I've never really liked Taylor Swift, but I have to recognize that her newest album Folklore got me by surprise, because I wasn't expecting these beautiful, aesthetic and deep songs from her. So since I've fallen in love with it, let's have some fun doing this tag created by A Whisper Of Ink - don't forget to take a look at her blog! By the way, no one tagged me to do this tag, I just wanted to.
Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
Tag at least 3 people
Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post
1. the 1 – a book with an ending that left you speechless
This is probably Last Afternoons With Teresa or Últimas tardes con Teresa by Juan Marsé. I read it almost six years ago for a school project and I still remember how its ending got me thinking about it for so many days that I went to my teacher to talk about it deeply.
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Synopsis: Published in 1966, Marsé's third novel received international acclaim. Deemed to be his best work, Últimas tardes con Teresa, a period novel set in Barcelona, revolves around an impossible love story between the daughter of a well-to-do family, Teresa, and a young working-class, motorbike thief, Manolo, from Murcia. The choice of main characters reveals the author's wish to confront two opposing worlds, that of the Catalan bourgeoisie and the marginalised world of predominantly, Andalusian immigration. The main male character, called ‘Pijoaparte’, shall enter into the annals of 20th century literary history as the archetype of the low-life immigrant.
2. cardigan – a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
Let's get cheesy! A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I don't remember well the whole story since I read it many years ago, but I know that this story made me smile like a fool but also cry my eyes out. So I guess this is a good choice.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: There was a time when the world was sweeter… when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats…
Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he’d been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister… Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart—and the joy and pain of living.
3. the last great american dynasty – a book with a fascinating and well-told story
I'm going to use a big cliché here but anyway, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Everyone here knows how well constructed Panem is, everyone in the country have their own role to keep the system working, no one can break any rule and if they do they know the price to pay, that's why no one even tries. But of course, there's a clandestine movement growing in the shadows, though bigger than expected.
Suzanne Collins took Battle Royale by Koushun Takami and made it cooler and deeper.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis: Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The hunger games have begun . . .
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.
4. exile – a book you wish you hadn’t read
There are two books I wish I hadn't read, but I'll choose the most famous one, which is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The book was boring and bad, but the film was even worse. I have nothing else to say. I don't want to waste any more time on it.
My rating: ★☆☆☆☆½
Synopsis: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train...
5. my tears ricochet – a book that made you cry uncontrollably
I have no doubts this one has to be The Memory Book by Lara Avery. The ups and downs you suffer through the reading of this book are really hard to deal with at times. To the point that you can be crying your heart out over a happy scene because you know deep in your heart how this is going to end.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember.
Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.
So the Memory Book is born: Sammie's notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart--a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it's not the life she planned.
6. mirrorball – a book that feels like it was written just for you
Honestly, I haven't read any book that's made me feel such a thing yet, so this one will have to wait.
7. seven – a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
The Fairy Oak books by Elisabetta Gnone, all seven of them. They were the books that actually got me into reading and I'm sure they will be the books that will get my future child into reading - if I ever have one. I used to daydream that I was Lavender Periwinkle - the one on the left, called Pervinca in Spanish -, the the roughest and coolest character I know.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: A wonderful fairy tale bursting with joy and enchantment. A fable about life so classical and traditional that adults like it too. Fairy Oak is the name of a village that grew up in the shade of a talking oak tree, an imaginary place, lost in the mists of time immemorial, overlooking a stormy sea, next to uplands covered in snow in winter, surrounded by enchanted woods, vast meadows, crystal clear rivers and lakes. A healthy and uncontaminated nature, which dominates and envelops the worlds in which the stories unfold. Within the walls of the old village there lives an equally old community, a mixed bag of funny characters, with the rituals, customs, habits and familiarity of a serene, cheerful, lively people. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent twins Vanilla and Lavender. To save their people, menaced by a cruel enemy, they go on a long journey deep into the labyrinths of their powers. Since the girls are very young, at first lots of things go wrong. Some are frightening. In short, it’s not going to be easy at all! But someone and something will help them.
8. august – a book that reminds you of summer
I have a whole list of summer reads, you can read it here. But I'll go with The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart. Though I read it in winter it gave me summer vibes, mostly because of the 80's and all those children riding bikes and skating up and down their town.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis: Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they'll never visit it alone; and they'll never take back their offerings.
Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.
As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town's history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.
9. this is me trying – a book that deals with loneliness & sadness
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. It's a rough, tough and hard read. Yes, it is. And if you've read it you know it. It was hard for me to go through this book, but at the end it makes you think a lot about the story behind it and how's it possible that there are people who are going through this, how unfair life is to these people. But how strong they are. They're heroes.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
10. illicit affairs – a book that gave you a book hangover
Most of the books I've named above have given me a book hangover after reading them, but the biggest book hangover was given to me by Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I just couldn't stop thinking about it and it brought me into a huge reading slump.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
11. invisible string – a book that came into your life at the exact right time
Literally any classic I've been reading lately. But let's say the first one I've read, which is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I couldn't have chosen a better time in my life to start reading classics, because I know I wouldn't have valued nor understood them before as I do now.
My rating: ★★★★☆½
Synopsis: 'If it were I who were to always young and the picture to grow old … I would give my soul for it.'
The wish uttered by Dorain Gray as he gazes on his portrait forms the basis of this brialliant and disturbing story of a gilded and spoilt hedonist who, Faust-like, is willing to sell his soul for his beauty.
First oublished to scandalised protest in 1890, Oscar Wilde's fantastic melodrama was widely condemned by his contemporaries as ana ffront to the values of polite society. It has since become one of his most celebrated works, a brilliant example of his power as a storyteller and of his flamboyant wit and aestheticism.
12. mad woman – a book with a female character you adore
Nesta Archeron, the greatest character in the entire ACOTAR series. I'll say A Court of Wings and Ruin, because there's where we really see how Nesta becomes after being thrown into the Cauldron. And honestly, mad woman is her song.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
13. epiphany – a book that was haunting
Frankenstein and his monster haunted me in my nightmares for days after reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, just like Frankenstein chases his monster in the Arctic. So this is the one.
My rating: ★★★★☆½
Synopsis: Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
14. betty – a book couple that fills you with yearning
I support the idea that betty is a hymn for us sapphics and bisexuals equally, but the cutest couple for me is Jude Sweetwine and Oscar Ralph from I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I remember thinking that I wanted a relationship like theirs while reading this book, because come on, their passion and craving for each other is powerful.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: "We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."
At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah's to tell; the later years are Jude's. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they'll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
15. peace – a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
Oh, hello Azriel, dear.
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.
16. hoax – a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I found it boring, I gave it three stars because the end was an enormous cliffhanger and the most exciting part of the book for me, but altogether it's a bunch of words and sheets. Even so I gave Glass Sword a chance because of the Red Queen's ending, but it was even more boring and I ended up DNFing it.
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Synopsis: This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
And that's all! Thank you once again Ilsa for creating this book tag, I had a great time listening to Folklore for the millionth time this week to choose a good book for each song. I'm tagging Chiara from heavenlybookish, Eleanor from not-so-modern-girl, Rose from whiterosestories and Rachel from raesreadingcorner. Hope you'll enjoy doing it!