Folklore by Taylor Swift – Book Tag

Hello everyone! I’m finally doing the Folklore book tag! I absolutely love this album, which came as kind of a surprise, because I’ve never actively listened to Taylor Swift before? Like I liked some of her songs, but never sat down to listen to a whole album. Anyway, better late than never right?

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I was tagged in the Folklore Book Tag by Mouse That Reads, so definitely check out her blog! Here are the rules for the tag:

  • Credit the creator – Cielo @ Belle Rose Reads
  • Shout out the person who tagged you
  • List the rules in your blog post
  • Tag at least 5 people to do the tag!

The One – a book you wanted to read, but never did

“And if my wishes came true It would’ve been you”

An Ember in the Ashes book cover

An Ember in the Ashes

By Sabaa Tahir

I can’t even tell you how often I told myself to start this book, and then started reading something else. I’ve had this book for years now, and it’s still unread. I know, I know, shame on me. The worst part is that I know for sure I’ll enjoy it, based on how other people have talked about it. So honestly, it’s no longer a question of if, but a question of when!

Cardigan – a character that didn’t end up with the first love interest

“When you are young, they assume you know nothing”

A Court of Thorns and Roses book cover

An Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas

Gonna be real predictable with this answer. Honestly, none of SJM’s characters end up with their first love interest. I kind of like this trend, because sometimes you just gotta see what’s out there before settling on the first boy you’ve met. Although after reading House of Earth and Blood I’m really rooting for Bryce and Hunt, so I hope this trend doesn’t continue…

The Last Great American Dynasty – a book with an epic female protagonist

“She had a marvelous time ruining everything”

The Final Empire book cover

The Final Empire/Mistborn

By Brandon Sanderson

This one was harder, because there’s so many books to choose from! But for now I’ll settle on Vin, from the Mistborn trilogy. I love her because her character arc is simply amazing. Plus, her story takes place over several years, so we see her go from a shy and fearful teenager, to a badass adult. If you haven’t read the Mistborn series yet, I highly recommend them!

Exile – a book about walking out of a toxic relationship

“Second, third, and hundredth chances, Balancin’ on breaking branches”

Shadow and Bone book cover

Shadow and Bones

By Leigh Bardugo

Uhh, so confession time. I never liked Alina with the Darkling. He’s a lovable villain for sure, but I’m pretty sure part of the reason why he wanted Alina so bad is because of the a e s t h e t i c. I’m glad she didn’t end up with the Darkling, but I’m not happy that she ended up with Mal. I was, and always will be, team Nikolai. I will literally die on this hill.

My Tears Ricochet – The fictional couple that made you suffer the most

“Cursing my name, wishing I stayed. Look at how my tears ricochet”

Muse of Nightmares book cover

Muse of Nightmares

By Laini Taylor

If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while, you know that Muse of Nightmares absolutely made me sob. I love Lazlo and Sarai, and the ending of Strange the Dreamer was the worst “OH NO” ending I’ve ever read. I literally thought everything was doomed. And then Muse of Nightmares came in, and made it ten times worse. Anyway, go read these books.

Mirrorball – A swoon-worthy, sweet couple

“Shimmering beautiful. And when I break, it’s in a million pieces “

A Darker Shade of Magic book cover

A Darker Shade of Magic

By V.E. Schwab

So even though a lot of fantasy I read has tons of couples, for some reason it’s never really the same level of swoon worthy as regular romance. But with that said, I really love Rhy and Alucard. I think they’re cute. Though the ending of A Conjuring of Light made their relationship seem slightly uncertain… But I also haven’t read any of the side stories yet, so what do I know.

Seven – A book with fae characters

“And just like a folk song Our love will be passed on “

The Iron King book cover

The Iron King

By Laini Taylor

Anyone remember this series? I think it was the very first series I read with Fae characters, so now it’s special. I remember loving how much of the Fae creatures in the books were based on real folklore. Plus, a whole new court gets established instead of just having Seelie and Unseelie, which I think is super unique.

August – A book you’ve read very fast

“But I can see us lost in the memory August slipped away into a moment in time”

Heartless book cover


By Marissa Meyer

Reading books in one sitting honestly does not happen to me anymore. I used to be able to sit down and read for twelve hours straight, but now I’m just too easily distracted (looking at you, social media). But, I did read Heartless in one day! I really enjoyed it, even though it was also heartbreaking. But an origin story about the Queen of Hearts is bound to be like that, isn’t it?

