Julie and the Phantoms book tag

Honestly, I’m amazed that I’ve kept the fact that I’m doing this tag a secret.
Okay, maybe that’s not as amazing as I made it sound. But I have been doing a LOT of JATP-talking recently and not once have I mentioned this lovely thing.
I…don’t know what I was thinking with this intro. MOVING ON.
Here we go, because everyone who knows me knows that of course I had to do this tag.
If you’ve followed my blog for just about any amount of time, you know how obsessed I am with this show (Answer: Really really really obsessed). So yeah, of COURSE I had to do this post! Honestly, you guys are probably tired of me rambling on and on about this show but….uuuuh oops?
I first saw this Julie and the Phantoms book tag over at Books and Mate way back in December when I’d only watched four episodes of the show. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to do it!

Rules

🎀 Link back to the original post (and also Sarah’s booktube account)!!
🎸 Thank whoever tagged you!!
🎸 Answer the prompts!!
πŸ₯ Tag some friends to share the awesomeness!!
🎹 Go watch Julie and the Phantoms on Netflix (and sing every song like it’s your last performance on stage)!!

I was planning to give you a quick summary of the show but then I realized that if you’ve followed my blog for any period of time that you’ve heard me talk about this too much already (And if you’re new, check out my January and February wrap ups to see anything about me being obsessed with it).

But you know, a quick summary never hurt anyone (I promise I will make it very quick)

When Julie’s Mom died a year ago, Julie lost her passion for music. But when cleaning out her mom’s studio, she plays a CD and three ghosts appear in the room! At first hesitant about their appearance, Julie soon realizes that the three of them can help her get music back into her life–and maybe they can become friends in the process.

Okay so admittedly that summary was very bad and very cheesy (and I made it up myself) but I seem to recall some summary somewhere on Netflix describing the boys as ‘three ghostly guys’ so I’m not feeling so bad about this.
Now, let’s get into this tag!

Now or Never: A book at the top of your tbr

Hmm…this is sort of tough! Since I’m a bit of a mood reader, I don’t really choose what books to read next, I pick out what I want to read as I go. But I’ll go with King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo–I read the entire Shadow and Bone series just so I could read this and with book 2 coming out this month, I think it’s time I finally started this one.

Wake Up: A book you were hesitant to read

I’ll say The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow for this one. The catch line and the synopsis for Sound of Stars sounds really weird (can their love of books and pop music save the world?) and I’m all in all not a super big sci fi fan but I did end up liking Sound of Stars more than I was expecting given the sort of far-out premise (also can we take a moment to admire that cover? I feel like I say this every single time but it’s so beautiful!)

This band is back: A sequel you waited a long time for

Can I say Julie and the Phantoms for this one??? Haha I guess it hasn’t been thaaaaat long since I started watching JATP (3 months now) but still. We have to wait until Septemberrrrrrr.
Anyways, onto books. I’ll say a sequel that hasn’t actually been published–book 3 of the Legends of Orisha, by Tomi Adeyemi. The second book came out….sometime in late 2019 and we still don’t have a title, cover or release date for book 3.
(Also, if we’re talking shows that we’re waiting for, I think the real answer here is The Dragon Prince–for anyone who’s followed TDP since near the beginning–season four is slated to come out in December, and at that point it will have been over two years since season 3 came out aaaaaah.)

Bright: A book that took you by surprise

Eh, why not put a murder mystery for a book that took me by surprise? I think that Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson really took me by surprise because books one and two, while they were good, I didn’t enjoy them as much as I was expecting. And Hand on the Wall was just a LOT better. Plus, that murderer reveal…WHAT.
(Commentary on the series–I’m not all that psyched that there’s going to be yet another book because Hand on the Wall was a nice conclusion and I really dislike series that could have ended but the author draws it out even when there’s no reason to. The murder has been solved. End of discussion. You don’t need to start another book in the same series about something completely different.)

Wow: An action packed book

Yeah, I’ll go with Legendborn for this one. A LOT happened in Legendborn and while I wasn’t a fan of the info-dumpy world building, it was DEFINITELY a book full of action and was a lot of fun to read.
Also, I honestly feel bad for comparing Legendborn to Wow because Carrie’s a jerk buuuuuut it fits the prompt. Don’t take it personally, Bree.

(Okay, but since we’re on Wow I have to ask this question–opinions on Dirty Candy? Personally, I’m actually a fan of their songs even if they are extremely self centered, I like the actual music).

