The Folklore Book Tag!

By now, it seems everyone has listened to or heard of Taylor Swift’s new album. It’s so good, and I’m excited to do a tag based on it. A big thanks to Paper Hearts for tagging me! Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink created this fun tag, and I can’t wait to get started!

The Rules:

  1. Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink (her posts are awesome!)
  2. Tag at least 3 people. 
  3. Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.
  4. Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.

The most recent book that I’ve read that had a surprising ending is The Ever After. Amanda Hocking stunned me, leaving me speechless (and crying a little). I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but this is an epic ending to the trilogy!

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke made me feel all the feels. Happy, sad, mad, nostalgic, and every feeling in between. If you like Robin Hood stories with a female perspective, this is a great ya novel!

I finally read Six of Crows not long ago, and I loved it! The story, the characters, the magic, the heist – everything about was beyond excellent. I love Bardugo’s writing style, and I thought that Six of Crows was clever and well-written.

Absalom, Absalom! was required reading for a class I took in college, and I did not like it at all. It is my least favorite Faulkner novel, and reading it was a painful and boring experience.

This book completely destroyed me on so many levels. One of my friends recommended it and raved about it. While it’s a good story, it’s one of the saddest I’ve ever read.

Keep in mind, I try to avoid really sad, heart-breaking books. They’re not my thing. Ask my neighbors. They saw me ugly crying in my backyard as I read the final chapter of this book. lol

I read River Gate on the 10th anniversary of my mother’s death. When Talise, the protagonist, reflects on her losses, it felt like the author understood my heart.

โ€œAnd there it was again, just as fresh as the day they died. It came at her from all sides, crashing down in waves. Suffocating the tiny light that dared to glow inside of herโ€ฆIt still shredded her and tore her apart from the inside out.โ€

This entire scene spoke to me so deeply. I felt like the author knew exactly how I felt about losing and missing my mom.

My son, who is now 15, loved Little House, Little Town when he was a toddler and insisted that I read it to him before bed every night. I miss those days!

Mary Kay Andrews’ books remind me of summer. They are fun and interesting stories – perfect beach reads. Hello, Summer is her most recent release, and I loved it! No shock there!

Ordinary People deals with death, survivor’s guilt, grief, depression, and suicide. It is a powerful book that definitely made me think.

I remember reading this, and then teaching it, in high school. This and Catcher in the Rye are the first two books that popped in my mind.

This book…I’m still processing this one.

It gave me a total book hangover to the point where I haven’t even written a review about it.

I just…there’s just so much to say… and unpack and obsess over….

I read The Wisdom of Sundays shortly after I left my teaching career. It was a difficult and emotional decision, and I had a lot of guilt and doubt. I was so defeated, and felt like I was at a crossroads.

The Wisdom of Sundays made me feel empowered and inspired. I knew I made the right decision, and the book helped to put things in perspective for me.

I love Sophia! She is smart, determined, and willing to fight for what is right. I love her confidence and courage as well. She’s a bad-ass!!

Rebecca is a beautifully written, atmospheric Gothic romance that I adore. Daphne du Maurier is an amazing storyteller, and this is my favorite of her books.

I love romances, and this book! The romance between Isaura and Leonel is absolutely swoon-tastic!! I love the way they talk to and about each other. They have such a deep connection, and their chemistry is amazing.

If you like fantasy/romance, I highly recommend Beneath Cruel Fathoms!

It’s no secret that I love Les Miserables. I named my blog after a song from the musical, I have several Les Mis tattoos, and I’ve read the book more than once.

I love, love, love Jean Valjean. If I were to die for a fictional character, it would be him.

Ugghhh! I wanted to like this book. I mean, look at that cover! Gorgeous!!!

The premise of the story sounded so good, and I like Arnold’s writing style, but the story fell totally flat for me. I thought it was predictable, and I just didn’t enjoy it.

Whew! Some of those were tough! If you made it this far, consider yourself tagged! I’d love to see your choices! ๐Ÿ™‚

15 thoughts on “The Folklore Book Tag!

  1. I only read one of those books.

    Les Miserables- if I literally just saw that book on the shelf, I wouldn’t have picked it up. The musical is what led me to love the book. I used the knowledge I know from the musical to help understand the book. Usually in a musical, I can choose my favorite song, but in Les Mis’ case I can’t- even for my favorite character.

    1. It was fun. A little tough too! lol
      The Ever After is the third book in The Omte Origins trilogy, but Hocking wrote two other trilogies (Trylle & Kanin Chronicles) that are set in the same world.

  2. This is such a fun tag. Loved reading your answers! Gonna be adding some of these books to my TBR now lol I was tagged to do this ages ago but these are some toughie prompts or maybe that’s just my indecisiveness ๐Ÿ˜‚

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