evermore book tag

Hello, hope everyone’s doing well! Life has been hectic recently and so whenever I do anything bookish-related, it’s mostly just picking up a book to read instead of drafting a blog post. Fortunately, this means that I’m answering some questions via a book tag.

Thank you to Ahaana @WindowsofWorlds who tagged me in her original book tag when Evermore, Taylor Swift’s album, was released in…. December 2020. If you ask me what’s my favorite songs in this album, it would be willow, dorothea and no body, no crime. The last song just speaks to the Murderino in me.

Before we get into the book tag, it was Ahaana’s first blog anniversary recently, so send her some love and support! ❤️❤️ She’s one of the kindest and sweetest people I’ve met while book blogging. Don’t miss out on her content! I know I’m extremely late to the party but here’s my take on the prompts Ahaana came up with!

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Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator’s post: Ahaana’s at Windows to Worlds
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post!!
  • Feel free to use the graphics in this post , but please credit back because they took a lot of time and effort to make (:

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willow:
a book with a character you can’t help but fall in love with.

My attempt at not answering every question with Heaven Official’s Blessing/天官赐福 by Moxiang Tongxiu might be futile but for this prompt, I have to go with it. Found out about the show and novels in May this year and I’m obsessed.

Hua Cheng and Xie Lian are different yet they are perfect together. Willingly waited for over 800 years, Hua Cheng finally had the power to protect the only love of his life. His dedication towards and adoration of Xie Lian just motivated him to be there for him.

After his kingdom fell and he was banished into the mortal world after ascension, Crown Prince Xie Lian became a scrap collector. His self-deprecation and acceptance of misfortune served him during those periods. Ultimately, all Xie Lian wants to do is to save the common people.

I just love the two of them. I’m not one to churn out essays but definitely will do that for 天官赐福’s Xie Lian and Hua Cheng.

champagne problems:
a book with a broken relationship

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo popped up in my mind. Emoni doesn’t have a great relationship with her father who lives in Puerto Rico. After her mother’s death, Emoni’s father only visited twice a year. He comes without warning and leaves with the same speed.

gold rush:
a book you love with all your heart

天官赐福

Read one of my top 20 most anticipated books of 2021 recently and it was brilliant. Elizabeth Lim got me hooked from the beginning till the end of Six Crimson Cranes. The characters were well-developed and their journeys were a rollercoaster ride to follow.

’tis the damn season:
a book in which the character reconnects with their family/hometown

Izumi in Tokyo Ever After never knew about her father or his family. Though curious, her single mother never did tell Izumi any critical information about him. That is until some amateur sleuthing, aka Googling, when she finds out that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan. Yes, turns out, Izumi is a PRINCESS. Thereafter, she visited Japan to visit the father she never knew and the royalty. Inundated by the rules of being a Japanese royal, Izumi finds herself unable to adjust at first but gradually reconnected with her family and hometown.

tolerate it:
a book with a suffering relationship

In The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso, Queen Talyien and her husband’s relationship is bad, to say the least. Rayyel left her the night before she was crowned as queen, and didn’t believe that their son is biologically his. If this isn’t a suffering relationship, I don’t know what is.

trigger and content warnings:
  • death, attempted murder, xenophobia, imprisonment, gore, mention and threats of rape, mention of suicide

no body, no crime:
a book about murder

The Forest of the Stolen Girls by June Hur has disappearances, murders, and a mystery to be uncovered. Separated for five years with Hwani living with their father on the mainland while Maewol with the local shaman in Jeju, the sisters helped to solve the disappearance of the 13 girls from the village and that of their own father.

happiness:
a book that’s an old favorite, but you just can’t relate to anymore

Sad to say that Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi fits into this prompt. I remember loving the first half of the trilogy with passion despite the open-ended conclusion. Now that I’m done with the second half of the trilogy, I found myself quite over it. Each book from Restore Me onwards just kept going down. Even though I still loved reading about Juliette and Warner, I think I’m past that stage.

dorothea:
a book featuring old (or strong) friendships

The Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams features friendships between the dudes in the book club where they read romance novels to understand how to treat their female partners better. In each book, they’re helping one character to woo someone via the techniques they learned from those books. It’s pretty funny to watch them have a dig on the current situation but also doing everything they can to help their friend get the girl.

