the taylor swift “lover” book tag!


Hello, friends!

First of all, I need to apologize for my lack of interaction this month. Basically, my computer broke down twice on me and I hate drafting posts/commenting on my phone, so I’ve been pretty absent. Also, I’m writing two book tags almost in a row, because of the lack of time to plan – again THANKS TO MY TRASHY COMPUTER.


The ‘Lover’ book tag was obviously inspired off of Lover, by Taylor Swift, her most recent release. I’ve been listening to this album non stop since it came out and even more recently, since she announced she’ll be coming to Brazil for the first time EVER with her Lover tour and I’m already dying of excitement and anxiety.

I was actually tagged to answer this one by the lovely Marie, a fellow Swiftie, and I was so excited because I absolutely love the questions for this one. The tag was created by Nish and Ngoc, btw.


A book that you want to forget you ever read

Lived in the shade you were throwin’, ‘till all of my sunshine was gone.

IMG_1753The first time I read this question, I thought it said “a book that you forgot you ever read” and that’s kinda how I want to answer it.

The Square Root of Summer was an okay read, but one that I hardly ever look back on. I truly do not remember a ton about the plot: one because it was *very* confusing, but also because none of the characters were truly memorable. So, yes, definitely a super meh read I kinda forgot that I even owe sometimes.




A book you turn to when the going gets rough

And I screamed for whatever is worth: I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard? He looks up, grinning like a devil.

IMG_1732First of all: can we just take a second to appreciate Cruel Summer as a song? That’s storytelling in its Finest.

There are quite a lot of books I think to answer this question. I am very passionate about re-reading and reuniting with my favorite characters, but The Dream Thieves is one I’ve re-read three times now and planning to do so again. Next month is my birthday month, so I’ve sort of curated this TBR filled with titles that I know are going to comfort me, and of course The Dream Thieves had to be on the list.

It’s not even a *comforting* title if I’m being honest, because this book is very intense, but I love everything about it and am so ready to see Kavinsky again.


Your book OTP

With every guitar string scar on my hand, I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover.

IMG_1739Why was this, all of a sudden, the hardest question I’ve ever been asked?

I don’t have a lot of bookish OTPs to be fair and I wanted to answer something original for this tag, but I guess I’ll have to go back to the basics because my brain has blanked and I haven’t been able to think of any other couple but Tris & Four: the real MVPs.

I’m sure I’ve rambled about how much I adore this couple before, but their dynamic is so pure and yet so heart-wrenching for me. I love how they grow together and support each other, while also being a realistic couple who fights and argues, but always find each other in the middle. Ugh. So great.


Your fave kick-ass female protagonist

What I was wearing, if I was rude, could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves.

IMG_0969I think The Illuminae Files has definitely provided us with a lot of great, kick-ass female characters, but Kady will always be my favorite. I don’t know if it’s her sass, or wit, or the fact she’s also a really sentimental character underneath it all, but I simply adore her.

I felt so much throughout this series, whenever we were in Kady’s POV. She definitely doesn’t have it easy and the authors didn’t spare her of anything, but the fact she still held her head strong makes me so incredibly proud.

How worrisome it is I’m this affectionate to a fictional character? Honestly.


A book with good mental health representation

I see right through me, I see right through me.

img_1087I’ve read quite a few books with mental health rep this year, which I’m very proud of, but the one that impacted me the most was probably Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman.

I’ve talked about this one plenty of times before as well, but it’s just such a great book that I don’t think gets enough recognition. It is a first-person perspective on what it is like being in the schizo spectrum and the story is basically told in two different layers: Caden’s life, with his friends and family; and the ship Caden believes to be in, headed to Challenger Deep.

It is so interesting see how these two layers of his life intertwine. It is also incredibly heartbreaking. But what I loved the most about it was how it didn’t provide a happily ever after or ended with a perfect cure. The book shows that with mental health, it is always possible to have a relapse and it’s likely you’ll never be 100% cured, but it doesn’t mean you can not be happy for now.


