This book tag is based on the Taylor Swift album Red. I don’t really listen to her, but Lauren @ Narrative Paradise invited me and I do like books, so I will try it.
I started writing this a month ago, so half my answers are outdated, but most of them still apply.
State of Grace: Best opening book in a series
To kick off this tag with a boring start, I don’t read many series so I can’t compare a lot of opening books. I have no answer for State of Grace. I promise this post will get better.
Red: A book that makes you feel a whole spectrum of emotion
I feel the need to include this special book in every tag and list. They Both Die at the End was simultaneously so happy and so sad.
Treacherous: A slow book that you ended up loving
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch was not the fast-paced, suspenseful fantasy I am used to. I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I Knew You Were Trouble: A book you knew would be bad and ended up being bad
For me, a fictional cover with photographed people feels like a bad sign. I tried Earthseed anyway. I read the whole thing. It was terrible. For a longer description of its terribleness, here is the review.
All Too Well: The book that has stayed with you the most
I still think about The Underland Chronicles sometimes. The last book was quite intense for a children’s series.
22: A coming of age book
I think Holes by Louis Sachar counts as coming-of-age. I loved the book and movie in elementary school.
I Almost Do: The one you keep almost reading and don’t
I’ve struggled to read at the same pace I did a few months ago. My TBR is endless, but one I have waited on for a while is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.
(I wrote that paragraph earlier—now I’m a few pages into the book.)
We Are Never Getting Back Together: A book you want to reread
I read The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen a year or two ago. The fifth and final book, The Shattered Castle, came out recently and there’s been a lot of hype surrounding it. I own the second book and haven’t read it, so I’d like to restart the series sometime and read it all the way through.
Stay Stay Stay: A book everyone dislikes but you love
It seems to often be the other way around, and I don’t think I’ve loved an always-hated book before because I’m too skeptical to read those. I did hear a fair amount of negativity toward What If It’s Us, a book that you know I love if you’ve read my review.
The Last Time: What was the last book you read?
The last book I finished was What the Font?! A Manga Guide to Western Typeface by Kuniichi Ashiya, an intriguing blend of narrative and expository nonfiction in manga form. It was unlike any other book I’ve seen. If I find time, I will write a review.
Holy Ground: A fan-favorite book
Everyone seems to be in love with this book, and I want to read it but haven’t found the time. Hopefully it doesn’t turn out like the novels I don’t understand why people adore, and I agree with the public opinion.
Sad, Beautiful, Tragic: A book with any of these words in the title
One book on The Ultimate Reading List that I might get to someday is A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang. If I added it for a reason, I don’t remember it.
The Lucky One: A book about fame
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is here to represent lots of dystopian plots: problematic future society, someone rebels, they become famous and change the world.
Everything Has Changed: A book that changed how you view something
The first book on The Ultimate Reading List. I wouldn’t say Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt completely enlightened me since I already had a similar opinion of immortality, but it was a captivating and philosophical book.
Starlight: A book that makes you feel warm and cozy and magical
When I started this post I had no idea what to choose for this, but now I have the perfect answer: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It made me feel all of these things and I highly recommend it.
Begin Again: A book you’d read on a Wednesday in a cafe
Despite that I abandoned it, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz fits well here. It’s a thoughtful book that I think has the same vibe as a cafe on a Wednesday morning.
The Moment I Knew: A book that looks happier than it actually is
Spoiler Alert! This looks like a children’s story about a little girl who loved to learn new things about the world. Though all that is true, there is also poverty, death, grief, and more.
Come Back, Be Here: A book series you want to make a resurgence OR a book series you want to be finished/the author to come back to
If something I wrote counts, I’m still waiting for myself to come back and conclude my short story series A Single Arrow. I’ll finish the final part eventually. But as for books, I guess I would choose the Vanderbeekers series by Karina Yan Glaser. I got the fifth and latest book for Christmas and they’re all nice stories with beautiful covers that I hope keep coming.
Girl At Home: A book that feels like you’re betraying your favorite book/author/character
For this song my answer is: nearly every romance. I’d consider my favorite book of the ones I’ve reviewed to be They Both Die at the End, and it was so powerful that now whenever I read a book in which two people fall in love, I think, they’re so lucky they have more time. That they’ll be able to have a life together, unlike some.
Better Man: A book with a dark/morally grey love interest
It doesn’t fit this exactly, but my best answer is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It’s a canonically gay graphic novel with an implied relationship between Lord Ballister Blackheart, a secondary supervillain character, and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the heroic antagonist.
Babe: A book where a character gets cheated on
I’m sure I’ve read one before, but my mind is blank. The closest I can think of is that Corinne feels like she’s cheating on Maggie in Who I Was With Her, and Achilles is forced to sort of cheat on Patroclus in The Song of Achilles.
If you would rather not do this tag because you aren’t a Taylor Swift fan, that is completely fine. I’m not either, but I still had fun trying it. Some blogs I tag are Hassan’s Book Corner, Adventures of a Bibliophile, The Quiet Pond, and Booksophobia.
This was a fun challenge that made me think more about books I’ve read. I’m definitely making tags like these based on my favorite albums and musicals in the future. What album would you choose for a book tag?