We were not tagged to do this, but we would never pass up an opportunity to talk about Taylor Swift. Plus we did the folklore book tag a few months ago (check it out here), so this was a clear conclusion for us.
This tag was created by Star is All Booked Up, check out her original post here.
willow – a character you’d follow anywhere
bree: It would probably be Cardan from the Folk of the Air series because at least something entertaining or magical would always be going on. Also being part of a fairie court would surely keep me on my toes.
tree: I’ve thought long and hard about this question and I’m too indecisive to follow someone anywhere but I definitely want to be friends with Tiffy from The Flatshare (review) because she seems like a lot of fun! Especially once Justin is out of the picture.
champagne problems – dual POV
tree: I’ve been flying through all the Bridgerton books and all of those are dual POV!
gold rush – an anticipated release
bree: I’m overly excited about Helen Hoang’s upcoming release, The Heart Principle, since we were all anticipating its release as a 2020 title. I also keep forgetting it’s an August release, and not a May release like her last book. So…can it be out already??
tree: I’m excited for Emily Henry’s new book called, People We Meet on Vacation, which releases in May. I adored Beach Read (review) by her and can’t wait to read this one, plus the cover is adorable and a lovely shade of orange.
’tis the damn season – a small town romance
bree: I don’t know if it counts as a “small town romance” but Things You Save in a Fire definitely gives off a similar vibe with its “cozy New England (firehouse) romance.” Check out my review of it here.
tree: For as many romances I read, this really should not have been this hard. I’m not the biggest fan of this trope, but I think that is just because I haven’t read it done well in a hot second. I guess I’m going to say The Simple Wild (review) since it takes place in a small town in Alaska.
tolerate it – lost love, failed relationship
bree: This is really not “lost love”, but the book I’m currently reading, Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, starts off with a drunken, deliriously happy night in Vegas & the MC waking up to a mysterious, disappeared wife, that she must choose to seek out. And that’s about as close as my reads every get to the “lost love” trope. Check out the blog tour for the book here!
tree: This feels like a spoiler!? I will say I adore the trope of two characters who have a relationship that impacts them, but then it doesn’t work out. I’m going to say Normal People but I won’t tell you if it truly a failed relationship hehe.
no body, no crime – character who would get away with murder
bree: It would definitely be Pippa Fitz-Amobi from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (review here), but only if she drastically flipped sides. Or like Jasper Dent from the I Hunt Killers trilogy (review here).
tree: I honestly feel like if Kitty Song-Covey from the To All the Boys series murdered someone…she would 100% get away with it.
happiness – a book that makes you suffer but you find it comforting
bree: I didn’t find this book comforting at all, but I still try to force it upon all of my friends so they can feel the unique suffering that is the Female of the Species too. *cough* You should definitely check it out.
tree: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is one of my all time favorite books and I cry every time I read it. These characters just make me feel some type of way. Last time I listening to the ending of this book I was on a run and started crying and then a bee stung me so it was a time.
dorothea – nostalgic read
bree: Some of my favorite nostalgic reads include the Selection series by Kiera Cass and basically everything Morgan Matson has written. To name a few favorites though, Second Chance Summer, and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour come to mind.
tree: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and One by One by Jojo Moyes are two books that I return to sporadically and have been since 2015 ish. They are two of the first contemporary fiction, romance light books I read about adult women and for some reason bring me so much comfort. I reread both of them one weekend while I was feeling lonely and idk why these books helped so much.
coney island – star crossed lovers
bree: I don’t really enjoy that whole Romeo & Juliet, doomed lovers schtick, so my reading tastes veer only slight into star-crossed lovers territory. But that being said, you really can’t get more star-crossed than Red, White & Royal Blue with the prince of England and the son of the President of the United States falling in hate-to-love (review here).
tree: I feel like half the historical romances that I read are about two people who society thinks should not be together but end up persevering through it all to be together. Sara and Derek Craven from Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas stand out to me. Even though society says they shouldn’t be together, it seems like fate wants them to be. Idk why but the scene at Lily’s party feels very star crossed lovers to me.
ivy – crept on you
bree: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle absolutely infuriated me, but I still find myself recommending it to people? Like, when I finished reading it I vented about it for a solid week and swore never to read another Stuart Turton book, but now I’ve been toeing the line with his recent release, The Devil and the Dark Water.
tree: This one has to be The Dutch House. I did not really expect to like this one, but I really adored it and I was just hit with a moment of yeah I like this while listening to the audio. You can read my review of this one here.
cowboy like me – cat & mouse games
tree: To be honest I am not sure what this prompt means lol, but I am not a fan of cat and mouse games in romance novels so I feel like I don’t read a lot of books where the characters are playing with each other. But, in Today Tonight Tomorrow the characters are academic rivals to lovers and they definitely are trying to annoy each other for most of the book. I adored this one and you can read my review here.
long story short – book you would never read again, painful experience
bree: I couldn’t initially think of an answer for this, but I’m going to go ahead and second Tree’s below comment, because oh my god, ow.
marjorie – book with a beautiful message
bree: Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about bulimia, body dysmorphia, and what loving yourself really means.
tree: For Everyone by Jason Reynolds is a poetry collection that truly is beautiful and moving. I’m due for a reread and want to tab up all my favorite poems.
closure – a book with bad rep (a betrayal)
bree: Lol I might as well go with the Folk of the Air series for this one too, because EVERY BOOK. GREVIOUS BETRAYALS AND AGONIZING CLIFFHANGERS. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
tree: Another question that I feel like could be a spoiler. Also, I don’t remember a lot of books with betrayals?? In Hench I am pretty sure there is a betrayal, but honestly I don’t remember lmao.
evermore – journey of self discovery
bree: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, is the perfect pick for this. Liz Lightly must figure out how to shine as her (poor, black, awkward) self, when she runs for Prom Queen in her rich, diversity-lite Indiana town.
tree: I love books about characters finding themselves! Queenie does this so well. It’s all about a woman figuring out her life after a relationship ends. Queenie is messy and makes tons of mistakes, but you just can’t help but root for her as she figured herself and her life out.
thanks for reading!
if you’ve listened to evermore, what are some of your favorite tracks?
xoxo, bree & tree