Friday, June 12, 2015

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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)

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
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 by Meg Cabot
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!


  1. This book tag looks very cool. I just love Taylor Swift, so combining it with books is perfect. Your picks for The Best Day and Wonderland are exactly what I would have picked. Those are two of my all time favorite books.

    Blue Books and Butterflies

  2. This seems like a fun book tag! The Princess Diaries indeed bring nostalgia back. Great picks!

    Aeriko @

  3. I've seen this tag around the blogosphere a lot, but I really love your choices! I've just started reading My Heart and Other Black Holes, but I can see how the character development might happen!

  4. This tag is SUCH fun. I had one of my blogging friends guest post it on my blog, and she did a great job with it. Fun post, Emily. :)

  5. This is such a fun tag. Taylor Swift rocks, so it only makes sense to pair her with something equally amazing: books! I love your choices, and you have motivated me to read My Heart and Other Black Holes :)


  6. Haaaa, I would definitely choose Divergent for that if I were to do this tag. I never really loved it in the first place, but then I had the ending spoiled for me as well. Sometimes I'm tempted to finish the series just to see if I'll cry/how much, but then I remember THERE'S ALREADY NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY.

  7. Since you tagged anyone, I finally did this book tag. :) Here's the link to my post:


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