Monday, 14 September 2015

The 1989 Book Tag!

Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm created the 1989 Book Tag, and as someone who's been a fan of Taylor Swift for around eight or nine years and a fan of books even longer, I couldn't resist doing it. I'm weak for tags.

In the original tag there are sometimes several topics for one song, but I decided to just do for each. Check out the original tag for all of them!

Welcome to New York

You can want who you want, boys and boys and girls and girls

A book with LGBT* themes

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters: Sarah Waters' specialises in historical fiction with LGBT* characters at the centre. Out of her six published novels, five have an LGBT* protagonist and even the one book without an LGBT* protagonist could be argued to have an LGBT* secondary character. I decided to go with Tipping the Velvet, despite not having read it yet (though I will be getting to it soon!), because of two reasons: firstly, it's Waters' first novel so I think that makes it pretty special, and secondly, the characters in this book are not only queer, but they perform as cross-dressers too which I think is very cool. I don't think cross-dressing is explored often in books, so it's even cooler that it's being explored in a book set in the 19th century.

Blank Space

You can tell me when it's over if the high was worth the pain

A book that hit you right in the feels... but was totally worth it

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: This was the first book I read this year. I finished it on the train home from York after visiting my best friend for New Year, and I was glad to have a couple of seats to myself because this book made me cry. It's heartbreaking and haunting but oh so beautiful.


We never go out of style

A timeless classic you love

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: This book is a masterpiece. It's one of those books, similar to To Kill a Mockingbird I think, that you carry on thinking about long after you've read it, and the more you think about it the more you realise just how brilliant it is.

Out of the Woods

The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming colour

A book with vivid world building

Dissolution by C.J. Sansom: This may seem like an odd choice considering it's not a fantasy or sci-fi book, but I do think C.J. Sansom has a real talent for bringing Tudor England to life throughout his Shardlake series. In terms of setting he's one of my favourite historical fiction authors because it's so easy to get sucked into the past he's created.

All You Had to Do Was Stay

You were all I wanted... but not like this

A book you were eagerly anticipating, but ended up being disappointed by

Lumberjanes, Vol.1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen: I didn't dislike this book, I just didn't like it as much as I was hoping to. You can check out my review here if you'd like to!

Shake it Off

The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate...

A book/series that everyone seems to love that you can't help but hate

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I just don't like it, it's not my cup of tea at all.

I Wish You Would

I wish you knew that I'll never forget you as long as I live

A book/series you know you will always love

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Always.

Bad Blood

Now we've got bad blood, you know it used to be mad love

A character you once loved but grew to hate

Albus Dumbledore is a tool. He's a brilliant character, when you first meet him he's like a loveable grandfather, and then you slowly learn more and more about him and realise he's actually not a great guy.

Wildest Dreams

Nothing lasts forever but this is getting good now

A book/series that you wish could have gone on forever

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: This book is one of my favourite reads of 2015, and one of the best books I have ever read. I don't necessarily want it to go on forever, but I was disappointed to discover this was a standalone because I didn't want to leave these characters behind, then again I'd much rather have one amazing book than a book ruined by crappy sequels.

How You Get the Girl

That's how it works, that's how you get the girl

One of your favourite books where they 'got the girl'

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: This was a difficult one for me because I don't tend to read many 'got the girl' books. Even when I do stray into contemporary I don't necessarily read books that I'd consider my favourites; the last contemporary that I really enjoyed was If I Stay, which isn't exactly a 'got the girl' kind of book. In the end I decided to go with The Moonstone which was considered a romance when it was first released - it was even sold as The Moonstone: A Romance - but it also just happens to be the very first detective novel and it's fantastic. Really recommend checking it out.

This Love

In silent screams, in wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this

A book that completely shocked you

Feed by Mira Grant: I'M STILL NOT OVER IT.

I Know Places

Something happens when everybody finds out. See the vultures circling dark clouds.

A book you didn't want to be seen reading

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: This is a difficult one because I'm not the kind of person who's ashamed of what they read, it really doesn't bother me if other people can see what I'm reading, but I felt like the other topic for this song was very similar to a previous topic so I went with this one. I picked Northanger Abbey in the end, which I read on my kindle so unless someone was reading over my shoulder they wouldn't have known what it was anyway, just because I think my dislike for Austen's novels is pretty well known by this point, and I think if my dad in particular had seen me reading an Austen he wouldn't have let me hear the end of it. Since reading it I'm still not the biggest Austen fan, so not much has changed!


The drought was the very worst, when the flowers that we'd grown together died of thirst

When the wait between books made you forget everything that happened

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy: This is less the series' fault and more my own. I love this series, but somehow I managed to stop reading it when my uni work began to pile up and I still haven't finished the series. I'm planning to, but I think I'm going to have to start from the beginning.

If you want to have a go at this, consider yourself tagged!

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