This was a tag created on Instagram by lizzyy.reads, but because I don’t use Instagram for book sharing, I decided to blog the tag instead. I’ve stated before that I enjoy Taylor Swift, but I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with her. Having said that, I listen to several of her songs on repeat. And I thought the concept of Eras in book form was intriguing. To be honest, I’m amazed I have one for each of these. I’ll get into that as I discuss each of the Eras books.
Midnights – A book that kept you up past midnight
There are so many books that I could’ve done for this era, but I decided to go with the Zodiac Academy series by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. I wouldn’t call these the best books ever written but I get heavily pulled in while reading these to the point where I pulled several overnighters reading this series. Over holiday break at my mom’s house, I spent a better part of a night reading these trying not to wake my mom up from the light on my phone as I read these using the Kindle app.
Folklore & Evermore – An underrated book
The Broken Kingdom series by L.J. Andrews, which starts with Curse of Shadows and Thorns, I think is underrated as I never see anyone talking about it. Each book is a retelling of a classic tale but with a Vikings twist. There are four sections, but they are connected to each other. I seriously have loved this series and can’t wait to see what else this author releases in the future.
Lover – A book with a great love story
There were so many to pick from, but I’m going to go with The Plated Prisoner series by Raven Kennedy. It is a slow burn so the couple doesn’t get together until Gleam, but I seriously love Auren and Slade. They have to face so many things together from her being used by Midas to all the rest of the monarchs wanting her punished and executed for a crime she did not commit. That being stealing powers, which she never did. Granted, she did kill Midas but he was about to kill her, so it was justified. Not to mention all the other things he did to her. But through it all Slade stands by her side and helps her realize she doesn’t have to bend to the will of others as she has her entire life.
Reputation – A book that lived up to the hype
Daughter of No Worlds by Carissa Broadbent, along with the entire War of Lost Hearts series. This was the first book I heard about that introduced me to Carissa Broadbent but it was not the first I ended up reading. I heard so many comparisons to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas that I got scared to read this book in fear that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But it absolutely does while still being its own story. It’s so good, I cannot recommend it enough.
1989 – A book set in New York
Considering I mostly read books set in fantasy worlds I wasn’t sure I would even have a book for this era. Then I remembered that The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare takes place in New York. Now there are many problematic things in this series (incest-themes), but it’s a book I will never part ways with as it got me back into reading after many years where I didn’t read at all.
Red – A book with a red cover
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand. This is the second book in the Empirium Trilogy, which I technically have never finished. I did read the last chapter to know what happens but I just couldn’t go through with reading the torment of one of the main characters for the majority of the book. Plus, I knew the other characters I enjoyed weren’t going to make it as it was so similar to Shadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo that I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading. I would still recommend this trilogy especially if you like Shadow and Bones but want a more adult version.
Speak Now – A book you can’t stop recommending
Oh, there are so many but I’m going to go with The Aisling Sea trilogy by Vanessa Rasanen. The first book is called On These Black Sands. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean and Dean from Supernatural, then you will like this series. It has both a slow-burn romance and an instant love romance during the course of the trilogy. There’s also murder, betrayal, and the one-bed trope. It’s seriously amazing and I can’t wait to read the follow up series from this author.
Fearless – A book with a strong female character
I have to give it to Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. She has a complicated past but she doesn’t rely on anyone to make her future better. She takes matter into her own hands even if those around her think of her as a monster for doing so. But she is always trying to make the world a better place, either by freeing slaves, defying her masters’ orders, or trying to save the world. She doesn’t need to be told what to do, she just does it, which makes her an incredibly strong character. Plus, she’s not the only strong female character in this book series. There are countless.
Debut – A book that’s been on your TBR forever
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Initially, when this came out I put it to the side until the duology was complete then I just never got around to reading it. I know roughly what happens in the series as it was impossible to avoid spoilers, plus the Netflix show pulled in some of those elements. But I still want to read this at some point in the future.
What books would you do for each of the eras? Also, which Taylor Swift album is your favorite? I love Fearless and Evermore the best.
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