the folklore book tag

Like the original creator of this tag (ilsa @ Whisper of Ink), I have been listening to Folklore on repeat since it came out. I have been personally waiting for this sound, this vibe from Taylor since Red. It’s everything I ever wanted from her. But these two tweets really hit the mark for me.

Anyway, as of right now, my favorite songs are the 1, mirrorball, august, illicit affairs and invisible string. Although, these could change the more I listen, they are resonating the most right now. I can’t get over the witchy, atmospheric vibes of this entire album! So I’m excited to extend this vibe with a unique themed book tag!

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RULES

  • 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 who tagged you and link to their post.
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I remember reading this book and even though it was a bit “magic realism” or whatever, I was on board, and then the ending just smacked me in the face. I remember reading it and while I was, I was thinking, “ok, that’s it?” and then being like “hoyl sh*t!” This was one of the first thrillers I read as an adult, and it really turned me on to the suspenseful/thriller genre.

 

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I’m going to go with a recent read for this one. Breaking up with friends, especially really good ones is so hard, and not talked about enough in YA literature. Even though you know that in order to grow as a person, some people may no longer fit into your circle, it still hurts all the same. This story was bittersweet and made me really nostalgic for the friends that “no longer fit in my circle.”

 

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Yeah I mean, the hype was real for this one. I did actually find it “fascinating” and quite a bit sad that there are hundreds of families that live like this one all over the US, even today. I have never read anything like this before, but I really enjoyed it, even when the content was a little tough to swallow.

 

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It wasn’t worth it, not even in the slightest bit. I think my love for this movie was enough. It didn’t need a weird, super cheesy sequel, not even a little bit. I can recognize that those who didn’t see it in the 90’s won’t understand it’s charm, but yeah it definitely should not have been extended beyond that. I’ll probably keep the book though, for nostalgic purposes, but yeah I don’t ever foresee re-reading it or anything.

 

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When I say sobbing on my couch, man, I really meant it. For whatever reason I really connected with these characters. They felt so real to me and that’s why it hit so hard (I think). Either way, this book had me wanting to stay home from work so that I could both finish the story, and grieve.

 

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AT THE TIME. This book felt like it really saw me and what I was dealing with. It was a big reason behind my reluctance to join online dating, and also my eventual caving in and trying it (5 years later and I am now married to someone I met online!)

I read in a review somewhere that a lot of our connections with stories and books has to do with the place we are personally in at the time, and I really feel like that fact makes this question so hard. While I may have felt very strongly about this book at the time that I read it, I don’t think I would have quite the same connection to it had I picked it up now.

 

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To save some feelings, I won’t mention the obvious here. However…

I read this series all throughout high school. I remember talking about it with my one friend. It felt like we were the only two people who read the series! I collected all the books and always asked for missing ones for Christmas. I still have the entire series at my parents house, I just can’t seem to part with them. Maybe one day I will re-read some of them and see if they still hold that nostalgia that they have for me, much like many people’s affinity for The Selection series.

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Honestly, ANYTHING by Elin Hilderbrand reminds me of summer. I mean, she’s the author that had lines down and around the corner at BEA, giving away cold Coronas with her signed ARCs. She’s just the epitimy of summer for me. Now, I have only actually read ONE of her books at this time, BUT I have several backlogged, and plan to save them for when I really need some “sunny beach vibes.”

 

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Uhg. This book is so very sad, especially for a child’s story. Pax is a fox that had his family killed when he was little. He is found my a boy who takes him in and cares for him. As war rages, the boy’s family is splintered when his father enlists and forces him to move in with his grandpa, somewhere Pax cannot go with him. The boy brings Pax to the woods and abandons him, hoping that he will survive despite everything. The rest of the story follows Pax as he tries to find his way back to his boy. it definitely checks the mark for lonely, AND sad.

 

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I don’t think I have ever had a book hangover before, at least not that I can think of right off the bat. I will say that after attempting my first (and only so far) Stephen King, I was just tired. I legit read over 1000 pages, and committed to the same story for over a month. I was just so tired after finally finishing this that I had to take a break from reading for a little while.

