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Spotify Book Tag

Today, I'm doing a book tag. I haven't done a ton of these yet, but I came across this one on Twitter when Santana shared their version of it, and I got inspired to do the tag! Santana found the tag from the original creator, Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook. Here's the original tag and here's Santana's take on it. I borrowed Sanata's twist and added music choices along with books that fit the prompt, and at the bottom, I complied all the songs into a Spotify playlist so you can listen to that while you read! I also made a special list on my Bookshop featuring all the books if you want to get any of them! Find that here. I hope you discover more books and music to love! If you want more music content, check out my music blog, Music, Musings, and Me. Also, make sure you don't miss Friday's YouTube video that perfectly fits with this tag: Spotlighting Books With Musical Main Characters.

1. Hit Rewind: a book you go back to again and again? 
I don't tend to reread books, but there are books that drift into my mind on a regular basis months after I finished them. Some of these include Verona Comics, Girl In Pieces, and both of Mark HK Choi's books (Permanent Record and Emergency Contact). Also, I just bought a copy of Look (I originally got a digital copy from the library) because I'm planning to reread it for a paper because it was so fascinating. 
As far as songs I can't stop listening to, all of Kid Krow is on repeat 24/7, but I particularly put on "Wish You Were Sober" by Conan Gray to jump around to a lot. Also, I've been listening to "The 1" and "Cardigan" a lot.
If you already love these artists or want to get to know more, check out my video reactions to Kid Krow and to Folklore.

2. Romantic Ballads: a book that gives you all those fluttery feels?
Erin Hahn is always going to own romances for me. While I love it when the couple doesn't work out in the end, Erin always makes me tap into my swoony side with her two music based stores, You'd Be Mine and More Than MaybeParticularly Clay and Annie make me believe that maybe true love really does exist after all. 
As for my favorite love songs, I have couple. "Finally//beautiful stranger" off Halsey's album Manic jumped to mind first. Her song is so genuine and captures both the fear and elation of starting to fall in love. I also have to name "Love Story" as one of the ultimate love songs inspired by the greatest tragedy ever (that's not romantic at all)- Romeo and Juliet.
I made a whole video devoted to More Than Maybe and made a playlist inspired by the book. You can watch the video and findthe playlist here

3Release Radar:a new release book you are excited for?
There are so many books on my release radar. I was lucky enough to get approved for 5 2021 ARCs already, so I guess I'll spotlight those to get you excited a while in advance! Keep an eye out for As Far As You'll Take Me (Phil Stamper), Kisses and Croissants (Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau), Perfect on Paper (Sophia Gonzales), Happily Ever After (Elise Bryant), and Hot British Boyfriend (Kristy Boyce). These debuts and sophomore novelists have some amazing books coming out!
As far as music I'm anticipating, so many artists I love have started to tease new albums. I can't wait for Sasha Sloan's first album, Only Child, on October 16th, Fletcher's album S(ex) Tapes (September 18th), Yungblud's forthcoming album, Julia Michaels upcoming project, and whatever Finneas has in the works! There are so many albums set to drop in the next coming months, which is giving me a new will to live. 

4. Discover Weekly: a book you haven’t read yet but want to discover?

There are so many books left on my TBR. Lately, I've gotten into graphic novels a lot more, so I'm looking forward to Bloom and Heartstoppers. As far as novels, I can't wait for I Was Born For This and The Brightsiders.
One artist who's music I want to get to know better is Gracie Abrams. I recently discovered her song "21", and I've been meaning to look into her other stuff, but she seems pretty new to the scene.

5. Alone Again: your fave book genre to read on your own?
Like Santana said, I'm not sure how to answer this question because I never read with other people? When I was little and would read books with my mom more, we read a lot of fantasy. Since I switched to YA and read entirely alone now, I basically only read contemporary unless I'm reading nonfiction. 
As far as guilty pleasure songs, I don't believe any music should be guilty or that you should look down on something or be ashamed of listening to it, but there are some songs I listen to when I need to be in a better mood. I love putting on older One Direction music before they really hit their lyrical stride to laugh and workout to.
If you want to geek out about boy bands with me, check out my video on my history with boy bands and review of Larger Than Life here.

7. Cheesy Hits: a book full of cheese that you just love?
This one is really hard because I don't tend to stick around for books I consider cheesy. If we're talking about books that were purely fun, I love Jen Wilde's romances for when I need a quick read. I'll Be the One also has a romance that is super sweet.
As for cheesy hits, it's hard to name any in specific. Mostly, songs on the Up All Night album come to mind. "ME!" by Taylor Swift is also a super cheesy song, but it's not one I ever choose to listen to (I'm sorry, Taylor, I promise I really really love you). 

8. Summer Hits: a book you re-read every summer?
Again, I'm not a big rereader, but Amy Spalding's The Summer of Jordi Perez just feels like summer inside and out. I read it in the middle of December, but it gave me a much needed escape to sunny LA.
If we're talking song of the summer, everyone will have a different opinion and there's always so much debate, but I feel like the answer is unquestionably "Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles. The song had a major breakthrough chart moment recently hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it just transports you to a beach somewhere. The entirety of Fine Line was made for summer (especially the part of summer you spend screaming along it it in the car.
The book is featured on my Harry Styles Meets YA post for the song "Adore You". Check out all my match ups here.

9. Power Hour: an empowering feminist book or character you adore?
There are so many different books I could choose. YA has so many amazing feminist YA protagonists. I have to shout out Claire and Dani from Parachutes and Libby from He Must Like You. They both have to stand up against sexual harassment and sexist policies.
There are two clear song choices for songs here. One is "The Man", which Taylor recently won a VMA for directing. The other is Halsey's "Nightmare" which is always the ultimate soundtrack for raging against the patriarchy. Halsey always knows exactly what to say.

10. All Out 10’s: list ten banging books!
I've read so many amazing books, so for this list, I'm going to try to not mention a book I've already named in this article because I want to promote as many books as possible. All the ones I mentioned belong in this category. If you want to know more, click the link to read my review.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
War and Speech by Don Zolidis
Larger Than Life by Maria Sherman
Felix Ever After by Kacen 
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
Most Likely by Sarah Watson
Full Disclosure by Cameron Garrett 
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper 

As for music, here are ten songs that I've had on loop lately. (If you want more music recommendations, head over to Music, Musings, and Me or my Music! playlist on YouTube).
"Roman Holiday" by Halsey
"Generation Why" by Conan Gray 
"Is There Somewhere..." by Halsey 
"Cherry" by Harry Styles 
"epiphany" by Taylor Swift
"If I Hated You" by Fletcher
"Break My Heart Again" by Finneas
"I Wish You Would" by Taylor Swift 
"Normal" by Sasha Sloan
"Hard Sometimes" by Ruel

If you want to listen to a playlist I made on Spotify inspired by the songs in this tag, you can check it out here:
I have a couple book inspired playlists on my Spotify page as well including one inspired by Erin Hahn's More Than Maybe. Check out my whole profile here.
Also, make sure you check out Friday's video, Musical Main Characters because it fits perfectly with the tag!

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