Flying Solo: A book with incredible friendships

Well, apparently Alice Oseman is amazing at writing friendships. Vic @Books and Mate said Radio Silence for this one, and I’m going to go with Loveless. I loved loved LOVED the friendships in that book. I actually have a friend who described this as a platonic love story which I think is a perfect explanation. I especially loved Rooney’s monologue to Georgia near the end, it was so so sweet.
(Also, Flying Solo is definitely one of the best songs in JATP, it is extremely sweet and I love it)

I Got the Music: A book that got you out of a reading slump

I guess I’ll go with Moxie for this one. My last slump, in early December, was pretty bad, I couldn’t read anything I wanted, I DNFed a book for the first time in I don’t know how long, and then I picked up Moxie. I don’t usually read realistic fiction but I decided to try it and I was able to mostly get out of my slump! (it took a few more realistic fiction books to get me allll the way out).

The Other Side of Hollywood: A book with a great ensemble of characters

Ummmm yeah right know I can only think of Six of Crows, which was Meeghan @Meeghan Reads (the creator of this tag)’s answer. Honestly, it’s totally true, though, the Crows are awesome! (Thank you, me, for my daily reminder to actually start reading King of Scars)

All Eyes on Me: The prettiest book in your collection

Okay, I think that all of us book lovers can agree: that phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Yeahhhh…we all forget that once in a while.
I’ll say This Tender Land by William Kent Kreuger here. I honestly love books with sunset covers so much.
(Another one I would say would be Sound of Stars but I already used that for another prompt so I decided to change it up a bit).

Finally Free: A series you wish would never end

Honestly, I don’t know if there’s a series I wish would never end. Sure, there’s lots of series’ that I want more once I’m done with them, but I don’t want the author to keep pushing content out in books that are unnecessary (‘books that are unnecessary’ is clearly an oxymoron but just for now I’ll let it slide on this most). I find that a lot of series’ decline once that happens, so I don’t really want to say anything for this.

Perfect Harmony: Your favorite OTP

I do not know. I guess I’d have to say…
Uuuuuh….
You know how your mind always blanks when you try to think of something? Yeah, that’s happening.
Well, I’ll come back to this later which probably means that I’ll never come back to this but okay then.
How is THIS the question I’m having trouble with, like 70% of books ever have a fairly large romantic plot in them.

Edge of Great: A book that is (almost) perfect

I don’t…I don’t know…how do I not know? Sure, I read lots of good books. Lots of GREAT books (no pun intended) and I have favorite books but I don’t know about a book that is perfect or even almost perfect. How do I choose and is this a thing? A perfect book?
Well, this is not an answer but I was looking through my goodreads books and sort of laughed because if you’re taking this prompt literally, you could put KOTLC since literally it seems that the elves are perfect and such…but I’m not putting KOTLC for a book that’s perfect (no POC main characters until book 4 with a cast that big??? No LGBTQ+ characters so far 8 books into the series???)
Aaaaah I literally do not know what to answer, all books have their flaws!

Unsaid Emily: A book that made you cry

Those of you who know me know that I don’t cry due to books or movies or whatever. In fact, I have never cried during Unsaid Emily in my three times watching it and multiple times listening to it. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve cried due to a book and less than one finger on the times that I’ve cried during a TV show or movie (that is to say, none). So I’m citing a book that I read several years ago here, but I will recommend this book and continue to do so, because it’s EXTREMELY GOOD and, as you can probably tell, EXTREMELY SAD. It’s also middle grade but DON’T LET THAT MAKE YOU HESITANT. This is a book that I literally remember what happens several years after I read it, which is saying something since I rarely remember what happened in a book I read a month ago. SO GO READ THE BOOK!!!!
(how did I go through this entire part without saying the name of the book? It’s the Bridge Home, in case you couldn’t tell from the image).

You Got Nothing to Lose: A villain you love to hate

I…honestly don’t usually pay much attention to villains. Like, I know there’s a lot of villains that people like because they’re evil or whatever (Darkling…) but I really just…that’s not me. So I really do not have anything to say for this.

Stand Tall: A book that gave you the feels

…Am I just a heartless person?
Like, am I an emotionless book reader? Because I seriously don’t know what to answer for this. All I can answer is Stand Tall (NOT A BOOK, PHOENIX, NOT A BOOK). Or just JATP in general (STILL NOT A BOOK!!!). I seriously do not know how to answer this.

