folklore book tag : completely unoriginal post idea but with my very own thoughts!

Yes you read that right : this is a completely unoriginal post idea but with my very own thoughts. All credits go to Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink for being the original creator of this incredible book tag!

Well that was a lengthy title.

Before I get started, the rules are to :

Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink (her posts are awesome!)

Tag at least 3 people. 

Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.

Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.

I tag (if I tagged you, please don’t feel pressured to do it!) :

Sunflower Seeds

Paper Hearts

Elated Books

Er…I tagged myself? Eleanor J. @ Wishing Upon a Star

All graphics are from Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink. Thank you Ilsa for letting us use them!

All images of book covers are not mine.

Now let’s get started!

This song of regretful reminisce was well written. A book I read that had that style ending is :

Mockingjay

Amazon.com: Mockingjay (Hunger Games) (9780545663267): Collins ...

The ending is just so…sad. It’s not even a happy middle. It is an acknowledgement that things will be better and the flower of hope can still flourish, but it’s as if the cloth of sorrow is wrapped around it. It’s the perfect ending, I know, but I’m unreasonable.

I think “cardigan” is my favorite folklore song — yes, I’m saying that super early in this post. The official music video — AMAZING COZY VIBES AND FAIRY LIGHTS. And will you look at that piano?! The back of it is a waterfall. How cool is that?

Because this song was a cozy listen, the matching book will be a cozy read. It is none other than…

Anne of the Island

Anne of the Island (Anne Shirley Series #3) - Kindle edition by ...

This book is the ultimate comfort read and so cozy! Yes, I know I said that already. Anne is simply my favorite literary heroine (that I didn’t write…I love Ellie Sage and Abby Gens — from Spacia — too much) and she is so much fun to read about. The banter with Stella, Pris, and Phil! The friendship turning into love with Gilbert! The amazing college atmosphere! I felt content and happy while reading most of this book. But oh my *spoilers ahead* I got CHILLS when Gilbert was dying. Literally — chills raced up my arms and I was shuddering with fright. Then when it was over and he and Anne were in Hester Gray’s garden…during that last scene, I was like FINALLY.

The vibes of this song are quite different from “cardigan”, and the vocals are more down-to-earth, despite the lilting instruments in the background. A pretty fascinating combination…and an even more fascinating book is :

The Three Body Problem

Amazon.com: The Three-Body Problem (9780765382030): Liu, Cixin ...

Me when I finished : That. Was. EPIC.

Everything in this book : the character, the world, and the plot. PERFECTION.

I can’t stress enough how genius this book is. Especially the section when Trisolaris is launching the sophons. My eyes were b u g g i n g out and my fingers were flipping the pages so fast, and I had to laugh when they unfolded the proton into one dimension and three dimensions before they finally were able to unfold in two dimensions.

Plus, the lyrical prose of this book is so beautiful and so clear. Kudos to translator Ken Liu!

The fate of the entire human race was now tied to these slender fingers.

A woman should be like water, able to flow over and around anything.

The profoundness and lyricalness of it all!

This is a sorrowful song that just echoes — if that makes sense. Now, I know my book choice for this prompt is probably not popular but I have really strong reasons for why.

Thunderhead

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe): 9781534417861: Amazon.com: Books

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Scythe. I really did. I thought it did an excellent job at world building and character dynamics. The plot was a little slow, but that can happen sometimes with the first book in a series. I had high hopes for the second book, Thunderhead.

It turned out a disappointment. Why? The author did not give me characters to root for. In fact, I was annoyed during the majority of the novel because I did not connect with the characters at all. The world building wasn’t built upon. The ending made sense, but the build up wasn’t great.

Please respect my opinion, and I will respect yours!

This is also a somber song that is just haunting. Beautiful title, too. Hm. Choosing a book that made me cry is actually really hard. It is so easy for me to sob through a TV show or movie (Langya Bang, ahem) but with books, I’m relatively calm. However, I will say…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Amazon.com: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix eBook ...

I read this when I was in third grade. Okay, *major spoilers ahead*. I had just finished reading Sirius Black’s death scene during class, as we had time to read. Then the teacher took us all outside for fresh air. As I was walking, it seemed that everything looked so gray — the cloud and skies — and reflected my mood. Does that count?

Wow this song is so touching! Full of hope and wistfulness. I think if wistfulness was a flower, it would be a dandelion, with all the seeds floating away in the breeze…

For the matching books…er…if I say all three Spacia books, does that count? After all, they’re my very own novels, my wonderful literary creations. I mean…all authors write, not only for other people, but for themselves.

Okay, the covers and collage are mine 😀

“seven” is just so pretty! the goldenness of childhood 😀 What book can capture that essence (for me)?

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

I just really enjoyed this book. I think it’s my favorite Penderwick from the series? It’s always so much fun to read about sisterhood — the Penderwicks and the Marches in particular 😀 The book is infused with Penderwick actions, banter, and personality, making the words shine and dance along with the cover!

In this song, lyrics build up with emotion, reach a clinging peak, and slowly, tenderly decline. Beautiful. The summer book that did this for me was :

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Amazon.com: MightyPrint Harry Potter (Book Cover - Deathly Hallows ...

I think this is one of the best Harry Potter books 😀 the hunt for the Horcruxes is full of desperation, frustration, and struggling determination — all hefty emotions. That clinging peak — that suspenseful moment — that turning point when Harry and Voldemort face off in the Great Hall — perfection. Then things start to melt into Harry’s life after Hogwarts, and we just want to scream about how exciting it is that a new generation of Potters are on their way.

