Hello, fellow readers! Nobody asked me to do it, but I am here with the Evermore book tag. I think we all know by now that I am a Swiftie so obviously I had to do this tag.
If you didn’t know, this tag is inspired by Taylor’s surprise ninth album evermore, which is the sister album to folklore. I love both equally. I can’t pick which one is my favorite because I truly think that the two albums are the same at least thematically. The stories are different, but the concept is the same.
My favorite songs on this album are “ivy”, “champagne problems” (because I am a sad bitch), “marjorie”
Willow: a book with a character you can’t help but fall in love with
I wouldn’t say that there is a recent character that I’ve fallen in love with. I don’t know if it’s because I’m asexual and demiromantic so I only develop feelings through emotional connection or because I read quite a bit of YA so the characters aren’t mature enough for my taste. But I will say that I found myself really attached to Silas from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.
Favorite lyric: “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night”
Champagne problems: a book with a broken relationship
This is my most-listened to song on this album. It isn’t my very favorite, but it is in my top three. I just love the piano in this song and aspire to play it myself. And that bridge is one of the best ones she’s ever written.
Again Again by E Lockhart is about multiple broken relationships. The main character Adelaide is still healing from a recent break up, but the main romance is also one that doesn’t work. Her relationship with her brother is also a strong part of the book and they have a messy relationship because of his drug addiction. Overall, a lot of not so great relationships.
Favorite lyric: “It’s one for the money/ two for the show/ I never was ready so I watch you go”
Gold Rush: A book you love with all your heart
My favorite book is a tie between Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, but it feels really weird for me to pick both of those books for this song since it’s a pretty mature song and these are children’s books. They are both flawless and I will never stop raving about them.
Favorite lyric: “I don’t like that falling feels like flying ’til the bone crush”
’Tis the damn season: a book in which the character reconnects with their family/hometown
Not necessarily the same thing, but I’m going to go with We Are Okay by Nina La Cour. This book is about a girl who is alone at her college over winter break, and her best friend who she has feelings for visits her. The whole book is really about her confronting her loneliness and isolation and acknowledging what she was leaving behind.
Favorite lyric: “So we could call it even/ You could call me babe for the weekend/ ‘Tis the damn season, write this down”
Tolerate it: a book with a suffering relationship
The question didn’t specify what kind of relationship it is so I pick the mother-daughter relationship in Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power. This song perfectly describes the feelings Margot expresses about her mother and how Margot describes her mom’s reaction to Margot.
Favorite lyric: ” I made you my temple, my mural, my sky/ Now I’m begging for footnotes in the story of your life”
No body, no crime: a book about murder
For this, I’m going to go with Sadie by Courtney Summers because it is pretty similar to this song. This book is about a girl named Sadie who is searching for her sister’s killer to seek vengeance on him. I highly recommend the audiobook because half of it is told through a podcast, and it makes the experience way more authentic, in my opinion.
Favorite lyric: I think he did it, but I just can’t prove it
Happiness: a book that’s an old favourite, but you just can’t relate to anymore
This is another one of my favorite songs on this album. I think the lyricism in this is top tier, and there were so many lines I wanted to pick as my favorite lyric, but I ultimately decided on this one. I think the emotions of this song are very raw and very real and capture the end of a relationship so strongly.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I loved this book like everyone else when I was in high school, but I don’t know if I could reread this book. I respect it for the impact it had on my life then, but I’m just past it now.
Favorite lyric: And in the disbelief, I can’t face reinvention/ I haven’t met the new me yet
Dorothea: a book featuring an old (or strong) friendships
You know it’s a great Taylor Swift song if there’s a lady’s name in the title. This song is so sweet and definitely very queer. You can argue with the wall.
I’m going with an oldie, and picking Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. This is about two girls who are so close that they have a sisterly love for each other and then one of the girls finds out that she’s pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s baby. This has quite possibly one of the best depictions of friendship that I’ve ever read about.
Favorite lyric: The stars in your eyes shined brighter in Tupelo/ And if you’re ever tired of being known for who you know/ You know, you’ll always know me, Dorothea
Coney island: a book that made you cry / completely destroyed you
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno made me ball like a little baby. I’m pretty sure I’ve mention this whenever I talk about the book, but I think I cried the entire time I read it. I frequently cried in anticipation of the events. This book does touch on rape so if that is a trigger for you, I would probably be a little careful about this book. I include this book in pretty much every tag or recommendation post that I do, and I’m not sorry about it one bit.
Favorite lyric: “If I can’t relate to you anymore/ Then who am I related to?”
Ivy: a book that was an unexpected favourite
This is my favorite song in evermore. This love deserves so much more love and attention than it gets because it’s a top tier song and while there’s no hate, nobody’s even remotely talking about it and that is a disgrace. I will not have this “ivy” slander anymore
I feel like I’m a pretty good judge of character so I’m not surprised that often. I’ve noticed that public opinion plays a larger role in my preconceived notions, and that definitely was the case with The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I did not expect myself to be so obsessed with it because it had mixed opinions even though it’s pretty obvious that it would be a favorite of mine.
Favorite lyric: “Oh, I can’t/ Stop you putting roots in my dreamland/ My house of stone, your ivy grows/ And now I’m covered in you”
Cowboy like me: a book about thieves, or criminals
Because I think that this book deserves more attention, my pick is The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. This is about a teenager who is at a juvenile detention center because she beat up a man after escaping a cult. The story is her telling her story to an FBI agent and explaining what happened to her cult leader and why she is missing her hands.
Favorite lyric: “Forever is the sweetest con”
Long story short: a book that made up your childhood
Usually I’d go with Percy Jackson, but I feel like the Frog Princess series by ED Baker needs more attention. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone in the bookish community mention this series, which is so weird to me because the first book inspired Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. I love this series so much when I was in late elementary school and middle school. It is probably still one of the funniest books I ever read.
Favorite lyric: “And when I dropped my sword/ I threw it in the bushes and knocked on your front door.”
Marjorie: a book with a moving message
This is a very important song for me personally. It is so moving and touching and something that everyone can relate to because we all know the feeling of losing someone and wishing we could see them again or hear them. It reminds me of my own Grandma Margie who was one of the coolest people I will ever know.
I have to pick Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds for this. This is another book where I cried almost the entire time I read it. This is a novel-in-verse about a boy who is going down his apartment building to kill his brother’s killer because he was trained that that’s what you do when someone you know dies. As he goes down, he is reunited with people from his life who died because of this set of “rules”. This was an extremely powerful read, and I highly recommend to listening to the audiobook as you read it because the author narrates it himself.
Favorite lyric: “Never be so polite/ You forget your power/ Never wield such power/ You forget to be polite”
Closure: a series in which you NEED to read the next book
I am not much a series person so I’m actually not in between that many series. HOWEVER, I really need to read A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I really liked the first book, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I’ve heard really bad things about the sequel so now I’m terrified to read it.
Favorite lyric: “Yes, I got your letter/ Yes, I’m doing better/ It cuts deep to know you right to the bone”
Evermore: the perfect conclusion to an extremely long (but worth it) series
Again, I don’t really read series that often, and I am even worse at finishing them. I can’t tell you the last time I actually finished a series, and I can’t really think of very many conclusions that I actually liked so I’m going to go with Winter by Marissa Meyer, which is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles. I reread most of the series last year except for this book because it is a big boy, but I really loved it when I read it the first time. It is probably my second favorite in the series just because nothing is going to beat out Cress, but this was a quality series finally.
Favorite lyric: “And I was catching my breath/ Staring out an open window/ Catching my death”
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