books + Taylor Swift + friendship!! // The Wonderstruck Book Tag

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I have been in love with Taylor Swift since her debut album was released and titled “Taylor Swift” and I thought it the coolest shit TO EVER BE.

I’ll always be a fan of Taylor, even if I still haven’t listened to Reputation.

Or 1989. Or the other one.

sdkjfh it turns out i’m a fake fan and it’s extremely disappointing

But Olivia has blessed our lives with this amazing tag??????? I JUST LOVE OLIVIA AND WHAT AN HONOR TO BE TAGGED ❤


  • Link back to the creator
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post. 🙂
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

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No One Here Is Lonely by Sarah Everett

This book broke my heart because it wasn’t enjoyable at all and I was DEVASTATED. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2019?????

But sadly a slow mindless plot, lifeless characters, and annoying tropes.

I gave it 1 star. That’s how intense the distaste truly was.


No One Here Is Lonely

3 Bouquet

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

This book simply *does not* get enough credit + overall fandom. It’s SUCH A GOOD BOOK????

It’s about best friends and confused jealousy and MY ONE TRUE LOVE, Finny.

I think about this book on a daily basis and I relate to Fin and his wholesome energy. he is a comfort character for my very soul.

A Separate Peace

3 Bouquet


The Foxhole Court (All For The Game series) by Nora Sakavic

Raise your hand if you seen this coming. I know I certainly did.

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IT WOULD BE SUCH A GOOD NETFLIX ORIGINAL????? Dramatic sports! The Japanese mafia! Neil’s dad is a the “Butcher of Baltimore” because he stabs people!

I ask you: What tf more can we possibly want? as human beings? 

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)

3 Bouquet


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This was such a quiet, beautiful audiobook. But even if the story was bad,,,,I would have bought this just for the cover, to display its beauty.

+So many people think this is a sad story??? But I found it to be soothing and hopeful. it’s like, when you’ve just finished crying and you feel vastly calm.

Because you’re at the bottom and there’s nowhere to go but up?

That’s the tone of this entire book.

We Are Okay

3 Bouquet


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Yes, the ending to this story was awful. I honestly have no idea what the author was thinking. Things take a WEIRD ass turn. But you know what, I still love Hazel and Josh eternally, Hazel is SUNSHINE and Josh is her best friend.

He calls her “my Hazel” in the most wholesome, loving way and IT DESTROYS ME. i’m still clutching my heart to this day.

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

3 Bouquet

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I loved reading as a kid and I had this giant SHELF in my basement (it was a cozy basement that used to be someone’s small business barber shop. It was pretty /darn/ cool).

It was filled with gems such as Charlie. I think this may have been my favorite? I remember taking my copy out to the front yard and lounging in the grass and being generally adorable + nerdy.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

3 Bouquet


You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman 


a huge part of my personality is being anxious about school + living up to *perfect* expectations that I put on myself + that other people expect at this point. It’s exhausting.

also this book features Jewish culture, and even though I’m not Jewish myself I think the religion is so beautiful? so when the protagonist was Jewish, I was thrilled

Also, I did a nine-week project on Judaism so I was getting all the references and feeling v proud of myself

You Asked for Perfect

3 Bouquet


Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

This book was published in 2008 when I was just a smol FLUFFY child, and since it’s been adored by quadrillions of people. So it deserves to be called a classic. also I love it and my opinions are consistently great. and……………. c l a s s y

Words will never be able to be able to describe my love and UNENDING devotion to Katsa and Prince Po. holy shit. it’s so extreme.

Everyone needs to read this book, do it for yourself. i love you and you deserve the nourishment that is Graceling.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

3 Bouquet


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

There is nothing I emotionally relate to more than a monogamous, gay relationship. or an all-consuming intimate friendship. And here we have it, all in one. One of my favorite love stories forever.

And I’m talking about it 6 months after reading, because I’m FINALLY ready to string my feelings into sentences.

Achilles and Pat love one another more than anything in the world???? Pat loves him SO MUCH. AND THAT ENDING?

*takes a moment to step back and dab away the tears*

The Song of Achilles

3 Bouquet


Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

I’m only 30% into this book, and the female friendship has already claimed my very soul. IT’S SO INTENSE AND BEAUTIFUL?

I love this book so f’ing much. There is a close friendship! between girls!

so clearly I was helpless.

I had no choice in the matter.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

3 Bouquet


The Wicker King by K Ancrum

Disclaimer* I don’t /////hate///// the (kind of) sequel, The Weight of the Stars.

