Folklore by Taylor Swift Book Tag

Hey guys!
Today I’m doing an exciting tag! I loveeeeee Folklore by Taylor Swift and combining that with books is just the best thing ever.

Thank you to Mieke from MouseThatReads for tagging me! Make sure you check out her post too!


  • Credit the creator of the tag, Cielo @ Bellerose Reads 
  • Shout out the person who tagged you
  • List the rules of the tag in your post.
  • Tag at least 5 people to do the tag!


The 1 – A book you wanted to read but never did

“I’m doing good, I’m on some new shit, been saying yes instead of no”

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel: Matthew Quick ...

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I bought it and just never read it. It’s sat unread on my kindle.

Cardigan – A character that didn’t end up with their first love interest

“And when I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone’s bed, you put me on and said I was your favorite”

Aelin from the Throne of Glass series.
I didn’t actually like who she ended up with. I feel like I’m one of very few people who shipped Aelin and Dorian. They would’ve been such a power couple!

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

She had a marvellous time ruining everything

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson
This is a series, so I’m kind of cheating here. Lia from TRC is amazing! She’s such an epic, strong female lead. Her character development is really great. I love that she stands up for everything she believes in.

Exile – A book about walking out of a toxic relationship

“You’re not my homeland anymore. So what am I defending now?”

Day 23.-Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months. – My ...

I’m going to go with the same answer as Mieke and say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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

I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace and you’re the hero flying around, saving face

Get Excited For 'The Raven Cycle' TV Series Adaptation ...

My mind went to Blue & Gansey from The Raven Cycle… It takes the whole series for them to get together and there’s loads of cute moments and tension.

Mirrorball – A swoon-worthy, sweet couple

“You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes, spinning in my highest heels, love, shining just for you”

Beach Read by Emily Henry – Locky Loves Books

January & Gus from Beach Read by Emily Henry
My favourite read of 2020 (so far). I loved the relationship between these two, it felt very real. There was plenty of tension and swoon worthy moments. If you like rivals to lovers, check out Beach Read!

Seven – A book with fae characters

Love you to the Moon and to Saturn

The Cruel Prince Will Leave You Breathless and Give You ...

I wont use a SJM book again, I’ll go with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

August – A book you’ve read very fast

“And I can see us twisted in bedsheets August sipped away like a bottle of wine”

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson
When I read this for the first time last year, I read it in an afternoon!

This Is Me Trying – A coming of age book

It’s hard to be anywhere these days when all I want is you

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The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
An oldie, but a goodie! The books that got me reading sci-fi/fantasy.
Such a great series!

Illicit Affairs – A book with a forbidden love

“Tell yourself you can always stop what started in beautiful rooms ends with meetings in parking lots”

The Review Diaries: The Best Books of 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The only instalove I will accept! I loved the romance in this book. I’m definitely due a reread!

Invisible String – A book featuring a road trip

Time, curious time gave me no compasses, gave me no signs

I honestly cannot think of one.
Apparently, I need to read something featuring a road trip!

Mad Woman – Your favorite female villain

Does a scorpion sting when fighting back? They strike to kill, and you know I will

Marcella from Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
There’s a lack of women villains, I feel. If you have any book recs with good female villains, leave them below!

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

“With you I serve, with you I fall down, down, watch you breathe in, watch you breathing out, out”

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I was in a low place mental health wise, reading the Mistborn series really helped me by sucking me into that world entirely. I was full immersed and obsessed!

Betty – A book with second-chance trope

I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything but I know I miss you

Cover Reveal In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk - www ...

I think my current read, In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk, is a second chance romance. (I’ve only just started, don’t quote me!)

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

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses | Sarah J. Maas

I hate to use another SJM but I can think of no other… A Court of Thorns and Roses. I think we all know which relationship wasn’t to be.

Hoax – The saddest book you remember reading

No other sadness in the world would do

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I don’t read a ton of sad books. I hardly ever cry during books, sometimes I fill up a little. I’m not sure what the saddest book I’ve read is really. I’ll go with The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. The ending to this book… Jesus. My soul left my body. It was amazing, but I was pretty upset!

I’m not going to tag specific people, as I’m not sure who’s a TS fan. Feel free to say I tagged you if you want to do this tag & definitely link me, I’d love to see your answers!

What’s your favourite song from Folklore?

Books · WWW Wednesday

Rereading a Fave & Contemp Kick | Wednesday 19/08/2020


Happy Wednesday!
I haven’t done one of these in a while, since I’ve been in a huge slump and not reading much.  But I’m reading again, finally and thought I’d bring WWW Wednesday back!

This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Recently Finished:

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson · OverDrive ...

I reread the whole of The Remnant Chronicles, it was such a great reread. Definitely helped my slump, even if I did take forever to read it.

Currently Reading:

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride - Audiobook by Ibi Zoboi

My current audiobook!
It’s a modern, Black Pride & Prejudice retelling!
I’m not too far into this year but I’m interested to see this take on P&P.

*In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

Cover Reveal In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk - www ...

The first on my NetGalley backlog.
I have just started this, so don’t really have an opinion yet. I have found it amusing and I like the tone of the story so far. Hopefully, this will be a great read!

