Hello friends and fellow book lovers! You might notice something a little bit different and it’s that I’m posting on Monday. Shanah posted recently about how after being removed from Top 5 Tuesday, she was handing the reigns overs to Meeghan. I’m super excited for Meeghan but being away from Top 5 Tuesday for a while gave me more motivation to write other types of posts.
With that being said, I’ll be moving my posting schedule around. Instead of posting Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, I’ll now be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I do still plan on participating in Top 5 Tuesday from time-to-time, though. Meeghan and Shanah are both so wonderful so I wouldn’t give it up totally. Rather, I’m going to try to explore other posts instead and try some new things. 🙂
Hopefully it ends up working for both myself and you guys! I know it’s going to be tough to get used to for me especially. However, I’m excited to see what kind of content I’ll be featuring on BookishlyRebecca from now on. That was my short blog update so let’s get into the Folklore book tag!
The Folklore Book Tag
- 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 who tagged you and link to their post.
I’d like to thank Sumedha for tagging me. I’ve been following her for a while and I love her blog especially her “If We Were Having Tea” posts. She’s just a delightful blogger and I highly recommend checking her out. With that being said, let’s get into the prompts and my picks!
The 1: A book with an ending that left you speechless
The book I chose for this is Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. I can’t go into details without spoiling but this ending had me SHOOK. I couldn’t believe the route Sager took it and it just floored me. Personally, I wouldn’t have guessed it in a million reasons and I’m glad he made the choices with the story he did.
Cardigan: A book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
The book I chose for this one is Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert. It’s a novella in her Ravenswood series and it’s about Laura and Samir’s second chance at love. It’s so bittersweet as both Laura and Samir have had terrible things happen in their pasts but they still fall in love with each other. The book is incredibly sad at times but also incredibly happy.
The Last Great American Dynasty: A book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story
I feel like Let Me Hear A Rhyme fits this prompt incredibly. This book follows a group of teens who want to make their friend famous after he is murdered. He was a rapper and it makes for such an interesting yet thoughtful story. I feel like this book isn’t talked about nearly enough and the premise is extremely unique. She also set it in the ’90s which was an incredible time for the rap and hip-hop music scene.
Exile: A book you wish you hadn’t read
This sounds so awful because I love Rebekah Weatherspoon but I wish I hadn’t read this book. It was nothing like any of her other books I read and it just didn’t work for me. I wish I would’ve stuck to her more recent reads. At least I know now that this series isn’t for me so that’s a positive. Lol
My Tears Ricochet: A book that made you cry uncontrollably
I read this book back in 2017 and I sobbed multiple times during this. This book follows Lucy whose mother is battling cancer and she has Lucy order at a different camp than the one her mother’s at. That’s such a bare-bones premise but I absolutely love this. It’s such a hard-hitting story but with some light moments and a lot of joy amidst the hardships their family is going through.
Mirror Ball: A book that feels like it was written just for you
I feel like I talk and think about this book constantly. This book is about Nicholas and Naomi who are engaged but she can’t stand him anymore. It’s basically them making a bet that whoever breaks off their engagement has to pay for the entire wedding. In this book, Naomi learns a lot about herself and the things she’s doing to basically sabotage herself and her relationship unknowingly.
Personally, I connected a lot with Naomi because I used to do similar things. Seeing it on the page and then being able to see it in my own life was tough. However, it helped me put things in perspective and correct my behavior. This book changed me and my love life for the better. I cannot say enough good things about it and how much it helped me.
Seven: A childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
When I was younger, I LOVED this book. I remember reading it all the time and thinking how great it was. Now looking back, I think it’s such a fun concept and makes for a fun reading experience with kids. It also makes me feel pretty sappy as I bought this book for my baby nephew. It’s now in his collection and it just makes me feel so soft and happy.
August: A book that reminds you of summer
The book I chose for this is The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I feel like Morgan Matson is the queen of summer contemporary books. Her books are so fun and are usually set in summer. This one connects to summer for me as I sat outside and read it during a hot summer read. It was so much fun and I think it’s a quintessential summer book.
This Is Me Trying: A book that deals with loneliness and sadness
While I didn’t love The Culmination of Everything, it works extremely well for this prompt. This book follows Kyle and Ben who are both dealing with traumatic events in their pasts. It deals a lot with Kyle feeling alone in her grief while also feeling the loneliness that comes with said grief. Meanwhile, Ben is dealing with a similar situation and it just makes for such a heart-wrenching yet beautiful story. I don’t want to give too much away as I think it’s better to go in blind.
Illicit Affairs: A book that gave you a book hangover
When I read this book, I was going through a tough time and it really lifted my spirits during that time. However, I do think it put me in a huge reading slump as nothing I read made me as happy as this book did. Either way, Fumbled is still my favorite book in the Playbook series by Alexa Martin so it guess it worked out. Lol
Invisible String: A book that came into your life at the exact right time
I’m circling back to my break-up for this one and it’s The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson. I’m pretty sure this was the second book I read after my breakup and it was exactly what I needed. It totally sucked me in and helped me forget about things for a while. It was action-packed and there wasn’t much romance so it was perfect. I think I read it in one or two sittings but it just came at the perfect time.
Mad Woman: A book with a female character you adore
I mean it has to Dani Brown, right? She’s just such a badass woman and I love everything about her. ❤
Epiphany: A book that is haunting
The book I chose for this one is Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. Not only does this book have a beautiful cover but it is so hauntingly beautiful. When we learn the truth in this book, it’s so sad yet beautiful as wonderful things happen because of it. It’s just such a lovely book and I’m so glad I finally picked this book up.
Betty: A book couple that fills you with yearning
The book couple I chose is Jasmine and Rahul from Wanna Bet? Their romance starts off with them as friends before Jasmine realizes she wants more. Meanwhile, Rahul is pining for her the entire time. When they finally get together, it’s so satisfying and they just make me so jealous. While I do enjoy the person I’m with, that type of yearning and pining for each other is what I LIVE for.
Peace: A book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
Any and all of the tea dragons from The Tea Dragon Society. I just love them so much and I think they’re all SO sweet and wonderful. I would also die to have my very own tea dragon lmao.
Hoax: A book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t
This was easily one of my most disappointing read this year and that’s My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh. This book is a historical fake dating romance that had so much potential but I ended up not enjoying it. The lack of communication is what really killed it for me. If the characters would’ve talked to each other and the conflicts were different, I would have loved it. However, I just couldn’t stand some of the choices the author made.
Anyways, that was my small blogging update and the Folklore book tag. If you’re curious, my three favorite songs from the album are “The 1,” “Invisible String” and “Betty.” As for the people I’m tagging, I’m going with Sara, Stephanie and Haley as I think they’re all Taylor Swift fans. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.