Okay! That’s it for this tag! I’m going to be tagging the people who I KNOW have watched JATP and love it. If you’ve watched JATP and haven’t interacted with me about it at all (and you love it), first of all–talk to me about it, I will literally talk to a rock about this show, and second of all, consider yourself tagged! If you HAVEN’T watched it, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE??? GO OUT AND WATCH IT!!! The only excuse I will accept is if you do not have netflix. (I’m pretty sure there’s a part, perhaps right before Bright, when Reggie says something like ‘what are you waiting for? Now’s your chance?’ and I have just that line stuck in my head right now, but it pretty much fits what I’m thinking!
Anyways, I tag:

What did you think of this tag? Have you watched Julie and the Phantoms? Do you want to watch Julie and the Phantoms? Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned? Talk to me in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As always, thank you all so much for checking this post out even if you aren’t a ridiculously obsessed fantom like I am. Stay safe and keep on reading!

47 thoughts on “Julie and the Phantoms book tag

  1. Oh my god I literally jumped up from my seat when I saw this post! πŸ˜‚
    And all the prompts are the names of the songs? SIGN ME UP! I’m going to be doing this as soon I can! Thank you so much for tagging me!!!

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    1. Bwahaha yes all those times that we were talking about JATP I was secretly doing this post. I feel so *secretive* right now lollll. Honestly though I’m surprised that I never said anything because I’m usually terrible at keeping *surprises* hidden.
      Yeah I know, these prompts are PERFECT, they fit in with what the songs are about, etc. amazingly. I can’t wait to see your answers to this tag!!!

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      1. I’m so surprised honestly. This totally threw me off lol. Ahahahaha good work then! I know right! Ahh I can’t wait to do it!

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    1. Thank you! Hahaha YES I have found another one *proceeds to talk about all things JATP because I AM extremely obsessed*
      So…favorite character? Episode? Song? (you don’t need to continue this conversation if you don’t want to). Also btw you can totally do this tag even though I didn’t tag you…it’s sorta hard to tag specific people in a tag that only a small number of people would probably even understand.

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  2. OMGG a book tag for one of my favourite tv shows?? YES PLEASE! Thank you so much for tagging me πŸ’• I’ve also embraced the fact that I’m a mood reader so “a book at the top of my tbr” means nothing to me πŸ˜‚ I will also probably feature the Dregs because it doesn’t get better than them for an ensemble haha! It’s true that Legendborn was action-packed and I loved that! (but yes, the song….let’s not talk about that). And “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Yes, well I definetely do haha. Great post as always! πŸ’•

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    1. Haha no problem, I hope you enjoy doing the tag! Haha yeah I know, I almost never actually go in order for books I say I’m going to read. Yeah, the Crows are an amazing group! Yeah, the action in Legendborn was amazing and I totally feel bad for comparing it to Carrie and the words of that song because…while I enjoy the actual song, like how it sounds, the WORDS are not great. Yeah, I mean judging a book by its cover is practically a bookworm rite of passage lol. Thank you so much for stopping by and again, I hope you enjoy the tag!

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    1. Hahaaa I know it took me sooooo long! The number of tags I have waiting for me…argh! But this one was definitely the most fun I’ve had doing a tag in a while so thank you for introducing it to me!!! Oooh yes I rewatch JATP way too much haha. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. HAHA YES IVE FOUND ANOTHER ONE!!! Thanks so much for reading! and you can totally do this tag, I just tagged the people I knew loved JATP but you can do it as well! ooooh I hope that you do read SoC, it’s a very good book! Yesss I can’t wait for the TV show.
      Anyways, back to JATP: favorite character? episode? song? (sorry, this is just what I ask everyone who says they like JATP, you totally don’t need to answer if you don’t wanna talk about JATP)

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      1. Haha yesss Alex is awesome. I like Willie the best though haha. Ooooh Unsaid Emily…haha I cannot listen to that, it literally makes me too sad. I definitely like Edge of Great or Stand Tall the best–though Stand Tall sorta has that sense of finality that’s a bit sad. Yeah, I like the last episode the best, just a lot of things happen and I love Stand Tall and just aaaah!!!! Any theories about season two?