Your fave fictional crush

Lyrical smile, indigo eyes, hand on my thigh, we could follow the sparks, I’ll drive.

IMG_1750When I tried to look back on books I read this year to find any new fictional crushes, I realized there’s none. Is this me finally embracing my sexuality and coming to terms with the fact I do not have to find crushes in order to be relatable? Or all the male characters I read this year were just mediocre and not really memorable?

Either way, we’ll have to go for an oldie then. And that’s none other than Cricket Bell, the myth, the man, the legend.

I absolutely adore Cricket. With his long legs, fun pants and crazy hair. The way he’s obsessed with all things engineering and how he’s super sweet, but also deeply passionate. It’s just impossible *not* to have a crush on this guy.


Fave angsty romance

Voted most likely to run away with you.

IMG_1734I am just SO GLAD to finally have a chance to talk about my favorite “type” of angsty romance and Nina and Matthias are the perfect example.

They are opposites in some ways – Nina being super free-spirited, while Matthias is strict and traditional -, but still have a lot in common – both are loyal and care about their people. However, the angst truly kicks in because they have a lot of unresolved business topped with *a lot* of sexual tension. It is the perfect combination.

There’s also the fact Matthias is not supposed, at all, to fall in love with Nina, which makes things even more awkward for him. Basically: this couple made my heart wrench so bad and I’d read 10 more books just about these two.


Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored

You’re the one I want in paper rings, in pictures frames, in all my dreams

IMG_1314Okay, maybe absolutely adored is a bit too much, but I did like the inside of this book better than I liked the outside.

I don’t know exactly what I don’t like about the cover of Because You’ll Never Meet Me. Perhaps is the crooked font or the fact the colors are all dull, so it’s not eye-catching at all. Nonetheless, the book is actually pretty great. Again – I do not *adore* it absolutely and I did have my issues with the ending, but it’s still a solid read with lovable, three-dimensional characters, which can’t be said about that cover, that’s for sure.



A book or series you never want(ed) to end

And, baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name.

IMG_1741Deep down, I never wanted the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy to end. I am so glad it got turned into a trilogy to begin with. Not only because it was the perfect arc for the characters, but also because I could read more with these characters. I just love them too much.

This series feels like a capsule of the high school experience I never had. I obviously didn’t have any of the American high school traditions – homecoming games, signing yearbooks, prom pictures -, but I got to live a little bit of it through these characters. It made me so warm and happy inside and I could read about it forever.

Even though most of the high school milestones are all covered and Lara Jean did graduate by the last one, so if the series went on it would be a different dynamic, I’m sure I would still love following Lara Jean and Peter K no matter where.


A book or series that deserved a better ending

Paper cut stings from my paper thin plans.

IMG_1063OF COURSE. It’s Opposite of Always. There’s no other answer for this.

I’m still broken by this ending, okay? It didn’t make ANY SENSE. This book had so much potential to be one of my favorites ever – I loved the characters, the relationships, it was diverse and witty -, but the ending was so ?????? and totally not what I expected.

I’m even more mad because the author could’ve gone for something different and I definitely saw other ways for this story to be wrapped up and that would offer a much more realistic “life lesson” for the readers.


Your fave British male protagonist

I saw the dimples first and then I heard the accent.

IMG_1746Is there any other answer for this, but Monty – the absolute love of my life, even though he’s sort of a trash can? Oh, okay.

Having re-read The Gentleman’s Guide this year, I just can’t stop obsessing over Monty. And I love how his character matches perfectly with this song because he ACTUALLY HAS DIMPLES.

He’s such a great and three dimensional character – funny, witty, passionate, but also somewhat problematic, trying to find his place in this world and dealing with heartbreak and trauma but throwing peace signs and finger guns at all his problems. He’s a bisexual chaos and I adore him.


A book that your heart will never recover from

What am I supposed to do, if there is no you?