Reading Next:

I have tons of NetGalley ARCs to catch up on so I will be trying to get through those & my physical arcs. I have so many I’m super late on! Life got so chaotic and I’ve been in a slump practically all year 😦

Potential Netgalley reads:

The Raven and The Dove by Katilyn Davis
The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Other books I want to get to:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

How’s your reading going? What are you currently reading?
Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Black Brother, Black Brother: Rhodes, Jewell Parker, Buckner ...

Goodreads Synopsis:


Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don’t look like him. They don’t like him either. Dubbed the “Black Brother,” Donte’s teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Trey. Quiet, obedient.

When he’s framed by the captain of the fencing team, “King” Alan, he’s suspended from school and arrested for something he did not do.

Donte knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep’s fencing team and maybe learn something about himself along the way.

Powerful and emotionally gripping, ‘BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER’ is a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and follows one boy’s fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice.

My Thoughts:

TW: Racism, Colourism, Bullying

This is a middle grade novel that deals with racism and colourism within a private school setting. It follows Donte who is biracial and dark skinned and his experience in school in comparison to his brother Trey who is white passing.

This book was surprisingly really great! I had no idea what to expect going in but I am super glad I borrowed it! I really sympathised with Donte, what he goes through is awful and it really highlights how white-passing biracial people are treated better than darker skinned people. I can’t personally identify with Donte but I definitely do identify with Trey (I’m mixed raced and pretty light skinned/racially ambiguous). Although I am fully aware of my privilege this really reminded me of it. Also makes me angry that kids have to suffer in school and risk having their education impacted by the racist systems.

Fencing – There’s a fencing aspect to the novel, which I wasn’t expecting (I didn’t read the synopsis before listening). Since I’m not a sporty person, I didn’t expect to be so interested. Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed it. It was refreshing for me and actually is an interesting sport. (I now kinda want to do fencing haha)

Overall, it’s a really great story with really great themes and messages. Black Brother, Black Brother is amazing at explaining and dealing with racism and white privilege, it should be an essential read for all kids! (Obviously, I’m not a kid – I think all ages can enjoy middle grade.)


Rating: 4 Stars

Books · Discussion

The Most BORING Books I’ve Read

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Hey guys!
I’m back with a chatty post about books I found boring.
There are some classics, some popular YA & fantasy.. so unpopular opinions ahead.
Hold onto your mug because some tea is being spilt today!

Let’s start off with the Classics:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

After reading (loving) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, I decided to move on to Emily Bronte, fully expecting to enjoy it. I had heard it was one of the best classics from multiple people, it is widely loved and praised. However, I cannot say a good word about this book. It was PAINFUL to read. I honestly have no idea how I finished it.
Every character is the worst, everything is confusing and it’s just insufferable. HOW anyone romanticises this book is beyond me, it is not romantic. Please seek help if you think this is a healthy relationship depiction.

The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Oh. My. God.
This was a required read at uni. I was so bored. The writing is horrendous, the characters are horrendous and there is absolutely no plot to this book. It is a complete and utter waste of time.

Ivan Hoe by Walter Scott

Another required read…
I think this may be the #1 most boring book I’ve ever had to read. It was so painful to read. Way too much description. Everything was too much. I hated it.

Unpopular Opinions Time!!

Popular Books:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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I’m going to say it: Leigh Bardugo is so overrated. The Grishaverse is so very mediocre overall but this book takes the cake! I liked Shadow and Bone, I did. It wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad, it was enjoyable enough. The second book was meh. THIS, this was awful. It was boring, slow and had the worst series conclusion I think I’ve ever read.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

The Foxhole Court: Volume 1 (All for the Game): ...

The amount of praise I see for this book and series is unreal. This is so trash and awful, I honestly cannot understand the hype whatsoever. I completely missed what everyone else saw. This book is so uninteresting; the characters so mundane. I remember nothing about the actual plot, I just remember the feelings I had. It’s that unmemorable.

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | Waterstones

Here’s one that fantasy fans will kill me for…
I found this book so unbelievably boring. It took for forever to read it and I didn’t like anything about it. Another case of me not being able to see what everyone else is seeing… I didn’t think the writing style was anything special, yet everyone claims it to be so beautiful and amazing??

Kvothe annoyed me for 95% of the book, he is honestly the least interesting person in the story AND is a giant asshole! At this point, I have wiped the plot from my memory, it was completely forgettable.

Do you agree with any of the books I mentioned?

What is the most boring book you’ve read?

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | July 2020


Hello book friends!
Happy August!
This has been the slowest yet longest year ever?! Anyone else feel that way? Such an odd year. I’ve been in a reading slump basically all year but finally (!!) I’ve had a decent reading month. I somehow managed to read all great books! Not a single bad read in sight!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (audiobook)

Clap When You Land (Audio Download): Elizabeth ...

Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black  (audiobook)

The Queen of Nothing: The Folk of the Air, Book 3 (Audio Download ...

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes  (audiobook)

Listen Free to Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker ...

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson (reread)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 5 Stars

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson (reread)

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 4 Stars

Review for The Remnant Chronicles series (No spoilers)
Series Discussion of The Remnant Chronicles (SPOILERS)

How was your reading month?