It just wasn’t as good as book 1, even though it’s still inherently cool. And lesbian! AND IS ABOUT SPACE!

But the Wicker King will always be special because I ship Jack and August so much.

And in the sequel we get to see them again, but now they’re in a polyamorous relationship with their friend from book 1, Rina. they’re v sweet and loving.  & as an ally to poly people, I was PROUD AND HAPPY.

AND I JUST WANT ALL MY POLY FRIENDS (and Nicholas Scratch from Sabrina) TO READ AND ENJOY THIS SERIES, bc I feel like rep is kind of rare

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wow what a journey, i’ve both rekindled my love of Taylor Swift AND ranted about books????

I tag::: Becca @ Bookishly Rebecca , Nimika @ wordhaven , Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall , Kay @ Hammock of Books



54 thoughts on “books + Taylor Swift + friendship!! // The Wonderstruck Book Tag

  1. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews says:

    yes for charlie and the chocolate factory! that book gives me all the return to childhood feels (and “never grow up” ruins me every time i listen to it). ALSO i’m so so sad to see that one of your most anticipated for the year let you down so hard? it ended up a one star, like, no reader deserves that 😥

    and last but not least the formatting on this post is honestly ALL THE GOALS.

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  2. Marie says:

    Loved your answers, this is such a great tag and I love Taylor Swift just as well! ❤ I agree about the cover of We Are Okay, it looks SO stunning I just want to stare at it all day long haha.

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  3. Sieran Lane says:

    Wow what a great idea to make a tag with Taylor Swift songs!! I would like to do an alternate one, with the (few) songs I know, haha.

    I’m most curious about The Song of Achilles. 😄 Thanks for all the recs!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OH DEAR GOD, SIERAN!!!!!!! YOU NEED TO READ “the song of achilles” IMMEDIATELY!

      it was such a beautiful, EMOTIONAL gay romance. one of the best i’ve ever read. you will love Achilles and Patroclus so much, and I would love to read your review on it bc your reviews are v insightful,,,,,,,and I still haven’t stopped crying over that gorgeous book

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  4. Nimika @ wordhaven says:

    um excuse me, hi, did you just tag me to talk about taylor swift, my actual singalong idol, and bOOKS?? i’m blessed. what did i do to deserve you. :’)

    1). forever hypothetically flinging tfc at the heads of every director out there
    2). we are okay has the most GORGEOUS cover truly and i’d buy that book just for the show, no joke. also, i completely agree that instead of being sad, it’s just really soft and hopeful??
    3). shake it off is SUCH a josh & hazel song, i’m so proud of your choice. i loved that book so much despite that weird ending altho i really wish it wasn’t there lol
    4). cannot wait for you asked for perfect to be released, i’m stARVING
    5). i still haven’t read graceling which is a SHAME i need to redeem myself
    6). still crying over the wicker king, when will the abuse stop

    ❤ thanks for the tag, i'm in the process of making friendship bracelets for you, bye

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  5. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    AHHHH TYSM FOR THE TAG! Confession time! I was the BIGGEST Taylor Swift fan on the planet when I was a smol (well, *smoller*) child. I still have all the songs in her first four albums memorized. 😂 I don’t listen to her music now BUT SHE HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART!

    So many books on my tbr here! Graceling and We Are Okay are at the top of that pile! 💕

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  6. thebookishskies says:

    This tag really is the best, and the huge Taylor Swift fan inside me couldn’t be happier about it. Though she’s also very hurt that you haven’t listened to her most recent work 😦
    I actually didn’t know The Weight of Stars was a sequel to The Wicker King??? I thought it was just another standalone by the same author, and I was not aware that Jack & August show up for this one as well. I don’t know whether to feel excited about it or not, though. I loved the first book and K. Ancrum’s writing style really worked for me, but this one’s premise just didn’t capture my attention as much. And I’m also not the biggest fan of the cover, which is a big deal for me, lol.
    Great answers, Malanie! (pls listen to 1989 but dont hate me if you dont like it!!!!!)

