Hello, readers! Since I am so in love with Taylor Swift’s new surprise album folklore, I decided that I would jump on board and do the Folklore book tag. I was trying to hold off because I did recommend books based off Taylor’s albums a couple weeks ago, and I am trying to post a variety of content, but the questions are so creative and lovely that I had to join in. This was created by Ilsa @ Whisper of Ink. Nobody tagged me to do this. I just wanted to join in.
Please note that the graphics were also created by Ilsa, too.
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I wanted to be original, but there was only one answer I could go with because I remember my feeling so distinctly even five years later, but I was absolutely blown away and in a state of pain after I finished Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. I also read this right after it came out so I had to wait a whole year for the next book to come out.
Favorite line: And if you bleed, you’re never gonna grow
I could pick most of my favorite books for this because I like books that make me feel both sad and happy, but I decided to pick quite possibly my favorite book ever for this because it completely fits, and that’s Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. This book is one of the sweetest I’ve ever read because Anne is such a lovely character, but the ending is really sad. In between my first and second read, I actually forgot what happened at the end because my brain had wiped it away.
Favorite line: But I knew you’d linger like a tattoo kiss/ I knew you’d haunt all of my what-ifs/ The smell of smoke would hang around this long/ Cause I knew everything when I was young
One of the reasons why A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is my favorite book (depending on my mood) is the way that Ness told the story and how it unfolds. I love how it is a very magical story, but it is so grounded in reality. It so beautifully illustrates the painful grief and anticipation of terminal illnesses.
Favorite line: There goes the most shameless woman this town has ever seen/ She had a marvelous time ruining everything
I read this book years ago, but that has to go to Afterworld by Scott Westerfeld. If you don’t know, this book from two point of views, one of a young author as she publishes her first book and the other from the main character in the book. I totally thought I would love because it’s about the publishing industry and I do like multiple POVs, but I really hated the book that was within the book. Everything about it was so cliche and felt way too much like Twilight.
Favorite line: You’re not my homeland anymore/ so what am I defending now?
Lately, this is one of my favorite songs on the album. I connect to it personally in really painful ways so it just hits.
I feel like I could pick this book for so many of the other questions on this tag, but there is no way I can’t give it to Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno. I haven’t heard anybody say they cried quite as much as I did, but I would cry in anticipation of what would happen because I could pretty much predict how the book was going to go. Part of it could’ve been that I was on my period as I read it, but I have never cried more while reading a book than I did this one.
Favorite line: And you can aim for my heart, go for blood/ But you would still miss me in your bones
I didn’t give it five stars, so it might seem weird me saying that a book was written just for me when I didn’t completely love it, but I firmly believe that this is a book that I would consider a favorite after a second reread. I felt like I personally connected so strongly to Lottie from Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno. I really related to Lottie’s struggle with her mental health throughout the book, but I also read it at a good time for me because it was around the four year anniversary of my uncle’s death, and this book is about a character mourning the death of her aunt.
Favorite line: I’m still on that tightrope/ I’m still trying everything to keep you laughing at me
My gut tells me to go with Percy Jackson, but I won’t because I already put one Rick Riordan book on here when I could use it to answer probably a good amount of these books. Instead, I have decided to pick The Frog Princess by ED Baker. I read this whole series when I was in late elementary school, and I absolutely adored this! I still have nothing but fond thoughts of the series as a whole. I have also never heard anyone in the bookish community even mention this book series, which is a damn shame because they are so cute!
Favorite line: Love you to the Moon and to Saturn
I used my go-to answers already so in order to not be repetitive, I’m going to go with Again, Again by E. Lockhart. I think probably one of the strong factors is that it takes place in the summer, but I think part of it is that I get really sad in summer, and Adelaide was very sad in the book. It also just reminds me Melodrama by Lorde, which is very summer to me.
Favorite line: August sipped away like a bottle of wine/ ‘Cause you were never mine
I have never felt more personally attacked than I do when I listen to this song because it hits way too strong.
This was way easier than I’d like to admit because I read a lot of books about really sad people, but I decided to go with The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This is about a girl named Lennie who is mourning the loss of her sister. She is struggling with the loneliness of losing the person she went to when she was sad and built her life on.
Favorite line: They told me all my cages were mental/ So I got wasted like all my potential
After I read The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, I found myself constantly comparing every book I read for the next month to it. I’d be disappointed by a book simply just because it wasn’t The Female of the Species. I was so invested in it that I actually wrote a final paper on it where I called it a modern “Little Red Riding Hood”. I still was reading books, but I didn’t feel as attached to them because I was constantly thinking of this one.
Favorite line: You showed me colors you know I can’t see with anyone else
I have a pretty strange habit of reading a book and then something in the world happens that goes along with what I’m reading. I read Red, White, and Royal Blue by Kasey McQuiston right around when Harry and Meghan left the Royal Family. Taylor Swift announced and released folklore in the middle of me reading I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, which is about music fandom culture. Both of those I don’t think I would have a strong connection to if it weren’t for when I read them.
Favorite line: Time, curious time/ Cutting me open and healing me fine
There are so many female characters that I think are so deserving of this pick, but I decided to go with Lada from the Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White. Props to Kiersten White because Lada is so well developed. She definitely has her own set of flaws that are at the forefront of the whole series. I don’t adore her because I think she’s a good person, but she is one of the most realistic characters I have ever seen.
Favorite line: Women like hunting witches, too/ Doing the dirtiest work for you
I don’t read that many “haunting” books so this was kinda tricky for me, but I went with A Million Junes by Emily Henry. This is a book that I just think deserves way more appreciation than it gets. This might seem like a slightly weird choice, but this book is about a girl who lives in a haunted house that the town has created many legends on. The whole tone is dark while still being whimsical.
Favorite line: Only twenty minutes to sleep/ But you dream of some epiphany/ Just one single glimpse of relief/ To make some sense of what you’ve seen
I feel like I had to go with Gansey and Blue from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater because I have yet to see a slow burn that is as strong and slow as theirs is. There are so many other elements to it, but at the core of it, the main plot is that Blue has always known that her true love will die when she kisses him so the whole series is leading up to that moment. You just feel the wanting radiate off of both of them.
Favorite line: But if I just showed up at your party/ Would you have me? Would you want me?
I would die for Silas from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I couldn’t actually tell you what it is about him that made me love him so much, I am definitely romantically attracted to Silas. It’s probably because even though he is literally a demon, he cares so much about his Elisabeth and Nathaniel and will do anything to protect them.
Favorite line: The devil’s in the details, but you got a friend in me
I could also have done this for a book I wish I never read, but I really thought I was going to love Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, but that did not happen at all. I thought I would love it because there were strong French influences and it’s a dark retelling, both which are usually things I love, but the execution was not enough to get me to like it. Instead, it was definitely the worst book that I read last year.
Favorite line: You knew it still hurts underneath my scars/ From when they pulled me apart
I’m not going to tag anybody because I’m not sure who has and hasn’t done this already, but if you decide to do this, feel free to say that I tagged you.
That’s all I have for today. Do you agree with my responses? What are your favorite songs in folklore? I’d love to have a conversation with y’all in the comments.