So Taylor Swift dropped another album with just 24 hours’ notice. And again, it’s full of sad songs. Is she okay? Does somebody need to go check on her??
In all seriousness, I really like Evermore!! I’ve been listening to it a lot since it came out, and when I saw that Ahaana had made a tag inspired by the album and tagged me in it, I got really excited! Thank you so much for tagging me!
Make sure to go check out the tag on her blog as well, she put loads of work into the original post and it deserves to be seen!
(Sidenote: I meant to post this a few days ago, but then I got sidetracked both procrastinating doing a report for uni, and then actually doing my report for uni. It’s getting posted now though!)
- Link back to the original creator’s post: Ahaana’s at Windows to Worlds
- Tag at least 5 people
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post!!
- Feel free to use the graphics in this post , but please credit back because they took a lot of time and effort to make (: (I haven’t used Ahaana’s graphics, but please go and look at them!! They look great!!)
willow – a book with a character you can’t help but fall in love with
Torchwood: Broken by Joseph Lidster
This is cheating, I know, but I don’t care, if I want to count it then I’m allowed to count it. Torchwood is a spin off of Doctor Who, which follows a team of people doing their best to manage the rift in time and space that runs through Cardiff. Almost everybody on the team is bisexual, and every single one of them are disasters. I love all of these characters – even if it takes a while for some sorely needed character development to kick in for a couple of them – but with this question I’m focusing specifically on Ianto Jones. The audio drama Broken focuses on Ianto throughout the first season of the TV show. Ianto wasn’t originally supposed to survive past episode four, which meant that his reactions to the events of the season, and the beginnings of his relationship with Jack, ended up mostly happening off-screen. Broken fills in those gaps. I adore Ianto, and I’m not alone in that! How many other fictional characters have you heard of that have literal, real life fan-created shrines dedicated to them? Because I can’t think of any.
champagne problems – a book with a broken relationship
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Roma and Juliette used to be in love when they were young teenagers. They knew that their relationship was a risk, and that being the heirs to rival gangs in the middle of a blood feud meant that their relationship was unlikely to last, but they were young and willing to try! And then reality caught up with them, and things went horribly wrong. They each betrayed each other, and by the time the novel starts they haven’t spoken to each other in years. Juliette hates Roma for what he did, and Roma’s just sad and pining. So it sucks for both of them that they’re the only ones taking the madness spreading throughout Shanghai seriously, and they’re going to have to work together to stop it.
gold rush – a book you love with all your heart
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This book is my happy place! It’s a lot easier for me to list the things that I don’t like about this book (which is one thing, and it’s a nitpick that only bothers me because I’m British, anybody else wouldn’t notice it) than it is for me to list the things that I do, because to list everything that I like about this book would result in me explaining everything in this book. If you like fluffy romances, strong friendships, political maneuvering that isn’t dense enough to become difficult to understand, or just want to escape into an alternate world where there’s no such thing as Trump or Covid, then please pick this book up! You won’t regret it!
‘tis the damn season – a book in which the character reconnects with their family/hometown
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
This book is mostly about Ben dealing with rejection from their parents after they came out to them as non-binary, and about Ben’s developing relationship with the cute boy at their new school. However, a pretty big part of this book is Ben moving in with their estranged older sister, and getting to know her for the first time since they were very young. I really like this aspect of the book! Hannah isn’t perfect, but she tries really hard to be there for her sibling now that they need her, and the new family that they form together with Hannah’s husband was really heartwarming to see.
tolerate it – a book with a suffering relationship
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
Full disclosure, I’m not entirely sure what this prompt is asking? I’ve interpreted it as a relationship where both parties would be better off if the relationship wasn’t a thing, and I don’t think I’ve read something that fits the bill better than this. Light and Misa should not be together, and one of them knows it. Misa is the only one of the two of them who wants their relationship to exist, and she could do so much better. She’s a talented model and actress, and she’s way more intelligent than any of the other characters give her credit for. Light treats her awfully and has zero respect for her or her skills. On the other side, Light isn’t attracted to women, plain and simple, and if he’d had a choice when they started dating he’d have refused her point blank. The moral of this story is don’t force people to date you if they aren’t interested in you. And, uh, don’t kill people? I guess??
no body, no crime – a book about murder
Puella Magi Suzune Magica by GAN & Magica Quartet
This three volume series is a spin off of magical girl anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica, except unlike in the original, the bulk of the casualties have nothing to do with the witches (creatures that reside in pocket dimensions and spread misery and despair) the girls are supposed to be fighting, and instead have everything to do with each other. The first chapter of the first volume shows two magical girls defeating a witch together, before one of them, Suzune, turns on the other and kills her. High body counts are par for the course in this franchise, but this series has the fewest survivors of them all, which is actually kinda impressive. Usually Kyubey has to get involved and be manipulative to cause this much of a mess, but these girls did it all on their own.
happiness – a book that’s an old favourite, but you just can’t relate to anymore
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I first read this book when I was fourteen and it instantly became a favourite. I needed it at the time. To this day, I think that the decision to have a dual narrative that wasn’t split by chapter was really interesting and worked well, and I still appreciate the message that this book spells out by the end: that you have no idea what other people are going through, so you should always try to be kind. I only managed to watch three episodes of the Netflix adaptation. That show is awful, it sensationalised and glorified what absolutely shouldn’t have been, caused some real harm, and then it didn’t even have the good grace to end when the story was done. The show’s sins aren’t the book’s fault, but the damage has been done. Last time I reread it was a few years ago and it just didn’t hit the same way as it used to.
