the chance to go way back and share why I love some of these books.

Let's go ahead and get into it! :)

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis.



I really, really wanted to like this book. I'd seen glowing reviews on YouTube, and I have a soft spot for sci-fi things (see: every post I've ever done on Doctor Who ever). However, this story tried way too hard to be shocking, especially with its dystopian elements. The mystery aspect of this book was intriguing, and the ending was good, but the events leading up to the ending ranged from blah to downright repulsive for me. Needless to say, I decided not to continue the series.

2. Red - pick a book with a RED cover.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers



This book was actually a summer reading assignment back in High School, but this book is one of my favorites. It draws parallels to the book of Hosea in the Bible in the most beautiful way I've ever seen in Christian fiction. It's got romance, historical elements, and a really, really positive message.

3. The Best Day - pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis



Well, given that this song makes me cry every time I listen to it (happy tears, of course), I'm going with the book that has profoundly influenced my life in more ways than one. For the whole story, check out this post.

4. Love Story - easy…pick a love story!

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long



Not only is this a love story, but it's also a gorgeous fairy tale. It's also one of my all-time favorite books ever. It's filled to the brim with magic, intrigue, and of course romance. It's basically what would happen if Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan combined.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble - pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu



I'm actually in the midst of reading this book - it's really really great so far! - and I am already loving the main protagonist Adelina. She has the bad girl aesthetic, but I am rooting for her through all her adventures, triumphs, and struggles.

6. Innocent (written b/c of Kanye West!) - pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth



Before I talk about this one, I'll let y'all know that I did not read this book because of the fact that I found out about this ending. I'll admit that this was spoiled for me via browsing the internet, but the ending to this series makes me not want to continue this trilogy, which is sad because I loved Divergent. I'm honestly hoping they do something different with the movie adaptation when it eventually comes out.

7. Everything Has Changed - pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

Wade from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline



Wade Watts goes through a lot in this book. He learns so much about the world around him - both real and in-game - but he learns so much more about himself. If you want to read all my thoughts on this book, check out my review here.

8. You Belong With Me - pick your most anticipated book release.

The Heir and the rest of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass



I honestly thought this was going to be and stay a trilogy, but when I saw the announcement that the Selection Series would continue for two more books, I was a little shocked, but I also knew that I had to finish the series. The ending to the third book was very good, but I'm curious to see how the plot pans out over the next two novels. If you want my thoughts on the third book (and the series so far), check it out here.

9. Forever and Always - pick your favorite book couple.

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


This is the best choice I can think of for a couple reasons: one, this couple is amazing on the written page, and two, their story is a timeless one has been recreated in both literary and media form for many, many years.

10. Come Back, Be Here - pick a book you wish you could re-read anew.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



When I read this book for the first time, I was in high school, and I didn't have the appreciation for Jane Austen's writing like I do now.  I also had never been to Bath, UK. Now, I not only really love this story, but I also really love Jane Austen's work and want to really get into it now that I've finished my degree.

All book cover images are from Amazon.com

Thanks for reading this tag, y'all! :) This is my favorite tag post I've done thus far.
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  1. TAYLOR SWIFT AND BOOKS!! Two of my favourite things. I love that song and Wow. Great answers. I think I might do this tag. I really really need to read the Young Elites and I completely agree with the Allegiant one. And there's another book in the Selection series!? What!? And why!? Honestly, I think it's a bad idea but I want to know anyway...

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. You should do this tag, M! :) It's so much fun! And yeah, there's two more books in the Selection series. I'm going to read them just because I want to finish the series and know what happens/why the story's getting extended this long.

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