This Is Me Trying – A coming of age book

“I’ve been having a hard time adjusting. I had the shiniest wheels, now they’re rusting”

Red Rising book cover

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

I’m not an expert on what constitutes as a “coming of age” book, so I googled some books and hoped there would be something I read and liked. Well I LOVE Red Rising, so I had to choose that one! The character development in this series is insane, and I’m excited (and scared) to read the next trilogy.

Illicit Affairs – A book with a forbidden love

“And that’s the thing about illicit affairs. And clandestine meetings and longing stares”

Daughter of Smoke and Bone book cover

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By Laini Taylor

This is literally a story about an angel and a devil, it can’t get any more forbidden than that. I love this trilogy, even though the pacing is a little on the slow side. But honestly, I always love Laini Taylor’s books more for the characters than for the plot. She has a way or writing that makes you not care that the story is slow.

Invisible String – A book featuring a road trip

“Time, wondrous time. Gave me the blues and then purple-pink skies”

The Hobbit book cover

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

I can’t for the life of me think of a book I’ve read that features are road trip by car, so The Hobbit will have to do. No one says a road trip can’t be made on foot right? I read The Hobbit years and year ago, but for some reason never got into The Lord of the Rings. I like the movies though.

Mad Woman – Your favorite female villain

“Every time you call me crazy, I get more crazy What about that?”

The Empire of Gold book cover

The Empire of Gold

By S.A. Chakraborty

Going with Manizheh for this one. She comes up a lot through Dara’s POVs in The Kingdom of Copper, but she really took a turn for the worse in The Empire of Gold. I love villains like her, because even though all their actions are wrong, you kind of get where their motive comes from. This makes for super complex characters, and really makes you think about how far one can go to fulfill their need for vengeance.

Epiphany – A book that made everything disappear while you were having a rough time

“Just one single glimpse of relief To make some sense of what you’ve seen”

Harry Potter 1 book cover

Harry Potter

By J.K. Rowling

Controversial, I know. I think for me Harry Potter at this point just gives me comfort not because of the story, but because it’s so familiar by now. I know what to expect, when things happen, and for some reason that gives me comfort. It remains unchanged while the world around me changes all the time. With that said, there are many great fantasy books I love to at least think about when times get rough.

Betty – A book with second-chance trope

“The only thing I wanna do, Is make it up to you”

The Empire of Gold book cover

The Empire of Gold

By S.A. Chakraborty

Yes, The Empire of Gold is in here twice. I think the Daevabad trilogy is a great example of how sometimes friends need second chances too. Or third. Maybe fourth… Anyway, I was quite satisfied with how Nahri handled her relationships with Ali and Dara. Of course most of us wanted to see more, I think, but I don’t think it’s quite that simple to put aside the past. I will say that I would give my left kidney for a Dara novella that follows him in his search for the lost relics.

Peace – A book with a passionate affair that wasn’t meant to be

“Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?”

Nevernight book cover


By Jay Kristoff

Remember in Nevernight when we all thought Mia would end up with Tric? I actually really enjoyed Mia’s relationship with Ashlynn in Godsgrave. I thought they worked well together. Then I stopped liking it as much in Darkdawn, because Ashlynn became a little too possessive for my tastes. Oh well, I still really enjoyed the series.

Hoax – The saddest book you remember reading

“Don’t want no other shade of blue but you, No other sadness in the world would do “

Muse of Nightmares book cover

Muse of Nightmares

By Laini Taylor

Yup, it’s another double. But Muse of Nightmares really broke my heart. It’s not so much that the book ends in a sad way. In fact, I think this book is very hopeful. But the stories of all the individual characters are just so heartbreaking. Literally every character went through something traumatizing, and it’s so unfair. I think I full out sobbed during the last fifty pages or so.

Whooo, I made it to the end of the Folklore Book Tag! This took me forever, haha. If you made it this far, tell me what your favorite Folklore song is?

I am tagging:

Mikky @ Nocturnal Predators Reviews
And On She Reads
Lisanne @ Oh My Book Blog
– And anyone else who wants to participate!

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  1. August 16, 2020 / 12:09 pm

    I remember seeing so many people gush about Daughter Of Smoke And Bone when it released and even though I meant to get to it I never did :/

    • simonevanheijst
      August 16, 2020 / 1:16 pm

      Oh no!🙈 Well it’s never too late!😄

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