I loved Taylor Swift during her early years and I love her more now. I don’t say this lightly but Folklore and Evermore were key in surviving the crap storm that has been 2020/2021.
I saw Nadia complete the Taylor Swift Album tag over at @thejourneyingbibliophile and I had to jump on the train!
Books I would match to each T. Swift album:
1. Taylor Swift: An author’s debut book
In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne.
I will take any excuse to gush over Andrea Stewart’s book The Bone Shard Daughter.
This book has one of my favourite magic systems and it was such a breath of fresh air from the usual fantasy I read. It held four POV’s extremely well and I am so excited for Andrea to release the next installment!
2. Fearless: A book that scared you
Roused by a single drop of blood, Rosie Daniels wakes up to the chilling realisation that her husband is going to kill her. And she takes flight – with his credit card.
I can barely remember the plot of this book. BUT I do remember having quite vivid nightmares for about a week after I finished it.
There is something about Stephen King’s writing that gives me the creeps (in a good “coming back for more” kind of way.)
3. Speak Now: A book with great dialogue
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to.
Ironically, Poppy and her banter with Hawke is one of the best aspects of FBAA. This was one of my favourite reads of 2020.
“And your scars? They are a testament to your fortitude. They are proof of what you survived. They are evidence of why you are here when so many twice your age wouldn’t be. They’re not ugly. Far from it. They’re beautiful, Poppy.”
4. Red: A book with red on the cover or in the title
“After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.”
Blood & Honey wasn’t my favourite read of all time… but no one can deny how stunning the cover is!
It is the second installment after Serpent & Dove (which I liked a lot more than its sequel).
5. 1989: A book published the year you were born
I definitely had to google “books published in 1992.” How fitting that this book in particular was published the year I was born. The Outlander series is one of my all time favourites!
It has time travel, magic, romance and a strong, disarming protagonist- Claire Randall.
“We are bound, you and I, and nothing on this earth shall part me from you.”
Now that I think of it I am definitely due for a reread of this series.
6. Reputation: A book that lived up to its hype
“Ithicana would pay for its crimes against her people, and by the time she was through with its king, he’d do more than bend. He’d bleed.”
I had The Bridge Kingdom recommended to me by several friends in the book community- and it did not disappoint. It has also cemented Danielle L Jensen as one of those authors whose work I buy without question.
It is enemies to lovers, it is epic and it is gloriously written.
7. Lover: A favourite romance or book with a romantic subplot
You have been living under a rock if you haven’t experienced the craze that is Bridgerton.
It launched as a Netflix series and blew streaming records out of the water- for good reason.
Like the show, the books are smart and funny. They are a light, easy read. A “lazy afternoon read.”
8. Folklore: A fairytale, folktale or myth retelling
“Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles.”
Song Of Achilles left me in tears. It is a beautiful Trojan War retelling.
I am new to mythology retellings and I have had a few more recommended to me in the last couple of months. I am keen to branch out more!