the folklore book tag (original)

So if you follow me on twitter then you’ll know that I am having a breakdown over Taylor’s new surprise album, Folklore. 

Did i get up at 5am to listen to it as soon as it was released? Yes.
Have I been reading lyrics and listening to the album on repeat ever since? Yes.
Do I have a mental breakdown just thinking about cardigan? YES.

I’ve only heard cardigan twice just because it makes me WAY too emotional and its a lot for me to handle. I could rant forever about how much I love this album! The cottage core vibes! The production! The lyrics! The dark atmospheric feels! The cardigan music video! The aesthetics! 

So I decided to make a tag for Taylor’s new surprise album and here it is!

RULES

  • 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 tagged you and link to their post.

The 1 is one of my favourite songs on folklore and it is essentially about a love that got away, and Taylor reminisces on how things could’ve been if she hadn’t messed up the relationship. It is an achingly sad song, filled with regret and longing, while also being beautifully written. 

For the prompt, choose a book that had an ending that shocked or frustrated you. You could love or hate the ending but it either way you think about it a lot.

For this, I have to go with If We Were Villains…IT WAS SUCH A CRUEL OPEN ENDING and completely left up for interpretation and now i am eternally heartbroken and read it fix-it fanfiction to deal with the pain. M.L Rio is truly so evil for making me care so intensely about James and Oliver,,, I love them so much. 

[chants] favourite song favourite song favourite song favourite song. I can’t even begin to describe how much i love this song but god, its SO GOOD. and the music video. And the lyrics. And just EVERYTHING. 

I could’ve come up with many prompts with it but I went on one that felt a little personal. Cardigan fills me with a whirlwind of emotions and so pick a book that also makes you feel that way!

100% going with The Art of Feeling for this. This book made me FEEL ALL THE THINGS. One minute, I was sobbing my eyes out and the next I was smiling like an idiot because it was so cute! I haven’t talked about this much on my blog but ITS SUCH AN UNDERRATED BOOK AND I LOVE IT WHOLLY. Who knew a YA contemporary would have such a hold on me?

this is one of my lesser favourite songs but its still really good! I was struggling a bit for a prompt but i think the narrative in the lyrics are fricking AMAZING and i am in awe of the genius. So choose a book that made your mind just GO WOW at the amazing story telling.

All the bad apples was so perfectly told, the twists were artfully done and the way it was written just made me…so ANGRY for the characters and the injustices they faced. This was told in alternating perspectives between present day and past day and it was so MASTERFULLY done!! I am always in awe of this author’s work and will read anything she writes tbh. 

I feel like I’ve talked about this book so much but I genuinely didn’t undertand the point of this book and I WAS SO BORED THROUGHOUT.

Again, another favourite off the album. I love how this sounds. This prompt is more based on the title rather than the actual lyrics or message of the song.

Peter Pan is the most recent one. I have been crying at a lot of books lately but this one left me A SOBBING MESS. I was doing well throughout the whole book but the ending was so meaningful and bittersweet and I sat there at 1am not knowing what to do with myself. 

i’m fearful i’m repeating myself but this song is just so gorgeously written and sung i am in love with it. i feel like there are different interpretations for the song, but for me its about loving someone despite all the bad things in life and not caring what other people think. the lyric “But I’m still on my tallest tip-toes, Spinning in my highest heels, love, Shining just for you” gave me the idea for this prompt. What’s a book that you read and that just kinda stuck to your soul because it was everything you’ve ever wanted?

Honestly, JANDY NELSON BOOKS. Her writing just SPEAKS to my soul and is so beautiful. Like unfairly so? And HER CHARACTERS ARE MESSY AND STUPID but you love them anyways! For this I’ll go with The Sun is Also A Star which i need to re-read desperately. 

This song,,, is like my second favourite song off the album. It perfectly captures the innocence and beauty of childhood whilst also exploring the darker sides of being young and loving. (honestly i could’ve gone with a prompt relating to the best friends to lovers trope but i refrained haha) anyways this prompt is pretty self explanatory – choose a book that reminds you of your childhood!