dorothea – a book featuring old (or strong) friendships
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
Molly and Rocky were born on the same day, raised together in the same orphanage, and are each other’s best friend in the whole world. When they each discover hypnotism independently of each other, they find that their specialties differ slightly and complement each other, making them the perfect team! As a bonus, dorothea is from the perspective of someone watching their loved one become famous, and in this first book of the series that’s what happens with these two! Molly uses her newfound abilities to take Broadway by storm, and Rocky is there for her when she realises it’s not all it cracked up to be.
coney island – a book that made you cry / completely destroyed you
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I’ve talked about this one before. It’s rare for me to cry at books, so I don’t exactly have many options. CW for discussion of cancer, death of a parent, and bullying. This book is about a thirteen year old losing a parent to cancer, and how he feels about the situation. I lost a parent to cancer when I was twelve, and Ness captured how that feels perfectly. Conor also gets bullied in ways that are remarkably similar to how I got bullied at around that time. I read this book when I was sixteen, and I cried a lot. If I’d read it closer to its publication, and so closer to my father’s death, I would’ve been a complete mess.
ivy – a book that was an unexpected favourite
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
When I picked this book up I expected to enjoy it, but not to adore it as much as I ended up doing! A lot of my love for this book is because of the magic system, how it results in magical grimoires literally being alive and how it relies on people making deals with demons, and because of the demon that Nathaniel has made a deal with. Silas sunk his claws into my heart and then broke it. He likes to pretend to everyone, including himself, that he doesn’t care about Nathaniel or Elisabeth, and that he only helps them because that’s the terms of his deal. But Silas is a liar. He actually loves his humans a lot, and wants nothing more than for them to be safe and healthy, even if his own best interest would mean the opposite. He can also transform into a fluffy white cat, and keeps some catlike qualities even in his human form. My full review goes into more details about all the other reasons why I love this book so much, but I really really love it, and loving it so much was a complete surprise!
cowboy like me – a book about thieves or criminals
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
What’s this? Someone talking about Six of Crows when asked to name a book featuring thieves and/or criminals? Wow, what a shocker. All sarcasm aside, Six of Crows is kinda at the point where it’s so popular and so well known that it suffers from hype aversion. People don’t want to talk about it and they get angry when other things get compared to it because its popularity means that it constantly overshadows other works in the same genre. But there’s a reason why Six of Crows got so huge, and that’s because it’s good, and it genuinely deserves its hype! It sucks that it ends up overshadowing other works that deserve just as much attention in their own right, but that’s not the fault of Six of Crows, and it doesn’t detract from Six of Crows’ quality. And now I’ve got that mini rant out of my system, hopefully I can just be positive whenever I bring this book up in future!
long story short – a book that made up your childhood
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Okay, look. The first film I ever watched was Philosopher’s Stone. I was literally raised on this series. My mother bought multiple copies of the first book so that my brother and I could read along as she read it to us. I wouldn’t describe myself as a fan of this series so much as I’d say that this series is a part of me and a part of my life. I’ve been harshly critical of the issues with the books and movies for years, increasingly so as I’ve got older and more aware of its problems, but I still ultimately liked the thing. And then Rowling opened her mouth. When she was just liking suspect stuff on Twitter, there was still some deniability, and there was still room for hope that she wasn’t transphobic. But that’s gone now. I’m non-binary and genderqueer, and JK Rowling would hate me for that. She’s even nastier about trans women. This series was a huge part of my childhood but the chances of me praising it on this blog are about zero, and I actively avoid people who continue to promote it now. And no, it doesn’t get a picture or a Goodreads link like everything else on this list has done.
marjorie – a book with a moving message
Loveless by Alice Oseman
The message of this book is simply that asexual and aromantic people aren’t broken, and that your friendships can be just as (if not more) important to you than romantic or sexual relationships regardless of whether you’re allo or not. So many people felt seen for the first time by this book, and that’s so so important! I’m very glad that this book exists. It’s probably going to help a lot of people figure themselves out and/or understand more about the lived experiences of (sex-repulsed) aroace people, and hopefully it’ll help pave the way for even more contemporaries with aro and ace protagonists so that an even wider range of experiences can be spotlighted!
closure – a series in which you need to read the next book
Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi
One day I’ll be fully caught up on the English releases of this series. One day. But in all likelihood that day won’t be any time soon. I’m so incredibly behind, and need to reread from the beginning anyway, but one day I’ll get there! I can’t wait, because then I’ll be able to actually engage with this series’ fanbase without spoiling what happens for myself, or getting very confused about what everybody’s talking about, because I’ll be caught up! This is such a long series lmao but it’s worth it! I love every single one of the characters, Yona’s character development is beautiful, and I really like that Kusanagi took what could’ve been a straightforward revenge story and took it in a completely different, and much more interesting, direction!
evermore – the perfect conclusion to an extremely long (but worth it) series
The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant #9) by Derek Landy
This series has continued past this point, but for a while it looked like this ninth book really was the end, and it still marks the end of phase one. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend phase two to people unless they really want to see more from this universe and the two main characters, but I would without hesitation recommend phase one! The series begins with a twelve year old girl holding a magical skeleton detective’s hat hostage until he agrees to let her join him on his adventures. This girl grows up as the series progresses, and she and the skeleton form such a great, and totally platonic, friendship and partnership! The ninth book isn’t the best book in the series, but it’s still great and I really enjoyed it, and it wraps the main plots up in ways that feel satisfying. Nine books (plus a novella and short stories) is a lot, but it’s worth every word.
And that’s it for this tag! The rules say to tag five people, but I don’t really have anyone to tag. So if you’re reading this, and you haven’t done this already, consider yourself tagged!!
About The Blogger
El is a 21 year old university student from the UK who loves to read and loves talking about what they read. They particularly like to focus on books featuring lgbtq+ main characters.