 

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I found out about this book shortly after I graduated from college. I was looking for more college age literature, but this one caught my eye especially because it was about two college best friends keeping in contact after graduation, which was something I was really worried about at the time. In fact, I am going to go text my friend now because even just the cover of this book makes me miss her and college all over again.

 

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And it’s not going to be the one you think! For this powerful song, I choose to talk about (in my opinion) the powerhouse in the background of this story, Camila. This lady was IN CHARGE. She knew what she wanted, and when she put her mind to it, made it so. She wanted Billy, and even though she knew what he was, and what his life was, she accepted it and made the best of their situation. She wouldn’t let him walk away from her and I don’t know, I really admired that about her.

It didn’t seem right to me that his weakest self got to decide how my life was going to turn out, what my family was going to look like. I got to decide that. And what I wanted was a life – a family, a beautiful marriage, a home – with him. With the man I knew he truly was. And I was going to get it, hell or high water.

 

 

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This romance was everything. I honestly can’t hold a flame to them with any other fictional couple that I can think of. It was sweet, and sexy, and forbidden, and just right. One of my all time favorite fictional couples ever.

 

Get ready for some controversy….

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Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. Is/was he problematic? Yes in some cases he definitely was. But he was a teenager, and I genuinely believe that he has a good heart that is full to the brim with his feelings for Lara Jean. Not only that, but I subconsciously associate him with my high school ex that I still to this day have a fondness for, regardless of our relationship not working out. So there’s that.

 

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I really really really wanted to love this book. I actually still have a signed copy of Rules of Magic waiting unread on my shelf because I ended up NOT liking this like I thought I would. I’m glad though that I didn’t watch the movie first because I think this would have been even more difficult to get through (I’ll have to get back to you on that because I still haven’t watched it). I just was really disappointed.

 

Leaf Divider Png & Free Leaf Divider.png Transparent Images #3531 - PNGioThis took entirely too long for me to complete but I really missed doing tags, and I think this was the perfect one for me to fill in to get back into the swing of things. Let me know what you thought of my choices, and what you think of Folklore!

12 thoughts on “the folklore book tag

  1. It’s so nice to see a post from you again! And a fun one at that! Haven’t read any of the books you featured here (I know I’m horrible) but that only means I can add a few to my to read list, so that’s good😊 Really great tag!

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    1. I agree, with the exception of Reputation, I think that her music has been pretty consistently good for a while now. This one is definitely up in my favorites for sure. I am still undecided if it takes over Red or 1989 for me though. It’s tough because I have some strong connections and memories associated with those albums that I don’t have yet with this one.

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      1. Reputation is one I haven’t really returned to after the initial hype. But I appreciate her marketing acumen there. She definitely knows how to keep people talking about her work! Currently I’ve been listening to 1989 a lot.

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  2. So every time Taylor Swift has come out with a new album since 1989 I’ve *hated* it, but then I listen to it again and I’m like “meh, it’s fine”. But then I *keep* listening until eventually I realize I love it and know all the words. This has nothing to do with your tag, but i thought I would share, lol

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    1. I know exactly why you mean! That’s how I initially got into tswift to begin with! I refused to like her, then I was meh, and then more and more and now I’m doing book tags themed after her latest album 😂😂

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  3. Oh my gosh – breaking up with a friend!!! Coincidentally enough, that’s a major theme in a piece I just posted about Doctor Who and fear. Ha, that’s so crazy to find it here, too. Because it’s not something we ever really talk about and/or explore culturally the way we do ending a romantic relationship.

    And I’m with you on ‘Modern Romance.’ I read it when it came out and I thought Aziz Ansari just hit everything SO perfectly. I use a small excerpt from it in a class I teach on Love & Evil (obvs. it’s on the love part of the course), too. In fact, I still think of this book every time I’m texting someone, I see the dots pop up that they’re typing back…and then no message ever comes XD.

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