Love, aubrey is a novel i read countless times as a kid and it also kinda gives me folklore vibe now that i think about it? This was actually the first book to make me cry!! And also how this song is about friendship and so is this book? YEAH.

Another favourite off the album, it’s so catchy but also sad and the lyrics are PERFECT. August for me, is a song about escaping into a summer where time doesn’t feel real with a person you love. At the time, it is magical and wonderful – but then it’s over and that summer feels like a cruel nightmare. 

For this prompt, you can choose a book that you read in summer, or a book that gives you all the summer feels. Bonus if its a summer book but also SAD.

Shatter me. I know this might not be what most people would pick for this and seems kinda random but the first time i read this series was in august on extremely hot days with all my curtains closed with a mug of water beside me. I remember just absolutely bingeing tis series over like, 3 days and it was the BEST experience and i will forever hold this reading experience in my heart.

This is me trying is a deeply sad song but also hopeful in many ways too. “And it’s hard to be at a party when I feel like an open wound” and “ I’ve been having a hard time adjusting, I had the shiniest wheels, now they’re rusting” are lyrics that inspired this prompt.

We are okay deals with depression in such a realistic way that I was honestly left speechless.  I know many people found this novel “boring” but i personally thought this was such a beautiful exploration of sadness and grief and friendships. I was genuinely in tears by the end of the book so,,, that’s saying something.

Do you listen to the bridge of illicit affairs to feel something or are you normal? I admit, i struggled a bit with a prompt for this but the lyrics “You showed me colors you know I can’t see with anyone else” and “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” reminded me of that feeling when you finish a great book and you try to read new books but you feel so unsatisfied because they just aren’t as good as your recent read. 

Am i going to give any other answer but You Deserve Each Other…*scratches face*…NO. I recently re-read this book and LET ME TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I TEARED UP. if you haven’t heard me wail about this before have you been living under a rock? ANYWAYS I LOVE NAOMI AND NICHOLAS.

Invisible string is not my favourite but it’s so gentle and soft! This prompt is very self explanatory haha. 

I could’ve answered Aristotle and Dante for SO many of these prompts but I saved it especially for this one. I still haven’t explained why this book means so much to me in full, and don’t think I ever will, but I think if I read it when I was younger I wouldn’t have loved it as much. I think I read this at literally the most perfect time!! Also, very excited for the sequel.

mad woman is such a bad-ass song!! That doesn’t mean the character you choose has to be super bad-ass and is amazing with a sword, you choose any female character you really love!

THIS IS A JUDE DUARTE SONG. Honestly, I think Jude is my favourite character EVER she’s just so fierce and cunning but also so deeply insecure about herself and her relationships and man,,, jude duarte hand in marriage please. 

Epiphany is a slow, beautiful, haunting song. For this, you can choose a book that gave you chills, that left you with a deep sense of unease after finishing. 

For this, I’m going with The Diviners because when I finished that audiobook…let’s just say after finishing, I did not have a good rest. This was superbly written (and narrated as well!) and I love this series so much.

you know, this was originally “a book with a sapphic romance that you loved” because even though I KNOW this is from a “male pov”, in my head james is taylor i won’t be convinced otherwise. also this song has grown on me SO MUCH I love the bridge! anyways this prompt is an opportunity to talk about your OTP!!

June and Sydney from The Truth About Keeping Secrets…this song is literally THEIR song. And they are the best couple. And sapphic rights!! The amount of yearning in this novel…intense, is all i’ll say.

Peace is such a BEAUTIFUL song (i say this about every song, i’m sorry) but I LOVE IT. it’s such a mellow song and for me, it is about doing anything to be with the person you love even though it might not be enough. There’s so much desperation and longing in this song…and I love it. 

I could go with Jude Duarte again…but I will instead go with Nina from Six of Crows because SHE. I love her!! I love her love for waffles. I love how unapologetic she is. I love how strong she is despite the pain she has been through. I love how loyal she is, through and through. I would die for her happily. 