A List of Cages was a really intense book to my poor heart. It broke me so bad, but then put me back together, making me feel absolutely everything – from pure hurt to true happiness and I never thought I’d feel so much when reading a book.

I’ve read this one twice now and it’s crazy how much my experiences were different. The first time around, I could only feel the pain and the trauma. This book deals heavily with domestic abuse and even though I was ready, I don’t think you can ever be truly prepared to read about something like that.

At the same time, this book gave me Adam Blake – the brightest sunshine in the world. So I think you can imagine how it felt.


A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save

And I can’t talk to you when you’re like this, staring at the window like I’m not your favorite town, I’m New York City.

IMG_1745I’m talking about Adam, again. But a different Adam this time. It’s hard being an Adam, I imagine. You literally share the same name as 90% of the world and 97% of all YA protagonists. Like, no uniqueness to you.

But I can’t complain that much, because all Adams I know are cute and nice. Adam from Where She Went is one of the most intense perspectives I’ve ever read about and I’d do anything for this man.

He probably wouldn’t be worthy of it, if I’m being 100% honest, but I still trust him so much and feel like he deserves the whole world.


A book with a powerful message

‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay.

IMG_0975There are so many powerful and great messages in Darius the Great is not Okay. I feel like anyone can get something out of this book, either in the talk of identity, mental health, sexuality or body image. This book tackles it all and it never feels like it’s trying too hard.

Darius is an amazing protagonist and I’m still impressed by how this author was able to layer him so perfectly. He literally jumps out the page as you read it and you can truly feel for everything he goes through.

Again, no matter which side of the story you identify yourself the most with, you’ll get a powerful and great message from it.


A book you want to give a second chance

This ultraviolet morning light below tells me this love is worth the fight.

IMG_1727The Shiver series, by Maggie Stiefavter, is one I want to give a second chance. Even though I didn’t hate the books at all when I first read them, I also feel like I didn’t give as much attention as I could have to them.

I think I took a year between reading book 2 and book 3, so obviously when I got the finale, all the details were sort of blurred. And while I still remember enough about this series, I want to be able to read them more back-to-back in order to connect more with the story and also pick up Sinner, the companion novella.

I don’t know when this will happen, but hopefully soon because I need more werewolves in my life!


Best character development

And when we had that fight out in the rain, you ran after me and called my name. I never want to see you walk away.

IMG_0973Will I ever shut up about this book? I don’t think so.

I just really loved Heretics Anonymous, okay? Maybe when I have a physical copy I can re-read as often as I can, I’ll shut up about it. I’m accepting it as a gift for my birthday on October, 5th. Just saying.

No, but seriously, Michael has such a great development throughout this book. I’m still impressed by Katie Henry’s ability to write about someone who was supposed to be really annoying and selfish but that still came off as likable and relatable. Michael growing to understand that his problems are not the end of the world and learning the best way to deal with his emotions was *pure art*.


Fave friends-to-lovers story

Light pink sky up on the roof, sun sinks down, no curfew. Twenty questions, we tell the truth.

IMG_1428Friends to lovers is the best trope. Period.

Since I recently re-read I’ll Give You The Sun, I have to talk about Brian and Noah. Their friendship is so pure – they’re both really quirky characters, obsessed with things in their own worlds, art and astronomy. But they find comfort in each other and a surprising easy going friendship, that obviously evolves to something more.

It’s kinda funny because the first time I read this book, I could tell Noah was obsessed with Brian – obviously -, but it still felt blurry whether or not that was reciprocate. With my re-read, I realize it’s actually pretty clear. These characters start out as friends, but quickly realize they want more, and it always makes me feel all the things.


If you could only read one book or series again and again, what would it be?

I’ve been sleeping so long in a twenty-year dark night, but now I see daylight, I only see daylight.

You all know it. I’ll spare you from this answer.

Alright. 2k words later, we’re here, at the end of this post. Let me know in the comments: what are your favorite songs/lyrics from Lover or Taylor Swift in general? Your favorite character development? And angsty romance? Let’s chat! (And once again, thanks Marie for tagging me!)


