I don't usually participate in blog tags, but about a month ago, the lovely Willa of Willa's Ramblings tagged me in the Taylor Swift Book Tag. I immediately knew I had to participate, since it combined two of my favorite things: books and Taylor Swift! (And yes, I did listen to Taylor Swift music while creating this post.)
Here's a bit more about the tag, stolen from Willa's post:
Created by The Book Life, the Taylor Swift Book Tag is a fun way to pair book titles to famous Taylor Swift songs through a handful of questions, some of which are part of the original tag and some of which were added by Danielle at Love at First Page and Nova from Out of Time.I didn't create a pairing for every song, so if you're interested in a more comprehensive list, be sure to check out Willa's post. Anyway, here are my answers!
(a book or series you were pretty sure you loved, but then wanted to break up with)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I really enjoyed Divergent, especially the simulated reality scenes. But as the series progressed, the storyline became too generic, too similar to every other dystopian story. (And it didn't help that my brother ruined the ending for me.)
(a book with a red cover)
Isn't this cover so awesome? The story (which follows a moral nihilist whose part-time job involves killing people by request) is pretty awesome too.
(a book that makes you feel nostalgic)
The Princess Diaries was the first YA book I ever read, so obviously it has some pretty strong nostalgia connected to it. I still can't believe we get to visit Mia's adult life in Royal Wedding!
(a book with forbidden love)
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Gretchen is one of Hitler's closest family friends. Daniel is a Jewish reporter for an anti-Nazi newspaper. Romance can't get much more forbidden than that, which is one of the many reasons why this book is so wonderful.
(a book with a bad character you couldn't help but love)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Warner is the best villain ever. This quote says it all:
“His smile is laced with dynamite. "Go to sleep"
"Go to hell."
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. "I'm working on it.”
(a book with a character who goes through extensive character development)
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
I just finished this book a few days ago, and I can't even put my feelings into words; the story is so engaging, inspiring, and well-written. What I really loved about My Heart and Other Black Holes was the character development; the protagonist grows so much and makes readers care deeply about her along the way.
(your favorite fictional world)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I don't write fiction, but I would love to be able to come up with creative settings the way Ransom Riggs can. The concept behind this story's multiple settings never would have crossed my mind.
(your favorite retelling)
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
This is a lesser-known retelling of a lesser-known tale, but it is so good. Jane Nickerson paces her story perfectly, the intensity building in every chapter. Complete with gorgeous historical accents, this retelling is not to be missed.
That's all from me, but I'd love to see your book-and-Taylor-Swift-song pairings! I'm tagging Summer from Blue Sky Shelf along with anyone else who's interested in participating. Be sure to send me the link to your Taylor Swift book tag, or just leave your responses in the comments!