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    1. Haha yes another fantom! Glad you love the tag, and you should totally do it if you want! (no pressure). I only tagged the people I KNEW liked it but everyone can do it!
      Okay but now for the JATP talk (you can just ignore this part of the comment if you don’t wanna talk JATP). Favorite character, episode, song?

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      1. Hahaaaa yes Alex is the best of the ghosts. I honestly don’t like Luke that much, I dunno he’s jsut too…I really don’t know. Aaaah everyone loves Unsaid Emily, I honestly…I mean, it’s a good song but it makes me too sad, I try not to listen to it. Yes, Now or Never is super good! I think that my favorite episode is the last one and my favorite song is definitely either Edge of Great or Stand Tall. Or Flying Solo. Honestly, when the band plays together, the song is good haha.

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      2. Haha yeah I haven’t cried when watching it OR listening to it, it’s just still sad for me so I don’t really like listening to it. Ackkk I love Stand Tall but I dunno for me there’s also that sort of sadness, like that sense of finality that comes with it.
        Do you have theories for season 2?

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      3. Haha mine is super long and honestly just a thing I made up for fun but here goes.
        Julie’s mom is the queen of ghosts. She can see the future and also turn people into ghosts. She saw that she was gonna have a child one day but knew she’d have to leave her (julie) because, ya know, she has ghos-queen things to do and can’t just spend all her time with her children. And so, when the boys die, she turns them into ghosts and holds them in the weird dark room until Julie needs them most. If this were the case, Julie is half ghost-queen or whatever and this explains a lot of things, for example how she can see the boys, how anyone can see them when they play music with her, what happened at the end with her being able to touch them and make those stamps go poof, how they were able to get away from Caleb and go back to her, etc. Also, if you look at the lyrics of Wake Up, it’s really a song about grief and getting over some heartbreaking event. Her mom wrote it specifically for Julie and almost certainly super close to when she died given that Julie hadn’t looked at it (this is an assumption) till she played it. So, clearly her mom knew that her death, if she really died, was coming, so she couldn’t have died suddenly, and she was able to write the song and leave it there on the piano so it’s unlikely that she was just sick. So maybe she didn’t actually die, and she just…left.

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  3. omg this is such a fun post and tag!! i watched JATP back in January and absolutely LOVED it, all of the characters have my entire heart πŸ₯Ί especially Julie and Alex. who are your favorite characters + favorite songs? i agree that Flying Solo is one of the best songs (such a bop), plus i love Julie and Flynn’s friendship sm hehe. honestly the entire JATP soundtrack is INCREDIBLE though, i’ve had on repeat since January πŸ˜‚ omg i honestly cannot wait for season 2 of JATP :’)

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it! Feel free to do the tag if you want, I only tagged people who I KNEW had watched JATP but I’d love to see your answers!
      Hahaaa yes JATP is totally amazing. Aw yes Julie and Alex are awesome! My favorite characters are probably Alex and Willie, I mean Willie is just so smol and innocent and he cares so much about Alex it’s adorable. And then Alex is just I mean I guess also smol and innocent and also he’s just…I mean he’s clearly the best of the guys (I will cite that part in episode two when Luke and Reggie talk about the things in Julie’s box as ‘girl stuff’ and Alex apologies for them) any yeah. Aaah I mean I like all the songs where they all play together a lot but I’m gonna have to say Flying Solo or Stand Tall, though I also very much like Edge of Great. Yeah, Flying Solo because of the friendships and Stand Tall because it’s just so, like…I don’t know! Like it’s their final song, the guys overcome this Caleb stuff to play with her, etc. and it’s just a great song! Hahaaaaa yessss season two better come out soon!!!

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      1. πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Um..not entirely. I am terrible with tv shows. I lose patience after a few episodes…so I have watched a few episodes and I really liked it. I watched up till their first show…in that ghost club…or whatever that was. πŸ˜…

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      2. Hahaha okay. I mean technically there’s nothing wrong with watching a show while standing up lol. I actually did that yesterday. I mean other things I suggest is to watch shows when you’re doing other things like folding laundry or something. But it’s okay, I totally understand, I’m suuuuuuuper slow at watching shows.

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      3. Hahaha yeah I get that. Well, I mean you could try setting up a time once a week where you just sit down and try watching one episode or something. I don’t really know. I also watch shows with my friends using this chrome extension called teleparty so watching it with friends might help.
        (look at me, advertising teleparty. netflix better pay me now hahahha jk)

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