I admit I’m not the biggest Taylor Swift fan but I have absolutely been in love with her new album Folklore. I saw this booktag on Twitter through @PeiReads and I just had to do it. I’m guessing the original graphic was made for bookstagram, but I’ll be blogging it instead.
- the 1 – a book you really wanted to love but ended up disliking
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
As off brand as it sounds, I did really want to like this series. I’d initially picked up interest when the novella got announced and everyone on Tumblr was making noise about the many courts and fae politics and, had the series actually focused on any of that, I think I would have liked it. But nope, softcore porn for two books and a half-assed war in the third.
- cardigan – a book with a special place in your heart
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
I’ve talked about this before, but growing up, Artemis was quite literally my role model. I read voraciously as a child, but my favorite characters were always the child geniuses, preferably with a flair for evil and for me, Artemis is the epitome of that.
- the last great American dynasty – a book with an unexpected ending
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
The ending? Definitely surprising. And not a welcome surprise either. Certainly not something I was predicting in the least. But it makes for damn good series.
- exile – a book you fell out of love with
Skipping this one because I really don’t re-read books enough to fall out of love with them
- my tears ricochet – a book to bawl your eyes out
I don’t cry when I read
- mirrorball – a book you wish more people knew about
The Legend of Sun Knight by Yu Wo
This is an absolutely hilarious and woefully unknown series of translated Chinese webnovels that poke fun at every little trope of Western-settting JRPGs. The main character is a petty petty gremlin who’s unfortunately saddled with a job he’s incredibly not suited for yet performs (and excels at) purely out of spite.
- seven – a book that got you into reading
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I’ve been reading as a child so I really can’t say what got me into reading, but after taking a long pause from reading throughout most of highschool, The Lies of Locke Lamora was the book that dragged me headfirst back into SFF freshman year of college.
- august – a summer read
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
I….really don’t understand the point of a summer read? I don’t really…read different kinds of book over different seasons? But if we’re correlating summer with popcorn read, Shadow of the Fox literally deserves an anime for how fun of a book it is.
- this is me trying – a book you struggled to finish
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
I literally have a Goodreads shelf of books I forced myself to finish either out of pure masochism or because ARC and Spin the Dawn happens to be the most recent addition too that. Bland characters, bland setting, boring plot.
- illicit affairs – a guilty pleasure
Criminal Intentions by Cole McCade
This is a detective/cop drama series written in TV format (shorter books, collections of book called 1 season, read serially) that I absolutely adore, both because I’m weak for good good detective procedurals and because the romance in this series is so fucking cute. Also, ace rep in the main pairing which I’m always here for.
- invisible string – a book you frequently reread
I don’t often reread books
- mad woman – a book with strong female characters
The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera
Strong, complex female characters with a slow, slow-burn sapphic relationship set in an East Asian backdrop. Shefali and Shizuka really ought to be the pinnacle of complex character development.
- epiphany – your comfort book
y’all I read fanfiction for this
- betty – favorite sapphic read
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Badass female assassins with a twisty-turney time travel plot and a slow-burn enemies to lovers relationships. The prose in this book is just truly truly phenomenal.
- peace – a book you didn’t expect to love as much as you did
The Last Sun by KD Edwards
I saw the cover and thought this seemed interesting. I saw the note of an m/m relationship and figured that’d be fun. I saw urban fantasy and was kinda hesitant. Then I started reading and was sucked in so damn quickly, with Rune and Brand being such likable characters and the whole world of Arcana and tarots. Damn good stuff.
- hoax – a book that left you emotionally scarred
see: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson