OMG This Song Book Tag

So I said I would be posting a book tag every Friday…it’s technically 2:45am on Saturday. Ughhhh I suck at blogging, ok? That’s the lesson of today’s post. And every post for the rest of my life lol. But it turns out that deciding which of the 50 million book tags out there to do is kind of difficult. But I eventually settled on this one (created by Katie Wismer on youtube), because it combines my two favourite things in the world: books and music. I have no idea if any of you will know/like any of my songs, but hopefully you’ll all at least get some good book recommendations out of this (and maybe some music recommendations if we have similar tastes). So, without further ado, these are the questions:

My Jam
A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book you’ll never get sick of.

Fallout by Catfish and the Bottlemen would be the song I have to listen to every time it comes on. Seriously, I’ve heard this song probably more than every other song to have ever been written, but I still can never bring myself to skip it. Though, to be fair, I’m the same way with EVERY Catfish and the Bottlemen song (if you’ve never heard their music, check them out, you won’t regret it!).

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As for a book I will never get sick of, well, I don’t think any of you’ll be surprised to hear that The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare would be my answer. My love for this entire series is eternal. Like, ok, I only read them for the first time at the end of 2015, so I’ve only loved them for 3 years. It kind of sounds like a lot to me, but I know that, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not actually that long. But I can’t imagine ever getting sick of these books, no matter how long it’s been since I first read them, or how old I get. The series just means so much to me, that, no matter what, I can’t ever see myself loving them any less.

Throwback
A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life and a book that you read that you wouldn’t like if you read now.

The cringiest time in my life was probably, I don’t know, the last nearly-18 years? Nah, despite how cringey I am on a daily basis, nothing will ever compare to me at 12 years old. Holy shit. I don’t even want to think about it. As for a song that reminds me of that time: Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy that song now, but some of the memories I have attached to it make me cringe into oblivion.

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This is probably a bit of a cop-out answer, but a book I read a few years back, but probably wouldn’t enjoy now, is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. I say that, because I read Throne of Glass a few years back, and then reread it last year, and didn’t like it the second time around. I’m planning on rereading this book some time this year, though, so I guess I’ll find out for sure then if I actually would like this book now.

Replay
A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favourite book.

Ok, so I’m going to answer with two songs for this question, because I’m not sure if ‘recent’ is supposed to mean a new release or a song that I only just found. So a new release that I’ve been listening to non-stop recently is Longshot by Catfish and the Bottlemen (yes, I’m answering with another song by them; they’re my favourite band and they’ve finally released a new single after almost 3 years of nothing, sue me). As for a song I only just discovered that I’ve literally had on repeat for the past three days: Bonfires by Saint Raymond. I’m actually obsessed with this song right now, it’s so good.

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Since I answered the music question with two songs, I’m going to answer the bookish question with two books. So, my most recent read was Queen of Air and Darkness by Her Majesty Cassandra Clare, and because I am complete trash for anything set in the Shadowhunter world, it was automatically a new favourite for me. A couple months ago, though, I read Alice Oseman’s graphic novel Heartstopper (which follows two characters from her book Solitaire (which I haven’t read yet lmao)), and I absolutely adored it. I have since been obsessively following the web-comic, and am in desperate need for more of my smol gay boys.

Gets Me
A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form.

Oh fun, as if I hadn’t bloody spoken about my depression enough on this blog. But seriously, one of my favourite songs is Out of my Head by The Wombats. It’s essentially about wanting to escape the madness of your brain because you’re trapped in your own thought spirals and missing out on life. Which, like, is pretty much me (thanks depression, really appreciate it). It also explores the isolation you feel when you’re constantly overthinking, and the desperation to stop, even though, no matter how hard you try, the thoughts just keep coming and coming, until you’re lost in them. Yay, fun, love the positivity on this blog. Let’s move on, shall we?

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Ummm, so, I have related to many books and characters in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I feel has completely 100% encapsulated me? So this question was kind of difficult to answer. And thus, in typical me fashion, I have decided to answer this question with two books. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia follows a girl who struggles with anxiety, has created an online presence based around a book she loves, is a dedicated sister to her little brothers, and only has online friends because everyone at her school sucks. And, well, same. But Eliza as a person is very different to me, which is where The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater comes in, because Adam Parrish and I have the exact same personality, to the point where it kind of freaks me out slightly? I’m not going to go into, because we’d be here all day, but I talk about it briefly in my Favourite Books post if you’re interested in some specifics.

WUT
A weird song that you liked anyway and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason.

Yeah, I have no idea. Like, what’s considered weird? I guess I’ll just go with Aliens by Emilie Adams for this one. The song itself isn’t weird, but it is kind of weird to me how much I love it, considering how different it is to the songs I typically listen to. But even then, it’s not like it’s super far off my usual taste; it’s not like I usually listen to classical music but have one rap song that I’m obsessed with. I’m typically into alternative/indie rock music and the occasional pop rock song, and Emilie Adams’ music is indie electro-pop. But, still, it’s probably the most different song on my playlist, so I’m just going to go with it.