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      i knowwwww i feel so upset w myself for not investing more energy into Taylor bc she deserves LOVE and i miss her

      + i had no idea The Weight of the Stars was a sequel either??? i guess it’s not *technically* a sequel but it features August, Jack, and Rina again + takes place in the same town, so to me it’s just like, okay this is the Universe Continuing. c: c: c:

      also i agree titles are so important !!!! sometimes i refuse to read a book for the cover, i can’t help it, i need gorgeousness sometimes

      ++++ tysm ❤ ❤ ❤

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  7. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great answers for this tag Malanie! 🙂 ❤️ I definitely guessed I’d be seeing The Foxhole Court on this post somewhere, but I would LOVE to see a film or TV adaptation for it. How amazing would that be?! Also I just finished You Asked for Perfect myself last week and oh my god Ariel was a character I so related too, I actually felt a little stressed myself reading it, and it really did remind me of high school and sixth form preparing for university. Plus I thought the Jewish representation was really well written. It was such a big part of Ariel’s life which was great to see in a book like this.
    Great post, and great answers for this tag too. 🙂 ❤️

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ahh tysm Beth! i wish Netflix would see the potential for TFC, it would THRILLING and diverse and overall just a great thing to watch. there’s romance + sports! + SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ❤

      +++ AHH I AM SO HAPPY U LOVED "YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT!!" i fell so much in love with Ariel oh god, he was always so stressed out???? I UNDERSTOOD HIM.

      + there is nothing i want more than a bowl of his mom's matzo ball soup XD i need to find a restaurant (or attempt to make it, but i'll probably fail horribly skdjf)

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        That’s all right. 🙂 Same here, I think it would make a great TV show because there’s so much happening. There wouldn’t be a dull moment.
        Maybe one day, we can hope right?!
        I’d say try and find a restaurant first, I never try making something that’s described in a book as perfect. My cooking isn’t that good. 🙂

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  8. Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice says:

    such a WONDERFUL post, malanie!! i’m so freaking excited to read you asked for perfect, because i’m very ready to relate so much to ariel. “a huge part of my personality is being anxious about school + living up to *perfect* expectations that I put on myself” omg I RELATE TO THAT SO BADLY :’) ❤️

    and yesss TSOA 😭😭 i love that patroclus + achilles so much and will never get over the ending 💔

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  9. Julianna @ Paper Blots says:

    omg I had no idea that the sequel to The Wicker King featured a polyam relationship!!! what!!! THAT’S ACTUALLY AMAZING. alsoooo, I totally agree with you about You Asked for Perfect! It just totally and completely reflected myself relating to academic pressure, ahhh. And I really want to read We Are Okay! I want to try out Nina LaCour’s books.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      LSDKJF I AGREE SM,, bc i’ve never read rep for it & no one ever talks about it?? & now i want to read more aro & ace books bc i’ve barely read that rep ///in conclusion i just want to read all the books///

      + i was v nervous to read Nina LaCour bc i didn’t like the one she wrote w David Levithan,,,but “We Are Okay” was SO SOFT c: c:

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  10. Olivia @ Purely Olivia says:

    HI, MALANIE, I LOVE YOU AND I AM FANGIRLING OVER THE FACT THAT YOU DID MY TAG. No for real, you don’t know my excitement, thank you SO much?!?💓💓There is a lot of squealing and smiling going on for me right now. XD

    I adored reading this post! I realllly want to read the Foxhole Court, I feel ashamed I haven’t yet. *bows head* But I SHALL, I promise. Also, I want to read We Are Okay, because I’ve loved so many other Nina LaCour books!

    Oh my gosh, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was also my childhood. (Although it kind of took an odd twist when Willy Wonka turned evil? I never saw that coming) But all the descriptions of candy, I loved it too much.

    Thank you again for doing this, you’re the dearest friend and your support means everything to me! *screams again* (Also, hush, no such thing as a fake Taylor fan! Also can we admire how you mentioned that her first album was called Taylor Swift, because honestly, I love that too.)

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    • malanielovesfiction says:


      *feels emotions* if u love The Foxhole Court my life will actually turn into a rainbow of happiness

      + i completely forgot about Willy Wonka being evil!! but i just googled it and GOSH THE THEORIES ABOUT HIMMMM???? HE WAS A MADMAN. poor innocent charlie :'c

      also ilysm ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      lollllll this is true, honestly someone needs to take away my tfc privileges XD

      + sdkfjsl i’m so happy u love You Asked For Perfect, when I read it, i hoped w my entire heart that other people woudl love it as much as i did and MY WISH IS FULFILLED ❤

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  11. Rebecca @bookishlyrebecca says:

    We ARE THE SAME PERSON. I liked her debut album but not as much as the rest of her music like???

    Anyways, thank you for tagging me!!!!!! I can’t wait to do this and use those graphics because they are beautiful ❤ ❤ Also I need to read the Foxhole Court this year because it's your fave and also SPORTS which is my fave!

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  12. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, I love this tag so much! And it reminds me how much I need to read The Wicker king and The Foxhole Court. jklsd, I adore Taylor Swift and everything about this tag, now I’m going to have Gorgeous stuck in my head.

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