coney island:
a book that made you cry/completely destroyed you

A recent one was The Ghost We Keep by Mason Deaver. When books are about losing siblings or parents or loved ones and grief, you should expect me sitting in a corner, bawling my eyes out. Without a doubt, I did while reading about Liam’s grief of losing their older brother Ethan in a hit-and-run. More than that, the friendships that they have aren’t going well too.

trigger and content warnings:
  • Off Page Death of a Sibling, Detailed Description of the Deceased’s Body, Discussions of Gender Dysphoria, Brief Mentions of Transphobia, Suicide Ideation and Self Harm Beginning on Page 258 and concluding on Page 265 in the Finished and Advanced Copies of the Book
  • taken from mason deaver’s goodreads

ivy:
a book that was an unexpected favorite

Claire Kann’s The Marvelous was an unexpected surprise. Although Jewel Van Hanen is known by all as the creator of a popular app, Golden Rule, it seemed like her life is shrouded in mystery including her motive for the Golden Weekend where those invited are players in an elaborate game filled with riddles and clues. Although most of the clues were easily deciphered, I enjoyed myself greatly exploring the different rooms of the huge estate, and the relationships that were slowly building up between the characters. Also, the motive behind this game created by Jewel just fascinates me. I needed to know.

trigger and content warnings:

cowboy like me:
a book about thieves/criminals

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo so here’s a shoutout. I’m in need of a reread but the end of Crooked Kingdom was a little too painful to revisit. Think I don’t need to say much about this extremely beloved and well-known duology that’s about thieves and criminals. You all know it.

long story short:
a book that made up your childhood

Every time I visited the library, the first shelves I would check is the Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows. I’m actually trying to read all of them, since they’re all short books, but finding it hard to get an ebook copy. Even the library nearest to me doesn’t have available stocks because the series is just so popular.

marjorie:
a book with a moving message

This isn’t a book on its own but rather an entire series. Rick Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo struck me differently and more than I had expected. Apollo’s change from an arrogant god to an appreciative mortal was simply brilliant. The whole journey allowed him to forge friendships, understand human connections and experience life as someone who has no control.

closure:
a series in which you need the next book

If I don’t mention this series, I’m a sinner. Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee, I need it. Desperately. Do I even need to explain this?

evermore:
the perfect conclusion to an extremely long (but worth it) series

Going full circle, I’m concluding this book tag with my first answer: 天官赐福. An extremely long series, over 2000+ pages, which I sped through whenever I picked it up. The ending was filled with action, feelings and moments. In the next year, I’m gonna try to read the Taiwanese version which is in traditional Chinese, so wish me luck! Oh, Moxiang Tongxiu’s books are all getting the English version. YAY, BEST NEWS EVER!!!! Once that’s out, I’m doing a reread!

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i’m tagging:

Amanda @ Bookish Brews | Susana @ Susana Loves Books | Lyra @ Defiantly Yours | Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal | Abby @ Beyond the Read

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That’s all for the Evermore book tag! Thank you to Ahaana for tagging me once again 🤎 I had the best time coming up with all the answers even though I wanted to put 天官赐福 in all the prompts.

6 thoughts on “evermore book tag”

  1. I love all your answers! I really want tor read all of MXTX novels but seeing how obsessed my sister is while reading (and how obsessed I was when I was watching the donghua and The Untamed…) I think I’ll wait until work calms down. I’m super excited for the official english release though, I can’t wait for them to be the international sensation they deserve!!!

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    1. thank you, tasya! i can’t wait for the english translations to be released, even though it’s gonna take a couple of years for every book to be out! MXTX is killing it this year! can’t believe it’s only been a few months and i’m this obsessed with her books already ><

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  2. i have heard the BEST things about MXTX, but idk why i just haven’t started watching/reading them, hopefully i will soon!! i loved six crimson cranes, and i can’t wait to get to tokyo ever after, because it sounds so cuteeee. also oh my god i have SO many rainbow magic books, i swear i was OBSESSED with the fairies ahh they made up my childhood too!

    thank you sm for doing my tag 🥰 i loved reading your answers!! 💕

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    1. it can be quite intimidating with a series/author you know everyone loves, so i totally understand that!
      tokyo ever after just brought me back to japan, and the princess and bodyguard romance was so exciting!
      rainbow magic made up my entire childhood. can’t believe it’s still ongoing though!

      of course, ahaana! it took me quite a while to get to it but i was so excited 💕

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