 

I can’t believe we’re at the end of this! (Actually I can, this tag has taken me forever) the hoax is a wonderful song and so, choose a book that deceived you and ended up being a really disappointing book. I love ending this tag on such a sad note hahaha.

Wow…so many books. But I’ll go with Darius The Great Is Not Okay because from what I’d heard I thought it would be a new favourite but I rated it one star…so it clearly wasn’t. I found the narration frustrating and the story boring and unnecessary. 😦

you can use the graphics by copying and pasting them! however, if you just want to use the questions plan and simple here they are.

  1. the 1 // a book with an ending that left you speechless
  2. cardigan // a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
  3. the last great american dynasty // a book with a fascinating and well-told story
  4. exile // a book you wish you hadn’t read
  5. my tears ricochet // a book that made you cry uncontrollably 
  6. mirrorball // a book that feels like it was written just for you
  7. seven // a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic.
  8. august // a book that reminds you of summer
  9. this is me trying // a book that deals with loneliness & sadness 
  10. Illicit affairs // a book that gave you a book hangover
  11. invisible string // a book that came into your life at the exact right time
  12. mad woman // a book with a female character you adore.
  13. epiphany// a book that was haunting
  14. betty // a book couple that fills you with yearning
  15. peace // a book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
  16. hoax // a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t.

click here to see who i tagged!


Starry Sky Books
The Wordy Habitat 
Lala’s Book Reviews
Marshmallow Pudding
Endless Pages
Blossoms and Bullet Journals
Inside My Library Mind
Rosy Musings
The Book Mermaid
Bethany & Books
Ruby Rae Reads
Allonsythornraxx
Incessant Bookworm
Time of Our Lives
Struck by Stories
The Wordy Habitat
Ink & Myths
Book Lovers Blog
Life of A Literary Nerd
A Literary Latte
Hoard of Books
Moon Child Don’t Cry
Word Haven 
Paper Procastinators
Nerd Narration
With Love, Saoudia
El’s Book Reviews
Purely Olivia
Words With Wings

these are all the people who interacted with me about wanting to do this tag! But please if you want to do this tag, you are welcome to do it!! I’m excited to see all your responses.

Also, this is stolen from may but i also thought it would be nice to keep a record of everyone who does this tag! So, if you do this tag please comment on this post/pingback to me and I’ll add it here!!

  1. Marshmallow Harmonies
  2. With Love Saoudia
  3. The Wordy Habitat
  4. Word Haven
  5. Life of A Literary Nerd
  6. Rins Reads
  7. Purely Olivia
  8. BOOK LOVER’S BLOG
  9. Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad
  10. Pages of Achilles
  11. Nighting Fae
  12. Clemi’s Bookish World
  13. The Miss Charley
  14. The Book Worms Shelf 
  15. The Biblioshelf
  16. Comfort Reads
  17. The Infinite Book Case
  18. Bethany and Books
  19. The Orangutan Library
  20. YA on my mind 
  21. Bookishly Rebecca
  22. Ruby Rae Reads
  23. Lala’s Book Reviews

This genuinely took me hours so please appreciate all my hard work!! Have you listened to folklore? What are your favourite tracks? Let’s discuss!!

107 thoughts on “the folklore book tag (original)”

  1. ILSA I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS SDGFHGJHKJL 😭😭😭 oh my god i was so shocked when this album was released but i love it so much!!! cardigan is AMAZING I LOVE IT, you’re so right that it makes you feel happy and sad at the same time?? the music video is stunning and the cottagecore vibes are impeccable ❤ i definitely need to read the art of feeling now!!

    my tears ricochet is SO GOOD, but august is definitely my second favorite, the summery vibes are beautiful 🥺🥺 also epiphany is beautiful!!!! i’m definitely going to do this tag haha (i wish i had twitter so i could have seen your updates!!), i can’t wait! and can we just appreciate how fast you were with making this?? i love u 💖💖💖

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    1. AHSJHSJDHS IT TOOK ME THE WHOLE DAY AND NOW MY BACK HURTS AND I AM HUNGRY AND THIRSTY sorry it just took forever!! fjkdshfjhdj yes let’s freak out about cardigan it’s MY FAVOURITE and the video is SO MAGICAL AND PERFECT and ajhdjshfjb. yes im glad so many people loved august because !! WOW ITS SO GOOD. omg i can’t wait for you to do this tag ❤ ❤ I LOVE U TOO

