The Folklore Book Tag
if you’ve talked to me at all lately you know I’ve been losing my shit over Folklore all month
this is honestly such a great tag and I could not be more excited!! also of course I’m listening to folklore as I write this post 😌 anyways let’s get right into it, shall we?!
- Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
- Tag at least 3 people.
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
- Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.
the 1 — a book with an ending that left you speechless
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera — I can’t say much because like spoilers but . . . the twist at the end of this book was mind-blowing. it was one of those twists where it fit so perfectly that even though you didn’t see it coming as soon as it happened it felt absolutely inevitable. also I am in large amounts of emotional pain every time I think of it and I need the sequel asap please and thank you
cardigan — a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales — this book is a silly fun rom-com, but it also made me absolutely sob. I wasn’t expecting it to get so heavy in parts, and it was definitely a better book for it (not to say all books need heavy stuff, but it worked for this one) but it took me by surprise for sure. I literally sobbed reading one part, but I also spent most of the book laughing and grinning (or on occasion yelling at the characters to stop being such idiots)
the last great american dynasty — a book with a fascinating and well-told story
Far From You by Tess Sharpe — there is something about thrillers that’s just so compelling and fascinating to me, and this one was particularly amazing. it left me absolutely speechless thanks to the storytelling abilities Tess Sharpe has. like wow
exile — a book you wish you hadn’t read
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller — there were a lot of books I hated more than this one, but I didn’t want to be mean, and unlike some of the others this one definitely deserves it. I’d honestly just forgotten it existed, but then I went looking at goodreads to answer this question and got mad all over again. from some truly uncomfortable stuff the love interest did, to villain-coding and burying it’s gays, to the countless comments that made me cringe . . . this book was just not it
my tears ricochet — a book that made you cry uncontrollably
Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston — look I know this is a romcom but when I tell you I sobbed my way through this book I mean it. I’ve read it five times, and I think I full on cried something like twenty times over the course of all of those, not to mention all the times I teared up. some of it was happy tears, some of it was sad, but omfg this book shattered my soul and then put it back together again
mirrorball — a book that feels like it was written just for you
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales — let me take this opportunity to yell about my newfound love for Perfect on Paper!! this book isn’t out until next year, but I read an arc this week
and it was, well, (I’m so sorry) perfect
in all reality, it was not actually perfect, but it was pretty damn close. it’s cheesy and made me want to scream on occasion, but it also hit a lot of really deep chords in me, and was exactly what I needed to read right now. it was happy, but also hit close to home on some stuff I’ve been dealing with lately and just 🥺🥺 I love it so much
also I would do anything for Alexander Brougham this has been a PSA
seven — a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine — I have a lot of nostalgic childhood favourites, but this one (1) was probably the first of all those that I read, and (2) wasn’t written by someone who turned out to be a terrible person as far as I know, so we’re going with it!! I honestly want to revisit it sometime, because I remember it being so much fun
august — a book that reminds you of summer
You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson — this book doesn’t actually take place during summer, but it just has such summer vibes. like it’s happy and fluffy and idk it feels like the perfect beach read or something
also it’s just amazing and I wanted an excuse to yell at y’all to read it
this is me trying — a book that deals with loneliness & sadness
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles — I really feel like the themes of loneliness are woven through this book in so many ways, and I adore it so I just had to pick it for this question! (also, like This is Me Trying it’s fucking gorgeous) the main character lives her life up until partway through the book almost completely isolated, the love interest has lost the only person who’s really important to him, and even the villain perhaps is lonely (although he does not handle it well >:(()
illicit affairs — a book that gave you a book hangover
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender — I still have no words for this book and I read it like a month and a half ago. it blew me away. I went into it tentatively hopeful I would like it, but it absolutely blew me away. I still have no words, but pls read this book
invisible string — a book that came into your life at the exact right time
Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — look I know this is a bit basic, but this book means the literal world to me. if I read it now I’m not sure it would be a favourite, but it just . . . it means a lot to me. it was the first book I really read with queer rep, and it was a book I related to on so many levels (despite thinking I was Super Straight at the time) and not to be dramatic but it low-key changed my life
mad woman — a book with a female character you adore.
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow — I love everything about this book but I especially love Ellie. I would do absolutely anything for Ellie Baker. I just adore how she’s such an imperfect messy character, and how raw all her emotions are and just ahhhhh her chapters were honestly some of the best things I have ever read and I would do anything for her
epiphany — a book that was haunting
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant — it’s been almost two years since I finished this, but I still remember it so vividly. it honestly blew my mind. also it was terrifying. this is one of the only horror books I’ve ever read, and it was so masterfully done that I don’t think any other book in the genre could top it. I truly have no words to describe how good this book was, but it was . . . really layered? like it was gory and dark on the surface, but under all that it was a very subtle sort of terrifying that creeps into your bones
betty — a book couple that fills you with yearning
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia — I mean come on how could I choose anyone else but Carmen and Dani. the slowburn sapphic enemies to lovers yearning is god tier in this book
peace — a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
Nico Di Angelo — is anyone who knows me surprised? no. this question could also be answered with Kallia from Where Dreams Descend or Ellie from The Sound of Stars, but since I already used those books Nico gets it because like . . . he is my son and I adore him. he doesn’t get nearly enough page time, but every time he comes on page I just 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺 and flail. he’s too precious for his own good. I love my angsty gay drama queen
hoax — a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t.
Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass — ha. ha. ha. hahaha. I really thought I was going to love this book 😭😭😭 but honestly it was just so poorly written and made me go :|||||| y’all can probably expect a full review closer to release date, but it was,,,, not a fun time
Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice (yes I am trying to lure you back to blogging with folklore)
- the 1 // a book with an ending that left you speechless
- cardigan // a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
- the last great american dynasty // a book with a fascinating and well-told story
- exile // a book you wish you hadn’t read
- my tears ricochet // a book that made you cry uncontrollably
- mirrorball // a book that feels like it was written just for you
- seven // a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic.
- august // a book that reminds you of summer
- this is me trying // a book that deals with loneliness & sadness
- Illicit affairs // a book that gave you a book hangover
- invisible string // a book that came into your life at the exact right time
- mad woman // a book with a female character you adore.
- epiphany// a book that was haunting
- betty // a book couple that fills you with yearning
- peace // a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
- hoax // a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t.