Friday, 26 June 2015

Taylor Swift Book Tag

We may be jumping on the bandwagon a little late with this one, but Katytastic did a Taylor Swift Book Tag (find it here) and we thought we'd give it a go.

 1) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Ann: I picked Divergent by Veronica Roth, or more accurately Allegiant. No spoilers but if you've read it you probably know why.
Clare: I was going to go for that but I so knew Ann would get there so, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I went through a totally obsessed stage where I loved it. And then I tried to re-read it. Which was pretty much the death of that relationship.

2) Red: pick a book with a red cover.

Ann: I picked Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud, an author that I love. The first book of his I read was The Screaming Staircase and I ended up reading more of his books.
Clare: I'm gonna pick a recent one and go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Love. Love. Love this book. Possibly my book of the year so far.

3) The Best Day: pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

Ann: The obvious choice is Harry Potter and since I can't think of anything else right now that's what I'll go with.
Clare: Just to be different (although my true answer is probably Harry Potter again) I'm going to say The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye. I loved that book so much when I was younger and it still makes me smile.

4) Love Story: pick a book with forbidden love.

Ann: I picked Delirium for this one, because in that world love is against the law.
Clare: Hello, pretty much every ya novel. I was going to say Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. Actually I'm still going with that one, it's a really complicated thing and I don't want to over simplify it, but their love is definitely forbidden. With a capital F.

5) I Knew You Were Trouble: pick a book with a bad character you couldn't help but love.

Ann: I know I always pick Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments for any question like this, but I am picking him again.
Clare: Oh god. I'm a sucker for bad characters. And morally grey characters. I can't pick Warner (Shatter Me) every time, much as I might want to. So... Anise from Winterspell by Claire LeGrand. There were so many things I loved about this book, but for a moment there I totally rooted for Anise. Which considering everything she does is either a testament to how well written her character is, or a statement on my insanity. Or both.

6) Innocent: pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Ann: For this one I picked Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter which my friends all read and then kept on talking about around me so they ruined it a bit.
Clare: I am sooo careful with spoilers, I didn't read Allegiant as soon as it came out and avoiding spoilers for that was a struggle. But I managed it. I did kinda ruin Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier for myself accidentally which totally interfered with the suspense element.

7) Everything Has Changed: pick a character who goes through extensive character development.

Ann: I picked Meghan Chase from The Iron Fey series because she goes through a pretty huge change.
Clare: The main character in New Girl by Paige Harbison, or actually any main character in her books she does character development so very well.

8) You Belong With Me: pick your most anticipated book release.

Ann: I don't really pre-order books (I'm only 14) but I am excited for Zoe Sugg's second book which doesn't have a title yet.
Clare: My pre-order's are completely out of control. Especially October. Good God October. And it is one of October's releases I am most excited about and that's Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This book is like an actual answer to my prayers. I need it.

9) Forever and Always: pick your favourite book couple.

Ann: So I don't pick the same ones as Clare, I will pick Penny and Noah from Girl Online by Zoe Sugg.
Clare: I am incapable of choosing so, Four and Tris from Divergent AND Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. Obviously very different couples. I love how Four and Tris are kind of independently together, they don't rely on each other, they're fine on their own they're just better together. And with Katniss and Peeta - I remember when I first read the books I was SO STRESSED that she'd pick Gale. They just work so well. Rambling over. Sorry.

10) Come Back Be Here: pick the book you would least like to lend out for fear of missing it too much.

Ann: The Magyk series by Angie Sage. I love it so much.
Clare: OK, so I have a specific hardback signed copy of TFIOS by John Green, which is obviously never leaving me. But I have 3 other copies which I happily lend out. I love lending books, which is an odd thing to say when I consistently lose books this way and I am so stressed but there are some books I just want to shove at everyone.

11) Teardrops on My Guitar: pick a book that made you cry a lot.

Ann: I don't cry at many books but I did cry at Allegiant by Veronica Roth. One of the few books to ever make me cry.
Clare: I cry at all the books. I'm not even kidding. I just read a chick-lit book with zero sad moments and I cried because the ending was so happy. I'm hopeless. I agree with Allegiant it's the first, and hopefully last, time I have hit a book against the wall whilst sobbing. I was a fairly non-crying child and the first book that really made me cry was A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens when I was a fair way through my teens, so I'll go with that.

12) Shake It Off: pick a book that you love so much, you just shake off the haters.

Ann: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, none of my friends like it but I really love it.
Clare: I don't usually mind whether people love the books I love, but I have definitely guilty pleasure books. I am probably not supposed to pick a genre for this, but in the interest of laziness - regency romance. The ridiculous over the top clearly historically inaccurate type. You can tell me as much as you like that it's rubbish but sometimes I just want a guaranteed happy ending. I don't care if it makes me look silly.



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