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  2. Yes omg!! This is seriously amazing, and I love the graphics so so much!!! Thank you for making this, I can’t wait to answer these 🥰 Currently listening & crying over August bc Miss Taylor knows how to WRECK me. I’m so happy that you loved the album!! Will have to do this asap (: xx

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  3. I don’t listen to Taylor’s music but this tag is great!! Liked reading the questions and your answers to it. I really want to read If We Were Villains, You Deserve Each Other and We are Okay is on my tbr stack and probably, my next read. 😊💗

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  4. longer comment as promised!!!

    first of all, FOLKLORE IS SO GOOD I’M CRYING~ there’s literally no thoughts in my head except folklore folklore folklore! my favorites are probably epiphany and mad woman but i also adore cardigan and august!! and i’m so glad you made this tag because now i can channel all my useless inner hype and energy into something as fun and amazing as this tag!! ❤

    speaking of the tag, I LOVE IT??? your prompts are so on point and i adore it! you've perfectly captured the essence of the songs and transformed them into questions, wow, ily ❤ you've worked super hard on this, and it SHOWS, so please treat yourself to some rest, okay?? love you ❤

    i can't wait to do this tag!! working on it like…. right now. ily ily ❤

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    1. YES it’s been like 2 days since released and i’m still utterly obsessed. okay epiphany is not of my fave but mad woman is so good!! YES I’M EXCITED TO SEE UR POST!! and omg ur literally so sweet, this means so much to me that you think my prompts are good ❤ ❤ LOVE U SM

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  5. you were on this so fast! i really feel the love for FOLKLORE through you with this post. i didn’t connect with it very much, there was a theme of love & longing w/ this aching softness throughout a lot of the songs that I don’t particularly connect with. but there’s always something beautiful about experiencing enjoyment for art through someone else’s love– which I did through your tag just now!

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  6. This is such an amazing tag! I have really loved listening to the album, it has such an amazing style!! Thank you so much for making such an awesome and stunning tag in such a short amount of time!! I loved hearing your answers, and now I am so excited to try this tag!!

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  7. okokok i don’t have twitter but PLEASE i’m doing this tag and u can’t stop me

    tbh this is probably my favourite album since 1989?? idk reputation and lover lowkey flopped for me (but like!! i still love them??) but this album is GOLD and i love it so much,,, plus i’m already thinking of answers haha ❤ i love this tag and you sm, thank you (my post will be up soonish? maybe? idek at this point)

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    1. reputation has always been my fave album (sorry her last 2 albums didn’t work for you) but i’m pretty sure folklore dethroned everyone’s favourite BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD. ily thanks for being awesome always ❤

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  8. Ahh Ilsa, this tag is amazing!! I loved reading it and seeing your connections to all the songs and reading about your thoughts for them and also…I was listening folklore while reading this (mostly it was Epiphany haha which fit the vibe of this post I feel like). Agh this is just so wonderful and I will be dropping everything now to write my post for this❤️

    I was so happy to see You Deserve Each Other here because I loved it and it also gave me a book hangover because how is anything to compete with Naomi and Nicholas? I also love your interpretation of Seven and I completely agree. It makes me so nostalgic for childhood and is incredibly beautiful. I could actually go on and on about every single song but in conclusion this post is amazing and thank you for creating this masterpiece!!

