Updated: Oct 19, 2019
Anyone who knows me knows about my unabashed love of Taylor Swift. I have been listening to her music since her debut of Tear Drops on My Guitar. Some of my fondest memories are of riding in the car with my family and friends blaring her music with the windows down.
I have been to a total of three concerts in my life and they have all been to see Taylor Swift. The first was Fearless when I was very young, then 1989, and finally Reputation.
So when I saw a Taylor Swift book tag, I, of course, had to participate - while listening to her new single Me!, obviously.
This tag was created by Musings of A Book Girl so be sure to check out their blog.
Graphics by Me! but feel free to use them with proper credit.
I know the Twilight series is considered "basic" by many but I've found myself being an admirer of the books as of late. I legitimately cried reading New Moon. The way the book deals with Bella's feelings in the second installment really resonated with me and how I feel in regards to my own clinical depression.
No, my own struggles are not relationship based but I found that the thought processes were incredibly accurate. It really portrayed well how one can feel during times of pain and struggle.
I even shared a quote that I felt particularly fond of on my bookstagram, "Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls. But pass it does. Even for me."
I created a playlist for the second book here.
I recently purchased Fawkes by Nadine Brandes through Book Outlet for a great price. It was my first order from the site and the book came in amazing condition, especially considering the reduced cost.
I've wanted this book since it came out, for both reading and bookstagram purposes. Multiple book blogger friends insisted that it was a worthy read so when I saw the deal I snatched it up.
The cover is one of my all time favorites. The colors and design are absolutely exquisite. Fawkes' cover is so beautiful and has been one of my faves to photograph on my bookstagram.
It is currently sitting on my tbr as a much anticipated read. My goal is to get to it this year, fingers crossed that happens.
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Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines is one of my all time favorite romances. I have such nostalgia for these books as I read them years ago. They have continued to remain one of my favorites to reread when I want my romance fix - and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a new romance book or series.
I actually owned the first book for two years before I bought the last parts of the main series. But now it forever holds a special place in my heart and is a comfort read for me. Speaking of, it's been a while since I picked them up so maybe I am due for a reread.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green is a relatively recent release that has made its way into my all time favorites. I loved this book for its twist on a classic coming of age tale. The author writes about a main character with OCD in a way that is both elegant and poignant.
As someone who struggles with OCD, I found the writing to be a brutally honest look into what it's like to live with the mental illness. Seeing someone like me represented in literature was a first that made me feel understood in a way I hadn't before.
John Green managed to craft a masterful story that pulls the reader in and keeps them hooked. The narrative was so well written and provided an immersive experience to the reader - whether they share the same struggles as the main character or not.
I created a playlist for this book here.
One bookish regret I have is that I didn't read Harry Potter sooner than I did. I started the series this year and it has been such a fun read. I have loved experiencing the story with my buddy readers and seeing their reactions as I have my own for the first time.
HP has always had a special place in my heart since my family saved up every year to go see the movies in theaters. My battered copies from the '90s were passed down to me from my older sister - the front pages baring her childlike scrawl. There is nothing that makes me think more of my childhood than the books and movies.
My mom used to tell stories about how when my older brother, her step-son, was little she would read the books to him. The problem was she couldn't say any of the words or names so she would just make up random phrases to fill in the blanks. Recalling this, my brother often smiles when thinking back to those simpler days.
My mother made it a point to read The Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla to me growing up. She loved it herself as a child and wanted to share that with me. We would sit on my small twin sized bed to read a couple chapters every night. I believe we made it through that book a dozen times when I was little.
It has weirdly been a while since I read a book with a red cover. Keeping that in mind, I remember loving Blood Rose by Andrea Cremer. It was one of the first more YA targeted books that I read in sixth grade. I desperately need to reread the series but my younger self quite enjoyed it.
Okay so I am still salty about this but my choice is Immortal Girls by Griffin Stark. I received an e-copy from Netgalley and jumped into it with so much excitement. The premise was everything I wanted.
However, the book itself fell flat. It was one of my most disliked reads of last year and has proven a continued sore point in my reading history. I will forever be bitter that the book fell so short.
Is there any other correct answer to this besides After by Anna Todd?
The After books deal with the consistently turbulent relationship between Hardin and Tess. They start out "hating" each other only to later become a couple, though it can be debated that they still sometimes hate each other.
These books are like watching a train wreck: it's awful but you also can't look away. The pairing proves to be dysfunctional and even downright toxic at times, but they keep the reader coming back for more - no matter how much you wish you could stop.
I created a playlist for the series here.
I read A Danger To Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel in about a day. It was such a good story with so many interesting aspects. Everything from the psychology to the twists had me on the edge of my seat.
The book received a 4/5 star rating in my review, also posted on my blog, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A Danger to Herself and others ended up being the perfect book to get me out of a slump.
I also created a playlist for it located here.
Confession time: I break book spines. I know, the horror. I actually thoroughly enjoy it and it's one of my fave parts of picking up a new book #Noregrets
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Yes John Green is on here twice as both a fave and an abandoned book. I just could not get into TFIOS. It seemed to drag on in a way that made me unable to be immersed in it.
I could also just be projecting bad feelings onto it because I lent my copy to an ex-friend who proceeded to spill, what I hope to god was milk, on it. She then tried to give it back to me so I just told her to keep it. I never purchased another copy.
I have read Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clarke more than a dozen times in my life. My grandma gave me her copy from her personal library when I was young - an interesting choice for a child given that it's a murder mystery, but live and let live.
I immediately fell in love with the story and it became the most well-worn and trusted copy in my collection. It has stuck with me during all the big moments from changing schools to my first breakup. I have always sought this book out for comfort and it has been there when I needed to escape.