Hi guys! How are you? I feel like I haven’t done any tags in ages, but I’m super excited about this one. The questions are so fun and it combines two of my favorite things: books and music! I first saw this on Rachel’s blog and I also really enjoyed reading Carolina’s version.
A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it: Literally every song by The National, but I’m really into Graceless right now. I love Matt Berninger’s voice and lyrics so much.
A book that you’ll never get sick of: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It’s the perfect atmospheric, wintery, Russian fairytale and my all time favorite. I’ve read it three times already and I love it more each time.
A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life: Mr. Brightside reminds me of my messiest teenage years and my Skins obsession. This song was in every Effie/Cook/Freddie video on Youtube and I watched them all a thousand times. It’s still the only love triangle I care about.
A book you read that you wouldn’t like now: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. I remember reading this when I was 15? 16? and underlining whole passages cause I identified so strongly with Sumire. Since then I’ve gained a different perspective on Murakami’s female characters, so I doubt I’d feel as strongly about it now.
A recent song that you have on repeat: I’m in love with Wicked by Grant right now. It makes me feel like a mean, sexy witch.
A recent favorite book: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. It’s the most wonderful thing I’ve read in a long time. It’s strange, but beautiful and I love it a lot.
A song that’s literally me: Uphill Battle by Rossi. “Wouldn’t it be nice to be a cool wind, cool wind/always keep it breezy/but I am not that easy” So relatable. Right?
A book that is me in book form: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride. I connect with this book on so many levels. From the writing style which reminds me of the chaos in my mind and the 90’s aesthetics, to the exploration of identity and self discovery, and the intense, messy relationship with an older man.
A weird song that you liked anyways: All my friends think Easy Easy by King Krule is kina weird. I think it’s raw and unpolished and a little angry. And that’s why like it so much. It’s got character.
A unique book that stuck out to you for some reason: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s a fairytale retelling set in Stalinist Russia with birds who turn into husbands, communist house-elves and Baba Yaga herself. I’ve read it twice and I’m still not sure I understand it entirely, but that just means I have an excuse to read it a third time.
Your best pump pup song: Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna. This song is the definition of big dick energy and I’m here for it.
A book that inspires you: The Lesser Bohemians. This book again… When I read it I felt like I’d been given permission to write without inhibitions. Which is the only way worth doing it, really.
Your best chill or relaxing song: I find Retrograde by James Bay very relaxing. It’s probably the most atmospheric song I’ve ever heard, I could listen to it all day.
A book you’d curl up with on a rainy day: Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book’s as atmospheric as a thunderstorm. I love it so much.
A guilty pleasure song: Love Again (Akinyele Back) by Run The Jewels. RTJ are my favorite rappers and love this song, but it’s very kinky. Definitely NSWF.
A light, trashy read you can’t help but love: How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are. I picked this up on a whim after watching a lot of Marion Cotillard films. It didn’t make me as cool as her, but I did find it very entertaining.
A throwback song you look back on fondly: Come Around Sundown was my favorite album when it first came out Pickup Truck was my favorite song on it. It’s so intense and emotional, which is clearly my thing.
A book you read and loved when you were young: The Orchard Book of Stories from the Ballet. I was mesmerized by the beauty and tragedy of the stories, and enchanted by the gorgeous illustrations. This book’s where my love for fairytales began, with classics like Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, The Firebird and Swan Lake.