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    1. EEP thank you!! i’m glad you like the prompts some of them required extra brain cells!! ❤ OMG OLIVIA YEAH IM SO GLAD YOU READ YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER like there is no fictional couple that makes me as happy as them!! i have written a full analysis on seven…I MAY be obsessed!! and thank you olivia ur the best!! ❤ ❤

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  9. i’m currently listening to the album for the first time as i write this comment! 🥺 i don’t have any thoughts on it yet, but i’m so happy that you and so many people love it! seriously, seeing everyone’s joy about it makes me happy ❤ and thank you for tagging me!! 💖💖 i honestly don't think i love enough books to answer the prompts (i am a sad reader who rarely feels strongly about the books she reads…), but i'll try my best!! i really, really wanna read the truth about keeping secrets for the sapphic yearning. and i love nina so much too!! she seems like the stereotypical sassy loud one at first, but it doesn't become her only personality trait, and she has flaws too 🥺🥺

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    1. caitlin!! there is absolutely no pressure to do this tag, esp because the album wasn’t ur thing!! I’d rather you didn’t do it if you think you’d struggle with the prompts. I’m so sorry for tagging you!! ❤ ❤

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  10. This is a great tag, I love the graphics! I’ve listened to most of Folklore (not done yet) but so far I love The 1 and Mirrorball a lot. I’ve been a Taylor fan for a long time but I’ve never been an album/first day person. It’s fun to have that experience 🙂

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  11. oh, i love this!! i don’t listen to taylor (except for her country music :’)), but this new album sounds incredible & i’m tempted to give it a listen. in any case, this is so creative! i adore what you did here xx

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  12. This is such a wonderful tag and I can’t wait to do it! It’s been a while since I listen to folk songs and I’m kinda not in the mood for slow songs rn so maybe that’s why I wasn’t ~in love~ with it immediately, but it’s definitely a great album! My favorite is the last great american dynasty because it’s more upbeat and I love the story it tells 😀 I agree with you on the ending for IF WE WERE VILLAINS, it’s very surprising but also cruel!

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    1. Ahhh sorry you didn’t vibe with the album that well! I’m glad you love last great american dynasty!! I love every song to be honest. and yeah i’m still a mess over the iwwv ending!!

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  13. I love this tag and I can’t wait to write my answers – your prompts fit the songs so well. & You can 100% guarantee I will be listening to folklore as I write my post probably later today!
    I love all the songs on the album but as with most albums it’s always easy for me to choose a no.1 fave because it just really sticks out to me. & for folklore that’s definitely the last great american dynasty. i just love it so so much. the tune, and the lyrics and the narrative they tell i just <3<3. but close runner ups are mad woman and CARDIGAN. THAT SONG IS SO GOOD.

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    1. Eep! I’m excited for your post!! I know I’ll love your answers. YES, CARDIGAN. sometimes i just think about taylor singing “i knew you’d come back to meEE” and tear up. okay i did a ranking of all the folklore songs and the last great american dynasty comes at the last spot </3 I'M SORRY. i actually really like it!! but it's not my fave.

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      1. noo really?? i love that one so much.
        i love them all though honestly. at the moment betty has actually been my fave. it’s the ‘you heard the rumours from Inez’ line that I just love?! i need to do a ranking though but the last great american dynasty, illicit affairs and betty are so closely tied i can’t choose a number 1.

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  14. I’m so in love with Folklore 😀
    I read If We Were Villains a few days ago, what a great ending – I can’t decide if another chapter would actually make it even better or not? I would love to have seen a James and Oliver reunion, but I also love the open ending.

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  15. Thank you for tagging me Ilsa you’re the best! Also wow love the commitment and the fact that you made this tag so quickly. Your TSwift hype is also rubbing off on me wow love it. This album is just WOW. Masterpiece. I’ve liked Taylor but idk why her albums never stick with me. And I’ve never been obsessed with the entire album, usually just certain songs. But this album is A WORK OF ART. So different for her but so well done and I love it. It’s what I’ve been wanting.

    I LOVE this post and reading your answers and feelings of the songs. I feel like all the Swifties are loving different songs to what I’m loving but we have similar ops. sksks need to read If We Were Villains but also,,, not prepared. And ahh love your Peter Pan answer.

    I would be scared for your mental health if You Deserve Each Other was NOT on this list.

    Also “jude duarte hand in marriage please” is high-key relatable and that is all i need to say

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    1. RUBY i loved ur response to this tag!! i’m so glad this album worked for you!! AND OFC YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER WAS IN THIS LIST it is in every blog post ever as the entire books lives in my mind rent free. jude duarte is an ANGEL i lov her sm!!

