I donno about you, but I’m feeling BOOKISH WOOO
Now that I’ve grabbed your attention with that totally-not-stolen lyric, let me enlighten you with an Abby Franklin Fun Fact™: I happen to be a Swiftie. As in, a Taylor Swift fan. As in, the most popular musician of the twenty-first century.
Fite me, m8.
Now, this isn’t a fact I’d bring up without the genius of Miss Olivia from Purely Olivia. This lovely soul of a blogger combined two of my favorite things — books and music — to make the Wonderstruck Tag! Basically, we’re going to take prompts from some of Taylor’s greatest hits and highlight our favorite (and least favorite 😳) books.
- Link back to the creator (OLIVIA YAY)
- Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
- Tag however many people you’d like at the end!
This is a super chill tag (and it’s a blast to write) so plEASE be awesome and give Liv some love because, I mean. Are you kidding me: it’s Taylor Swift + books. This girl’s a 100% original. Go do it. *lightly SHOVES you to her blog*
you’re not sorry
a book that unapologetically broke your heart
You’ve heard about this book from me before (and it’s definitely not the last time you’re going to hear about it *COUGH HINT COUGH*), but A Thousand Perfect Notes deserves all the nominations for this category. Beck. August. JOEY. Honestly, is there any character that isn’t an absolute tragedy? No. No there is not.
If you’ve ever been so shocked you couldn’t cry, that feeling is this book in a nutshell. Well done, Cait, for destroying my soul with this book. You win at everything.
back to december
a book you still think about after you’ve finished
There must be some kind of bookish alarm clock in my head, because I am consistently reminded of The Book Thief on an almost weekly basis. To be fair, it’s almost 90% thoughts of Rudy, who endlessly taunts me because, like… he’s fictional. And from the 1940’s.
(And not particularly in a state where he can really date anyone, for those of us who have read the book. Oof. 😥)
if this was a movie
a book you really want to see become a movie
Hey, Disney? Would you do us a favor and buy the Warcross franchise? Because that would be the legit COOLEST live action film EVER. Imagine the complexity of the computer animation, the design of the Warcross games and Zero and askffhkjdsl!!! SI POR FAVOR. Make this a thing ASAP.
a book with the most beautiful cover
I’m a simple girl. I like waffles. I like aesthetics. So when you combine the two and show me Tell Me Three Things, I want to surrender myself over to the Book Cover Gods. Take me now, please — this is the most waffle-y cover I have ever encountered and nothing can compare i loooove.
Unfortunately, the cover is both the first and last thing I liked about the book — it was the most predictable novel I have read in my life and I lowkey regret wasting my time?? Nevertheless, that cover still gives me a happy feeling because who doesn’t love waffle representation.
shake it off
a book that gets hate but you still love
After I finished Emergency Contact for the first time, I was a tad upset to see how many people hated the novel. It has a surprisingly low rating and plenty of rant reviews for a nice little story. While I can see where some of these complaints come from and it’s not my favorite book either, the fact that people are so upset with it… bothers me?
GO PENNY AND SAM. YOU’RE DOING GREAT SWEETIES. We might be in the minority, but our opinions are valid and respected !!
never grow up
a book that gives you childhood nostalgia
Abby Franklin Fun Fact™ #2: before I got into middle grade, YA, and all the books normal 11-year-olds read, I was a cat-book critic. You know, like those sad, real-life sob-stories about cute cats that end up dying as the big finale and teach the author something important about family? Yep, I read those books like they were the guide to life. If you ever want to read a cat book, I gotchu bro.
My absolute favorite of these books was Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World (and good lord is it a mouthful of a title). It was the first ‘adult’ book I read, and the first I ever really cried with. I don’t have the book anymore, but even the name ‘Dewey’ brings me back to when I sat in the corner of my room, sobbing over a dead cat I never even knew. Good times, man, good times.
a book you instantly clicked with
Let’s give some more credit to Olivia, shall we? When I mentioned that I wanted to read A List Of Cages, she immediately DM’d me saying it was one of her favorite books and I should read it. I read it, and two chapters in I knew it was going straight to my favorites shelf. Good call, amiga. You truly are the contemporary queen.
a classic that will never get old
My favorite classic happens to be The Screwtape Letters, which spans the divide between story-based fiction and practical nonfiction PERFECTLY. It’s a pure shame that teenagers aren’t familiar with the book — the only way I knew about it was because I was required to read it for school.
Typically, C.S. Lewis’ works are a lil’ too advanced for my tiny little brain to comprehend, but Screwtape is absolutely perfect for me and oooof I wish more young people would read it!! Go read it, please. It’s incredible please read it.
a book with a romance you love
Abby Franklin Fun Fact™ #3 (last one i promise): 99.9% of my ships consist of female characters I relate to and cute, awkward boys on whom I have fictional crushes.
Like, look at this dork. I love him so much. The only thing I ship more than Nya & Jay is Abby & Jay. Jabby.
Having said that, one of my favorite romances is in Save the Date, in which there is the cutest boy you could ever write in YA fiction. He’s a wedding planner. He’s an old soul. And he dANCES WITH CHARLIE IN THE GROCERY STORE ASFFDDJKHGDH. Just his cuteness alone makes them an adorable ship !!
i knew you were trouble
a book you can’t help but become obsessed with
That’s… that’s it. There’s absolutely nothing more to say.
a book where you loved the first, but hated the sequel
Alright, this might not count as a sequel but these two books are in the same universe so we’re just gonna ignore the fact that they’re not in a series. Here’s the truth for you: Tom Sawyer is incredible. Huck Finn is not.
I think Tom is a great book representing an awesome childhood with adventure, hijinks, middle-school crushes, and a bit of mystery (well, uh, i didn’t witness a murder as a kid but idk you never know). Huck …. what even is that book?? I legit have no idea what was going on. Needless to say, Tom Sawyer is vastly superior to its successor.
hannah @ crafts of all seasons
anika @ anika walkes
Aaand that’s the tag! Hopefully, I have satisfied my fellow Swifties, and if not… uh, hope you had some satisfaction in reading. If you’re not a fan, thanks for sticking with the post for a bit. Taylor’s songs are worth a listen, though. *gently SHOVES*
Time to TALK, y’all. What’s your favorite T Swift song? I adore All Too Well because it’s just like a great mix of story and song and i love it eep! Do you agree or disagree with any of my points?? Any Emergency Contact haters out there?
Because if so prepare to battle. Comment below, frien’!