The other week, I posted my baby, The Lover Book Tag which I feel has had a really great response so far and I’m loving seeing all the posts come in! The Lover album (by my lord and saviour, Taylor Swift) came out on the 23rd August, so if you haven’t listened to it yet, just what in the world do you think you are doing? LISTEN NOW. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to dedicate a tag to it, and so this book tag was born.
I was thrilled when I saw that Andrew of ThePewterWolf was tweeting about doing the tag, and so I decided to invite him onto the blog, especially as he is a fellow Swiftie so I just had to! I really enjoyed reading through his answers to all of the prompts and I hope that you will too.
Before I hand over to Andrew, there are just a few rules if you want to take part in this tag!
- Give credit to the creator (that would be ME!)
- Tag 5 Friends
- HAVE FUN!
Over to Andrew!
Before I go any further with this tag, I want to thank Vicky for only allowing me to invade her blog with this tag but also for creating this Taylor which was a hoot and a half to answer! Now, let’s me Taylor playing and let’s get this party started!
I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about
This is super rare as I am always checking my TBR on Goodreads. But it’s usually something that is on my kindle that I always seem to go “Oh, wait, I own you?”. So, let me answer that with the two books that is on my kindle that I feel guilty for not reading yet as I’ve had them for so long: Witch Child by Celia Rees and Poison Study by Maria V Snyder.
Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read
Oh no! Not this question! I don’t really do seasonal reads (though I am considering doing a ton of witchy reads for Halloween, but don’t hold your breath!), but when I think summer read, I want to read something light and fun by the pool. The book I read this year I would class as my “summer read” is Sweep: Volume One by Cate Tiernan. It was a reread so, technically, I’m cheated, but at the time I read it, I just need something light and this worked wonders. There is another title that jumps to mind for this, but saving that answer for a later Taylor song…
Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series
If I didn’t answer this with Harry Potter, I think people would question if I am feeling well today…
The Man – An Amazing Female Character
Just the one? But there are so many! If I answer Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, I feel like that is a cheat, but she is! If it wasn’t for her, Harry and Ron would be dead before the end of the first book!
The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up
The first title that jumped to mind was The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. I only ever read the first book in the series, but I related to Mildred. But other children’s books that call to me are Mog & The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, The Invisible Dog by Dick King Smith (who, when I was younger, believed that he and Roald Dahl were the same person) and Dogger by Shirley Hughes. I have no idea what happened in this book but it must have effected me as I name a cuddly toy dog Dogger and I still own him!
I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!
I won’t answer Potter for this one. But I think people are always surprise how much I love Sabriel by Garth Nix. I always seem to go “Read this!” if someone wants to read a good fantasy. I know this book and the Old Kingdom series isn’t for everyone, but I adore it.
Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince – A book that makes you so sad, you could paint the town blue
I usually avoid books that make me sad and upset (though no book, to my knowledge, has ever made me cry. Mad, absolutely, but never cry). But I think I’m going to say The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. This audiobook was super engrossing, but hearing the stories of the women was a real shock to the system as when did we even think of the victims?
Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP
Hmmm… That’s a hard one. I’m not sure I can answer this one as I keep going “Oh, that couple is wonderful. As was reading about them two. And them! AND THEM!!!”. I think if you get the romance right, it just works and feels effortless. So, I have a load of pairings I love. I feel like not answering this one, but that would be mean.
Ok, I just had a thought. I know this isn’t cannon, but I always shipped Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter series.
Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype
I’m not sure how to answer this one as hype kinda scares me so I try and dodge it if I can. But Michelle Obama’s Becoming is my answer for this as, since I audiobooked this at the start of the year, I have been wanting to get a physical copy.
Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts, so you just have to re-read it again
It’s super rare for me to reread a book as soon as I’ve finished it. Same with me reading the same author back-to-back (though there are occasions). But there is one book I would like to reread soon and maybe even attack the author’s back catalogue, which is The Lost Man by Jane Harper. On the surface, it’s a standalone thriller set in the Australian Outback, but there are layers to it: mental health, grief, how a family copes, and other triggers that I want to reread and go “How did I miss these clues in my first, frantic reading of this?”
London Boy – A book based in London
I’m going to answer by putting a book that I haven’t actually read yet, but is on my TBR. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronvitch. If I read this and it isn’t set in London, am going to be a little annoyed…
Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky
Hmm… am tempted to put my current read – Rough Terrain by Annabeth Alert – down or The Witch’s Blood by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr as both were, to me, such an easy, fun reads. But I sense you mean books I always return to when I feel down in the dumps and that’s usually either Harry Potter (either Philosopher’s Stone or Prisoner of Azkaban) or Sabriel. But I don’t want to repeat self so made of this answer what you will…
False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe
There are so many books I could reread and be a very happy man: Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, The Host, His Dark Materials, The Old Kingdom, Keys to the Kingdom, A Discovery of Witches, Queen of the Tearling, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen. But I think I will answer this with the answer I teased in Cruel Summer, which is Mirror Dreams by Catherine Webb. The reason is this is that in my late teens and early twenties, whenever I went of holiday, this was one of the books I would grab and I would read about half before the holiday was over and then I would never finish it because I knew the ending so well, but it felt like a betrayal if I finish the book while not on holiday. I was a strange one, I admit this. But I really should reread it one day…
You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend
Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green. I don’t really want to give a reason, but Noah was me when I was a teen. Just more extreme. I cringe at the thought of teen me worrying over every little detail and thinking it worse than it actually worse. But with Noah… *cringes*
Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)
I have got a lot better of DNFing stuff if it’s not working for me. But there are times my stubbornness kicks in and I go “I want to read this to the bitter end”. But the book recently that I read and was really disappointed over was To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers. I had such high hopes for this novella and it just didn’t work for me. The things that everyone else loved, I found irritating and flat. But that’s the joys of reading: just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it will be someone else’s The One.
ME! – A Character You Relate To
Usually, it’s a character who feels a little out of step with the world around them. I think we all feel like that, don’t we? We could say Noah from Noah Can’t Even due to the reasons I explained earlier… but I feel tempted to say Neville from the Harry Potter series. Can I get away with answering most of these with Harry Potter?
It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With
*buries head in hands* It’s as if you want me to answer all these with Harry Potter. I really want to say Hermione or Luna. If I can have them, can I have Mogget from The Old Kingdom series? I mean, a sarcastic talking cat… what more can I ask for?
Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!
I feel tempted to say Red Sister by Mark Lawerence, but I’m going to answer this with Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I remember trying to read it when it first came out and I really struggled. So when I decided to try again a few years later, I went it very nervously and via audiobook. While the first 100 pages was a struggle and slow, once I got past that, I flew through it and had such a blast, I ordered the rest of the trilogy before I had finished. I did the same thing when I first read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare round the time City of Glass was about to be a published (in ye olde days when The Mortal Instruments was meant to be a trilogy…)
Bonus: Favourite Taylor Swift Album
Am a bit late to the Taylor party and, while I like a mix of songs from all her albums, I seem to have listened to Reputation a lot so let’s say that is my answer for now, but I am enjoying listening to Lover and Red.
Andrew is tagging these fabulous five!
Gavin from @TheGavGav7
Justine from @IShouldReadThat
Beth from @BookLoverx
Steph from @eenalol
Jack from @Jthbooks