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  16. I LOVE THIS TAG SO MUCH❤❤❤ AND YOUR BOOK SELECTIONS ARE TO DIE FOR(T_T) IT’S A GREAT LIST AND A GREAT POST!! I’M SORRY I’M USING CAPSLOCK BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP IT. THIS IS AMAZING!

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  17. It took me close to three hours to do this tag as well… I made my own graphics and stuff to match my aesthetic! Thank you for making such a wonderful tag ❤

    Folklore Book Tag

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  18. this is such a beautiful tag 🥺💛 also can I have a piano that is also a waterfall and a secret garden, please and thank you. And these books!!! So many favourites!! I’ll Give You The Sun really took over my life, and I will NOT STOP obsessing over If We Were Villains (the ending was fajkdslda i refuse it) and this reminds me how much Ari & Dante meant to me too but I don’t quite know why?? I just remember hitting the halfway mark and I breathing was no longer necessary. Only BOOK. 😭💛💛

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    1. omg when this came in my notifications i realised how much i missed you! and yes i would like to live inside the cardigan music video fgjdsgf WE HAVE SUPERIOR TASTE and yea ari & dante is just,,, mY EVERYTHING. u are correct, it is the only book to ever exist

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  19. Isla this is AMAZING!! It’s such a great album and I am so happy you created a book tag for it!! All of the questions are so great and work so well and I loved hearing all your answers❤︎❤︎

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  20. ahhhhhhhhhh what a fabulous book tag i am IN LOVE 💖💖 I’ve been listening to folklore and i am amazed by swift’s talent like, HOW. I just can’t ahah I adore so many of the songs, though I think my favorite so far is exile. ANYWAY I love this tag and your answers are wonderful, too. I soooooooo need to read you deserve each other!!

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    1. MARIE!!! ❤ i'm so glad you like folklore too (it would break me if you didn't) ALSO EXILE!! taste!! and marie please read it's so perfect (i mean it takes a while to get used to but it GROWS ON YOU) im excited to see what you think of it!

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  21. That’s such an amazing tag! I’m also obsessed with folklore and now I’m obsessed about this tag lol. I loved your answers, I can relate to a lot of them, and I want to do this tag so bad! I’m probably gonna start writing it right now,

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  22. Great list! My favorite tracks are Mirrorball, Cardigan, An Invisible String, The Last Great American Dynasty, and My Tears Ricochet. I can’t wait to pick out some books for these prompts. 🙂

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  23. Thank you SO MUCH for making this book tag! I will definitely be doing it as soon as possible! I absolutely LOVE this album. It is SOOOO great! My favorite songs are exile, this is me trying, illicit affairs, mad woman and hoax. I am wondering if I shouldn’t listen to her other albums. Also YES, I really like June! I can’t wait to read The Wicked King. Nina is such an amazing character too, I NEED to finish Crooked Kingdom as soon as possible!

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  24. Ah I’m in love with this album too- I love that you made this tag! It’s wonderful! Omg cardigan is everything. I agree great american dynasty has amazing storytelling, but it’s not my favourite either. Tears ricochet is an absolute favourite for me! And mirror ball and seven are excellent. Agree that August is so sad underneath the happy tune (so many of the songs somehow manage to balance different moods… and it’s just amazing!) Ah yes agree about the bridge in Illicit Affairs (I swear I was just listening to that and thinking the exact same thing). Also I think “book hangover” is perfect for that song. Epiphany definitely gave me chills. And all the songs are beautiful!!

    Curious about if we were villains. Girl on the train was disappointing. Peter Pan is incredible. Love Jude! And I loved the Diviners audiobook. Love Nina too (kinda distracted by the music to talk about the books tbh)

    Awesome tag!

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  25. i love the whole folklore album so much and my favorite ! The album was such a pleasent suprise ….and WOW you created your own tag that is amazing …I loved all the prompts ….they perfectly fit the songs….I really need to do this soon….I am not sure which song is my fav …I LOVE all of them….but like you maybe cardigan

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