The ‘Taylor Swift’ Book Tag

I stumbled across this on the internet, and decided I wanted to combine my love of T-Swift and Books so here we are, Enjoy!

Track 1 – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer – back in 2008?? (I think it was that year) I am ashamed to say that I was genuinely OBSESSED with the Twilight books, at least I thought I was… I read Twilight and I enjoyed it, New Moon I found boring and slow, but I persevered with it, and by the time I half way through Eclipse I was so over the entire series I never finished the books. I wanted so much to love them as much as my friends, but they were honestly so so boring. (sorry to anyone who still loves them!).

Track 2 – Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – This is a book that is essentially a sex scandal that results in the main protagonist, Hester becoming an outsider in her puritan community. I read it for university and despite the fact it is quite slow going at the beginning, it is definitely worth a read if you haven’t already.

Track 3 – The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – This book, and particularly the Vintage Classics edition makes me feel so nostalgic. I read this for A2 Level English and I remember reading it in the summer holidays and HATING IT with all my being. I went back to school, and had to study it and suddenly I just loved it, I fell in love with the plot, and consequently my entire A Level course in English. It made me realise that I didn’t just want to study English Literature at university, I needed to study it. (so cringe I know, but it’s true!). Also, my edition of Wuthering Heights is completely destroyed, I used and loved it so much it is literally held together with sellotape. I’ve since bought a new copy but I refuse to get rid of my A Level copy, I love it too much.

Track 4 – I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I can’t help it, I am absolutely in love with Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Everyone I tell this to is like ‘omg how can you like her?! she’s awful to Gatsby!’ but that is exactly why I love her so much! She’s so cynical and careless and for some reason I just absolutely love her for it. She’s also behind one of my favourite quotes in the book: ‘I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’ I just love her ok.

Track 5 – Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I say someone spoiled the ending of this for me, but it was kind of my own fault anyway! I studied this book in my first term at university, and was enjoying it so much, I had about 12 pages left of the book but had to go to my lecture on it. I thought ‘nah my lecturer won’t ruin it, it’ll be fine’ and the first thing that came out of her mouth was about the ending. She totally ruined it.

Track 6 – Everything Has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – This book is one of my ALL TIME faves, I first read it for AS Level English in year 12, and have since re-read it more times than I can count. It is such a profound book, and the main protagonist Amir has a complete transformation, he is a cowardly character who eventually redeems himself towards the end of the novel.

Track 7 – You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.

Sad Girls by Lang Leav – I have followed Lang Leav’s writing since around 2012 and she has released 4 collections of poetry: Love & Misadventure, Lullabies, Memories and The Universe of Us. Sad Girls is a novel, rather than poetry, and I can’t wait to read it!

Track 8 – Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

The Harry Potter Books by J. K. Rowling – I have the first editions with the original covers and I would never lend them to anyone in fear that they’d get lost or damaged! Which is strange because I’m one of those people who folds pages and writes in books normally. Just not Harry Potter!

Track 9 – Teardrops On My Guitar: Pick a book that made you cry a lot.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – this book made seventeen year old me CRY. It was so beautifully written despite being on such a sensitive subject.

Track 10 – Shake It Off: Pick a book that you love so much, you just shake off all the people that hate it.

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – Some people I’ve spoken to aren’t fans of Caitlin Moran’s writing, but I find her tone, and the way that she addresses what are sometimes taboo or sensitive topics, amazing. She tackles subjects with wit and comedy, but also the sensitivity that they deserve. How to be a Woman has the perfect balance of funny and serious. I also love her YouTube Channel, in particular her video titled ‘A Letter to Teenage Girls’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyDuG-gCX0k

Credit for book tag: https://pagesunraveled.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/the-readers-chronicles-taylor-swift-book-tag/

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