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart was the first book that came to mind when thinking about unique books that stuck out to me. This book has such a low average rating on goodreads (3.35!), and, whilst I get why this book isn’t for everyone, I really do think this is one of the best books I read last year. It’s definitely unique, as the story is told in reverse-chronological order and follows an unreliable narrator, both of which were elements of this book that I loved. I found the protagonist to be so interesting to read about, and this book has really stuck with me since I first read it a year ago. Definitely my favourite work of E. Lockhart so far, and I’m excited to see what she comes out with next.

Let’s Go
Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you.

Escapade by The Sherlocks is probably my current pump up song. It’s fast-paced, guitar-heavy, and just really fun. I love to listen to it before anything that makes me nervous, or just when I’m having a rough song and need to head-bang my stress out. The lyrics are just fun and simple, which is perfect for a good pump-up song, because I really don’t want to have an existential crisis brought on by deep-arse song lyrics when I’m trying pump myself up. And I also just really like the song in general, and who doesn’t want to listen to a song they enjoy when they need to be cheered up?

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As for a book that inspires me…I’m sorry ok, my mental illness is a big part of my life, and I feel like a broken record talking about it over and over again, but oh well, it’s my blog lol. So yeah, Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall follows a protagonist who suffers from agoraphobia, OCD, anxiety, and self harm. I, personally, have been dealing with GAD and MDD for years now, and have had previous experience with self harming, so seeing Norah’s struggles with her mental health, and reading about her starting to overcome them was just very inspiring to me.

Chill
Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day

Without a doubt, the chillest song on my playlist right now is No Pressure by The Kooks. I mean, it’s literally called No Pressure: how could it not be chill af? It’s one of those songs that just makes me want to sway. And Luke’s (the vocalist’s) voice is so soothing that I’m always instantly more relaxed after hearing this song.

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As for a book I’d curl up with on a rainy day? Well, how could I not pick Strange the Dreamer? It’s so incredibly atmospheric that after a few minutes of reading it, I wouldn’t even know it was raining because I’d have been transported to Weep. This book is also very whimsical, and has such gorgeous and lyrical writing, so it’s actually very relaxing to read, because I always feel like my troubles just disappear whenever I dive back into the magic of this book and it’s story. Plus, how could you not instantly forget about your troubles in the presence of Lazlo, the world’s greatest dreamer? He’s such a precious optimist that he almost makes me forget my cynical nature and hatred of the world. Plus, I just really love this book, and I’m sure we all know how relaxing it is to curl up with a book you truly love.

Addicting
A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love.

So, I don’t really have any guilty pleasure songs? Like, I don’t really feel guilty about any of the music I listen to, and I’m not sure if any of the songs I like are songs that I’m supposed to feel guilty about enjoying? So I’m going to go with Eternal Flame by The Bangles for this question, because my mum and I have proper jam sessions to this song, with hand movements and facial expressions and everything, and it’s probably embarrassing to watch lmao.

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I wouldn’t say that Kasie West’s books are ‘trashy’, but they are light, fun, and fluffy romances that are absolute lifesavers when I’m in a reading slump. I’ve enjoyed some of her books more than others, but overall, I always seem to find myself grinning like an idiot whenever I’m reading one of her novels, despite the fact that I’m not usually into fluffy romances. By Your Side, P.S. I Like You, and On the Fence are my three favourites by her, so if you’ve never checked out her works, and are looking for some fun YA romance stories, I would definitely recommend them.

Nostalgia
A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were little.

Human by The Killers. My dad loved this song when I was little, and he would always play it whenever my brothers and I would help him out in the garden or assist him in building our “treehouse” (we didn’t have a tree that was suited to building a treehouse in, so we built it next to a tree (because that’s totally the same thing, right?)). It’s one of those songs that I haven’t heard in forever, but still know all the lyrics to. And whilst I don’t have any specific memories attached to it, it was pretty much constantly played throughout my childhood, and so listening to it always brings back that carefree happiness of playing in sprinklers and having wrestling matches on my parents’ bed.

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Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace, as well as the rest of the Jennifer Scales series by MaryJanice Davidson and her Husband, Anthony Alongi, was pretty much the book of my childhood. I have literally read it 5 times. My first ever book boyfriend was Skip Wilson. I mean, come on, what kid wouldn’t fall in love with a series about a girl who literally turns into a dragon every crescent moon? I think I was 10 or 11 the first time I read this series, which was given to me by my mum, and it has pretty much been one of my favourites ever since, so it low key devastates me that no one has read it. Seriously, all of you, go read this series. I swear it will be worth it. It’s so good, and so underrated, and I really need someone other than my mum to talk about it with 😛

But yeah, that’s all the questions in this tag (holy fuck that took so much longer than I expected). Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned, and I’d love to hear what kind of music you all listen to. Also, if you’d all like to congratulate me on finally figuring out how to put pictures in my blog posts, that would be much appreciated, because I am 100% in need of a self esteem boost after realising how fucking simple it actually is lmao. But yeah, still feel awkward ending these, so bye, I guess?

-Laura Herondale

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