13 comentários sobre “the taylor swift “lover” book tag!

  1. Awwwww!! this was such a beautiful Tag and your post is soooooo beautifully crafted!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ AND ALL OF THESE BOOKS (except the first one maybe? 😅) SOYNDS ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGGGG!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️ i feel like reading all of them!

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  2. WordPress absolutely SUCKS on phone. It eats up so much of my battery when I try and use it!! I only use it to read blog posts now and even that unnecessarily wastes my battery.
    also, I’m SO dumb, but what’s the answer for the Daylight question? I’m sorry :(( I’ve literally been following your blog for months, and I don’t know! Is it Ari and Dante?
    Ugh, you’ve read so many books that I desperately need to read! Darius is at the top of my TBR list, and I have zero clue why I haven’t gotten to it yet. Same goes with A List of Cages! I’m so sad that the ending of Opposite of Always disappointed you though! I bought a physical copy of it, and I really need to read it soon.
    Also, I’m currently reading Illuminae, and I have to agree that Kady is amazing! She’s so clearly suffering from PTSD, but at the same time, she’s still so snarky and kick-ass!

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    • Ughhhh, yes! I think the WordPress app is only good if you’re reading posts, but commenting/drafting sucks and lags soooo much.
      And it is! Ari & Dante, ofc! Hahah. I feel like I talk about this book way too much on my blog, so I didn’t want to talk about it again, lol.
      Hopefully, you’ll enjoy Opposite of Always more than i did! And there are still some amazing aspects about the book!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Caitlin! 💞

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  3. This is such a fun book tag, and OOO it’s been so long since I’ve thought about Tris and Four but they were really one of the OG OTPs in YA. The friends-to-lovers trope is honestly sooooo good, and I think it’s just as great as enemies-to-lovers sometimes <3 And yes!! I honestly would never want the TO ALL THE BOYS series to end since it's just so amazing~ :)

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    • Hahah, true. They’re super OG, but I adore them. They were one of the first couples I stanned super hard.
      It’s such a great series! Even if we have no more books, at least there are two more movies coming, so I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters just yet.
      Thank you so much for reading, Tiffany! 💞

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    • That’s true! Kaz & Inej also have some amazing angst. I didn’t like them at first, but after reading Crooked Kingdom, I was turned completely, hahah.
      Same! For now, though, I can at least look forward to the movies, as the second one comes out on Netflix next year. I really loved the first one, and I’m even more excited about P.S. I Still Love You, as it is my favorite installment in the series.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Jayati! ❣️

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    I didn’t love the album at first but then once I sat down & listened to it all the way through I completely changed my mind – there’s still a couple I don’t like but it’s got some absolutely amazing songs! I think my faves are miss Americana & the heartbreak prince and false god 😍 but I love London boy (just cause I relate lol) and cruel summer!
    Tell me all about what you think!
    (Also, love the song lyrics idea – I was just sing-reading them all in my head 😂)

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    • Ah, I totally feel you! I’ve been this way with Taylor’s previous releases too – didn’t like it when I first listened to it, but then loved it in my second try.
      Cruel Summer is amazing and I do hope it becomes the next single for Lover. Miss Americana is also fantastic. When I first heard the song, I was confused about why was Taylor singing about high school when she’s almost 30, lol. But after reading about how it was inspired off of the US’ political scenario and paying more attention to the lyrics, I thought it was a really smart metaphor. I now love this song a lot! London Boy is really fun too. I always make up a British accent when singing to it, hahah.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, El! 😌

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  5. Ah I love your answers so much Lais, so happy you did this tag <3 I…. forgot I own the square root of summer until I read your first answer so you're not alone 😂 I remember getting this book thinking it had such a fascinating premise, but somehow I remember it being confusing and just, not that memorable, which is too bad :(
    A LIST OF CAGES ahhhhhhhh. That book is beautiful and heartbreaking and I love these characters so much. <3 And Darius, oh I adore Darius with all my heart <3

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