The lyrics descend, becoming ever more dejected and despairing, before it slopes up and becomes more hopeful. The book that captures this is :

Out of My Mind

Amazon.com: Out of My Mind eBook: Draper, Sharon M.: Kindle Store

The book was just so sad. I felt so sorry for Melanie, was furious at the way she was treated by some of her particularly snobbish classmates, and *spoilers ahead* when they left for the trivia competition at Washington, D.C. without her, I was screaming internally. Things keep getting better or worse in this book, and it ends on a really sorrowful note. Such an impactful read…

This is one of my favorites from folklore! It’s just so comforting and more cheerful than many of the other songs. It just seems full of rainbows 😀

The book that came into my life at the exact right time…I have got to say that the honor goes to :

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice: Austen, J.: 9780141330167: Amazon.com: Books
Isn’t this cover so PRETTY?!

I have loved this book ever since I read it. I know it almost by heart. I’ve even watched the BBC TV show and a Pride and Prejudice musical.

If you stay tuned, there will be more Pride and Prejudice goodies 😀

I was quite young when I read the abridged version of Pride and Prejudice, and had read many other classics around the same age. I am grateful I did, for that early exposure to classics and this one in particular have helped to shape my perspective of the world.

Ooh…there are so many amazing female characters out there! Why do I have to choose only one?! But as I said earlier, my favorite literary heroine is Anne Shirley, and I especially loved her in Anne of the Island.

Anne of the Island (Anne Shirley Series #3) - Kindle edition by ...

A book that is haunting…that brings to mind the mystery genre almost immediately! One of my favorite mysteries is :

The Westing Game

The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics): Raskin, Ellen ...

The ending is just WOW. Yep, I commented on the ending first…lol. The plot was well paced and the cast of sixteen or so characters were fleshed out nicely. I guess that’s all I can say without spoiling (I know I spoiled some stuff earlier in this post, but I’ll stop now!).

Ha! I have several OTPs but I’m just going to go with Wolflet — Scarlet and Ze’ev (Wolf) from Scarlet.

Scarlet

Amazon.com: Scarlet (8601420087804): Marissa Meyer: Books
I mean, would you look at that cloak? Beautiful shading and angle!

I love Wolflet so much! Because it’s hard to express it in my own words, here is my favorite quote from this OTP.

You’ll always be the only one.

AHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!! *total fangirling*

Is it just me, or are my responses getting shorter and shorter? *oops*

‘peace’ is like a river — it seems calm but beneath the surface, there’s something pulsing…pulsing so much it’s as if it’s desperately struggling to get out.

That inner turmoil can make amazing characters.

But…so far, I just haven’t found that character that really clicks. Even characters I love so much — I don’t think I’d die for them.

This is the last song on folklore and one of my favorites from the album! It’s just so lovely. The lyrics were so well written and cascaded into each other perfectly. I got these really chill vibes — it’s as if she’s recounted this story so many times that the sting has gone out of it. It had a hollow tone to it…and was really quite peaceful.

Sigh…a book that I thought I was going to love but didn’t :

Thunderhead

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe): 9781534417861: Amazon.com: Books

For all reasons aforementioned.

We have reached the end of the tag! Thank you so much for staying with me! I really enjoyed doing this — a big thanks again to the creative Ilsa and of course, Taylor Swift, for being such an amazing artist!

16 Comments

  1. omg i love folklore so so much 😭😭😭 cardigan is such a whimsical and beautiful song, and it’s definitely one of my favorites too! i’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy thunderhead, i remember liking it but it still wasn’t as good as scythe haha.

    ahh hearing you talk about out of my mind just filled me with nostalgia because it was one of my favorites from a while ago! it truly was such an impactful read. i love wolflet too, ‘you’ll always be the only one’ makes me 🥺❤️ every time lol. and you’re so right that hoax has a sort of hollow tone to it!

    i loved reading your answers to this 💖

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    1. Thank you so much Ash! No need to say sorry, at least Scythe was great 😀 Ooh I didn’t know you read Out of my Mind! I agree, it’s so touching, like Wonder. Haha TLC fangirling *reminisces* Yes, hoax is so amazing! The funny thing is, while I was listening to the song, I didn’t know when she said ‘hoax’ until I saw your post 😂

      Reading responses to the folklore book tag is amazing! There was one from last year called the Pancakes Book Tag and I wish I’d known about blogging then because I’d have done it within two shakes of a lamb’s tail 😀

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  2. I loved folklore….it was such a pleasant surprise…..Taylor Swift single handedly saved 2020….I can’t wait to do this tag myself after seeing sooo many amazing folklore tag post coming out….and al the books you have chosen match the prompts perfectly…I think my fav song is cardigan it is just beautiful 💖🥺

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    1. I know right?! The album is amazing and the songs are so good 😀 Yes, I’d love to see your book choices for this tag!!!! Aww I’m glad you liked my choices. I agree, cardigan is its own aesthetic. I also really like invisible string and hoax.

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    1. Aw thank you! Yes, Anne Shirley is all of those things and such a great role model 😀 Wow I actually didn’t think of that, but she definitely is an unconventional person (in a good way)! Like, she was the first Avonlea girl to go to college (Gilbert’s words lol) and she wrote some fancy pieces that made their way into literary magazines. Plus, she was able to balance work and family, though more family later on, and she did a great job doing it!

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